Minutes > November 28, 2012 Board Meeting


November 28, 2012

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Glenn Klingenberger at 7:00 PM.  The location of the meeting was Room 117B, 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY.

The Assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the President and there was a moment of silence observed in honor of 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 attendees.

The Assembly was then addressed by Mr. & Mrs. Gary Grey regarding a possible fund raising project.  It involved web sites, designated stores and a chargeback system.  The assembly had many questions regarding this project and the result of the question and answer period held after the presentation was to table the subject for possible future revisiting.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and accepted on a motion called for by the Chair…Mr. Glenn Klingenberger.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.


There were none given over to the Secretary at this meeting.


Treasurer’s Report:            Mr. W. Nichols

Mr. W. Nichols had emailed the complete financial report to the Directors.  Mr. W. Nichols briefly discussed the report with regard to the dues figures.  Next month, there will be a more complete picture of various dues related figures.

Auditand Budget and Finance Committees had no report at this time.


The following committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Investments, Banquet, Emergency Medical Service, Public Relations, Historical, Resolution, Steering, Hospitality, Conventions and Campaigns, FASNY, Chaplains, County Fire Chiefs, County Fire Police, Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Districts, Fire Marshals, Safety Officers and Planning.


The project is still being pended due to possible future payment of a surety bond payment due to “Failure to fulfill the contract”

Membership:            Mr. W. Nichols

As of the first of November, 228 members and 7 organizations have been paid.

At this time the Directors Christmas Meeting/Celebration was discussed.  The agreed on location was The Barnard Exempts Club.  The date will be December 19, 2012.  The cost will be $15.00 per ticket.  Guests are welcome, (Wives, Dates, Others).  Attitude Adjustment – 6:00-7:00 PM with cash bar.  Dinner – 7:00 PM.  (Santa is watching….so be good)

Constitution and Bylaws:

There was a discussion regarding the inordinate delay of the finalization of the proposed bylaws.  The hold up seems to be with the attorney of record.  There was a motion made to have the Association President, Mr. Glenn Klingenberger investigate the possibility of securing a new attorney.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.

Explorers:            Mr. R. Pfersick

Mr. R. Pfersick reports he has received a letter from out of county regarding the activities of the Mt. Carmel Fire Department, who have been working to secure much needed supplies and/or donations to fire departments hard hit and in some cases wiped off the map by the recent super storm Sandy.  There will be more on this item as it becomes available.

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

The contest is underway and Mr. A. Way will be securing judges in the near future.

Legislative Committee:            Mr. D. Sweet

18 items were discussed at the recent meeting held in White Plains, NY.  All legislative material has to be resubmitted to the legislature as the next meeting will be a “New Term”.  The largest group in attendance was Nassau County.  The Drill Teams were not present at this conclave.

Nominating Committee:            Mr. G. Burris

The report is attached to these minutes and can be reviewed at the MCVFA (Inc.) web site: www.mcvfa.com.


The next Quarterly Convention will be addressed by the “Critical Management Team” (January23, 2013 at the Training Center).

WNYVFA:            Mr. K. Fuller

Their next meeting will be in Caledonia NY on January 13, 2013.

NCNYVFA:            Mr. G. Burris

Their next meeting will be held at the Barnard Exempts on January 20, 2013.  Time given is 2:00 PM.


Coordinator’s Office:

There was a discussion regarding the appointment of delegates to the Fire Advisory Board.  The Association President, Mr. Glenn Klingenberger appointed Mr. Lawrence Ritz as Primary Delegate and as alternatives in case of conflicts, etc., Mr. Alan Way and Mr. Dale Nesbitt to serve if Mr. Ritz was unable to attend these meetings.  There will be a letter sent to Mr. Sam DeRosa regarding this decision.

Fire Advisory Board:            Mr. L. Ritz

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

Firemen’s Home:            Mr. A. Way

The current census is 69 with 2 applications in the admission process.

State Fire Police:            Mr. A. Way

March 15, 2013 will be the date of the seminar at Montour Falls, NY.


1st.Battalion, 2nd Battalion and 3rd Battalion had no report at this time.

4th Battalion:

Mr. K. Fuller reported on an accident on 490 south where the need for speedy placement of barricades was needed.

Gates has 4 New Pumpers all identical and identically equipped so the firefighters will not have to be trained for 4 separate pieces of equipment.

5th Battalion:

Mr. R. Diehl reports that the West Brighton Fire will be part of the Henrietta Fire District in the near future.


President:            Mr. Glenn Klingenberger.

Mr. G. Klingenberger rose to discuss his adamant displeasure with the conduct of the Association Committees regarding his directives in meeting to discuss the Strategic Plan.  The request was for each Committee to meet, discuss the information and report back to him with their findings.  Not one Committee either met or got back to him.  Also, Mr. Klingenberger related that he was deeply concerned with the behavior of members of the Association attempting to “Run the Association” through him.  Mr. Klingenberger stated forcefully that there was one Association President and it was him.  And no one was going to run the Association but him. Good, bad or indifferent.

Mr. G. Klingenberger further stated that in the future, if he requests any Committee or individual actions regarding the business of the Association….He expects it to be done with all due deliberation and speed.  He further stated if there continues to be constant splitting and factional strife within the Association…we may simply lock the doors and go out of business.

1st Vice President:            Mr. Louie LeonE

Mr. L. LeonE discussed the Knife & Fork Lapel Pins.  He has six of them and the cost is $6.00 each.

2nd Vice President:            Mr. Dale Nesbitt

Mr. D. Nesbitt discussed the devastating fire that destroyed a large part of the center of the Village of Hilton, 48 years ago.  There was a slide show available for the viewing pleasure of the assembly at the close of the meeting.


There was none reported at this time.


The Long Range Strategic Plans were discussed and there will be more on this project as the information is digested by the Directors.

The Financial Obligations of the Association were discussed and there was a motion made to pay them.  1st By Mr. L. Hicks.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion carried with no discussion.


The current medical condition of Mr. C. Bommele was related to the Directors by Mr. L. LeonE.


No report.

With no additional business brought before the assembly, there was a motion made to adjourn the Directors Meeting.  1st by Mr. W. Nichols.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation.

Time….9:45 PM



Respectfully Submitted,



J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)