Minutes > August 30, 2006 Board of Directors Meeting

August 30, 2006
Prior to the start of the Business Meeting, the new Director representing the 1st Battalion, Mr. F. Douglas Marquardt of the Webster Fire Department, was sworn into office. This was on a motion called for by the Presiding Officer, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz, the Association President. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl. The motion was carried by voice acclimation with no discussion.

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: 40 PM. The location of the meeting was the Combined Training Facility located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY.

The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Master-At-Arms, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff and the Opening Prayer for Guidance was offered by the Acting Association Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.

With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed with which to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved with no additions or corrections brought to the floor by the attendees. The motion to approve was called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Ritz. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. L. LeonE.

There were two received communications. Both were read to the attendees and placed with the permanent record of the Association.
There were no bills presented to the Secretary at this meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. J. Princehorn
The complete report of the Treasurer was read by Mr. J. Princehorn and as requested by the Treasurer, it was entered into the Association Permanent Records. The Treasurer’s report can be viewed by any member of the Association at any time by contacting any member of the Executive Board.

There followed a long, involved discussion of the Treasurer’s Report and the questions that were brought to the floor will be up for discussion by the Budget and Finance Committees at their meeting to be held in September. The main points of discussion are that the expenses are outrunning the income and the state of the future budgets must reflect this self evident fact.
The Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Ritz. 1st by Mr. R. Diehl. 2nd by Mr. L. Hicks.

The following Committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Banquet, Constitution and Bylaws, Historical, Topics, Yearbook, Special Committees (1) one and (2) two and Explorers.

Budget and Finance: Mr. L. Hicks
They have a meeting scheduled for September 13, 2006 at the Training Facility. Time is 7:00 PM.

Drills and Officials:
Despite the shortage of Officials, the Drill season was a great success. However Spencerport will not be going to Main Transit this year. Plans are to have a great time at the gathering in Albany at the time of the Legislative Conference.

Emergency Medical Service: Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N.
Ms. Pfersick supplied a written report to the Secretary and it is attached to these minutes.

Fire Prevention Education:
The 2007 Fire Expo seems to be a “Go” and will be held at St. John Fischer College.

Fire Prevention Safety Trailer:
The Secretary will be contacting the Scottsville Fire Department to start the legal transfer process to them (if they want it). More to follow on this subject.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox reports that the contest is about to get under way.

Hospitality Room:
The Hospitality Room was a great success at the State Convention. It was open according to schedule and the take from various ticket sales was substantial. All in all, it was a positive and Monroe County was well represented by the efforts of the Committee.

Legislative: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols discussed the current legislative efforts, as it pertains to the Fire Service. He states it was a decent year as to the legislative interests of the Fire Service. There was discussion on the Length of Service Awards Program. A more complete discussion for those interested can be found in the Volunteer Firefighter Publication.
One note of general information is that Mr. William Schlegel was not appointed by the incoming FASNY President to serve on the FASNY Legislative Committee. This news was received by the Association with regret and there were several motions to appoint Mr. Schlegel to the Monroe County Legislative Committee. But being on that committee….these motions were held to be null and void as to action by this assembly. Mr. W. Schlegel did say he would continue to work with the MCVFA (Inc.) in any way to further the Association goals.

Membership: Mr. W. Nichols
The dues notices will be going out the 1st of October 2006.

Nominating: Mr. P. Tracy
Mr. P. Tracy read the report to the attendees and supplied a copy to the Secretary. They are attached to these minutes.

Public Relations: Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. C, Dunn stated that it would be a good idea to have the Association issue a press release from time to time to keep the Association name before the public. This could be to report on elections, training courses or whatever. As he stated…..in some cases……”Visibility is a good thing”.
There is a need for a new “Presidents Trophy” due to its destruction in the fire at the Spencerport Fire Department. This is an immediate need that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Resolution: Mr. D. Fox
The list will be ready for the next Quarterly Convention.

Siren: Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. C. Dunn reports that he sees no current interest in the Siren. There followed a discussions of reasons for this lack of interest. The subject is on the list of items to be discussed at the next Directors Workshop Meeting.

Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox discussed various matters and they were outlined in the complete report that is attached to these minutes.

Special Events:
It was brought to the floor the fact that Mr. William Schlegel has done a wonderful job on behalf of the MCVFA (Inc.).

Transportation: Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet reports that there will not be a bus for a trip to either the Legislative Conference in Albany, or the Firemen’s Home.

There were no reports from the Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Advisory Board and Fire Districts committees.

