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January 2007


Yes, it is the year 2007. The holidays are behind us and I hope everyone had a good time with family and friends.

The New Year will bring us some great events that I hope our Members can break themselves free to participate in. Once again the Society is looking for help, so if you can spare a little time, contact the Executive Board.

The Society’s next general meeting in January 17 and I am looking forward to seeing you all there. Don’t forget, the Membership Drive which is in full swing, so let’s get those prospective Members before the April general meeting.


Welcome back and I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday.

We are back at The INN at New Hyde Park from January through May.

The push is on for the EXPO. There is only a few weeks left to take advantage of the $25 discount for an exhibit table. Please get your reservations in before February 1st.


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 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.

Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee

1. Initiation fee - ($20.00) twenty dollars to accompany application (Amended 5/17/95)
2. Member dues - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually (Amended 5/15/02)
3. Editorial - exempt from dues (Added 5/17/95)
4. Apprentice Fleet Supervisor - ($15.00) fifteen dollars annually (Amended 5/19/04)
5. Associate Member dues - ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually. (Amended 5/17/95)
6. Honorary and Life: no further dues for the life of the Member.
7. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually. (Amended 5/15/96)
8. Student Fleet Supervisor – Exempt from dues (Added 5/19/04)

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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

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


A few months ago I informed the Members of the Society about an organization named Clean Cities Coalition located in Bayshore Long Island. On January 24, 2007 they will be holding a seminar on Alternative fuels in the carting industry and changes in local mandates. The seminar will be held at the Huntington Community Center from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar will be the changes made by the Town of Smithtown with the introduction of Compressed Natural Gas engines and the use of Biodiesel in the Town of Hempstead. If anyone is interested in attending please contact Andria Adler at (631) 969-3700 or by email at [email protected]


The Journal Ad Committee wants to extend our heart-felt thanks to all of the Society of Fleet Supervisors Membership.
Once again, you have helped to make this years Journal honoring our Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter, one of the best ever. Your generosity keeps shinning through.

Thanks to all that have contributed and thank you all for your support.

Here's hoping that the New Year will bring you all that you wish for.



For 2006 OSHA’s top ten violations are:
1. Scaffolding
2. Hazard Communication or Right to Know
3. Fall protection
4. Respiratory protection
5. Lockout / tagout
6. Powered industrial trucks (forklifts)
7. Electrical wiring
8. Machine guarding
9. Ladders
10. Electrical

A Danish study has found that cell phone use won’t cause cancer and long time cell phone use is not a risk. The study involved more than 42,000 Danes who received their cell phones between 1982 and 1995. Most had cell phone service for 8.5 years. Researchers then tracked cancers among the cell phone users from the start in 1982 -1995 through 2002. They found the group’s rate of cancer was actually slightly lower than Denmark’s expected cancer rate for the general population.

Researchers did not know why the cancer rate registered lower but surmised that cell phone users may lead healthier lifestyles.


Adverse weather conditions including winter driving demand increased preparation for both the driver and his vehicle. Reduced traction increases stopping distances and decreases vehicle maneuverability and control. Reduced visibility decreases the driver’s ability to clearly see hazards.

Be prepared, conditions can change quickly in the winter and being prepared is the key to successfully operating in snow, ice, and extreme cold. In addition to regular vehicle inspections pay close attention to:

• Coolant level: Make sure the cooling system is full and there’s enough antifreeze in the vehicle’s system.
• Defrosting / heating equipment: Make sure the vehicle’s defrosters are working and that you know how to operate this equipment.
• Windshield wipers and washers: Make sure wiper blades are in good condition, pressing against the window hard enough to keep the window clean. Make sure the windshield washer works and that there’s an appropriate type and amount of washer fluid in the reservoir. Also check the reservoir for cracks and other damage.
• Tires: Check tire tread depth. The drive tires must provide enough traction to operate on wet pavement and snow. The steering tires must have enough traction to steer the vehicle. Also check tire mounting and inflation.
• Brakes: Brake balance should be checked. Brakes should apply pressure equally at the same time. Check adjustment and take up any slack. Keep air tanks as moisture free as possible.
• Lights and reflectors: Make sure your vehicle’s lights and reflectors are clean. (Free of road salt, dirt, snow, ice, etc.) Check often for proper operation.
• Emergency equipment: For your protection and safety you should have the following items. Windshield scraper, snow brush, small shovel, flashlight, warning devices, drinking water, extra food, medicine (if needed) cell phone / CB radio, and proper outerwear, which includes gloves, coveralls, hats and boots.

