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VGMC 2014 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2014
6PM to 8PM

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL HALL
(FAIRFAX CITY FIRE STATION #3)
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE FAIRFAX, VA 22030

VGMC Legislative Committee is hosting our Annual Legislative Reception from 6-8 pm on Thursday November 6, 2014. We will continue our tradition of great food, music and fellowship!

Please plan on attending so that we may show our organization's strength and commitment to the general assembly members present. We have accomplished many important goals in Richmond and we have much work to do! This event will raise significant money for our PAC fund! In order for VGMC to make a difference in Richmond, we must put forth our best efforts in shaping/changing the outcome of all new legislation that affects our industry.

We have listed past & present sponsors below so that you may be aware of their help and commitment to our businesses. please remember to thank them and encourage them to attend! Let's support those generous suppliers that support us!

Will you bring a friend? A neighbor? An employee? And your spouse?
Please call or email us to confirm your attendence so that we may plan for enough food!

R.S.V.P. to: Email: Kevin Page [parkwayexpress@earthlink.net]
Roy page - 703-609-1879, Bill Wiygul - 703-517-1078

Platinum Sponsor
Fairfax Auto Parts
Olympus Imported Auto Parts

Gold Sponsor
Ashcraft Insurance Agency
E&C PMG

Silver Sponsor
AutoPart International
Cintas Corp. Uniform Service

Bronze Sponsor
Advance / CarQuest Auto Parts
Eagle Bank
Vestra Realty LLC

Sponsor
Car Wash Solutions
Century Distributors
Mid-Atlantic Construction Group


VGMC 2013 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2013
6PM to 8PM

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL HALL
(FAIRFAX CITY FIRE STATION #3)
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE FAIRFAX, VA 22030

VGMC Legislative Committee is hosting our Annual Legislative Reception from 6-8 pm on Thursday November 7, 2013. We will continue our tradition of great food, music and fellowship!

Please plan on attending so that we may show our organization's strength and commitment to the general assembly members present. We have accomplished many important goals in Richmond and we have much work to do! This event will raise significant money for our PAC fund! In order for VGMC to make a difference in Richmond, we must put forth our best efforts in shaping/changing the outcome of all new legislation that affects our industry.

We have listed past & present sponsors below so that you may be aware of their help and commitment to our businesses. please remember to thank them and encourage them to attend! Let's support those generous suppliers that support us!

Will you bring a friend? A neighbor? An employee? And your spouse?
Please call or email us to confirm your attendence so that we may plan for enough food!

R.S.V.P. to: Email: kevin page [parkwayexpress@earthlink.net]
Roy page - 703-609-1879, Bill Wiygul - 703-517-1078

Platinum Sponsor
Fairfax Auto Parts
Olympus Imported Auto Parts

Gold Sponsor
Ashcraft Insurance Agency
Cintas Corp. Uniform Service
E&C PMG

Silver Sponsor
Automotive Training Institute

Bronze Sponsor
Carquest Auto Parts
PPC Lubricants
Vestra Realty LLC
Crovato Products

Sponsor
Car Wash Solutions
Century Distributors
Ewing Oil Co. Inc.
Food Pro
Harry Storm
Virginia Heritage Bank


VGMC 2011 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2011
6PM to 8PM

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL HALL
(FAIRFAX CITY FIRE STATION #3)
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE FAIRFAX, VA 22030

VGMC Legislative Committee is hosting our Annual Legislative Reception from 6-8 pm on Thursday November 11, 2011. We will continue our tradition of great food, music and fellowship!

Please plan on attending so that we may show our organization's strength and commitment to the general assembly members present. We have accomplished many important goals in Richmond and we have much work to do! This event will raise significant money for our PAC fund! In order for VGMC to make a difference in richmond, we must put forth our best efforts in shaping/changing the outcome of all new legislation that affects our industry.

We have listed past & present sponsors below so that you may be aware of their help and commitment to our businesses. please remember to thank them and encourage them to attend! Let's support those generous suppliers that support us!

Will you bring a friend? A neighbor? An employee? And your spouse?
Please call or email us to confirm your attendence so that we may plan for enough food!