County Fire Chiefs:
The Equipment Seminar went well. The dinner was great but attendance was down this year. Also, vendor interest was down from last year. On the positive side? All present had a great time.

Fire Marshals: Mr. C. Dunn
State Training is underway. The new Code Books are not available at this time. New York State is three (3) years behind in various code matters. November 2006 is a projected code update.

County Fire Police: Various members
Their next meeting (Dinner Meeting) will be at North Greece #1, September 7, 2006.
The President of the MCVFP is at home recuperating after an accident.
There will be a state mandated Fire Police Course given at the Mendon Fire Department on October 14, 2006. The class size is limited to thirty, (30) attendees.

FASNY: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols reported on the goings on at the State Convention. There was a contest for the office of FASNY President.
This was the 1st year for the EMS Provider of The Year.
The Explorers were given a well deserved showing at the Convention and the youngsters carried themselves with honor and value. All things considered - it was a great Convention and a good time was had by all attendees.

Next meeting will be in Weedsport on September 24, 2006. 1:00 PM is the Legislative Update. 2:00 PM is the time scheduled for the Business Meeting.
October 21, 2006 is the scheduled date for the NCNYVFA Dinner. It will be held at the Club 86 in Geneva, NY.

Mr. K. Fuller supplied a copy of his report to the Secretary and it is attached to these minutes.

The Chaplains and Coordinator’s Office had no report at this time.

FASNY: Mr. D. Sweet
Mr. D. Sweet discussed the upcoming Testimonial Dinners to be held for outgoing FASNY Officers. These are:
Ed Carpenter September 9, in Holbrook, NY ($60.00 per ticket)
John Dugan September 23, in Syracuse, NY ($50.00 per ticket)
Ann LaFountain September 29, in Islandia, NY ($45.00 per ticket)
Ed Sendlenski September 8, in Nassau, NY ($60.00 per ticket)
September 22, 2006 will be the FASNY Organizational Meeting and Clam Bake for incoming FASNY Officers. It will be held in Syracuse, NY.

Firemen’s Home:
The Dining Room project is cost-wise out of the question for MCVFA (Inc.) consideration. But the $2,500.00 room upgrades is within reason. This project will be investigated for future consideration by the Association.

State Fire Police: Mr. K. Fuller
The Quarterly Meeting will be held in Gowanda, NY. This is Area # 5.

1st Battalion:
No report at this time.
2nd Battalion:
Spencerport lost their fire house to a very destructive fire.
Brockport will be hosting a 9-11 Vigil at their Monument. It will be from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
September 9, 2006 will see 500 to 1,000 Red Knights en mass for a Patriot’s Day Celebration.
3rd Battalion:
Fairport had two (2) water rescue incidents in the Erie Canal.
4th Battalion:
No report at this time.
5th Battalion:
No report at this time.

Mr. C. Dunn brought up the upcoming 75th birthday of the Association. The “ins and outs” will be discussed at the next Directors Workshop.

The reimbursement for mileage was brought to the floor for discussion. Several questions regarding rate were discussed. It was determined that the rate to accept was the Federal number as the stated reimbursement. This was on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Ritz. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. L. LeonE. The motion was accepted by voice acclimation with no discussion.
There was a discussion of a set schedule for Association Gifts for future events. This will be discussed at the Directors Workshop.
The upcoming Firefighters Awards Dinner was brought to the floor for consideration of Association participation. The cost of a table is listed at $200.00. The Chair, Mr. L. Ritz called for discussion as to purchasing a table and attending this event. Following a brief discussion, it was decided to attend. There was a motion called for to purchase a table for $200.00 and attend. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl. The motion was carried.

The President: Mr. L. Ritz
Per Diem Receipts were to be discussed at the Directors Workshop.
The 1st Vice President: Ms. D. Pfersick
No report at this time.
The 2nd Vice President: Mr. M. Smith.
No report at this time.

Churchville Lions will be holding a Golf Tournament on September 16, 2006.
FASNY will be doing a “Deaths on Duty” Seminar.
There was a motion made at the start of the meeting to reserve a page of the minutes in honor of Mr. Joseph Fabrizi who passed away recently. This motion was made by multiple members and was passed by acclimation.
With no additional business being brought to the floor by the attendees, there was motion called for by the Chair, Mr. L. Ritz to adjourn the meeting. 1st by Mr. R. Maid. 2nd by Mr. R. Chichester. The motion was passed by acclimation.
The Closing Benediction was offered by Mr. Donald H. Fox, Acting Association Chaplain.

Time……..10:00 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

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