Minutes > October 26, 2006 Quarterly Convention

October 26, 2006

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Convention of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. was called to order after a delightful dinner of Sour Kraut and Sausages served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Webster Fire Department which was the Host Company for this event.

The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff and the Opening Prayer for guidance was offered by Mr. Alan C. Way.

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 Quarterly Convention was welcomed to Webster by Mr. John Smith.

The invited dignitaries and guests were recognized by Ms. Diana Pfersick R.N. The Association 1st Vice President and Mr. Mr. Michael Smith, the Association 2nd Vice President.

The Program Topic dealt with the 100th anniversary of the Host Department, The Webster Fire Department. It was a most interesting slide show presented by the officers of the Webster Fire Department.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved and accepted on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. F. Skelton.
Carried by Voice Acclimation with no dissenting members.

Bills and Communications.
There were several bills and receipts presented to the Treasurer for his workflow and approval for payment. There were two communications. The Yearbook information from Mr. A. Way and the Letter of Intent regarding the Association paying for the refurbishing of a resident’s room at the Firemen’s Home on an installment basis until $2,500.00 is reached. The payment will be $500.00 per year until the goal is met.

Treasurer’s Report.                                             Mr. J. Princehorn

The Treasurer gave a complete financial picture of the Association. And a complete copy of all material is part of these minutes and can be viewed by any member at any time by contacting any member of the Executive Board.
The report of the Treasurer was accepted by the attendees by voice acclimation on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. R. Diehl. 2nd by Mr. R. Pfersick.

Committee Reports.

The following committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons.
Audit, Constitution and Bylaws, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Prevention Safety Trailer, Historical, Public Relations, Siren, Special Events, Topics and Special Committees #2.


The combined Association Banquet will be held in May of 2007. This will be the last Association Event held at Logan’s Party House as the property has been sold to The University of Rochester.

Budget and Finance.                                         (Messer’s L. Hicks and J. Princehorn)

The 2007 Budget was reviewed by Power-Point Presentation. There was a detailed overview of the proposed budget presented to the attendees with all necessary detail. The “shortfall” of $21, 600.00 was discussed by Messer’s Hicks and Princehorn. There was no comment from the attendees other than a suggestion from Mr. E. Sexton on the possibility of some type of fund raising event. There was a motion made to accept the proposed 2007 budget as presented. 1st by Mr. A. Price. 2nd by Messer’s J. Dunst and R. O’Hare in unison.
The motion was approved by voice acclimation.

Emergency Medical Service                               Ms. D. Pfersick R.N.

The Park Ridge Hospital has had its name changed. It is now known as Unity Hospital. Highland Hospital has broken ground on its long awaited renovations and additions to its campus.
Ms. Pfersick also supplied information regarding upcoming EMS Seminars and the EMS Provider of the Year Project. This information is attached to these minutes and can be found on the Association Web Site. (www.mcvfa.com)

Fire Prevention Essay Contest.
                        (Mr. R. Diehl for Mr. D. Fox)

The full report is attached to these minutes and can be found on the Association Web Site. (www.mcvfa.com)
There were some discussions as to why the number of participants is down this year and the lack of some schools to become involved in the essay contest. As a result of an open discussion several facts were brought forth regarding this drop in participants. There is an increase to the already large curriculum that the teachers have to deal with. Fire safety doesn’t seem to rise to the importance that it should to some teachers. There are some districts that weren’t contacted in the proper manner and they didn’t even know of the contest. One of the Association Directors was actually ushered from a school building.
All in all though the project is and has been a great success and is popular with the participants that avail them selves of this valuable teaching tool.

Hospitality Room.                                                    Mr. E. Renner

“All is ready”
The Hospitality Room at the Legislative Conference is ready to go and will be a continued success due to the work of Mr. E. Renner.

Legislative.                                                                 Mr. W. Schlegel

The legislative program will be handed out at the regional caucuses on Friday Evening, (10/27/06). There will be a series of meetings on Saturday, 10/28/06 and the final program will be presented on Sunday, (10/29/06). This will then be the 2007 “Legislative Scorecard” that will be backed by both the regional associations and FASNY. Mr. W. Schlegel states that these are trying times for the fire service and the participation of as many as possible members will either ensure continued success or future erosion of the goals of the fire service.

                                                              Mr. D. Sweet

A copy of the dues list is attached to these minutes and can be viewed on the Association Web site, (www.mcvfa.com).
To date 283 individual dues to the Association have been paid.
The $5.00 Door Prizes were won by Mr. J. Dunst and Mr. LeonE.

