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September 2005



On behalf of the Executive Board and myself, I want to say welcome back. I hope every one had a enjoyable and relaxing summer and is ready to make this year the best one ever for the Society. This year you will see some new faces on the Board, some not so new faces and even a few old timers. We have been working hard and hope to hit the ground running.  September's program will be given by Leece - Neville and is a must see.

We need involvement and ideas. We discussed many new ideas over the summer months to improve and expand our Society and will be making recommendations as the year progresses. Remember, this organization belongs to all of us and it needs involvement from everyone to make it prosper.

In closing, I want to thank past President Dennis Madden and his Board for their efforts on behalf of the Society and look forward to seeing everyone at the New Hyde Park Inn on September 21 st .


Welcome back!

We're back at the new and improved New Hyde Park Inn for the September 21 st meeting. For those who came to the meetings during the last half of the year noticed a improved atmosphere and a slight change in the menu. If anyone has any suggestions for the menu, please let me know.

As you all know the EXPO will be held in April 2006 but it is not too late to start planning to have a booth at this great event. You can help us out by registering BEFORE January 1 and receive a $25 discount off your invoice. Regular charges apply after January 1.

Please help with our Student Member Program. Every little bit that our Members contribute to the Student Subsidy Program helps us keep our Student Members active in our Society and we need these kids to one day take over our places in this organization. If you got a contribution, no matter how large or small, please don't hesitate to give me a call.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the September meeting.


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

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:


1. The Officers of the Society of Fleet Supervisors shall be: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

2. The above Officers shall be elected at the May meeting.

3. The Executive Committee shall consist of the "Officers" and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees and (2) "two" Past "Presidents" in attendance. (Amended 5/17/95)

4. At all Executive Committee meetings, the "Officers" shall have (1) one vote each. The Chairpersons of the standing committees shall have (1) one vote each. The "President" shall have the "deciding" vote in case of a tie. (Amended 5/17/95)


OEM Member Mike Rogers of International Truck and Engine Corp. sent us an updated web address for their web site ?

Pictures from the 2005 Kiddy Picnic and 2005 Golf Outing are available for viewing on our web site.

2005 Constitutions and Rosters will be distributed at the September meeting. If you would like your copy mailed, please contact me at [email protected] or call or leave me a message at (908) 665-210 ext 4619.

Our present Membership is comprised of:

Members 116
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 12
Total Membership 190

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


Now that the summer is over and we are easing into our daily activities, I am asking that we all take a moment or two to fill out a Journal Ad Form and make a commitment to the Society and our Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh. Purchasing a Journal Ad tells the Members of the Society that you support them and are proud of the work that they do as a Society.  Purchasing a Journal Ad is also a very economical way to advertise and grow your business.

During the closing months of the General Meetings before the summer break, I had asked for commitments from our Members, from their vendors and from our/their friends. I am sad to report that the amount of Ads and commitments received have been few. May I remind everyone that we only have less than three months to go and we have a long uphill road to travel to match last year's effort.

I have seen what our Members are made of and have every reason to believe that we will once again come through for this year's Journal effort. So please, make the commitment and take a Journal Ad to celebrate our Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh and the Society of Fleet Supervisors. Tell Bill and the Society how much we appreciate their efforts and how honored we are to be Members.




President Bush has signed into law two significant pieces of legislation, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a wide-ranging energy bill; and the Transportation Equity Act, which authorizes funds for the federal highway system, mass transit and highway safety program.



NHTSA issued a final rule mandating states to verify a driver's eligibility before renewing and issuing any type of driver's license. The rule will require states to check both the National Driver Registry (NDR) and the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS).

Currently, states are required to check only the NDR before issuing licenses. This means that when a driver with a CDL from one state applies for a motor vehicle license in another, the latter state may issue the license without knowing that the applicant already has a CDL in another state. Any violations associated with the motor vehicle license do not come to the attention of the CDL-issuing state.



EPA is releasing its annual report, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends:  1975 through 2005."  The report provides data on the fuel economy and performance characteristics of light-duty vehicles (cars, vans, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), and pickup trucks) for model years 1975 through 2005. 

Since 1997, fuel economy has been relatively constant, ranging from 20.6 to 21.0 miles per gallon (mpg). Model year 2005 vehicles are estimated to average 21.0 mpg. This is 0.2 mpg higher than 2004, but five percent below the fleet-average fuel economy peak value of 22.1 mpg achieved in 1987. This increase is due in large part to the increase in fuel economy standards for light trucks and SUVs implemented in 2005, offset in part by the increasing popularity of less fuel-efficient light trucks, particularly SUVs. 