Keep free of snow and ice buildup on windows and mirrors, hand holds, steps, deck plates, exposed wiring, air lines, and coupling devices, check exhaust system for leaks, check fuel level and top off if bad weather is expected.

If your vehicle breaks down in adverse conditions stay in the cab. Don’t try to walk for help unless absolutely necessary. If you do leave your vehicle leave a note on the steering wheel stating when you left, where you were headed, and when you think you may return.


The number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks decreased in 2005. That is the first time the number of fatalities involving large truck crashes has dropped since 2003.

According to statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,212 people were killed in large truck related crashes in 2005. This compares to 5,235 fatalities in 2004.

The number of truck occupant fatalities increased by 4.8 percent from 766 deaths in 2004 to 803 in 2005. The number of people injured in large truck crashes declined by 1.7 percent in 2005 with the number of truck occupants injured remaining unchanged.

Overall the NHTSA reports a 1.4 percent rise in highway fatalities, from 42,836 in 2004 to 43,443 in 2005. NHTSA attributes an increase in motorcycle and pedestrian deaths as contributing factors.

By the way trucker fatigue is one of the leading causes of accidents involving big rigs, however the Federal Government has just enacted controversial rules to allow truckers to drive even more hours than they do now…go figure.


Ethanol demand raises corn prices to an 11 year high. Farmers are getting the best prices for corn for more than a decade.

Gasoline prices dip slightly but diesel continues to rise. The average price for regular gasoline in December was $2.293 per gallon. In February 2007 OPEC plans to withdraw 500,000 barrels off the market curbing supply once again. OPEC accounts for more than a third of the world’s crude oil production. I gassed up the other day and paid $2.43 a gallon…not a bargain, but not the worst. We should have seized those oil wells when we had the chance.


The Work Truck Convention will be held March 7-9 2007, in the Indiana Convention Center and RCA dome in Indianapolis. This is the North America’s largest work truck event. For more info contact (800) 441- NTEA (6832) or e-mail at [email protected]

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, what about free food. What’s going on in our industry, don’t keep it a secret! Let everyone know!


Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest.


I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

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.

Also, 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 me or Richard Chan.

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


Our January program and cocktail hour is sponsored by Prime Lube, Inc. Mike Jennings, STLE CLS, OMA, who is the current North American Training Specialist of Chevron Global Lubricants, will discuss several topics of great interest to fleet management professionals:
• What is different about the new Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel
• What impact you can expect on your operations
• What impact you can expect on your maintenance practices
• Review of the new engine designs and emission changes
• Development of the new API-CJ4 oil category for the changes

Mike Jennings is an experienced lubricants industry veteran with very broad experience in the technical side of the lubricants industry. He has spent many years working closely with the major OEMs like Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Paccar (Peterbuilt-Autocar), Volvo Mack and others. Mike is industry renowned for his technical engineering and trouble-shooting solutions on behalf of the Chevron & Texaco product lines.

February’s program is still open and the March program will be presented by Telma Corporation on their engine braking system.


I heard from Honorary Member Allen Taub, who is living in Fla. and enjoying his retirement. He plays tennis three times a week and golf two days a week. He misses the boy’s at the Society and would love to make a meeting the next time he visits New York. Allen retired from South Shore Tire and stated that he is having the time of his life and enjoying retirement a great deal. He wishes everyone a great and safe holiday.


As this Newsletter goes to press, the Scholarships Awards Dinner has not happened so I will let you know who the 2006 scholarship recipients are in the February Newsletter.

This month, we start the 2007 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship season. The rules have not changed and you will need to attend 15 meetings during the past three years ending at the November 2007 meeting to be eligible. Scholarship applications are available at anytime from our web site or call me for an application.


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are all doing fine. I’ll report on the Scholarship Awards Dinner in the February Newsletter as this Newsletter goes to print before the event. I hope you were all there and had a great time.

Our next Special Activities event will be the Kiddy Picnic which is held in the late spring.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Albert Buehler Jr. and family on the passing of his father, Albert Sr., who lost his battle with cancer on December 18, 2006.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

2/2 Marty Vavarinec
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 Mariusz Czapicki
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
2/27 John Kantor

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