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2002 DISTRICT DIRECTORS’ CONFERENCE SOKOL GREATER CLEVELAND – CLEVELAND, 2002

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2002 AFTERNOON SESSION:

Meeting called to order at 1:15 p.m. by National Director of Men, Br. Chuck Kalat, and National Director of Women, Sis. Barb Barnes.
Pledge to the flag was given.

A moment of silence was observed in memory of past Sokol members.

Sis. Mary Cushing on behalf of the Northeastern District welcomed all District Directors, American Sokol Board of Instructor members and guests.

Br. C. Kalat introduced Br. Larry Laznovsky, President of the American Sokol Organization.

Br. Laznovsky was pleased Directors’ Conferences meeting once a year; spoke about the challenge ahead to improve enrollment and attendance; National Executive Board supports BOI 100%; expressed hope that we will all come up with ideas to increase membership.

PRESENT:

Br.
Chuck Kalat, KHB/Southern, ASO Men’s Director

Sis.
Barb Barnes, Stickney/Central, ASO Women’s
Dir.

Sis.
Janet Kalat, KHB/Southern, 2nd Asst. Women’s Dir.

Sis.
Jane Wise, Greater Cleveland/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Joe Balogh, New York/Eastern, Dir. Eastern District

Br.
Rome Milan, Fort Worth/Southern, Dir. South. District

Sis.
Lori Laznovsky, Southern, Dir. Southern District

Br.
Joe Vrzalik, Baltimore/Eastern, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Ellie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central ASO-BOI

Br.
Howie Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern, Dir. NE Dist.

Sis.
Maryann Fiordelis, Detroit/Northeastern, Dir. NE Dist.

Sis.
EllenJeanne Schnabl, Ber.-Slav./Cent., ASO-BOI

Br.
Ed Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Vojmir Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Sandra Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Lynda Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
John Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Bob Kucera, Naperville/Central, 1st Asst. Men’s Dir.

Sis.
Dorothy Gurreri, Eastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Nancy Pajeau, Stickney/Central, 2nd Asst. Wom’s Dir.

Sis.
Bev Domzalski, Chicagoland/Cent., ASO-BOI rec. sec.

Br.
Sash Dumanovic, Tabor/Central District, ASO-BOI

Br.
Thomas Pajer, Ber.-Slav./Cent., ASO Youth Dir.

Br.
Bryan Pracko, USA Ldg. 306, National Dir. Sokol USA

Sis.
Barb Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Patti Vondra, Stickney/Central District, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Lynn Miller, Pacific Dist., rep. Pac. Dist.
Men’s Dir.

Sis.
Juanita LoGiudice, Tabor/Cent., ASO-BOI office sec.

Sis.
Lynn Conrad, Detroit/Northeastern District

Sis.
Cheri Riddle, Pacific District, Dir. Pacific District

Sis.
Mary Cushing, Detroit/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Audrey Benda, Eastern District

Sis.
Allison Gerber, Western District, Dir. Western District

Br.
William Kool, Western District, Dir. Western District

Br.
Joe Berka, South Omaha/Western District

Sis.
MaryEllen Moravec-Newsom, Chgolnd/Cent. District

Br.
Bernie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central District

Sis.
Donna Sbriglia, New York/Eastern District

Sis.
Vanessa Belden, New York/Eastern District

Sis.
Sylvia Laznovsky, ASO Membership Chairman

Br.
Larry Laznovsky, ASO President

VOTING RIGHTS
Each District Director has one vote, 1st and 2nd Assistants each have one vote, National Directors each have a vote. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussions, present opinions and suggestions even though they have no voting power. Motions are restricted to those who have voting rights, but anyone can join in on discussion.

GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION PLANS
– Copies of National and District Director Reports and Committee Reports were mailed to conferees prior to the Conference for review. Agenda was presented, followed and completed.
Dinner break included fish fry at Sokol Greater Cleveland.
Sign-in sheet and roster sheet passed around.
New schedule for those attending Director Development Conference beginning Saturday was available on back table.

REVIEW OF SUBMITTED REPORTS – Questions/Comments/Discussions:
2001-2002 Report of the American Sokol Director of Men (written report attached).
Verified address for Sokol BOI website: www.american-sokol.org/boi.
2001-2002 Report of the American Sokol Director of Women (written report attached).
No questions/comments/discussions.

Central District (Written report attached)
– Br. H. Wise commented on Men’s Fitness Challenge at Track and Field Meet; this year Central District also opened a Women’s Fitness Challenge event.
– Sis. J. Kalat questioned rhythmic routines; competitors can do one event or two; Central District is teaching new routines this year.
– Br. J. Bazata elaborated on questions regarding Sokol Ceska Sin’s Old Man’s Cave (name of cave) hike; Sokol Naperville’s Criss Cross Gymnastic Competition, girls do two boy’s events, boys do two girls events; and Adult Activities held once a month at a Central District gym.
– Favorable comments were made about units within Central District joining together for volleyball, i.e. Brooklandville (junior girls from Sokols Brookfield, Chicagoland and Naperville) to make one team to compete against other Central District units. Also, videotape is available of the Central District Special Number competition.
– Gymnastic competitions for children include three age group sessions.
– Marching competition for 1st class boys is basic marching commands; 2nd class added more commands; and juniors and men also march with a few more commands added.
– Slet Day/Picnic format includes rehearsal in morning, then everyone stays at picnic grove for food and games before actual Slet program starts. Events include races; physical skills challenge; games of volleyball, horseshoes and softball are offered; tug-of-war is part of program. After program American Concertina Association performed for listening and dancing.
– Due to changing neighborhood and cultures many members did not want to march in Houby Day Parade; however, Sokol Berwyn-Slavsky still participates.
Eastern District (Written report attached)
Sis. D. Gurreri elaborated on reported activities.
Northeastern District (Written report attached)
Br. H. Wise elaborated on reported activities. Talked about USAG competitions and competitions with Swiss Turners; rock climbing activities.
Pacific District (Written report attached)
Sis. L. Miller and Sis. C. Riddle elaborated on reported activities.
Southern District (Written report attached)
Br. R. Milan and Sis. L. Laznovsky elaborated on reported activities. Sis. Laznovsky explained the Sokol West Golden League competition; Friday Fun Nights and the lock-ins.
Western District (Written report attached)
Sis. A. Gerber and Br. W. Kool elaborated on reported activities. Br. Kool reported on other activities not included in written report, i.e. special number competition.

2001-02 REPORT OF THE EDITOR OF THE DIRECTORS’ NEWSLETTER (Written report attached)
Report submitted by Br. C. Kalat, editor, “Directors’ Newsletter.” Br. B. Benak presented check from Sokol South Omaha donating $300 to Directors’ Newsletter to keep newsletter going; Sokol South Omaha has donated money to the publication since its inception.

AMERICAN SOKOL GYMNAST EDITOR REPORT (Written report attached)
Br. S. Dumanovic submitted report. Br. Dumanovic is stepping down as editor; Sis. Kandi Ondrovic was welcomed as new editor.
– Discussion followed regarding Br. Dumanovic’s report, particularly the problem with the quality of the final publication. This matter is being discussed with the ASO Executive Board. Br. Dumanovic made recommendations for changes to the publication which are included in his report.
MOTION made by Br. R. Milan that the BOI support Br. S. Dumanovic’s recommendation nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 in his written report, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
MOTION made by Br. R. Milan to provide $800 to purchase appropriate software to support the editor of the Gymnast publication, seconded by Sis. L. Laznovsky and passed.

SOKOL USA NATIONAL TECHNICAL MEETING – 8/3-4/02 – Atlantic City, NJ (Written report attached)
Report submitted by Sis. B. Vondra.
– Br. Pracko elaborated on written report. Vaulting table will be available as an option at the Valparaiso Slet.
– Br. Pracko explained YES (Youth Energizing Sokol) program; youth got together and presented several ideas they would like to see happen with Sokol, i.e. recommendations for newspaper, how to incorporate more sports into program, how to get more young people involved.
– Sokol USA is interested in working with ASO and DA Sokol for an instructor’s school; possibly a combined Slet.

USA GYMNASTICS 2002 NATIONAL CONGRESS – 8/8-10/02 – Cleveland, OH (Written report attached)
Report submitted by Br. C. Kalat. Br. H. Wise praised the National Congress; very informative and useful information collected. Encourages Districts to attend next year’s Congress in Anaheim, CA.

2002 NATIONAL YOUTH CAMP REPORT (Written report attached)
Report submitted by Sis. L. Laznovsky, camp director. Br. Kalat congratulated Sis. Laznovsky on a job well done.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP (Written report attached)
Br. T. Pajer submitted Annual Report.
– Br. Pajer showed disappointment in youth participation in activities offered by the youth program. There are many activities offered and many wonderful prizes offered, but not enough participation.
– Br. Pajer discussed disk that went out for this year’s membership submittals. Encouraged all directors to make sure membership disks be turned in as early as possible so youth can receive current publications. Some districts are having problems opening the program on their computers. Suggestion was made to use library computers to put information on disk.

BOI SALES REPORT – 9/2001-8/2002 (Written report attached)
No comments.

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE REPORT – 9/2001-6/2002 (Written report attached)
Submitted by Sis. M. Fiordelis.
Suggestion was made that BOI go to Board of Governors to tell District Presidents that their District Directors are having trouble getting attendance out; it’s not the Directors fault, but the Unit’s fault. All Units know they have to turn in attendance; and it needs to be done. These Units need to know that the new supply of uniforms were ordered according to the statistics provided by Sis. Fiordelis; if there is a shortage of uniforms, it will be because accurate attendance numbers were not turned in.
Br. Kalat commended Sis. Fiordelis for her report.

BOI BUDGET TRACK (Written report attached)
Br. C. Kalat submitted report.

MERIT AWARD COMMITTEE REPORT (Written report attached)
– Sis. J. Kalat noted that there was no applicant or parent signature line provided on application; that was corrected; sample application attached.
– It was noted that getting official transcripts is getting to be difficult for students to do; suggested report cards be acceptable rather than transcripts. Requirement of merit award recipients is that they finish the year of school, and we are not concerned with the grades they received.
MOTION made by Br. H. Wise to accept report cards or transcripts for a full year from the merit award recipients as proof of attendance, seconded by Br. J. Bazata and passed.

AMERICAN SOKOL NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD (Written report attached)
Br. B. Benak submitted written report.
– Br. Benak thanked districts for sending students to school. This past school was one of the best groups of interested students.
– This is the first year a formal curriculum was used for the Advanced II students.
Applauds given for job done by Br. Benak and Sis. L. Laznovsky for the 2002 Instructor’s School.
– Bids are being accepted for 2004 National School; bid forms were passed out.

NATIONAL RHYTHMIC COORDINATOR’S REPORT (Written report attached)
Report submitted by Sis. M. Cushing.

At this time, a 15-minute break was taken.
Meeting resumed at 3:20 p.m.

NEW UNIFORMS REPORT (Written report attached)
Sis. J. Vondrasek submitted written report. Descriptions, price lists and order forms are attached.
– Units hand out individual order forms. Units turn in a unit order; will not accept individual orders; shipping is included in the costs.
– ASO has placed first order; shipment due in December, 2002.
– Uniforms will be received at the National Office and distributed to Units from there. Next year, they may be shipped directly from the manufacturer; in this case, the National Office would not stock uniforms in large quantities. Office will stock shoes.
– Sis. B. Vondra commended committee for all their hard work on this project.
– There are some old uniforms still available for sale; seconds/damaged old uniforms were available for sale at this conference.
– Prototypes of uniforms were passed around; it was noted that the blue color will be lighter than what was viewed at this time.
– A few discrepancies were noted on order forms, i.e. type of socks and kind of shoes; socks should be ankle socks; shoes will be solid white gym shoes; it was suggested that purchasers be aware of washing instructions.
– It was noted that Sokol USA adopted our uniforms as their uniform; will be used at Valparaiso Slet.
Competition Uniform
– Discussion took place regarding competition uniforms.
Motion made by Br. R. Milan that competition uniform be changed to red, white or blue as dominant color, no second, motion failed.
– Tournament rules state, for male competitors, any red, white or blue combination gymnastic jersey; can wear old men’s pants.
– Girls can replace uniform with any leotard in red, white and/or blue combination; no stipulation about sleeveless, short sleeve or long sleeve, so can be any one.
– Unitards are acceptable for rhythmics in red, white and/or blue combination, but no French cut.

2003 SOKOL USA SOKOLFEST – Valparaiso, IN
– Slet manuals have gone out. Br. Pracko passed out CDS with corrected rhythmic music.
– Changes have been made to 1st and 2nd class boys routines; new routines were given out. For boys, there will be a low division, intermediate division and high division (which is equivalent to Class 7) and there is a championship division (Class 6).
– Also handed out corrections for junior/senior calisthenics. Packet was given out for women’s corrections. Championship rhythmic guidelines are included. Missing page for Level 4 bar routine is also included. Also, minor manual corrections and clarifications to rules and routines. Some manuals have last 3 pages of Sokolette calisthenics missing; those will be forthcoming.
– Br. Pracko visited Valparaiso University in June; viewed campus and athletic facility; everything is within a one-mile radius and all on the same side of U.S. 30. Encouraging juniors to stay on campus in dorm rooms; two per room; bathroom in hall. Meal plan will be available. Prices are not yet finalized; will be coming out in a couple of weeks. Need an estimate of people staying at dorms. Survey will go out at beginning of 2003. Basketball gym large enough for three volleyball courts; spectator viewing available. Slet field is next to athletic facility.
– Headquarters is Courtyard Marriott. Fairfield Inn is right next door. One mile away is Holiday Inn. Sheraton Inn about 2-3 miles away. Hampton Inn is already booked.
– Awards will be held at a banquet facility and 4th of July activities will be held at the high school; transportation will be necessary for these events.
– Sokolettes and Sokolads will be judged by Sokol judges.
– Unknown if linens will be available in dorm rooms, but most likely they will.
– Entry forms will be distributed later in the Sokol season. Entry fees are as follows: individual gymnastics and rhythmics, and includes opening ceremony, competitor social and victory dance, $50; gymnastic team, $15; volleyball team $50; basketball team $15; individual swimming, $5; fitness challenge, $5. There will be a fun run/walk and not sure if there will be a charge. There will be no calisthenics competition.
Guideline Proposal for Sokol Routines (written proposal attached)
– Sis. M. Fiordelis presented these guidelines out of concern for girls who are learning Level 3 skills and want to compete at Valparaiso where they have to either go down to Level 2 or advance to Level 4, which they may not be ready for.
– Districts were polled to see if they use all levels of competition routines and if they modify routines; districts do modify some routines and not all levels are competed. Some find it difficult to change from USAG routines to modified routines for Sokol competitions.
– Suggestion was made to get Sokol USA and ASO together to make routines consistent from lower levels to higher levels between two organizations.
American Sokol Special Number – One CD and text were given to each District representative. Uniform recommended for special number would be blue Sokol shorts with white t-shirts and Sokol logo in blue for middle age group and blue t-shirts with logo in white for young and senior age group. The number is about five minutes long.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to go with uniform recommendation for special number – regular blue shorts, white t-shirts with blue logo and blue t-shirts with white logo, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

TRAVELING INSTRUCTOR/PROGRAM COORDINATOR
– Br. Jerry Milan is in the process of soliciting funds to have this as a paid position. The combined BOI/Executive Board Committee still needs to meet to further discuss this program. Committee consists of Sis. L. Laznovsky, Br. T. Pajer, Sis. B. Vondra, Br. S. Dumanovic, Br. J. Milan and Sis. M. Steinman. Committee will make proposals for what this position should consist of. No further report available at this time.

At 5:10 p.m., dinner break was taken.
Meeting resumed at 6:35 p.m.

PRESENT:

Br.
Chuck Kalat, KHB/Southern, ASO Men’s Director

Sis.
Barb Barnes, Stickney/Central, ASO Women’s
Dir.

Sis.
Janet Kalat, KHB/Southern, 2nd Asst. Women’s Dir.

Sis.
Jane Wise, Greater Cleveland/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Joe Balogh, New York/Eastern, Dir. Eastern District

Br.
Rome Milan, Fort Worth/Southern, Dir. South. District

Sis.
Lori Laznovsky, Southern, Dir. Southern District

Br.
Joe Vrzalik, Baltimore/Eastern, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Ellie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Howie Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern, Dir. NE Dist.

Sis.
Maryann Fiordelis, Detroit/Northeastern, Dir. NE Dist.

Sis.
EllenJeanne Schnabl, Ber.-Slavsky/Cent., ASO-BOI

Br.
Ed Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Vojmir Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Sandra Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Lynda Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
John Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Men’s Dist. Dir.

 

Br.
Bob Kucera, Naperville/Central, 1st Asst. Men’s Dir.

Sis.
Dorothy Gurreri, Eastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Nancy Pajeau, Stickney/Central, 2nd Asst. Wom’s Dir.

Sis.
Bev Domzalski, Chicagoland/Cent., ASO-BOI rec. sec. Br. Thomas Pajer,
Ber.-Slav./Cent., ASO Youth Dir.

Sis.
Barb Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Patti Vondra, Stickney/Central District, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Lynn Miller, Pacific Dist., rep. Pac. Dist.
Men’s Dir.

Sis.
Juanita LoGiudice, Tabor/Cent., ASO-BOI office sec.

Sis.
Lynn Conrad, Detroit/Northeastern District

Sis.
Cheri Riddle, Pacific District, Dir. Pacific District

Sis.
Mary Cushing, Detroit/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Allen Cushing, Detroit/Northeastern District

Sis.
Allison Gerber, Western District, Dir. Western District

Br.
William Kool, Western District, Dir. Western District

Br.
Joe Berka, South Omaha/Western District

Br.
Bernie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central District

 

NATIONAL GYMNASTIC SKILL MONTH
– Br. B. Kucera reported that skill cards were mailed out; for additional cards, District Director should be contacted first, then the National Office; cards can also be found on the website.
– Br. Kalat encouraged districts to put this program to use and to specifically do it during the month of December.
– Skills will be reviewed sometime within the next year and possibly changed or updated.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP
– Br. T. Pajer reviewed District youth ambassadors: Central – Jay Vondra; Eastern – Joe Balogh; Northeastern- none; Western – Bud Benak; Southern – Stephanie Buya; and Pacific – Lynn Miller.
– Br. Pajer continued reporting on Youth Member activities as included in the Youth Committee written report; elaborated on upcoming activities and contests for the youth members.
– Br. Pajer will discuss turnover rate of kids in Sokol program sometime during the Development Conference this weekend.

