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April 2009


Last months meeting was a great success with the economy being what it is. I am glad that we have such a strong and dedicated membership.

As you may know, this month we have assembled a Nominating Committee. The slate for Officers for 2009-2010 will be announced at the April General Meeting. At that meeting, we will also be accepting nominations from the floor.

In conclusion, I would like to wish everyone a great Holiday!


Just a reminder that the April meeting is on the third Thursday, April 16 and the May meeting will be held on the third Tuesday, May 19 at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, NY.

The 2009 May Mini Fair will be held on the same night as the meeting. This May Mini Fair is free to our Associate Members first, then our Members and if there is any tables open we will open them up to the public. Please contact Richie Chan at 347.866.0208 or me at 718.388.0426 for details and reserving a table.


We are no longer accepting any Bylaw change proposals. All Bylaw change proposals will be read at the April meeting and voted upon at the May meeting. Ballots will be mailed out to all eligible voting Members by May 1, 2009.

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.


Associate Member Ron Birnbaum informs us of a business address and phone changes for Circle Lubricants to 35 Drexel Dr. Bayshore, NY 11706, phone number 631-234.8900, fax 631-234-8902.

Congratulations to Member Leonard Huffmire for reaching an attendance milestone of attending 50 consecutive meetings from November 2002 through March 2009.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 108
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 37
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 176

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired - 99, 9/92 - 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale - 97, 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 Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. - 50, 11/02 -
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired - 48, 1/02 -1/08
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. - 47, 11/01 -9/07
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96

Attendance at the March meeting:
Members 48
Guests 15
Total 63


Hybrids Penetrate the Trucking Industry

Kenworth Truck Co. said it's gotten its largest hybrid truck order in history from Coca-Cola Enterprises for 185 diesel-electric and hybrid trucks.

The Kirkland company, a division of Bellevue-based Paccar Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR), said Coca-Cola Enterprises ordered 150 T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 T370 hybrid trucks. Kenworth officials didn't disclose the value of the order but the fuel-efficient trucks are reported to cost around $100,000 each.

Last year, Coca-Cola Enterprises of Atlanta (NYSE: CCE) ordered 120 hybrid delivery trucks from Kenworth. Officials at the distribution company said those hybrid trucks resulted in a 30 percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions, compared with standard delivery trucks.

Coca-Cola Enterprises said it will deploy its Kenworth hybrid tractors to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Ore., San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.

The company said it will deploy the Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks to Albuquerque, N.M.; Boston; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville, Ky.; Las Vegas; Missoula, Mont.; New Orleans; and Seattle.


We Need Your Help!!

Journal Ad commitments for this year's Journal honoring Mark Kodner, our Member of the Year, are at a stand-still.

Although we of the Journal Ad Committee realize that many of our Members wait until November to make a commitment and upgrade their Journal Ad and/or submit Vendor Ads, may we remind you that it's never too early to submit your Ad Commitment.

Mark Kodner, our most worthy honoree, has given much of his time to this great Society and it is our time to show Mark and the Society that we are grateful for his efforts on our behalf!

So please, take a few minutes of your time, to fill out the Journal Ad Form that is readily available on our web site and mail it in today to the address listed on the bottom of the form. Doing so will be most appreciated by our Society and its Members.

Thanking you once again for your anticipated cooperation and generosity.


Economic Stimulus Provides Funding for Fleets
President Obama has signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes significant funds for fleets, according to the NAFA Fleet Management Association. Included are a $300 million for Diesel Emission Reduction Act grants; $300 million to establish a grant program through the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program; and $300 million for acquisition of vehicles by the federal fleet.

The funding is expected to move on a very fast implementation timeline.

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) makes fleets eligible for $20-30K or more toward the purchase of each new hybrid medium duty or heavy duty truck, and fleets may purchase multiple trucks.

EPA expects to issue competitive announcements for the DERA funds in late February 2009. NAFA advises visiting often for important updates and competition schedule information. EPA expects a 30-day application period for all competitive announcements.

