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September 2009


I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, I know it went to fast for me. I'm sure the last couple of weeks were crazy for most of you with children, getting ready for school and college. This year the Executive Board and I will have a tough job trying to keep pace with the Society’s growing success it has had in the past due to the tough economic times ahead. As always I look forward to seeing you all at the September meeting.


Welcome back!  Our meeting schedule for the 2009/2010 year is on every third Wednesday of the month through May 2010 except for December 2009.  We will be once again meeting at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY.

It was inevitable but please take note that the dinner charges at our monthly meetings must go up.  The dinner charge for the membership is $35.00 per person and guests are $45.00 per person.  Our dinner charges are still a bargain at this price.  This is our first dinner charge increase since January 1999.


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 VI     Elections (7-11)

No electioneering or campaigning is to be conducted on the day of election.  Should any electioneering or campaigning take place, the election shall be considered null and void.

Voting may commence at the opening of the meeting after the cocktail hour.   (Amended 5/18/05)

The voting booth shall be located at an isolated area of the meeting room.  Only (1) one voter at a time may approach the voting booth.  At that time the voter must be checked for his or her qualification to vote, and if approved, cast their vote.

After the tellers have tallied the votes and the results announced, the actual votes will be confiscated by the tellers and held for (30) thirty days before being destroyed.

In the case of a dispute, the voting may be reviewed by either Chairperson of the Committee that has presented the slate for vote up to (30) thirty days after the elections.


The 2009 Constitution and Roster will be available at the September and October meetings or by mail if you contact me and request your copy.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    106
Life Members     18
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    34
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    7
Total Membership    171

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale – 99, 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 Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. – 52, 11/02 –
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
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


Bronx Community College Automotive Program
Receives National Certification in All Areas

Bronx, NY – The automotive training program at Bronx Community College (BCC) of The City University of New York has received master certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). To achieve this coveted recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment.

BCC’s automotive program has been authoritatively certified in the following areas:
Automatic transmission and transaxle
Engine repair
Heating and air conditioning
Manual drive train and axles
Electrical and electronic systems
Engine performance
Suspension and steering
Compressed natural gas maintenance

The certification is a great boost for BCC’s automotive program which has gone through significant change in recent years. NATEF is the industry organization that evaluates technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommends qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). BCC’s automotive program has applied for a grant from The City University of New York (CUNY) Workforce Development Initiative.  Grant funds will be used to create a diesel training course.

BCC’s designation to lead CUNY’s sustainability efforts provided the opportunity to refocus the College’s Automotive Technology Program, in existence for nearly 16 years, to address the car and truck industry goal of manufacturing more green vehicles.

Over the last 30 months, Clement Drummond, a 36-year automotive industry veteran, has upgraded courses, facilities and equipment in the Automotive Technology Program with $1.2 million from three grants in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

BCC’s leading-edge training program includes state-of-the-art labs, equipment and teaching facilities; a comprehensive curriculum for an associate in applied sciences degree (A.A.S.); and the one-year automotive technician certificate program. The scope of the program’s offerings is expanded by the additional focus on alternative fuel -- ethanol, biodiesel, propane, hydrogen and hybrid automobiles. Those hybrid cars presently include Ford Escape, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Lexus RX400H and Saturn Vue.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Bronx Community College’s graduates will be employable as entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Bronx Community College, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”  Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Bronx Community College be certified by ASE, a national non-profit organization that tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.
“At Bronx Community College, we teach the essential integrated academic workplace skills an automotive technician needs to function successfully in an automotive service facility to effectively analyze, diagnose, service and/or repair today’s technically sophisticated automobiles,” explained Drummond.

“With technology at an ever accelerating pace, there has been a rethinking regarding the most effective methodologies for teaching math, science and communication skills.  Teaching those disciplines in the context of where and how people live and work is not only gaining in acceptance, but it is deemed critical to survival in a technology-imbued environment.

“An automotive technician’s job description consists of far more than the performance of manipulative tasks required to service today’s complex motor vehicles.  Today’s successful technician must possess an array of workplace skills and a unique blend of academic and technical skills,” noted Drummond.

Drummond added: “Current enrollment in Bronx Community College’s Automotive Technology Program is 186 and has been growing over the past two years. Last year admission rates grew by 27%. Our instructional facilities can accommodate up to 240 students before we need to expand. This surge in admissions is not surprising. Professional technicians can earn $60,000 or more per year. Technicians are in demand all across the nation, particularly working fleets of trucks, buses, rental cars, taxis and special equipment.”
Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) said, “First, I’d like to congratulate the College for the major achievement of gaining NATEF and ASE Master Certification.

