Minutes > June 27, 2007 Board of Directors Minutes

June 27, 2007

        The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Delegates and Representatives 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 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 and the opening prayer for guidance was offered by the Acting Association Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.

        With the taking of the roll it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all 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. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. L. LeonE.

        The Program Speaker was Mr. Scott Dean of Marketing Squad, Inc.  Mr. Dean gave a brief overview of his company’s activities in fund raising for various groups located nearby.  He went on to discuss his ideas for future fund drives and outlined the difficulties he’s had with his brother who operates a competing fund raising company.  Mr. Dean stated that he would put his record of performance against anyone as to amount raised, reputation and his ability to work within a set of rules and regulations as set down by any group he works for.  He listed several clients: The American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  All of these groups can be contacted for a reference.

            Mr. Dean guaranteed no residential calls and a recording of all calls will be maintained to verify the professionalism of his staff.  It will be available for review by this group at any time.
There was no action taken at this time by the Directors regarding the selection of a fund raising group.


        There were three communications read to the attendees.  There was one receipt submitted by the Secretary for printing costs. There were no bills submitted to the Secretary for consideration and turn over to the Treasurer.
Treasurer’s Report:    Mr. L. Hicks for Mr. J. Princehorn
        The complete Treasurer’s Report is part of the minutes of this meeting and will be preserved as part of the permanent records of the Association.  Any member can review the Treasurer’s Report at any time by contacting any member of the Executive Board or Director and the complete report will be made available to that requesting member at any time convenient to both parties.
        There was a list of checks read that needed approval by the Association Directors to pay. There was a motion called for by the Chair to pay these bills.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Ms. D. Pfersick RN.  The motion was carried by voice acclimation and no dissent.

        The following Committees had no report at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Banquet, Budget and Finance, Constitution and Bylaws, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Prevention Safety Trailer, Fire Prevention Essay Contest, Historical, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Siren, Topics and Special Committees One and Two.

Public Relations:    Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. C. Dunn reported that the Association Web Site continues to be updated and worked on to improve its role in being a source of information to both the members and the Fire Service in general.

Resolution:    Mr. D. Fox
The Report will be read at the next Quarterly Convention (July 18, 2007 @ Penfield Fire Department).

Steering Committee:    Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox brought to the floor the names of persons needing approval for appointment to FASNY Committees.  There was no discussion.  There was a motion called for by the Chair to approve these appointments.  1st by Mr. R. Diehl.  2nd by Mr. G. Renner.  The motion was carried.
There was a motion called for to appoint Mr. Kenneth Fuller a Trustee of the WNYVFA.  1st by Acclimation.  2nd by Acclimation.  Motion carried with one abstention.

There was a discussion by the Directors to drop the dinner stop from the planned bus trip to the Firemen’s Home on September 16th and reduce the cost from $50.00 per rider to $25.00 per rider.  Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis with 50 seats being the maximum available.  There was a motion called for by the chair on the above change of plans.  1st by Mr. M. Smith.  2nd by Mr. G. Renner.  There will be a letter sent to the entire mailing list informing them of the above approved change.

Yearbook:    Mr. A. Way
The Yearbooks are ready to be passed out.  There are still a very few typographical errors but on the whole it’s a “Great Effort” and Mr. A. Way states that the final cost of the book is $2,500.00.  Alan Way was given a round of applause for all the work he’s done on this project.
There was a call from the chair to approve the foregoing Committee Reports.  1st by Mr. M. Smith. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl


Finger Lakes Burn Association:
The Red Knights raised $1,390.00 for this year’s Burn Camp.

No report at this time from the Fire Advisory Board, County Fire Chiefs and Fire Districts.

Fire Marshals:    Mr. C. Dunn
Mr. C. Dunn gave a report on various appointments of local Fire Marshals.
Gates has an opening for a Fire Marshal.
Although the residential sprinkler requirement was defeated at the last Codes Conference held in Rochester…..it will be brought up again at future Codes Conference and eventually it will be approved one way or the other.

County Fire Police:    Mr. K. Fuller
Mr. K. Fuller reports an additional $10,000.00 Grant is being formulated to upgrade the Fire Police Equipment for county-wide distribution.

The report is attached to these minutes and also available on the web site. www.mcvfa.com

July 26, 2007 will be the dinner date in Churchville NY.  All the details can be got by calling Ken Fuller, or by reviewing the link on the Churchville Fire Department Web Site.

Chaplains, Coordinators Office, FASNY and State Fire Police had no report at this time.

Firemen’s Home:    Mr. D. Fox
All’s going according to schedule as to the moving in of services and residents.  Most of the administration is already in their new home.  And the Trustees have already had a meeting in the new home.
The September 16, 2007 event is going to be a grand celebration.  Great food, tours of the new home and other events are planned.  It will be a great weekend and not to be missed.

1st Battalion:
No report at this time.
2nd Battalion:
The Greece Ridge Fire Dept. will be dedicating their new Fire House on Friday June 29, 2007 at 10:00AM.  This will be known as House #3.
3rd Battalion:
No report at this time.
4th Battalion:
No report at this time.
5th Battalion:
From Rush NY: There is an award for Mr. James Bucci being formulated to underscore his service to his community.

From Mr. A. Way:  There are new white golf shirts available @ $22.00 each for the members to wear to the visit to the Firemen’s Home on September 16, 2007.  They are available from Uniform Express on Monroe Ave.

There was discussion of the two fund raising groups that may be selected to represent the Association.  It was decided at this time for the President to clear up several matters and report back to the Association at the next meeting with all the needed information.  At that meeting a decision will be made as to the final selection.  Motion called for regarding this decision.  1st by Mr. A. Way.  2nd by Mr. G. Loskowski.  The motion was carried with no further discussion.
There was a letter received by the Board written by Mr. Gordon Burris regarding the Explorer Program.  A copy of that letter is attached to these minutes.
There ensued a general discussion centering on the state of the program following the activities of several adults involved in Explorer programs. There were several points of view discussed and the lively discussion was distilled down to possibly having a scouting representative address the Board as to the conduct parameters ascribed to by the local scouting organization as it relates to the continued participation of local Fire Service organizations.

The President:    Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
No report at this time.
The 1st Vice President:    Ms. D. Pfersick, RN
No report at this time.
The 2nd Vice President:    Mr. Michael Smith
No report at this time.
Ray Emma is doing OK per Mr. W. Nichols.  Betty Schlegel, the wife of Mr. William Schlegel broke her hip and is now at the Fairport Baptist Home for continued therapy.  The West Webster Ambulance transported her from Watertown NY to the Baptist Home.  Of last word, she’s on the mend.  A card was requested by the President in the name of the members to be sent to Mrs. Schlegel.
With no additional business brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion to adjourn called for by the Chair.  1st by Mr. G. Carberry.  2nd by Mr. A. Way.  The motion was carried with no dissent.

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

Time of adjournment…….10:05 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

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