Front Row (L-R): Chick Manware, Don LaBanca, Ed Kopjanski, Harold Mangler, Kerry Castracane, Bill Fitzmaurice, and Bob Mordecai; Middle Row: Dave Johnson, Tom Doherty, Mike Murray, Ralph Tortora, and Jeff Pechmann; Top Row: Bob Viglione and John Spencer. CLICK TO ENLARGE (Photo by Alison Budnich)
The Association's Autumn meeting was held on Wednesday afternoon, October 11th, with 15 members and three guests.
Jeff Pechmann was nominated and elected to the newly created position of Recording Secretary. His duties will be to take the minutes, transcribe them, and submit them to the Corresponding Secretary for posting on the website. Dave Johnson, HFRA Secretary since the Association was organized in 2009, will continue to serve as Corresponding Secretary and will handle all other secretarial duties.
2024 dues cards have been printed and issued to those members who paid their 2024 dues at the meeting. The members voted at the January and April meetings to change the by-laws to raise the annual dues rate to $20 beginning with 2024.
We remembered our brother Ff. Anthony "Moonman" Melillo, who passed away October 19th of last year. Tony's widow Betty accepted the Association's memorial plaque to honor his memory and service with the Hamden Fire Department.
From the We-Knew-It-Would-Happen-Eventually Dept.: The Elks person never showed to open the hall. Always able to adapt, the membership held the meeting alfresco, right behind the Elks' Hall. Fortunately, the day was sunny and very comfortable temperature-wise. (If it were January - or raining - we would've been sunk!)
A password-protected minutes for the Autumn Meeting minutes may be viewed by clicking HERE
The Winter meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th at 9:00 a.m.
HFRA Pres. Bob Mordecai and Eddie Kopjanski present Tony's memorial plaque to his widow, Betty Melillo. In 1978, when Mordecai was junior firefighter of the crew at Station 2 on Platoon 2, Eddie was the senior firefighter. Tony, Bob, and Eddie all worked under then-Lieut. Gil Spencer.
Betty Melillo, elected to Honorary Membership at the April meeting, is presented with her membership certificate by Pres. Bob Mordecai and Vice Pres. Bill Fitzmaurice.
Betty Meliilo, flanked by Tony's sister, Alison Budnich, and her daughter, Laura D'Ernco.