Minutes > May 31, 2006 Board of Directors Meeting

May 31, 2006 (Wednesday)
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Delegates and Representatives of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. was called to order by the Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz at 7:30 PM at the Combined Training Center located at 1190 Scottsville Rd. Rochester New York.

The Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. D. Fox offered a short prayer for guidance in doing the business of the Association and the assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. L. Zarnstorff.

With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.

Prior to the meeting Mr. Donald Fox administrated the oath of office to Mr. Richard O’Hare. Mr. R. O’Hare will be a Director representing the 1st Battalion.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved with no additions or corrections on a motion called for by the Chair, (Mr. L. Ritz). 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by multiple attendees. There was no discussion.

There were several Convention related materials that were read and passed on to the appropriate members for their actions both future and immediate.

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. J. Princehorn
The Treasurer’s report as a downloaded document is part of these proceedings and is available at any time to any member by contacting any of the Association Officers.
The Treasurer then went on to discuss the report of the Audit Committee. This included several recommendations and changes in the way the Association does business. This report is attached to these minutes.
All Association bills were approved for payment on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. R. Maid.
There was an amendment to this motion proposed by Mr. D. Sweet that would approve Mr. D. Sweet’s expenses at up coming conventions.

This amendment was approved as to content and procedure and was added to the original motion by the Chair. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. R. Maid. The motion and amendment were approved with no discussion.

There was a secondary addition brought up for discussion and then made as an additional amendment to the original motion on a motion by the Chair after an inquiry from the floor. The 2nd amendment is to cover expenses incurred by Mr. D. Fox acting on behalf of the Association. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. R. Maid. Again, this motion and two amendments were passed with no discussion.

The following Committees had no report at this time: EMS, Banquet, Budget and Finance, Constitution and Bylaws, Drills and Officials, Fire Prevention Education, Safety Trailer, Hospitality, Historical, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Public Relations, Siren, Steering, Transportation and Special Committees 1 & 2.

Explorers: Mr. W. Montagno
The Committee report is attached to these minutes.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox discussed the award distribution procedure. The awards were presented with the assistance of Mr. A. Way, Mr. W. Nichols and of course Mr. D. Fox. It was reported that the Essay Contest was a great success and a well received effort of the Association.
Once again the Association thanks Mr. Donald Fox for all the work he does on behalf of this valued Committee.

Resolution: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox discussed the passing of Mr. John Milliman, Sr. from Avon, NY. He belonged to many County and State organizations. His obituary, as published in the Democrat & Chronicle, appears at the end of these minutes.

Special Events: Mr. L. LeonE
Mr. L. LeonE discussed the award ceremony and is to be commended for his efforts on behalf of the Association.

Yearbook: Mr. A. Way
Mr. A. Way discussed the ads he has received. The color of the issue either in black and white, or another color as of yet, undecided. The final revision will be done June 23, 2006. The book will be ready for the July 19, 2006 Quarterly Convention.

Finger Lakes Burn Association:
No report at this time.

Fire Advisory Board:
May 15, Phase two is now in effect.
The Pagers have been shipped from Korea.
Narrow Band is in the works.
July 15, 2006 will see the retirement of Mr. Kevin Crouch from the Fire Bureau.

County Chiefs: Mr. A. Sweet
Their next meeting will be in Penfield (June14, 2006, Penfield F.D.).
The Equipment Seminar will be held on August 9, 2006 at Logan’s Party House. Dinner will be served from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 each.

Fire Marshals and Fire Districts had no report at this time.

County Fire Police: Mr. K. Fuller
Their next meeting will be held at Fairport F.D. June 1, 2006.
May 13, 2006 saw the all-day Fire Police Seminar in Brockport, NY. Mr. K. Fuller reported on the unqualified success of this event.

NCNYVFA: Mr. D. Sweet
The Convention will be held in Fairville NY, June 16-17, 2006.

WNYVFA: Mr. K. Fuller
The Convention will be held July 26-29, 2006 at the Niagara Active Hose Co.
Firemen’s Home: Mr. D. Fox
There is one new member from Monroe County, Mr. Edward R. Fenner from the Barnard Fire Department.
Work is progressing well on the new home. Dedication is still set for October 21, 2006.
The “No Vacancy” sign is now hung at the home until the new facility is up and running.

