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November 2005



We seem to be on a roll so far this year. The October meeting was standing room only. I always look forward to the October meeting because that is when the Society awards the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to students in our industry. As an "old timer" who knew Hank well, I know he would be thrilled and proud of the scholarships given in his name. Hank was a shining star in this industry and a man who loved the Society of Fleet Supervisors.

I want to thank again all of our Members who donated to the scholarship drive. Their generosity will make a difference in the education of our students. 

Some how over the course of these passed years the official flag of the Society of Fleet Supervisors has been misplaced.  We looked to replacing the flag and the cost was prohibitive.  Alan Klebanoff  and his partner Thomas La Porta , volunteered to donate half the cost of replacement in the names of their fathers - Harold Klebanoff and Phil La Porta . The Society will make up the difference.  This is just another example of our Members stepping up and doing more for the benefit the Society.       

Thanks again to Ron Gulmi for an excellent and informative program on the forthcoming changes in the fuels of the future.  Our November the program will be presented by Rosco, Inc.  and promises to be as informative as the previous two programs.

I hope to see all of you at the November meeting.


Time is running out to take advantage of the $25.00 discount for early registration at the 2006 EXPO. As of January 1, 2006, full prices will be reinstated. Please feel free to call me for any information regarding the EXPO at (718) 388-0426.

We will soon start investigating other colleges that offer an automotive curriculum for our Hank Hasiwar Scholarships . This way we can expand our influence to other potential students that may benefit from this scholarship.

We've been getting good reviews from the Membership on the food and atmosphere at the New Hyde Park Inn since its renovation. I am open for any and all comments you may have on the menu or location.


We are accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing up to and including the March 2006 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:


2E. Apprentice Fleet Supervisor : shall include those actively engaged in the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles on a class "A" level and not actively participating in sales 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. (Amended 5/19/04)

2F. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) : shall include those companies, which produce the product, not a distributor or dealer. It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual. (Added 5/17/95)

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. (Amended 5/18/05)

3. A fleet shall be composed of at least (5) five vehicles.

3A. Membership from any one organization shall be limited as follows:

Less than (35) thirty five vehicles - (1) one Member; (35) thirty five to (70) seventy vehicles - (2) two Members; (71) seventy one or more - (3) three Members.

3B. In the case of a large company where there are (2) two or more centers of operation: each center shall be permitted to have Membership in accordance with 3a.

4. Associate Membership limited to (33%) thirty three percent of Member grade. (Amended 5/17/95)

4A. Associate Membership limited to (1) one representative from any organization. (Amended 5/17/95)

5. OEM Membership shall be limited to (1) one representative from any organization. (Added 5/17/95)


Please visit the web sites of our newest Member from Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Corp. at and newest Associate Member from Selecto-Flash, Inc. at http://www/

Our present Membership is comprised of:

Members 119

Life Members 15

Editorial Members 0

Associate Members 43

Honorary Members 3

Original Equipment Manufacturer 3

Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1

Student Members 14

Total Membership 198


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 ? 69 , 1/97 -

Carl Orza , Delta Transmissions ? 67 , 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 October meeting:

Members 61

Guests 17

Total 78


It's that time of year again when the seasons are changing, the leaves are falling, the weather is getting colder and the deadline to contribute ads for the 2005 Member of the Year Journal is rapidly drawing near. November 16, 2005 is the date of the next General Meeting and it is the date of the deadline to secure your ad/contribution for the 2005 Journal. This year, as has been my experience through the last two years is without exception.  We have a long road to travel to meet the total journal ad contribution of last year's Journal. 

Judging from the generosity that has come to be synonymous with the Members of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, I am expecting to see a rush of journal ad requests in the last month before the deadline to honor Bill McVeigh , our Member of the Year. Bill has been a Member of the Society that epitomizes the meaning of the words: Member of the Year.  He is a most worthy honoree that is befitting a journal of at least the success that we shared last year. I am once again asking our Members to show us what they are made of and to once again tell Bill McVeigh how important he is to us as a Society by contributing an ad to the 2005 Member of the Year Journal.

Remember, the DEADLINE for JOURNAL ADS is Wednesday, November 16, 2005 . Please bring your completed Journal Ad forms, your checkbooks and/or cash to the next General Meeting.

