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November 2006


October is behind us and a big thanks go out to Member Mike Calise for his presentation on “Right to Know”. It was a good reminder as to the importance of following a program of good work place compliance and safety.

I would like to thank all those that attended the meeting and supported the recipients of the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships. As you know, these students are future fleet supervisors and potential members of the Society and they need your support.

As I have mentioned in the past, the Society needs more members and with that in mind, the Society is running a membership drive. The drive ends May 1, 2007; let’s get those potential members signed up. Don’t forget there is a membership drive award to the Member who sponsors and has the most members inducted. Good Luck.

For the November meeting we will have an interesting program from Fidelity Investment.

I hope to see you and your prospective members at the meeting. I am sure it will be worth the trip.


We are at the Inn at New Hyde Park for the November meeting. It’s the same location, just a name change.

I hope our Student Members have been thinking about getting one of them to step up and be the liaison between the students and the Society. We need to know what we can do to improve our program and how to help our Student Members. Please give me a call if you are interested.

It’s time to start thinking about the EXPO and to get your exhibit table reservations in. April will be on us faster than you think so don’t get left out.


We are now accepting Bylaw change proposals for 2007 in writing. Any proposal must be submitted in writing by the March meeting. To date, we have received two Bylaw change proposals.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw VI Elections

1. The election of Officers shall be conducted at the May meeting.

2. At the March meeting, the President shall oversee the formation of a Nominating Committee. This Committee will consist of (5) five Members as follows: a Chairperson, who will be the immediate past President or a past President if the immediate past President is unable, unwilling or unavailable to accept this position for whatever reason; (2) two former Executive Board Members and (2) two full Members. The Nominating Committee Members will be chosen by the Nominating Committee Chairperson. This Committee shall prepare a slate of Officers for presentation to the regular meeting in April. Other candidates may be nominated from the floor at this time. The Secretary shall send the report of the nominations with the notice of the May meeting. To be eligible for nomination for the Office of President, any Member grade must be or have at some previous time, served as an Officer and/or Member of the Executive Committee for a full term.

3. Members may vote in person or by proxy. Proxy must be by mail, addressed to the Secretary. (Amended 5/18/05)

4. No candidate may be proposed without his/her consent.

5. Voting may be by acclamation. If there is more than (1) one candidate for office, the election for that office shall be by secret ballot. The votes shall be counted by (2) two tellers who shall be named by the chair.

6. The full voting powers shall be vested in the Member grade of the Society. The Associate grade Member shall have (1) one vote at a regular meeting only, but shall have no vote at the May meeting or in the election of Officers of the Society. The Apprentice Feet Supervisor shall have no vote at any meeting or in the election of Officers of the Society. Only those Members shall be entitled to vote whose dues are paid for the current year, as so defined by the Bylaws VI Elections, par. #6.

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A great big thank you goes out to Life Member Nuno Tardo for providing some pictures from the 2006 Kiddy Picnic, which can be viewed on our web site.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 111
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 195

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members 60
Guests 17
Total 77

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 77, 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. – 40, 11/01 –
Nuno Tardo, Retired – 38, 3/97 –
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


As we are all aware, we work in an industry that is hazardous. Without proper precaution, injury and fatalities can occur. It is the responsibility of every employee to make sure that we are working in a safe environment. In most cases, workplace training is concentrated on accident prevention. Are we prepared if an injury were to occur? If you feel confident that you are prepared, do you feel the same way about your coworkers if something were to happen to you?

In most cases, it is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect that accidents are not going to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical first aid training and supplies relative with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer. In our case, we fall under the general industry requirements and these requirements mandate that employers supply employees with first aid and CPR training. First Aid and CPR training is available through several sources. Most local Fire Departments offer First Aid and CPR training for free or for a nominal fee. The American Red Cross has locations throughout the county that offer training. To find your local chapter, visit the American Red Cross on the Web at There are also independent organizations that provide the training as well such as Cintas. Currently employees trained in CPR must be retrained every year to maintain their certification and First Aid training is required every three years. If you would like to learn more about First Aid and CPR, visit the OSHA and Red Cross web sites for more information

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As we approach the deadline for the journal I would like to ask all Members of the Society to think about vendors they can enroll into taking out an add. We are honoring Frank Carpenter, a Member that has contributed so much to the Society over the years and has invested over half his life to fleet management. Remind your vendors the journal is distributed to all our Members and the exposure they get is tremendous. Please inform your vendors the Members of the Society are more prone to patronize advertisers who support the Society’s mission than those who don't.


Four separate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulatory actions are anticipated to be published this fall in the Federal Register. Two of the actions will address the hours-of–service issues, supporting documents and electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs).

The other actions will include a notice of proposed rulemaking addressing the incorporation of a driver’s medical certification status with his / her commercial driver’s license (CDL). Also slated is a proposal that would amend the New Entrant Safety Assurance process by raising the standard of compliance for passing the new entrant safety audit. Stay tuned.

The Business-to-Business NY-XPO will be held on November 29, 2006 at the Jacob Javits Center in N.Y.C. The Business-to-Business show is the largest “B to B” show in the Northeast and should not be missed! The show runs from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. In its debut year, NY-XPO is expected to draw upwards of 12,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors, the largest business-to-business show in the Northeast. The event will feature Mayor Michael Bloomberg as its keynote speaker. Throughout the day, ten educational tracks will be offered that will include over 50 seminars covering sales, marketing and advertising, business management, technology and more. Admission to the show is free to the public.

