March 30, 2005
James Walsh, Secretary
The March 30, 2005 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way at 7:30 PM. The location was at the Combined Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road, Room 107.
With the taking of the roll it was determined that there was a quorum present to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved for publication on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. L. Zarnstorff.
There were three bills presented to the Treasurer for his workflow. There were five communications received by various members and given over to the Secretary for discussion.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. T. Summers
The Treasurer gave copies of his complete report to the President, Vice Presidents and the Secretary. It was then read to the attendees. The report was accepted with no discussion on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st Mr. L. Leone. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.
There will be a copy of the current Treasurer’s report attached to this document.
Audit, Banquet, Budget and Finance, Drills and Officials, Explorers, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Prevention Safety Trailer, Fire Prevention Essay Contest, Hospitality Room, Historical, Public Relations, Special Events, Topics, Yearbook and Special Committees gave no report at this time due to the main discussion point of this evening’s meeting. However the following reports deal with information deemed vital to the Association by the President and attending Committee Chairpersons.
Constitution and Bylaws: Mr. R. Gardner
There are copies in the file of proposed changes and additions to the current in-force instrument. Mr. R. Gardner reports that there are many changes in the document due to misplaced periods, commas, sentence structure and form. These will be brought to the floor at a Quarterly Convention for the action of the members. There are also changes in the manner of adoption of motions by the attending members. This entails changes in the language to explaining what a Delegate is and what a Director is in relation to adoption of motions from the floor and will answer the question of who governs the Association and when.
Emergency Medical Service:
The report of this committee is attached to this document.
Legislative: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols gave a brief outline of the visits he has completed with local legislators on behalf of legislation of interest to the Fire Service.
The big one is the proposal to take off the tax bill of all active Fire Fighters…. $1,000.00. This will prove to be a tough fight simply due to the math (Number of Firefighters X $1,000.00 = a negative input into the tax bill of quite a sizable sum).
Membership: Mr. W. Nichols
There are 1,531 County Members at present and 1,425 FASNY Members at present. (Paid up dues to date.)
Nominating: Mr. P. Tracy
See attached report.
It was reported that Rev. Winterkorn has broken a hip. He’s had surgery and is at present undergoing therapy at St. Ann’s Community, Room 918, 1500 Portland Avenue, 14621. (Card from the members will be sent.)
Siren: Mr. C. Dunn
Guru Dunn reports that the Siren will be on the WEB site this week.
Go to http://www.mcvfa.com for the Siren and other pertinent information regarding the MCVFA (Inc.).
Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Their next meeting will be at the Fairport F.D. on April 11, 2005.
Transportation: Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet discussed the April Legislative Conference logistics and……Bob and Dot Maid are gearing up to run a 1st class Hospitality Room setup for the enjoyment of the attendees.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES:
Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Marshals, Safety Officers and FASNY had no report at this time.
County Fire Chiefs: Mr. A. Sweet
Their next meeting will be at the Laurelton F.D. on April 13, 2005.
Their next meeting will be at the Fairport F.D. on March 31, 2005
County Fire Police: Mr. L. Leone
Their next meeting will be at the Training Center on May 5, 2005.
NCNYVFA: Mr. D. Sweet
The Convention is slated for June 3 & 4, 2005 in Newark, NY at the Quality Inn.
Their next meeting will be in Williamson, NY on April 17, 2005.
Their next meeting will be in St. Johnsburg, NY on April 10, 2005. (Monroe County had 8 of the winners of the Western Essay Contest.)
REPORTS OF OFFICIALS AND DELEGATES:
Chaplains and Coordinators Office had no reports at this time.
FASNY: Mr. D. Sweet
April 29, 30 & May 1, 2005 are the dates slated for the Legislative Conference in Albany, NY.
Firemen’s Home: Mr. D. Schultz
Construction has started on the new home project. The three county members are doing OK at this time.
State Fire Police:
The State Convention will be held in Rochester, NY this year. Dates are May 13-15, 2005. Location will be the R.I.T. Conference Center. (Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th will see the Hospitality Room open and Monte Carlo Night will be held on the 13th.)
They have been very busy with “roll-overs” due to poor driving habits and the unusually high and hard plow piles by the side of the roads.
Greece-Ridge had a bad house fire
Several serious collisions were discussed at length and Brockport had an apartment fire at a senior citizen project.
May 18, 2005 is the date reported for their Spaghetti Dinner.
Fairport had a working fire on Main St.
Penfield had a double fatal automobile incident. They were assisted by West Webster who was there as a scheduled fill-in.
April 30, 2005 is the date of the Annual Clifton F.D. Roast Beef Dinner.
The City of Rochester FD has been very busy with a varied series of incidents both fire, automotive related and EMS calls.
Mr. C. Dunn asked a non rhetorical question: “Just what have we, (the Association) done to improve the membership?”
This provoked a free ranging discussion of some future projects that will be shared with the general membership when a formal program is to be reported on.
Mr. Edward Chrysler has resigned his position as Director due to his employment situation. He feels he can not do justice to the office by his absences related to long distance bus driving duties. This will be discussed at the Workshop Meeting scheduled for April 20, 2005.
Mr. L. Leone discussed the prospect of this year’s award be given to Red Ver Weire for his activities on behalf of the Fire Service. There was a motion called for by the Chair on this matter. 1st by Mr. L. Leone. 2nd by Mr. M. Smith.
REPORT OF OFFICERS:
President: Mr. Alan C. Way
No report at this time.
1st Vice President: Mr. Lawrence Ritz
No report at this time.
2nd Vice President: Mr. William Bostian
No report at this time.
GOOD AND WELFARE:
From the floor it was requested that Joe Fabrizi be sent past MCVFA (Inc.) meeting minutes as he has been unable to attend meetings due to illness. It shall be done.
It was also discussed that the Association send cards to Rev. Winterkorn, Joe Fabrizi and the appropriate message sent to Carl Veltri on the loss of his sister-in-law.
With no additional business brought to the floor by the attending members…..a motion was called for by the chair to adjourn.
1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.
Closing Benediction by the Assistant Association Chaplain, Mr. D. Fox.
Time, 9:40 PM
J. K. Walsh
Sec./ MCVFA (Inc.)