Minutes > July 19, 2006 Quarterly Convention Minutes


July 19, 2006

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz at the North Greece Fire Facility located at 3666 Latta Road.
The time was recorded as 7:30 PM.

This was directly following a delightful Roast Beef Bar-B-Q prepared by the N. Greece Ladies Auxiliary (including Shatzie) which was served at 6:30PM following a Social Hour also held by the host company.

The assembly was 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 Mr. Alan C. Way, Jr. Past Association President who was acting as Chaplain in the absence of Mr. Donald H. Fox the Acting Association Chaplain.

With the Taking of the Roll Call it was determined a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by those attending the Quarterly Convention. There was a call for all Association Delegates to stand and be counted. Thos was done to conform to the Association Bylaws in the event a binding vote had to be cast on any subject as designated by the Association President, who was acting as The Chair at this Quarterly Convention. The result of this action verified that there was a sufficient number of Delegates in attendance at this business meeting of the Association.

The Host Company Representative, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff welcomed those attending this convention and introduced Mr. Ken Preston who welcomed all those attending the Quarterly Convention.

The attending guests of the Association were introduced by the 2nd Vice President, Mr. Michael Smith.

The various minutes of previous meetings were approved by the assembly with no additions or corrections on a motion called for by the Chair.
1st by Mr. A. Price. 2nd by Mr. S. Little.

Bills and Communications.
There was one communication presented to the Secretary. The Clifton Firemen’s Carnival Notice. The carnival date is August 5, 2006. The parade is scheduled for August 4, 2006 at 7:00 PM.
There was one bill/receipt presented to the Treasurer for his workflow and payment at a later date. (This was for printing costs for this evening’s minutes).

Treasurer’s Report. Mr. James Princehorn
Mr. Princehorn supplied a complete report regarding the finances of the Association to the Secretary.
Any member in good standing can review this report at any time by contacting any of the Executive Board Members.
The list of paid checks was read by the Treasurer to the assembly.
There was no discussion from the floor at this time and the Treasurer’s Report was accepted on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. W. Montagno. 2nd by Mr. Clohessy.

The Audit, Explorers, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Safety Trailer, Historical, Nominating, Public Relations and Siren Committees had no report at this time.

Banquet Committee Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols reports that there were 157 paid attendees at the May Banquet.

Budget and Finance. Mr. L. Hicks & Mr. R. Diehl
They reported on the dire conditions of the Association Finances. They are heading up a committee to see what can be done to stop the hemorrhaging of the Association’s finances. Several serious issues were brought to the attention of the attendees. 1. Lack of a paper trail of funds expended. 2. Trouble collecting money owed the Association. 3. The general condition of the present system.

Constitution and Bylaws Mr. S. Giuliano
The various corrections were brought to the floor for a vote yea or nay by the attending delegates. The vote was held following a verification of the attending delegates from a list provided by Mr. David J. Sweet. The result is the changes are accepted by the delegates with no further discussion.
As a matter of form the designated Annual Meeting will be the April meeting of the Association.

Drills and Officials.
The drill season is well underway and so far it has been a great season. The various drill team personnel will be gathering at the Turf Inn at the same time as the legislative Conference.

Emergency Medical Service. Ms. Diana Pfersick RN.
Vital Signs will be held in Syracuse NY on Oct 22, 2006. Highland Hospital will be breaking ground for their new Emergency department by October of this Year.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest. Mr. W. Nichols for Mr. D. Fox
This year’s effort is due to get under way on Oct. 1, 2006 and will run to Oct. 22, 2006. This Year’s theme will be “Prevent Cooking Fires”

Hospitality Room. Mr. A. Way
“All set to go”

Legislative Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. Nichols supplied a “legislative Scorecard that is attached to these minutes. There was a discussion of the pro and con of the NYSP placing blue lights on their cars. They will at this time be facing to the rear only but there was a series of comments made regarding the fire service adopt the “Green” light no used by the ambulance corps. These comments were initiated by Mr. W. Schlegel. There were several comments made regarding the pro and con of a change to the in place regulations. There will be more on this subject as it winds its way through the legislative process.

Membership. Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. Nichols supplied a full and complete membership list to the Secretary and it is attached to these minutes.

Resolution. Mr. L. Zarnstorff for Mr. D. Fox
The list of deceased members was read to the assembly and the bell was tolled signifying their “Final Alarm”

Steering Committee. Mr. D. Sweet for Mr. D. Fox
The report is attached to these minutes.
There was a recommendation presented that has Mr. R. Emma endorsed for the WNYVFA Steering Committee. The Chair called for a motion on this endorsement.
1st by Mr. D. Sweet. 2nd by Mr. A. Price.
Motion carried with no discussion by acclimation.

