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September 2004


Thank you for the honor of being elected your President and the opportunity to serve this Society, which I feel so strongly about, for the next year and hopefully the year after. Not such a long time; in fact, only 8 meetings and 3 social events.

You will hear me say many times, "We are all in this together", as these are the words I live my life by, and the words I bring to this task as President. We ARE, in fact, in this together, and we can choose to help each other or to be indifferent. Our plan IS to get everyone on their feet and pitch in, for the good of us all. Do we have any volunteers? Step up and help us…help everyone!

You will see many new faces involved in the everyday tasks of this organization. The men and women who have given their all over the years will advise the new faces until they are comfortable, but it is the new faces "flying this airline". While many good things have come to pass over the recent years, many changes will be seen in the very near future. I ask that you not view the changes from an adversarial position. Everything we do will be in the effort to HELP or TRAIN or EDUCATE our Members…to give US ALL the tools we need to do our jobs better. We ARE in this together.

We would like very much to hear from each of you regularly, on how we're doing, good, bad or indifferent, but expect to be asked what YOU would do differently, or how YOU would fix it. We'll entertain it all, but…we're in this together!

So, over the next two years, you will see a busy group of guys and gals trying to effect change for the good. You will not witness a static organization or one mired in bickering. We will ask for your help and we will ask several times. Support us, counsel us, constructively criticize us, but PLEASE don't undermine us. If you don't want to row, get out of the boat! We ARE in this together!

Let's get started!


Welcome back! I hope everybody had an enjoyable and safe summer. Arrangements are being made to have all meetings held at the New Hyde Park Inn for this year.

Good luck to the new slate of Officers.


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:

Article VII
1. The Society shall make such Bylaws, as it may deem necessary for the proper conduct of the Society.

Bylaw XII Amendments
1. These Bylaws may be amended at any May meeting by a (2/3) two thirds vote and/or voting by proxy of the Member grade. Any proposed Bylaw change must be submitted in writing by the March meeting. The proposed written amendment shall be read at the April meeting and written notice of said amendment shall be mailed to every eligible voting Member (15) fifteen days in advance of the May meeting. Any Bylaws may be suspended at a regular meeting of the Society by a (2/3) two-thirds vote of the Members present, for that meeting only. But no permanent alteration or amendment of any Bylaw shall be made except at the time and in the manner prescribed in the preceding paragraph. Only a Member of Member grade in good standing may submit a Bylaw change proposal. (Amended 5/17/00


Pictures from our 2004 Kiddy Picnic and 2004 Golf Outing are posted on our web site for your viewing.

Interested in sponsoring/advertising on our web site? We still have a few pages that need sponsors. Please contact me for details at [email protected].

New Constitutions and Rosters will be available for distribution at the September and October meetings. If you would like your copy mailed to you, please send me a note.

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

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 94, 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 - 59, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 57, 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


Welcome back to all. As the Legislative Committee Chairman for the Society, I hope to bring timely Legislative updates to all of the Members. I've been scanning the web and periodicals for information and would welcome any sites that may provide useful information regarding laws, regulations or information pertaining to legislative issues. I can be reached by email at [email protected]. If you have any comments or suggestions or specific needs that I can assist with, please let me know.

7/19/04 WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today launched The Whistleblower Program web page ( to provide a single source for obtaining detailed information on the laws with whistleblower protections that are administered by OSHA.

The new page consolidates a variety of whistleblower information previously available on the website, and supplements that with access to other resources, including the Office of Administrative Law Judges, and the Administrative Review Board.

8/2/04 WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a motor vehicle safety symposium to drive the message to the federal workforce that wearing seat belts while traveling on business delivers safe employees. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 10:30 a.m., during the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in New Orleans,


Our program for the September meeting is presented by Ed Richards of Environmental Control Systems. They are a manufacturer of diesel emission controls.


We had interviewed six students from Farmingdale back in June for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship. Member Robert Lagnese provided a fine selection of students for us this year. We will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships at the October meeting to two of these outstanding students. Please plan on attending this meeting and congratulate these students who we hope will someday join our ranks and help perpetuate the Society.

We are still accepting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Please get your applications in by the November meeting. Don't forget your attendance obligation you must fore fill to be eligible for this scholarship.


I have been asked to Chair the Special Activities Committee and I am seeking a few good Members to lend a hand to help out on the committee. I will need help in planning and holding the Scholarship Awards Dinner, the Annual Kiddy Picnic and the Annual Golf Outing for 2005. Anyone interested, please give me a call at (718) 239-1311 or email me at [email protected].


Hi All! If anyone hears of any Members in need where our Society can be of meaningful assistance or be of tangible impact for a Member, please contact me via Email at [email protected], phone me at (631) 436-4314 or my cell phone at (516) 315-8105. The bottom line with our Society is results, when people's lives change unexpectedly we have some resources that we can pull together to address the most urgent issues their families may face.

It's good to hear that Member Frank (Cheech) Almona is back to work since suffering a heart attack in the beginning of July.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the Tomassi family on the loss of Life Member Roger Tomassi who passed away on 7/25/04 after a battle with lung cancer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

10/1 Larry Bellack
10/1 Vincent Cinotti
10/2 James McElwee
10/4 Sara Klebanoff (Alan)
10/6 Robert Logan
10/7 Michael Bruce
10/7 Virginia Drummond (Clement)
10/8 Edgar Ebert
10/9 Christine Gulmi (Ronald)
10/10 Roger Preuss
10/10 Roger Tomassi
10/11 Maria Coranoto (Daniel)
10/11 Barbara De Martino (Pat)
10/11 Michael Mazzio
10/14 Philip Parisi
10/15 Time Harte
10/16 James Polanco
10/18 Nicholas Pavlides
10/19 Dennis Gibbons
10/20 Mavis Crandon (Ivan)
10/20 Frank Felicetta
10/21 Frank Carpenter
10/21 Karen Munno (Thomas)
10/23 Doreen Dent (Roger)
10/25 Barbara Ann Gulotta (Vincent)
10/26 Karen Kearney (Raymond)
10/30 Prodromos Angelopoulos

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