To all those that have already contributed to the 2005 Journal I express to you my heartfelt thanks!

See you all on November 16!


Hours-of-Service Regulations - Transitional Period

The hours-of-service final rule published on August 25, 2005 (70 Fed. Reg. 49978) became effective on October 1, 2005. FMCSA recognizes that neither the motor carrier industry nor enforcement agencies would be able to implement every provision of the new hours-of-service regulations immediately. Therefore, the Agency has provided a transition period for compliance and enforcement from October 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005 .

This period will give industry and State law enforcement officials time to adjust to the new hours-of-service rules. Motor carriers will need to modify their hours-of-service educational materials and train their employees on these changes. States will need to revise their enforcement manuals, reprogram their computers, and retrain roadside personnel. The Agency believes it is particularly important that drivers be aware of the new hours-of-service rules, and so encourages States during the transitional period to educate drivers about the new hours-of-service rules, just as the Agency has developed outreach materials and is undertaking efforts to assist the public, motor carriers, drivers and the enforcement community.

Commercial Driver's License Standards; School Bus Endorsement Interim final rule. RIN 2126-AA94. FMCSA-2005-21603. 70FR 56589.

Publication Date: 9/28/05 Effective Date: 9/28/05.

SUMMARY: FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to specify that a driver who passed knowledge and skills tests approved by the Agency for a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) school bus endorsement prior to September 30, 2002, meets the requirements of 49 CFR 383.123. FMCSA also amends the FMCSRs to provide that States have until September 30, 2006, to administer knowledge and skills tests that comply, to all school bus drivers. Finally, to conform with extension of the compliance date, the expiration date for allowing States to waive the driving skills test under 49 CFR 383.123(b) is extended to September 30, 2006. As a result of this interim rule, the 2-year exemptions for drivers in 11 States from the knowledge and skills testing requirement proposed in the FMCSA notice published July 14, 2005, are no longer necessary.


Member Ron Gulmi who is also the Chairman of the Board of Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition presented a very informative program on the incentives available for alternative fueled vehicles and how to obtain the funding. He also spoke on the new Energy Policy Act of 2005. We thank Petro, Inc. for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Life Member Pat Taddeo who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


The Society of Fleet Supervisors had a booth at the Nassau Suffolk Truck Show in Hauppauge on October 18, 2005. The show went very well and there was a lot of interest in the Society. Several other organizations such as the Long Island Sanitation group showed an interest and they have many members. Both Lenny Huffmire and I talked to several prospects for membership. If you are aware of any other functions like this please let me know so that we can attend. Again, out mutual objective is to grow the Society with quality members.

Peter Plate of Rosco, Inc. has had a Membership reclassification from Associate Member to OEM Member status as approved by the Executive Board.

Inducted at the October meeting:

Robert Snyder , Transportation Manager for Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Company of Brooklyn , NY as a Member. Bob oversees the fleet, operations, distribution, safety and compliance of a 27-vehicle oil delivery fleet that distributes fuel oil throughout the New York metro area. Bob has had over 30 years of experience as an Operations Manager.

Robert Bisciotti , Supervising Supervisor and Materials Manager for the New York Police Department in Woodside , NY as a Member. The scope of his job includes procuring goods and services for the repair and maintenance of the 7500 vehicle police fleet.

Wesley J. Winkler , Sales Director for Selecto-Flash Inc. of West Orange, N.J. as an Associate Member. Selecto-Flash sells screen and digital printing and graphics for all types of vehicles and environmental applications. Prior to this, Wesley had 30 years experience working at AT&T and NJ Bell managing sales of domestic and international telecommunications services and facilities.

William Mirabella , President of Hicksville Spring & Auto Lab of Hicksville , New York as an Associate Member. His company performs general repairs for trucks but specializes in heavy truck springs and front ends. Bill's prior experience includes working for Delta Airlines as a Ground Support Equipment Supervisor at LaGuardia airport.

Chin-Win (Jack) Hwang , student at Farmingdale State University as a Student Member. Jack, as his friends call him, has maintained excellent grades while at SUNY and is looking one day to supervise his own fleet. He will be graduating in 2006. Jack currently works at Prince Metal in Long Island City as Purchasing Manager/Shop Foreman.

Members on the move:

Member Garry Raff is now with We Transport/Towne Bus of Bayshore , NY as a Shop Manager for a 215-vehicle school bus fleet.