UNIT/DISTRICT DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Unit/District Director Handbooks

– Handbooks were distributed to all district directors and unit directors last year; new directors need to get that handed down to them from the previous district director. Updates will be sent out to district directors and unit directors.
– Sis. B. Vondra asked for comments/criticisms on handbooks. Whatever is included in the handbook should be available on the computer.
– Sis. Kalat compiled lists of past diretors for each unit based on the purchase records for directors pins; trying to build a complete list, updated for the office. Copies will be distributed to unit and district directors to try to fill in the missing information.
– The latest issue of the Sokol Instructor Digest Volume IV was distributed; each District Director gets the Volume free; it is available for purchase by anyone else for $10.

Director Development Conference
– Conference begins tomorrow morning with registration at 8:15 a.m.; hotel will be serving breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m. Everyone will receive a goody-bag full of catalogs from gymnastic wear and equipment manufacturers and other miscellaneous items. Two sessions will be going on at the same time, most of the time.
– It was noted that the development conference should be referred to as a workshop, with the conference being this actual meeting.

2002 ASO NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS SCHOOL
– Br. B. Benak reported in Corpus Christi there were 21 beginner, 14 intermediate, 7 advanced, and 7 advanced II students. All students worked well together; tremendous amount of interest in the course material; raised many questions. This was the first time there has been an advanced II curriculum. Advanced II class consists of students who come back for a fourth year.

2003 ASO NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS SCHOOL
– Br. Benak reported that the 2003 school will be held at Sokol Greater Cleveland, 7/21/03 to 8/4/03; Sis. J. Wise will be the school secretary. Looking for volunteers to be on teaching staff. School board will publish in Directors Newsletter and ASO Magazine the requirements and application form for Instructors In Training; it has been a number of years since there have been Instructors in Training. Would like to develop a number of people to be instructors; applications will be available at National Office.

2002/2003 NATIONAL SOKOL YOUTH CAMP
– Sis. L. Laznovsky reported that planning had not yet begun in earnest at this time for 2003 Camp. Requested directors to encourage juniors to attend camp. Date and location will be determined sometime soon; suggestion was made to possibly move camp to another area in the country; if anyone has any ideas, they should submit them to Sis. Laznovsky. One of the most popular activities at camp is rafting. Other activities were games, campfire singing, hiking, waterslide, etc. Five ASO districts were represented at the camp this year.

2005 AMERICAN SOKOL SLET
Early Planning
– Sis. B. Kucera, newly elected Central District President, reported that on 10/30/02 a meeting is set to begin planning for Slet. Will have access to Slet book put together by Sis. M. Fiordelis for planning.

Championship Competition Recommendations
Men:
– Br. B. Kucera headed committee of Br. C. Kalat, Br. R. Vachata, Br. H. Wise, Br. B. Benak and Br. R. Milan to discuss championship competition recommendations; they began concentrating on championship levels and evaluating Class 8 and Class 9 routines. The committee recommended that junior boys and men’s championship division consist of Class 4, Class 3, Class 2 and Class 1 gymnasts and that they be judged in accordance with the requirements of USAG. Committee would like to see class 8 and class 9 implemented as routines for 2005 Slet; would also like to see ASO go with USAG routines starting with Class 7.
MOTION made by Br. B. Benak to recommend that we follow committee’s suggestion that Class 4, Class 3, Class 2 and Class 1 be offered for optional Jr. Boys and Men’s competition and that they be judged by the rules of the level they are competing in, seconded by Br. R. Milan and passed.
– The vaulting table is becoming more popular; committee feels we need to make it available as an option at Slet. During this Development Conference, there will be a session on spotting and progressions which will touch on the new vaulting table.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to table the discussion regarding the use of the new vaulting table at the 2005 Slet, passed.
– If anyone is interested in being on this committee to further discuss competition routines on men’s side, contact Br. C. Kalat.

Women:
Sis. J. Burns headed committee of Sis. D. Gurreri, Sis. S. Benak, Sis. B. Vondra and Sis. K. Domzalski. Committee’s recommendations offer four levels of championship, Levels 7-10. Committee further proposes there would be no age division within levels, just the usual junior and senior categories; if competitor competes at this level they should be comfortable with competing against anyone no matter what age.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to accept the women’s recommendations as stated, seconded by Sis. L. Laznovsky and passed.

Calisthenics Committee Report
– Sis. B. Vondra reported that this committee met prior to the Summer, 2002; a letter was sent to people who volunteered and to people the committee felt could write cals for 2005, along with cal guidelines. As of 10/1/02, they were to submit music and an outline of their calisthenics drill. To date, BOI is in receipt of 1 entry for Tots; 3 entries for children’s; 2 entries for juniors; 1 entry for seniors; and 1 entry for juniors/seniors; at this time, there is a delay in receiving a Senior II category drill and no music has been reviewed. By 11/1/02, each category author will receive a critique of their submissions. The next deadline is 2/1/03 when a video prepared of their drill should be turned in. It was noted that requests for Cal submissions were announced in the Director’s Newsletter.
Other Questions/Problems/Concerns
Sis. B. Vondra noted that there will be a session on Sunday on how to improve Slet; will be looking for innovative ideas.

SOKOL AWARDS PROGRAM (Proposal attached)
– Br. C. Kalat distributed a proposal sent by Br. J. Milan which included recommendations and ideas; question was asked if we should pursue this program.
MOTION made by Br. R. Milan to continue to pursue the Sokol Awards Program, seconded by Br. B. Kool and passed.

WALKING CHALLENGE
– Sis. B. Vondra sent to district directors in May, 2002, information on doing a walking challenge; walk 125 miles in 4 months, 2-1/2 miles a day, and added on a fundraiser to solicit people to pledge your walk and 25% of money collected would go to ASO and unit would get 75%; walking logs were provided and essays on benefits of walk were required. In the end, 15 people turned in logs and essays, which were sent to Washington and are now awaiting President’s Fitness Certificates. People from each district participated in challenge and money was turned in. Question was asked if we should participate in this program next year.
MOTION made by Sis. C. Riddle to continue with walking challenge program for next year, seconded by Sis. D. Gurreri and passed.

NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY
– Director’s Newsletter published request for units to submit activities they were planning: Sokol Tabor held 2nd Annual Open House, various activities and games were planned, about 40 people attended and registration information was available. Sokol Stickney held a pre-registration at a park in Stickney with various activities offered, pictures were taken, registered about 25 gymnasts. Director’s Newsletter offered a prize to best activities submitted; these were the only two submissions; they each received $100 credit on any ASO merchandise purchased other than uniforms.
– Br. Kalat asked for anyone from the floor to report on Gymnastics Day activities: Sokol Ft. Worth had crafts tables set up, music entertainment and exhibitions. Sokol Naperville held its registration, staff worked with students on equipment.
– Br. S. Dumanovic is requesting a short description be submitted on activities held on National Gymnastics Day so he can submit them to USAG.

IDEAS TO BETTER USE THE INTERNET
– Br. T. Pajer suggested e-mailing minutes of meetings rather than mail them. They can either be downloaded or a link would be set up to American Sokol website where minutes are posted.
– Br. B. Kool reported on website he has on internet intended to keep people who attended Instructors course and became friends to keep in touch and talk about Sokol activities and fun at course. There is a history section, pictures, comments, and places where stories can be submitted. Br. Kool added a disclaimer since some comments made have been questionable. This site has been running for a month now; it’s already had over 400 visitors. The site is at www.sokolschool.com.
– Br. T. Pajer commented on linking this site to the American Sokol site; due to questionable content he is not sure if he should link to that site. Br. Kool does have a disclaimer where he reserves the right to not list some things on his site.
– Comments were made that the site itself was very impressive, however, as an officer in Sokol Br. Kool may jeopardize his position by including objectionable material on that site. Some parents/units may not choose to send their children to a course if they read about pranks and questionable occurrences going on at course.
– Br. T. Pajer requested people to turn in items to be put on website; i.e. current entry forms, rules and applications, etc. Br. Pajer also talked about having a digital camera to be used in conjunction with the website by posting pictures and complete routines.

NEXT AMERICAN SOKOL DISTRICT DIRECTORS CONFERENCE
– Typically, a conference is not held the year before a convention; next convention would be 2005. Question asked if we should have a conference in 2003.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to hold a Director’s Conference in 2003, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
– Will schedule the next conference for the third weekend of October, 2003.

ANY UNFINISHED OR POSTPONED AGENDA ITEMS
None reported.

ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE GOOD OF SOKOL
– Br. J. Vrzalik reported on the dedication of the Masaryk statue in Washington, D.C.; Czech President Havel, Madeline Albright and other officials were present. At the World Bank reception, the same officials were present, along with Czech singers, Czech dancers from Minnesota; this lasted about 4 hours; Sokol was well represented by many different Districts.
– Br. E. Schnabl asked if he should continue to complete Senior II cal he and Sis. Schnabl were working on; this category has been opened to other submittals, the deadline is 2/1/03 and theirs will still be accepted.
– Sis. E. Babka informed everyone that the Chicago newspapers have been given the Sokol logo for use in obituaries of Sokol members who pass away.
– Sis. L. Laznovsky announced she has brochures available regarding Gymnastrada which will be held in Portugal.
– Br. B. Kool suggested keeping track of Sokol instructors at the National Office.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kool that National BOI keeps a record of all instructors in Sokol, seconded by Br. T. Pajer and passed.
– Discussion held on computer class management program and lesson plans utilized in class.
– Br. J. Vrzalik presented an article from a newspaper about some new programs/ideas at private clubs that are very popular, i.e. urban funk which is a combination of aerobics/dances; belly dancing; rock climbing walls; modern/pre-marital dance classes. Suggested doing this sort of thing other than just gymnastics.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Recording Secretary

2003 DISTRICT DIRECTORS’ CONFERENCE RAMADA INN – BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS OCTOBER 17, 2003

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2002 AFTERNOON SESSION:

Meeting called to order at 1:10 p.m. by National Director of Men, Br. Chuck Kalat, and National Director of Women, Sis. Barb Vondra.
Pledge to the flag was given.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of past Sokol members.
INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT (Afternoon Session):

REPRESENTATIVES:

Br.
Chuck Kalat, KHB/Southern, ASO Men’s Director

Sis.
Barb Vondra, Stickney/Central, ASO Women’  
Dir.

Br.
Bob Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO 1st Asst. Men’s District Director

Sis.
Nancy Pajeau, Stickney/Central, ASO 1st Asst. Women’s Director

Br.
Rich T. Vachata, Stickney/Central, ASO 2nd Asst. Men’s Director

Sis.
Janet Kalat, KHB/Southern, 2nd Asst. Women’s Dir.

Br.
John Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Lynda Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
William Kool, Omaha/Western, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Sandra Benak, South Omaha/Western, Representing Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Joe Balogh, New York/Eastern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Dorothy Gurreri, /Eastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Howie Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Maryann Fiordelis, Detroit/Northeastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Rome Milan, Fort Worth/Southern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Lori Laznovsky, KHB/Southern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Rich Miller, Fresno/Pacific, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Cheri Riddle, Fresno/Pacific, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Bev Domzalski, Chicagoland/Central, ASO-BOI rec. secretary

 

Br.
Lance Kovac, Sokol USA

Br.
Joe Vorlicek, D.A. Sokol

GUESTS:

Sis.
Ellie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Vojmir Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Christina Curran, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Mary Cushing, Detroit/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Sash Dumanovic, Tabor/Central District, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Barb Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Paul Lebloch, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Juanita LoGiudice, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI office secretary

Br.
Frank Michalek, Chicagoland/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Thomas Pajer, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI Youth Dir.

Br.
Ed Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
EllenJeanne Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Jane Wise, Greater Cleveland/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Joe Berka, South Omaha/Western District

Sis.
Jessica Burns, KHB/Southern District

Sis.
Lynn Conrad, Detroit/Northeastern District

Br.
Mike Dropka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central District

Br.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern District

Sis.
Ethna Flaherty, New York/Eastern District

Br.
Gary Masek,Omaha/Western, Vice President ASO

Sis.
Irene Mergl, New York/Eastern District

Sis.
Debbie Simik, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central District

Br.
Mike Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern District

Sis.
Norma Zabka, New York/Eastern District

 

Sis.
Jean Hruby, Berwyn-Slavsky/ Central, ASO Officer Manager/Uniform Department

VOTING RIGHTS
Each District Director has one vote, 1st and 2nd Assistants each have one vote, National Directors each have a vote. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussions, present opinions and suggestions even though they have no voting power. Motions are restricted to those who have voting rights, but anyone can join in on discussion.
GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION PLANS
– Copies of National and District Director Reports and Committee Reports were mailed to conferees prior to the Conference for review. Agenda was presented, followed and completed.
Dinner break took place at Old Country Buffet. Following dinner, everyone changed into uniforms to take a picture. Sign-in sheet and roster sheet passed around.
NEW UNIFORMS (Taken out of agenda order)
Written report submitted by Sis. Jean Hruby.
– Sis. Hruby made note that beginning 10/17/2003, contrary to original plans, the American Sokol office will keep a stock of every size of every uniform; custom orders can be made, however, it will take 10-12 weeks for that order.
– Sis. Hruby introduced Claude Latendresse from CL Activewear, who was present at this meeting for the purpose of answering questions about CL Activewear and our uniform order. Claude thanked our organization for their business; he assured everyone that a uniform item will be replaced if any seams come apart.
– ASO will attempt to adapt our sizes to the sizes CL Activewear places on their clothing and label accordingly.
REVIEW OF SUBMITTED REPORTS – Questions/Comments/Discussions:
2002-2003 Report of the American Sokol Director of Men (written report submitted).
– Br. Kalat noted that AAHPERD stands for American Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance; ASO BOI Directors are members of that Organization. Budget currently allocates money for the National Directors to go to the USAG Coach’s Congress every year; in 2004, the Directors are considering attending the AAHPERD convention or other development conference.

MOTION made by Sis. L. Laznovsky that National Directors be able to choose which development conference to attend annually, seconded by Br. R. Milan and passed.
– Br. R. Milan discussed judging organizations that hold workshops. Central District holds a judging clinic that is like a refresher course for volunteer judges; no testing is involved and a card or certificate of achievement is not given out. It was noted that Central District allowed shadow judges at the little girls’ competition, who judged along with trained judges.
– Currently, there is no specific activity addressing a traveling instructor. The committee originally formed to address this subject has evolved into Strategic Planning Committee with Br. Joe Vrzalik as chairman, Br. T. Pajer, Sis. B. Vondra, Sis. L. Laznovsky, Br. S. Dumanovic, Br. J. Milan, Sis. M. Steinman and Br. A. Cushing.
– Martial Arts proposal was questioned; ASO was not interested in getting involved with that proposal.
– It was noted that the Youth Committee is struggling with getting units to encourage youth to participate with tha committee’s activities.
– The 16-24 Year Old Project is a new thing started this year. District coordinators are Kevin Fitzpatrick, from Sokol Greater Cleveland, who covers the Northeastern and Eastern District, Michael Wise, from Sokol Greater Cleveland, covers the Northeastern and Southern District, Mike Dropka, from Sokol Berwyn-Slavsky, covers the Central and Pacific Districts and Carrisa Skrivanec from Sokol Minnesota covers the Western District.
– The Sokol Youth Camp only had 29 youth campers; 20 were from American Sokol; we need to find ways to promote this program for participation to increase. Br. T. Pajer will look into preparing an audio/visual presentation.

2002-2003 Report of the American Sokol Director of Women (written report submitted).
No questions/comments/discussions.
Central District (Written report submitted)
Br. J. Bazata elaborated on reported activities.
– Rhythmics program was discussed.
– Volleyball tournament in St. Louis was discussed.
– Sokol Stickney’s Bring a Parent to Class Night involved having the parent and child do what the children do in class, i.e. parachute games, relay races; this was done with the Tots class and 1st class girls during their regular class time.
– Sokol Tabor’s Girls Big Sister/Little Sister Program begins in November when an older junior girl is assigned a new junior girl; they hold an initiation, i.e. wrapping younger girl in toilet paper, burn-out activities, etc.
– Sokol Brookfield held a whirly-ball outing, which is played at a facility with bumper cars, a whiffle ball and paddle; the ball is hit into the goal for points; there are 5 cars per team; two teams; you play for 1-2 hours.
– Track and Field Meet added junior/senior co-ed fitness challenge, which was done without any prior preparation; sign-up on the day of the event; 3 events were competed: standing long jump, shuttle run and 8-pound medicine ball throw; everyone enjoyed event and will continue it in the future.
– Skills program offers a gymnastic meet for boys and men who have reached their ability level on skill cards; this meet takes place on skills day in December, prior to skills evaluation.
– Adult activities for men allow men in District to actively participate in activities with other adults when there are so few adult men in each individual unit.
– New Central District parade format has different age groups performing different activities during parade, rather than just straight marching.
– Suggested these new ideas be submitted to the Directors Newsletter.

Eastern District (Written report submitted)
No questions/comments/discussions.

Northeastern District (Written report submitted)
Br. H. Wise elaborated on reported activities.

Pacific District (Written report submitted)
Br. R. Miller elaborated on reported activities.

Southern District (Written report submitted)
Br. R. Milan and Sis. L. Laznovsky elaborated on reported activities.

Western District (Written report submitted)
Br. W. Kool elaborated on reported activities. Br. Kool explained Knowledge and History Night consists of his mom bringing pictures and talking about local Sokol history in a lecture-type manner.

