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January 2005



Well, we'll soon enjoy the highlight of our social year; the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. Though I've never been on the committee, I do understand that it's a "bear" to arrange and execute and our collective "thanks" go out to Mike Cordiello. Mike, you may know, is a "junior" committeeman this year, and has been giving monumental effort to bring this to fruition for us. Remember to give him your thanks as well when you see him at the party or when you see him at a meeting. He also headed up the effort for the sale of the brick tickets...another task not easily overlooked. However, it is YOU, the Society Member, that bought the tickets and helped by giving us the publicity necessary to make the effort successful, so we thank you all, as well.

The holidays are behind us now and our winter and spring events are being planned and advertised. There will be training sessions taking place and the times and places will be announced. The effort will be fruitless if YOU, the Member, does not take advantage of the knowledge being shared. The topics will be timely, and directed at areas where we feel help is necessary. Please take the time to share in the experience. Stay tuned for details

Come out to our meetings and become and active Member of a committee. We can use the help and the Committee Chairmen will be happy to get you involved. Its not "terribly difficult", and I promise you won't break a sweat! Just grab one of us on the Board and we'll get you started. You'll be glad you did and the Society is worth the effort. Thanks in advance for your commitment. See you at the party or at the meeting!


We will continue to hold our meetings at he New Hyde Park Inn for the next few months. The attendance for the past few meetings has been very good and I assume the excellent and informative programs has helped to spark interest to Members. We would like to continue this through out the remainder of the year. If you know of any Members who have not recently attended meetings please advise them of the meeting dates and hopefully we can increase our attendance. The attendance at meetings is very important to the Society because it shows support.

On behalf of the Arrangements Committee we would like to which everyone a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year.


We are accepting Bylaw change proposals in writing up to the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw XIV Accountant Services (Added 5/20/92)

1. The Executive Committee shall hire the services of an accountant each year at or about the January Board meeting, to file all governmental responsibilities for the Society.


Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 118
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 0
Total Membership 183

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 97, 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 - 62, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 60, 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 Journal Committee would like to extend to all a hearty Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2004 Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner on Jan. 15th. Once again, we are humbled by your generosity and with your support for both The Society and that of our Member Of The Year, Nick Markatos.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you!


Price of Crude Oil Rises Nearly 6% on Wednesday 12/15/04
The price of crude oil surged more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday, its biggest gain in six months.

Crude oil for January delivery rose $2.37, or 5.7%, to close at $44.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the biggest increase since June 1 and highest close since Dec. 1.

The price rose after the Department of Energy said heating-oil supplies fell 71,000 barrels to 49.9 million barrels in the week ended Dec. 11. It also said distillate stocks, which include heating oil and diesel, rose 37,000 barrels to 119.3 million, but a jump of 1 million barrels was expected, Bloomberg said.

Despite the increase in oil, prices have declined 21% from a record of $55.67 on Oct. 25. They are up 33% from a year earlier.


I am pleased to announce that Tom Munno of Double Check Electric has volunteered to be a Committee Member on the Membership Committee. If for any reason I cannot be reached, you can reach Tom at (718) 937-5343.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I am happy to report that the Student Membership drive is proving to be very successful. We have had at least one full table of guest students at the last few meetings. Many of these students have submitted membership applications.
We all agree that these new young faces are the up and coming representatives of our industry.

With this New Year I am looking for a fresh start full of ambition for a Membership drive. There is no doubt that we all know at least one Fleet Supervisor we could suggest membership to. I urge you all to become proactive and help me in making this Society grow. It's through Membership that we all benefit. Please pass along to me any new leads you may have.

Thank you all and I am looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year.


A letter is being drafted to send to the original equipment manufacturers, inviting them to join the Society. The O.E.M. is a very important to the Society Membership and should open avenues of communication between the Fleet Supervisors and the manufacturers.

I am looking to build the O.E.M. Membership and could use some help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Shawn Rogers of Espar Heating Systems will present the January program on engine idling laws and the systems available to meet these laws. He will also speak on how the savings will amount to paying for these systems.

We are searching for programs or ideas for programs to present at our April and May meetings. If anyone has a suggestion with a subject you would like to hear about, please contact me at (631) 544-9004.


Recipients of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship will be posted in the February Newsletter as the Newsletter already went to the printer before the awards were drawn.

This year's Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship starts off with a new set of attendance requirements that must be met for eligibility. Please remember that your attendance requirement goes back three years and you must attend fifteen meetings during this period that ends at the November 2005 meeting.


Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Scholarship Awards Dinner for a great night of good food and great friends. Hope to see you all there.


Speedy recovery and get-well wishes go out to Member Mark Kodner who underwent surgery at the beginning of December.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Carl Orza on the passing of his uncle, Mike Carrano at the beginning of December.

Double congratulations are in order for President Dennis and Anne Madden on the birth of their two grandchildren. From daughter Margaret and Mario Buddhoo a baby boy, Mario Jr. on December 10, 2004 who was six pounds, eleven ounces and 20". From daughter Jackie and Ken Mullen a baby girl, Brooke Noelle on December 12, 2004 who was six pounds, fourteen ounces and 20 ½".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
2/2 Marty Vavrinec
2/3 Sue Felicetta (Frank)
2/3 Joseph White
2/4 Lorraine Ferraro (George)
2/6 Edward McCormack
2/7 Patricia Harte (Tim)
2/7 Mario Mucciacciaro
2/7 Greg Torres
2/10 Phil Dutot
2/10 Cynthia Huffmire (Leonard)
2/11 Dennis Roskop
2/13 Alan Klebanoff
2/14 Samuel Blakley
2/17 Lee Balazs (Louis)
2/17 Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
2/18 Emma Colageo (Joseph Milea)
2/19 Raymond Kearney
2/21 Joseph Valenti
2/22 Anthony Falconiere
2/23 William Misita
2/23 Rosalie Pepe (Peter)

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