Minutes > April 16, 2008 MCVFA BOD Workshop Minutes


        The Workshop Meeting of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz at 7:30 PM.  The meeting was held at the Combined Training Center located at 1190 Scottsville Road Rochester NY.

        With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.

        The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff and the Opening Prayer for Guidance was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.

        The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved on a motion called for by the Chair, with no additions or corrections.  1st by Mr. G. Laskowski.  2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  The motion passed with no discussion and by voice acclimation.


        There was one receipt and one bill presented for consideration.  Due to a family emergency, the Treasurer, Mr. James Princehorn was not in attendance, so these items were to be put aside for the next meeting.  The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed by the attendees as to form and content.

        There were no communications received by the Secretary at this time.


        The Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz put all Committee reports, except those that required immediate attention, off until the Quarterly Convention that is scheduled for April 24, 2008.

Banquet:    Mr. W. Nichols

        Mr. Nichols reports that the Combined Banquet is to be held on May 3, 2008 at the Green Lantern Party House in Fairport, New York.  The tickets are $25.00 each and no tickets will be sold at the door.  To date, ticket sales are going slowly with approximately 35 being sold to this date (April 16, 2008). The Directors were instructed to contact the organizations they represent to “Get the word out” about the banquet.


Fire Prevention Safety Trailer:

        Mr. R. Diehl reported that Mr. Glen Sickles was in receipt of the letter concerning the details of the transfer/donation/passing off to the Scottsville Fire Department, the Safety Trailer and all equipment concerned with it.

NCNYVFA:    Mr. G. Burris

        Mr. G. Burris tendered a copy of the report regarding the activities of the Northern Central Association and it is attached to these minutes.

        Mr. G. Hendrickson supplied information regarding the April 26, 2008 Roast Beef Dinner that the Clifton Fire Department will be putting on at their Fire House located at 53 Wheatland Center Road.  Start time is 4:30 PM.  The notice is attached to these minutes.

        The Association Insurance Policy was reviewed as to form and content and is available for any member to inspect by contacting any of the Directors.  It will be kept with the official records of the Association at the Combined Training Center.

        The Association President Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz discussed the positive response from the organization Prevention First regarding the involvement of the Association in their recent campaign.

        With no additional business brought to the floor, the Workshop Meeting then dealt with the Constitution and Bylaws Committee efforts.

        There then followed a wide-ranging discussion of several of the changes to the original document.  Items discussed were the delegates’ role at conventions, the dates of received nominations for election, the wording of several changes, and the timetable for both review by the members and the ultimate date of ratification of the changes to the original document.  Mr. M Smith reminded the assembly that most of the changes were slight corrections in language, and not modifications to form and content.

        There were also discussions regarding the presentation of the finished document to the full membership.  The general consensus is to present them at the next Quarterly Convention to be held at Brighton Fire Department on April 24, 2008.


        Mr. Richard Diehl, this being his last meeting, thanked all present for the privilege of serving the firefighting community for these past years. He stated that it was a personal joy to be of such service and he departs with a sense of accomplishment in seeing the furtherance of the goals of the Association. His eloquence brought a standing ovation from the assembly. (His service will be missed)

        With no additional business brought to the floor there was motion called for to adjourn the Directors Workshop.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no dissent.

        The closing benediction was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.

Time of adjournment…….8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)