At this time, a 10-minute break was taken.

USA Gymnastics 2003 National Coaches Congress, August 21-23, 2003, Anaheim, CA (written report submitted)
– Sis. B. Vondra noted that the backside of the written report showed the 2005-2013 USAG Women’s Routines, plus changes/modifications.

2003 National Sokol Camp Report (written report submitted)
– Br. T. Pajer noted that one camper commented that the same activities take place at camp every year and saw no point in attending again; Br. Pajer noted that the activities were different from the year before, but basically the same games are usually played.

Attendance (written report submitted)
– It was noted that one of the problems with attendance is how difficult it is to compare year to year attendance, because we are not very consistent in accumulating attendance; numbers appear to be going down; discussed eliminating attendance reports; in the end, the consensus was that reports are necessary and will continue submitting them at this time.

2002 Skills Month Report (written report submitted)
– Br. B. Kucera noted that theTots’ skill cards were not revised this year as stated in his written report; they will be revised next year.

American Sokol School Board Report 2003 (written report submitted)
No questions/comments/discussions.

Merit Award Committee Report (written report submitted)
No questions/comments/discussions.

2002-2003 Report of the Editor of the Director’s Newsletter (written report submitted)
– Br. Benak presented the annual donation of $300 on behalf of Sokol South Omaha BOI toward the publication of the Director’s Newsletter.

American Sokol Gymnast (written report submitted)
No questions/comments/discussions.

BOI Sales Report (written report submitted)
No questions/comments/discussions.

SOKOL USA NATIONAL TECHNICAL MEETING – 9/13/03 (written report submitted by Sis. Gurreri)
– Br. Lance Kovac from Sokol USA gave an oral report on meeting.
– Sis. B. Vondra praised Sokol USA for the Valparaiso Slet and how well it was organized. Br. Kovac explained the YES Group, for the benefit of our 16-24 Project Group; questions were asked about what involvement the YES Group had in the Valparaiso Slet; also, about their Instructor’s Course.
AMERICAN SOKOL NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD (Written report submitted)
– Br. B. Benak reported that the School Board met on the morning of 10/17/03 for approximately 3 hours.
– Discussed Instructors’ School report; any unit director that had a student at the school should have received this report.
– Reviewed the financial statement of the school; there were several areas where there was an increase in spending on a yearly basis. The amount returned to ASO after this last course was $138.00; which is the smallest amount ever returned. The School Board, after looking into Future Sokol Leader’s Fund, which now contributes $3,000 a year toward the National School, asks to increase annual allocation to $5,000. If that happens, the enrollment fee per student would not have to be increased; would like to keep fee at $235.00 for the two-week course.
– General knowledge test is an old test that has been used for quite a while; everyone at the school was required to take this test. The old test has been revised; there are now three tests, beginners start with 50 questions; intermediate 75 questions; and advanced now have 100 questions.
– For the calisthenics class, students needed more help in selecting appropriate music for certain levels. Most attempted to write children’s cals and music was not easy for children to follow. This year instructors’ brought additional CDs to be used as their selection for cal.
– Discussed Tots class materials; although Tots appropriate material is presented in almost all class areas, it was never emphasized what can be specifically done for Tots.
– Another class discussed was flag protocol; flags are not always carried or displayed properly; also taught proper way to fold a flag and where flag should be placed during an exhibition; secured a pamphlet from the government and every student received one.
– New this year were study guides prepared by Sis. Jane Wise for the evening hours; not sure if school will continue with study guides; discussed solutions on how to use those study guides in a useful way and will continue to use them.
– Discussed instructors-in-training; there were 3 at this last course; question was raised as to how many times a person can be an instructor-in-training. In the future, anyone coming for a second year as an instructor-in-training, will be called an assistant instructor.
– Upcoming Instructor’s School will be July 19 to August 2, 2004, at Sokol South Omaha. Information will be placed in Director’s Newsletter and ASO Magazine Gymnast section; will be out in the January/February issues.
– Sis. J. Kalat worked on a project to find out where instructor school students are right now and what they are doing and if they are still helping in their units. Sis. Kalat went as far back as 1990; there were 308 students over that time; questionnaires were sent to those students; received 56 back and 34 others were returned for being unable to be forwarded. From the responses, 47 (84%) were still Sokol members; currently teaching, 28 (47%); who have taught in Sokol following course attendance, 44 (79%); have used their Sokol training outside of Sokol, 45 (80%). Most comments were interesting and positive. Sis. Kalat’s survey will be summarized and published in the “Gymnast.”
– Br. Benak discussed upgrading guidelines for Instructor Schools; it is always geared toward 2-week summer instructor’s school; most cannot come because they cannot get off work for two weeks. The staff would like to meet during the coming year and try to work on developing weekend schools; looking into types of class settings to use and develop a program; the Board would then be looking for a test District to give this a try. If money is available to do this, the Board would begin working on this program.
MOTION made by Sis. J. Kalat to accept the School Board’s proposal to have a school staff meeting in 2004 to get this concept of weekend Instructor Schools during the year Sokol season approved, seconded by Sis. L. Laznovsky and passed.
MOTION made by Sis. S. Benak to raise the FSLF allocation to the School from $3,000 to $5,000, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
– Sis. M. Fiordelis attended last instructors school as a student. Read to this group her experiences at the School.
Announcements prior to dinner break:
– Br. P. Lebloch announced that he received a request for a man from Chicago area to be a spokesperson who knows Czech history, who can be available for 15 hours and can earn $2,000.
– Br. J. Vorlicek on behalf of DA Sokol thanked ASO for inviting them; also congratulated Sokol USA on successful Slet.
– Br. G. Masek thanked everyone for being at this conference this weekend. Br. L. Laznovsky could not be present. Thanked BOI for hard work they do.

Break for dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Meeting resumed at 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2003 EVENING SESSION:
PRESENT (Evening Session):

REPRESENTATIVES:

Br.
Chuck Kalat, KHB/Southern, ASO Men’s Director

Sis.
Barb Vondra, Stickney/Central, ASO Women’  
Dir.

Br.
Bob Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO 1st Asst. Men’s District Director

Sis.
Nancy Pajeau, Stickney/Central, ASO 1st Asst. Women’s Director

Br.
Rich T. Vachata, Stickney/Central, ASO 2nd Asst. Men’s Director

Sis.
Janet Kalat, KHB/Southern, 2nd Asst. Women’s Dir.

Br.
John Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Lynda Bazata, Brookfield/Central, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
William Kool, Omaha/Western, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Sandra Benak, South Omaha/Western, Representing Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Joe Balogh, New York/Eastern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Dorothy Gurreri, /Eastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Howie Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Maryann Fiordelis, Detroit/Northeastern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Rome Milan, Fort Worth/Southern, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Lori Laznovsky, KHB/Southern, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Br.
Rich Miller, Fresno/Pacific, Men’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Cheri Riddle, Fresno/Pacific, Women’s Dist. Dir.

Sis.
Bev Domzalski, Chicagoland/Central, ASO-BOI rec. secretary

 

Br.
Lance Kovac, Sokol USA

GUESTS:

Sis.
Ellie Babka, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Vojmir Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Christina Curran, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Barb Kucera, Naperville/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Paul Lebloch, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Juanita LoGiudice, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI office secretary

Br.
Frank Michalek, Chicagoland/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Kandi Pajer, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Thomas Pajer, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI Youth Dir.

Sis.
Irena Polashek, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Ed Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
EllenJeanne Schnabl, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Jane Wise, Greater Cleveland/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Joe Berka, South Omaha/Western District

Sis.
Jessica Burns, KHB/Southern District

Sis.
Lynn Conrad, Detroit/Northeastern District

Br.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern District

Sis.
Ethna Flaherty, New York/Eastern District

Br.
Jim Hedderman, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central

Sis.
Irene Mergl, New York/Eastern District

Sis.
Debbie Simik, Berwyn-Slavsky/Central District

Br.
Mike Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern District

Sis.
Norma Zabka, New York/Eastern District

 

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP (written report submitted)
– Br. T. Pajer suggested units get their membership renewal disks in as quickly as possible; new newsletters will go out the beginning of November.
– There were 1,669 youth members for the 2002-2003 season; 839 of them were renewals, which were 29 more new members than the previous year. The only unit that did not participate was Sokol Los Angeles who had 8 members during 2001-2002, but received none this year.
– Br. T. Pajer thanked all youth committee members for their work; Br. Pajer is looking for additional youth committee members.
– Financially, there was an income of $8,314.00; expenses were $8,476.00; right now, there is a balance of over $4,000.00.
– Continued programs are e-mail administration; passport program – Br. Pajer reminded units to encourage their youth to bring their passports to Sokol events; penpal program; kids to college transition program will be pursued with the 16-24 Project Committee; and Sokol Canada Slet plans.
– New program ideas are creating a youth calendar to keep track of youth activities; build-the-best paper airplane contest; favorite cookie recipes; essay contest to create a future Sokol; tell about your spring break; cartoon template with word bubbles to be filled in; scholarships for camp and course; essay contest about favorite person.
– Br. Pajer talked about Youth Issues Committee, which discussed the reasons youth did not come back, i.e. poor instruction; not enough instructors; not enough gymnastics and biggest one was kids got involved in outside activities. The Youth Issues Committee consists of Sash Dumanovic representing public relations, Sylvia Laznovsky for adult membership, Joan Sedlacek for education; Chuck Kalat, Barb Vondra, Maryann Fiordelis, Bob Kucera, Pat Satek, and 16-24 District Coordinators for the BOI; may also include some juniors in the future. Object of this Committee is to take those three problems and find solutions. Started with outside activities problem; two projects are in the works, one is bring a friend week that will be instituted on a National level, and second is monitoring outside activities to find a way to monitor when kids do these outside activities and find a way to keep in touch with them and continue to ask when they are done with outside activity so they can come back and join us and hopefully not lose them for good. A project plan should be in place at the beginning of November, 2003.
– Br. Pajer noted there is still a problem with youth participation in programs; need youth ambassador to push these projects. District and Unit directors should be receiving youth newsletter. The Committee will continue to publish a youth membership page in the Director’s Newsletter and ASO magazine.
– Br. Pajer will have youth yearbook available during this weekend conference.
– Br. Pajer requested that anyone with any youth ideas, please contact Tom Pajer with those ideas.
16-24 YEAR OLDS PROJECT PROGRAM
– There will be a session during the conference presented by the 16-24 Project Coordinators. This project started at last year’s conference when it was noticed that there were a lot of 16-24 year olds in the Cleveland area and a lot came in from other parts of country to participate in the conference. Time was set aside then to talk with them to gather from them how they felt about Sokol and what could we do to make it better for them and how they see their role in the future and what they would like to do. The main concept was to provide a network, where when the National BOI wanted input from this age group on a subject, we could contact District Coordinators; they all have a list of people of that age group in their District and they would be responsible to contact and solicit those people.
– The Coordinators have a lot of ideas for this age group of members. Coordinators are invited to attend the National BOI meetings every month if they wish by teleconference. Howie and Jane Wise are the adult advisors to this group.
NATIONAL GYMNASTIC SKILL MONTH – DECEMBER, 2003
– Br. B. Kucera reported that the boys and girls skill cards were revised. For every unit that turned in attendance to Sis. M. Fiordelis, the unit directors received that number of cards and ribbons. District Directors who turned in attendance also got a package this morning with an extra set of 25 cards and ribbons. There is a small amount of cards and ribbons left over.
– Br. Kucera suggested printing the skill cards on colored paper rather than cardstock, since they are changed as often as they are and to cut down on expenses. Printing and mailing costs were just under $400. Other suggestions were to just have them available on the web site to allow any instructors to print them on their own cardstock or colored paper. Only problem noted was that if it is not handed to the instructor’s, they may not use them.
DISTRICT DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Unit/District Director Handbooks
– Sis. J. Kalat passed out to all District Directors updates for their handbooks, which include a new roster, coordinator list, and merit award from changes since March. There was a new uniform pricing that went out earlier. Tournament rules update is on the website; there have been no changes since the last conference. New skill cards are also in the handbooks. Unit handbooks will be going out in the mail.
– Sis. J. Kalat requested e-mail addresses for all Unit Directors, if they have one, to notify of updates on the website.
– Sis. Kalat and Sis. LoGiudice are preparing a new handbook for ASO BOI members.
– There is a new issue of the Sokol Instructor’s Digest available this weekend; can be ordered from Sis. LoGiudice for $5.00.
Director Development Conference
– Begins tomorrow; not sure if there will be another conference like this next year due to upcoming convention; open for discussion. Br. Kalat felt next year should be dedicated to the Slet to teach cals and routines.
– There will be questionnaires available at the end of each session; request was made that they be filled out and turned in.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
– Sis. B. Vondra stated that Br. Joe Vrzalik has taken over as the head of the committee which began a little over a year ago. No progress has been made with the committee to date. Committee will be meeting in the near future.
2004 SOKOL CANADA SLET – TORONTO – JUNE 23-26, 2004
– Each District received at least one copy of the Slet Manual; complete information is included; there are no videos to accompany any of the calisthenics, however, Sis. LoGiudice heard that a 2nd CD and a video are to be forthcoming in the next week or two.
– Discussed whether we should consider doing Sokols Whee number in Toronto. Br. Lebloch said Sis. Zitna was very impressed with the number in Valparaiso; she is going to push for using it in Prague in 2006.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis that ASO present Sokols Whee as a special number in Toronto, Canada, seconded by Sis. L. Laznovsky. MOTION failed.
– Sis. L. Laznovsky will see if there are any USAG special numbers we can use. By a show of hands, opinion had it that we present a special number other than Sokols Whee at the Toronto, Canada Slet.
– Br. P. Lebloch made note that there will be a Slet in Slovakia in 2006 in the City of Skalica.
– Sis. A. Janous said a delegation to theSokol Canada Slet is coming from Serbia and COS.
2004 NATIONAL SOKOL YOUTH CAMP
– Sis. L. Laznovsky reported that there have been discussions with Sokol St. Louis and continued discussions with the camp in Barryville, NY; there definitely will be a 2004 camp; site unknown as yet. Barryville may be an easier location to get people to from Canada.
– 2003 Camp was a big success. Three counselors helped the senior staff. Everyone had a good time. New activities are being planned for future camps. Campers were interviewed for feedback; how we can improve camp; what they thought of certain activities. We are considering having the staff come in a few days early for staff training to be better prepared. If money is ever made on this event, a winter staff retreat could be planned.
– Discussed naming the camp program; possibly adding a week onto the camp making it an all sports camp or gymnastics camp or tumbling camp and come for one week or both.
– Discussed a possible winter camp in an urban setting, i.e. downtown Chicago for 4 days between Christmas and New Year’s.
– Any feedback from anyone else is welcome.
– Distribution of funds leftover from camp was discussed; money will be left in the pot until one of the three organizations decides to leave.
– Br. Kalat thanked Sokol USA for providing free bus transportation for all campers from the Valparaiso Slet to Barryville.
– Br. T. Pajer expressed disappointment in the low numbers attending the camp; there are 1,669 youth members in ASO alone, but yet there were only 20 ASO members who participated. A suggestion was made to have a visual advertisement for camp that can be posted in gyms.
MOTION made by Br. R. Milan to have ASO financially support public relations for the camp program, seconded by Sis. D. Guerreri and passed.
– Br. C. Kalat noted that the only income the camp has is from the registration fee. The ASO pays part of the American Sokol members’ registration, but we do not add any other money into the pot. Sokol USA did add money by paying for the bus transportation from their Slet to the camp.
2005 AMERICAN SOKOL SLET – PLANS AND PREPARATIONS
– Sis. B. Kucera reported that the 2005 American Sokol Slet will take place June 22-26, 2005.
– Logo is ready to be presented to the executive board.
– Committee looked at a possible venue this morning, Proviso West High School. At this time, we will also be looking at the Morton High Schools. Other venues considered did not work out for many different reasons.
– Many new and special events are being considered; i.e. pyramid competition. Another special event idea was having a national raffle, raffling off a large item, i.e. a trip, a car, etc. Raffle tickets would be sold across the country. The prize would be drawn at the Slet. With the sale of a large number of raffle tickets, Slet day would be a free event, if enough money was raised through the raffle.
– Other ideas suggested to bring more of an audience was to invite other performers to perform at our Slet; other performers would bring their own audience.
– Br. F. Michalek spoke about a fitness/sports event that he attended and the different ideas that are used to bring more people in and suggested we follow a format similar to bring more people to our event.
Calisthenics Committee Report
– All calisthenics numbers for Slet have been selected. There is a new Tots cal written by Pat Satek and Terry Maskill; Children’s cal will be from the 1997 Slet written by Howie Wise and Nada Vencl; new Juniors cal written by Tom Pajer and Pat Satek; Seniors are doing the New World Symphony cal, originally written by Dagmar Fiala; Group II will be the first Halik cal from 1989. The Western District is testing the Children’s cal; Central District is testing the Tots’ cal. Music is available for all cals. Sis. E. Babka has redone the text for the New World Symphony cal; Sis. J. Kalat redid the text for the Halik cal.
Competition Routines
– Sunday, after lunch, there will be a session to view the submitted routines. Routines will be used in Toronto.
Other
– Br. Kalat asked for input on conflicts that are forged by the fact that we have multiple events and not enough hours to do them; we have to put events up against each other and we always had a problem between rhythmics and volleyball. Women’s basketball seemed to have a physical conflict at the last Slet between teams; there is not a lot of interest in this event.