This year, cars and light trucks are each projected to account for 50 percent of vehicle sales. While fuel economy levels have been relatively constant, vehicle performance (e.g. acceleration) and weight have nonetheless increased. Recent technology developments, such as hybrid-electric vehicles, clean diesel technology and variable displacement engines hold promise for the near-term future. The new report can be found at


The fatality rate on the nation's highways in 2004 was the lowest since record keeping began 30 years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. The number of alcohol-related fatalities also dropped for the second straight year.

All told, 42,636 people died on the nation's highways in 2004, down from 42,884 in 2003. The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was 1.46 in 2004, down from 1.48 in 2003. The fatality rate has been steadily improving since 1966 when 50,894 people died and the rate was 5.5.

Since 2001, the number of states with primary safety belt laws has increased to 22, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico , leading to an 80 percent safety belt use level, the highest ever. In addition, all states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico , now have 0.08 blood alcohol laws for drivers. ( Minnesota 's 0.08 law takes effect Aug. 1).


I am honored to be asked to head up the Membership Committee for the Society of Fleet Supervisors!

For the past 35 years, I have been with LaBan Equipment and have been in involved in all phases of our business: rebuilding, inventory, accounting, and currently ownership. If you need to contact me regarding old or new membership, please call me at 1-800-328-2010 and leave a message. If you have any ideas as to how we, as a Society, can increase membership, please let me know!


As the new Programs Committee Chairman, I hope to bring to our Membership some new and interesting programs. If anyone has an idea or something they may want to present at our meetings, please call me at Ferrara Bros. Corp. at (718) 939-3030.

Our program for September sponsored by Mondial Automotive, Inc., is proud to host a representative from Leece Neville/Prestolite on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005. Leece Neville/Prestolite will give a presentation on the impact that newly increased under hood temperatures have on the charging system. Stricter emission standards have required manufacturers to change the ratings of electrical components from 93C to 110C. Since this is an issue that is not apparent to the casual observer and will only get worse as the engine manufacturers address 2007 and 2010 emission standards, it is vital that all fleets are aware of the changes.

Future programs include Alternative Fuels by KeySpan Energy in October and Rosco Mirror systems in November.


I'm baaack! I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health doing the things you enjoy most. I am pleased to announce that I will once again serve as a liaison to the retired Members of the Society and look forward to hearing from you soon. Please write or call and let me know how you are doing so I can share your news with your Society friends.

With the end of summer fast approaching I look forward to a new year of informative meetings and time to visit with Society Members and supporters. As retirees we have much to offer the Society and our input and expertise will help to keep our organization strong.

We heard from Life Member Ralph Provisiero and he is doing well and enjoys Florida . He sends his regards to all, misses everyone in the Society and says he is the same old Ralph that we all knew.

We also heard from Life Member Joseph Valenti who is having a swell time in Paradise . He visited Maine and Las Vegas during August and will be in Florida for the month of February. He hopes to make one of the meetings in the future. He misses all the guys and says hello to all.

Life Member Joseph Perin sends us his new email address. He can be reached at [email protected]

I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


Hank Hasiwar Scholarship interviews were held in June at Farmingdale University . Prof. Bob Lagnese provided many highly qualified students in which the Scholarship Committee was able to make a selection of two students to be awarded the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship at the October meeting.

We are still accepting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship up to the November meeting. Please remember your meeting attendance requirement that you must fore fill to be eligible for a scholarship.


I'm back as the Welfare & Employment Chairman! If you have any reports on the welfare, health or employment of our Members and their families, please contact me at (718) 416-1300.

My first report is to say I am recovering from a sprained ankle and doing well.

Congratulations to Member Richard Fevang on the birth of his granddaughter, Ashley Fevang on May 27 th . Ashley was 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 18 inches.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Frank Carpenter who had knee surgery in June.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Richie Chan who broke his foot in mid June.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member John Dozis for a hospitalized stay during July.

Congratulations to Life Member Michael Iannizzi on the marriage of his granddaughter, Laura, to Brian Wrinkle in August.

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
10/8 Edgar Ebert
10/9 Christine Gulmi (Ronald)
10/10 Roger Preuss
10/11 Maria Coranoto (Daniel)
10/11 Michael Mazzio
10/15 Tim 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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