January 27, 2005
James Walsh, Secretary
The regularly scheduled Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association was held at the Laurelton Fire Department located at 405 Empire Boulevard, Irondequoit, New York 14609.
After a dinner of Pizza and Chicken Wings, the business meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. Alan C. Way at 7:30 PM.
With the taking of the roll it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attending Directors of the Association, Delegates and Committee Chairpersons.
Mr. Richard Zwaga an attending Laurelton Fire Commissioner introduced attending Laurelton Fire Department Personnel and welcomed the Convention attendees.
Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz then rose to thank Laurelton for their hosting the Convention.
Mr. William Bostian then rose to introduce the attending guests.
There was a motion called for to accept the minutes of the previous meetings. There was one correction. The placement of the report of Mr. K. Fuller regarding WNYVFA was in error. It will be detached from the December 15, 2005 minutes and attached to the January 19, 2005 minutes. The attendees were made aware of this action and they were advised to make the necessary change to their minutes package for the dates discussed. Mr. K. Fuller agreed to this change. There was again a motion called for to approve of the minutes, (with the correction in place). 1st by Mr. R. Diehl. 2nd by Mr. E. Ver Weire. The motion was carried by acclimation from the attendees.
BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
There were several communications received from various sources that were passed on to the appropriate attendees for their actions. There was one bill presented for postage and one receipt presented for printing. The Treasurer was not present so the material was to be mailed to the Treasurer for his action at a later date. There were no objections to this action.
Treasurer’s Report: (given by) Mr. A. Way
There was a motion made to accept the report of the Treasurer. 1st by Mr. E. Sexton. 2nd by Mr. S. Giuliano. There was no discussion on the motion. The motion was passed by acclimation from the attendees.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: (Mr. L. Ritz, Presiding)
Constitution and Bylaws: Mr. R. Gardner
Mr. R. Gardner rose to discuss the report given at the Workshop meeting of January 19, 2005 regarding proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (Inc.) (ver. January 1999). The section dealt with was Article 7, Section J. The change was discussed by the attendees and the change was put to a vote by ballots passed out to the previously checked delegates.
The result was 35 yes and 2 no. There were two pennies placed in the ballot box. The pennies will be turned over to the Treasurer at the next meeting, (February 23, 2005). The change was accepted on a motion from the Chair. 1st by Mr. S. Giuliano. 2nd by Mr. L. Hicks.
Emergency Medical Service: Ms. D. Pfersick
The FASNY EMS Seminar will be held March 5-6, 2005 at Montour Falls NY.
There will be an EMS Dinner/Clinical Talk held at the Collins Auditorium, Highland Hospital on February 1, 2005. Time is 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Explorers: Mr. W. Montagno
Gates Post 272 will be hosting a “Country Breakfast” at the Gates Fire House #2 located at Long Pond Road and Spencerport Road, February 13, 2005. Time of service will be from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM. (Notice attached).
There was a discussion of an event being held at the Texas A&M University from June 20-24, 2005. It would be near impossible to attend such an event due to examination schedules in Monroe County.
There was a discussion of the Monroe County policy of not allowing Explorers to attend any training evolution held at the Combined Training Center. The positives and negatives of this policy were discussed. The usual impediments were brought forth. Insurance, age, supervision and liability were the main points brought up. One of the most important facts to consider is…..the Explorers are a source of future Fire Service members. To blunt their enthusiasm simply defeats the nature of recruitment. It was shared with the attendees that a couple of currently serving Fire Chiefs got their start in the Explorers and many current line officers also got their start in the Explorers. The letters that were written to then County Executive Jack Doyle were discussed. This situation is to be brought to the attention of the Fire Coordinator in the near future in the appropriate setting. This is to be done on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno.
Fire Prevention Essay Contest: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox gave a final report on the Essay Contest. It was, as always and by way of his efforts, a rousing success. Mr. D. Fox thanked all those who were involved. A complete packet of his activities was turned in for the records of the Association. It is available to anyone who wishes to review it at the next meeting of the Association (February 23, 2004). The Chair thanked Mr. D. Fox for his continued work on behalf of the Association.
Hospitality Room: Mr. G. Burris
The 50-50 Drawing was held and was won by Mr. W. Schlegel, an unknown attendee and Mr. W. Montagno.
Historical: Mr. A. Sweet
Mr. A. Sweet and Mr. E. Riley will be working on selecting material to put on display in the lobby area of the Combined Training Center.
Legislative: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols discussed the next Legislative Conference to be held in Albany, NY. There will be visits with Legislators to discuss the Fire Service agenda. Some of the issues on the agenda are the Heart Bill, the Contagious Disease Bill, Length of Service Award Program and Low Interest Loan Funding. Of interest in the fire fighting arena is the Volunteer Firemen’s Benefit Act and the Service Award Tax Relief.
Membership: Mr. D. Sweet
The Bergen Fire Department requests that their name be removed from our mailing list. The complete membership account is attached to this document.
