Minutes > October 25, 2012 Quarterly Meeting


October 25, 2012

The Quarterly Convention previously scheduled for the above date was called to order  at 6:30 PM by the Association 1st Vice President, Mr. Louie LeonE, in the absence, (excused) of the Association President, Mr. Glenn E. Klingenberger.  The meeting was held at the Hilton Fire House located on Hojack Street, Hilton, New York.

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

The Convention was then adjourned by the 1st Vice President for a dinner period.  The bill of fare consisted of a wonderful dinner of “Riggs and Sauce” prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hilton Fire Department and it was well received by all.  The Kitchen Staff was called to the Convention floor where they were afforded a round of applause for their wonderful work on behalf of the attendees.

Following dinner, the Convention was again called to order by Mr. L. LeonE and with the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct the meeting and deal with all business brought to the floor by the attending Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Delegates and Representatives.

The guests of the Association were introduced to the attendees by Mr. L. LeonE and the assembly was welcomed to Hilton by Mr. Dale Nesbitt, representing the Hilton Fire Department.  On behalf of the Association, Mr. L. LeonE, acting as Chairperson, thanked the Hilton Fire Department for hosting the Convention.

Mr. L. LeonE then introduced the Program Speaker (Topics), Mr. Christopher Smith, President of the West Brighton Fire District, who outlined the problems the firefighters are having with the various governmental agencies and personnel regarding the placement of City of Rochester Firefighters in the Fire House that is the property of the West Brighton Fire District.  Mr. C. Smith discussed the position of his group and with fairness, outlined the Town of Brighton’s position.

Simply put… the situation is intolerable to the Volunteer Firefighters as their position is:

1.    They own the building.

2.    They are being forced to vacate their firehouse in favor of paid City of Rochester Firefighters.

3.    It was done by order of a judge.

There was a lively question and answer session following the presentation and the letter written by the Association, Mr. Glenn E. Klingenberger supporting the West Brighton Firefighters was discussed.  There will be more information regarding this situation as the process unfolds.

The Quarterly Convention Business Session Continued with:

The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as to content and form on a motion called for by the Chair.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation.  There were no dissenting votes noted.


There was one bill for printing submitted to the Treasurer for his workflow and payment upon approval of the Directors.  There were no communications submitted at this time to the Secretary.

Treasurer’s Report:            Mr. W. Nichols

The complete financial statement was emailed to the Directors previously by the Treasurer and there were no questions on the report at this time.


The following Committees and Organizations had no reports tendered to the Secretary at this time for a variety of reasons. Audit, Yearbook and Fundraising, Constitution and Bylaws, Historical, Nominating, Public Relations, Steering, Hospitality Room, Conventions and Campaigns, Chaplains Association, Coordinators Office, County Fire Chiefs, Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals, Safety Officers and For The Good of The Organization.

Investment Advisory:            Mr. R. Diehl

“Holding our own”.  There was a withdrawal from the Convention account to pay the current financial obligations of the Association.  These attendees were informed is normal practice.

Membership:            Mr. W. Nichols

The membership information will be in the mail by the week end to all concerned parties.

Banquet:            Mr. L. LeonE

The Banquet will be held on May 4, 2013 at the Green Lantern Party House located in Fairport, NY.  The cost projected is $25.00 per person.

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

The report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association Web Site. www.mcvfa.com

Explorers:            Mr. R. Pfersick

The bus trip to the FASNY Convention in Syracuse was a success and will be offered next year.  There was a general discussion of the various Explorer events that took place over the past year.

Fire Prevention Education/Essay Contest:            Mr. A. Way

Material is ready for pick up October 26, 2012.  Mr. A. Way hopes the project will be done by January 1, 2013.

Legislative Committee:            Mr. D. Sweet

Will be discussed under “FASNY” heading.

Resolution:            Mr. R. Pfersick

The names of the deceased members of the Association were read aloud and the bell was sounded for each name signifying “Their Final Alarm”.  A short prayer was offered in their name by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.