The Society will look to attract new OEM Members, which will strengthen the organization.  OEM Members are defined as companies that "produce the product", and therefore, vehicle builders, as well as equipment manufacturers of product sold to OEMs, will be targeted.  Efforts are underway to develop a letter of introduction to the Society for use in a possible mailer/database campaign, and or posting on our web site. 


Our November program presented by Rosco, Inc. will cover Rosco Mirrors, Cameras, and Visors, 100 Years of Innovation. The presentation's purpose is to introduce the Society Membership to Rosco's capabilities, and in the process, to provide information on the technical aspects of the product and any applicable legislative requirements. 


I received a letter from retired Member Jim McElwee :

Hi Mike,

As you know, I had a heart attack and a three-way bypass operation in March of 2004. I had complications and was confined to bed and a wheel chair for 14 months. I'm up and walking now with a walker and I'm getting stronger every day. They said I had improved enough that I could live alone and take care of myself.

My first trip out on my own was to the Fleet Supervisor's picnic. It was great seeing all my old friends.

A few weeks after the picnic I shipped my Cadillac to Florida on a flat bed truck. I flew to Tampa and I'm now all on my own in my home in Zephyrhills, Fl.

In September, I went to Philadelphia to attend a reunion of my ship during WWII.

My cardiologist has taken lots of blood tests and X-rays, has given me a clean bill of health, and doesn't want to see me for 4 months. I asked him if I would last that long and he put his arm around me and said ?Yes and a lot longer.?

I went out and bought a two-year pass to Busch Gardens and I go there at least once a week.

I belong to the Elk's Club, Moose Lodge and Eagles Lodge. Once a week I go to one of them for dinner and dancing. I'm still a little unsteady on my legs but it gives me a good excuse to hold on tight to my partner as we dance around the floor.

Richard Chan sent me the 2005 Constitution and Bylaws book but my address is wrong. The correct information is:

James W. McElwee

5527 Betmar Dr .

Zephyrhills , FL 33542-3195

Phone (813) 788-6939

E-mail [email protected]

Maybe you can pass this information on to some of my friends in case they would like to get in touch with me.

I hope to see you at the next picnic when I visit my family on Long Island

Jim (Mr. Mack) McElwee


Congratulations to our Hank Hasiwar Scholarshi p Recipients! The Society is proud having presented to Tom Denicker of Whitestone , NY and Laura Freedman of Lindenhurst , NY each with $1,000.00 scholarships. Both students attend Farmingdale University . Tom intends to make a living in our industry and eventually start his own small business. Laura presently works in an automobile dealership and her career objectives is to become an Automobile Factory Representative or a government position in transportation.

This is the last call for 2005 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications. At the November meeting, you must have attended 15 meetings in the last three years to be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded at the Scholarship Awards Dinner on January 14, 2006.

I wish to thank the following donors for their scholarship donation pledges:

John Collura $50.00

John Costantin $100.00

Gregory Lent $100.00

Steven Milack $100.00

Superior Distributors $100.00

Trius, Inc. $500.00


I was glad to see so many of our Members at the October meeting. I just want to remind everyone of the upcoming Scholarship Awards Dinner at Leonard's of Great Neck on Saturday, January 14, 2006. Please reserve your table early so we can finish the arrangements.

Let's not forget to purchase your 10,000 Bricks drawing tickets! There are still tickets available so get yours now before it is too late and you are left.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member John Costantin and family on the loss of John's brother Frank, who succumbed to cancer at the beginning of October.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

12/1 Donna Calder ( Douglas )
12/3 Anthony Natale
12/5 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/7 Valarie Varonier (Victor)
12/8 John Costantin
12/8 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12 Floyd Hart
12/13 Margo Clarke ( Stanley )
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 John Shopis
12/13 Nardine Yopp (Richard)
12/15 Lawrence Straker
12/17 Thomas Volpe
12/18 Robin Gartman (Robert)
12/18 Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/19 Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/20 Roy Burgin
12/21 William McVeigh
12/23 Karen Tesi (Salvatore)
12/25 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/25 Heidi Rubin (Bruce)
12/26 Judith Bloom ( Leon )
12/28 John Messina
12/30 Nancy Plate (Peter)

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