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November 2009


At this time I would like to thank everyone who attended the October General Meeting.  It was a great turnout of our Members as well as guests and students.
Our Educational Committeeman, Clem Drummond brought the Society two (2) new potential members.  This just proves that when asked our Members always come through.
If everyone could try and recruit just one (1) candidate for membership or at least talk to anyone who might be a potential new Member, the Society would benefit greatly.
I thank you all for your help and hope to see everyone at the November General Meeting.


Attention all grade Members of the Society of Fleet Supervisors!
?To coin a phrase “Lets Build Something Great Together".  As you all know the life blood of our Society is in the ability to grow our Membership, enhance our program standards and create an environment where education improves our lives personally as well as professionally.  In developing these ideals the Executive Board is proud to introduce a new program each month called the "Supplier Spotlight".  Under this program each month one of our Members, Associate Members or any outside supplier can display their company’s goods and services during our cocktail hour and throughout the evening in the lobby of our meeting area.  The cost of this opportunity would be $250.00 for all grade Members and $350.00 for outside suppliers.  The revenue received would offset the cost of the cocktail hour allowing our programs chairperson to reach out to qualified presenters elevating the quality of our programs for all members to enjoy.
?Everyone wins with new supplier product information, improving program standards and driving new membership by providing more educational material for all our members.  Please remember to visit our Spotlight Supplier this month when you sign in and please tell as many friends as possible that change is in the wind as the Society of Fleet Supervisors moves in a new and positive direction.  If you are interested, please contact me at 718.426.0426.

Just a reminder that we are at the Immaculate Conception Center on the third Wednesday of each month from now through May except for December which there is no meeting.


We are now accepting Bylaw change proposals in writing for the 2010 Constitution and Bylaws.  Please send me your change proposals by email or regular mail.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw IX        Dues and Initiation Fee

Initiation fee - ($20.00) twenty dollars to accompany application (Amended 5/17/95)

Member dues - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually (Amended 5/15/02)

Editorial - exempt from dues  (Added 5/17/95)

Apprentice Fleet Supervisor - ($15.00) fifteen dollars annually (Amended 5/19/04)

Associate Member dues - ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually.  (Amended 5/17/95)

Honorary and Life: no further dues for the life of the Member.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually.  (Amended 5/15/96)

Student Fleet Supervisor – Exempt from dues  (Added 5/19/04)


We have added 2 new websites to our Members Internet Directory with the inclusion of Syosset Truck - and RMP Powertrain Solutions -

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    105
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    35
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    7
Total Membership    172

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 101, 1/97 –
Honorary Member Bill Misita – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member George Pastor – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member Leonard Huffmire – 54, 11/02 –
Member John Cigna – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Life Member Nuno Tardo – 48, 1/02 –1/08
Member Robert Spiotto – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Member Pat De Martino – 44, 10/90 – 2/96

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members    45
Guests    25
Total    70


A Brief History of Vehicle Propulsion Systems

A brief history of vehicles includes:

Pre-1830-Steam-powered transportation
1831-Faraday’s law and the invention of DC motor
1834-Nonrechargeable battery-powered electric car
1851-Nonrechargeable 19-mph electric car
1859-Development of lead-acid storage battery
1874-Battery-powered carriage

Early Electric Vehicles

Early electric vehicles (EVs), also called battery electric vehicles (BEV), include the following examples.

1892-The first commercial electric vehicle was displayed at the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair
1897-French Krieger Co. electric vehicle: weight-2,230 lbs., top speed-15 mph, range-50 miles per charge
1900-French B.G.S. Co. electric vehicle: top speed- 40 mph, range-100 miles per charge
1912-34,000 electric vehicles registered; electric vehicles outnumber gas-powered vehicles 20-to-1
1915-Woods electric vehicles-top speed of 40 mph, range of about 100 miles per charge



In 1900, of 4,200 automobiles sold:
40% were steam-powered
38% were electric-motor powered
22% were gasoline-powered
In the early 1900s, there was no clear indication which would be the best power source for cars and light trucks. Each had their advantages and disadvantages.

Propulsion Type
Steam powered
Long time and effort to start and shut down
Electric-motor powered
Quiet and easy to start
Short range
Gasoline powered
Long range
Hard to start and noisy

The invention of a starter motor by Charles F. Kettering in 1911 made gasoline-powered vehicles easier to start. The self-starter allowed anyone to be able to start and operate a gasoline internal combustion engine vehicle for the first time. The decline of the electric-powered vehicle was also due to the following factors:

High initial cost (many times that of conventional vehicles).
Recharging takes much longer than refueling gasoline. (This disadvantage could be overcome in the future if infrastructure for instantly replaceable battery cartridges is available, similar to home barbeque propane tank replacements.) The battery pack takes space and adds weight to the vehicle, which otherwise would be available to passengers and luggage.
Short driving range.
People need a vehicle not only for commuting (city driving), but also for pleasure and long-distance highway driving.
Improvements in mass production of gas-powered vehicles, which sold for $260 in 1925 compared to $850 in 1909. Electric vehicles were more expensive.
Rural areas had very limited access to electricity to charge batteries, whereas gasoline could be sold in those areas.

In the 1920s

Electric vehicles disappeared and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles became predominant in the 1920s.

