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September 2006


The summer is over, the weather was good and I hope everyone has made the most of it.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to thank the Membership for their support in the past elections. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of the Society during the coming year.

June was a busy month. In the beginning of June, many of us had the pleasure of attending the Kiddy Picnic that was a complete success. Again, our thanks go out to Mike Cordiello and the Members who assisted in making the picnic one to remember. I would like to thank Nick Markatos and the Members that lent a hand for another successful Golf Outing. To those who supported the Golf Outing, I can’t say enough about your generosity.

During the upcoming year, there will be many meetings, events to attend, and obstacles to overcome. Once again, I am reaching out to the Membership looking for new ideas and new Members to help with the committees to make the events the best they can be. I know it has been said many times before but the story is the same, the Society needs your help. Remember, if you would like to participate in one of our many committees, call the Society phone number, 718-715-4157.

Allison Transmission will present the September program. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.


Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer.
Our meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn through the January meeting.
We are already receiving table reservations for the EXPO. If you plan on attending, please get your table reservations in.
I am looking for two volunteers from our Student Members to help Prof. Bob Lagnese and myself on the Student Member program. I would like them to report to us on the progress of our Student Members and how we can improve the program.


We are now accepting Bylaw change proposals for 2007 in writing. Any proposal must be submitted in writing by the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees

Membership: This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (4) four Members shall determine the qualifications of the applicant for Membership in the Society.

This Committee shall meet to consider all new applicants and reclassification of present Members. A minimum of (3) three Members of the committee shall be in attendance at such meeting before action can be taken.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall obtain, in writing information pertinent to the qualifications of all applicants from (3) three references, one of whom shall be the sponsor. Any Member who shall be subject to review for reclassification shall be notified in writing by the chairperson of the Membership Committee prior to any presentation to the full Membership. He shall have the right to present his/her facts before the Membership Committee as well as the Executive Committee. When all information is obtained and considered, the recommendation of this committee shall then be submitted to the Executive Committee for action. Following this, acceptance and grade of Membership shall be presented at regular meeting for action by Members.

The Chairperson shall issue new Members upon acceptance at a monthly meeting, a copy of the Constitution and the Bylaws, the Society pin and Certificate of Membership.

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Our Members from NY Metro Peterbilt invite you to visit its web site at the next time you are on the Internet.

Pictures from the 2006 Kiddy Picnic and 2006 Golf Outing are posted on our web site for your viewing.

We have openings for ad sponsors on our web page. If you are interested in sponsoring a page, please contact me at [email protected]

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 110
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 190

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


I would like to introduce myself. My name is John Donato. I am from New York Metro Peterbilt and I will be heading the Education Committee. During the upcoming year, it is my expectation to provide educational information to our Members on OSHA safety requirements, DOT laws and regulations and maintenance practices designed to reduce the operating expenses for our fleets. I would also like to hear from our Members concerning their expectations and how I can better help the organization achieve our goals. I can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone at (631) 356-5977. I would also like to thank the Executive Board for giving me this opportunity. I hope that my efforts will benefit the Society and its Members.


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, Frank Carpenter.

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.

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 years Journal effort.

So please, make the commitment and take a Journal Ad to celebrate our Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter and The Society of Fleet Supervisors.

Tell Frank and the Society, how much we appreciate their efforts and how honored we are to be Members.

May I introduce to the Society, Member Brian Marksohn. Brian will be taking over the responsibility of Journal Chairman. Please give Brian all the support that you have shown the Society and me these past 3 years. Please note that Brian can be reached via email @ [email protected]


Hi everyone, my name is Mike Calise, Safety and Training Director for NYPD Fleet Services. I will be heading up the Legislative Committee.

My biography can be found in the May 2006 issue where I was fortunate to become Member of the Month. I have been active in our organization by emceeing our EXPO two years running. In the Legislative Committee I will focus on the news and information which is relevant to our industry as well as focus on safety and health issues, fuel, repair, maintenance, driving issues and just plain getting along.