MOTION made by Sis. D. Guerreri that we withdraw women’s 3-on-3 basketball at the 2005 Slet, seconded by Sis. L. Laznovsky and passed.
– Swimming is another event that doesn’t have enough participation to warrant a proper competition.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kool to eliminate swimming at the 2005 Slet, seconded by Sis. D. Guerreri and passed.
– Instead of publishing a Slet Manual in hard copy in a binder, all the information would be provided on a CD and/or posting in on the web and everyone can print their own copies.
MOTION made by Sis. L. Laznovsky that the Slet Manual go out on CD, be posted on the web
and if for some reason someone does not have computer access, a hard copy would go out, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.
SOKOL AWARDS PROGRAM
– No activity was taken on this item during the past year.
ASO BOI BUDGET (written report submitted)
– Br. Kalat reported that we are still $10,000 ahead for the first three years, so we should not go over on our 5-year planned budget.
UNFINISHED OR POSTPONED AGENDA ITEMS
– None
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
District Slets
April 16, 17, 18, 2004 – Western District
May 23, 2004 – Central District
June 4, 5, 6, 2004 – Southern District
June 12-13, 2004 – Northeastern District
NEXT AMERICAN SOKOL DISTRICT DIRECTORS CONFERENCE
– Br. T. Pajer suggested primary focus for a conference for next year would be 2005 Slet and events; sessions would be cal and routines.
ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE GOOD OF SOKOL
– Br. Ed Schnabl spoke about an article written in the September issue of the Sokol St. Louis newsletter by Maria Briedenbach, who was one of the instructors at the National camp and from there she went to the Sokol St. Louis camp and then she went to her own unit meeting and was disappointed because too many people spent too much time arguing about petty items. He suggested reading this article.
– Sis. L. Laznovsky made note that the National GymFest will be in Las Vegas on June 18, 19 and 20, 2004.
– Sis. C. Curran reported on a project that the Sokol Tabor educational director created for their juniors this year. They will create questions and will be assigned to a unit to interview; 28 units from ASO will be contacted by one of the Sokol Tabor juniors between now and December; their contact will be the names on the website, i.e. president or director. Questions will be who is the first person in your unit to get a gold medal; questions about the community around your gym; how many different activities are in your gym. Br. Kalat suggested there be a formal notification to units that this will be occurring. Directors Newsletter can also publish an article about it.
– Sis. J. LoGiudice announced that Sokol Greater Cleveland produced a CD of marches; there have been a lot of requests for that CD; Sokol Greater Cleveland did bring some CDs to sell for $10.00 each.
– Sis. B. Vondra announced that breakfast is at 7:00 a.m. at the hotel; Development Conference registration is at 8:00 a.m. at Sokol Brookfield tomorrow morning.
– Br. C. Kalat requested that all travel vouchers be turned in before you leave this weekend to Sis. J. LoGiudice.
– Meeting ended with everyone singing “Leti Sokol.”
– Br. C. Kalat thanked everyone for their participation; Br. Kalat and Sis. Vondra will be available the entire weekend if anyone has any questions.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Recording Secretary

2005 DISTRICT DIRECTORS’ CONFERENCE SOKOL SOUTH OMAHA – Omaha, NE OCTOBER 21, 2005

Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m. by National Director of Men, Br. Chuck Kalat, and National Director of Women, Sis. Barb Vondra.

Pledge to the flag was recited.

A moment of silence was observed in memory of our deceased Sokol members.

All District Directors, American Sokol Board of Instructor members and guests were welcomed and requested to rise and introduce themselves. A sign-in sheet was also passed around.

PRESENT:

Br.
Chuck Kalat, KHB/Southern, ASO Men’s Director

Br.
Bob Kucera, Naperville/Central, 1st Asst. Men’s Director/ASO Youth Director

Br.
Thomas Pajer, Spirit/Central, 2nd Asst. Men’s Director

Sis.
Barb Vondra, Stickney/Central, ASO Women’s Director.

Sis.
Nancy Pajeau, Stickney/Central, 1st Asst. Women’s Director

Sis.
Janet Kalat, KHB/Southern, 2nd Asst. Women’s Dir.

Sis.
Juanita LoGiudice, Tabor/Central, ASO-BOI office secretary

Sis.
Bev Domzalski, Chicagoland/Central, ASO-BOI recording secretary

Sis.
Melissa Dunlap, Fort Worth/Southern, substitute Women’s Director

Br.
Rome Milan, Fort Worth/Southern, Men’s Director

Br.
Joe Balogh, New York/Eastern, Men’s Director

Sis.
Carrie Baker, Baltimore/Eastern, Women’s Director

Sis.
Jane Wise, Greater Cleveland/Northeastern, ASO-BOI

Br.
Howie Wise, Gr. Cleveland/Northeastern, Men’s Director

Sis.
Maryann Fiordelis, Detroit/Northeastern, Women’s Director

Sis.
EllenJeanne Schnabl, Spirit/Central, ASO-BOI, Educational Director

Br.
Ed Schnabl, Spirit/Central, ASO-BOI

Br.
Vojmir Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Sis.
Sandra Benak, South Omaha/Western, ASO-BOI

Br.
Buddy Benak, South Omaha/Western

Sis.
Lynda Bazata, Spirit/Central, Women’s District Director

Br.
John Bazata, Spirit/Central, Men’s District Director

Br.
Gary Masek, ASO Executive Board

Sis.
Allison Gerber, Western , Men/Women Director

Sis.
Angie Damario, Baltimore/Eastern

Sis.
Ethna Flaherty, New York/Eastern

Br. Gary Masek welcomed everyone with wishes for a successful conference and extended greetings from Br. Larry Laznovsky.

VOTING RIGHTS
Each District Director has one vote, 1st and 2nd Assistants each have one vote, National Directors each have a vote. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussions, present opinions and suggestions even though they have no voting power. Motions are restricted to those who have voting rights, but anyone can join in on discussion.

General Conference Session Plans
Copies of National and District Director Reports and Committee Reports were mailed to conferees prior to the Conference for review. Agenda was presented and will be followed.

REVIEW OF SUBMITTED REPORTS – Questions/Comments/Discussions:

Each District elaborated on various activities their District participated in during the past year.
Central District (Written report attached)
– Central District activities were further explained, i.e. Sokol Naperville’s tricks for a treat, Sokol St. Louis’ September Fest and Sokol Tabor’s bean bag tournament. Br. T. Pajer asked if there were plans to make Sokol Town of Lake active; it was decided this topic can be discussed in general later in this meeting. The Skills Program results were included in this report. The meet director for the rhythmic competition had everyone register by computer. Sokol Tabor’s golf tournament had a turnout of about 40 people; they played 9 holes. The number of participants compared to the number of Central District enrollment was discussed; reasons for drop in participation is there are other outside activities that draw the enrollment away from Sokol activities.

Eastern District (Written report attached)
– Carrie Baker was praised for her detailed report that was turned in for Eastern District. A request was made for a contact person from Sokol Washington for use by the Youth Committee.

Northeastern District (Written report attached)
– Kevin Fitzpatrick is managing SGC High Voltage Team; they will be holding classes prior to Sunday night practices for people who are interested in improving their skills to be able to tryout in the future for the team.

Pacific District (Written report attached)
– Sis. L. Miller had a family emergency at the last minute and was unable to attend this meeting.
– Sokol Fresno is looking for used mats and wedges to use to begin a Tots program.

Southern District (Written report attached)
– Sis. M. Dunlap is very involved with teaching classes at Sokol Fort Worth as are other Sokol instructors.

Western District (Written report attached)

Annual Attendance Report (Written report attached)
– Submitted by Sis. M. Fiordelis.

2005 WSF/National Sokol Camp Report (Written report attached)
– Submitted by Sis. L. Laznovsky.
– It was noted that the average amount of children attending these camps each year is about 35. More participation is needed. The new weekend camps program is an attempt to spark interest in the National Camp to get more children to attend.
– This year, there was $1, 500 from the World Sokol Federation, which gave us an opportunity to pay the staff/counselors a salary. Next year, this money would come out of the Future Sokol Leaders’ Fund.
– At this time, there is no information about a camp after the Prague Slet.
– The National Camp will continue to be a joint effort between American Sokol, Sokol USA and DA Sokol.

*** A break was taken at 10:20 a.m. Meeting resumed at 10:35 a.m. ***

National Skills Month (Written report attached)
– Report submitted by Br. Bob Kucera.
– National Skills Month program has been taken over by Br. T. Pajer.
– Br. T. Pajer brought Skills packets with cards and ribbons to be distributed to each unit.
– On the current skills cards, the date at the top has been removed; the cards now contain a revision date at the bottom of the card. It was recommended that the instructors date the cards for their own information and use.
– The web site contains the most current version of all skill cards; there is also a sample of the cards in the BOI Handbook updates which were distributed today.

2004-2005 Report of the Editor of the Director’s Newsletter (Written report attached)
– Report submitted by Br. Chuck Kalat. Thanked Howie and Jane Wise for their “Wise Ideas” and the Youth Committee for its articles.
– Br. Bud Benak presented a $300 check on behalf of Sokol South Omaha to the Directors’ Newsletter.
– A suggestion was made to make a subscription to the Directors’ Newsletter mandatory for each unit. However, some units take the copies the unit director receives and photocopies it for its instructors. An article to be included in the Newsletter encouraging subscriptions would be welcome. Opinions, ideas and Sokol experiences are also requested for publication in the Directors’ Newsletter.

American Sokol Gymnast (Written report attached.)
– Report submitted by Sis. Kandi Pajer.
– The target of the Directors’ Newsletter, which goes to directors and instructors, is more on a technical basis and more BOI-type stuff. The Gymnast is intended for physical activity and general business things for the general member.
– It was noted in the last American Sokol publication that each district is responsible for a certain amount of pages per district’s designated month. Keep track of your district’s designated month and provide information for the publication; the deadline for entries is two months before publication.

Merit Award Report (Written report attached.)
– Report submitted by Sis. Eva Balas.
– Currently, the Merit Award application is being revised.
– Discussed different ways to revamp this program; possibly substitute other rewards rather than scholarship money. Changes to a program must be made at convention.
– A request was made to continue notifying the unit directors if students from their unit were given an application for the merit award so they can follow through with that student.
– It is important that Unit Directors encourage their juniors to keep a diary of activities they were involved in with their unit so that by the time they are in their senior year of high school requesting an application, they will have the information they need to complete the Merit Award application.

BOI Sales Report (Written report attached.)
– Sis. Juanita LoGiudice prepared a list of the Sokol programs and materials in the National Office that people are taking advantage of purchasing.
– There are six new Patti Komara tapes available this year; they were listed in the Directors’ Newsletter last month.

SOKOL USA NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DEPARTMENT MEETING (Written report attached.)
– Br. C. Kalat attended this meeting on 8/5/05 in Mystic, CT.
– To become a member of Sokol USA or participate in class, you must buy an insurance policy.

USAG CONGRESS OF COACHES (Written report attached.)
– Submitted by Sis. Barb Vondra who attended on August 11-13, 205 in Indianapolis, IN.
– Next year the USAG Congress will be held at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.

REPORT OF THE AMERICAN SOKOL EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR (Written report attached.)
– Submitted by Sis. EllenJeanne Schnabl.
– Discussion followed concerning the duties of the Educational Director. It was noted that the BOI Directors do more educational activities than the Educational Director does. For example, the Instructors’ School, which is educational, is not overseen by the Educational Director, but by the BOI.

*** At this time, a lunch break was taken at 12:00 pm. Meeting resumed at 12:50 pm.***

NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
– Meeting was held last night, 10/20/05. Br. Bud Benak reported on this past Summer’s Instructors’ School. The School Board account for this year has been closed; a financial report was given to the American Sokol office along with a check for $478.96 closing out the account.
– There are less than 100 diplomas available at this time; the diplomas were the certificate with a folder. Sis. Kandi Pajer and Br. Bud Benak are going to look into revising the diploma part, incorporating the new logo and getting some ideas from the printer to change some other things, i.e. a heavier grade of paper.
– From the weekend instructor school pilot program held at Sokol Detroit, some suggestions were incorporated. These will be permanently added to the Instructors’ School Guidelines Book section for weekend schools.
– Discussed the practice teaching portion of the school; students get two opportunities to student teach; the students prepare their own lesson plan, they teach and then they are evaluated by a staff member; however, too many simple skills were being used for the teaching format. To better evaluate the student’s performance, the student will now have to follow lesson plans provided by the school. Sis. M. Cushing and Br. P. Lattanzio will provide 40 lessons for the student to choose from. These lessons should be available by June 1, 2006, in order to incorporate it into this Summer’s school.
– It was felt that the Instructor’s In Training (IT) position had no place else to go other than to be asked to be a full-fledged staff member, which is a big jump. Now the position of Assistant Instructor will be put into place. After volunteering to be an IT at the school, you will then advance to the position of Assistant Instructor, earning an actual salary of about $100/week. Guidelines for this position were created.
– PDP and Safety qualifications will not be a requirement for ITs and Assistant Instructors. This requirement will be re-worded saying that we strongly recommend that ITs and Assistant Instructors have these two qualifications/certifications in order to be considered on the school staff. If a person applies to one of these two positions and they were not PDP nor Safety certified, we would accept them as long as they would agree to take those two courses to be certified at the school they were attending. An assistant instructor may be selected from former Advanced or Advanced II students or Instructors’ In Training.
– Study guides have been updated and a plan has been put in place on how to use them.
– A suggestion was made to have the staff arrive a day earlier than in the past so the instructors/staff can go over the two-week schedule and any last minute items that need to be discussed.
– The Code of Conduct for the school is a bit lengthy; the Code will be condensed and should be ready by June 1, 1006.
– The school will no longer subsidize the PDP or Safety course; the student will have to pay the full amount; in the past the school paid for one-half of those courses.
– The cost for the school this year will be raised from $235 to $275.
– The Br. Bob Liptak Instructors’ School Scholarship rules will be included in the School’s Guidelines Book. A student attending the School will be eligible. Criteria for selection: (1) Good grades in all classes; (2) no discipline problems; (3) student should be an asset in every class; (4) student should be a good example of Sokol discipline during their stay at the school; (5) student should be enthusiastic and cordial when working with staff and other students; (6) student should show a deep interest in the Sokol system and organization. The recipient is selected by a vote of the school staff with the award to be presented at the graduation ceremonies. The amount of the scholarship will be the school’s registration fee and the registration fee will be sent to the unit sending the student to the school. The student does not actually get a monetary amount. Announcement of the scholarship and a picture of the recipient should be placed in the ASO publication as soon after the school has ended. Anyone who would donate money toward this scholarship fund would be donating to the school as there is no specific fund set up for the scholarship. Funds do come out of the Future Sokol Leaders Fund.
MOTION made by Sis. J. Kalat to accept the National School Board’s report, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
Written reports will be handed out sometime during the course of this weekend.

“CONVENTION” ACTION COMMITTEE PROGRESS REPORTS
Sokol Program Revamp as Web Links
– Br. T. Pajer reported that the idea behind the Links Committee was to create a web page where you would click on a link and the link would give you these programs by their governing bodies. There are three people on this committee, Br. T. Pajer, Sis. L. Laznovsky and Br. F. Michalek. Currently, this site is at american-sokol.org/links. Right now, it contains volleyball and basketball. Eventually, all sports Sokol is involved in will have links. More people are needed for this committee. Br. R. Milan, Sis. M. Dunlap and Br. J. Balogh volunteered to help.
The deadline to complete this project is March 1, 2006.
Adult Seminar/Congress Type Merit Award Program
– Committee members are Sis. L. Lazanovsky, Sis. M. Cushing, Sis. N. Pajeau, Br. R. Milan and Sis. C. Baker. This program would be a merit award whereby instructors or directors would apply and the award would be to attend a USAG Congress or Regional Congress or something similar. This award would be geared toward adult instructors/directors to continue developing their education. The committee needs to provide guidelines for this program. Someone needs to be appointed as chairperson.
Volume Direct Access to Instructors “Spamming”
– Br. T. Pajer has been working on this program. Rather than spamming, we ought to have a place where people register to receive training material, or see a BOI activity, etc. Spamming is known as volume direct access. Once you register, you can un-subscribe to this list serve. This service is available at american-sokol.org/subscribe.
Sokol Awards Program
– To date, this program has not been pursued. This program was presented by Br. J. Milan at the convention.
“National” Events and National Event Coordinator
– The BOI is committed to $30, 000 of net income over five years. The BOI will attempt to get a National Event Coordinator(s) and they would hold some gigantic national event and we would raise $6, 000 each year for five years.
– Br. R. Milan would talk to a person about hosting a gymnastics meet. The event would pay for itself, but anything extra would go towards the National BOI. Br. R. Milan talked about hosting a Class 5 North Texas State Championships, which has 500+ children. A bid would need to be placed to host this event in 2007.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to have Br. R. Milan pursue the person hosting this event in April, 2007, seconded by Sis. L. Bazata and passed.
– The alternative to not raising the $30, 000 would be to cut the BOI budget by an appropriate amount.

2005 AMERICAN SOKOL SLET – REVIEW (Written report attached)
– The 2005 American Sokol Slet Report of the BOI is attached. Br. C. Kalat reviewed this report with everyone present. Several comments in different areas were made.

Comments
– Consideration is being given to having people send in calisthenics routines and not commission particular people to do so. Committees would be created for review of the submissions.
– One suggestion was to have only three routines, one for senior co-ed, one for juniors and seniors and one for all children.
– Testing should continue to be done for all cals.
– Information supplied in advance would have been helpful.

*** At this time a 15-minute break was taken. ***

– Tabled discussion on the possibility of holding a Slet every two years and only doing certain events in each year.
– Participation ribbons were handed out after Slet rehearsal; some people did not understand the point of these ribbons; some thought that was their return onto the field for free for the actual Slet performance. The ribbons were intended to be participation/souvenir ribbons.
– Suggestion was made that during the Slet program we should have several events going on at one time. It would shorten the program and yet allow everyone to see everything we offer.
– Br. E. Schnabl read a letter regarding the problems encountered at Slet. At the end of the letter he announced the letter was dated August, 1997, stating nothing has changed to date. Br. Schnabl also commended all the work done by the National Directors in putting the Slet together.

