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January 2010

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
MICHAEL CORDIELLO

This year certainly has gone by quickly.

With the help and support of our Membership and our Executive Board, I strongly believe that we have accomplished a great deal.  Collectively, we have managed to continue to bring in new Members and maintain the strength of the Society at a time of economic unrest and instability.

At this time, I would once again like to extend my thanks to our Executive Board and our Membership for their support.

We hope to see everyone at the Society’s Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Leonard's of Great Neck.

ARRANGEMENTS
FRANK ALMONA

Yes, it is the year 2010.  The Holidays are behind us and I hope everyone had a good time with family and friends.

This 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.

Please remember that we are offering the “Spotlight Supplier” program to anyone who is interested in displaying their wares at a meeting.  You also receive a full page ad in our monthly Newsletter.  Please contact me or Richie Chan.

The Society’s next general meeting in January 20th and I am looking forward to seeing you all there. We are at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY through the May meeting on the third Wednesday of the month.

BYLAWS
TIM HARTE


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 XI    Honorariums

1.    The Secretary of the Society, the News Editor of the Supervisors News, the Treasurer of the Society and the Data Services Chairperson shall receive the sum of ($99.00) ninety-nine dollars annually.  (Amended 5/17/95)

2.    This honorarium will be distributed at the beginning of each fiscal year.  (Amended 5/18/94)

Bylaw XII Amendments

1.    These Bylaws may be amended at any May meeting by a (2/3) two thirds vote and/or voting by proxy of the Member grade.  Any proposed Bylaw change must be submitted in writing by the March meeting.  The proposed written amendment shall be read at the April meeting and written notice of said amendment shall be mailed to every eligible voting Member (15) fifteen days in advance of the May meeting.  Any Bylaws may be suspended at a regular meeting of the Society by a (2/3) two thirds vote of the Members present, for that meeting only.  But no permanent alteration or amendment of any Bylaw shall be made except at the time and in the manner prescribed in the preceding paragraph.  Only a Member of Member grade in good standing may submit a Bylaw change proposal.  (Amended 5/17/00)

DATA SERVICES
RICHARD CHAN


Congratulations to the following Members for their perfect attendance in 2009:

Albert Buehler Jr.
Richard Chan
Michael Cordiello
Anthony Falconiere
Leonard Huffmire
Robert Lagnese
William McVeigh
George Pastor
Garry Raff
Dennis Roskop
Robert Spiotto
Nuno Tardo

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    107
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    36
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    7
Total Membership    175

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 102, 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 – 55, 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

EDUCATIONAL
CLEMENT DRUMMOND


Tax - Personal Use
Issue: IRS Standard Business Mileage Rate
Background: Annually, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service sets the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business.

Status: The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2010 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
•    50 cents per mile for business miles driven
•    16.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
•    14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than last year’s. The mileage rates for 2010 reflect generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs as determined by the same study. Independent contractor Runzheimer International conducted the study.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for any vehicle used for hire or for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

Driver and Vehicle Standards
Issue: Legislation - Distracted Driving
Background: Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, have introduced  legislation (S. 1938) to address distracted driving in both passenger and commercial vehicles.

The legislation creates a new program to send grants to states that enact a ban on texting while driving; require drivers using a cell phone to use a hands-free device; and prohibit novice drivers under age 18 from using any cell phone while driving.

For commercial vehicles, within one year of enactment, the Secretary of Transportation is to issue regulations on the use of electronic or wireless devices — including cell phones and other distracting devices — by commercial motor vehicle and school bus drivers during the performance of their duties.  The regulations would cover commercial motor vehicles, including large trucks(gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds), buses with more than 10 passengers (including the driver), vehicles used to transport hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding, and certain school buses.
Status:  Pending in the Senate.

GOLF OUTING
NICHOLAS MARKATOS


The 2010 Society of Fleet Supervisors Golf Outing is scheduled for June 21, 2010 at North Shore Towers Golf Course in Floral Park, Queens.  As usual, this event takes place the Monday following Fathers Day.

Due to the poor turnout last year, we are in need of all the help we can get for sponsorship of this event. The Golf Outing is a major source of revenue that our Society depends on to operate.  Its success is critical for the Society's health and existence.

It is never too early to make your commitment!

Happy New Year to al!

JOURNAL
SAL AZZARITI


The Journal Ad Committee would like to thank all of those that have contributed to the success of the 2009 Journal honoring the Society of Fleet Supervisors’ Member of the Year, Mark Kodner.

Although this past year has brought hardship to many a member and family, the generosity and support of our membership and friends has not waivered!  Just as it has been time and time again, the Members of the Society of Fleet Supervisors have stepped up to the plate and came through.  A sincere and heartfelt thanks for a job well done!

You can get your copy of the 2009 Journal at our Annual Awards Dinner which will be held at Leonard’s of Great Neck on January 9, 2010.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Hoping that you all have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year!

LEGISLATIVE
MICHAEL CALISE


Congress Postpones Action on Highway Reauthorization for Two Months
By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor, Truckinginfo.com

Congress extended the current highway program for two months, again postponing action on comprehensive reform of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure system.

