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October 2004


Okay, our first meeting is behind us and it proved to be as "lively" as I had anticipated. Thank you all for your attention to the debate and for your input towards a resolution. It was wonderful to see the interest in our bylaws, but I honestly can't remember such interest in them in a long, long time. We all got to see the "system" at work.

We received a very informative presentation by Michelle Bellamy of ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEMS, on the many benefits of exhaust control, not only for ourselves, but also for our environment. I will admit, that I was woefully uninformed on the topic. Thanks for the education. Our thanks go out, once again, to Bill McVeigh for arranging the program.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you all once again, for the attention you gave to Michelle. It goes a long way toward proving that this is truly a professional organization. Jamie Dejana is working to make this year's programs the most informative they can be...TO we can use the information in our everyday tasks. Please, come out and bathe in the knowledge that will be afforded to us.

At the meeting in September, I was asked to explain one of my phrases in the Newsletter. It appears I offended a few folks in the manner with which I speak. Trust me, I meant no offense to anyone. I will certainly be more careful in the future, but, know this: I will not attempt to curb my zeal for doing the best job I can and I will attempt to excite the rest of you to lend me your assistance for the good of us all. You can choose to participate or just come out and watch. It's entirely up to you. Please join us in this endeavor. I mean it when I say, "we are all in this together".

Now, let's get started, again!


Our meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn for the remainder of this year and the first half of 2005. If someone has a suggestion for a new location for our meetings or has any questions, please contact me.


We are now accepting Bylaw change proposals for 2005. Please submit any changes in writing before the March 2005 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

2C. Honorary: Associate Members with at least (15) fifteen years Membership who have completely retired from active participation in business.

2D. Life: Members who have completed over (20) twenty years active participation in the Society and retired, may be voted to Life Membership in the Society.

Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee
6. Honorary and Life: no further dues for the life of the Member.


We experienced a glitch on our web site in which the site was not available for a few days just before the September meeting. I am happy to report that we are once again back up and running with all updated information.

We are updating the total number of vehicles that our Society Members have influence over and we need your help. To date our records indicate that we control just about 91,000 vehicles in the New York metropolitan area. Please send me your name, company name, number of vehicles in your fleet and the number of vehicles under your control. Your name will be entered into a free raffle for a Society logo'd 10" wall clock at the November meeting. Your presence is not required at the November meeting to win but we still would like to see you there.

I will have new Constitutions and Rosters available at the October meeting for distribution. Won't be able to make the meeting? Contact me and I will mail you your copy.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 116
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Total Membership 182

Attendance at the September meeting:
Members 48
Guests 14
Total 62

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 95, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 70, 5/94 - 5/03
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University - 60, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 58, 3/97 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 36, 3/97 - 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


The deadline to place your Journal Ad is November 15th, 2004 that is just about a month away. At the beginning of the year, your ads and support for this year's honoree, Nick Markatos, were pouring in at a record pace. However, since last May, your requests to place ads in the Society's Annual Journal have come to an abrupt halt. We, the Society and Nick Markatos need your support. All it would take is for each one of our Members to get a commitment from one of their vendors to place an ad and we will have a successful Journal. The Society and Nick deserve nothing less than this. We are counting on you all to make this happen. I have seen your generosity many times in the past and I am asking you all to once again step up to the plate.

A Journal Ad forms is available in this Month's Newsletter, as a download form on our web site and at the entrance to each monthly meeting. Thanks for your anticipated support.


9/15/04 NHTSA Proposes Standard for Tire Pressure Monitoring Devices
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a new safety standard to warn the driver when a tire is significantly under-inflated.

The proposal requires manufacturers to install a four-tire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that is capable of detecting when a tire is more than 25 percent under-inflated and warning the driver.

The new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard would apply to passenger cars, trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles, and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, except those vehicles with dual wheels on an axle. This document proposes the following three-year phase-in schedule:
· In the first model year, beginning S ept.1, 2005, 50 percent of all light vehicles manufactured would comply.
· In the second model year, beginning Sept. 1, 2006, 90 percent of all light vehicles manufactured would comply.
· After Sept. 1, 2007, all light vehicles manufactured would comply.