This funding is limited to public and non-profit fleets. A private fleet would have to partner with a non- profit, for example a private bus company for a school district would need to have the school district apply for the funds.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

• Verified and/or certified retrofit technologies and engines by EPA or CARB. See (select Verified Technology List).
• Emerging technologies by USEPA. See (select Emerging Technology List).
• Engine Repowers, Engine Rebuilds, or Engine Replacements (engine sent to be remanufactured or scrapped).
• EPA-verified Idle Reduction technologies (e.g. Auxiliary Power Units, Truck Stop Electrification).
• Cleaner fuels.

EPA advises that prospective grant applicants should begin preparations now for the upcoming competitions by completing the following steps prior to the competition announcements:

• Assess diesel fleets and identify eligible vehicles.
• Establish eligible partnerships.
• Prepare fleet and proposal descriptions.
• Evaluate public health benefits, costs effectiveness, and emission reductions of the proposed project.
• Review prior DERA competitive announcements.
• Clean Cities

NAFA advises contacting the local Clean Cities Program immediately and visiting for updates. The application deadline may be the end of March 2009.

The economic stimulus provides $300,000,000 to establish a grant program through the DOE Clean Cities Program to encourage the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles or other emerging electric vehicle technologies. This grant program may provide up to 30 geographically dispersed project grants. Grant recipients include state governments, local governments, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, and private or nonprofit entities. These grants may be used for the acquisition of alternative fueled vehicles, fuel cell vehicles or hybrid vehicles, including buses for public transportation and ground support vehicles at public airports. The installation or acquisition of infrastructure necessary to directly support an alternative fueled vehicle, fuel cell vehicle, or hybrid vehicle project funded by the grant is also eligible.

Federal Fleet

According to NAFA, federal agencies are strongly urged to use the funds to purchase plug-in hybrids. Vehicles must be replaced on at least a one-for-one basis. Each vehicle purchased must have a higher fuel economy, as measured by EPA, than the vehicle being replaced and the overall government-purchased vehicles must have an improved fuel economy at least 10 percent greater than the vehicles being replaced.

USDA Head Favors Increase of Ethanol Blend in Gasoline
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week expressed support for an increase in the ethanol-gasoline blend rate to 12 or 13 percent, saying such a move would require minimal scientific review, Reuters reported.

An ethanol trade group, Growth Energy, last week submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a request to boost the ethanol blend rate to as high as 15 percent from the current cap of 10 percent, according to Reuters. The EPA has 270 days to review, collect public comment and make a decision on the request.

"We'd love to see 15 percent," Vilsack told reporters. "Right now my focus is on 12, 13 percent because I think it is doable more quickly. Our hope is that EPA can come to the same conclusion we have, which is that this is something that can be done within existing regulations without a great deal of time spent reviewing the science."

The EPA will need to determine whether a higher blend would harm emission control systems in vehicles, Reuters reported.

Vilsack said he has already spoken with EPA head Lisa Jackson and her staff to encourage the agency "to take aggressive action on the blend rate."

Tire Fuel Efficiency Rating System May be in Place End of '09
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spokesman confirmed that the agency is developing test criteria to gauge passenger and light truck tire fuel efficiency, according to Modern Tire Dealer magazine.

NHTSA also is developing a plan to disseminate test results to the buying public.

Both actions were mandated by passage of the Energy Bill in 2007, which demanded the creation of a consumer education program about tire fuel efficiency.

NHTSA is in the process of developing rolling resistance ratings and has conducted research to understand the differences between tires, said the spokesman, as reported by Modern Tire Dealer.

The agency is working on creating a rating system to help buyers easily understand the relationship between tires and fuel efficiency possibly by the end of 2009


Commercial Hybrid Truck Market to Triple by 2013
In its new report "Commercial Hybrid Vehicles: Heavy Trucks, Buses Get the Hybrid Treatment, Promising Greater Fuel Economy, Less Pollution," NextGen Research forecasts the global commercial hybrid vehicle market will triple, from a tepid 8,653 units in 2008 to more than 27,000 units in 2013. The company foresees this market will begin to grow more quickly in 2010, as the global economic downturn ends and the testing of hybrid vehicles in commercial fleets is completed.

