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October 2010


It was good to see everyone who attended the September meeting and I hope to see even more people at the October meeting.  I would like to thank all that attended the meeting for their patience and courtesy for the speaker during the program that went longer than scheduled.  We will try our best in the future to keep the presentation between 20 to 30 minutes.

As discussed in the Treasurer’s report as well as by the Special Activities Chairman, the Society is not immune to economic problems.  We are feeling the cash crunch just like everybody else.  The fundraisers are not generating the same income as previous years and the costs involved with some activities are rising.  We as a Society are going to try to cut costs where possible or do certain things ourselves so that we can continue to award scholarships as well as to continue to sponsor all the activities that the Society has had for years.  Wherever possible we need the support of our Members both financially and in some cases just by pitching in to help.  You, the Members, have made the Society great and we will continue down this path as we try to grow the Society in the future.  

Hope to see all at the October meeting.


We are at the Immaculate Conception Center for our meetings through the May 2011 season.  Please take note and read the Newsletter each month as we will be utilizing one of the two dining facilities in the ICC.  For the October meeting, we will be downstairs on the first floor at south end of the building.  When you enter the parking lot, the meeting room will be on your right side.  You can also park in the right side parking lot.

Thank you to our September Spotlight Supplier – Suffolk Glass.


We are now accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing through the March meeting.  You may submit your Bylaw change by mail, email or handing your written proposal to me at any meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article IV Officers

    •    The Officers of the Society of Fleet Supervisors shall be: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

    •    The above Officers shall be elected at the May meeting.

    •    The Executive Committee shall consist of the "Officers" and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees and (2) "two" Past "Presidents" in attendance.  (Amended 5/17/95)

    •    At all Executive Committee meetings, the "Officers" shall have (1) one vote each.  The Chairpersons of the standing committees shall have (1) one vote each.  The "President" shall have the "deciding" vote in case of a tie.  (Amended 5/17/95)


2010 Constitution and Rosters will be available at the October meeting.  If you would like your copy mailed to you, please contact me.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    99
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    35
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    2
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    8
Total Membership    166

Current consecutive attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 108, 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 – 61, 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 September meeting:
Members    55
Guests    18
Total    73


At the last General Meeting, I asked our Members to try and bring in five ads for our Journal.  Our deadline for ads is Friday, November 19th and we would really appreciate if you could have your ads in by the November meeting.  We are looking to make this year’s journal our best ever.  We appreciate your support and commitment to the Society and our Member of the Year, Lenny Huffmire.  I will be seated outside at the sign up table at our next General Membership Meeting looking for your ads.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.