$5.00 door prizes were won by Rev. R. Winterkorn and Mr. R. O’Hare.
Nominating: Mr. P. Tracy
Mr. Tracy rose to discuss the names he had received regarding the nominations for election in April 2005.
Resolution: Rev. R. Winterkorn
The names of departed members will be sent to Mr. C. Dunn for publication in the next Siren. Mr. D. Fox had some names with him this evening and supplied them to Rev. R. Winterkorn for inclusion.
Siren: Mr. C. Dunn
The deadline for the next issue is March 15, 2005.
The Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. is now on the World Wide Web!!! The Address is as follows….http://www.mcvfa.com. The site is under construction but it will be up and running soon. Currently on the site is a calendar, the Siren and a notice of construction.
Mr. & Mrs. Dunn are to be commended for their wonderful work in this area. More to follow as it becomes available.
Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox supplied a complete report that is attached to these minutes.
Transportation: Mr. D. Sweet
Information will be coming shortly regarding the Spring Legislative Conference. There will be, Mr. Sweet reports, rooms available at the Turf Inn. The April 5 Update session will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
Yearbook: Mr. D. Sweet
To date 15 companies have sent in ads. So far $890.00 has been sent in. $1,500.00 will be needed to print the issue.
Special Finance Committee:
Mr. C. Dunn reported that the current project has not even made expenses. 16,000 letters were sent out.
The Association President, Mr. A. Way reported on the selection of the Northeastern Advertising Co. to manage the next fund drive run by the MCVFA (Inc.). Mr. A. Way informed the attendees of the 60-40% split that will be in place.
There was no discussion from the floor regarding this information. The original motion to accept the above named company will be the operational instrument to employ Northeastern Advertising and its President, Mr. William Morgan to conduct the current fund raising campaign.
There was a motion called for to approve the Committee Reports. 1st by Mr. F. Skelton. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno. The motion was carried by acclimation.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES:
Finger Lakes Burn Association:
The report will be in the Siren.
Fire Advisory Board: Mr. C. Dunn over to
Mr. A. Way
This year’s Chairman is Mr. James O’Coin.
There will be a Fire Fighters Appreciation Day held at the Burn Center, Room 2800 at 5:30 PM on February 9, 2005.
County Fire Chiefs:
There was a report of the current officers sworn in for the year and a report of the January 12, 2005 Installation Banquet held at Logan’s Party House. The program is attached to these minutes.
Their Conference is to be held May 5, 2005.
County Fire Police: Mr. L. Leone
Their next meeting will be held March 6, 2005. May 5, 2005 will be the date of their Convention, to be held in Rochester NY.
NCNYVF: Mr. G. Burris
The report is attached to these minutes.
WNYVFA: Mr. K. Fuller
The report is attached to these minutes.
REPORT OF OFFICIALS AND DELEGATES:
FASNY: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. Nichols informed the attendees to disregard the dues notice sent out by FASNY. It is in error.
Mr. W. Nichols gave a brief report on the Lake Placid FASNY Convention Committee’s work to date. It promises to be a great convention.
Firemen’s Home: Mr. W. Nichols
The construction is still on hold for legal reasons but there has been some activity on the issues involved. The census is up and there are now 6 women in residence.
Battalions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 had no reports at this time.
The Churchville Fire Department will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on March 19, 2005.
None brought to the floor at this time.
There was no new business brought to the floor at this time.
REPORT OF THE OFFICERS:
The President: Mr. Alan C. Way
Mr. A. Way reported on his activities on behalf of the Association. Among them was the funeral visitation for Mr. Alfred Chike, and the presentation of a 50 Years of Service Award to Mr. Eugene Renner of the Penfield Fire Department. (The long and short of it is…..Mr. Way’s been a busy man lately)
The 1st Vice President: Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
Mr. L. Ritz thanked all those attending for attending the Convention on this below zero night.
The 2nd Vice President: Mr. William Bostian
Mr. W. Bostian discussed the Fire Commissioners recently sworn in the new combined Fire District.
GOOD AND WELFARE:
Mr. W. Nichols reports that there is, (as of this Convention date) no place or date for this year’s Fire Expo. St. John Fisher is a possibility. The Fire Bureau may assist in finding a location. There will be more on this subject as information is forthcoming.
The Safety Trailer is to be stored at a more central location.
There is a new American Flag now in place in Room 107 at the Combined Training Center for use by the MCVFA (Inc.) at their Directors and Committee Chairperson Meetings.
There is a Fire Fighters Ski Race in the works. Brighton Fire Department will be coordinating.
With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees there was a motion called for to adjourn the Quarterly Convention by the Chair. There were multiple motions made and accepted by acclimation.
For the record. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno.
Closing Benediction: Rev. R. Winterkorn.
Time of Adjournment: 9:22 PM
There were 50 signed-in attendees.
There were 38 Delegates in attendance.
J. K. Walsh