Minutes > October 27, 2011 Quarterly Meeting





October 27, 2011

The Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lynd Hicks at 7:00 PM.  The location of the meeting was…The North Greece Firemen’s Field Complex located on Latta Road, North Greece, NY.

The assembly was then gaveled to recess for the dinner period of the Convention.

The dinner consisted of a complete delicious Meat Loaf Dinner served with all the trimmings by the very competent staff of “Kitchen Elves” attached to the North Greece Fire Department.  The dinner was enjoyed by all those attending and the MCVFA (Inc.) gives its heartfelt thanks to North Greece for their 1st Class Hospitality.  They indeed “did themselves proud.”

The assembly was then led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Association President and the Opening Prayer for guidance was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.

The Officials of the North Greece Fire Department were then introduced by the MCVFA (Inc.) President.  The North Greece Fire Chief, Paul Mc Manus in turn introduced two of the North Greece Officials… the North Greece President, Mr. Shawn MacClenny, and Ms. Laurie Kingsley-Henry.  

Mr. Gene Preston was awarded a 50 Year Certificate for his many years of service to the citizens of the North Greece Fire District.  Mr. Preston was given a standing ovation by the attendees.

Mr. Lynd Hicks then introduced the attending dignitaries and guests of the MCVFA (Inc.)

Mr. L. Hicks then introduced the evening’s Topic Speakers, Mr. John Burns and Ms. Bonnie Bergen, representing “Honor Flight”

This organization sponsors airline, hotel rooms, meals and ground transportation to veterans of service to America to Washington D. C. to view the monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifice to the country.

Mr. J. Burns and Ms. B. Bergen outlined the, “Nuts and Bolts” of their organizations and gave a comprehensive discussion of the day to day program offered the veterans who are the focus of their efforts.

It was a marvelous lecture and outlined the wonderful work they are engaged in on behalf of a fast disappearing group of men and women who gave so much of themselves to defend this country in times of her great peril.  The attendees were moved by the activities of this wonderful group of volunteers who bring so much joy into the lives of the veterans they care so much about.

It was stated later in the evening that it was one of the most emotional topics heard in some time.  Mr. J. Burns and Ms. B. Bergen were roundly applauded for their efforts and the information regarding “Honor Flight” is attached to these minutes and will be posted on the Association web site… www.mcvfa.com, or visit www.HonorFlightRochester.org for more information.

Of interest to the general membership…There will be a fund raiser scheduled for November 19, 2011 at the Barnard Exempts Club for The Honor Flight Organization.  And!! “Elvis” will be there!!  This will be a great evening to support a fine group and hear “Elvis” too!!!

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 of this Convention meeting of the Association.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as to content on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Hicks.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  The motion passed by voice acclimation with no additions or corrections noted.  There were no dissenting voices heard.


There were no communications received at this time and 2 receipts were passed to the Treasurer for his workflow and eventual posting.

Treasurer’s Report:            Mr. W. Nichols

Mr. W. Nichols rose to state the current Treasurer’s Report has been emailed to the Directors and it is available for inspection by any member by contacting the Treasurer by phone of email.

There was a motion called for to pay the financial obligations of the Association.  1st by Mr. G. Klingenberger.  2nd by Mr. C. Spohr.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation.  There was neither dissent noted nor questions from the attendees evidenced.

There was a motion called for to acknowledge the receipt of the Treasurer’s Report by the Chair, Mr. L. Hicks.  The motion was also carried by voice acclimation with no dissent noted.


The following Committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Banquet, Investment Advisory, Constitution and Bylaws, Historical, Transportation and Special Committees #1 & #2.

Emergency Medical Service:            Ms. D. Pfersick RNC

The complete report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association web site www.mcvfa.com.  Information regarding the EMS Provider of the Year application and the EMS Conference scheduled for February 4, 2012 at the Coram Fire Department located in Coram, Long Island is also available on the Association web site.

Explorers:            Mr. R. Pfersick

Their next meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2011 in Hilton, NY.  Also, as a point of general information, the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America is now known as the Seneca Waterways Council.  It is said to be a more inclusive name.

Fire Prevention Education:            Mr. L. Hicks

Mr. L. Hicks reports that the recently held awards dinner was well attended.  The dinner was great and the awards given out were well deserved and roundly applauded by the attendees.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest:            Mr. A. Way

Mr. A. Way reports that the material is making its way back slow and steady.  There has been a slight problem with the Pittsford School System, but it is in the process of being concluded satisfactorily and the Essay Contest is basically, “On Track”.

