Minutes > April 24, 2008 Annual Meeting


April 24, 2008




     The regularly scheduled Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz at the Brighton Fire Department located at 3100 East Ave. Brighton, NY.



     After a wonderful picnic dinner resplendent with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, the bill of fare was rounded out with salads, deserts and a variety of beverages.  A job well done by the “chefing” staff of Mr. Barry Dampier and John McNamara!  The Kitchen Brigade was wonderfully represented by the Ms’s Nancy and Eileen.  All in all, it was a Class A effort on behalf of the attendees.



     The attendees were welcomed to the Brighton Fire Department by its President, Mr. James Morris and the MCVFA (Inc.) reply was given by Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N., MCVFA (Inc.) 1st Vice President.  The attending guests and dignitaries were introduced by the MCVFA (Inc.) 2nd Vice President, Mr. Michael Smith.



     The attendees were led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff.



     The Opening Prayer for guidance was offered by the MCVFA (Inc.) Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.



     With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct any business brought to the floor by the attendees.



     The minutes of the previous meetings were approved with no additions or corrections on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz.  1st by Mr. A. Way.   2nd by Mr. M. Smith.  The motion carried with no discussion.



BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS:



    There were none presented to the Secretary at this meeting.  However, there was one receipt passed over to the Treasurer.



Treasurer’s Report:    Mr. J. Princehorn

    The Treasurer read and discussed the entire financial picture of the Association. The complete report can be reviewed by any member at any time by contacting any of the Directors.



     The Treasurer, Mr. J. Princehorn also reports that the audit procedures have started.  And that the Association has an insurance refund coming for the Fire Safety House that was donated to the Scottsville Fire Department.  This rebate will be from the Association’s Insurance Policy (Agent-Gary Johnson).



    There was a motion called for by the Chair to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. K. Moyer.  The motion was passed with no discussion on a voice acclimation by the attendees.



COMMITTEE REPORTS:



    The following Committees had no report at this time: Audit, Budget and Finance, Drills and Officials, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Prevention Education, Hospitality Room, Fire Prevention Essay Contest, Siren, Topics, Yearbook, Transportation, Special Committees #1.



Awards:     Mr. L. LeonE

    Mr. L. LeonE spoke on the Awards Committee and this year’s selection of Mr. Harry Howitt to receive the award for service to the Association.



Banquet:    Mr. W. Nichols

    May 3, 2008 is the combined MCVFA/MCVFALA Installation and Awards Banquet.  It will be held at the Green Lantern Party House in Fairport, NY.  The tickets are $25.00 each and are available by contacting Mr. William Schlegel.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

There was a motion called for by the Chair to issue a check for payment favor the Green Lantern Party House.  1st. Mr. P. Tracy.  2nd Mr. A. Way.  The motion carried with no discussion by voice acclimation.



Constitution and Bylaws:    Mr. M. Smith

     Mr. M. Smith gave a brief explanation on the efforts that went into the final version of the proposed Constitution and Bylaw changes.  He reported that most of the changes were to correct spelling and grammar issues.  There were some additions to the final document and these were discussed and passed on to the attendees.  There were no discussions brought to the floor.  There was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz to approve the revised Constitution and Bylaws of the MCVFA (Inc.).  1st by Mr. L. Hicks.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion passed with no discussion by voice acclimation.



Explorers:    Mr. W. Montagno

     The Explorer Awards Dinner is scheduled for May 9, 2008.  There was a discussion of the Awards and the time they should be presented and at what venue……



Historical:    Mr. A. Sweet

     Mr. A. Sweet reports that there is a large amount of historical material at the Training Center….under close supervision.  There is a large amount of 16 mm. film of all types of events and it can be transferred to a more modern mode of viewing and preservation.



Legislative:    Mr. W. Nichols

     The complete report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association website, www.mcvfa.com. 

The Cost of Living legislation is again ready for presentation.  There is a possibility that the “VFF” benefits law section will be rewritten.

Mr. W. Nichols reports that he has attended three Legislative Update meetings around the area.  Alexander was very poorly attended and Himrod was well attended.



Membership:    Mr. W. Nichols

     Out of 65 member organizations, 45 have paid their dues to date.  There are 1,530 individual members that are paid up to date and there are 1,425 FASNY Members within the MCVFA (Inc.) entity.



Nominating:    Mr. P. Tracy

     The Committee Chairman, Mr. Paul Tracy rose to read the Nominating Committee report into the record. 

Mr. Alan Way rose and withdrew his name for the position of 2nd Vice President.

The name of Mr. Lynd Hicks was placed into nomination for the office of 2nd Vice President.  There was no dissention on the preceding.

Following this procedure, the Nominating Slate was read to acknowledge any other floor-generated nominations for any office up for election.  There were no additions from the floor and the Nominating Slate was accepted by the Secretary, casting one vote for the Slate.  The Association President cast one vote for the Secretary.

There was one contest: that of Treasurer.  There were two members standing for election – the incumbent, Mr. James Princehorn and Mr. William Nichols.

The ballots were passed out to the eligible attendees.  The ballots were filled out, collected and counted by the tellers.  The winner for the office of Treasurer was the Incumbent, Mr. James Princehorn.

There still is a need for a Director from the 5th Battalion.  The usual procedures will be followed to secure a director by the Secretary.



Public Relations:    Mr. C. Dunn

     The report was read, discussed and attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association website, www.mcvfa.com.