“As president of GNYADA – an organization that represents over 600 franchised new car dealers in metro New York – I can tell you that we are crying-out for well-trained enthusiastic, young people. The current economic climate is clearly impacting on every sector of the workforce, but the auto industry is one that I expect to recover quickly.  Even today, we have hundreds of positions available in dealerships in our area and those numbers will grow as people start to buy new cars again,” continued Schienberg. “As the industry develops new technology to power the next generation of vehicles the profession is set to become even more important and exciting.  Fuel-cell, hybrid, and electric vehicles will revolutionize the way we drive and provide lucrative jobs for the young men and women who service them,” he concluded.

For additional information, students can call Clement Drummond at (718) 289- 5213 or visit the Automotive Technology website at


The Golf Committee would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors and contributors to the Society of Fleet Supervisors 2009 Annual Golf Outing that took place June 22, 2009 at the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club in Smithtown, NY.

We understand that participating in this year’s outing took a little more from our friends and supporters and we are most grateful for your attendance.

We can only hope that next year the economy picks up as well as the attendance at next year’s Golf Outing.


Now that the Summer of 2009 is over and we find ourselves easing into our daily routine, I am asking the Membership to take a moment or two to fill out a Journal ad form (in this Newsletter and also available online) and make a commitment to the Society of Fleet Supervisors and our Member of the Year, Mark Kodner.
The purchase of a Journal ad and/or upgrading your Journal ad (if you’re an Associate Member), lets the Members of our Society know that you support them and are proud of the work that they do on your behalf.   In addition, a Journal ad is a very economical way of advertising and growing your business.  We are all well aware that these days every dollar counts and there is no better way of getting the “best bang for the buck” than by purchasing a Journal ad. May I remind you all that we have less than three months before the Journal ad deadline arrives and we have a long uphill road to travel to match last year’s effort? I have had the privilege of seeing what our Members are made of and have every reason to believe that once again, this year, they will rise to the occasion for the 2009 Journal celebrating Member of the Year, Mark Kodner as they have always done in the past. So please take the Journal ad form, fill it out and send it in! Make the commitment to the Society and show Mark how much he is appreciated!


We still are looking for potential Members and have not received many candidates in the last few months.  Please we need you 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.

Members on the move:
Member Robert Spiotto is now with Viccaro Equipment Corp. of Hauppauge, NY as a Customer Service Representative.


Interviews for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships were held in June at Farmingdale University and Advanced Fleet Maintenance.  We had a wonderful group of applicants from Farmingdale University and Bronx Community College.  We wish we had the funds to give each of them a scholarship but only two $1,000.00 scholarships are available and will be awarded at the October meeting.

Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships.  Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to complete before you are deemed eligible for any of the scholarships.


Welcome back everyone to another year.   I hope your summer was relaxing.

I would like to thank everyone for their donations and to the volunteers who helped make the Kiddy Picnic a success.

Just a reminder, the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Leonard's of Great Neck.


Congratulations to Member Richard Sciortino who has retired from NY Racing Association.

Get well wishes go out to Life Member Carl Orza who had a hospitalized stay for pneumonia during the fourth week of June.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
09/03    Angela Schuler (Michael)
09/05    James Mastellone
09/08    Avi Mordekovich
09/11    Shirley Rosario (Eric)
09/14    Mitchell Blane
09/14    Rose Cain (Harry)
09/14    Robert Maher
09/16    Ann Marie Araujo (Victor)
09/19    Peter Clark
09/21    Alfred Klingbeil
09/22    David Findley
09/23    Francis Dejana (Peter)
09/23    Michael Iannizzi
09/25    Yolanda Calderaro (Joseph)
09/25    Lynn Cordiello (Michael)
09/26    Jeffrey Kaye
09/27    Marilyn Gibbons (Dennis)
09/28    Peter Dejana
09/29    Teddy Moustakas
09/30    Lisa Ann Aull (Donald)
09/30    John Dozis
09/30    Kathy Orza (Carl)
10/01    Larry Bellack
10/01    Vincent Cinotti
10/02    James McElwee
10/04    Sara Klebanoff (Alan)
10/04    Dale Lawson (Jack)
10/06    Robert Logan
10/07    Michael Bruce
10/07    Virginia Drummond (Clement)
10/08    Edgar Ebert
10/09    Christine Gulmi (Ronald)
10/11    Maria Coranoto (Daniel)
10/11    Barbara DeMartino (Pat)
10/11    Michael Mazzio
10/13    Peter Kearney
10/15    Marianne Bancke (Keith)
10/15    Robert Bisciotti
10/15    Tim Harte
10/18    Nicholas Pavlides
10/19    Dennis Gibbons
10/20    Frank Felicetta
10/21    Frank Carpenter
10/21    Karen Munno (Thomas)
10/23    Doreen Dent (Roger)
10/26    Karen Kearney (Raymond)
10/30    Prodromos Angelopoulos

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