Minutes > October 30, 2008 Quarterly Meeting

October 30, 2008

      The Quarterly Convention was called to order by the Association President at the Webster Fire Department Exempts Facility located in Webster, NY.  The time was 6:30 PM.  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 Mr. R. Pfersick who was standing in for the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald Fox who although in attendance was unable due to health issues to offer the prayer.

      Following a superb Roast Beef Dinner and Desserts put on by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Webster Fire Department, the Business Meeting was then started with an address by the Monroe County Fire Coordinator, Mr. Sam De Rosa, who gave a most informative presentation covering an overview of the Fire Coordinator’s Office and its mission to serve the citizens of Monroe County with regard to public safety.  Some of the subjects covered were staffing, responsibilities, areas of involvement and a good look at what’s in the future as to its goals and work on behalf of the fire service and emergency service in general.

      The Quarterly Convention attendees were welcomed to Webster by Mr. F. Douglas Marquardt, Director from the Webster Fire Department and the attending guests and dignitaries were then introduced by Mr. L. Hicks, the Association 2nd Vice President.

      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 minutes of the previous meetings were approved with no additions or Corrections on a motion called for by the Chairperson, Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N.   1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The vote was by voice acclimation with no dissent noted.

      There were no bills presented to the Secretary at this time and there were no communications to act on at this time.

Treasurer’s Report:    Mr. J. Princehorn

      The Treasurer, Mr. J. Princehorn gave a report of the financial state of the Association.  All accounts were reviewed as were monies owed for the financial obligations of the Association.  The Association members are reminded that they can review the entire financial records of the association by contacting any director.


      There was a motion called for by the Chairperson as to the Treasurer’s Report being either approved or not.  The motion to accept was offered by Mr. R. Diehl and the 2nd by Mr. D. Sweet.  There was no discussion on the motion and it was approved by voice acclimation.


      The following Committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Banquet, Investment Advisory, Constitution and Bylaws, Explorers, Fire Prevention Education, Public Relations, Special Events, Topics, Transportation, Yearbook and Special Committees  #1.

Budget and Finance:    Mr. R. Diehl

     The Committee met and reviewed the 2009 Budget.  There was a motion to table the budget until the January 2009 Meeting.  The motion was made by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. J. Carberry.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no discussion or dissent.

Emergency Medical Service:    Ms. D. Pfersick, R. N.

      There are new protocols for clearing possible “C Spine” injuries in the field.  All providers should make themselves aware of these protocols.  There will be an EMS Seminar held at Montour Falls, NY the 1st weekend of March, 2009.

Also discussed was the deadline date of March 1, 2009 for EMS Provider of the year.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest:    Mr. D. Fox

      The complete report is attached to these minutes and can be located at the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.

Hospitality Room:    Mr. D. Sweet

      They had a great time in Albany for the Legislative Weekend.  Special thanks were offered to Mr. & Mrs. Royer Pfersick for all the assistance they provided to the Hospitality Room Committee.  The total amount expended was $540.99.  This covered all expenses for the Hospitality Room.  (Mr. D. Sweet added…..There is a need for a fund raising project to cover the expenditures for the Hospitality Room in the future).

Historical:    Mr. A. Sweet

      The Seabreeze Fire Department will be celebrating their 100th Birthday this year.  The Rochester Protectives will be celebrating their 150th Birthday this year.  It was decided to send congratulation letters to both departments.

In 2010, Clifton will be 75 years old, Morton will be 75 years old and Honeoye Falls will be 125 years old.

There were 410 attendees at the Fire Service Appreciation Dinner.  All comments regarding the dinner were positive and Mr. A. Sweet is asking that any past programs of the dinner be located and archived for future reference.

Legislative:    Mr. W. Schlegel

      Mr. W. Schlegel reported that he is no longer on the FASNY Legislative Committee.  He did report that the “Youth on the Fireground” legislation was turned down for a variety of reasons.  The Heart Bill was again extended… hopefully it will be made permanent in the future.

The “Legislative Scorecard” can be accessed at www.gpfasny.com.

Membership:    Mr. W. Nichols

      There are 14 groups paid to date, 325 individuals paid to date and 332 FASNY Members to date.  The complete report is attached to these minutes and available at the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.

Nominating:    Mr. P. Tracy

      There is no change in his report from last month and the month before that.  There is a need for a replacement for Mr. Larry Zarnstorff, the Association Sgt.-At-Arms, who is not seeking an additional term.  All letters of endorsement must be submitted and in the hands of Mr. P. Tracy by noon of January 29, 2009.

Resolution:    Mr. D. Fox

      The names of the recently deceased Firefighters were read into the record and the bell was wrung for each name signifying their “Final Alarm”.  A short prayer was offered in their names.

The report is attached to these minutes and is available at the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.

Steering Committee:    Mr. D. Fox

      The complete report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.

Special Committees #2:

      The Convention Committee supplied a report and it is attached to these minutes and can be reviewed at the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.

