Minutes > November 20, 2013 Board Meeting

November 20, 2013

The Directors of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. met as scheduled at the Monroe County Combined Training Facility located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Gates, NY on the above date.  The meeting was called to order at 1900 hrs. by the Association 1st Vice President, Mr. LouiE LeonE in the absence (excused) of the Association President, Mr. Glenn E. Klingenberger.  The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by Mr. L. LeonE and the Opening Prayer for Guidance was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Royer Pfersick.

With the taking of the roll call, there existed a quorum with which to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attending Directors.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as to form and content on a motion called for by the Presiding Officer, Mr. L. LeonE.  Motion by several in unison.  2nd by acclimation.  Passed by voice vote.  There were no dissenting votes cast.

There was one correspondence read to the assembly – an invitation to attend the LAMCVFA Christmas Party to be held at Penfield Fire Department on December 4, 2013.  The start time stated is 7:30 PM.  A $3.00-$5.00 gift, (wrapped) is suggested but not mandatory for attendance, as are a plate of cookies and/or hors-d’ oeuvres.  This event, as in the past, proves to be a fun night.


Treasurer’s Report:            Mr. W. Nichols

Mr. Nichols rose to state the complete financial statement and report has previously been emailed to the Directors and is open to any member by contacting Mr. W. Nichols.  The Report of the Treasurer was acknowledged as received on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. LeonE.  Motion by multiple members in unison.  2nd by the floor as acclimation.  The motion to acknowledge was carried by voice acclimation.  There was no dissenting votes noted nor were there any questions put to the Treasurer.


For a variety of reasons, the following Committees had no report at this time: Audit, Budget and Finance, Historical, Public Relations, Steering Committee, and FASNY.


Constitution and Bylaws:            Mr. D. Nesbitt

Mr. D. Nesbitt rose to state there is a new committee undertaking the task of revising the Bylaws of the Association.  It consists of The Messer’s L. Ritz, A. Sweet, L. Hicks, C. Dunn and J Grandusky.  And “They’re working on it”.

Emergency Medical Service:            Ms. D. Pfersick, RNC

There will be a seminar held at Montour Falls the 1st weekend of March 2014.  There also will be an EMS Conference held in Seldon, NY on February 14, 2014.

Explorers:            Mr. R. Pfersick

There will be a meeting held at the Greece Volunteer Ambulance on the 2nd Thursday in January, 2014.  Time stated is 1900 hrs.  Also reported is an increase of fees paid per each Explorer registered…..It went from $15.00 to $25.00.per member per year.

Steering Committee:            Mr. D. Sweet

Ms. D. Pfersick has been introduced as the candidate to succeed Mr. D. Sweet when he retires from the position as a Director of the Board of FASNY.

Mr. D. Sweet also stated the procedure for seeking any County, Regional or FASNY Office or Committee position.  Any interested person is advised to contact Mr. D. Sweet.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest:            Mr. A. Way

Mr. A. Way states that the essays are starting to come in and judging is hoped to commence around Thanksgiving.

Legislative:            Mr. D. Sweet

Mr. D. Sweet gave a complete report on various pieces of legislative actions that are of interest to and about the Fire Service.  The big win is the outlawing of “Novelty Cigarette Lighters”.  This bill was heavily supported by the Fire Service in general and FASNY in particular.  Mr. D. Sweet enjoined all interested persons to go to the FASNY web site to get the full legislative scorecard.  This is www.FASNY.com.

Nominating:            Mr. G. Burris

Report is attached to these minutes.

Resolutions:            Mr. R. Pfersick.

They will be ready for the next Quarterly Convention.

Membership:            Mr. W. Nichols

The information will be going out this coming week to all members of the Association.

Hospitality:            Mr. D. Sweet

It will, as in the past, be a shared effort with WNYVFA at the FASNY Convention to be held at the Desmond Hotel on Shaker Road in 2014.  (Hopefully Norma will not be attending).

