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June 2006


The May meeting is another for the history books, the new officers were elected and the Bylaws amended. Congratulations to the new Officers and I wish them good luck and many successes for the coming year.

Although the Executive Board this year had much "New Blood", there is always room for more. Volunteer and get involved. It is your Society.

A reminder the Golf outing is Monday, June 19, 2006. It is a great time for all that attend. Call Nick Markatos and sign up now.

Thanks to Mike Cordiello and his committee members for all their hard work on the Kiddy party.

See you all soon and enjoy the summer.


Once again, we had a successful EXPO. There were many new faces at the event because of the mass mailing we made. We sent out over 3,200 admission tickets and many of our vendors were pleased with the turn out. The food and service at the New Hyde Park Inn was great and I can’t say enough on what a great job the EXPO committee did for us. A great big thank you goes out to Dennis Roskop, Michael Calise, Tim Harte, Carl Orza and Richie Chan. A Thank You book will be mailed out at the end of June to the Membership and all the vendors and sponsors at the event.

We are off for the summer months so remember, no meeting in June. We start up again in September back at the New Hyde Park Inn.

Have a great and wonderful summer!


Results of the Bylaw Change Proposal voting are:

Proposal 1 on Bylaws I passed - 47 votes for, 4 votes against, 1 abstention.
Proposal 2 on Bylaws IV defeated - 19 votes for, 31 votes against, 1 abstention.
Proposal 3 on Bylaws IV passed - 47 votes for, 2 votes against, 2 abstentions.
Proposal 4 on Bylaws XIV passed - 47 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 abstention.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw III Executive Committee

1. The Executive Committee shall meet prior to each regular and annual meeting.

2. All Committee Chairpersons must report at the Executive and regular meeting and make annual reports.

3. Any Member of the Executive Committee absent from (4) four monthly meetings of the Committee without notification or a satisfactory excuse shall thereby cease to be a Member of the Committee.

4. The Executive Committee shall establish the "Standing" Committees and Special Committees as shall be necessary to conduct the affairs of the Society. The "Chairperson" on all Committees shall be chosen by the "President" of the Society. The Members of the Committee shall be chosen by the "Committee Chairperson" with the approval of the "President" of the Society. The Chairperson will announce the names of the persons on his/her Committee at the September Membership meeting. (Amended 5/17/95)

5. A Member may not serve as Chairperson or Member of more than (1) one Committee at a time. This is to actively involve more Members in Society functions.

6. The Executive Committee, headed by the President, shall be the final interpretation of all bylaws governing the Society of Fleet Supervisors.


If you have any changes to your home or employment information, please send it to me. I will be printing a new Constitution and Roster over the summer months and will distribute them at the September meeting.

We had a scare on our web site when we discovered that the site had been hacked into and a Trojan virus was planted in the opening page around May 19. I hope no one’s computer was infected and as long as you were running an up to date anti-virus program your computer should be safe. The web site’s server has since been cleaned and we are back up and running fine.

Please check out an addition to our Internet directory that comes from our Member from Tri State Truck Center, Inc. at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 111
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 41
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 14
Total Membership 191

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 75, 1/97 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
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
Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 38, 11/01 -
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired – 36, 3/97 – 10/01

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members 51
Guests 8
Total 59


The Golf Outing has arrived! We have golfer registration kicking off 10:30 AM at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park followed by brunch. Golfing will be a shotgun start at 12:00 noon. I hope to see you all there for a great day!


The Journal Ad Committee would like to remind you that although the deadline to place your Journal Ad is about five months off, it's not too early to make your commitment. We have a long road of Journal Ads to travel to meet the success of last years Journal.

Frank Carpenter the 2006 Member of the Year deserves our Members’ acknowledgement for his years of unselfish giving to our great Society. Placing an ad in the 2006 Journal shows your thanks to Frank as well as your support to the Society allowing us to continue the great work that we do.

So, please take a minute or two and make your voice heard by filling out a Journal Ad Form and sending it to the address noted on the bottom of the form. May I remind you that your payment does NOT have to accompany your commitment? We would be happy to bill you at a later that you select (as long as it is no later than November 2006). All you have to do is write that request on the Journal Ad Form.

The Journal Ad Committee thanks for your support and hopes that all our Members and their families enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer. We look forward to seeing you all in September at our next General Meeting.


States Sue Feds on Fuel Economy Standards
Ten states, led by California, filed suit last Tuesday in San Francisco in an attempt to force the Bush administration to strengthen fuel-economy rules for light trucks, Bloomberg reported.
The suit contends the administration's recent fuel-economy standards on light trucks sport utility vehicles and minivans were not preceded by rigorous analysis, and that the government did not consider the rules' implication on climate change, the New York Times reported.
The Department of Transportation announced light-truck fuel fuels in late March that would run through 2011. The standards increased the miles-per-gallon target for light trucks to 24, up from the current 21.6 mpg, an 11% increase.
Those rules were also challenged by the Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson, Ariz., and the Natural Resources Defense Council as not being stringent enough.
California is lead plaintiff in the suit, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York City, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.