AMERICAN SOKOL TOURNAMENT RULES REVIEW AND UPDATE
– Br. B. Kucera prepared a summary sheet of the Tournament Rules that were submitted. Each item on the sheet was addressed and the results are as follows:
1. Change.
2. Change.
3. No change.
4. No change.
5. Change. Add word “Men.” Change to replace age groups.
6. Change withdrawn. Taken care of by change to item #5.
7. No change.
8. Change withdrawn.
9. No change.

*** At 5:30 p.m. a dinner break was taken. Meeting resumed at 6:45 p.m. ***

10. Change.
11. Change withdrawn.
Item added. Page 4, Paragraph 2; suggestion made to include stud earrings. Change.
12. Change by removing paragraph.
13. Section I-(6)K (not I). Change.
14. Change.
15. Change.
16. No change.
17. Change.
18. Change.
19. No change, but will clarify with the way it is worded.
20. No change.
21. Change.
22. Change.
23. Change.
24. No change.
25. Change.
MOTION made by Sis. A. Gerber to make the women’s rhythmics age groups to match the same as they are for the women’s artistic, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
26. No change.
27. No change.
28. No change.
29. Change.
MOTION was made by Sis. J. Kalat to remove Section IV of the Tournament Rules and leave Team Calisthenics and Team Marching rules under Special Events section, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.
30. Change does not matter because of Motion.
31. Change does not matter because of Motion.
32. Change does not matter because of Motion.
33. Change does not matter because of Motion.
34. Change. Br. B. Kucera requested that someone provide him with a proper picture of a young boy in uniform with proper socks shown.
35. Change. Br. B. Kucera requested Sokol Detroit to send him a picture of a correct Tot in uniform.
Unnumbered. The last change on the page should be part of the special rules.

REPORTS/COMMENTS – SOKOL USA/DA SOKOL REPRESENTATIVES
– Br. C. Kalat spoke to the National Men’s Director at Sokol USA, who asked if we would consider the possibility of conducting an American Sokol Instructors School at Barryville after their 2007 Slet.

MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to allow Sokol USA to bid for the American Sokol Instructors School at Barryville, NY, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP – Br. B. Kucera
Participation and Activities to Date
– Participation for 2005-2006 currently has 85 youth members; 26 new members and 59 renewal members, all from Sokol Spirit. Currently, has data from Sokol KHB, Sokol Tabor, Sokol St. Louis and Sokol Cedars, but still awaiting confirmation of payment from the office.
– Current activities include pen-pal program and coloring contest.
– In November Youth Newsletter, Br. Kucera solicited comments from 2005 summer camp people and has received four responses to include in the newsletter.
– Br. Kucera is in the process of updating Section 13 of the Director’s Handbook for the Youth Membership program.
– Other activities upcoming is passport replacement; first 3 youth members who turn in a completed passport (stickers from 1999 on) will receive a prize package, along with a free passport to continue. After those three, everyone else will just receive a replacement passport along with the return of their current passport.
– Comment was made to consider using a larger print for the newsletter going to the younger children. Also, suggested there be more activities for the younger children to do in the newsletter, rather than just give them information.
– Suggested there be more pages, rather than just one, if it is cost efficient; four more pages would still cost $.37 to send.

NEW WING PROGRAM
– New Wing is conducting a Winter Slet in Chicago area.
– The coordinators from the Project 16-24 program selected the new name of New Wing to get away from the age designation for the group. Howie and Jane Wise are the advisors to the New Wing and have been for the past two years. There will be a New Wing presentation tomorrow during the Development Conference.
– Basically, New Wing will be promoting friendship among young adults through various types of activities. First activity coming up is the Winter Slet.
– Flyer, Registration Form and Team Registration Form for the Winter Slet were passed out; they will also be mailed out to all units. Winter Slet is scheduled for 12/2-4/2005. The hotel for overnight attendees will be the Hampton Inn in Westchester, IL; $69/night. On Saturday, 8:00-10:00 a.m. will be the bowling competition at Eden Lanes. From 12:00-5:00 p.m., indoor beach volleyball at North Beach Volleyball. From 7:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., social at Sokol Tabor with a live band along with a Bean Bag Tournament. There is no charge for the social; anyone invited. Sunday is check-out and go home. Bowling competition will be same as bowling competition for Slet. Awards will be for male and female; no age group prize; participants must be 18 years old or over. Volleyball fee includes time at the Court for five hours; beverages are provided by the facility. People are encouraged to form a team from their unit; however, if there are only two people, they will be placed on an established team or create a new team. Bean Bag sign-up will take place at the social and registration fee will be paid at that time. Sokol USA and DA Sokol will be invited to attend. Age limit is 18 and over; no upper age limit. Event locations are responsible for serving beverages to age appropriate participants. There is a Winter Slet link available on the American Sokol web site. Winter Slet Committee members are Ted Polashek, Mike Wise, Steve Wise, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Mike Dropka.
– Carissa Skrivanek has resigned her position on the New Wing committee. New Wing is currently seeking another coordinator. All meetings are by teleconference calls

NATIONAL GYMNASTIC SKILLS MONTH – December, 2005
– Nothing further to comment on.

UNIFORMS
– At the convention, there was a suggestion to have the uniform committee look at accessories to the uniform. Establishing the uniform committee has not yet taken place.
– At the convention, it was postponed until this meeting, consideration of parade dress for the American Sokol at the parade in Prague for the 2006 Slet.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer that a choice be given of either the Sokol parade uniform, official hat optional, or the American Sokol gym uniform, and that the junior girls and girls be allowed to wear the American Sokol red (girls) or blue (junior girls) shorts over their leotard for the Prague parade, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
– National Uniform Report – October, 2005 by Sis. Jean Hruby, Uniform Director is attached.

UNIT/DISTRICT DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
– All District Directors received a fresh copy of the Instructors Digest 8.
– Sis. J. Kalat and Sis. J. LoGiudice worked on updating the Unit and District Directors Handbook. Packets of updates will be handed out.
– If anyone needs another copy of this Handbook, they are available at the ASO office for $10.00.
– Suggestion was made to skip a year for the development conference; hold the development conference every other year.
– Br. T. Pajer suggested writing a proposal for a large development conference to be held in conjunction with the next convention in 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to hold next development conference in 2007, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
– Br. R. Milan suggested coming to the Southern District for the 2007 development conference.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to accept the Southern District’s offer to hold the 2007 development conference and meeting hosted by the Southern District, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
– The 2007 conference will be held in the month of October.

2006 ASO NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS SCHOOL (Omaha)
– Br. Bud Benak had nothing further to add.

PERMANENT “BOB LIPTAK” AWARD
– Discussion regarding this award was held during the National School Board Meeting report included in these minutes.

2006 NATIONAL SOKOL YOUTH CAMP
– Currently, no plans or date are in place. At convention, BOI voted to allocate $2, 000 from the Future Sokol Leaders Fund to support the camp. The budget committee at the convention chose not to consider the Future Sokol Leaders Fund budget at all. The BOI will now approach the American Sokol executive board with that proposal. This year, the BOI will not have the $1, 500 from the World Sokol Federation.

2006 COS PRAGUE SLET
– The CD/DVD packages available for those who are planning to go to Prague; cost is $25.00. The CD includes all three calisthenics routines. The DVD includes the video received from the COS, which has all 16 cals on it; it has a special DVD of the women’s cal; also included is the women’s cal clinic from Sokol Tabor. The men’s cal shows two men doing the cal. We do not have an official COS training video for the senior cal.
– At this time, the BOI members present viewed portions of the COS DVD.
– COS is asking that there be no substitutes, i.e. women drilling men’s parts.
– During the week before Slet, the COS is sponsoring a competition for boys and girls in a certain age group; it will be an optional-type, higher level competition; there will be special housing for these children. The COS web site will have current information.
– Uniform order forms will be sent out in the future.
– COS is requesting a head count of cal participants as soon as possible.
– Br. T. Pajer reported on the American Sokol Performance Team. Tryouts are complete; those who tried out attended four Sundays, two hours long, of tryouts. Eleven people have been accepted on the team. They were notified this past Wednesday that they are part of the team. First practice will begin 10/30/05; and will continue every Sunday thereafter until Slet. The team is encouraged to do stunts and pyramids throughout parade route. The expectation of the Team is an approximate 5-minute number at the gala performance. Br. Pajer is looking to provide more opportunities for the team once they are there. The intention of the team is to serve as ambassadors of the American Sokol in every aspect.
– The convention authorized $25, 000 for the team. The BOI will have to do their best to raise all or as much of that money. Br. T. Pajer is putting together fundraisers/sponsorships to raise that money. To date, the team has earned about $2, 000 toward that end. Br. Pajer has some special events planned. The team is committed to fundraisers through the entire year.
– The members on the team range in age from 14 years to 28 years old; they are Tom Pajer, Joe Kucera, Matt Kocek, Kandi Pajer, Janet Lutha, Paul Koc, Megan Rosenow, Karyn Domzalski, Kenny Fron, Melissa Carlson, Jessica Rus and Christina Kucki.
– BOI requested everyone to ask their units to make a monetary donation. Permission has been received from the executive board to funnel the proceeds from the Seal campaign this year for this team.
– Suggestion was made to check into Walmart and Target for grants for the team.

2007 SOKOL USA SLET – PITTSBURGH
– Information and promotional brochures were passed out for Pittsburgh. Includes a tentative schedule for the Slet beginning on Thursday through Sunday. Most competitions are on Saturday. Slet will be at the convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. The host hotel is attached to the convention center. There is a short children’s calisthenics; Sokol USA is working on a Junior/Senior combined calisthenics and a Group 2 calisthenics from 1988. Sokol USA will probably use the same routines American Sokol does.
– Suggestion was made to think about preparing a Special Number to present at this Slet; not 500-mile number, but something similar.

ASO BOI BUDGET
– Normally BOI would track July to July; a budget was done in April for the convention; a new budget cycle began in July; a new Budget was not presented today.
– The full budget was ultimately accepted with the finance committee at the convention with the addition of $30, 000 of income as discussed earlier. Conferences are budgeted every year. There is a development conference budgeted every year, so doing one every other year will save us some money.

ANY UNFINISHED OR POSTPONED AGENDA ITEMS
Slovak Catholic Sokol Slet
– Br. H. Wise and Sis. J. Wise attended the Slovak Catholic Sokol Slet in July, 2005, in Pittsburgh. Sokol Greater Cleveland’s instructors trained them in gymnastics. Their gymnastics competition has optional routines put together with compulsory moves; they are judged. Their Slet is performed every two years and consists of gymnastic competitions, track and field events and drill (calisthenics). All participants are required to drill as a competitive event; each individual and as a group are judged on the entire drill. The drill they perform comes from 1 of 3 choices, chosen the day prior. They begin their event with a full Catholic mass; then there is about 15-20 minutes of tumbling. They do 3 different numbers; they do a number, then a hand apparatus, do another number, collect those and go back and do another hand apparatus, then drill, then another apparatus, then men would come out and do their number. Final number had everyone on the field, then the lights went out and everyone held glow sticks and did the number one more time. At the end, awards were given out.

Inactive Units
– Inactive units were discussed; how to make them more active. The by-laws state that there has to be more progress for the inactive units.
Traveling Summer Sokol Camp
– Traveling summer camp pilot program was held this past summer in the Central District. It was like a mini National Camp. The camp was held from Friday night to Sunday noon. Everyone participated in camp-like activities. The pilot was a success. The actual traveling camp is ready to move forward next summer from the end of June through the beginning of September. The staff members would be sent to your Unit or District to run the camp. Camp activities are in place, flyers are ready, forms and rules are all prepared. Presently, Br. T. Pajer is the contact for the camp; he does not attend the camp. The staff consists of Kevin Fitzpatrick, Maria Briedenbach and Stacey Domzalski. The camp host is responsible for the kitchen duties and providing sleeping quarters. The ages of the campers are 7 to 14, which worked out very well.
American Sokol Slet 2009
– Br. R. Milan handed out packets with information about Ft. Worth, TX. Br. Milan on behalf of Southern District would like to hold the 2009 American Sokol Slet in Ft. Worth, TX, on July 7 through July 12, 2009. It would be held at the Ft. Worth Convention Center.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
– Sis. M. Fiordelis invited everyone to Sokol Detroit’s 130th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, 11/6/05.
– Western District will be holding their Slet during the last weekend of April, 2006.
– December 2-4, 2005, New Wing Winter Slet.
– Central District will be holding a Track & Field Meet and Fitness Challenge at Morton College; October and November Friday nights are for Men’s volleyball; November 20, 2005, Women’s volleyball Tournament at Sokol Chicagoland/Elite Sports Complex; December 10, 2005, Boys and Men Gymnastics Competition/Boys Skills at Sokol Spirit; December 11, 2005, Rhythmics Competition at Sokol Chicagoland/Elite Sports Complex; March 11, 2006, Sokol Tabor’s Exhibition; March 12, 2006, Sokol Chicagoland’s Exhibition; March 17, Sokol Naperville’s Exhibition; March 18, 2006, Sokol Stickney’s Exhibition; March 25, 2006, Sokol Spirit’s Exhibition; April 1, 2006, Lodge 306 Exhibition; April 8, 2006, Special Number Competition at LT North High School; May 13, 2006, Little Girls Competition; May 20, 2006, Girls and Women Gymnastic Competition at LT North High School; May 20, 2006, Boys/Men Gymnastic Competition at Sokol Spirit; May 21, 2006, Sokol Day at Cermak Woods.
– Sis. J. LoGiudice has Czech American TV videos of the 2005 Slet; about 1 hour and 15 minutes of Slet time; remainder of time includes other Sokol events that were televised. Cost is $20.00 per video.

NEXT DISTRICT DIRECTORS’ CONFERENCE
– Next Directors’ Conference will be held in October, 2006. Eastern District offered to host the next conference and will provide the exact dates. Sokol Detroit will be unable to attend the second weekend of October, 2006.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Beverly R. Domzalski, Recording Secretary

Minutes of 1/11/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynda Bazata, Christina Curran, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Paul Lebloch, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Pat Satek, Barb Vondra and Howie Wise. Beth Kocek was excused.

– October birthday greetings: Barb Kucera, Jerry Milan, Joe Vrzalik, Pat Satek and Rome Milan.

– Minutes of the November 9, 2005, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to accept the minutes of the November 9, 2005, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

BILLS:
– Chuck Kalat, AAHPERD 3-year renewal membership 1/31/06 to 1/31/09, $300.00.
– Juanita LoGiudice, postage ($112.38) and supplies ($47.28), $159.66.
– Kandi Pajer, School Board meeting phone call, 10/20/05, $56.96. (FSLF)
– Mary Cushing, School Board Meeting phone call, $41.91. (FSLF)
– Sokol South Omaha, District Directors’ and Development Conference weekend, food and rental, $2, 177.27.
– Lynette Gilbert, copy DVD/CD cases and labels for additional COS Senior Cal, $25.20.
MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to approve bills, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– Nancy Beasley, 12 Boys’ skills cards and ribbons.
– N. Beasley, P. Linhart, L. Pelc, C. Riddle, 2006 Slet CD/DVD sets.
– Updated handbook pages to Unit Directors and Updated Handbooks to new BOI members .
– Updated Merit Award applications to five student requests and e-mailed their Unit directors about their request.
– Returned Patti Komara Video #107 received in error.

Mail Received:
– Robert Kucera, CD of the current tournament rules.
– Bud Benak, Sokol Weekend School for Instructors Handbook, update pages and School Board minutes of 10/20/05.
– November COS Sokol Magazine; Paul Lebloch is featured in a two-page article.
– Lakeland Times article/pictures of Sokol and Ellen Jeanne Schnabl, instructor of Sokol exercises at the community center.
– November/December and January American Sokol publications; Kandi created BOI Holiday Greetings in Nov/Dec issue.
– December Directors Newsletter.
– WSF letter with Christmas and New Year greetings.
– Irene Mergl Christmas card.
– Hodges Badge Company postcard advertising Winter Sale, 10% off orders made December 15 through February 15, 2006.
– Anyone interested, 8 VHS tapes of the 2005 Slet are available for $20 each.
– Many invitations about gymnastic invitational meets.
– Patti Komara latest specials on equipment and materials.
E-mails received:
– Jerry Milan, WSF meeting report of 10/7/05.
– Chuck Kalat, results of Development Conference Session Surveys; posted on website.
– Tom Pajer, new e-mail groups are now active.
– Cheri Riddle has new e-mail address: riddle‑cg@sbcglobal.net.
– Fitness is Fun ‑ The Presidents Challenge, December, 2005 issue, www.presidentschallenge.org (Click age category, click news/.research).
– William Senkus, Sokol Postcard collection posted on our website.
– Nancy Pajeau, check out website www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org exercise program.
– Interesting website to check out, www.liveitprogram.com.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP (written report attached):
– There are 1, 375 registered youth members as of 1/11/06.
– Br. Kucera has access to the youth ambassadors names through the youth database.

Future/New Activities
– Committing money to the Adopt an American Sokol Performance Team member would not be a proper use for youth committee money. Suggestion was made to hold a contest whereby a youth member would win the honor of receiving letters from a youth member from a donation made by the BOI.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 1-6, 2006
Boys and Girls Slet Competition Program
– Received e-mail regarding a boys and girls gymnastic competition during the Slet. It is for optional exercises for boys (born 1991-1995) and girls (1991-1993); 3-4 person teams or 1-2 individuals. COS is providing accommodations and meals for two days and three nights for these young competitors. Unsure if there are any youths in that age group going to Prague who will be doing optionals.