R.S.V.P. to: Email: kevin page [parkwayexpress@earthlink.net]
Roy page - 703-609-1879, Bill Wiygul - 703-517-1078

Platinum Sponsor
Cintas
Ashcraft Associates Insurance
Olympus Imported Auto Parts
Fairfax Auto Parts
ATI - Chris Frederick Training

Gold Sponsor
PMG & Etc Companies
Coca Cola Distributors
Carquest Auto Parts
Hunter Engineering
(Kevin Crowley)

Silver Sponsor
Kasco - BG Products
Food Pro

Bronze Sponsor
Steve Webster Accounting
Harry Storm (attorney)
Century Distributors
Burke & Herbert Bank
GJB Engineering

PLEASE ENCOURAGE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIERS TO JOIN THESE LOYAL FRIENDS


VGMC 2010 Legislative Reception

November 11th, 2010

Dear Friends,

VGMC continues to monitor legislative and regulatory actions on your behalf by utilizing a network of dedicated and loyal volunteers. Our great track record of success will continue if we all pitch in and help… just a little!

We continue to watch the events in Richmond and count on Bruce Keeney to help deflect troublesome legislation such as our VA Safety & Emissions programs that seem to be under attack each year. We need to be engaged to protect our interests!

We are asking you to participate by:

  • Accepting responsibility to sell or buy 10 raffle tickets
  • Attend the November 11th Legislative Reception and bring fellow business owners/guests with you.
  • Solicit the sponsorship of your suppliers and do business with those who support our association.
  • Invite your local and state representatives to attend with you. They need to see your face and associate you with VGMC.
  • Will you volunteer to help at the reception? We need people to welcome guests, write nametags, etc… Plan to be at the reception early that evening and encourage others to do the same. We’ll have great food and music throughout the evening.

Please make copies of the attached flyer and distribute in your area and call/fax Roy to let him know you will attend the reception. Thank you for your help and please attend the reception on Thursday, November 11th. See you there!

2010 VGMC Legislative Reception Committee:

Roy Page, Ron Harrell, M.S. Sheikh, Myron Boncarosky, Tom Harvey, Bob Reilly, Steve Harrell, David Rubino, Bill McGillicuddy, Bill Wiygul


VA Petroleum Retail Location Registration Form

Download the Registration Form Here


****IMPORTANT MEETING****

The VIRGINIA GASOLINE MARKETERS COUNCIL (VGMC) will be sponsoring a seminar covering the PETROLEUM MARKETING PRACTICES ACT. (PMPA) and the VIRGINIA PETROLEUM FRANCHISE ACT.

The discussion will concentrate on the application of the two acts to the recent assignment
of contracts of direct served franchised retailers to distributors.

Attorney Peter Gunst, a specialist in PMPA and antitrust law, will conduct the seminar.

DATE:FEBRUARY 4th 2010
TIME:1:00 pm
LOCATION:FAIRFAX CITY FIRE HOUSE
3rd FLOOR
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE
FAIRFAX, VA

VGMC 2009 Legislative Reception

November 12th, 2009

Dear Friends,

VGMC continues to monitor legislative and regulatory actions on your behalf by utilizing a network of dedicated and loyal volunteers. Our great track record of success will continue if we all pitch in and help… just a little!

We continue to watch the events in Richmond and count on Bruce Keeney to help deflect troublesome legislation such as our VA Safety & Emissions programs that seem to be under attack each year. We need to be engaged to protect our interests!

We are asking you to participate by:

  • Accepting responsibility to sell or buy 10 raffle tickets
  • Attend the November 12th Legislative Reception and bring fellow business owners/guests with you.
  • Solicit the sponsorship of your suppliers and do business with those who support our association.
  • Invite your local and state representatives to attend with you. They need to see your face and associate you with VGMC.
  • Will you volunteer to help at the reception? We need people to welcome guests, write nametags, etc… Plan to be at the reception early that evening and encourage others to do the same. We’ll have great food and music throughout the evening.

Please make copies of the attached flyer and distribute in your area and call/fax Roy to let him know you will attend the reception. Thank you for your help and please attend the reception on Thursday, November 12th. See you there!

2009 VGMC Legislative Reception Committee:

Roy Page, Ron Harrell, M.S. Sheikh, Myron Boncarosky, Tom Harvey, Bob Reilly, Steve Harrell, David Rubino, Bill McGillicuddy, Bill Wiygul


FRIENDS PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE SEMINAR
WITH:
ATI’S CHRIS “CHUBBY” FREDERICK

Thursday, November 13, 2008
FROM 3:30pm to 5:30pm

JUST PRIOR TO OUR LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

VGMC 2008 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

Thursday, November 13, 2008
FROM 6:00pm to 8:00pm

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL HALL
(FAIRFAX CITY FIRE STATION #3)
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE  FAIRFAX, VA  22030

Visit the ATI Website

ATI


Delegate Dave Albo FUNDRAISER!

