The regularly scheduled Workshop Meeting of the Directors of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was held at the Combined Training Center located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY.
The meeting was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way at 7:30 PM.
The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Gordon Burris and the Opening Invocation was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.
With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct any business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved with no additions or corrections on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. F. Skelton. 2nd by Mr. J. Carberry.
There were no bills or communications presented to the Secretary at this meeting.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. L. Hicks
In the absence of the Treasurer, Mr. James Princehorn, the Report of the Treasurer was read fully into the minutes. At the conclusion of this reading, Mr. D. Sweet rose to state that he had gotten nothing at all from this reading. He went on to state that the Directors had the Fiduciary Responsibility for the finances of the Association and it would serve them better if they had a hard copy of all financial information provided to them at all meetings where the Treasurer makes any report. This he stated is only good business practice, and the discussions that followed bore this out in the comments from the assembled Directors.
There was a motion called for by the Chair requiring that each Director be furnished a complete Treasurer’s Report at each meeting where a Treasurer’s Report is presented. 1st by Mr. R. Diehl. 2nd by Mr. R. Maid. This motion was passed by acclimation with no dissent.
There was a call from the Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way for any Committee Reports that needed immediate action.
Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox rose to discuss the names the Steering Committee is recommending to run for various State and Local Offices up for election at various conventions to be held in the near future.
The FASNY Candidates were approved on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. F. Skelton. 2nd by Mr. D. Sweet. The motion was carried by voice vote with no discussion.
The NCNYVFA Candidates were approved on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. M. Smith. 2nd by Mr. F. Skelton. The motion was carried by voice vote with no discussion.
WNYVFA Candidates were approved on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. R. Chichester. The motion was carried by voice vote with no discussion.
Fire Prevention Essay: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox reported that out of 24 awards given out to students entering the contest…..8 were from Monroe County.
Membership: Mr. W. Nichols
There are 1,499 FASNY members. 1,568 individual members and 46 Fire Service groups paid to this date and there are probably more to come in.
The next WNYVFA Meeting will be held at the Niagara Active Hose Co. on April 23rd, 2006. The meeting is set to start at 2:00 PM.
REPORT OF OFFICIALS:
Mr. D. Sweet questioned the situation of the tax relief or credit spoken of in regards to members of a fire department.
Mr. W. Nichols rose to discuss the requirements that would be faced by any action on this subject. The action would have to start in each County Legislature as to them signing off on any action. Then it would have to go to the school districts for them to sign off on. Then it would go to the individual towns that it would have bearing on. All this for the projected deduction of $60.00 off the average tax bill. Simply put…….it would be a hard sell for a very limited payoff.
Mr. R. Diehl rose to state that Henrietta #1 is having their 100th Birthday this year and the have model fire trucks for sale. They will be collector’s items in the future and he reports that they are “flying off the shelf”. There was much interest expressed in these items.
Brockport had a recent fatal motor vehicle incident.
The Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way began a discussion of the Recruitment and Retention situation.
Some of the negatives discussed were: Snow Birds, the manner of selecting delegates, getting younger people is such a difficulty due to 2 and 3 incomes needed in many of today’s families, job activities, children’s extra curricular activities, family committements, lack of interest, large blocks of time spent training, mandatory drills, fire calls and the ability to spend unusual time periods away from normal family life activities such as weddings, birthdays and the like.
Some of the positives discussed were: a sense of Community involvement and neighborly concern for each other.
There was a free ranging discussion on the above and there will be more in the future. This is a serious problem and all are aware of the future ramifications.
The Awards Program: Mr. L. LeonE
Mr. L. LeonE reports that four names were submitted for final consideration. After long and serious discussions and the involvement of the Fire Coordinators Office, this Year’s winner is Mr. Barry Sens. Mr. Sens and his wife will be invited to the Installation Banquet to receive this award.
There was no new business brought to the floor by the attendees.
REPORT OF OFFICERS:
The President: Mr. Alan C. Way
Mr. A. Way reported on the Wonderful 100th Birthday Party recently held at the Firemen’s Home for Ms. Ella Ernst. Mr. A. Way and his wife, Mary had a great time and the setting was grand and it was very well attended. Mr. David J. Sweet and his wife Bonny were also in attendance. Mr. Sweet was there representing the FASNY Directors.
The Second Vice President: Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN
Ms. Pfersick had no report at this time.
GOOD AND WELFARE:
Mr. W. Nichols is taking pledges for the annual walk he is involved with. Anyone interested, please contact Mr. W. Nichols.
Mr. Edward VerWeire is due to be released from the hospital. He’s reported to be on the mend. Mr. E. Renner is doing well after his CABG in Florida and is reported to be in rehab. (Cards were sent to both gentlemen).
At the Firemen’s Home, Mr. Michael Poppoon is receiving hospice care. It’s reported he’s very ill. (A card was sent to him on behalf of the Association).
With no additional business being brought to the floor there was motion called for to adjourn the Workshop meeting. There were multiple motions made.
The Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. D. Fox offered the Closing Benediction.
Time of adjournment, 8:55 PM
J. K. Walsh
Sec. MCVFA (Inc.)