      There was a motion called for to accept the Committee Reports.  1st by Mr. K. Fuller.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no discussion or additions.


      The following Delegates and Representatives had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Fire Advisory Board, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals and Safety Officers.

County Fire Police:    Mr. K. Fuller

      There are 30 new Fire Police Officers on the rolls, thanks to the last NYS Class held at the Fishers Fire Department.  By all accounts, the program was a great success.


Drills and Officials:    Mr. L. Hicks

      They had their banquet in Albany, NY.  At the dinner, an Explorer Post from Long Island was honored and there is a move afoot to include youths in the Fire Service in the Drill Team experience. There will be more on this subject as it develops.

FASNY:    Ms. D. Pfersick, R. N.

      Ms. D. Pfersick, R. N. discussed the Legislative Weekend and the upcoming FASNY Leadership Training to be held in the future in Syracuse, NY.


      Their last meeting was held September 21, 2008 in Honeoye Falls, NY. (Richmond Fire Dept.)

The next Fire Fighter Winter Games will be held in Cortland, NY on February 14, 2009.


      Their next meeting will be held in Alden, NY on the first Sunday in January of 2009.


      The following Officials and Delegates had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Chaplains, State Fire Police and Coordinators Office.

Firemen’s Home:

      The census is 91 as of this date.  The Firemen’s Home is seeking donations for the Stained Glass Window in the Chapel.


1st Battalion:

      The 1st Battalion Departments will be training together so each department will get a feel for the way they each operate in order to familiarize themselves how each operates so they can work together at a multi department incident.

2nd Battalion:

      No report at this time.

3rd Battalion:

      No report at this time.

4th Battalion:

      Chili had a house fire started by ashes put in a garage in a cardboard box.  Chili had a roll over incident.  Gates had two fires.  Barnard had a mutual aid response.

 5th Battalion:

      They had a couple of fires and many calls to R.I.T.



       Mr. W. Schlegel wants a new Committee list.  The President said she’d take care of this request.


       Mr. D. Sweet stated the intent for Monroe County to host the FASNY Convention in 2015; the letter of intent will be done in the Steering Committee’s name by Mr. A. Way.

       There was a page in the minutes requested by Mr. L. Hicks.

       There was $94.00 made by the beer raffle ran by Mr. R. Pfersick to be donated to the Firemen’s Home for the Stained Glass Window in their chapel.

       Still needed……A Business Plan. (Ms. D. Pfersick R.N.) to cover “What is the future of the Association?”

       Also….requested…. a letter of thanks to Mr. De Rosa for his presentation.

The Association now has an “Official Mailing Address”.  It is:

Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.

1190 Scottsville Road


Rochester, NY 14624


The President:    Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N.

      Mike Smith is doing well at Hill Haven Nursing Home.  He has a better brace for his knee and the stitches have been removed.  He’s also reported to have done a step up or two on a staircase.

There is a new telephone tree and it was passed out to the members.

1st Vice President:    Mr. Michael Smith

       No report at this time, excused and in rehabilitation.

2nd Vice President:    Mr. Lynd Hicks

       No report at this time.


       There are Christmas Cards available from the Firemen’s Home that is a fund raiser.  The price is $20.00 per box.  Contact the Home for any ordering.

Winners of the $5.00 door prizes based on the sign in number were Mr. K. Fuller and Mr. W. Kramer.


       With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion called for to adjourn the Quarterly Convention at 9:55 PM.  1st by Mr. J. Carberry.  2nd by Mr. C. Bommele.  The motion passed by voice acclimation.  There was no dissent.

The Closing Benediction was offered by Mr. R. Pfersick in place of The Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. D. Fox, who was present but passed the duty to Mr. Pfersick.

Respectfully Submitted,

J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)


In Memoriam

Ella Ernst

It is with deep regret that the Officers of the MCVFA announce the passing of LAFASNY and Monroe County Ladies Auxiliary Past President, Ella Ernst.

Past President Larry Ritz has called for a Code F, October 6, 2008 at 7:00PM.

Ernst, Ella M.

Hudson, NY/ Formerly of Irondequoit: Ella entered into rest at the age of 102 on Friday, October 3, 2008 at the Firemen's Home in Hudson, NY.  Pre-deceased by her husband, Elmer and her grandson, Robert McCartney. She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy McCartney Allen (Robert Bailey) and Nancy (David) Shepard of San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Linda (Ted) Sachs, Tom McCartney, John McCartney Paul (Debbie) McCartney, Scott (Michelle) Shepard, Jay (Shari) Shepard and Gregg (Rozene) Shepard; 14 great grandchildren.

Ella was the Charter President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (LAFASNY), and past president of both the Pt. Pleasant Ladies Auxiliary and the Monroe County Ladies Auxiliary.

Her family will receive friends Monday 4-8 pm at the funeral home.  Friends are invited to meet the family Tuesday 10:00am at St. Salome's Church for her funeral mass.  Interment will be held in private at the Byron Cemetery.  In memory of Ella, memorials may be directed to the Firemen's Home on the Hudson, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.