Resolution:    Mr. L. Zarnstorff

(for the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald Fox)

     The names of the deceased members were read into the record and the bell was rung to signify their “Final Alarm”.  There was a moment of prayer by the attendees.



Steering Committee:    Mr. D. Fox

     The complete report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association website, www.mcvfa.com.  The Steering Committee report was approved on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. L. Mack.



Special Committees:    Mr. D. Fox

#2. The Convention Committee:

     The minutes of the last Convention Committee are attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association web site www.mcvfa.com.

There was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz to approve the Committee Reports as given to the Quarterly Convention.  1st by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  2nd by Mr. J. Carberry.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no additions, corrections or comment.



REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES/DELEGATES:



Finger Lakes Burn Association:    Mr. K. Moyer

There will be a road rally in the fall. The Burn Walk is coming up – date TBA.

     Royer Pfersick has been appointed as a director of the Burn Association.  The Red Knights will be having a “Ride” on June 1, 2008 to benefit the Burn Camp. (The burning question…….will “Marlon” Smith be riding, with Inlet beckoning?)



Fire Advisory Board:

     The Communications updates were reported on.  The Training Program is some 30,000 hours over budget. 

     The campaign to ban the sale of “Novelty Lighters” is underway.  The MCVFA (Inc.) has weighed in with a formal letter being sent.



County Fire Chiefs:

     The Equipment Seminar is scheduled for August 13, 2008 at the Dome Arena located at the Monroe County Fairgrounds.

     The next meeting is scheduled for May 14, 2008 at Barnard F.D.

     There will be a discussion of the “White Out” that occurred during a recent snow event in the vicinity of the Rochester International Airport.



Fire Districts:    Mr. C. Dunn

     No report.



Fire Marshals:    Mr. C. Dunn

     The report was delivered by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz due to the excused absence of Mr. C. Dunn.  The report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association website, www.mcvfa.com.



County Fire Police:    Mr. K. Fuller

     Their next meeting is scheduled for the 1st Thursday in June.

The Fire Police Seminar is scheduled for May 3, 2008 at Brockport, NY.



FASNY:

     No report at this time.



NCNYVFA:    Mr. G. Burris.

     There will be a “Code F” for Past President Mr. Gus Wehrlin on April 25, 2008 at the Keenan Funeral Home, Egypt, NY.  Time announced is 7:15 PM.



WNYVFA:    Mr. K. Fuller

     The report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association website, www.mcvfa.com.

Mr. K. Fuller states that there were no service awards given out for the 8 county areas.  Call Mr. Jerry Hendrickson if you wish to assist in the passing out of the awards for the essay contest.

April 13, 2008 was their last meeting.



REPORTS OF DELEGATES AND OFFICIALS:



Chaplains Association:

     No report at this time.



Coordinators Office:

     No report at this time.



FASNY:    Mr. W. Nichols

     Help is needed for the various Convention events.  Mr. W. Nichols discussed the Ladies Auxiliary Initiation Ceremony that will be held at the State Convention.  If anyone can assist, please contact Mr. W. Nichols by phone as soon as possible so plans can be formalized.



Firemen’s Home:    Mr. D. Fox

     The “Old Home” is now totally gone.  All the Monroe County residents are doing well at this time.



State Fire Police:    Mr. K. Fuller

     The State Fire Police Convention will be held in Syracuse, NY from May 15 to May 17, 2008.



BATTALION REPORTS:



1st Battalion:

No report at this time

2nd Battalion:

The Barnard Carnival is scheduled for June 25-28, 2008.  The Parade is scheduled for June 26, 2008.

3rd Battalion:

No report at this time.

4th Battalion:

The Clifton Fire Department will be hosting their Roast Beef Dinner on April 26, 2008 at their Fire House.

5th Battalion:

No report at this time.



OLD BUSINESS:



     Mr., W, Nichols asked what has become of the amendment to the Constitution that has been pending since October of 2007. There was no answer forthcoming regarding the question.

The letter to the 5th Battalion regarding the need for a Director will be done.



NEW BUSINESS:



     Public thanks were offered to all retiring Directors.  All newly-elected officials were wished well in their coming terms of office.



REPORT OF THE OFFICERS:



The President:

     Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz offered all present thanks for the cooperation and assistance he received over the period of his term of office and stands ready to contribute in any way he can in the future.



1st Vice President, (President Elect)

     Ms. Diana Pfersick R.N. thanked all present for the support given her and she stands ready to serve the Association as the next President.



2nd Vice President, (1st Vice President Elect)

     “Thanks to all”



GOOD AND WELFARE:



There are 82 Banquet tickets sold to date.



Jim Princehorn rose to thank all those who voted for him for the position of Treasurer.



Ted Summers rose to thank all who sent him cards and who visited him during his recent medical problems.



With no additional business brought to the floor there was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz to adjourn the Quarterly Convention.  1st by Mr. J. Carberry.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion carried by voice acclimation.



The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald Fox.

Time of adjournment……9:35 PM



Sign in sheet winners were Mr. W. Schlegel and Mr. C. Bommele.

50/50 winners were:

#3: Mr. K. Fuller

#2: Ms. D. Pfersick

#1: Mr. J. Carberry



To approve the Bylaws

54: Yes

5: No



There were 56 attendees signed in.





Respectfully Submitted,







J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)