Special events Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols discussed all the work Mr. W. Schlegel has done on behalf of the Past Presidents Dinner to be held at the FASNY Convention up coming in Syracuse NY. The replies thus far have been low. There have been 28 tickets spoken for to date.

Topics.
Mr. Ken Preston a Commissioner from N. Greece spoke on, “Recruitment and Retention” as a serious situation facing the fire service in today’s society. There are forces at play that are weakening the fire service’s ability to recruit and retain firefighters. Jobs, family responsibilities, general mobility and the like are eating into the ability of fire service organizations to staff the equipment.
As of this date in fact North Greece Fire Department has 65 volunteers and 30 professional fire fighters and the professional staff will only climb as the shortage of volunteers continues.

Transportation Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. sweet gave a report of his efforts to secure a bus for the legislative conference. The price range is from $2,945 to $3,235. Rooms would be about $99.00 so the estimated cost would be $310.00 each.
There will be more on this at later meetings.
Mr. D. Sweet reports that there are no rooms left at the Turf Inn.

Yearbook. Mr. A. Way
The final report is attached to these minutes.

The projected cost for next year’s 30 page book is $1,900.00

Special Committees.
#1. The Awards Committee.
Mr. L. LeonE discussed the “Traveling Award” that will be awarded to one company or group on a yearly basis. The award prototype was passed around so the members could get a look at it.

There was a motion called for to approve the committee reports by the Chair.
1st by Mr. K. Fuller. 2nd by Mr. S. Giuliano
The Motion was passed by acclimation with no discussion of additions.

Reports of Representatives.

Finger Lakes Burn Association Mr. K. Moyer
The Burn walk was very well attended. The final figure was not available for this meeting. The Red Knights did raise $1,500.00 for the Burn Camp.

Fire Advisory Board. Mr. C. Dunn
The Strategic Framing Report has been corrected and is now available for inspection. Phase two is now in effect and the committee that Mr. Dunn sits on is now looking for ways to improve the fire service.
There will be much more on this matter as it continues its work.

County Fire Chiefs. Mr. A. Sweet
The Equipment Seminar will be held August 9, 2006. Tickets are $20.00 each and dinner will be served from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The festivities are to get underway at 3:00 PM. Location is Logan’s Party House on Scottsville Rd.
Their next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13, 2006 in Churchville NY.

Fire Districts and Fire Marshals had no report at this time.

County Fire Police Mr. K. Moyer
The next meeting will be held at the Training Center. The Quarterly is to be held at North Greece #1.

NCNYVFA Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet gave a report on the highlights of the convention recently held. Mr. R. Emma was re-elected to his post.
The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 24, 2006 in Weedsport NY. !:00 PM is the Legislative Mtg. and the Business Mtg. is to follow immediately.
Oct. 21, 2006 is the date reported for the Fall Banquet. It will be held in Geneva NY at the Club 86.

WNYVFA Mr. K. Fuller
The Convention is next week in Niagara Falls NY. (Niagara Active Hose)
Mr. Fuller is looking forward to a wonderful convention filled with informative workshops, good food, and good times. All are welcome to attend.

Report of Officials and Delegates.

Chaplains, Coordinators, Firemen’s Home and State Fire Police had no report at this time.

FASNY Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet discussed the up-coming FASNY State Convention to be held in Syracuse NY. Mr. D. Sweet states that this will be a great event it should be on everybody’s calendar to attend.

Battalion Reports.

Battalion 1, 2, 3 and 5 had no reports at this time.
Battalion 4. Chili is having their 75th Birthday this year. They will be having a parade on Saturday evening.

Old Business.
There is an opening for director in the 1st Battalion. There has been a name advanced and it will be discussed at the next Board of Directors Meeting per the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

New Business.
There was no new business brought to the floor at this time.

Report of the Officers.

The President
Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
Mr. Ritz states there is a need for 2007 meeting venues.

The1st Vice President
Ms. Diana Pfersick RN
No report at this time.

The 2nd Vice President
Mr. Michael Smith
No report at this time.

Good and Welfare.
It is reported that Ed Ver Weire is doing well and on the road to recovery.

With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees there was a call for a motion to adjourn the Quarterly Convention by the Chair.
1st by Mr. J. Carberry. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl

The Closing Benediction was offered by Mr. A. Way.

Time of Adjournment was 9:47 PM
There were 53 members in attendance.




Respectfully Submitted,


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