Hospitality Room:            (General Discussions)

There will be no Monroe County Hospitality Room at the Legislative Conference.  There will be the opportunity to drop in at the South Western Room for a refreshment break.

Legislative:            Mr. D. Sweet

Mr. D. Sweet discussed the FASNY Fund.  Information has been posted to the Association web site www.mcfva.com.  On Saturday, November 6, 2011 there will be caucuses held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road.  On Sunday, there will be a report to the members of the results of the aforementioned caucuses.

Mr. D. Sweet also discussed the FASNY Tuition Reimbursement Program.  There are rules and regulations surrounding this program and the applying person must be a Volunteer Fire Fighter.  Information regarding this program is available from FASNY for interested persons.

Membership:            Mr. W. Nichols

Mr. W. Nichols rose to state he’s been passing out notices to various entities and members.  There will be more reports as information returns to him.

Nominating:            Mr. G. Burris

Mr. G. Burris rose to discuss the 2012 slate requirements.

President:            Mr. L. Hicks’ term is complete.  A candidate is needed

1st Vice President:            Mr. L. LeonE and any other candidates

2nd Vice President:            A candidate is needed

Secretary:            Mr. J. Walsh and any other candidates

Treasurer:            Mr. W. Nichols and any other candidates

Sgt-At-Arms:            A candidate is needed

1st Battalion:            Mr. C. Hess resigned.  A candidate is needed

2nd Battalion:            Mr. G. Burris’ terms (2) are complete.  A candidate is needed. 

3rd Battalion:            Mr. G. Renner’s terms (2) are complete.  Mr. B. Mucica resigned.  There is one vacancy.  Three candidates are needed

4th Battalion:            Two candidates are needed

5th Battalion:            Mr. R. Chichester’s terms (2) are complete.  A candidate is needed

Endorsement letters must be received by January 12, 2012.

Public Relations:            Mr. C. Dunn

The web site is continually being updated.  The Facebook page is and has been very active.

Resolution:            Mr. R. Pfersick

The Necrology List was read by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick and the bell was tolled signifying their “Final Alarm”.  A short prayer was offered on behalf of the departed members.  The complete list is attached to the minutes and can be accessed at the Association web site. www.mcvfa.com.

Steering Committee:            Mr. D. Sweet

Mr. D. Sweet reports that there is a need for a Trustee for the Firemen’s Home.  Also, Mr. D. Sweet’s position will be up in 3 years and a replacement should be on the agenda for filling with an eligible Monroe County person.  This is a situation that should be in the thoughts of the Association as time passes.

(As an aside at this point.): Youth in the Fire Service will be offering an award to a Junior Fire Fighter group or Explorer Post in the future.

Youth Day at the FASNY Convention in 2012 will be scheduled for August 16, 2012. This will be in Syracuse NY, (Liverpool NY).

Special Events:            Mr. R. Chichester

Mr. R. Chichester reported on the recently held, “Health Fair”.  The complete final report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association web site www.mcvfa.com.


The January Quarterly Convention topic will be the American Red Cross.

The January 26, 2012 Quarterly Convention will be held at the Combined Training Center located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Rooms 117 A&B.

Yearbook:            Mr. L. Hicks

Mr. L. Hicks states he’s awaiting information from the state.

There was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Hicks, to accept the Committee reports as given as to form and content.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. R. Pfersick.  The motion was passed by voice acclimation.  There was no dissent or additions noted.


The following Representatives and Delegates had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Finger Lakes Burn Association, Drills and Officials, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals andSafety Officers.

Fire Advisory Board:            Mr. L. Ritz

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

County Fire Chiefs:            Mr. A. Sweet

Their next meeting will be at the Sea Breeze Fire Department on November 9, 2011.

County Fire Police:            Mr. C. Spohr

Their next meeting will be a dinner meeting.  It will be held on November 3, 2011 at Henrietta #1.  Time reported is 6:30 PM.

FASNY:            Mr. D. Sweet

Mr. D. Sweet reported on the various FASNY activities.  Also, Mr. D. Sweet gave a brief report on the finances of the Firemen’s Home as to the use of SSA monies sent to the members and the Home’s not making use of MA funds or reimbursement.  The position to date is that the Firemen’s Home, although a large expense, will continue to be supported by FASNY.  

Mr. D. Sweet provided information on the FASNY Fire Service Community Service Award.  See the Association web site www.mcfva.com.