Topics:            Mr. R. Pfersick

There have been several infant deaths of late, blamed on falling TV’s, and there is a group that have started discussing guards built into these items so as to not be easily pulled off various tables and stands onto children.  Mr. R. Pfersick is attempting to contact a spokesperson to address this Association on the problem.


Chaplainsand Coordinators’ Office had no reports at this time.

County Fire Chiefs:            Mr. A. Sweet

Their next meeting is to be at the Training Center on January 8, 2014.

County Fire Police:            Mr. C. Spohr

Their Banquet is to on March 29, 2014 at the Burgundy Basin Party House.

Finger Lakes Burn Association:

No report at this time.

Fire Advisory Board:            Mr. L. Ritz

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

Fire Marshals:

No report at this time.

Firemen’s Home:            Mr. A. Way

Census is at present….69 Members and 3 are in the pipeline for admission at a future time.

State Fire Police:

May 14, 2014 is the date stated for their Convention.  It will be held in Salamanca, NY.  They will also be meeting in Montour Falls on the 3rd Saturday in March 2014.

There were no Battalion Reports noted at this time other than a future date for the Honeoye Falls Christmas Parade….Dec. 14, 2013.


The President:            Mr. Glenn Klingenberger

Mr. G. Klingenberger was not in attendance.

The 1st Vice President:            Mr. L. LeonE

The Presiding Officer had no report at this time.

The 2nd Vice President:            Mr. D. Nesbitt

Mr. D. Nesbitt discussed the Directors Christmas Party to be held on December 11, 2013 at Carmestro’s Restaurant located in Hilton, NY and passed a sign-up sheet around to the attending Directors to get a numerical on those attending.  Social hour 6-7 PM… Dinner at 7:00 PM.


There is a need for at least 5 pocket badges for Directors who currently do not have one.  Per Mr. R. Diehl, the cost is $25.00 each.  There was a motion called for to purchase same.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion carried by voice acclimation.  There then was a discussion about gold badges for coats, etc.  The need again was expressed as 5.  There was a motion called for to purchase 5 gold badges.  1st by Ms. Pfersick.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion also carried by voice acclimation and no discussion.

Mr. R. Diehl showed to the directors the “Statues of Firefighters” offered for sale by the Henrietta Fire Department.  The price is $25.00 each.

There was a motion called for to send a $100.00 deposit when billed to cover the Hospitality Room payments the Association will share with WNYVFA at the FASNY Convention in August of 2014.  Motion 1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. D. Sweet.  The motion carried with no discussion by voice acclimation.

There was a short discussion of the need for logo-imprinted shirts to be worn at various functions where this type of shirt is worn for identification with this Association.  The discussion of type, color and number was put off till the next Directors Workshop Meeting.


There was a motion called for to “Pay the Bills”.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. C. Dunn.  The motion carried by voice acclimation.  There was no discussion noted regarding the financial obligations due for payment.


Mr. C. Dunn rose to discuss the practice of bringing copies of previous minutes to meetings.  The last issue of 15 copies was brought to the October Meeting.  13 were discarded as scrap.  This, he stated, was a gross waste of money.  It was discussed with the result being….There would be no longer copies available at meetings.  If a member wishes, a printed copy to be mailed to his address.  This will be done by the Secretary.  Otherwise, all minutes of meetings will be available at the Association web site, (www.mcvfa.com) within a reasonable time frame after a meeting is held.

There was a progress report from Ms. E. Schoff regarding the Spring Banquet.  The venue hoped for proved to be not suited to the needs of the Association.  The game plan now is to contact another party house to check out their facilities as to be in keeping with the needs of the Association.


None reported.

With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees….There was a motion called for to adjourn this meeting. 1st by Mr. R. Pfersick. 2nd by Mr. A. Way. The motion carried by voice vote.

The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. R. Pfersick at 2020 hrs.

Respectfully Submitted



J. K. Walsh

Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)