In the 1960s

There was a resurgence of electric vehicle research and development in 1960s due to increased awareness of air quality.
Congress introduced bills recommending the use of electric vehicles as a means of reducing air pollution.
Major vehicle manufacturers became involved in electric vehicle research and development (e.g., GM, Ford).

In the 1970s

The Arab oil embargo of 1973 increased demands for alternate energy sources; less dependence on foreign oil became desirable. Gasoline prices increased dramatically as the energy crisis occurred. This led to immense interest in electric vehicles. In 1975, 352 electric vans were delivered to the U.S. postal service for testing. In 1976, Congress enacted Public Law 94-413, the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 1976. This act authorized a federal program to promote electric and hybrid vehicle technologies and to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of electric vehicles.


The Journal Ad Committee needs your HELP and we need it NOW!
At the time you are reading this message, the deadline for placing your Journal Ad honoring our most worthy Member of the Year, Mark Kodner, is less than a month away.  This year’s member commitment, support and contribution to the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors Journal has been slow to materialize.
We are far behind those monetary goals set at this same time of year for the past three years.  We are many thousands of dollars away from those final totals raised over the past three years.  I can only stress that the Society of Fleet Supervisors needs your support and by placing an advertisement in this year’s Journal honoring our Member of the Year, Mark Kodner, makes your voice as a Member heard loud and clear. I have seen our members rise to the occasion time and time again and I am urging you not to let your fellow members down.
Pick up your phone, call your vendors, call your customers and ask them to place a Journal Ad.  You will find that in most cases getting a commitment is not much harder than just asking for it.
The time to stop procrastinating is now!
Take the few minutes needed to fill out a Journal Ad form available on the Society’s web site and send it to the address listed on the Journal Ad Form.  Let your voice be heard and show your support by either purchasing a Journal Ad or upgrading your Associate Member Journal Ad to the next level.
Mark Kodner should be fittingly honored for his contributions to the Society by showing your appreciation through the placing of a Journal Ad.
Thanking our great Membership for their continued support in advance, we are the Journal Ad Committee.


Data Services Committee Chairman Richard Chan presented Member Robert Lagnese with a plaque for his 100 consecutive meeting attendance record.

Lagnese & Chan

Thank you to Thomas and Jim Rushforth of Multi-Fuel Heating for presenting the October program on Clean Burn Energy Systems’ used oil furnaces and sponsoring the Cocktail Hour.  They are the world’s leader in used oil heating systems and can be contacted at 800.890.7379.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Catherine Bienz.



Congratulations to Member Jack Lawson on his promotion to Executive Director of Fleet Administration and Services for the NYC Department of Transportation.

Inducted at the October meeting:

Susan Denaro, New York/ New Jersey regional marketing specialist for RMP Powertrain Solutions of Pennsauken, NJ as an Associate Member.  RMP is an “all makes and models” distributor of remanufactured engines, transmissions, parts, and equipment servicing car dealers, fleets, aftermarket retailers, jobbers, and installers. RMP is part of the Holman Automotive Group.   In addition to dealerships and RMP, the Holman Automotive family includes ARI, a nationwide fleet leasing and management company, as well as Lifestar Rescue, an emergency vehicle provider.


Member Steve Justice of Allison Transmissions will present a program on the optimization of the transmission and axle for best fuel efficiency.  The presentation will talk about rear end ratios to match duty cycle of the truck or bus.  Along with that will come selecting the right shift schedule for the transmission.  Also included in the presentation will be a brief description of RELS (reduced energy levels at stop) and LBSS (Load Based Shift Schedules).  Proper utilization of these elements can offer some of the fleets in NYC a reduction of fuel usage up to 20%.

We thank Drive Train Truck Parts for sponsoring the November Cocktail Hour.


The November meeting marks the last day that Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications can be submitted.  We have six $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded this year at the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 9, 2010.  Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to fulfill before you are eligible for one of the scholarships.

At the October meeting I was honored to present the 2009 Hank Hasiwar Scholarships of $1,000.00 each to Andrew Bienz of SUNY Farmingdale and Randy Kerrodar of Bronx Community College.  I hope that these scholarships will help them achieve their scholastic dreams and one day they will be able to join our ranks.

To date, the Society of Fleet Supervisors have awarded over $148,000.00 in scholarships to students in the automotive field of study and to our Members and their families.  Without the support of our Members and Associate Members at our fund raising events, the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. would not be able to continue our educational endeavors.


The November meeting will be the last time to see me at a meeting to reserve and/or purchase your tickets to the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner or your 10,000 Bricks raffle tickets.  The dinner will be held at Leonard’s of Great Neck on Saturday, January 9, 2010.  You can still contact me by phone at 718.886.4020 at anytime to purchase your dinner or Brick tickets.


No news is good news regarding the health and welfare of our Membership.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
12/01    Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/01    Joel Horvath
12/02    Tara Musella (Lawrence)
12/05    Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/08    John Costantin
12/08    Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12    Floyd Hart
12/13    Margo Clarke (Stanley)
12/13    Dennis Madden
12/13    Nardine Yopp (Richard)
12/15    Lawrence Straker
12/18    Robin Gartman (Robert)
12/18    Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/18    Robert Snyder
12/19    Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/21    Anthony Cavuoto
12/21    William McVeigh
12/25    Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/28    Roy Burgin
12/30    Nancy Plate (Peter)
12/31    Heinz Gaiss

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