Minutes > January 26, 2006, Quartlery Convention Meeting

January 26, 2006

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Alan C. Way following a delightful dinner provided by the host organization, the Rush Volunteer Fire Department. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the attendees and led by the Master-At-Arms, Mr. Gordon Burris. The Acting Association Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox offered the Opening Prayer for Guidance.

With the taking of the roll call, it was determined a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attending Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Delegates, Representatives and others with Association Business to report.

Welcoming remarks to the host company were made by the Association 2nd Vice President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN.
The Host Company Fire Chief, Mr. Dale Sweet thanked all who had attended and offered the hospitality of the Rush Volunteer Fire Department.
The attending Guests were introduced by the Association 1st Vice President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz and the Association 2nd Vice President, Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved with no corrections or additions on a motion called for by the Chair….Mr. Alan C. Way, the Association President. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. K. Fuller.

There were none presented to the Secretary at this time.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. J. Princehorn
The Treasurer gave a complete report on the total financial picture of the Association. Any member wishing to inspect the total document may do so by contacting the Secretary or any of the other Officers of the Association.
There was a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Alan C. Way to accept the Treasurer’s report as given. There was no discussion from the floor regarding this report. 1st Mr. R. Maid. 2nd Mr. K. Moyer. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as given.

The following Committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Banquet, Budget and Finance, Drills and Officials, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Prevention Safety Trailer, Fire Prevention Essay Contest, Historical, Siren, Special Events, Yearbook, Special Committees 1 & 2 and Public Relations.

Constitution and Bylaws: Mr. S. Giuliano
Mr. S. Giuliano passed out copies of the proposed updates of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. This document will be discussed under “New Business”.

Emergency Medical Service: Ms. D. Pfersick, RN
Mrs. Pfersick spoke on the new CPR Protocols and the upcoming EMS Seminar to be held in Montour Falls NY at the NYS Fire Academy March 4 & 5, 2006. Deadline for registering will be February 18, 2006.

Explorers: Several Members
There is a new training program in the future, possibly in the spring. It will be geared to 16-17 year old Explorer Scouts. There will be more on the ongoing Association commitment to this program.

Hospitality Room: Mr. D. Sweet
There will be 11 or 12 rooms available for member use at the Mid-Session Legislative Conference. Five rooms have been reserved so far. There will be a Hospitality Room at this conference.
The October 2006 Conference will have 10 rooms reserved and they will be at a premium. There was talk of 25 rooms also available.

Legislative: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols stated that the complete report is in the “Volunteer Firefighter” Magazine. And it is up to date and complete.

Membership: Mr. W. Nichols
To date there are 2005 members. 23 Organizations and 962 FASNY Members paid up.

Nominating: Mr. P. Tracy
Mr. P. Tracy reports that there has been no change in his report as of this date and the full report is attached to these minutes.

Resolution: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox, the Acting Association Chaplain read into the record names of the deceased Fire Fighters. The bell was rung after each name to signify their “Final Alarm”.
The report of this month’s resolutions is attached to these minutes.

Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
The report of the Steering Committee is attached to these minutes.

The City of Rochester Fire Chief was invited to address the next Quarterly Convention that will be held in April at Gates #2.

Transportation: Mr. D. Sweet
The Committee is investigating the possibility of a bus trip to the October Legislative Conference. It will include a trip to the new Firemen’s Home which will be completed by then and be proud to have visitors see the new facility.

Finger Lakes Burn Association:
No report at this time.

County Fire Chiefs: Mr. A. Sweet
Mr. A. Sweet gave a report on the recent election. The complete list of Officers can be seen on the Association web site, www.mcvfa.com.
The meeting dates can be reviewed at the calendar section of the web site.

Fire Districts:
No report at this time.

Fire Marshals: Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. C. Dunn reported on the “New Fire Codes”.

Monroe County Fire Police: Mr. R. Maid
February 2, 2006 @ 7:30 PM is the scheduled Directors meeting at the Combined Training Center.
There will be a Fire Police Seminar held in Brockport on May 13, 2006. It will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The fee will be $15.00 per attendee.
Mr. K. Fuller spoke on the new technology equipment outfit that will be part of the gear that will be used in the future by members of fire police squads. There will be more on this subject at future meetings as information becomes available.

No report at this time.
No reports at this time.
WNYVFA: Mr. K. Fuller
Mr. K. Fuller’s report is attached to these minutes. Also, his Association is at present working on getting a web site up and running.

Chaplains Association:
No report at this time.

