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December 2006


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Christmas and Hanukah are around the corner it is a reminder the end of the year is near. 2006 was an exciting year for the Society with the many successful events and I hope everyone enjoyed them as much as I did.

With the year ending, I would like to extend my deepest thanks on behalf of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, to Mike Cordiello, Special Activities Chairman for the fantastic job he has done with the Scholarship Awards Dinner and the Kiddy Picnic. To Nick Markatos, Golf Outing Chairman for another successful golf outing and to Frank Almona, Arrangements Chairman for his efforts with the Expo. I want to thank all those that who volunteered their time to assist the committee chairmen in giving the Society the most exciting and enjoyable events during the year.

January brings us to the Society’s Annual Scholarship Awards dinner and I expect it will be a memorable event so don’t forget to reserve those tables. The next general meeting is set for January 17 at THE INN New Hyde Park and I hope to see everyone there to start the year off.

I am looking forward to the upcoming year and have great expectations for the Society. With an eye on its future, I foresee many great things, strong growth in membership, informative programs and events that will be second to none.

On behalf of the Society of Fleet Supervisors’ Executive Board, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Happy New Year and am looking forward to seeing you next year.


Please remember that there is no general meeting for the month of December. We will meet again for the January meeting at THE INN at New Hyde Park.

It’s time for me to start the push for the 2007 EXPO. We will have a new exhibit floor layout so get your reservations in and pick your choice table locations. We are offering a $25.00 discount for all paid table reservations made before February 1, 2007. Call me at (718) 388-4026 or send in your application to Member Richie Chan.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!


We are accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing up to and including the March 2007 meeting. We have received two proposals so far.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw VII Term of Office

1. The Officers elected at each May meeting shall hold office for (1) one year and may be eligible for re-election unless disqualified. No Officer shall be eligible to succeed himself in that office after serving (2) two terms except as Secretary and Treasurer.

Bylaw VIII Auditing Books

1. The Auditing Committee of (2) two Members shall be appointed by the President at the regular April meeting. Such committee shall inspect and audit all accounts of the Society for the year expiring April 30 preceding the May meeting. The appointed Auditing Committee will also determine that no unauthorized changes occurred to the Constitution and Bylaws.

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Here’s an interesting Society facts from our membership records:
Our Members with membership prior to 1970:
Life Member Henry Consiglio – 1957
Life Member Ralph Provisiero – 1960
Life Member Anthony Falconiere – 1963
Life Member Joseph Perin – 1964
Member Dennis Madden – 1967
Life Member Michael Iannizzi – 1968
Life Member Edward Williams - 1969

Members and former members that are or were second generation Society Members:
Member Thomas Almona, nephew of Member Frank Almona
Former Associate Member Eric Aronin, son of late Member Carl Aronin
Member Joseph Carpenter, son of Member Frank Carpenter
Associate Member Mitchell Clark, son of late Member Shelley Clark
Member James Dejana, son of Member Peter Dejana
Member Robert Gartman, son-in-law of late Member Frank Panasci
Honorary Member Alan Klebanoff, son of late Life Member Harold Klebanoff
Associate Member Thomas LaPorta, son of late Associate Member Philip LaPorta
Member Garry Raff, son of late Member Joseph Raff
Member Thomas Stagnitta, son of Life Member Thomas Stagnitta

This is quite an impressive list! We must be doing something right!

Congratulations to the following Members who had perfect attendance in 2006:
Member Pat De Martino
Life Member Anthony Falconiere
Member Leonard Huffmire
Member Robert Lagnese
Member William McVeigh
Associate Member Thomas Munno
Member Michael Ricatto
Member Dennis Roskop
Member Robert Spiotto
Life Member Nuno Tardo
Member Joseph White

You should have received your 2007 dues invoice by now. If you need a duplicate or never received your dues invoice, please let me know and I will send one out to you.

Member Richard Fevang invites you to the City of New Rochelle’s web site at the next time you are on the Internet.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 113
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 41
Honorary Members 4
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 18
Total Membership 197

Attendance at the November meeting:
Members 56
Guests 11
Total 67

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 78, 1/97 –
Member George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 41, 11/01 –
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 39, 3/97 –
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


Happy holidays and have a very happy, safe and prosperous 2007!

Back Talk: Back pain is a symptom of a medical condition. Some causes could be from:
• Deteriorating discs, muscle tension spasms and herniated discs.
• Injuries such as sprains incurred from improper lifting.
• Conditions or diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, pregnancy or kidney stones. Infections or tumors.
• Emotional stress.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has posted online the database from its “Large Truck Crash Causation Study”.

The study was commissioned by FMCSA to review the causes of, and contributing factors to crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.

A national sample of fatal and injury crashes between April 2001 and December 2003 were investigated for the study. Each crash involved at least one large truck and resulted in at least one fatality or injury

The study found that drivers of large trucks and other vehicles involved in truck crashes are ten times more likely to be the cause of the crash than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance.