State Fire Police: Mr. R. Maid
Their next meeting will be held at Henrietta #1.

1st Battalion:
Webster will be 100 years old this year.
2nd Battalion:
They have had 3 auto-related fatalities in 3 weeks.
3rd. Battalion:
The Battalion had a “Rope Rescue Drill” and Pittsford FD responded for the report of a “Car in the canal”. The driver was medically compromised and was rescued by a passerby.
4th Battalion:
N. Chili had a well attended Parade.
Chili will be hosting an extrication drill.
5th Battalion:
Ken Moyer has had a heart valve replaced.
Red Ver Weire is back in Park Ridge being treated for complications resulting from CHF.
Henrietta has had a couple of fires that were classed as “Biggies” but there were no serious injuries to either citizens or firefighters.

Mr. W. Nichols messaged the meeting to state that at the December 21, 2005 meeting at the Barnard Exempts, he (Mr. W. Nichols) proposed Mr. Theodore Summers be granted Life Membership in the Association. And to date…..no record of this has been in evidence. The Secretary proposed that an amendment be attached to those minutes signifying the granting of this Life Membership to Mr. Theodore Summers. This was agreed on by the attendees.

There was a discussion generated by the attendees as to the actual age of the Association. There are several dates in evidence. It was decided to accept and use 1932 as the originating date of the Association. This was made official on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. M. Smith. The motion was carried with no discussion.

There was a question from the floor as to the timetable for nominations, elections and the actual taking office of all Association Officers. The proposed change would be as follows:
Elections would be held in October rather than April.
The officers elected would take office on January 1.
There will be ongoing discussions regarding this proposed change.

The President: Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
Mr. L. Ritz thanked the members for the support he received on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Anna Ritz.
The 1st Vice President: Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN.
No report at this time.

The 2nd Vice President: Mr. Michael Smith
Mr. M. Smith discussed the need for “Workshop” meetings preceding a Quarterly Convention. His observation is it’s simply a rehash of the same information that has been at the past meetings and will be discussed in one week at the Quarterly Convention. The price of gas, the constant round of meetings and family commitments make this one, one that could be omitted.

Mr. Alan C. Way thanked all present for all the assistance given him during his recently completed term as President of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion called for by the Chair to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. J. Carberry.
The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox

Respectfully Submitted,

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

"Milliman Sr., John T."
Date published: 05/28/2006
"AVON: Answered the final alarm on May 24, 2006. Born August 27, 1941 in Rochester, NY. Survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Judy and his family, daughters, Debbie (Fred) Cowley, Darlene (Marty Barker) Cator, Traci (David) Thompson, Patricia (Aldrich) Strong; sons, John T. Milliman Jr., Cliff (Michele) Aldrich; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Gail Cook, Karen (Larry) McCrae; nieces, nephews; cousin, Charles (Joyce) Fosdick; his extended family and all his fellow Fire & EMS brothers and sisters. Predeceased by his mother and father, Margaret (Fosdick) Judd, Ellsworth Milliman, and brother, Richard Judd.
John retired from Gillette Machine and Tool in 2001. He served the Livingston, Monroe Communities as a volunteer firefighter and in the EMS service for over 3 decades. He was an active member of the East Avon Fire Dept. and Avon Ambulance. John served as chaplain for the County Association as well as East Avon Fire Dept. He belonged to many county and state organizations.
Friends are invited to call Tuesday 7-9 P.M. and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, EAFD Service, Tuesday at 6:30 PM, LCVFD Service at 9:00 PM., at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St., Avon. Funeral Mass Thursday, 4:00 P.M. at Zion Episcopal Church, Avon. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the John T. Milliman Fire-fighter's Education Fund, C/O East Avon Fire Dept., PO Box 358, Avon, NY 14414."

That Mr. Theodore V. Summers Jr. be granted “Life Membership” in the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.

This action is requested by Mr. William Nichols in the form of a motion made from the floor at the above regularly scheduled meeting of the Association on December 21, 2005 at the Barnard Exempts Facility.

The motion was seconded by multiple attendees at that meeting and passed by acclimation.

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

James Walsh