Please help spread the word. Your attendance will make a difference!

Visit the official Dave Albo Website
to learn more about his goals and achievements.

 

Attend the Fundraiser

Place: Brion's Grille
University Shopping Center
at Rte 123 & Braddock Rd

Address: 10621 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030 703-352-7272

Date: Tuesday, October 28th

Time: 12:30 PM

Please RSVP: Contact Us

 

For many years Del. Dave Albo has been a staunch supporter of the Virginia Gasoline Marketers Council. Last year, with Dave's leadership, the Virginia General Assembly passed an enhancement to the Virginia Petroleum Franchise Act giving service station dealers additional protection from major oil company, and distributor direct operations. In addition, Del. Albo has been instrumental in supporting the increase in Virginia Safety Inspection fees. Dave faces an extremely tough reelection bid next year, and needs and deserves our support.

Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 for Del. Albo.
V.G.M.C. will contribute $5000.00 to the reelection effort.

Please write your checks to Del. Dave Albo for Delegate.
Mark your calendars for the 28th, and please RSVP using the contact link above.


VGMC 2008 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2008
6PM to 8PM

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL HALL
(FAIRFAX CITY FIRE STATION #3)
4081 UNIVERSITY DRIVE FAIRFAX, VA 22030

DEAR, FRIENDS

VGMC CONTINUES TO MONITOR LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIONS ON YOUR BEHALF BY UTILIZING A NETWORK OF DEDICATED AND LOYAL VOLUNTEERS. OUR GREAT TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS WILL CONTINUE IF WE ALL PITCH IN AND HELP…. JUST A LITTLE!
WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THE EVENTS IN RICHMOND AND COUNT ON BRUCE KEENEY TO HELP DEFLECT TROUBLESOME LEGISLATION SUCH AS THE RECENT PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH REGIONAL TAXING AUTHORITIES.

MANY OF US WERE INVOLVED IN THE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF SHELL DEALERS LAST SESSION. OTHER REFINERS ARE TAKING SIMILAR OFFENSIVE ACTIONS.

VA. SAFETY & EMISSIONS INSPECTION PROGRAMS ARE COMING UNDER ATTACK AND WE NEED TO BE ENGAGED TO PROTECT OUR INTERESTS!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE EVENT
PLEASE FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM (PDF Format)


*** Urgent Notice ***

Dear Independent Dealers,

Senate Bill 714 is being reviewed by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee next Monday, February 4th. It is very important that every dealer attend the committee meeting to show support for this legislation. As such, all independent dealers are meeting at 10:30 AM at Ravensworth Sunoco in Springfield Virginia to carpool to Richmond together (take the Braddock Rd. west exit off 495 - the station is at the end of the exit). Transportation will be provided. Please wear your uniforms so that the legislators can see which side we are on. This legislation is vital to your future as business owners. Please email or call me if you will attend. We look forward to seeing everyone next Monday.

Mike

Note: Additional information regarding the legislation is provided below and in this document, Bill 714 Talking Points


Dear Dealers,

The Virginia Gasoline Marketers Council has taken the lead in creating legislation in Virginia that will close the PMPA assignment loophole. The VGMC recognizes this issue not only affects Shell dealers, but all independent dealers and therefore agreed to spearhead this legislation. In connection therewith, the VGMC has hired an attorney that specializes in petroleum law and a highly regarded lobbyist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The product of their hard work to date is Senate Bill No. 714, which was introduced in to the Virginia Senate last week. The bill can be accessed by clicking on the following Link. This bill, if adopted by the Virginia legislature, would prevent refiners from assigning their station leases to distributors without first giving the independent dealer an opportunity to purchase or lease the location on a first right of refusal basis.

We are thrilled with the tremendous progress we have made in such a short time frame, but we are far from done yet.

We need the support of each independent dealer in order to pass this legislation, legislation that is critical to the survival of our businesses as we know it. With your support we feel we have an excellent chance of passing this legislation, but it cannot be overemphasized enough--your support is truly crucial.

The VGMC has already committed $75,000 to lobbying and attorney fees. We are asking for commitments of at least $1,000 from each location to support the VGMC's efforts.