Bill Schulman, of Classic Coach gave an informative presentation, which was very thought provoking. His presentation on DriveCam, Inc.’s fleet safety technology showed how this in-vehicle video technology could improve driving performance and reduce overall insurance costs.

The newly elected slate of Society Officers for 2006/2007 was announced:
• President – Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express
• 1st Vice President – Mark Kodner, We Transport / Towne Bus
• 2nd Vice President – Michael Cafiero, Petro, Inc.
• Treasurer – Frank Carpenter, We Transport / Towne Bus
• Secretary – Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale State University

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Robert Spiotto who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


I sent out a questionnaire to about 160 Members to get input on what they liked if they attended, if they did not attend, why not, and what they would like to see in the future at our monthly meetings. I hope that all will respond

Member Keith Skinner has retired from the industry and has been elected to Life Membership status.

Inducted at the May meeting:
• Tom Denicker of Farmingdale University as a Student Member.
• Ryan Roberts of Farmingdale University as a Student Member.

Members on the move:
• Member Vincent Gulotta is now with Tri State Truck Center, Inc. of Shrewsbury, MA as the Truck Sales Manager.


We have ten $1,000.00 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships to award this year. Please get your applications in as soon as you can. Don’t forget your attendance requirement to be eligible to receive a scholarship.

Hank Hasiwar Scholarship candidates will be interviewed at Farmingdale University on Tuesday, June 13. We have three $1,000.00 scholarships to award to students in the Automotive program this year. Any Member wishing to participate in the interviews can call me at (718) 388-4026.


I hope everyone remembered to attend the Kiddy Picnic on Sunday, June 4. It promised to be a day of good food, a good time and great friends.

Our thanks go out to Life Member Nuno Tardo for his $100.00 donation to the Kiddy Picnic. In addition, thanks go out to Member Robert Spiotto for his donation of his proceeds from the Big Draw raffle.

Thanks again and I hope everyone has a great summer.


Belated get-well wishes go out to Member Bill McVeigh’s mother who is recovering from surgery in April.

Belated condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Richard Sciortino and family on the loss of his father in April.

Get-well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Alan Klebanoff’s wife, Sara, who is recovering from a broken leg at the end of April.

Get-well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Alan Klebanoff who is recovering from hospitalized stay for arrhythmia in May

Get-well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member William Schneider who is recovering from surgery at the end of May.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family members of former Associate Member Phillip LaPorta of Laban Equipment Corp. on his passing at the end of May.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

7/1 Donna Sauchelli (Edward)
7/8 George Oristano (Linda McCabe)
7/8 Victor Varonier
7/9 Thomas Stagnitta (KeySpan)
7/10 Sandy Dozis (John)
7/10 Nikki Mitrakos (Tom)
7/11 Maria Carpenter (Joseph)
7/11 George Pastor
7/12 Frank Fontana
7/13 Penelope Angelopoulos (Prodromos)
7/14 Patricia Dardzinski (Steve)
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)
7/26 Michael Rogers
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 Coronoto
8/8 Sherrie Fauci (Robert)
8/8 Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
8/12 Albert Buehler Jr.
8/12 Greg Lent
8/12 Linda McCabe
8/12 Cindy White (Joseph)
8/13 Joseph Calderaro Jr.
8/13 James Fisher
8/14 Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
8/15 Leonard Ferrara
8/18 Garry Raff
8/20 Vincenza Parisi (Vincent)
8/21 Anne Marie Mastros (Loucas)
8/23 Sue Ebert (Edgar)
8/23 Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
8/24 Wendy Crandall (Robert)
8/27 Eva Mandel (Martin)
8/28 Peter Pepe
8/28 Elena Shopis (John)
8/29 Kenneth Wyman
9/3 Donna Lent (Greg)
9/3 Angela Shuler (Michael)
9/08 Avi Mordekovich
9/14 Mitchell Blane
9/19 Peter Clark
9/20 Kathy Iannotta (John)
9/21 Alfred Klingbeil
9/23 Francis Dejana (Peter)
9/23 Michael Iannizzi
9/25 Yolanda Calderaro (Joseph)
9/25 Lynn Cordiello (Michael)
9/26 Jeffrey Kaye
9/27 Marilyn Gibbons (Dennis)
9/28 Peter Dejana
9/29 Teddy Moustakas
9/29 Vincent Parisi
9/30 Lisa Ann Aull (Donald)
9/30 John Dozis
9/30 Vincent Gulotta
9/30 Kathy Orza (Carl)

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