Minutes > April 20, 2005 Board of Directors Workshop

April 20, 2005
The Workshop Meeting of the 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 of the meeting was at the Combined Training Center located at 1190 Scottsville Road.
With the taking of the roll call it was determined that a quorum was present to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.
There were two bills presented to the Treasurer for his workflow and future payment.
There were several communications that were discussed and passed on to the appropriate delegates for their future actions.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. T. Summers
The Treasurer, Mr. Ted Summers gave his report and it was accepted on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. M. Smith. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.
There is a copy of the face sheet attached to these minutes. The planned audit will be delayed a bit due to scheduling conflicts.
The Association President then introduced Mr. Ronald Furman representing Marketing Squad who gave a presentation regarding his firm’s ability to conduct a fund drive for the Association at a future date to be determined by the Directors. Following the presentation, there was a question and answer period where Mr. R. Furman addressed a variety of questions regarding dates, methodology and funds disbursement.
After Mr. Furman’s presentation, the Chair then called for any Committee Reports requiring immediate attention.
Hospitality Room: Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet requested a check in the amount of $384.00 for deposit payment of rooms (Hospitality Rooms) being held for the Legislative Conference to be held in Albany, NY. Following a discussion of the mechanics of the Hospitality Room… the Chair called for a motion to issue the requested check. 1st by Mr. W. Montagno. 2nd by Mr. L. Zarnstorff.
Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox asked for a vote on the various candidates that are being endorsed by the MCVFA (Inc.) Steering Committee.
The FASNY Candidates.
1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. R. Maid
The NCNYVA Candidates.
1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno.
The WNYVFA Candidates.
1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno.
There was a motion made to endorse Mr. Richard Laitenberger as Secretary Emeritus as a permanent position. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno.
At the conclusion of the Steering Committee Report…….Mr. L. Leone spoke on the award being given to Mr. E. Ver Weire. The award was passed around the room so all attendees could see it.
Siren: Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. Chris Dunn reports that the Siren is on line for all to download, read and save. He further stated that the Web Site is being worked on and improvements will be showing up on a regular basis.
Mr. A. Way said he’s been getting nothing but positive reports on the site. In fact the patch crowd has been sending in requests for patch swaps, etc.
For those who don’t have the site I.D……. it is……. http://www.mcvfa.com. Three Cheers for Chris and Colleen Dunn!!
NCNYVF: Mr. Gordon Burris
The report is attached to these minutes.
WNYVFA: Mr. K. Fuller
The report is attached to these minutes.
The Mission Statement was discussed at great length. There was a free wheeling discussion of just what the Association is, and its future role was bantered about by the attendees. There were many side discussions of how to improve the Association, and ways and means to improve on the all around relevance to its members in the future.
There will, in the future, be more discussions on this subject and the input of the entire membership is being sought after.
(A copy of the Mission Statement is attached to these minutes.)
Salient Points of discussion:
ÿ The hours spent on training.
ÿ The economic situation is almost mandating 2 and even 3 jobs within families. Where does this place drills and state mandated training?
ÿ Calls have gone up and rewards have gone down.
ÿ Across the board, volunteerism is down due to a variety of reasons.
ÿ What does the MCVFA (Inc.) offer the members as a tangible product?
The Association President stated the need to have a workshop devoted totally to the subjects of Mission, Direction and Relevance. This was agreed on by the attendees.
Mr. C. Dunn said the Association must answer the question…..”What does the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association do for its Members?” This question he relates must be answered in the positive to be of any future validity.
The subject of the resignation of Mr. Edward Chrysler was discussed. It was decided to bring it up at the Quarterly Convention and proceed as the Bylaws outline such situations be handled.
There was no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The Chair called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Multiple motions were accepted by acclimation.
Time…….9:35 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

J. K. Walsh
Sec. /MCVFA (Inc.)

James Walsh, Secretary