Minutes > May 30, 2007 Board of Directors Minutes

May 30, 2007

    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 May 30, 2007 at 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 Association Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Larry Zarnstorff. 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 to conduct any business brought to the floor by the attendees.

    The minutes of the previous meeting were approved on a motion called for by the Chair, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. R. Diehl.

    (The Secretary apologizes to Mr. R. Diehl for neglecting to announce his name at the Roll Call.  The error is regretted and the presence of Mr. R. Diehl is duly noted in the Association attendance records).


    There were 3 communications received by the Secretary and read to the attendees.  There was also a Thank You card received from Mr. Edward Riley for the invitation extended by the Association and the Ladies Auxiliary at the May Instillation Banquet.

    There was one receipt for printing given over to the Treasurer for his records.  This receipt represented printing costs.

Treasurer's Report:                                                                            Mr. J. Princehorn
    Mr. J. Princehorn reviewed the entire financial picture of the Association.  Any member can review this report at any time by contacting any of the Executive Board of the Association.  There was a motion called for by the Chair to approve the report of the Treasurer.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. M. Smith. 

    There was a motion called for by the Chair to approve all bills the Association owes.  1st by Mr. A. Way. 2nd by Mr. G. Loskowski.  The motion as to the Treasurer’s report passed with no comment on voice acclimation.

    At this point the Chair introduced Mr. Ron Furman who gave a brief overview of the fund drive and its mechanics as it pertains to the Association.  This address by Mr. R. Furman was scheduled because there is a new contract needing to be entered into by both the Association and the fund raising group designated by the Association.

    There was a period of questions and answers following the presentation with no action taken on the matter at this time.  However there was a figure of $40,000.00 quoted by Mr. R. Furman as the Association’s projected profit.

    The Association President, Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz presented to Outgoing Battalion Director, Mr. William Montagno a plaque in recognitition of his service to the Association during his tenure as an Association Director.

    Mr. James Princehorn was sworn in as Treasurer of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. by the Acting Association Chaplain Mr. Donald H. Fox.  This delayed action was due to Mr. J. Princehorn not being able to attend the Association formal ceremony that was held May 5th at Logan’s Party House.

    The following Committees, Organizations and Departments had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Banquet, Budget and Finance, Drills and Officials, Explorers, Finger Lakes Burn Association, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Safety Trailer, Historical, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Siren, Steering Committee, Topics, Fire Districts, FASNY, Chaplains and the Coordinators Office.  

Constitution and Bylaws:    Mr. S. Giuliano
    The Steering Committee section is under review by the Association Attorney, Mr. Joel Krane.  The entire Constitution is being placed on a CD for the member’s information and retention.

Emergency Medical Service:    Ms. D. Pfersick, R.N.
    The new CPR Guidelines are now in effect and being used in the field.  Basic care now includes the administration of aspirin to patients who may have benefit from it.  RGH now has a keypad for ambulance entrance. The complete report is attached to these minutes.

Fire Prevention Essay Contest:    Mr. D. Fox
    Mr. Fox reported that 2 awards were given out in the last month’s reporting period.  He went on to report the positive feedback he’s been getting regarding the Essay Contest.
Hospitality Room:    Mr. A. Way
    Mr. A. Way’s report is attached to these minutes.
Yearbook:    Mr. A. Way
    Mr. A. Way’s Report is attached to these minutes.
Public Relations:    Mr. C. Dunn
    Mr. C. Dunn reported on the improvements and upgrades to the Association web site.  For current information regarding the site   Association members are asked to visit the site at www.mcvfa.com
Mr. C. Dunn gave most of the credit for the web site to his wife, Colleen and all the work she has put into the project.

Resolutions:    Mr. D. Fox
    There will be a report given at the July 18, 2007 Quarterly Convention.

Special Events:
    Date to keep in mind: The Past Presidents Dinner at the FASNY Convention to be held in Buffalo.  Date of the dinner is August 24, 2007.

    The September Bus Trip was discussed in general terms.  And the price of $50.00 was a topic of conversation.  It was brought up by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairman, Mr. L. Hicks that the Association either absorbs the cost of the bus or offers it at a discounted rate as a thank you to the members.  There was no decision reached on this proposal, although it did generate some discussions from the floor.

Special Committees
#1. Awards:
Mr. M. Smith suggested that a 30 day notice period be given to any future award recipient.  Mr. W. Nichols said even a 60 day period would be appropriate so notifications could be made in order to make reservations at award ceremonies.

    There was a motion called for to approve the report of Committees.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. L. Hicks.  Carried with no discussion.


Fire Advisory Board:    Mr. L. Ritz
    The Strategic Committee has been formed and working.  The Point Pleasant Fire Department was given an award by the Kiwanis Club.  The new directory is now being used.  The new mutual aid plan is now being worked on.

County Fire Chiefs:    Mr. A. Sweet
    Their next meeting will be in Bushnell’s Basin on June 13, 2007.  The Equipment Seminar will be held August 8, 2007 at the Dome Arena Facility.  Ticket price is $25.00.
Fire Marshals:    Mr. C. Dunn
    The residential sprinklers motion was defeated at the recent meeting that was held in Rochester, NY.  Thomas Murphy is the new Fire Administrator.  He starts June 14, 2007.
County Fire Police:    Mr. K. Fuller
    Their next meeting is on June 7, 2007 at Penfield #1.  Mr. Donald Wainwright has been honored as “Fire Police Officer of the Year”.

NCNYVFA:    Mr. G. Burris
    For information regarding the Association….go to www.churchvillefd.net

    The Convention Meeting to be held on June 10, 2007 at the American Legion Hall in Churchville NY.  Time is 2:00 PM.
Anthony Montagno was awarded the $400.00 WNYVFA Scholarship.


Firemen’s Home:    Mr. D. Fox
    Mr. D. Fox reports that the Home Administrators are now ensconced in their new offices at the New Home Complex.

State Fire Police:
    The State Fire Police just completed a very successful convention.


1st Battalion had no report at this time.
2nd Battalion had 3 working fires.
3rd Battalion had no report at this time.
4th Battalion had a car rollover that killed two persons.  There were 5 persons in the car.
5th Battalion.  The 5th Battalion report is attached to these minutes.

    There was a motion made by Mr. A. Way that no residential fund raising be undertaken.  2nd by Mr. M. Smith.  Motion carried with no discussion.
    There was a general discussion to postpone the selection of a fund raising company at this time.  There was consent by common agreement.

    There was a discussion of the room rent to be paid for four nights at the FASNY Convention in Buffalo.  There was a motion to pay for 4 nights by Mr. L. Hicks.  2nd by Mr. S. Giuliano.  Motion carried with no discussion.
There was a motion made by Mr. L. Hicks to pay for gifts for the MCVFA Inc. Ladies Auxiliary.  2nd by Mr. R. Chichester.  Motion carried with no discussion.

The President:    Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
    Mr. Ritz will be out of touch for the period June 18-24th.

1st Vice President:    Ms. Diana Pfersick, R.N.
    No report at this time.

2nd Vice President:    Mr. Michael Smith
    No report at this time.

    Mr. R. Emma is feeling better per Mr. W. Nichols.  A card to Ray would be appreciated.
With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion called for by the Chair to adjourn the meeting.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. J. Carberry.

The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Chaplain, Mr. Donald Fox.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

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