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June 2005



Well all right now, the Members have spoken and the election is behind us. Congratulations to the new President and his new Board. I'm sure, with YOUR help, that they will do everything possible to promote the best interests of the Society. Give them your undivided attention and help them when they ask for help. Come out and give them a hand with a Committee. It really is a great way to learn what actually happens to make this organization tick...or "clunk". Sitting out in the membership is great, but YOU are the Society, not the Exec Board. They only work for you. Confirm your interest by "showing up" and join in the mechanics of the group.

The next event is the Golf Outing, and under the guidance of Nick Markatos, I'm certain it will be "grand". I'll be there and I hope to see many of you as well. If not for golf, come out for the dinner. Your support is key to all of the things happening around you, so come on out.

The Kiddy Picnic is yet another "coup" for our Special Activities Committee chair, Mike Cordiello. Let me say that Mike had some of the most tedious events to bring in, and he performed with utmost skill. We owe a great debt of thanks to Mike for his concern regarding our expenses in the Scholarship Dinner, the Bricks event and the Kiddy Picnic. He held the line to be sure we were effective but not extravagant. I appreciate the fact that he never let go of the bull" horns and saw each job through to the last detail. Thank you, Mike.

To the other elected officials, Pat De Martino, Lenny Huffmire, Frank Carpenter and Pat Cohen, you have my appreciation for you advice and your ideas. Without your input, this task would be impossible to meet.

And to each of our Committeemen, I owe the same gratitude for a job well done. Mark Kodner, Mike Natoli, Don Schneider, Dennis Roskop, Carl Orza, John Shopis, Lou Balazs, Richie Chan, Jamie Dejana, Tim Harte, Bill Misita, Nick Markatos, Bob Crandall and Don Aull. Your efforts, on behalf of the Society have not gone unnoticed. I will surely get to thank each of you, personally.

It’s been a tough year, this past year, but it is behind us. Let's get on with the business of this organization.

Thank you all for your counsel. Guiding the Society of Fleet Supervisors has been a unique experience for me. I hope that some time each of you will have the opportunity to do the same. Get involved. Stay involved.


Results of the elections for the 2005/2006 slate of Officers are:

President – William McVeigh
1st Vice President – Leonard Huffmire
2nd Vice President – Michael Cafiero
Treasurer – Frank Carpenter, We Transport / Towne Bus
Secretary – Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University

Results of the voting of Bylaw change proposals are:

Bylaw Proposal 1 - APPROVED
Article III
2G. Student Fleet Supervisor: shall include those that are bona fide students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate or vocational program specializing in the automotive industry. Membership in this grade shall be limited to the year prior to the students expected graduation from an approved program. The student must maintain a passing grade for the required course curriculum to remain a Student Member in good standing. Grade transcripts shall be reviewed at the end of each semester. The number of Student Members shall be limited to (20) twenty percent of Member grade. This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio. Student Membership in the Society limited to one year after graduation or upon termination of studies without graduation. The Student Fleet Supervisor may request a transfer to any other grade of Membership he/she is qualified for upon graduation or termination of studies.

Bylaw Proposal 2 - APPROVED
Bylaw V Meetings
Delete the first paragraph, last sentence “The December meeting is to be the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.”

Bylaw Proposal 3 - APPROVED
Bylaw VI, #3
3. Members may vote in person or by proxy. Proxy must be by mail, addressed to the Secretary.

Bylaw Proposal 4 - APPROVED
Bylaw VI, #8
8. Voting may commence at the opening of the meeting after the cocktail hour.

Bylaw Proposal 5 - DEFEATED
Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees
Add the following to the 2nd paragraph after the first sentence:

Scholarships to be awarded in the following order: Member, Member’s spouse, Member’s children, and Member’s grandchildren. Any remaining scholarships would then be awarded to Member’s nieces and nephews.


A new constitution and roster will be printed over the summer months. Please send me any changes to your home address, phone number, employment change as soon as possible.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 115
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 12
Total Membership 188

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 67, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions – 65, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 - 1/97
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

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members 58
Guests 17
Total 75



On Saturday, April 30, we had our second training program offered to our Members and their technicians, at NY Automotive and Diesel Institute, located at 178-18 Liberty Ave., Jamaica, on Air Brakes. This program was sponsored by the Society for twenty - nine (29) Members and their technicians at no charge. Mr. John Kubic provided our Members and technicians with a top-notch training seminar using NYADI's brand new state of the art Air Brake training board and provided handouts for those who attended. Mr. Kubic's training featured a combination of classroom and hands -on instruction. Our President, Dennis Madden, who spearheaded these seminars was also in attendance and provided coffee and Danish compliments of the Society. Those in attendance attested to the need of programs such as these that assist them with their jobs, and are looking forward to future programs. I would like to Thank Mr. John Campanella from NYADI for the use of his State of the Art Automotive, Diesel and Collision repair training facility.


I am happy to report that this year’s total for Journal ad revenue generated is ahead of last year’s total for the same period. However, as I had mentioned at the May General Meeting, we are still a long way off from last year’s Journal ad total.

Bill McVeigh, this year’s most worthy Member of The Year honoree, has been a faithful Member of The Society of Fleet Supervisors for over twenty years. As evidenced by our Members electing Bill to the post of President at the May General Meeting, it is evident that the Members of The Society hold Bill McVeigh in high regard. Knowing this, I once again ask that our Members translate their support for Bill and the Society into dollars by upgrading their Associate Member ads and/or by asking their venders to support the Society by purchasing a Journal ad.