Additionally, please contact your legislators and ask them to support our bill. A small step, such as contacting your Virginia Delegate or Senator, can be extremely effective. Please reach out as soon as possible and as often as necessary. Persistence is key. Below is a link to a list of Virginia legislators. Lastly, please be prepared to go to Richmond as early as this week or next to meet with legislators. We will provide more details as soon as we can.

Please make checks payable to VGMC and send them to my office at 10525D Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.

Link to current legislators: http://leg1.state.va.us/081/mbr/MBR.HTM or click on the link above.

Mike Holmes (703) 795-5121
Myron Boncarosky (703) 408-3040

OPPOSITION TO SB 526

Making State Safety Inspections every two years instead of Annual

Summary:   SB 526 introduced by Senator Locke (Hampton) requires State Safety Inspections every two years instead of annually. It also increases the cost of the biennial inspection by $4.

Background:   Except Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, State safety inspections are a maximum of $16 with 50 cents of each inspection going to the State Police to fund troopers. In Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, annual state safety inspections are an extra $10 per inspection which is a dedicated to transportation funding in those Transportation Districts.

REASONS TO OPPOSE SB 526

Legislation is contrary to public safety

  • 25% of vehicles inspected receive rejection stickers. When adding those which chose to have their repairs at the time of the inspection, approximately 30-35% of all vehicles currently fail safety standards. Major reasons include bad breaks and worn tires.
  • Virginia unfortunately just reached a 20 year high in traffic fatalities.
  • Comparing accidents and fatalities with states which do not require safety inspections is flawed. Not considered are factors such as number of vehicles, miles of roads in that state, law enforcement, climate, terrain, etc.
  • Virginia's annual state safety inspections provide assurance to motorists that other vehicles are more likely to have good brakes and tires.
  • Motorists now travel an average of 15,000 to 17,000 miles per year, with many driving more than 30,000 miles per year. Inspecting vehicles once every two years will result in vehicles being inspected only every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

Adverse fiscal impact

  • SB 526 will result in lost revenue of approximately $14-16 million to Northern Virginia and $10-12 million in Hampton Roads... revenue dedicated to transportation projects.
  • State Police funding will be cut in half (loss of approximately $1 million), resulting in a reduction of 20-30 State troopers.

Public Inconvenience

  • Those providing State Safety Inspections do so at a financial loss which is sometimes offset by increased "traffic" to their store. The reduction in inspection fees by moving to a biennial process will, according to the industry, result in approximately 25%-30% less inspection stations. This will result in lines in many localities and an absence of inspection sites in rural areas.

Contact your State Senator now!

SENATE
DISTRICT
FULL NAME PRIMARY
EMAIL ADDRESS
HOMETOWN GAB
RM #
RICHMOND
OFFICE PHONE
5 Yvonne B. Miller senatorybmiller@verizon.net Norfolk 315 (804) 698-7505
14 Harry B. Blevins hbblevins@senblevins.hrcoxmail.com Chesapeake 429 (804) 698-7514
25 R. Creigh Deeds district25@sov.state.va.us Charlottesville 430 (804) 698-7525
17 R. Edward Houck senatorhouck@comcast.net Spotsylvania 326 (804) 698-7517
19 Robert Hurt district19@sov.state.va.us Chatham 313 (804) 698-7519
16 Henry L. Marsh, III district16@sov.state.va.us Richmond 432 (804) 698-7516
4 Ryan T. McDougle district04@sov.state.va.us Mechanicsville 314 (804) 698-7504
1 John C. Miller john@senatorjohnmiller.com Newport News 306 (804) 698-7501
23 Stephen D. Newman snewman@senatornewman.com Forest 303 (804) 698-7523
34 J. C. Petersen chap@fairfaxsenator.com Fairfax 323 (804) 698-7534
38 Phillip P. Puckett district38@sov.state.va.us Tazewell 330 (804) 698-7538
22 Ralph K. Smith ralphsmithsenate@cox.net Roanoke 319 (804) 698-7522
30 Patricia S. Ticer district30@sov.state.va.us Alexandria 329 (804) 698-7530
7 Frank W. Wagner fwagner21@aol.com Virginia Beach 312 (804) 698-7507
10 John C. Watkins jnwatkins@aol.com Midlothian 331 (804) 698-7510

Will Sunoco be another Buyout Causality?
Sun buyout speculation hits financial markets: As they say on Wall Street, Sunoco may be "in play." The Philadelphia-based refiner, long believed to be a potential takeover target for larger major or offshore oil companies, had some unusual activity in its stock as March ended, with speculation that a buyout deal might be looming in the second quarter.