Nominating.                                                                 Mr. P. Tracy

The 2007 Slate is attached to these minutes and can be read at the Association Web site, (www.mcvfa.com).

Resolution.                                                                 (By Mr. L. Zarnstorff standing in for Mr. D. Fox)

The names of deceased members were read by Mr. L. Zarnstorff and the bell was sounded signifying their “Final Alarm”.
A copy of the Resolution report is attached to these minutes and can be read at the Association Web Site, (www.mcvfa.com).

Steering Committee.                                             (Read by Ms. D. Pfersick R.N. standing in for Mr. D. Fox

The Steering Committee Report is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association Web Site, (www.mcvfa.com).

Transportation.                                                         Mr. D. Sweet

There will be no bus trip to the Firemen’s Home due to continued ongoing construction. The dedication will be held on May 19, 2007.
Room 305 will be the site of the Hospitality Room, (Turf Inn). The Drill Teams will be at the Marriott Hotel, also in Albany NY.
There is a possibility of a bus trip to the Home dedication on May 19, 2007. There will be more on this as information becomes available.
The 50/50 was won by Mr. R. O’Hare, Mr. R. Pfersick and Mr. M. DePhillips.

Special Committee #1                                             Mr. L. LeonE
Mr. L. LeonE is starting to get ready for the project. He has requested a set of mailing labels, stationary and posted envelopes to inform all members of the event and requirements. The foregoing will be provided to him t the November Board of Directors Meeting.

There was a motion made to accept all Committee Reports as given.
1st by Mr. K. Fuller 2nd by Mr. F. Skelton
The motion was passed by voice acclimation with no additions or corrections.

Reports of Representatives and Delegates.

Finger Lakes Burn Association.

The minutes of their meeting is attached to these minutes and can be accessed at the Association Web Site, (www.mcvfa.com).

Fire Advisory Board.

No report at this time.

County Fire Chiefs.

Their next meeting is Nov. 8, 2006 at the Combined Training Center.

Fire Districts.

Their next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2006.

Fire Marshals.

No report at this time.

County Fire Police.                                         Mr. A. Way

May 5, 2007 is the scheduled date of the Fire Police Seminar to be held in Brockport NY.
Nov. 2, 2006……..Meeting in Brockport NY.
Nov. 9, 2006……..Meeting in Bushnell’s Basin NY.

NCNYVFA.                                                 Mr. G. Burris

The report of the recently held banquet is attached to these minutes and can be seen at the Association Web Site, (www.mcvfa.com)
Mr. E. Sexton was honored at this banquet as was Mr. W. Nichols.
Congratulations to both Gentlemen on behalf of the Association.

WNYVFA.                                                 Mr. K. Fuller

Their next meeting will be held at the Harry Noon American Legion Post…..located on Rt.33. The meeting will start at 2:00 PM.

Report of Officials and Delegates.

Chaplains Association, Coordinators Office, FASNY, Firemen’s Home and State Fire Police had no report at this time for a variety of reasons.

Battalion Reports.

There were no reports from Battalion 1-4 at this time.

. 5th Battalion
Henrietta is dedicating their Fire Training center to Fire Commissioner Fran Byrns.

Old Business.
There was no Old Business brought to the floor at this time.

New Business.

There was a motion made by multiple attendees to set aside a page of these minutes in memory of the death of a Past Director of this Association, Mr. Richard J. Driscoll who died Oct.8, 2006 at age 64.
This was a Pro Forma Motion and shall be carried out.

Report of Officers.

The President,
Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
Mr. L. Ritz thanked the Webster Fire Department for hosting this Quarterly Convention and wished them well on this, their 100th Birthday.
Mendon in January. 2007
Pittsford #2 in April 2007
Penfield #1 in July 2007

1st Vice President

Ms. Diana Pfersick R.N.
Ms. D. Pfersick had no report at this time.

2nd Vice President,
Mr. Michael Smith
Mr. M. Smith spoke on the importance of this Association and suggested that at the next Quarterly Convention, everyone here “Bring a Guest to the next Quarterly Convention”

Good and Welfare
There was nothing brought up under this heading at this time.

With no additional business brought to the floor, there were multi motions made to adjourn the business meeting and Quarterly Convention.
The motion was accepted with no additions.

The Closing benediction was offered by Mr. Alan C. way.

Time of adjournment, 9:25 PM
Members signed in, 33

Respectfully Submitted,

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