Performance Team and Fundraising Plans
– Team is working out on Sunday nights; music for team performance has been selected; routine has been sketched out; currently putting it all together with the team.
– First fundraiser since the Sokol seals is the “Adopt a Team Member” fundraiser for $50.00, which is advertised in the January ASO Magazine. In the February Magazine will be an internet art shopping fundraiser; purchases will earn 20% of proceeds for the team; igive.com is also available for internet shopping to earn money for the team. Pyramid donations will also be offered in the February Magazine; mailings will go out to every Sokol member; donations made for a certain amount set up in monetary tiers/levels will provide different rewards from the team members, i.e. letters, pictures, t-shirts, advertising, etc. Local businesses will receive packets of information about the team and the American Sokol requesting monetary donations. During April, May and June, will hold an art raffle, will take orders in May for a DVD of Prague Slet trip, and in June will hold a cash raffle and dinner. Suggestions were made for other donations; may possibly have a table at the Central District Special Number Competition for donations for the Team as the Team will be performing at this event.
– Encountering problems with deciphering uniform order forms from Prague. Performance Team uniforms will be similar in design to the current American Sokol uniform; for the women, a leotard will be created with a white top and back fading into blue; for the men, a pair of tight shorts in blue fading into white. Perhaps after the Prague Slet, the ASO may want to adopt these uniforms for gymnastic competition wear.
– The Team will be taking passport pictures this coming Sunday.
– Jean Hruby is currently working with Mary Steinman on Team insurance coverage.

Slet Participation Survey Results
– Have not heard from all Units at this time. Results to date are: Women’s Drum number 40; Men’s Cal, 36; Senior Cal – Women 43, Men 20. Parade participants 172. Spectators 47. These numbers will be used to create formations so everyone is aware of their position. COS prefers women not drill in a man’s position. For the Senior II cal ASO has Square B for 36 people, 12 men and 24 women; Sokol Canada has their own Square.

Senior Cal DVDs
– Sis. J. LoGiudice mailed/delivered to all who purchased the set. There are still 8 sets remaining.

Calisthenics Uniform/Costumes
– Sis. I. Polashek translated order forms for women from Czech sizes to American sizes. Men’s sizes are S, M, L, same as American sizes. Everyone named on surveys will receive the order information. Payment will be made in Prague to avoid fee for transfer of American dollars to Czech dollars.

Prague t-shirt (selection and bids)
– Four designs were printed and viewed; two designs were new, other two were previously e-mailed to BOI members. Decided to choose from the two early designs that were e-mailed to everyone.

MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to select the design with the two penned falcons without stripes, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.
– Discussed placement of design and color of t-shirt.

MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to place the design on the front only of a white t-shirt, seconded by Sis. J. Kalat and passed (one opposed).
– Bids from t-shirt companies are due on 2/1/06.
– There have been no further discussions regarding the Prague camp. The November Teen Youth Newsletter advertised the Prague camp. It was suggested Kandi Pajer put an announcement about the camp in the “Gymnast” section of the ASO Magazine.
– There will also be a calisthenics instructors course following the Slet; it will be in English and Czech. This information will also be included in the “Gymnast.”
– Cheri Riddle sent an e-mail requesting help to teach the senior cal; Howie Wise will contact Cheri to make arrangements with her.

NEW WING
– Mike Wise thanked the office staff, and Barb Vondra and Chuck Kalat for their help with the Winter Slet.
– The Winter Slet took place on December 2-3, 2005. Planned activities included three competitions and a social at Sokol Tabor’s hall. Competitions were bowling in the morning, indoor sand volleyball in the late afternoon and a bags tournament and social for the evening. Bowling and volleyball facilities were excellent; hotel was very accommodating. There were 65 participants in the bowling and volleyball events with additional spectators. Units represented were Sokol Tabor, Sokol Stickney, Sokol Greater Cleveland, Sokol Spirit, Sokol St. Louis, DA Sokol and Sokol USA Lodge 306. The BOI budgeted amount for this event was not to exceed $1, 000. All bills have been paid. There was $709.06 used from the $1, 000; $290.94 will be returned to BOI. Medals were given to winning participants in bowling and volleyball and the medals were covered by a $100 donation from Br. C. Kalat.
Revenue:
Registration $2, 065.00
Credits 624.69
Total Revenue $2, 689.69
Expenses:
North Beach Volleyball $2, 498.75
Eden Lanes 400.00
Mario’s Band at Social 300.00
Sokol Tabor 200.00
Total Expenses $3, 098.75

The difference of $790.06 was covered by the budget.
– Br. C. Kalat requested that the New Wing Committee put together an article with pictures for the “Gymnast” publication.
– There were not a lot of 20-30 year olds at this event; thought there would be more college age students. It was noted that a lot of college students are still in school and December is the end of a semester with final exams coming up; it was also a busy time before the upcoming Holidays. A different time of the year may draw more participants.
– Br. Ted Polashek submitted a thank you letter to American Sokol.
– Emanuella Grinberg of Sokol New York is a new coordinator with the New Wing.

2009 AMERICAN SOKOL SLET
Calisthenics Authors
– Applications will be requested by those interested in writing a calisthenics routine. Official letters will then be sent to the people chosen asking them to write certain calisthenics with music. There is a possibility the new calisthenics will not be tested in a year prior to the actual performance.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
Website Administration
– Br. T. Pajer has resigned from the position of American Sokol web master. The American Sokol office will take over that responsibility. Br. T. Pajer will continue to maintain the BOI web site if the overall administrator of the web site permits that. The BOI may consider having a separate web page from the American Sokol master site; the BOI would have its own password.
– The American Sokol office is planning on changing the web site host also.

MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to have Br. Tom Pajer continue maintaining the BOI web site on behalf of the BOI, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

2006 National Instructors School
– Information has been received for publication in the Directors’ Newsletter and Kandi Pajer should have received the same to put in the “Gymnast.” Date for the School is 7/17/06 to 7/31/06, at Sokol South Omaha. Cost will be $275 per student. The Instructors’ School Board is trying to locate instructors who are available to teach during these dates. Br. Bud Benak asked that we enforce the deadline for registration, which is 6/1/06, as he will be going to Prague and needs to have everything in place upon his return. The BOI will speak to the School Board about providing proper training for writing calisthenics so the students can possibly submit a new calisthenics routine.

2006 National Sokol Camp
– The dates of the camp are July 31, 2006, through August 6, 2006, at the camp in St. Louis. The price will remain at $300.00. Sis. J. Kalat will take care of the camp mailing and miscellaneous paperwork.
– The current CD publicizing the camp has a date specific application attached to it from last year, but Units can show it to their students.
2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– This camp was a Keeping our Kids Committee function; there no longer is a Keeping our Kids Committee. The BOI may take the traveling camps on as a BOI function; Br. T. Pajer will continue to coordinate. The staff members are in place; forms are all prepared; all plans are ready to go. Central District is requesting the traveling camp for June 16-18, 2006 or June 23-25, 2006; Central District will send a formal request. BOI will continue to develop traveling camp plans and advertise its availability.
Weekend Instructors School
– Central District is considering holding a weekend instructor’s school in September. Sis. M. Fiordelis was asked to provide a financial report from Sokol Detroit’s weekend instructor’s school.

2006-2007 Merit Award
– This program has been updated. Application and essay requirements have changed. There have been five requests to date for an application.

“Links” Project
– The Links project is available at american-sokol.org/link. There is about 9 or 10 sections of activities that Sokol is involved in. New links will be added. This site will be advertised in the Directors’ Newsletter.

Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The committee is meeting next weekend in Ft. Worth, TX. Strategic plan will be developed for the American Sokol. BOI representatives are Barb Vondra, Lori Laznovsky, Tom Pajer and Mary Ann Fiordelis. Other Sokol members attending will be Jerry Milan, Mary Steinman and Larry Laznovsky. A professional facilitator will be present; facilitator specializes in helping not-for-profit organizations build strategic plans.

New American Sokol Merchandise
– Rubber Sokol bracelets that say “Sokol Family Fitness and Fun” and Sokol nylon drawstring backpacks are available. Would like to use these items as a fundraiser for Units. These items will be sold in quantities of 5/$10 for bracelets, but as a donation to the American Sokol, the bracelets could be resold as a fundraiser for $5 for one bracelet. Backpacks are available in red and blue; if you buy one it is $10, or in a quantity of 5 at $6.00 each ($30). Magnets with the Sokol logo are also on order at this time. It was noted that the TM trademark symbol was not included on the merchandise designs.
– There is also a stock of polo shirts and button-down shirts with Sokol logo available for purchase in the office.

Other
– CATV is looking for donations. CATV web site is still active. In January, 2006, this program moved from Chicago channel 28 to Chicago channel 41. Sis. Irene Hederman is on his committee for soliciting donations.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; a copy is posted at www.american-sokol.org/boi.

Attendance Tracking
– Tom Pajer, Bob Kucera and Mary Ann Fiordelis met three times prior to this meeting via teleconference to discuss updating the attendance tracking procedures. They reported that more than just activity tracking should be incorporated. Attendance tracking should be looked at from more than just a BOI standpoint. The American Sokol executive board should be contacted with a request for assistance from a membership standpoint. Units would enter information into a database and would have access to current membership numbers and activities. This committee is presently looking into adaptable software for tracking youth and adult membership information, class participation and activities. The people who would be posting this information from units would be the Unit Director for gym activities, the financial secretary for adult membership and the person responsible for youth membership; all that would be added is data, no written reports would be requested. Units would also be able to go into this database and create labels for their membership. The intention of this program is to replace what we are currently using for membership, dues and attendance. Sis. M. Fiordelis will introduce this concept to the executive board.
– The committee has not restructured the current attendance record-keeping system; however, for the time being, will continue to use the current system with some possible updates. This item will remain on the action list with the 3/1/06 target date.

The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary

Minutes of 2/8/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:35 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Christina Curran, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Paul Lebloch, Juanita LoGiudice, Frank Michalek, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Irena Polashek, Pat Satek, Barb Vondra, Pat Vondra and Howie Wise. Tom Pajer, Lynda Bazata and Beth Kocek were excused.
– A moment of silence was observed for Br. Fred Kala.
– February birthday greetings: Bud Benak, Lynda Bazata, Mary Cushing, Christina Curran and Patti Vondra.

– Minutes of the January 11, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kucera to accept the minutes of the January 11, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

BILLS:
– Juanita LoGiudice, postage ($5.98), containers ($27.57) and office supplies ($59.50), $93.15.
– Chuck Kalat, office supplies ($16.00) and postage ($124.00) for National Camp announcements and registration mailing to youth members, $140.00.
– Tom Pajer, ASPT passport pictures from Walgreens, $69.19.
– Tom Pajer, postage for pyramid donations, $78.00.
MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to approve bills, seconded by Br. P. Lebloch and passed (3 opposed).

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– Maryann Fiordelis, copies of past yearly unit attendance reports.
– 2006 Prague Slet participants, letter and calisthenics charts.

Mail Received:
– Jane Wise, 2007 Instructor School Bid application for Sokol Greater Cleveland.
– Invitation from Greater Pittsburgh, free tours, kelly.hall@gpcvb.org and www.planpittsburgh.com.
– Tom Pajer, Performance Team letter regarding pyramid donations.
– Chuck Kalat, February, 2006, Directors’ Newsletter.
– Barb Vondra, IL USAG Newsletter, www.Region5.com/Illinois.

E-mails received:
– Tom Pajer, two e-mails with link subscribers.
– Barb Vondra, USA Gymnastics Fitness Site www.usa-gymnastics.org/fitness.
– USAG, American Cup Philadelphia, March 4, 2006, www.usa-gymnastics.org/events/2006/american-cup/amcup-home.html.
– Bud Benak, Sokol South Omaha withdrew their bid for 2007 Instructor’s School.
– Jan Kalat, Regular Action List, 1/14/06, forwarded to BOI.
– Bev Domzalski, 1/11/06 BOI minutes, forwarded to BOI.
– Chuck Kalat, regulation uniform section of Tournament Rules.
– Paul Lebloch, new e-mail address, plebloch@comcast.net.
– Jerry Milan, USA Gymnastics BOD questionnaire about American Sokol organization; Br. C. Kalat completed; Sis. J. Hruby attending 3/10/06 USAG meeting.
– Coach Glen Cameron, soccer link information.
– Ivo Broskevic, applications for financial gifts by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Dobruska Czech Language Course, July 28-August 25, 2006, application deadline is 3/31/06, forwarded to BOI; and Academic Semesters in the Czech Republic, 2006 Winter and 2007 Summer semesters, application deadlines 3/15/06 and 8/15/06, forwarded to BOI.
– American Council on Exercise, January, 2006 newsletter, www.acefitness.org.
– Sokol Washington DC, February, 2006 newsletter.
– Word “Sokol” part of local TV Guide crossword puzzle #886, January 16-22, 2006, issue; answer in January 23-29, 2006 issue.
– Cheri Riddle/Ellie Babka, USA Traveling Carillon of Prague tour, www.travelingcarillon.com.
– Landsberger, Sokol Minnesota members (Mary Cahill, Norm Petrik, etc.) marched with Sokolights & puppets in St. Paul Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade.
– Kuppler Graphics, Inc., screen prints, www.kupplertee.com.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP:
– Youth Committee meeting held January 16, 2006.
– There are 1, 545 registered youth members.
– There are a potential 19 members from Ceska Sin and 63 from Sokol West as soon as their checks are received by the office.
– Youth committee is considering moving the registration deadline from 12/31 to 11/30; Br. B. Kucera will first survey all directors to see when their classes start.
– Passport sales brought in $75.00.
– Received $50 for 10 miscellaneous youth members.
– Expenses on credit card include: $10.13 for mailing envelopes for class pyramid contest; $25.92 for postage; $780.00 postage for registration and upcoming February newsletter.
– At the meeting, discussed material for newsletters; next newsletter will be mailed this weekend. Toddler newsletter has Valentine’s day activities; Kids and Teens newsletters are similar with puzzles and activities.
– Next meeting should be during the first week of April.
– Have not yet heard from Sokol Corpus Christi, Sokol Yukon and Sokol Dallas.
– There seems to be a drop in numbers for Tots, however, New York has 133, but Br. Kucera has been unable to read their file; Ceska Sin has 82, but has not received a check, so these numbers have not been recorded.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 1-6, 2006
Performance Team (ASPT)
– Team is working out on Sunday nights; number is written.
– The “Adopt a Team Member” fundraiser is doing very well; about one-half of goal from this fundraiser has been met. Pyramid donation has just been publicized in the American Sokol publication. There is also an online art store and igive.com fundraiser.
On 2/25/06 and 3/4/06, ASPT members will be approaching local businesses in the Chicago area for donations.
– Br. T. Pajer prepared a tentative budget for ASPT and sent to Br. C. Kalat for review.
– Team will be applying for passports this Saturday at 10:00 in the Cicero Post Office.

Slet Participation Survey Results
– There are 42 women in the drum number; 40 men in men’s calisthenics, which is four more than there is room for; 55 women for senior calisthenics, one woman does not have a position, and 26 men; 215 people in the parade; and 50 extra people as spectators.

ASO Calisthenics Formations
– Br. C. Kalat put together charts for the senior cal and the men’s cal; Sis. B. Vondra put together a chart for the women’s cal. All formations are full. Br. Kalat will check by March 1, to reconfirm all who are traveling to Prague and that they have traveling arrangements and hotels.
– Sis. B. Vondra received a chart from Sis. Nada, which shows that we only have, outside of Sokol Greater Cleveland, 18 spots, but 23 women drilling. Br. Kalat e-mailed the chart and numbers to Br. Vrana on 2/1/06 and asked him to respond that he received them; has received no response; e-mailed him again over the weekend, but still no response.
– Br. Kalat is trying to get a response from Prague as to whether non-participants will be allowed to attend the gala.

Uniforms
– Received uniform information from the COS; the measurements for senior cal uniforms seem wrong, so order forms have not yet been distributed. The BOI has ordered one of each uniform part in each size to use as sample sizes.
– Uniforms will be ordered by Units. The ASO is not getting involved with orders.
Prague T-shirt (bid selection)
– Bids have been received from Creative Design for $5.50 if tax exempt, $5.90 if we have to pay tax, 50% down, deposit with order, no delivery date indicated; Calisto for $4.75, set-up charge would be an additional $.30, extra $1.00 for XXL, no mention of advance payment, delivery in 10 business days, minimum re-order of 24 shirts; CL Activewear, $5.50, require 50% upfront, bid was 4-6 weeks delivery.

MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to order t-shirts from Calisto, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.
MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to charge $10 per shirt, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
– Sis. P. Satek will put together an order form.

Other Information
– Br. P. Lebloch asked if ASO was going to supply flags for ASO members in Prague. Discussion tabled until next month.
– Senior 2 cal is the only cal that has words to be sung. There are no words to songs provided for drum number.

2009 AMERICAN SOKOL SLET
Dates and Site Selection Progress
– Br. R. Milan reported that the current Slet Committee consists of Bob Podrhasky, Larry Laznovsky, Jerry Milan and Rome Milan, including Chuck Kalat and Barb Vondra. Br. R. Milan asked permission to set the Slet date for July 7-12, 2009. The Downtown Ft. Worth Convention Center is booked for June, 2009 and during all of July, 2009 and continuing for six weeks, Jehovah Witness booked the Center. Sokol was granted the use of the week of July 7-12, 2009.
– At the Omni Convention Center Hotel, which has not been built as yet, 480 rooms have been blocked. The high number of rooms is due to the fact that the Slet will be run in conjunction with the Gymnastics Association of Texas, which has a large convention that brings about 2, 000 people to that convention. There is also a large Texas Czech insurance company (SPJST) that runs a huge youth activity day every year, which brings an attendance of about 2, 000 people. At the same time, the USA Group Gymnastics Championship would be hosted; this event has been growing year-by-year. Sokol would also be hosting a National Archery Tournament at the same time which should bring in 500 to 1, 000 people. These entities would run their own events, we would just be providing the facility for them. We would also have an opportunity to run a 10K or 5K event prior to competitions in downtown Ft. Worth.
– The dates chosen of July 7-12, 2009, is Tuesday through Sunday, with a Saturday evening outdoor Slet.
– Rooms at the Omni Convention Center Hotel would be $130 a night. There are other hotels that would cost about $69 to $89 a night. There is also another hotel for $105 a night.
MOTION made by Br. H. Wise to accept the dates of Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12, 2009, for the 2009 ASO Slet in Ft. Worth, Texas, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.