I want to express my thanks to those that have already contributed their money and their commitments. Your help in attaining our goal is much appreciated.

I am asking our Members that have not contributed for a commitment to place an ad in the Society of Fleet Supervisors Member of the Year Journal celebrating our Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh. Give me YOUR COMMITMENT and YOU CHOOSE when to submit your payment (as late as the third week in November). Email me @ [email protected] or phone me at (917) 734-4692 or fill out the Journal Ad form and send it to the address listed at the bottom of it. Let us make this year’s Journal honoring Bill McVeigh bigger and more successful than precious years. I know I can count on your never-ending support.

Have a safe and wonderful summer! See you in September.


Mike Williams of Cornerstone Truck Equipment introduced to the Society the process of cryogenics to improve the performance and useful life of materials in everything from brake rotors and performance engines to machine tools, musical instruments, plastics, nylons and even gun barrels. His presentation explained the basics of how the process works the cost and the benefits of cryogenics. We thank Cornerstone Truck Equipment for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

Life Member Mike Iannizzi reporting for the Auditing Committee states that the books were audited and found to be in proper order.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Sal Costello of Globe Fuel Oil.


Inducted at the May meeting:
• Lawrence Holmes, President of L & L Automotive Electric Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY as an Associate Member. Larry oversees the remanufacturing and sales of starters, alternators and DC motors and the sale of batteries.

Members on the move:

• Member Pat De Martino has retired from Con Edison after 35 years in Fleet Maintenance and Operations. He is now with Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment of Kings Park, NY as a Fleet Sales representative.

• Member George Pastor is now with Petro Commercial Services of Brooklyn, NY as the Inspection Manager.

• Former Apprentice Fleet Supervisor Victor Varonier’s membership status has been upgraded to full Member status. Victor is the Foreman for Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment of Deer Park, NY.

• Member Bill D’Emic is now with Big Apple Ford of Middle Village, NY as the Truck Manager.


Future scheduled programs are:
September: Mondial Automotive, Leece Neville
October: KeySpan, alternative fuels


Interviews for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship will be conducted during June at Farmingdale University. These scholarships will be awarded at the October meeting.

Please send in your applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship as soon as possible so we may get a jump on the verification process. To date we have received only one application. Please remember that new eligibility requirements are in effect concerning your attendance. You will need to attend 15 meetings during the past three years ending at the November meeting. Please use the application provided in this Newsletter or you may download a copy from our web site.

Have a safe and wonderful summer.


I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who gave a hand and the overwhelming number of people who offered as well to help at the Annual Kiddy Picnic. I was glad to see that so many of you could make it even though the weather was not what I had hoped for. Hope you all had as good a time as I did with some old friends & some Members that I meet for the first time. I hope your families enjoyed the day as much as mine did. Well, I will see you at the Golf Outing at the Towers Country Club on June 20 and enjoy the summer.


Congratulations to Associate Member Tony Cavuoto and family on the birth of a grandson, Thomas Anthony Cavuoto on April 22, 2005. Thomas was seven pounds, thirteen ounces.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
7/1 Donna Sauchelli (Edward)
7/2 Leon Bloom
7/8 Victor Varonier
7/8 George Oristano (Linda McCabe)
7/9 Thomas Stagnitta (KeySpan)
7/10 Sandy Dozis (John)
7/10 Nikki Mitrakos (Tom)
7/11 George Pastor
7/12 Frank Fontana
7/13 Penelope Angelopoulos (Prodromos)
7/20 Margaret Consiglio (Henry)
7/21 Thomas Stagnitta (Retired)
7/22 Laura Arbasetti (Gino)
7/22 Betty Johanson (Robert)
7/22 Sally Ann Logerfo (John)
7/28 Anne O’Sullivan (Mortimer)
7/29 Patricia Cohen
8/1 Ann Bruce (Michael)
8/1 Dennis Meehan
8/2 Liz Maher (Robert)
8/3 Anne Madden (Dennis)
8/5 Kathleen Meehan (Dennis)
8/6 Lori Vavrinec (Marty)
8/7 Daniel Coranoto
8/8 Sherrie Fauci (Robert)
8/8 Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
8/11 Garry Raff
8/12 Greg Lent
8/12 Cindy White (Joseph)
8/12 Linda McCabe
8/13 Joseph Calderaro Jr.
8/13 James Fisher
8/14 Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
8/20 Carole Costantin (John)
8/20 Vincenza Parisi (Vincent)
8/23 Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
8/24 Gale Bradley (Michael)
8/24 Wendy Crandall (Robert)
8/27 Eva Mandel (Martin)
8/28 Peter Pepe
8/28 Elena Shopis (John)
8/28 Salvatore Tesi
8/29 Kenneth Wyman
9/8 Avi Mordekovich
9/14 Mitchell Blane
9/14 Robert Maher
9/18 James Rich
9/19 Peter Clark
9/21 Alfred Klingbeil
9/23 Michael Iannizzi
9/26 Jeffrey Kaye
9/28 Peter Dejana
9/29 Teddy Moustakas
9/29 Vincent Parisi
9/29 Donald Schneider
9/30 John Dozis
9/30 Vincent Gulotta

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