Sun has a market capitalization of about $8.5 billion and is particularly attractive to existing or new refiners looking to enter the lucrative northeastern market. Some analysts believe that the company has two choices: get bigger through more acquisitions, or find a partner. Talk about an imminent change was sparked by options trading, which saw out-of-the-money "call" volume some four or five times the normal rate last Friday. Industry buzz became more heated when Sun execs cancelled plans to attend an early April energy conference in Houston. Shares in Sun stock hit $73 just before presstime, representing a ten month high.

Several people left the company's trading department in the last two weeks, but sources do not believe the departures are related to the takeover speculation. (Full Article)


Big Box Gas Stations
Despite our best efforts to prevent the big boxed retailers from entering in the Fairfax County gasoline market - BJ's Wholesalers and Costco have now been successful in their efforts. BJ's is currently under construction of a fueling facility at Fair Lakes Shopping Center - Costco has pending approval on a resubmitted application on a fueling facility at their location on West Ox Rd. This has now opened the door for all of the Big Boxed Retailers to infiltrate this Fairfax County market, it is only a matter of time before Wal Mart, Target, Sams Clubs and others make their way in and have a detrimental impact on our already slim gasoline margins. VGMC welcomes any feed back and suggestions from the dealer organization on how we might best combat this unfortunate situation we are faced with. Use the "Contact Us" button to email your comments and suggestions.

Costco Wants to Add
Gas Station
By Bonnie Hobbs
April 6, 2007

Artist's rendition of the
Costco gas station.
Costco wants to build a gas station outside its Fairfax store, and is seeking a special-exception permit from Fairfax County to do so. It would sell Costco-brand gas and could only be purchased by Costco members.

TUESDAY NIGHT, attorney David Gill, representing the Costco Wholesale Corp., explained the plan's details to members of the Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee.

The station is proposed for construction on the southwest corner of Costco's property at the intersection of Price Club Plaza and West Ox Road. Originally, Price Club opened there in 1986; then Costco merged with it in 1993 and bought out that company. "But [Price Club's building] footprint was slightly smaller and didn't plan for a gas station," said Guy Del Monte, general manager of the Fairfax Costco. Of the 400 Costco locations nationwide, he said, 220 have gas stations — including the stores in Sterling, Fredericksburg and Manassas.

The station at the Fairfax Costco would have 16 pumps covered by an island canopy, with a small control-booth manned during operating hours by a Costco employee. Gill said it would sell gasoline only and provide no mechanical services or convenience store. Gasoline would be sold at a reduced price to members. Said Gill: "It's usually about a dime a gallon cheaper than traditional gas stations." He said now is the right time to "provide this additional use to enhance member services." And Del Monte said Costco members have been asking for a gas station there "daily - especially customers from Sterling and Manassas who were used to [being able to buy gas outside] their Costco stores." Millie Schoepe, of the Westbrook community, said she was happy about the proposal. "I am a member of Costco," she said. "In the Centreville area, there are only two privately owned gas stations, and the other ones aren't exactly cheap."

County staff supported a proposal for a gas station there in 1997, but it stalled after independent gas-station owners objected to its selling reduced-price fuel. But Schoepe said it's especially needed now. "People ask each other, 'Where do you find cheap gas?'" she said. "In Centreville now, it's as high as $2.77 a gallon. So [a Costco gas station] is to the advantage of people living on fixed and low incomes."

AS PART of the project, Costco will also make traffic-circulation improvements to Price Club Plaza — the existing, private road separating the Costco and Home Depot sides of the shopping center. Said Gill: "We're moving the main entrance farther east down Price Club Plaza to eliminate traffic conflicts and to add additional stacking area for people turning into [the plaza] there." Gill said the gas station would consume about 23 parking spaces, but Costco's customer parking already exceeds what's required by the county. He also said the existing stormwater-management pond would be placed underground.

Residents at Tuesday's meeting expressed concerns about traffic flow within the shopping center, plus adequate screening of the gas station, and Gill said Costco will address these matters. The issue goes to the Planning Commission on May 16.

From: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/printarticle.asp?article=79905

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