I would also like us to network more with each other whether at our meetings, through email or by phone. We should be informing each other of events going on throughout the year. Examples are the AWISCO welding equipment show in June, the LIGRA (Long Island Gasoline Retailers) show in October and the Outdoor Truck and Equipment show in Randall’s Island. What about car and truck shows? After all, most of us started out as car guys. I would also like to see a space for Members looking for jobs, like me, listed in the classified section. If you hear about any shows, or trade related events which may be of interest to our Members please let me know. Your comments are always welcome.

Mike’s TIPS
On the Road

If you have employees who travel between worksites, make sales calls, or attend training classes and off-site meetings and you don’t already have a motor vehicle safety program, you may want to develop one.

The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) recently teamed up to develop “Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes”. This new guide features a 10-step program to help employers improve traffic safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes. By instructing employees in safe driving practices and then rewarding safety conscious behavior, you play an important role in helping your employees and their families avoid tragedy.

Do any of you have a defensive driving program in place? The National Safety Council’s six (6) hour class, which is taken every three (3) years, can help to reduce highway and traffic deaths and injury (the number one workplace killer) as well as reduce insurance rates, up to ten percent.

Carry a camera in your truck or car, a disposable camera will eliminate a great deal of “I said, he said” in an accident on the road.


I hope you all had a great summer and this finds you and your families well!

Last year's Membership increased by about 10 % and we need to do at least that in the coming year. Our organization thrives because of our existing Members but we need "fresh blood" every year to keep the organization alive! Please make a concerted effort to recruit new Members. If you need info or help, contact me at 914-672-0946 or fax me at 914-472-0424.

Again, thanks for your participation!

Members on the move:
Member John Donato is now the Branch Manager for NY Metro Peterbilt in Hauppauge, NY.

Member Vincent Cinotti is now with Advanced Fleet Maintenance in Brooklyn, NY as a Sales Representative


Hank Hasiwar Scholarship interviews were held in June at Farmingdale University. We had six very qualified candidates presented to us by Professor Ken Bowers. Three of these students have been selected and we will award these scholarships at the October meeting.

Time is running out for submitting your Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship application. The cut off date is the November meeting and you must have attended 15 meetings in the prior three years to be eligible for one of the ten scholarships available for 2006.


I would like to take the time to introduce myself to the Members of the Society who may not know who I am. My name is Albert Buehler and I am the Fleet Manager for Drive Train Truck Parts. I was privileged to become a Member of the Society last year and have been recently selected by the new President to head the committee that handles the presentation of the monthly Programs. I hope to be able to come up with programs that are interesting, educational & useful to the Members of the Society. I welcome any input from the Members and anyone that would like to assist me on this committee should contact me.

We have presentations scheduled for the next 3 months already so if anyone is interested in making a presentation they should contact me as soon as possible to schedule a month.

Member Steve Justice from Allison Transmission will be giving a presentation on Allison’s Hybrid Transmission.

Paul Elliott from American Diesel & Gas will be giving a presentation on new technology to make Engines run cooler that will lead to increased fuel mileage and ultimately lead to substantial savings on fuel costs!

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


I sent letters to our retired Members and hope to hear back from them. I will report to the Society as soon as I receive any correspondence. Retirees – don’t forget to write!


I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and I am looking forward to a great year with the Society. I want to congratulate the new President and Executive Board and wish them success!

Now that the Kiddy Picnic and Golf Outing are behind us, our next event will be the annual Scholarships Awards Dinner and is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Dinner ticket prices have remained the same at $150.00 per couple. Our 10,000 Bricks Raffle tickets will go on sale at the September meeting.

I hope to see you all at the September meeting.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Associate Member Marty Vavrinec and family on the passing of his mother-in-law on May 26, 2006.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family of Member Vincent Parisi who passed away on June 20, 2006. Vincent was a Member of the Society since 1971.

Congratulations to Member Michael Bruce on the birth of his twin grandsons, Michael and Page on June 29, 2006.

Congratulations to Member Richard Fevang on the birth of his twin grandchildren on August 11, 2006, grandson Tighe, 5 lbs., 19.5” and granddaughter Saige, 6 lbs., 20”.

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)
10/11 Maria Coranoto (Daniel)
10/11 Barbara De Martino (Pat)
10/11 Michael Mazzio
10/13 Peter Kearney
10/15 Robert Bisciotti
10/15 Tim Harte
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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