The continuing resolution, good until Feb. 28, 2010, passed as part of the 2010 Defense Appropriations measure.

Reauthorization of the federal highway program, which was due to have been completed by last October, has been shunted aside due to congressional focus on health care reform and the difficulty of finding the political will to address the critical funding issue.

The consensus among transportation experts is that a fuel tax increase will be necessary to pay for needed improvements, but both the Senate and the White House have resisted this idea. The House has the outline of a comprehensive reform package, drafted by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that includes a proposal for an eventual fuel tax increase.

Stricter New-Carrier Rules Are In Effect
By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor, Truckinginfo.com

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun enforcement of stricter rules for new entrants into the trucking business.

The rule, which went into effect Wednesday, significantly raises the bar for would-be carriers. Previously, an applicant simply had to certify that he understood the safety rules and clear a safety audit before he could get permanent registration. That was too easy, the agency said. Now if an applicant commits any of a number of specific violations, he will fail the audit. If he does not correct the violation, his application will be denied.

"This new rule helps to ensure that only the safest carriers can enter the industry and continue to operate on our roadways," said Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "By strengthening the new entrant process, our agency supports new carriers as they establish and maintain critical safety management controls that enable them to operate in full compliance with federal safety regulations."

The agency is targeting new entrants because their safety records are significantly worse than those of experienced carriers. They are involved in more accidents and their drivers and vehicles are more often out of compliance.

The agency's intent is to ensure that all new entrant carriers have basic safety programs and controls in place before they get permanent registration. It identified 16 essential requirements as triggers for failure.

A number of the requirements are aimed at drug and alcohol violations. For example, a carrier that does not implement a testing program would be denied, as would a carrier that uses a driver who has refused an alcohol or drug test or who has tested positive for a controlled substance.

Other requirements concern the CDL. For example, knowingly allowing or forcing an employee who’s CDL has been suspended or revoked to drive is grounds for rejection.

Also covered are hours of service rules, insurance requirements and out-of-service violations.

For most of the requirements, a single violation is enough to trigger rejection. There's a little more latitude on two of the rules: new entrants get a failure rate of 51 percent on requiring a driver to keep a log, and not keeping up with periodic inspections.

The agency's intent is not to prevent newcomers from getting into the business but to make sure that they are qualified. If a new entrant fails the audit, he will be given 60 days to correct the problem. Also, the agency intends to continue its practice of providing educational materials to help new entrants put a proper safety program in place.

The rule also targets "chameleon" carriers - those that evade enforcement by re-registering under a different identity. A carrier that provides false or misleading information on its application can lose its registration and be hit with civil or criminal penalties. Also, the agency will link new and old DOT numbers in its database.

PROGRAMS
SUSAN DENARO


If you were in the passenger seat of every vehicle every moment of the day, how much more efficient would your fleet operate?  The GPS vehicle tracking and historical reporting solutions offered by Vehicle Tracking Solutions allow you to be a silent passenger in all your vehicles, ensuring your clients the highest level of service.

Vehicle tracking systems can have a remarkable impact on your business. Efficient monitoring of your cars, trucks and other vehicles will keep you informed as to your fleet’s whereabouts, giving you the insight you need to enhance your competitive edge.

With today’s tough economic times, it’s crucial for you to run your business as efficiently as possible.

Please join us on January 20th as Vehicle Tracking Solutions offers insight as to how you can lower fuel costs, reduce overtime pay, boost profits, and increase employee productivity.

This promises to be an interesting and informative presentation and our thanks go out to Mr. Pete Desidario of VTS who has generously sponsored our cocktail hour for the evening.

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Susan Denaro of RMP Powertrain Solutions.  I was recently inducted as an Associate Member of the Society and couldn’t be more honored to be working with such an outstanding group of professionals. I have accepted the responsibility of coordinating topics and guest speakers for the general meetings, and would so appreciate any ideas or requests from the Membership with regard to upcoming programs.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at [email protected], or give me a call at (631) 258-6611 if you would like to present a program or know of someone who might be interested in presenting something interesting, innovative, or even entertaining to the Society.

Best wishes to all of the Society Members for a safe and happy holiday.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Scholarships Awards Dinner on January 9th.  

SCHOLARSHIP
CARL ORZA


As this Newsletter will be published before the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, all the recipients will be published in the February Newsletter.

We are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2010 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship.  Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to fulfill before you can be eligible for one of the scholarships.  The number of scholarships available for 2010 will be announced at the February meeting and published in the March Newsletter.

WELFARE & EMPLOYMENT
JOHN GUARRIELLO


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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
02/02    Marty Vavrinec
02/03    Sue Felicetta (Frank)
02/03    Joseph White
02/04    Lorraine Ferraro (George)
02/07    Patricia Harte (Tim)
02/07    Mario Mucciacciaro
02/10    Cynthia Huffmire (Leonard)
02/11    Dennis Roskop
02/13    Alan Klebanoff
02/14    Mariusz Czapicki
02/17    Lee Balazs (Louis)
02/17    Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
02/18    Emma Colageo (Joseph Milea)
02/19    Raymond Kearney
02/21    Joseph Valenti
02/23    William Misita
02/24    Loucas Mastros
02/27    Joseph Perin


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