The data from the study, along with the original report to congress, data tables, and other study information is available via the FMCSA website:

Highway rail grade crossing: seven steps for safety:
1. Approach with care: Warn others that you are slowing down. Turn on 4-way flashers. Use a “pull-out” lane if available.
2. Prepare to stop: Turn off fans and radios and roll down windows. Locate your cell phone for use in an emergency. Stop at least 15 feet, but not more than 50 feet from the nearest rail.
3. Look and listen both ways, carefully. Bend forward to see around mirrors and a-pillars.
4. If it won’t fit don’t commit: Trains extend beyond the width of the rails at least 3 feet on either side. Remember your vehicle, your cargo and overhang.
5. Look again: Before you move, look again in both directions.
6. Cross tracks with care: Signal, watch for a safe gap, pull back onto the road if you used a “pull-out” lane.
7. Keep going once you start, even if lights start to flash or the gates come down.

According to OSHA regulations, a summary of the previous year’s accidents and injuries are to be posted from February through April using the OSHA 300 form. This only applies to companies with 11 or more employees. All employers must display the OSHA poster and report to OSHA within 8 hours any accident that results in a fatality or in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees.

Watch for repeat offenders. Why do they keep getting hurt? Is it stress, inadequate training, or carelessness? Is it the time of day, or is it just the day of the week. Injuries occurring on Mondays and Fridays are the typical suspect days.

Please let me know of any industry related events coming up in 2007 so I can let everybody else know! I’m looking for trade shows, seminars, outdoor events, training, especially free training, truck shows, how about free food. Come on guys does anybody read this thing! There must be a trade show somewhere we should know about! Anything? What’s going on in our industry, don’t keep it a secret! Let everyone know!

Mike’s TIPS
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


Tim McParland, VP Retirement and Kris Iyer, Regional Consultant for Fidelity Investments, gave an informative presentation concerning the fundamentals of retirement income planning. Their presentation showed how proper planning and investment would help you to have an enjoyable, worry free retirement.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Albert Buehler Jr. who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


We have received a few membership applications and are still looking for others. I encourage all members to speak to their co- workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society.

Remember about our Membership Drive. Effective October 1, 2006 through may 15, 2007 we have implemented a Membership Drive. Sponsor the most new Members inducted during this period and receive a $250.00 American Express Gift Certificate at the May 2007 meeting. Prospective members must be inducted as full Members, Associate Members, or OEM Members during the Membership Drive period. All applications must be submitted for approval prior to the monthly Executive Board Meeting (First Wednesday of the Month). The last application to qualify for this program must be submitted no later than the April 2007 meeting.

In addition, we are looking for recommendations for Member of the Month. If you know of anyone who has showed outstanding performance in the Industry, you should send his or her name and contacts to Members Bill Schneider, Richard Chan or me.

Remember being a Member is important, but we must attend meetings to support the Society.

Thank you very much and Happy Holiday to all.

Inducted at the November meeting:
Gary G. Scherer, a Senior Buyer/Planner for KeySpan Energy of Hicksville, NY was inducted as a Member. Gary is responsible for the procurement of vehicles, equipment, service and parts contracts for a 4,700 vehicle utility fleet. Gary interfaces with all the garage supervisors to assure vehicles or contracts are awarded in a timely manner that will not result in productivity loss for the fleet. KeySpan Energy purchases an average of 500 vehicles or pieces of equipment per year.


Back in December of 1996, the Newsletter Editor was not able to continue his duties and we were left without a Newsletter for January 1997. I said to then Society President John Dozis that I would take over the duties of the Newsletter until he could find a permanent Editor. Little did I know then that this “temporary” job would last ten years! It has been a long cruise through six Presidents and I have been very grateful for all the experience I’ve gained from editing and publishing the Fleet Street Journal. The time has come for me to step down and let Member Bill Schneider of Atlantic Express, Inc. take over the editorial helm of the Newsletter. I thank the Society and its Members for the privilege of being able to serve such a unique group of supervisors.


Invitations to our January general meeting were extended and accepted by two OEM prospects, Sterling and Onspot. We are hopeful all Members will embrace our visitors at this meeting and encourage their future involvement as possible OEM Members.


Our January program is sponsored by Prime Lube and our presentation is by Chevron who will speak on ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and its effects on diesel engines.

The March program will be presented by Telma Corp. on their engine braking system.

We are still looking for programs for February, April and May. If you have any topics you would like to see and hear about, please call me at (631) 475-8220 or email me at [email protected]


I had a telephone call conversation with retired Member Joseph Gagliardi and he states he is doing well. He is spending his time between his homes in South Jersey and Jupiter, Fl. Joe sends his regards to all.

I also spoke by way of telephone with retired Member Daniel Coronoto who also is doing well. Dan sends his regards and hopes to make a meeting in the future.


The 2006 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship application filing period has been closed and the review process on all the applications is being finalized. I hope that you will be able to join us at the Scholarships Awards Dinner in January as we present our $1,000.00 scholarships to our recipients.


No news is good news on the welfare of our Members.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
1/2 Martin Mandel
1/2 Edward Williams
1/7 Rose Lee Calise (Michael)
1/7 John Logerfo
1/12 Peter Domante
1/12 Mark Kodner
1/20 Jeanne Bald (Norman)
1/20 Henry Consiglio
1/20 Robert Fauci
1/21 Margaret Rogers (Michael)
1/22 John Collura
1/23 John Davis
1/24 Victor Araujo
1/24 Marie Collura (John)
1/24 Edward Sauchelli
1/25 Julia Macaluso (Salvatore)
1/26 Norman Bald
1/26 Patricia Davis (John)
1/28 Patricia Dejana (James)
1/28 Pasquale Taddeo
1/29 Carl Orza
1/31 Robert Crandall

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