July 30, 2009 MCVFA Quartery Meeting Minutes
July 30, 2009
The regularly scheduled QUARTERLY Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. was called to order by the Association 1st Vice President, Mr. Michael Smith at 6:30 PM, Thursday, July 30, 2009 in the absence of the Association President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N. who was indisposed due to recent surgery. The location was the Chili Fire Department House #1.
The assembled attendees were then adjourned for dinner which was a wonderful picnic dinner consisting of hots, hamburgers, salads and beverages prepared by the host company staff. It was delicious and well received by the attendees and kudos are offered to the chefs and their assistants.
Following dinner, the assembly was gaveled to order once again and the attendees were led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Thomas D’Ambra. The Opening Prayer for Guidance was then offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.
The attendees were welcomed to the Chili Fire Department by the Chili Fire Department President, Mr. George Peterson and the host company was thanked for their gracious invitation by the Monroe County 1st Vice President, Mr. Michael Smith who then gave a general welcome the attending guests of the Association.
With the taking of the roll call by the Association Secretary, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct any business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The minutes of the previous meetings, which were available to the attendees, were approved as to content on a motion called for by the Chairperson, Mr. Michael Smith.1st by Mr. K. Fuller. 2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger. The motion was carried by voice acclimation with no additions or corrections. There were no dissenting votes.
There was one receipt, (for printing services) given over to the Treasurer for his workflow and eventual payment.
There were no communications presented at this time.
Treasurer’s Report:Mr. W. Nichols
The Treasurer gave a complete financial picture of the Association and it was approved on a motion called for by the Chairperson, Mr. Michael Smith.1st by Mr. C. Bommele. 2nd by Mr. E. Sexton. The motion was passed by voice acclimation with no dissenting votes.
If any member of the Association wishes to review the complete Treasurer’s report, the Treasurer will make it available on request from said member.
The following had no report at this time for a variety for reasons: Audit, Banquet, Investment Advisory, Constitution and Bylaws, Fire Prevention Education, Historical, Nominating, Public Relations, Special Events, and Special Committees One and Two.
Budget and Finance:
Although there was no report of the Budget and Finance Committee as such.......meaning there was no budget/finance discussed…..There is a meeting scheduled for September 9, 2008 at Henrietta #1 at 7:30 PM to discuss and/or formulate a budget for the coming year, (2010). All Committees depending on the funds of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen's Association, Inc. are requested to have their budgets prepared and in the hands of the Committee Chairman, Mr. Richard Diehl by the Director's Meeting scheduled for August 26, 2009 in room 105 at the Combined Training Center.
Emergency Medical Services:Mr. R. Pfersick
The complete report of the EMS Committee is attached to these minutes.
Explorers:Mr. R. Pfersick
The Explorer Competition was called off in Bergen NY due to storm conditions.Mr. R. Pfersick’s group did take honors in the brief time the event did carry on.
The application for “Youth Day” at the State Convention is also attached to this instrument.
Fire Prevention Essay Contest:Mr. A. Way
This year’s theme is, “Stay Fire Smart….Don’t Get Burned”.The complete report is attached to this instrument.
Hospitality Room:Mr. G. Renner
Mr. G. Renner reports all is in readiness for the State Convention to be held in Niagara Falls, NY, on August 19-21, 2009. Mr. A. Way reports that the Hospitality Room has been “OK’d”.The full report is attached to this instrument.
Legislative:Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols reports that the “Consolidation Bill” was signed on June 24, 2009.However, there is still action going on.
There has been no additional activity going on since mid April of this year.
Membership:Mr. W. Nichols
There are 1,439 paid members and 49 organizations paid to date.
Resolution:Mr. L. Zarnstorff
The name of the recently departed members names were read into the record and the bell was rung for each name…signifying “Their Final Alarm”.
A short prayer was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick in their memory.
Steering Committee:Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols recited a list of names for various state and local offices that the Steering Committee had endorsed to fill these offices. The attendees were asked….on a motion to approve the afore mentioned names. This was accomplished by voice acclimation with no dissenting votes. (There was one additional appointment on the Steering Committee report that is covered under the heading of New Business by Mr. W. Nichols.)
Topics:Mr. R. Pfersick
The next Quarterly Convention topic will be concerning the subject of arson.
The 50/50 winners were Ms. K. D’Ambra and Mr. A. Price.
Yearbook:Mr. A. Way
The report is attached to this instrument.
There was a motion called for to accept the Committee Reports as given to the Quarterly Convention. 1st by Mr. R. Diehl. 2nd by Mr., A. Price.The motion to accept was by voice acclimation. There were no dissenting votes.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES:
The following had no reports at this time for a variety of reasons: Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Advisory Board, County Fire Chiefs, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals, Safety Officers and FASNY.
County Fire Police:Mr. K. Fuller
The next meeting will be held in Mendon, NY. (First Thursday in August).And then the 1st Thursday in September….also in Mendon, NY.
NCNYVFA:Mr. G. Burris
The report is attached to this instrument.
WNYVFA:Mr. K. Fuller
The report is attached to this instrument.
REPORT OF OFFICIALS AND DELEGATES:
The following had no reports at this time for a variety of reasons: Chaplains, Coordinators Office and State Fire Police.
Firemen’s Home:Mr. W. Nichols
There will be a “Slow Pitch” Tournament at the Firemen’s Home this coming weekend, (August 1-2, 2009).
No report at this time.
Hilton had a confirmed tornado in its district.Small calls were reported and lots of MVA’s.
Mendon had a mutual aid fire that involved many additional fire departments. There were discussions of 1,500 feet of hose laid.
Gates had 2 fires. Clifton had their Carnival. Churchville will be moving into their new firehouse this weekend and it will be dedicated on Saturday, September 26, 2009.
They had 2 fatalities due to MVA activity.
There was a discussion initiated by Mr. L. Hicks regarding the Association supplying beer at the FASNY Convention in Niagara Falls, NY. There were several comments from the attendees regarding such items as cost, bartender fees, and other questions. It was finally agreed to purchase the beer from the hotel and have the hotel supply the bartender. The total cost discussed was $750.00, (this is broken down as beer, $650.00 and the bartender, $100.00). There was a motion called for to support this expense. 1st by Mr. S. Little.2nd by Mr. L. Hicks. The motion passed by voice acclimation. There were no dissenting votes.
There was a motion called for by Mr. W. Nichols to give endorsement to Mr. Thomas D’Ambra to be a candidate for Trustee at the Firemen’s Home. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. K. Fuller. The motion was carried by voice acclimation. There were no dissenting votes.
REPORT OF THE OFFICERS:
The President:Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N.
Ms. Diana Pfersick was not in attendance.
The 2nd Vice President:Mr. L. Hicks
He hopes for a good turnout at the FASNY Convention to be held in Niagara Falls, NY on August 19-21, 2009.
GOOD AND WELFARE:
It’s reported that Mr. L. LeonE has had Knee Surgery and is at home and doing as well as can be expected.
Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N., the Association President, also had Knee Surgery and is at home recuperating.
(Although both are reported to be in some discomfort).
Mr. K. Fuller gave a progress report on his wife’s recuperation from Breast Cancer surgery. The chest tubes are out, she’s getting stronger and hopes to return to work in September.
Bob Maid has had 2 Blood Clots that have been successfully treated and is at home and doing well.
With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion made to adjourn the Quarterly Convention. 1st by Mr. G. Laskowski. 2nd by Mr. A. Way. The motion carried by voice acclimation with no dissenting votes.
The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.