Constitution and By-Laws
Diana Pfersick read the following report report as sent in by Chris Dunn:
The committee has not met recently due to the holidays. It is anticipated that the group will meet
Soon (weather permitting).
The committee has been focusing on amending the bylaws regarding the frequency of both the
Board and Quarterly meetings. Some thoughts have been to eliminate the Board meetings during the
Months where there is a quarterly meeting, so that Directors do not have to make two trips per month
For meetings. The second would be to reduce the number of general membership meetings down to
Perhaps three per year. Also, it was discussed to perhaps move the meeting to a different day of the
It was acknowledged by the committee that even by amending the bylaws regarding the frequency
of directors and membership meetings, it would not increase the attendance or participation of the
The MCVFA (much like other fire associations), have not changed for the times. We are still operating
The same way we did thirty years ago. Before the MCVFA starts making significant changes to the
Bylaws, the leadership needs to determine the future of the Association. The committee also feels that
Even if the ideal set of bylaws are drafted, unless the management of the Association takes on more of
an active leadership role, then the Association is on borrowed time.
The next step the committee wishes to pursue is to meet with the other fire organizations in the County
(Chiefs, Districts, Safety Officers…) to see how they are addressing membership issues (attendance and
Currently Steve Grandusky has been working on some revisions to the bylaws and will hopefully
have them ready for committee review soon.
Emergency Medical Services
Diana Pfersick reported that FASNY EMS Committee is holding the Long Island EMS Conference at Selden Fire Department on January 31st with the preconference of core content the day before. The Annual FASNY EMS Seminar in Montour Falls will be held the first weekend in March, also having a preconference of core content on March 5th. She had forms for Montour Falls for members to take. Also available were EMS provider of the year submission forms. The Local STEP Conference will be held the end of March. Steve Grandusky asked what STEP meant. Diana said stands for “Study of Trauma and Emergencies Project”.
Royer Pfersick suggested that Posts get certificates based on 10 year increments of activity with plaques for 25, 50, etc.. A motion was made by Royer, seconded by Ken Fuller and carried to move ahead with this. Royer will check with Exploring office for data.
Larry Ritz said an email was sent by Al Way proposing essay judging at his home next Thursday.
Al Sweet reported that he has gone through records for Anniversary dates of departments. Bushnell Basin, Gates Exempt and Genesee Valley are 75 years this year. Spencerport is 125 years. If anyone knows of any others let him know.