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September 2010


As the September meeting rapidly approaches, I hope that everyone enjoyed their summer vacation.  I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for selecting me for the current slate of Officers as well as thanking the Membership for electing me as the President of the Society for the 2010/2011 term.

We have an Executive Board with familiar faces, some in different positions as well as some fresh new faces eager to work for the Members of the Society.  

Through these tough economic times, we need to stand together and work with each other to try to make things better and the best way we can do this is by trying to get as many Members as possible to attend the meetings and get involved wherever possible.  We will continue to try to grow the Membership of the Society as well as to have informative and helpful presentations every month but we can’t do this alone.  This is where you, the Member, to come out with your support.  

I hope to see as many Members, guests and potential candidates for membership as possible at the September meeting.


Welcome back and I hope you all had a very good summer!

We are back at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY for all meetings through June 2011.  I hope to see you at the first meeting our new season.


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 III Membership

2E.    Apprentice Fleet Supervisor: shall include those actively engaged in the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles on a class "A" level and not actively participating in sales This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio.  (Amended 5/19/04)

2F.    Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): shall include those companies which produce the product, not a distributor or dealer.  It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual.  (Added 5/17/95)

2G.    Student Fleet Supervisor: shall include those that are bona fide students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate or vocational program specializing in the automotive industry.  The student must maintain a passing grade for the required course curriculum to remain a Student Member in good standing.  Grade transcripts shall be reviewed at the end of each semester.  The number of Student Members shall be limited to (20) twenty percent of Member grade.  This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio.  Student Membership in the Society limited to one year after graduation or upon termination of studies without graduation.  The Student Fleet Supervisor may request a transfer to any other grade of Membership he/she is qualified for upon graduation or termination of studies.  (Amended 5/19/09)

3.    A fleet shall be composed of at least (5) five vehicles.

3A.    Membership from any one organization shall be limited as follows:
Less than (35) thirty five vehicles - (1) one Member; (35) thirty five to (70) seventy vehicles - (2) two Members; (71) seventy one or more - (3) three Members.

3B.    In the case of a large company where there are (2) two or more centers of operation: each center shall be permitted to have Membership in accordance with 3a.

4.    Associate Membership limited to (33%) thirty three percent of Member grade.  (Amended 5/17/95)

4A.    Associate Membership limited to (1) one representative from any organization.  (Amended 5/17/95)

5.    OEM Membership shall be limited to (1) one representative from any organization.  (Added 5/17/95)


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

Pictures of the Kiddy Picnic and Golf Outing are available for viewing on the Society’s website at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    98
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    34
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    2
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    9
Total Membership    165

Current consecutive attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 107, 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 – 60, 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


6th Annual Alternative Vehicle Technology Conference
Friday, September 24, 2010
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us on the ‘Road to Energy Independence’ as the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on behalf of the City University of New York convenes its sixth annual Alternative Vehicle Technology Conference on September 24th at Lehman College.  The conference will include presentations by experts in the transportation industry who will highlight the latest in alternative fuels and emerging technologies, as well as a ‘Ride & Drive’ expo that features over 40 alternative technology vehicles.  CSE, whose home campus is Bronx Community College, was founded in part by Congressman José E. Serrano of New York’s 16th District and is additional supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Register:

Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
The Lovinger Theater
(Please use Music Building Entrance)

*If you encounter any difficulty with your registration, please contact support at (212) 844-0560 (


On behalf of the Golf Committee, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to those that supported our 2010 Golf Outing which took place on June 21, 2010 at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park, NY.  Thank you to the golfers, the sponsors and all those that made it possible.  Although the turnout for the event was light, a great time was had by all.

Please let me take this opportunity once again to make note that the Annual Society of Fleet Supervisors Golf Outing is a major generator of monies for our Society.  I am well aware of the adverse economic times that we are all living through and can only hope that our Members, our supporters and our friends help to make next year’s Annual Golf Outing bigger and more successful than this past year’s has been.

Again, thanks for your continued support, The Golf Committee


We at the Journal Committee hope that all of our Members had a great summer.  I look forward to seeing all of you at our September meeting.

As we return to our Society I would like to remind everyone that we really need your support this year more than ever.  Please keep in mind our goal of having all of our Members try to secure five ads in our Journal.  I would like to see all of our Members have a great year and support one another.  We need your ads to show support for our Member of the Year Lenny Huffmire.  Place your ad early to reserve your spot in this year’s Journal.

Hope all is well and see you at the meeting.

NHTSA Considers Stability-Control Requirements for Trucks
WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is engaged in a study about the potential benefits of requiring stability control systems for tractor trailer trucks, and the agency hopes to complete its research before the end of the year, the Associated Press reported.