NEW WING
– No report. No activity has taken place. Meeting is being planned for the near future.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
Website Administration
– Sis. B. Vondra announced ASO has a new web site administration. Presently, attempts are being made to switch over. We are no longer with Earthlink.
– Sis. K. Pajer was advised to use her @AMERICAN-SOKOL.ORG e-mail address for publishing in the Sokol Gymnast section of the magazine. Br. Kalat will let Sis. Hruby know that the e-mail account for Kandi Pajer needs to be set up as in the past.
2006 National Instructors School- July 17-31, 2006
– Announcement will appear in the next issue of the Gymnast; appeared in the Directors’ Newsletter.
2007 National Instructor School Bid
– Received two bids; one from the Northeastern District to be hosted at Sokol Greater Cleveland and one from the Western District to be hosted at Sokol South Omaha. Dates are July 16-30, 2007. Since then, Br. B. Benak has withdrawn the Western District bid.
MOTION made by Sis. J. Kalat to accept the Northeastern District’s bid to host the School at Sokol Greater Cleveland, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.
2006 National Sokol Camp – July 31 to August 6, 2006
– Sis. J. Kalat reported that the camp mailing went out this week to all the children who are ages 12 to 17. Staff applications were also sent to former staff members. The usual $75 coupon will be available for ASO campers. Camp costs $300 and will be held at Sokol St. Louis camp.
2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Notice of the Summer Traveling Camp program was run in the Director’s Newsletter. To date, only the Central District has expressed an interest for the summer of 2006 and has provided two different possible weekends.
2006-2007 Merit Award
– No new requests have come in this month.

“Links” Project
– The Links project web site has been sent for publication to the American Sokol Directors’ Newsletter. The link is american-sokol.org/link. Since the web site is being reorganized, several links have not been posted on the site as yet. Br. Pajer will provide a list of those links to Br. C. Kalat.

Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The committee representatives are Maryann Fiordelis, Barb Vondra, Larry Laznovsky, Tom Pajer, Mary Steinman, Lori Laznovsky and Jerry Milan. The committee is looking at core programs: membership, marketing, finances, board development and organization development. It’s a 10-year plan.

2006 Directors’ Conference – October 21-22, 2006
– Will be held in the New York area on a Saturday and Sunday. This will be just a District Director meeting; no workshop.

New Unit Directors
– Sokol New York women’s director is Donna Sbriglia and Sokol West’s men’s director is Mary Beth Dulock.

Other
– American Sokol February publication includes merit award request. Article about Frank Michalek, honorary National Director was also in that issue.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy will be distributed.

No meeting in March, 2006. The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.
Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary

Minutes of 4/12/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:35 p.m. by Sis. N. Pajeau at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynda Bazata, Christina Curran, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Bob Kucera, Paul Lebloch, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Pat Satek and Howie Wise. Barb Vondra, Barb Kucera and Beth Kocek were excused.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
– March birthday greetings: Allison Gerber, Jan Kalat, Beth Kocek and Matt Kocek.
– April birthday greetings: Frank Michalek and Chuck Kalat.
– May birthday greetings: Lynn Conrad.
– Congratulations to Grandparents, Barb and Bob Kucera, on the birth of their grandson, Scott Robert, born 2‑11‑06, 5 lbs. 15 oz.
– Expressed sympathy for Sis Betty Prener passed away 83-year Sokol member, 100 years old.
– American Sokol will receive the Jan Masaryk Gratis Agit Award at the Czernin Palace in Prague, Czech Republic on May 4, 2006.

MINUTES:
– Minutes of the February 8, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to accept the minutes of the February 8, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

BILLS:
– Juanita LoGiudice, postage, envelopes and cards, $27.59.
– Taylor’s Flower Shop, green planter for Benak family (Sandy Benak’s mom passed away), $51.36.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kucera to approve bills, seconded by Sis. M. Fiordelis and passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– Sympathy cards to Walko Family for Albert Walko, Sokol USA Past Director; Benak Family for Sandra’s mom, Johanna Kocourek.

Mail Received:
– Ellen Jeanne Schnabl donated three video tapes: American Sokol, CATV Herald 2005 Slet and Roots of Sokol (Sokol NY); also, sent an Article: “Exercise for Life.”
– Chuck Kalat sent March and April, 2006, Directors’ Newsletters.
– Benak Family sent a thank you card for the green planter.
– Patti Komara sent a packet of specials; VHS tapes on sale; now converting to DVDs.
– Crown Trophy Catalog (showroom in Brookfield, IL).
– Dinn Bros. Trophy Catalog (Massachusetts).
– The Heart Of Europe Publication; in the Sports Issue there was an Article about Sokol.
– Hlasy Naroda publication; included an Article about Fred Kala in Czech.

E-mails received:
– Jan Kalat: 2/12/06 and 3/19/06 Action Lists; forwarded to BOI.
– Jan Kalat: 4/2/06 Updated Action List; Tom posted on web site www.american‑sokol/boi/members.
– Bev Domzalski: 2/28/06 American Sokol BOI minutes; Tom posted on web site.
– Bev Domzalski: 10/21/05 District Directors’ Conference minutes; Tom posted on web site.
– Patti Vondra: new e-mail address: pvondra@sbcglobal.net.
– Lance Kovac: Summer jobs available at Sokol Woodlands, Barryville, NY; contact Ljkovac1@aol.com or 609‑324‑3959.
– Bryan Pracko: Sokol USA Lodge 306 web site, www.sokolusachicago.com.
– USA Gymnastics: Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, WI, was 1 of 10 finalists for 2005 Sullivan Award; Mary Cushing knows her.
– Wingstop Boneless Moves Contest: www.wingstop.com.
– American Council on Exercise: February and March, 2006, Newsletters: www.acefitness.org.
– PE‑NEWS: February and March PE Newsletters: www.pelinks4u.org.
– PE4life: DuPage County Institute in Naperville IL: www.pe4life.org.
– The Presidents Challenge: February and March newsletters: www.presidentschallenge.org.

E-mails sent:
– District Directors, BOI and other National Organization Directors: Announcing District Directors’ Conference during the weekend of October 20‑22, 2006, at Sokol New York.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP:
– Youth Committee Status Report dated April 12, 2006 is attached.
– Discussed low Tots enrollment numbers. Attendance records and youth membership numbers will need to be compared to see if there is a difference and find out why, if at all, Tots are not being enrolled as youth members.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 1-6, 2006
Performance Team (ASPT)
– ASPT performed Prague Slet Gala number for the first time on April 8, 2006, at the Central District Special Number Competition.
– ASPT has achieved over and above its goal amount ($25, 422.68); however, expenses need to be extracted, i.e. DVD creation and duplication costs, pictures to create and mail, t-shirts mailing. ASPT is hoping to still make enough money so that the Sokol Seals money can be put back into its regular account, rather than be used for the Performance Team. Donations continue to come in to achieve these goals.
– Prague DVD sales are coming up; will be advertised in American Sokol publication.
– Final fundraiser will be the cash raffle dinner and art auction which will be held on June 23, 2006. Flyers will be passed out at the Central District Sokol Day and an announcement will be in the American Sokol publication. Team members will be selling tickets. This event will be held at Sokol Tabor on Friday evening, 6/23/06. The Team will perform their 5-minute number and possibly include some stage performances; there will be a catered dinner; also, a live art auction, which will include works from Rome Milan, Annette Schabowski and team member, Megan Rosenow.
– Thanked Pat Satek for help in designing the t-shirts for those who donated to the pyramid fundraiser. Those who donated $1, 000+ will have an ad in the American Sokol publication; the deadline for ads from the donors is June 1, 2006.
– The ASPT will be staying at Tyrsuv Dum while in Prague.

ASO Calisthenics Formations
– Br. C. Kalat reported that ASO still needs people to fill in some of the formations. There are women needed in five spots and men needed in three spots for Senior calisthenics. There is one spot open in the men’s calisthenics. There are four openings in the women’s drum number.

Uniforms
– All uniform information has been distributed.
– COS will be sending one set of sample uniforms for the Senior II calisthenics.

Prague T-shirt Orders
– There were 277 orders for t-shirts.
Rehearsal and Program Schedules Received
– Received a rehearsal schedule from COS. Schedule was distributed to all groups participating. There are two separate rehearsals for each number; there is a rehearsal for the program itself; and there is a dress rehearsal for the program itself. The men will be in the finale of the second program.

Parade – Hand Held U.S. Flags
– A meeting was held with Paul Lebloch, Tom Pajer, Barb Vondra, Chuck Kalat and Larry Laznovsky about a week ago. It was decided the Performance Team will do some moving activities during the parade. We will also get some hand held flags; Br. Kalat spoke to someone who is offering a 10% discount from Oriental Trading Company which has the best deal at about $3.00 a dozen for 4″ x 6″ flags. Br. Kalat is also working on a souvenir pin that should be on the web site in a few days. If anyone has other ideas, they should be sent to Br. Kalat before 5/1/06.

Other Information
– A second Slet Bulletin was received; however, it is written in Czech only. Jan Ulrich is listed as the person in charge of the Slet Gala. There is information on first aid, a release form is included and a technical insurance section that is for the Czech children. For the Sokol Gala, there is a pre-premier at 3:00 p.m., which is a 2-hour program with 90 minutes of sports; from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., there will be musical groups and bands that will be playing; 7:00 p.m. will be the opening of the Slet, which is a 3-hour program and includes the same numbers from the 3:00 p.m. program. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the Tyrsuv Dum courtyard, special numbers will perform; there is a conflict with men’s calisthenics practice. On Monday at 4:00 p.m., there will be special numbers performed again. They do state that program order will take into consideration rehearsal obligations of participants. There will be groups from Denmark, Croatia, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Canary Islands and USA. In case of rain, performances will be indoors at Tyrsuv Dum. On June 28-30, 2006, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., there will be an exhibition of some Prague units’ special numbers. At the Old Town Metro Stop, there will be different folklore groups performing. On July 2-4, 2006, there will be cultural programs and folklore groups throughout the day at Tyrsuv Dum. On July 3, 2006, there will be a street ball tournament from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for 12 to 18 year old boys and girls. On 4th of July, Sokol Theater Groups will perform at 6:00 p.m. On July 6, 2006, there will be a farewell celebration at Tyrsuv Dum.

NEW WING
– No report at this time. Attempting to schedule a meeting time and date.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
Web site Administration
– The web site is up and running. Continuing to work with Sis. J. Hruby to straighten out a few issues.
– The BOI web site is broken into two web sites; one is more public, which includes program and information on Slet: american-sokol.org/boi; the second is more private for the board to post minutes and other internal information: american-sokol.org/boi/members.

2006 National Instructors School- July 17-31, 2006
– Br. Kalat received a report from Br. B. Benak. Br. Benak is working on securing a staff for the school. He received several applications for assistant instructor positions; has not received any student applications as yet. He is working on a new graduation diploma and code of conduct. Application deadline is June 1, 2006.
2006 National Sokol Camp – July 31 to August 6, 2006
– Sis. J. Kalat reported that there are five people interested in being on the staff. Five camper applications have been received. Sokol Detroit, Sokol Greater Cleveland, Sokol Crete and Sokol St. Louis sent e-mail inquiries about the camp. All information is on the web site.

2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Br. T. Pajer met with the traveling camp staff just before this meeting. One camp is lined up so far; it is for Central District on June 16-18 at Sokol Spirit. Maria Briedenbach will be unavailable for this camp; joining Kevin Fitzpatrick and Stacey Domzalski will be Matt Petkus and Kaitlin Short. Br. Pajer spoke to John Bazata and e-mailed information he needs. The camp would like a minimum of 25 campers; deadline is May 21, 2006. Either Kevin Fitzpatrick or Stacey Domzalski will be the camp leader; Br. Pajer may not be available at all times during this camp. Budget may be a little short for some funds; part of the budget includes donations from the Future Sokol Leaders Fund and the Youth Committee; we hope we can still get $250 from the Youth Committee and $126 from the FSLF. Br. Kalat will see if FSLF included the camp in its budget; if not, the BOI will cover. The camp is also looking for $63 to come from general donations. The camp schedule will be very similar to last year’s pilot camp.
2006-2007 Merit Award

– There have been 7 requests; 4 from Central District, 1 from Northeast District and 2 from Southern District. Deadline for request is May 1, 2006.
Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The committee continues to meet by teleconference to work on strategic imperatives. The committee will be meeting face-to-face during the first weekend in May in Ft. Worth to take a look at all of the imperatives and put all of them in a final plan. Will work on strategies and communications of the plan.
New Uniform Committee
– Committee consists of Pat Satek (chairperson), Bob Kucera, Christina Curran, Matt Kocek. Jean Hruby is assisting the committee as the Uniform Department Rep; Sis. Hruby was on vacation and unable to attend meeting. Committee looked over the report from the convention then discussed items committee would like to pursue.
– Priorities were established:

1. Men’s competition uniform consisting of a shirt and shorts and women’s competition leotard. Committee would like to have these items available by January, 2007. Would like to have units poll their women to see if leotard preference is for long sleeves or no sleeves.
2. Shorts for girls to wear over their uniform leotards; shorts could be worn during a parade; shorts would not be considered part of the official uniform, but would be an accessory. Girls are interested in the short shorts offered by the Soffe Company. The shorts would have the entire waistband on the inside printed with the word “Sokol” repeating around the waistband upside down so the waistband can be rolled down and you can read Sokol right side up, or possibly have the word Sokol just on the backside of the waistband; color would be an ash gray. Committee woul like to have this item available by September, 2006.
3. In addition to the regulation uniform, ankle socks with “Sokol” printed on the side. Committee would like to have this item available by September, 2006.
4. Bandana that would be a generic Sokol bandana and would be available in a lot of different colors.
5. Sis. Hruby has a lot of backpack style bags, which is more appropriate for the kids. Something appropriate for the adults would be a duffel bag; an investigation by the committee to see what size and style would be preferred.

– Long-term goals are for uniform shoes; will look for a source and have members go get them from that source. Also, considering a warm-up suit for children that would be less expensive than the one available for adults.
– Br. Pajer showed the new ASPT uniform, which will become the women’s competitive leotard.
– The shorts for men would be a shorter gymnastic short, tighter fitting, in a knit fabric. The word Sokol will be placed on the shorts.
– Committee will get a sample prepared and bring back financial information in order to get approval.
– There is an excess amount of red shorts in larger sizes to be used for girls who wear the red leotards would wear red shorts. Youth, size large, red leotards are out-of-stock; they will be re-ordered during the summer months for sale/distribution in September, 2006.

Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau will have a report next month.
American Sokol Special Number for 2007 Sokol USA Slet
– It was decided a few months ago that an American Sokol Special Number would be prepared for the Slet in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2007. Matt Kocek has volunteered to be considered as an author for a Slet calisthenics in 2009; instead, he was asked to put a number together with the same conception as the 500-mile number. It would be a high energy number that everyone can do. Br. Kocek was asked to have this number ready by the end of Summer, 2006. Br. Kocek has chosen the music, “You Can Call Me Al, ” by Paul Simon.

Other
– Cheri Riddle is new Sokol Fresno’s Women’s Director.
– It was noted that Speith Anderson offers Milan Vault Tables which were named in recognition of Jerry Milan’s brother.
– Instructor Handbook Book now includes rules for the Br. Bob Liptak Instructor School Scholarship; also, included is a page about Instructor School Staff and the duties of an Assistant Instructor.
– USAG National Congress will be held on August 16‑19, 2006 in St. Paul, MN.
– Central District is interested in the 2005 Special Number t-shirts to use as a parade t-shirt; there are 12 red shirts and 9 gray shirts still available.
– The Czech Council of Higher Education presented $3, 500 scholarships to Br. Bo Benak of Sokol South Omaha, Br. Andrew Dalton of Sokol South Omaha and Sis. Kelly Panackia of Sokol Detroit.
– Br. T. Pajer presented a plan for a program similar to instructors’ school, but this program would teach young people how to actually run a gym and handle executive offices on a Unit’s board. A major problem foreseen is finding people to actually teach this sort of program.
– Br. Lebloch will be going to Prague on April 30, 2006; if anyone has any questions about the Slet, drop Br. Lebloch an e-mail.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy is posted on the members web site.

The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary

Minutes of 5/10/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynn Conrad, Christina Curran, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Bob Kucera, Barb Kucera, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Barb Vondra, and Howie Wise. Patti Vondra, Lynda Bazata, Paul Lebloch and Beth Kocek were excused.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
– Birthday greetings: Paul Lebloch, Jane Wise, John Bazata and Sandy Benak.
– Expressed sympathy to Br. J. Milan; his sister, Jeannie, passed away.

MINUTES:
– Minutes of the April 12, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kucera to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. T. Pajer and passed.

BILLS:
– Callisto, Prague t-shirts, $1, 921.06.
– Jane Wise, postage for mailing case of gymnastic manuals from Cleveland to Omaha, $17.39.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve bills, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– Sympathy card to Jerry Milan and family.
– Letter reminding 2005-2006 Merit Award winners to send in transcripts.
– Letter about Merit Award requests.

Mail Received:
– April/May publication with many BOI articles.
– Chuck Kalat, May, 2006, Directors’ Newsletter.
– Patti Komara, packet of specials.
– 2006 Wolverine Sports, Gymnastics and Dance catalog.

E-mails received:
– Beth Kocek, new e-mail address as of 5/1/06, potranca80@yahoo.com.
– Melissa Dunlap, new website, www.SokolFw.org.
– Jan Kalat, updated Action List, Tom posted on web site.
– Bev Domzalski: 4/12/06 American Sokol BOI minutes; Tom posted on web site.
– Lynda Filipello, changed name to Sokol Naperville Tyrs.
– Sonja Nakonecznyj, Ceska Sin’s web site, www.geocities.com/sokolceskasin.
– Tibor Bartalos, Sokol Washington DC Whitewater Teasing, May 13, 2006.
– American Council on Exercise: April, 2006, Newsletters: www.acefitness.org.
– PE‑NEWS: April PE Newsletters: www.pelinks4u.org.
– PE4life: DuPage County Institute in Naperville IL: www.pe4life.org.
– The Presidents Challenge: April newsletters: www.presidentschallenge.org.
– The Dumpling Newsletter, www.thedumplingnews.com.

