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January 2006



Welcome to 2006. After the chaos caused by the thankfully short NYC transit strike, I am sure everyone looked forward to relaxing and recuperating over the holidays and had a great time with friends and family.

I want to thank Mike Cordiello, his committee and all the people who helped make the Scholarship Awards a success. Through the dedication of Mike and all those who help, the night is a great time for all those who attend.

At the Awards Dinner, we take the opportunity to honor the founders of the Society of Fleet Supervisors by awarding scholarships to advance individual educational pursuits. Equally important, we honor one of us who through tireless hard word and dedication helps move the Society forward.

The program for January is by the Members for the Members and will be given by Bob Gartman, our Programs Chairman. I am sure it will be a must see. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.


Welcome back for the New Year! We will hold our monthly meetings at the New Hyde Park Inn through May 2006.

I want to thank all the exhibitors who took advantage of the $25.00 discount for early registration in the EXPO. We received quite a few registrations and we have a good head start this year. As we near the April, choice tables will go fast so get your registrations in as soon as possible.


We are accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing up to and including the March 2006 meeting. We have received one Bylaw Change Proposal so far.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Article VI

1. The finances of the Society shall be derived from dues and other sources as may be approved by the Executive Committee.

Article VII

1. The Society shall make such Bylaws, as it may deem necessary for the proper conduct of the Society.

Article VIII

1. The Constitution may be amended at the May meeting by a (2/3) two-thirds vote and/or by voting by proxy of the Member grade. Any proposed change must be submitted in writing by the March meeting. The proposed amendment shall be read at the April meeting and written notice of said amendment shall be mailed to every eligible voting Member (15) fifteen days in advance of the May meeting. Only a Member of Member grade in good standing may submit an Article change proposal. (Amended 5/17/00)


We have another addition to our Internet directory, which our Members from We Transport/Towne Bus invite you to visit their web site at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 120
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 4
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 14
Total Membership 200

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 – 70, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 68, 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
Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 33, 11/01 -


Because of the generosity of our Members, this year’s Journal total has surpassed that of last year’s Journal.

As I have continually said, I had faith in the Members of the Society and knew that they would come through in the final weeks and days before the dateline and that they did. In fact, upgrades and new Journal ads came in the day of the deadline and I am happy to report that all went to print.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to all those that have contributed to the 2005 Journal. You have helped us assemble a Journal befitting our most worthy Member of the Year, William McVeigh. You continue to make us extremely proud of the fact that we are Society of Fleet Supervisor Members.

Happy New Year and thank you for your support.


George Hallahan Jr. is now the Associate Member representative for Drive Train Truck Parts.

Members on the move:

Member Vincent Cinotti is now with City Island Yacht Sales, City Island, NY as the Yard Manager.


Our January program will be on Fraud and Theft Prevention, which I will be presenting.

We have Caterpillar scheduled to present a program on 2007 engine regulations for February and Prime Lube to present a program on new antifreeze technology for March.


I received a letter from Life Member Henry Consiglio:

Dear Anne Marie & Mike,

Sorry I was unable to write to you sooner but we’ve had a bad year. Marge was hospitalized last November 2004 and was in and out of the hospital three times for a total of 30 days. For a while, I thought I was going to lose her and so did the doctor. It took some four months for her to recuperate. She is now pretty well back to normal but not fully.

Getting down to some good news, we have taken two cruises since then, one this past November for ten days to Aruba, Curacao, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands. Before this cruise, we flew up to New York for my #1 granddaughter’s wedding. We had a nice time and it was great to just sit and relax and enjoy life. I’m getting on fairly well but am starting to feel my age, 86 this coming January. We’ve booked another cruise for April and God willing will continue to do something often there after.

I’m happy that you and yours are fine and that you are enjoying life. Keep it up; you’ve worked hard for it for many years. I get the Society Newsletter and enjoy reading about the old timers. We still have a great Society and I wish I were still active there. Say hello to our friends. I still think of and miss all of them.

That’s about all I can say for now. I was happy to hear from you and hop to do so again. Have a healthy and happy holiday season with you family and let’s hope for many more.

Regards to all,
Marge & Henry


By the time you read this Newsletter, our Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner will have passed and six Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships would have been awarded. Congratulations to this year’s recipients and I will have them listed in the February Newsletter.

We are now accepting applications for the 2006 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships. The attendance requirements remain at 15 meetings attended in the past three years ending November 2006. Not sure about your attendance record? Please see Member Richie Chan and he will let you know how many more meetings you need to qualify.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member George Ferraro who had angioplasty during mid December.

Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Associate Member Samuel Blakley Jr. and family on the loss of his wife, Deborah, who lost her battle with cancer in mid December.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Dennis Madden who had knee surgery during mid December.

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
2/10 Phil Dutot
2/10 Cynthia Huffmire (Leonard)
2/11 Dennis Roskop
2/13 Alan Klebanoff
2/14 Samuel Blakley Jr.
2/17 Lee Balazs (Louis)
2/17 Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
2/18 Lyn Donato (John)
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)
2/24 Loucas Mastros

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