Nathaniel Beuse, director of crash avoidance standards at NHTSA, discussed the study's progress during a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board earlier this month.  He estimated that stability control systems already on the market for tractor trailer trucks could prevent nearly 3,500 rollover accidents and save approximately 106 lives a year if the systems were required on such trucks.  He said those estimates were based on tests that NHTSA conducted with researchers from the University of Michigan.  That research found that the systems could prevent nearly 4,400 injuries a year.

Tank trucks are particularly susceptible to rollovers because the weight distribution of the liquid they haul can shift suddenly, causing an imbalance.  Tank trucks represent just 6 percent of large trucks, but they account for 31 percent of all fatal commercial truck rollover crashes.

Tank trucks also pose special safety concerns because they often haul hazardous cargo.


I want to thank the Membership for their support in the recent elections and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the first meeting of the New Year.


First, I hope that everybody had a wonderful summer and that you and your families are all in great heath.

Let me start by saying thanks to all for this opportunity to try to help grow our Society.  I will do my best and I believe with the help of all we can achieve great things together.  Please take the time to look around to all your vendors and look into past and present employees that might just fit into who we are and what we stand for.  If every Member just brings me one person before the year is out that would be incredible.  My goal is to increase the Membership by 20% in the first year.

Hoping to see all of you at the first meeting and hearing from all of you before the holidays. God bless to all and thanks again.


As we enjoy our last few weeks of summer, we begin to think about fall with cooler weather, the kids back at school, and gathering with our friends from the Society of Fleet Supervisors at the general meeting on September 15th.  We look forward to the camaraderie, and to another year of sharing, educating, and assisting one another in our professional capacities.

I would like to thank Associate Member Ronnie Birnbaum and his team at Circle Lubricants for generously stepping up to  sponsor our beloved cocktail hour in September, and for lining up a very pertinent and timely topic for the meeting’s program.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid, (DEF) has become a topic of interest to all fleets due to the new emission requirements imposed by the EPA to meet the most recent Clean Air Act specifications.

New truck engine manufacturers will comply with the new emission standards imposed by the EPA Clean Air Act that came into effect on January 1, 2010.  Under the new regulations, most engine manufacturers have chosen the Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system as the most efficient way to meet these clean air standards.  Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), the operating fluid for SCR is a non-toxic solution that transforms harmful Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel-powered vehicles into harmless water vapor and nitrogen.  According to engine manufacturers, SCR combined with DEF improves overall fuel economy by approximately 5% compared to competing technologies, and achieves NOx reductions in excess of 90%.

Please join us at the September General Meeting which will include an informative presentation by Air1® and Balcrank Corporation, followed by a question and answer period with regard to this innovative technology.


The Scholarship Committee held Hank Hasiwar Scholarship interviews on June 7th at Farmingdale State University and on June 15th at Bronx Community College.  We interviewed several very qualified individuals and will present the scholarship winners at the October meeting.

While at Bronx Community College, Member Clement Drummond gave us a guided tour of the school’s facilities as we were the first from the Society to ever visit them.  We were very impressed with the amount of equipment and classroom space that is available to the Automotive Technology Dept.

I thank my Committee Members Richie Chan, Dennis Madden and Matthew Konig for taking the time to attend the interviews as well as Members Robert Lagnese and Clement Drummond for setting up the interviews.


Hi everyone!  Welcome back from a real hot summer.

We all had a great time at the Kiddy Picnic and please see the pictures in this newsletter and online at the Society website.

The Scholarships Awards Dinner will now be held at the North Shore Towers and the date is on December 4, 2010 so please make a note of that.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Associate Member Susan Denaro and family on the passing of her father in law at the beginning of June.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Anthony Falconiere’s wife for a hospitalized stay during the first week of June.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to OEM Member Mike Rogers who underwent surgery at the beginning of June.

Congratulations to Life Member Mike Iannizzi on his retirement for the 2nd time.  Mike and wife, Annmarie, will be traveling to Italy during the month of September.

Congratulations to Member John Costantin on his retirement.  John and wife, Cookie, will be spending his retirement in Palm Springs, CA.

Congratulations to Member Jack Lawson on his retirement.  Jack finally got to the end of his retirement countdown and will be settling down in Wooster, OH. 

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member John Collura who underwent spinal surgery and a long hospitalized stay in mid-July.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
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
10/08    Christine Gulmi (Ronald)
10/11    Maria Coranoto (Daniel)
10/11    Barbara De Martino (Pat)
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 (Tom)
10/23    Doreen Dent (Roger)
10/26    Karen Kearney (Raymond)

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