news update from the FSSA
Issue 51, November 2012
Receives FSSA Leadership Award
November 17, 2012, during a retirement party, Voigt “V2” Lenmark Jr was
presented with the FSSA Leadership Award. The award is generally
presented at the Fire Suppression Systems Association's Annual Meeting,
but since Voigt and Mary Jean will be vacationing in Maui during the
meeting, the FSSA Board of Directors voted unanimously to present this
special award during his retirement party. V2 is
the fourth recipient in the fire suppression industry to receive this
award. The FSSA Leadership Award recognizes those individuals who have
displayed leadership and dedication to the industry.
Voigt was a founder of FSSA and served in several positions including
president in 1992. His steadfastness and business acumen helped not only
his company but FSSA as well, especially during the formative years of the
association. Voigt led by example and blazed a trail for FSSA when times
were difficult. He proved that the association was indeed a valuable
entity, and today FSSA is stronger and more vital than ever.
After 43 years in the fire protection business, FSSA congratulates V2 and
wishes both him and Mary Jean a happy retirement! V2 will officially
retire at the end of this year, December 2012.
Voigt and Mary Jean Lenmark
7505 Highway 7
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Kidd Named FSSA
Kidd, one of FSSA’s founding members, joined the prestigious list of
Honorary members. The FSSA board of directors approved Kidd as a honorary
membership at its recent meeting. Jim Kidd, now retired, had served in
several capacities including the FSSA Board of Directors and the original
Technical Committee. Other FSSA honorary members include: George Krabbe,
Carl Jewell, Charles B. Ford, Marv Charney, Daniel Moore, George
Grabowski, Harry Newell, Lee Applegate, Charles Willms, Bob Yellin, and
Jim Suarez. FSSA
grants honorary membership to an individual whose contribution to the
fire suppression and protection industry including having served in an
official capacity with FSSA as a board member, committee chairperson. The
person must have been an active member in FSSA committees and conferences
for at least ten years. In addition, the individual must display a
reputation that upholds the principals on which FSSA was founded and
continues to operate. This reputation is to include issues such as
honesty, passion for the industry and a promoter of the FSSA. An honorary
member should also display a desire to continue to actively participate
in promoting FSSA and its causes, as well as an intention to be active at
the FSSA conferences.
IRS Issues New
Milage Rates for 2013
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week issued the 2013 optional
standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of
operating a vehicle for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning January 1, 2013 the standard mileage rate for using a car for
business will be 56.5 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate for using
a car in service of charitable organizations is 14 cents per mile.
Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using
their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
New Plan for Financial Survival
General Patrick Donahoe said the Postal Service could greatly enhance its
financial picture if Congress eased the terms of pre-payments into a
retiree health care fund and allowed the agency to eliminate mail
delivery on Saturdays. Donahoe
appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said the Postal Service isn’t asking
Congress for a bailout. The Service just needs to refinance retiree’s
future health benefits to $1 billion a year instead of $5 billion, he
said. He also said the USPS could continue package delivery on Saturdays
and keep post offices open. Earlier
this month, the Postal Service reported losing a record $15.9 billion in
the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The
Senate passed a bill in April that would allow the struggling Postal
Service to restructure, shutter unnecessary mail distribution centers,
and offer buyouts and early retirement incentives to long-time postal
workers. The House has yet to pass its own postal reform bill.
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