Safety Advisors Suggest Reducing In-Cab Distractions
By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor
?Distracted driving is best countered by a wide-ranging effort to instill a culture of safety among all drivers, but in trucking specifically it would be helpful to reduce in-cab distractions, says a committee of safety experts.
?The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee suggested that federal regulators look at technology standards, enforcement, driver education and data collection as they consider ways to limit distracted driving in trucks.
?The committee, whose members come from the industry, the enforcement community and labor and safety advocacy groups, provides advice and recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  It has in the past weighed in on issues such as hours of service, new entrant regulations and cross-border trucking.
?The Recommendations
In a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, the committee recommended that the agency take existing research as well as risks and benefits into account as it weighs the idea of prohibiting or limiting driver use of in-cab technologies while the truck is moving.
?The committee suggested that the agency consider alternatives to visual messaging, including incentives to promote voice-only technologies.  It also urged the agency to consider a rulemaking to develop performance standards for in-cab technologies that might distract drivers.
?As it assesses distracted driving enforcement the agency should consider potential sanctions, such as traffic tickets or moving violations, the committee said.
?Another recommendation is that the agency ramp up a driver education program, possibly including mandatory periodic training as well as entry-level training.
?These steps should be taken as part of a larger effort, the committee said.  FMCSA should work with the other administrations within the Department of Transportation, as well as the makers of vehicles and onboard gear, as part of the large-scale campaign to reduce distracted driving.
?The committee is now working on recommendations for fatigue management programs, which it plans to present to the agency later this year.
?The Committee
The members of the committee are chosen by the FMCSA administrator.  They are: John M. Bauer, Director of Global Transportation for Starbucks Coffee; LaMont Byrd, Director of Health and Safety for the Teamsters union; Bill Dofflemyer, Maryland Department of State Police; Scott G. Hernandez, Colorado State Patrol; Thomas Jacques, Pittsburgh Police.
?Also, John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition; Terry L. Maple, Kansas Highway Patrol; Jane Mathis, Parents Against Tired Truckers; Kevin O'Brien, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles); David J. Osiecki, Senior Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at American Trucking Associations.
?Also, Stephen C. Owings, Co-Founder and President of Road Safe America; Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association; David R. Parker, Senior Legal Counsel at Great West Casualty Company; Robert G. Petrancosta, Vice President of Safety for Con-way Freight; Robert Powell, Virginia State Police.
?Also, Danny Schnautz, a driver for Clark Freight Lines; Lester B. Sokolowski, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Strategic Safety Solutions; Judith Lee Stone, President, Executive Director and member of the Board of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; and Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
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FMCSA Posts Ban on Texting While Driving
By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor
?Following up on guidance it issued earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a formal rule banning truck and bus drivers from texting while driving.  The rule also prohibits carriers from requiring or allowing their drivers to text.
?The rule, which will be effective 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, essentially codifies current federal enforcement practices.
?The penalty for conviction can be a fine of $2,750 for the driver and $11,000 for the carrier.  The driver also can be disqualified.??Dangerous Behavior
Texting is the cardinal sin among the numerous behaviors that fall under the general description of distracted driving.  Research shows that texting increases by more than 23 times the chances of getting into an accident, compared to a driver who is not texting.
?And texting in general has taken the country by storm.  It grew 2,200 percent between 2005 and 2009, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association.
?These are the central facts that prompted FMCSA to address texting separately from other distracted driving issues, and to do so quickly.  It has taken the agency just over six months to get from proposal to final rule, a turnaround that reflects the urgency given to this issue by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
?LaHood also announced the DOT is initiating a rulemaking to ban texting by all drivers transporting hazardous materials, which would allow the agency to address intrastate hazmat drivers under the authority of the DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  The new final texting rule posted this week only affects interstate drivers.??Going Further
The agency has another rulemaking proposal under way to address other distraction issues in the truck cab.
?The final texting rule contains a significant departure from the initial proposal, which suggested a texting ban only on cell phones.  The agency decided to extend the texting ban to dispatching devices or keyboards that are used in a fleet management system, which can be used for purposes other than texting.
?"The agency does not see any necessity for drivers to read text messages or type text responses on any device while the vehicle is being operated on public roads," FMCSA said in its commentary.
?The agency declined to provide a clearer definition of the term "allow" in the language prohibiting carriers from allowing their drivers to text.  There is ample precedent for the term in federal rules, and neither the industry nor the unions have cited any difficulty complying with these rules, the agency said.
?Other issues
In the past several years, 30 states have posted laws banning texting.  These bans remain in effect, provided they are compatible with the new federal rule, and the states may institute new prohibitions if they want to.
?The agency received about 400 comments, most supporting the ban.  Some who opposed it said that regulation should be handled by the states with federal guidance.  Others argued that instead of a ban the government should require only outreach, education and company action on the issue.
?There was concern among some commenters about enforcement of the ban.  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, for example, pressed for more performance-based regulations, rather than a prescriptive ban, and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was concerned about giving officials access to the driver's electronic devices.
?The agency responded that it does not think such questions should be a basis for not acting on to restrict texting.  It will take a while for enforcement authorities to develop their enforcement procedures, the agency said.  
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Bob Gray, Director of Biofuels and Business Development, for Mansfield Oil of Boardman, OH presented the program on using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce diesel emissions.  Tom McCann, National Account Manager, for Balcrank of Weaverville, NC presented the second part of the program on DEF Dispense Systems by Balcrank.  The Cocktail Hour was sponsored by Associate Member Ronnie Birnbaum of Circle Lubricants of Bayshore, NY.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Associate Member Joel Horvath of Parts Authority.


It was great seeing everybody again.  Like I said at the September meeting, it is time to really look around at everybody that you know to help us grow the Society.  From past Members to new ones without the help of everybody this will fail, together we can't be beat.  Please call me at 631-418-5349, the more the better.  Thank you all.


Our October meeting Program and Cocktail Hour is sponsored and presented by Syn-Tech Systems, Inc. of Tallahassee, FL.  The program will be on FuelMaster® Fuel Management Systems.  The company manufactures and develops fuel management systems that help fleets, municipalities, government agencies, and construction companies control their fuel and maintenance costs.  In addition, Syn-Tech handles all fuel management for the Department of Defense which includes over 400 bases worldwide and approximately 8000 units.


Please join us at the October meeting to honor our 2010 Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients.  Both individuals were selected from a group of very deserving and qualified students with high aspirations to be part of the transportation industry.

Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than the November meeting.  Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to attend 15 meetings in a three year period prior to the November meeting to be eligible for one of the six $1,000.00 scholarships available this year.


The Scholarships Awards Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010 at North Towers Country Club.  Time is running short so please call me at 516-510-2301 or email me at [email protected] for your dinner, table and brick tickets.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Michael Iannizzi for a hospitalized for a serious infection that required surgery during mid-September.

We have an update on Life Member John Collura who is doing much better and is now at home from a hospitalized stay in mid-July.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Associate Member Steve Tepper and family on the loss of his wife, Francine, in mid-September.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

11/03    Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/04    Louise Chan (Richard)
11/05    Ismael Acevedo
11/08    George Ferraro
11/08    Edna Williams (Edward)
11/13    Lawrence Musella Jr.
11/15    Thomas Munno
11/17    Dianne Kearney (Peter)
11/18    Eric Rosario
11/22    Peter Plate
11/24    Ralph Provisiero
11/26    Nancy Misita (William)
11/26    Fred Provenzano
11/29    James Dejana


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We don’t appreciate good health when we have it and the past week in the hospital has taught me to never take feeling good and living healthy for granted.  If retirement means hospitals and doctors then I’m going back to work!

Thank you all for your phone calls, emails, the fruit basket and our prayers.  They helped sustain me and keep my spirits up.

I am in a Rehab Center now to get back my strength and look forward to returning home soon.

See you at the October meeting,

Mike Iannizzi

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