9/14/04 WASHINGTON - Seat Belt Campaign
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), in partnership with the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), launched a campaign at the National Safety Congress in New Orleans today to encourage all federal employees to wear seat belts in all stations of moving motor vehicles.

"Every Belt - Every Ride" emphasizes the importance of wearing a seat belt no mater which seat you are in when traveling on public business in government vehicles, private automobiles, taxis or any other moving motor vehicle.


My name is Donald Schneider and I am with Metro Truck And Trailer Inc. I am happy to be the new Membership Chairmen of this Society.

As I look around the room during our general meetings, I see the same faces. Although it is always a pleasure to see the same old guys year after year, it is vitally important for us to bring new faces into our association. I have heard so many times from so many people within our Society and industry that there is so little new, young and up coming men and women behind us to take over. The days of multiple applications for the same job are all but gone. As an industry we need to be proactive.

My goal for this year is to stimulate the growth of our Society through membership. We all know at least one fleet related person we could suggest membership in our association to. We all know at least one industry related person we could bring to a meeting as our guest. Every time I hear the introductions at the beginning of our regular meetings I am impressed with the names of the Members and the companies they are with. This demonstrates the strength of our Society and the view of hope to any guest who hear these introductions.

I invite you all to take advantage of our Society and to make it work for you. The proven way to do this is through new membership. I am looking for a few Members to work within my committee to help me achieve the goals of our Society.

Thank you and I am looking forward the up coming year.

Members on the move:

· Member Clemment Drummond is now the Program Coordinator, Automotive Technology at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY.


We wish to thank Michelle Bellamy, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, of Engine Control Systems, a Division of Lubrizol Canada Limited, for our September program and sponsoring the cocktail hour. Michelle flew down from Toronto, Canada and presented to the Membership a very informative program on an emissions solution to diesel engine particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide utilizing diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts and emulsified fuel.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Life Member Nuno Tardo. Nuno donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


We have Bob Martin from General Motors for our program at our October meeting and he will be introducing us to GM's newest products for this model year. Jim Maloney from Ford will be hosting the program on their new low cab axle forward truck at our November meeting.

Our programs for January and February have not been scheduled yet but I had some people approach me at the September meeting who may be interested in presenting a program. If anyone has any suggestions please contact me.


Please join us at the October meeting as we present our Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to two well deserving students from Farmingdale University.

Time is running out for you to submit your 2004 Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship applications! Don't forget your attendance requirement of attending six meetings this year to be eligible for this year's scholarships.

We had a little debate at the September meeting on increasing the number of scholarships we will be awarding in the Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship. The eight scholarships being awarded in 2004 was determined at the February 2004 Executive Board meeting and as per our Bylaws, that number cannot be changed. We will take into consideration our Memberships' request of increasing the number of scholarships we award in the year 2005 at the February 2005 Executive Board meeting.


Tickets for our annual 10,000 Bricks raffle will go on sale at the October meeting. Only 200 tickets will be sold for your chance at 10,000 bricks! Great odds, great chances of winning, don't miss out! The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2004 Scholarships Awards Dinner at Leonard's of Great Neck on Saturday, January 15, 2005. You need not be present to win but we'd sure like to see you there to join us in the great time we have at the dinners. Tickets for the 2004 Scholarships Awards Dinner will also go on sale for $150.00 per couple.


I have not heard any news on the welfare of our Membership. I do have some good news amongst us. My son Anthony is the Series I Champion and the Overall High School Champion at Englishtown Raceway Park New Jersey. He will be representing Englishtown Raceway Park at the NHRA Division I race @ US 13 Dragway in Delaware on Sept 30 - Oct 1. Just a proud father!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
11/3 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/4 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/5 Ismael Acevedo
11/8 George Ferraro
11/8 Edna Williams (Edward)
11/15 Thomas Munno
11/20 Joseph Meade
11/22 James Atkins
11/24 Ralph Provisiero
11/26 Nancy Misita (William)
11/26 Fred Provenzano
11/29 James Dejana

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