Minutes > June 24, 2009 Board Meeting Minutes


June 24, 2009


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N. at 7:30 PM at the Combined Training Facility located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY 14624.  Also in attendance were various Committee Chairpersons, Delegates and Representatives to the Association.

The assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick offered an Opening Prayer for Guidance.

With the taking of the initial role call, it was erroneously determined that there was not a quorum present to conduct any business brought to the floor by the attendees.  However, with after thought and a realization that it was 9 members, not 12 present needed for a quorum, a recount determined that a quorum was present.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved with no additions or corrections on a motion called for by the Chair.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  The motion passed by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting members.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS:

There was one bill presented for payment, (Office Supplies) and a receipt for printing costs given to the Treasurer for current payment.
There were no communications received by the Secretary at this time.

Treasurer’s Report:    Mr. W. Nichols
The Treasurer gave a complete financial report on the Association Finances.  The current net worth of the Association is 
There was a motion called for to accept the report as given by Mr. W. Nichols, the Treasurer.  1st by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  2nd by Mr. C. Bommele.  The Treasurer’s Report was accepted by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting members or discussion.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Audit:    Mr. G. Haberberger
Mr. G. Haberberger gave a complete report of the Audit Committee and returned to the Association all records that were in the possession of the Audit Committee.  This report was supplied to the Secretary for archival.
The Audit Committee reviewed all material and made some recommendations to the assembly for future implementation, in order for the Association to conduct its business in a more proper manner.

The following committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons:  Budget and Finance, Investment Advisory, Constitution and Bylaws, Emergency Medical Service, Historical, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Public Relations, Steering Committee, Special Events, Topics, Transportation, Special Committees #1 and #2.

Banquet:
The 2010 Combined Ladies Auxiliary and Installation Banquet will be held on May 8, 2010 at the Green Lantern Inn Party House in Fairport, NY.

Explorers:    Mr. R. Pfersick
Youth Day will be held at the FASNY Convention on August 19, 2009.  There is a flyer attached to these minutes.  It is to be held at the Frontier Fire Department, Niagara Falls, NY.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest:    Mr. A. Way
The report of the committee is attached to these minutes.

Hospitality Room:    Mr. A. Way
The report of the committee is attached to these minutes.

Yearbook:    Mr. A. Way
The Report of the committee is attached to these minutes.

Mr. L. LeonE rose to discuss a possible cheaper price for the mass printing of the yearbook by a company he is familiar with.  There will be future discussions of this concerning future yearbooks.  The company mentioned is Ultra Printing.
There was then a discussion regarding the, “Go to Press Date”   There were various dates discussed and the reasons for their discussion.  The end result is the yearbook will be printed and ready for distribution on October 9th, 2009.  There followed a discussion of the inclusion of the “Committee List”.  It was agreed that this will be done.

Although there was not a formal Topics Committee report…….Mr. R. Pfersick rose to discuss some future Topics speakers.  A Legislative member was a possible choice.  A Law Enforcement type was also discussed as a future Speaker.  The goal is to have the topic relate to the Fire Service and or the activities of the MCVFA (Inc.).  A Media person was also thrown into the mix for possible future consideration.  The key subjects discussed is to make it interesting for the attendees and to make it informative for the general goals of the Association.

By the Chair, (President):
When the bylaws were being done by the Bylaws Committee…..Better work could have been done to “Round Out” the Bylaws to cover some of the situations the Association faces in the routine carrying out of its mission.

Resolution:    Mr. R. Pfersick
There was a motion made to include a page set aside in honor of Mr. Richard Laitenberger.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Messrs G. Klingenberger and L. Hicks.

There was a motion called for to accept the Committee Reports as given.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no additions or dissenting votes.

REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES:

The following Representatives and Delegates had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Coordinators Office, County Fire Chiefs, County Fire Police, Drills and Officials, FASNY, Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Advisory Board, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals, Firemen’s Home, Safety Officers and State Fire Police.

Chaplains Association:    Mr. R. Pfersick
(Please refer to New Business Section)

NCNYVFA:    Mr. F. G. Burris
The report is attached to these minutes.

WNYVFA:    Mr. K. Fuller
The report is attached to these minutes.
The WNYVFA Convention is to be held in Alden, NY on July 23rd to the 25th.  The Banquet will be held in Alden, NY in September (date to be published in August of 2009).

BATTALION REPORTS:

Battalion(s) 1-4 had no report at this time.
5th Battalion:
There will be a “Special Set of Tones” that will be going into effect to summon the Water Rescue Team.

OLD BUSINESS:

The Family Health and Fitness Fair will be at the Dome Arena on October 15, 2009.  The MCVFA (Inc.) will have a table at the event.  Hours are 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

NEW BUSINESS:
There was a brief discussion on the MCVFA (Inc.) attendance at the Western Dinner.  There was a motion called for to not attend.  1st by Mr. W. Nichols. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion to not attend was carried by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes of further discussions.
The Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick requested that the dues of $15.00 be paid to the Chaplains Association.  This was accepted by general agreement and it was formed into a motion.  1st by Mr. C. Bommele.  2nd by Mr. G. Burris.  The motion carried by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes and no discussion.

There was a motion called for to purchase a “Rules Book”  1st by Mr. C. Bommele.  2nd by Mr. G. Burris.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes cast.  There was no discussion.

There was a motion called for by the Treasurer, Mr. W. Nichols to pay the current financial obligations of the Association.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. C. Bommele.  The motion was passed by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes.  There was no discussion.

GOOD AND WELFARE:

Mr. Kenneth Fuller rose to give a progress report on his wife’s battle with breast cancer.  Elaine has had surgery and completed a course of chemotherapy.  She is at present in good health and hopes to be so in the future.  The prognosis seems to be very positive at this point in time.  She’s getting her strength back and hopes to be at the WNYVFA Convention.  She was wished well by the attendees and it was requested that the Secretary send her a card in the name of the Association.

The Association President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N. reports that she will be having surgery on her knee.  The surgery is scheduled for July 24, 2009.

The Director from the 3rd Battalion, Mr. Louie LeonE rose to state he will be having a knee replaced on July 13, 2009 at Rochester General Hospital.

The attendees wished them both well and progress reports will be forthcoming.

With no additional business brought to the floor there was a motion called for to adjourn the Directors Meeting at this time.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. C. Bommele.  The motion passed by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes and there were no further discussions.

The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.



Time of adjournment………….9:20 PM.




Respectfully Submitted,



J. K. Walsh
Sec. / MCVFA (Inc.).


 
This page of the minutes of the
Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association
Is set aside in memory of
Richard F. Laitenberger
 
Clifton Springs: Wednesday, June 3, 2009.  Survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris Holtz Laitenberger; sons, Richard (Michele) and Carl Laitenberger; daughter, Debra (Thomas) Crane; grandchildren, Ariana (Jay) Harris, Eric Woodcock, Jamie (Ryan) Jenner, Richelle Laitenberger, Nicholas and Leslie LoBrutto.  Mr. Laitenberger was an Army Veteran of WWII, a member of the Union Hill Fire Department for 64 years and a 32nd Degree Mason of the Webster Lodge.
No prior calling.  Friends may attend a Memorial Service, Saturday, June 13th at 11 AM at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (597 East Avenue).  Interment at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be directed to the Firemen's Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534 or the American Heart Association.