For more information about NY-XPO 2006 call (866) 443-8368 or visit

Is your business prepared for a pandemic? Government and international organizations have been scrambling to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic, with much of the attention focusing on a strain of avian flu called H5N1. The virus is not transmissible from human to human. However, experts fear that could change if the virus mutates, sparking a global pandemic with thousands or even millions of casualties.

So what can you do?

Plan for the impact on your business and on your employees and recommend all employees get a flu shot.

Wearing a seat belt while driving a car or truck with functioning air bags reduces the likelihood of death in a vehicle crash by up to 63 percent and significantly reduces the chance of injury. According to the National Safety Council, seat belts saved an estimated 14,903 lives in 2003 among vehicle occupants older than 4 and an additional 6,081 lives could have been saved that year if 100 percent of occupants older than 4 had buckled up. Airbags have saved a total of 14,227 lives between 1987 and 2003. By the way, guys, females are more likely than males to “buckle up”.

Strains and sprains are still the leading cause of nonfatal workplace injuries. These types of injuries accounted for 4 out of 10 occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States in calendar year 2004. Strains and sprains are usually the result of overexertion or contact with objects or equipment. Proper lifting techniques training is available on DVD and VHS video and PowerPoint from various companies or through this Member.

Information pertaining to “zipper ruptures” on truck tires is still being gathered, results will be announced at the November meeting.

Mike’s TIPS

Equal opportunity employment
Just because a joke or a story with ethnic overtones may seem funny to you and others in a racially mixed crowd doesn’t mean that it may not offend. Be careful, the next person to be offended may be you!



Member Mike Calise of the New York City Police Department’s Fleet Services Division presented the October program on current OSHA standards. The presentation included how to acquire and analyze hazardous material information, how to organize occupational safety programs and a discussion of the “Right-to-Know” laws. Mike’s presentation was lively and informative.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Student Member Mariusz Czapicki of Farmingdale University.


At this time, I would like to introduce myself as the new Membership Chairman. On behalf of the Society, I would like to offer our thanks to Honorary Member Alan Klebanoff for his work as Membership Chairman and congratulate him on his retirement.

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.

I encourage all Members to speak to their co- workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society.

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 their name and contacts to myself or Member Richard Chan.

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

Members on the move:
Thomas LaPorta is now the Associate Member representative for Laban Diesel Equipment of Valley Stream, NY. Tom was a former Associate Member representative from Laban Diesel Equipment prior to Honorary Member Alan Klebanoff’s membership.

Member Robert Spiotto is now with C.N.R. Refrigeration Co. Inc. of Hempstead, NY as an Outside Salesman.


Kris Iyer from Fidelity Investments will be giving a presentation on investing and what it can do for our future.

Prime Lube will sponsor our program for January and the presentation will be from Chevron/Texaco on ultra low sulfur fuels and the potential impact on your fleet.


I received a letter from Life Member Henry Consiglio and he states that Margaret and he are doing as well as can be expected at their stage in life. They have been on a couple of cruises since the last time they wrote and will be going on an 18 day cruise on Dec. 3 from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, through the Panama Canal calling on ports along the way to Aruba and Miami. They will be up in the New York area in March for their granddaughter’s wedding but will only be staying for a few days. He sends his regards to all Members, old and new.

I hope to hear from some of our other retired Members soon.


Congratulations to our Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients – Student Member Asif Chowdhury of Uniondale, NY, Jorge Fernandez of Levittown, NY and Steven Kaufman of Washingtonville, NY, all students in the Automotive Engineering Technology and/or Automotive Management curriculum at Farmingdale University. Each of these students was awarded $1,000.00 scholarships to aid them in their educational endeavors. We wish them good luck for their future and hope these well deserving students may someday enter our industry and join our ranks as Fleet Supervisors.

A great big thank you also goes out to Member Robert Lagnese and his staff at Farmingdale University for providing us with excellent candidates for our scholarship.

This is the last call for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications. All applications must be submitted by the November meeting. To be eligible, you must have attended 15 meetings in the last three years for your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew, niece, spouse or yourself to receive one of ten available $1,000.00 scholarships.


At this time, I would like to remind everyone that the Scholarship Awards Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Leonard’s of Great Neck. This is a great time to relax and enjoy old friends and to meet new ones. This year we are honoring Frank Carpenter as our Member of the Year.

For table reservations or 10,000 Bricks raffle tickets, you can contact me at (718) 239-1311 or (917) 440-2879. Thanks.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Anthony Cavuoto who is recovering from back surgery at the beginning of October.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Frank Fontana who is recovering from surgery in mid October.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

11/3 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/4 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/4 Peter Glasser
11/5 Ismael Acevedo
11/8 George Ferraro
11/8 Edna Williams (Edward)
11/15 Thomas Munno
11/17 Dianne Kearney (Peter)
11/22 Peter Plate
11/24 Ralph Provisiero
11/26 Nancy Misita (William)
11/26 Fred Provenzano
11/29 James Dejana
11/29 Kirk Lombardi
11/29 Deras Marksohn (Brian)

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