Westchester Plan Holds Tenth Annual Dinner
The Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan of Westchester County held its tenth annual dinner and meeting at the Elks Club, White Plains, N. Y., on the evening of Wednesday, May 18, wdth 179 present. President Roi B. Woolley presided and also acted as toastmaster. There were no set speeches, but the Plan was welcomed in very short addresses by Mayor Fish, Fire Commissioner Brennan and Chief H. Abbot Griffen. of White Plains.
Chief James J. Deasy. former Battalion Chief of the New York Fire Department. was called to the front by the President, and a card of Honorary Life Membership was conferred upon him, in recognition of his cooperation with the Plan.
The report of the Ways and Means Committee took a novel form. It was in the nature of a play, in which a number of the Chiefs took the parts of the village officials of Tarrytown, N. Y. The scene was a meeting of the Mayor and Village Board and the question before them was the decision as to the appropriation of $50 to be turned over to the Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan as the village’s quota toward the financing of the Plan. A “taxpayer” in the audience asked for information as to the objects of the Plan, and was assured that it was neither a fraternal, beneficial nor political organization, but was formed by the Chiefs of the county for the sole purpose of mutual assistance and improvement in firemanic efficiency. This evidently satisfied the “taxpayer,” for he immediately withdrew his objection and the Board adopted the resolution making the appropriation.
At the conclusion of the sketch, the President announced that it was an actual reproduction of the meeting of the Tarrytown Board, that that village and a number of others in the county had already appropriated amounts toward the financing of the plan, and it was hoped that practically all Westchester municipalities would follow suit. It was also announced that the $50 appropriated by Tarrytown included a year’s membership dues for the three Chiefs of the village.
The Nominating Committee’s list of candidates for election to office in the Plan was read by Fire Commissioner Earl Krows, Hastings, its Chairman. On motion, the entire ticket was elected. The list, headed by Ex-Chief Woolley, renominated for a third term as Chairman, was published in the May issue.
An excellent entertainment was given, which was climaxed by the presentation of the moving picture “She Loved a Fireman.”