Minutes > March 31, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

 March 31, 2010


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc, Directors, Delegates, Representatives and Officials was called to order by the Association President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, RNC at 7:30 PM.  The location was the Combined Training Facility located at 1190 Scottsville Road.

The assembly was led in the Opening Prayer for Guidance by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag led by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Thomas D’Ambra.

With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum did not exist to conduct any business brought to the floor by those attending the meeting.

Without a quorum, the meeting was therefore an informational meeting only with all attendant business being postponed to the next meeting where quorum is reached.


There were several pieces of mail read and discussed.  The subject matter concerned upcoming conventions and bowling tournaments.  They will be again discussed at the next meeting of the Directors.


All Committee Reports were put off till the Quarterly Convention that will be held on April 29, 2010 at Penfield #1.

There followed an exchange of information:

(From Mr. W. Nichols):

The Banquet is to be held May 8, 2010 at the Green Lantern Party House located in Fairport, NY.  The tickets are $25.00 each.  It will be combined with the Monroe County Ladies Auxiliary group.

(From Mr. R. Pfersick):

There is an Explorers Recognition Dinner scheduled for May 13, 2010 at the Sea Breeze Fire Department, 4657 Culver Road, Irondequoit, NY 14622.  The cost reported is $15.00 per ticket.

(From Mr. A. Sweet):

Honeoye Falls Fire Department will be 125 Years old this year.  A parade in their honor is scheduled for June 19, 2010.  The time is reported to be 6:30 PM.

Clifton Fire Department is 75 Years old this year.  They will have a parade on August 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Morton Fire Department will be 75 years old this year but there is no information available at this time informing of any celebratory events surrounding this milestone.

(From Mr. R. Pfersick):

There will be a speaker at the July 14, 2010 Quarterly Convention.  The location will be Union Hill Fire Department, per Mr. S. Schell.

(From Mr. A. Way):

The Yearbook report is attached to these minutes. 

There was a general discussion revolving around the question….Shall there be a 2011 edition of the “Yearbook”?  There was a broad discussion and the decision will be the results of future discussions at another meeting in the near future.


Mr. R. Chichester was queried regarding the “Dome Project”.  He reports there is no activity as yet but there will be planning meetings in the future.


All reports were put off till the next meeting of the Association due to the lack of a quorum to act on any report given.

(From Mr. L. Ritz):

The Fire Advisory Board report is attached to these minutes.


The Monroe County Fire Police had their Installation Banquet on March 27, 2010.  Mr. K. Fuller handed over the Presidency to Mr. R. Maid.  Mr. R. Chichester is now 2nd Vice President of the group.

The next WNYVFA Meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2010.  2:00 PM is the reported starting time.  It is scheduled for Shawnee Fire Department.


The Churchville Fire Department had a firefighter rescue situation at a house fire due to a collapsing cement covered floor that gave way.

Chris Fish’s daughter Olivia was revived by an AED Unit when her heart suddenly stopped while at school.  Mr. Fish is the Co-Chair of the Fire Advisory Board.


(From Mr. A. Sweet):

The FASNY Extension Course recently hosted by the MCVFA (Inc.) was attended by some 16 people.

Legislative Updates will be discussed at Shawnee Fire Department at the next WNYVFA meeting on April 11, 2010.  12 noon is the time reported.

NCVFA will have Legislative Updates on April 18, 2010 at Waterloo, NY.  Their time reported is 1:00 PM.


(From Ms. D. Pfersick):

The Bylaws need to be updated and worked on.

(From Mr. A. Way):

May 1, 2010 is the scheduled date of the Fire Police Seminar to be held at the Brockport High School, in Brockport, NY.  Coffee and Donuts will be provided.  It is an all day event so lunch also will be available.

(From Mr. C. Dunn):

There were fund raising concerns and Mr. C. Dunn brought the name of a concern involved in this subject for general discussions by the attendees.


Mr. Michael Smith is home from his rehabilitation stay at the Jewish Home and Infirmary.  He’s in general “decent shape” and the plan is to start chemotherapy in the very near future.

There were no additional reports noted.


(From Mr. C. Dunn):

Mr. C. Dunn rose to discuss his observations regarding the future of the Association.  He observed that the Association is “Dying of Attrition” due to the lack of younger members filling the ranks of those who have left due to a variety of reasons such as retirement, advanced age and death.

(From Mr. R. Diehl):

Mr. R. Diehl discussed some of the reasons the younger firefighters are not stepping forward and the troubling reasons he sees within his own department.

(From Mr. C. Dunn):

Mr. C. Dunn then asked…..”What is the Business Plan of the Association”?  In actuality, there is none.  One is needed as soon as possible so as to map the future of the Association.

(From Mr. R. Pfersick):

Mr. R. Pfersick rose to discuss the past performance of various associations as to social and professional goals set by these groups as they provided interaction with their members.

(From Mr. A. Way):

Mr. A. Way rose to discuss the various commitments facing today’s families as to jobs, education plans and the time it takes to “just live in today’s society”.  If it isn’t overtime, it’s a second job, their kid’s sports teams, scouts, swim teams, cub scouts and the list goes on.  Home maintenance, medical issues and a myriad of time needs are all almost overwhelming today’s “shrinking pool of volunteers”.  It’s a problem all departments and organizations are facing.

This will be an ongoing matter of serious discussions by this Association in the future.  On the agenda for the next Directors Workshop will be these very subjects:  A Business Plan and recruitment and retention within the Association.

On this note there was a call for adjournment by the Chair at 9:15 PM.

The motion was made by Mr. R. Pfersick and there was a second by multiple attendees.

The closing Benediction was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. R. Pfersick.


Time………9:15 PM



Respectfully submitted,




J.K. Walsh

Sec. / MCVFA Inc.)