Minutes > January 18, 2012 Board of Directors Workshop


January 18, 2012

The Workshop Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lynd Hicks at 7:00 PM in the Combined Training Center, Room 117, 1190 Scottsville Road.

The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Association President and a Moment of Silence was observed in reflection and reverence for the deceased members of the Association.

With the taking of the Roll Call it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attending Directors of the Association.

Treasurer’s Report:            Mr. W. Nichols

There were two, (2) Treasurer’s Reports that were “Acknowledged as Received” by unanimous voice vote.  There were no discussions regarding the two,(2) Treasurer’s Reports.  Dates of the reports were…November 30, 2011 and December 31, 2011.  Motion made by Mr. G. Burris and 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.

The Association’s financial obligations were listed by the Treasurer, Mr. W. Nichols for future payment.  There was a motion made to pay the bills by Mr. G. Burris and 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion was carried by unanimous voice vote.  There was no discussion on the report.

The assembly then had a progress report presentation from Mr. Kenneth Harzynski of the Erb and Harzynski Tax and Investment Group, 1343 Long Pond Road, Rochester New York.  This informative presentation covered the work done on behalf of the Association’s Investment Portfolio.  The general conclusion of Mr. K. Harzynski is the course of action and returns are positive in nature.


There were no communications received at this time.


There were no Committee Reports taken at this meeting…save a presentation by Mr. G. Burris regarding the NCNYVFA.  This report is attached to these Workshop Minutes.

The meeting then was turned over to the Special Committee… Referred to as the “Proposed Strategic Operating Plan Committee”…Dated as November 2011.  Presenting and answering questions were The Messrs G. Klingenberger, L. Ritz, A. Sweet and C. Dunn.

The general report of the plan was outlined as to form and content.  Several sections of the plan were discussed.  General examples were: Weaknesses, Participation (and lack of), Opportunities, Revenue Streams, Explorers, Training, Legislature Contacts, Membership, Income vs. Spending and several other side matters that some members felt were connected to the report.

Following was a broad and pointed discussion from the attending Directors and other interested parties.  The discussions were most informative to the attendees and ideas were discussed and were reflected on by all attendees.  There were many positive comments and indeed some shortfalls were discussed with all honesty.  The plan will have additional discussion sessions before any of the report is implemented.  The mood is positive as to the work done and future discussions.

The hour was late. 10:00 was the time of adjournment on a motion made by several members in unison.

Held over to the Quarterly Convention of January 26, 2012 in this location will be Committee Reports and any additional business not covered at this Workshop Meeting of the Directors of the MCVFA (Inc.)



Respectfully Submitted,



J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)


In Memoriam


Barry W. Dampier

May 20, 1941 – December 21, 2011

The Brighton Fire Department sadly announces the passing of Past Chief Barry W. Dampier on December 21, 2011.  Past Chief Dampier faithfully served BFD and the residents and guests of the fire district for 44 years in several capacities including Chief of Department (1977-1980), President of the Board of Directors (1989-1990) and Senior Safety Officer (2007-2011), a leader in many state and national fire service organizations; retiree of Eastman Kodak Co..

Past Chief Dampier's commitment to the fire service was not limited to Brighton as he was actively involved in several local, state and national organizations such as the Monroe County Volunteer Fireman's Association, the Monroe County Fire Advisory Board, Monroe County Safety Officers' Association, and Monroe County Third Battalion Line Officers Association (Secretary/Treasurer 1983-1986).

Barry was granted life membership status in: Monroe County Chief's Association (having served as its President in 1989), New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association, Northern Central New York Volunteer Fireman's Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (having served as President of the IAFC Eastern Division in 1992).

The loss of such an iconic leader leaves a void that will be impossible to fill.

He is predeceased by his wife Beverly.  Survived by his son, Phillip (John); daughter, Sherry (Steve); sister, Linda (Jerry, Christopher, Andy, Thomas) Rzatkiewicz; brother, Ronald (Linda, Kim, Cynthia) Dampier.

A memorial service was held at Brighton Fire Station #1 (3100 East Avenue) on Saturday, January 7, 2012.