NCNYVFA:            Mr. G. Burris

Mr. G. Burris rose to give a brief outline of the roll of the NCNYVFA in the “Grand Scheme” of the Fire Service Organizations.

Mr. G. Burris used an example of an emergency call the Benton Fire Department had in 2011.  He was attempting to create interest in the skill of the fire companies in Northern Central.  This is especially important at this time because they are seeking a location hopefully in our county in June of 2012 for a one day convention.  This one day event was suggested by members of our organization and it seems fitting to have it here.


There will be a workshop held in November….actual date was unclear.


The following Representatives and Delegates had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Chaplains Association andCoordinators Office.

Firemen’s Home:            Mr. D. Sweet

The census is 71 at the date of this meeting.

State Fire Police:

They will be having a meeting at the State Training Site in Montour Falls, NY on March 17, 2012.


There was a report by Mr. A. Way concerning an upcoming vote by the citizens in the town area regarding the future of Fire Service to various sections of the town, village and the like.  This would constitute a Battalion 2 report.

Battalions 1, 3, 4, and 5 had no reports at this time.


There was no Old Business brought to the floor by the attendees.


At this time, the meeting and floor was turned over to Mr. Richard Diehl, Chairperson of the Budget Committee.

Mr. R. Diehl then proceeded to inform the attendees by Power Point the proposed budget for the year…2012.  Mr. R. Diehl went through the proposed budget line by line giving a complete explanation of the various categories, their amount and proposed spending patterns for the coming year.  It was a complete and interesting look at just where the money goes.  At the conclusion of the report, the floor was opened for discussion.  The report stood on its own merits and lacking any floor comments…there was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Hicks to approve the 2012 budget as reported by Mr. R. Diehl.  1st by Mr. L. Randall.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion was accepted by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting voices heard.  There were no abstentions noted.


The President:            Mr. Lynd Hicks

Mr. L. Hicks reminded the attendees of the next Quarterly Convention being held on January 26, 2012 at the Combined Training Center Rooms 117 A&B.  There will be no food or beverages served at this meeting.  The members were reminded that there are vending machines available for coffee and soft drinks if they are needed.

The April 26, 2012 Quarterly Convention will be held at Gates #2, located on the corner of Long Pond Road and Spencerport Road.

The 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents had no report at this time as both were excused from this Quarterly Convention.


Ken Fuller has had a procedure performed and is “Under the Weather”.

Cheryl Klingenberger is doing well since her recent leg surgery.

With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees… There was a motion called for to adjourn the current Quarterly Convention.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Chichester.  The motion was approved and carried by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting voices heard nor abstentions noted.

Time of adjournment……………..9:35 PM

Members signed in……………….32

Respectfully Submitted,

J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)


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In Memoriam

Edward P. McKinney

December 23, 1918 – October 5, 2011

President MCVFA 1956 – 1958

President FASNY 1962 - 1964

Wednesday October 5, 2011 at the age of 92.  Ed was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor "Ellie" McKinney; his son, George R. McKinney and great granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth McKinney.  He is survived by his sons, Donald (Jan), Edward (Sandy Barczak) and James (Christy) McKinney; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Candy Hurlbut; sisters, Betty McAllister and Shirley Quinn; brother-in-law, Robert (Sara) Bechtold; sister-in-law, Carolyn Direen; several nieces and nephews, many close and dear friends including all of those from The Legacy @ the Parklands.  Ed was a past Mayor of the Village of Spencerport, past President of the Spencerport Fire Dept., the Monroe County Fireman's Association and the Fireman's Association of the State Of New York and a WWII Army Veteran.

Edward was a member of the White Church for many years.  He lived in Arizona for 30 years.  Edward was an incredible athlete.  He earned a Basketball scholarship from Ithaca State College, but didn't go because his father became ill with MS.  Edward was President of Amity Street Association.  He was a member of the Spencerport Board of Trustees for 25 years.

Edward enjoyed most: like golfing with his buddies and also yelling at Edward!  He successfully achieved 2 "Holes in One" during his golfing career.  He retired from Kodak in 1975 after 34 years as an Engineer.  He enjoyed his family most of all.  Edward will always be remembered as a loving, funny and extremely respected man in the public's eye and of his family.

Edward's visitation was held October 10, 2011.  A Memorial Service was celebrated on October 27, 2011 at First Congregational UCC, 65 Church Street, Spencerport, NY 14559. Interment will be held privately.  Those wishing to send expressions of sympathy please consider Anna's Wish PO Box 27, N. Chili, NY 14514-0027 or a charity of your choice.