Commercial vehicles can't just implement the consumer hybrid scenario of downsizing the internal combustion engine and adding an electric motor, because trucks, vans and buses need a certain level of power to make it up hills (especially when carrying full loads), and smaller engines would strain to accomplish that. Already-heavy commercial vehicles would need sizable, heavy battery packs to support an electric motor solution large enough to help propel the vehicle, but that additional weight would place more strain on the motor and the engine, and could reduce cargo capacities.

Deadliest Roads in U.S. Identified
California has four of the top 10 deadliest roads, according to NHTSA data analysis by Three of those roads are stretches of the same Interstate: I-10 in California and Arizona.

Eight of the top 10 are in Western states -- California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The other two are in Florida. All, except one, are major interstate highways.

According to, here are the roads with the most fatalities over the past five years, by county:

1. I-15 in San Bernardino County, CA (346 deaths)

2. I-10 in Riverside County, CA (182 deaths)

3. I-10 in Maricopa County, AZ (178 deaths)

4. I-5 in Los Angeles County, CA (158 deaths)

5. I-45 in Harris County, TX (153 deaths)

6. I-15 in Clark County, NV (148 deaths)

7. I-95 in Palm Beach County, FL (131 deaths)

8. I-10 in Pinal County, AZ (118 deaths)

Tied for 8. I-5 in San Diego County, CA (118 deaths)

9. US-1 in Miami-Dade County, FL (102 deaths).


Brad F. Beauchamp, Team Leader, Driver Relationship Manager, Fuel Cell Activities for General Motors Corp.

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


We still are looking for potential Members and have received a few candidates in the last few months. Please, we need your help in recommending potential candidates to increase our Membership and support the Society.

I encourage all Members to speak to their co-workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society. If anyone is interested they can contact me for a membership application.

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 to me or Richard Chan.

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

Inducted at the March meeting:
Harold Cain, Operations and Fleet Manager for HOP Energy in the Bronx, NY as a Member. Harry oversees a fuel delivery fleet of 38 vehicles, over 40 drivers, fleet parts and labor.


Peter Ruiz, Inspector from the NYS DMV will present a program on rules, regulations, updates, monitoring and anything else that pertains to state inspections followed by a questions and answers period.

The May meeting's program will be on drug testing.


We are accepting applications for the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. There are six $1,000.00 available to the Members' families this year. Please remember that you have an attendance requirement of 15 meetings in a three year period ending at the November 2009 meeting to be considered eligible for one of the scholarships.


The Kiddy Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Eisenhower Park, Holly Section, Parking Lot 5 in East Meadow, NY. Please send in your reservations using the application included in this Newsletter. The application is also available to download on our website. All reservations must be in no later than Friday, May 15.

Thank you to our generous donors to the Kiddy Picnic:
Harry Cain $100.00
Michael Cordiello $300.00
John Guarriello $100.00
Leonard Huffmire $100.00
Carl Orza $100.00
Nuno Tardo $100.00
William McVeigh $100.00
Brake Service $100.00
Delta Transmissions $100.00
Drive Train Truck Parts $500.00
Motive Engine $100.00
Oceanside Transmissions $100.00
Pro Built $500.00
Suffolk Auto Glass $100.00
Taurus Supply $118.00


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Robert Crandall who underwent heart surgery on March 2, 2009. He is home recuperating.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Michael Iannizzi who had back surgery on March 3, 2009. As I understand he is a lot of pain but doing better these days.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
05/03 Elaine Skinner (Keith)
05/04 Michael Natoli
05/11 Phillip Torres
05/12 Stanley Clarke
05/12 Richard Yopp
05/14 Brian Marksohn
05/15 Louis Balazs
05/15 Douglas Calder
05/15 Joseph Carpenter
05/15 Juan Nunez
05/16 Ronald Birnbaum
05/20 Mitchell Clark
05/24 Florence Lagnese (Robert)
05/25 Pat De Martino
05/25 Steve Justice
05/27 Robert Lagnese
05/28 Irene Tardo (Nuno)

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