Coordinators Office:
No report at this time.

FASNY: Mr. D. Sweet
March 11-12, 2006 will see the Legislative update held in Albany NY.
February 3, 4, and 5, 2006 will be Firefighter Days at Lake Placid NY. There is an ad in the January issue of the “Volunteer Firefighter” Magazine covering this subject.
February 17, 18 and 19, 2006, the Sectional Officers will be meeting.

Firemen’s Home: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox reported on the comings and goings at the Home. The construction is on schedule and completion is hoped to be late August or very early September of 2006. There are at present 84 Residents, the Monroe County folks are doing very well at this report time and there is at present a waiting list for admissions as members.

NYS Fire Police:
The Fire Police Convention this year will be held in Utica NY May 5-6, 2006. The next meeting will be held in Wrights Corner NY.

1st Battalion:
No report at this time.
2nd Battalion:
They have been very busy with fire calls and a couple of chimney fires. There also was a fire set by careless use of a candle. The people were awakened by a carbon monoxide detector, not a smoke alarm.
3rd Battalion:
They report the basic calls for service…fire, rescue and ems.
4th Battalion:
They report “lots of small things”. Gates had a couple of fire calls. Clifton had an arson fire.
5th Battalion:
No report at this time.
Under this heading Ms. D. Pfersick discussed the real need for every house to have a working carbon monoxide detector installed and maintained.

Mr. A. Sweet discussed the recruitment and retention issue and the use of the word “Volunteer” on all their equipment. This he relates was in answer to a speech made by the FASNY President, Mr. Edward Carpenter covering the idea of volunteering.

The Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way presented to the former Association Treasurer, Mr. Theodore V. Summers, Jr. a Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Plaque in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the Association as its Treasurer and the manner of that service being a credit to the ideals of the Fire Service as a whole. Mr. Summers was given a standing ovation by the attendees and photographs were taken for future publication.

Mr. S. Giuliano, the Chairperson of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee discussed the changes that were passed out earlier in the meeting. The changes were mainly in wording, typographical and punctuation. After an involved discussion there was a motion made to turn the document over to the Association lawyer for his review. 1st by Mr. W. Montagno. 2nd by Mr. L. Leone. The motion was passed by acclimation.

On the question by Mr. T. Summers, the gender descriptive is changed to read in all descriptive as follows: “He” shall be amended to the word, “Person”. So ordered by acclimation.

From Mr. D. Sweet, a motion to advance Association Funds for the Hospitality Room. 1st by Mr. F. Skelton. 2nd by Mr. S. Giuliano. Passed by voice acclimation.

The new Association Emblem is now to be seen on the web site in the upper left hand corner (www.mcvfa.com).

Room 105 at the Combined Training Center is now the meeting room of the Association.

Mr. D. Fox reported that the cost to renovate a room at the Firemen’s Home is $2,500.00. There will be more discussions on this possible project at future meetings. The cost of the Dining Room is reported to be $25,000.00. This may be a shared endeavor. This also will be reported on at future meetings.

The President: Mr. Alan C. Way
Mr. Way discussed the plaque given to the Essay Contest Winner. Thanks were offered to Mr. D. Fox for all the work he did on behalf of both the Association and the Committee, this being a valued effort on behalf of fire safety and education for the school children of Monroe County.
The President also reported on the several funeral calls he and his wife made on behalf of the Association.

The 1st Vice President: Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
No report at this time.

The 2nd Vice President: Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN
No report at this time.

The MCVFA (Inc.) 75th Anniversary is coming up. Festivities will be considered and reported on at future meetings.

Chili Fire Department is going to be 75 years old this year.

Public Condolences were conveyed to Mr. Harry Howitt on the passing of his wife. Mr. H. Howitt thanked all those who offered condolences to him and his family at this most difficult time.

Mr. T. Summers related some observations of the recent funeral for the Deputy Sheriff who was fatally injured on his way to work.

Mr. Edward VerWeire is now home and on the mend after his stay at Park Ridge Hospital.

50/50 Winners were:
Mr. D’Ambra
Mr. Carberry
Ms. Pfersick.

With no additional business brought to the floor, there was a motion called for to adjourn the Quarterly Convention. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. J. Carberry. The motion was carried by voice acclimation.
The Closing Benediction was offered by the Acting Association Chaplain, Mr. D. Fox.

Time of adjournment was 9:25 PM
There were 44 Members Signed in.

Respectfully Submitted,

J. K. Walsh
Secretary, Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (Inc.)

James Walsh