Topics:            Mr. R. Pfersick

The Topic for the January Meeting will be, “Critical Stress Management”.

FASNY:            Mr. D. Sweet

1.    The “Fire in You” recruitment program is now playing in various movie theaters.

2.    The Legislative Conference will be held November 3-4, 2012 in Albany, NY (Holiday Inn on Wolf Road).

3.    The Hospitality Room will be a joint effort with the WNYVFA.  There was a discussion of a fee to the WNYVFA for services but this was held in abeyance due to conflicting methods of payment of any fee.

WNYVFA:            Mr. K. Fuller

The report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association Web Site, www.mcvfa.com.  Also, information regarding the Western group can be accessed at their web site, www.wnyvfa.org.

NCNYVFA:            Mr. G. Burris

Mr. Burris gave a brief report on the Banquet recently held and the election of Mr. William Nichols as 2nd Vice President of the group. (Congratulations to Mr. W. Nichols!)

The next meeting will be held on January 20, 2013 at Barnard Exempts.

County Fire Police:

Their next meeting is scheduled for November 1, 2012 at the Hamlin Fire Department.

Fire Advisory Board:            Mr. L. Ritz

The previously discussed “Mutual Aid Plan” is now in effect and being used each and every day.  The September 17, 2012 report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association Web Site, www.mcvfa.com

Firemen’s Home:            Mr. A. Way

The census to date is 73.  Mr. A. Way donated T-Shirts to the home.

State Fire Police:            Mr. A. Way

Mr. A. Way reports that the meeting in Lake George was a great success and the featured speaker, the Warren County District Attorney was most interesting and informative.  The next meeting is to be held the 1st weekend in May in Latham, NY.


No reports from Battalions 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Battalion 4:

Churchville #427 is out of service as a Tanker.  Its new home is Brockport, NY Fire Department.


President:            Mr. Glenn E. Klingenberger

No report at this time due to being excused from this meeting.

1st Vice President:            Mr. Louie LeonE

Mr. C. Bommele is home from a short stay in RGH for a bout of CHF which was successfully treated.

2nd Vice President:            Mr. Dale Nesbitt

No report at this time.


The Health Fair was a rousing success, reports Mr. R. Chichester.  Next year’s event is still listed as undecided as to location.


There was a motion made by Mr. R. Pfersick to give financial support to the WNYVFA to offset their outlay for the upcoming Hospitality Room at the Legislative Conference.  There was a flurry of discussions regarding this motion and its ramifications.  Mr. D. Sweet discussed the situation and Mr. Pfersick’s motion was withdrawn at his request.

More discussions followed as to the situation.

Mr. C. Veltri rose to state that it was “stupid” to wait until other donations were on record then the MCVFA puts one in.

All motions and amendments were then withdrawn pending some future action…one way or the other.


Information pended for later discussions.


The Treasurer, Mr. W. Nichols read off the obligations to be paid.  There was a motion by Mr. L. Hicks to pay the financial obligations of the Association.  2nd by Mr. G. Burris.  The motion carried with no discussion additions or subtractions by voice acclimation.  There was no dissent noted.

At this time Mr. R. Diehl rose to discuss the next year’s budget and present a Power Point display of the complete budget to the attendees.  Mr. R. Diehl proceeded to discuss the instrument line by line and giving a brief and concise explanation of the figures item by item.  All in all, it was a complete presentation of the 2013 budget and to everyone’s complete satisfaction.  There was a motion made by Mr. L. Hicks to approve the 2013 Budget.  The 2nd was by Mr. R. Chichester.  There was no further discussion as to form and content.  The motion was passed by voice acclimation.  No dissent was noted.

With no additional business brought to the floor…There was a motion made to adjourn the Quarterly Convention.  1st by Mr. K. Fuller.  2nd by Mr. R. Pfersick.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation.

The Closing benediction was offered by Mr. R. Pfersick, the Association Chaplain.


Time of record…8:45 PM

Members Signed in…28



Respectfully Submitted,



J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)