E-mails sent:
– BOI web site posting of action list and minutes.
– BOI and subscribers, PE Monthly Newsletters.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP:
– Currently, 1, 790 registered youth members. Waiting on the registration fee for 7 youth members from Sokol Corpus Christi. Three units are reporting no youth members: Sokol Yukon, Sokol Ziska and Sokol Washington.
– Income: $5.00 for passport sales; $10.00 for delinquent dues from Sokol Ft. Worth; $5.00 from Sokol Los Angeles for a new youth member.
– Expenses: $221.70 for copying and folding of May Newsletter; $51.32 for Pyramid prize mailing; $3.23 for gumballs; $702.00 for stamps for the May Newsletter (all paid with the credit card). Due Kandi Pajer for scrapbook project: $114.10 for stamps; $20.00 for additional pages; and $81.40 for envelopes.
– Current activities: May Newsletter has been mailed and should be posted shortly. Received 29 replies to the penpal contest. There is a camp and course sticker design contest in the newsletter. Scrapbook material has been sent out.
– Sent current youth member listing to Tom Pajer.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 1-6, 2006
Performance Team (ASPT)
– Br. T. Pajer received confirmation about stage performance criteria. Team is putting together a performance that will be test-performed at the Central District Sokol Day; will be 10-15 minutes long.
– Travel arrangements were slightly changed due to some issues with Delta Airlines and Czech Airlines out of New York. This change is going to cost ASPT $120 more per ticket and will be arriving one-half day later and will be returning 2 hours earlier.
– Most of the money for the ASPT has been raised; the only money not raised right now is money that is going to cover the expenses of some of the fundraisers, i.e. DVDs and t-shirts.
– Currently, DVD sales are in progress and the Prague celebration dinner on 6/23/06. Dinner costs $15.00 per person for a catered pork dinner, entertainment, door prize, raffles and art auction.
– CL Activewear never did provide slippers that were requested. The gym shoes they did send were the wrong size and were not solid white. Br. Pajer has not received a response from CL Activewear in the past two months.
ASO Calisthenics Formations
– There are still two holes in the men’s formation of 36. There are five holes in the women’s group of 18. There are eight holes in Senior II group of 72. These are the formations that have been sent to the COS.

Uniforms
– Sample uniforms for the Senior II calisthenics from COS have never arrived.

Prague T-shirt Orders
– There were 346 t-shirts ordered; 41 are extra t-shirts. T-shirts will be shipped on May 16, 2006.

Rehearsal and Program Schedules Received
– Some additions and changes have come in; they have been passed on to the units.
Parade
– Br. C. Kalat will get hand-held flags from distributor. Flags are 4″x6″ polyester. Flags will be distributed at the beginning of the parade. Cost is $3 per dozen. About 400 flags have been ordered.
– Michael Dropka has volunteered on behalf of ASO to take the American Flag and American Sokol Flag to Europe with the telescopic poles.
– A meeting was held with Paul Lebloch, Tom Pajer, Barb Vondra, Chuck Kalat and Larry Laznovsky and it was decided the Performance Team will do some moving activities during the parade.

Other Information
– Not only individuals with participant passes, but also guests will have free access to the Gala performances.
– 850 pins have been ordered; pins should be available in early June.
– Br. H. Wise will inquire if there will be any relay races at the Slet.
– The COS web sites are www.sokol-cos.cz or www.sokolskyslet.cz.

NEW WING
– No report at this time. Attempting to schedule a meeting time and date.
– Since the New Wing is actually a part of the BOI, the New Wing asked what role/activities the BOI sees for them. The BOI would like to see the New Wing group get involved in more young adult events.
– A suggestion was made that a mentor or transition program is needed for kids coming out of juniors and going to college and entering senior classes. Perhaps the New Wing can work on such a program.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
Post Prague Slet American Sokol Performance Team
– About two weeks ago, Br. L. Laznovsky contacted Br. T. Pajer asking if the ASPT would perform on October 8, 2006, in Texas for a Southern District event. Br. Pajer does not want to continue with team after the Prague trip, but he did talk to the ASPT members. About half of the team would be willing to proceed; that would only be five people. If the ASPT would continue, the Team needs someone to lead the team and auditions would have to be held.
– Br. H. Wise noted that Sokol Greater Cleveland has the High Voltage Team and that other units/districts ought to create their own performance teams, so no one would have to depend on the American Sokol Performance Team to go from year-to-year doing performances. Sokol Greater Cleveland’s Team is now holding stunt clinics and classes to teach more people skills in order to move up and onto the team in the future. Br. Wise suggested the New Wing may be able to pass this information on to other units and districts.
– It was noted that in order for the BOI to maintain such a team, fundraising would have to continue also. Local unit or district teams would be more feasible.
2006 National Instructors School- July 17-31, 2006
– No report at this time. Application deadline is June 1, 2006.
– Currently checking transportation possibilities from Instructors School in Omaha to National Camp in St. Louis.
2006 National Sokol Camp – July 31 to August 6, 2006
– There are 36 campers registered: 25 from Central District, 1 from Southern District, 9 from Northeastern District and 1 from DA. One more is in the mail and two others a possibility.
– The staff has been selected. Not all have been notified, so names were not announced. Br. P. Lattanzio will notify everyone by phone.
– Central District suggested that it would be beneficial for a camper to get a signature from a director then the units would have better knowledge as to who is going.
– 300 to 400 applications were initially sent out and more than half received were not from those sent out. The applications were probably downloaded from the web site.

2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Central District is still the only camp scheduled. It will be held on June 16-18 at Sokol Spirit. Forms have gone out to the Central District gyms.; deadline is 5/24/06. If there is a minimum of 25, the camp will go on. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Stacey Domzalski, Matt Petkus and Kaitlin Short will be the camp staff. Kevin will act as head of camp; but, all four are jointly responsible for entire camp.
– Sokol Cedar Rapids has inquired if the Central District camp would be open to outside people. Central District directors were asked to contact Allison Gerber to discuss possibility.

2006-2007 Merit Award
– There have been 10 requests; 5 from Central District, 1 from Northeast District and 2 from Southern District and 2 from Western District. Deadline for request is May 1, 2006. Received completed applications as follows: 3 from Central District and one partially completed from Central District. No other Districts have submitted completed applications. Sis. J. LoGiudice will send out reminders to unit directors and district directors to follow-up.

Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The committee met last weekend in Ft. Worth, TX, for its second face-to-face meeting. Accomplishments were cleaning up strategic imperatives, worked on an implementation plan, a presentation to the executive board and the final strategic plan. Discussed a meeting with the Board of Governors and Unit Presidents; time to be determined.
New Uniform Committee
– No report. Sis. J. LoGiudice did receive in the office a written report of meeting discussed at the last BOI meeting.

Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau spoke to Carrie Baker, member of this committee. Proposals will be discussed with the rest of the committee, whose members are Nancy Pajeau, Carrie Baker, Rome Milan, Mary Cushing and Lori Laznovsky. This committee was formed at the time of the convention. This committee is to come up with an awards program for instructors, which would result in payment of registration fees for a national congress or other instructional events.
2006 USA Gymnastics National Congress, Minneapolis, MN (August 17-19, 2006)
– National Congress and Trade Show will be held August 16-19, 2006, in St. Paul, MN and 2006 Visa Championships; cost is $235 early bird; www.usa-gymnastics.org/events/2006/congress.
– Br. C. Kalat, Sis. J. Kalat, Br. H. Wise and Sis. J. Wise are planning on attending.

Other
– Ordered and received two Patti Komara videos and workbooks: #141, How to Spot Preschool and Beginner Gymnastics (2000) and #147, Parachute Fun.
– Sis. B. Vondra signed ASO up for USAG Gymnastics Fitness Challenge 2006; 8-session fitness program for ages 6-14; June 12 to August 5, 2006; www.usa-gymnastics.org/fitnesschallenge.
– There are still some 2005 Sunburst special number t-shirts available for purchase.
– American Sokol presented the Czech President with an oil painting by Rome Milan.
– Team USA Women vs. Poland Volleyball Tournament will be held at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on 5/26/06; www.usavolleyball.org.
– District Directors Conference meeting is scheduled for October 20-22, 2006, in New York. May possibly arrive a few days earlier to do some touring; let Sis. J. LoGiudice know if you are interested.
– Sis. B. Vondra, Sis. J. LoGiudice and Sis. I. Polashek traveled to Cedar Rapids for the Western District Slet. The Slet was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; competitions were held on Saturday, awards on Saturday night, Slet rehearsal on Sunday morning and Slet performance on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. which ended before 2:00 p.m. At the awards ceremony, all children were acknowledged and awarded with a calligraphy certificate for participation, the top 10 received medals or trophies. A DJ played after the awards were given.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy is posted on the members web site.

– At this time, Br. T. Pajer showed those present in the office the DVD prepared as a Sokol Slet promotional DVD. This DVD is just a draft; changes can still be made.

The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary

Minutes of 6/14/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynda Bazata, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Beth Kocek, Matt Kocek, Bob Kucera, Barb Kucera, Paul Lebloch, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Pat Satek, Barb Vondra and Howie Wise. Christina Curran, Kandi Pajer, Rich Vachata and Patti Vondra were excused.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
– Birthday greetings: Kandi Pajer, Howie Wise, Maryann Fiordelis, Eva Balas and Ellen Jeanne Schnabl.

MINUTES:
– Minutes of the May 10, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. B. Kucera to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. J. Bazata and passed.

BILLS:
– Juanita LoGiudice, postage for mailing of Prague t-shirts, $131.75.
– Chuck Kalat, USAG Congress registration 8/16-19/2006 in St. Paul, MN, $235.00.
– Chuck Kalat, USAG Professional renewal membership for Jun, 2006-2007, $95.00.
– Chuck Kalat, cost of small American flags for Prague Slet Parade, $106.20.
– COS, postage and uniform samples sent, cost unknown at this time.
– Barb Vondra, 3-year membership for AAPHERD, $300.00
– Barb Vondra, 2006 Congress registration fee, $235.00.
– Barb Vondra, USAG Professional renewal membership, $95.00.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to approve bills, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– None.

Mail Received:
– Ceske Listy 5/2006 publication; includes American Sokol Gratias Agit Award pictures
– June, 2006 Directors’ Newsletter.
– June, 2006, American Sokol Publication.
– Sokol Milwaukee Summer, 2006 Newsletter; colorful Sokol pictures.
– Central District flyer for Central District Competitive GIJO Gymnastic Team; contact Stacey Domzalski, Taz2712@aol.com.
– Chicago Park District packet; 63rd Street Beach competitions on 7/15-16/2006; registration deadline 7/1/06; gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, poms; www.chicagoparkdistrict.com, click events calendar, July 15-16.
– Palatine Park District job ad; year-round full-time gymnastic coordinator; contact kromejko@palatineparks.org; deadline 6/23/06.
– LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 10/22/06 flyer; www.chicagomarathon.com; join a Sokol team e-mail Beth Kocek at potranca80@yahoo.com.
– CSA flyer, summer hours close at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.

E-mails received:
– Allison Gerber, Western District Competition results, April 28-30, 2006.
– Sokol Greater Cleveland new e-mail address, webmaster@sokolgreatercleveland.org.
– Bev Domzalski, American Sokol BOI May Minutes; Tom Pajer posted both on web site www.american-sokol/boi/members.
– Merit Award meeting Tuesday, 6/13/06 at 8:00 p.m.
– Loree Galimore/USA Gymnastics Tyson Fitness Challenge, 6/12 to 8/5/06; kick-off Tuesday, 6/13/06 on NBC Today Show; National Gymnastics Day, 8/5/06, www.usa-gymnastics.org/fitnesschallenge and www.usa-gymnastics.org/events/2006/ngd/form.php.
– Tibor Bartalos, Sokol Washington DC canoe trip, 6/24/06.
– First Czech-American Radio on Internet, www.catvusa.com ro www.catvherald.com.
– Interesting web site, www.cscommunitynews.com.
– American Council on Exercise, www.acefitness.org, May newsletter and ACE Fitness Symposium, 9/6-9/2006 in Las Vegas, NV at the Rio Hotel and Casino; early registration 6/15/2006, otherwise 8/15/06.
– PE-NEWS, June/July Newsletter, 222.pelinks4u.org.

PE4life, DuPage County Institute in Naperville, IL, www.pe4life.org.
– The President’s Challenge, May newsletter, www.presidentschallenge.org.
– The Dumpling Newsletter Polka Festival, www.thedumplingnews.com.

E-mails sent:
– None.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP:
– Youth Committee Status Report submitted June 14, 2006, attached.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 1-6, 2006
Performance Team (ASPT)
– Br. T. Pajer reported that financially the team is in good shape. Team has surpassed goal for money to earn for the trip.
– DVD can still be reserved.
– Prague Celebration Dinner is upcoming; reservation deadline is 6/15/06; 158 people have signed up; entertainment, auction and raffles will be held along with dinner at a cost of $15.00.
– ASPT still has a few more practices before their travel date.
– Will hold a meeting with gymnasts and their parents about the Team’s plans, expectations, etc.
– Performances in Prague include the Gala, the Parade and 3 stage performances at Tyrsuv Dum.
Calisthenics Uniforms/Costumes
– Some have received uniforms/costumes while others will have to pick up uniforms in Prague.

Rehearsal and Program Schedules Received
– No changes have been made since the last time. Br. P. Lebloch does have a more refined schedule that he will send to Br. C. Kalat after he translates it.
Parade
– Br. C. Kalat has 40 dozen U.S. flags in his possession. Everyone will get two to wave or hand-out.
– Units and Districts have been invited to bring their Unit/District flags to march in the parade. Bringing the flags is optional. The American Flag and ASO flags will be there. Flag bearers have not yet been chosen.
– Parade assembly will be at the bottom of Wenceslaus Square; ASO is at the beginning of the parade. Line-up is at 9:00 a.m.
– Br. Lebloch translated the rules and regulations for the Gala; security will be tight; food and drink will be available for purchase.
– Uniform for the parade is parade uniform or regular uniform. The special Slet t-shirts are to be worn during rehearsals.

Other Information
– There are 33 Prague t-shirts still available for purchase.
– Information was received about the trip to Decin.
– E-mail was distributed about cell phone service in Prague.
– There are some Sokol sunburst t-shirts still available if anyone wants to purchase.
– Mike Dropka will transport the US and American Sokol flags and poles to Prague.

NEW WING
– The New Wing will be contacting the directors regarding the 2007 USA Slet in Pittsburgh, so they can help in any way they can with the younger Sokol members.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
2006 National Instructors School- July 17-31, 2006
– Br. B. Benak sent a report. There are approximately 40 students; five instructors; three assistant instructors. Instructors are Buddy Benak, Peter Lattanzio, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Joe Vorlacek and Mary Cushing; Assistant instructors are Steve Wise, Michael Dropka and Gretchen Vencl. Instructors will arrive a day early for planning purposes.
2006 National Sokol Camp – July 31 to August 6, 2006
– There are 38 campers registered: Sokol St. Louis 7; Sokol Spirit 8; Sokol Tabor 7; Sokol Naperville 1; Sokol Stickney 5; Sokol Greater Cleveland 6; Sokol Detroit 2; Sokol Ft.

Worth 1; and D.A. Sokol 1.
– The staff consists of Lori Laznovsky, Peter Lattanzio, Tom Pajer, Steven Wise, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Matt Carlozzi, Matt Petkus and Maria Breidenbach.
– Br. T. Pajer questioned the lack of campers registered; campers are lacking from Eastern District, Southern District, Western District and Sokol USA.

2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Central District has camp scheduled for June 16-18 at Sokol Spirit. Meeting was held last week regarding all the specifics. The program schedule is in place. The hosting responsibilities are taken care of by Sokol Spirit. There are 30 campers at $30 each; $900 will be turned in. There are two new staff members who are doing a good job so far; there is a total of four staff members.
– No one else has offered to host a traveling camp to date.

2006-2007 Merit Award
– A meeting with the committee was held last night; Barb Vondra, Beth Kocek, Buddy Benak, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat and the chairman, Eva Balas, were present. There were 7 applicants. Six will receive a merit award. The recipients are Jessica Rus of Sokol Spirit, Megan Rosenow of Sokol Stickney, Carly Vincentini of Sokol South Omaha, Kaitlin Short of Sokol Tabor, Kenneth Fron of Sokol Tabor and Appa Hargiss of Sokol Ft. Worth.
MOTION made by Br. P. Lebloch to accept these applicants, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
– These names will be given to the executive board via e-mail for approval.

Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– Sis. M. Fiordelis reported that approval was granted to meet with the executive board in August, 2006, in Chicago. The strategic plan will be presented and hopefully approval will be granted to meet with the Board of Governors and Unit Presidents in November. Currently, working on presentation to the executive board.

New Uniform Committee
– Sis. P. Satek reported that a meeting was held with Sis. Satek, Br. B. Kucera, Sis. C. Curran, Sis. J. Hruby and Sis. B. Vondra.
– Discussed socks; a proposal was made for 3″ high ankle length socks without any fold-overs; the Sokol logo would be woven into the sock; the sock would be an acrylic/cotton blend. The BOI would have to determine who the socks would be mandatory for. Further discussion with District Directors and ASO-BOI members will be undertaken via e-mail before an approval vote is held.
– Discussed shorts; committee proposed ash gray color shorts; the word Sokol would be imprinted on the inside waistband of the shorts so when it is folded over the word can be read; there would be an additional Sokol logo design on the front of the left leg. The shorts would not be mandatory, but would be available as an accessory.
– After considerable discussion, it was decided a duffle bag will not be offered at this time.
MOTION made by Sis. J. Kalat to accept the shorts recommendation of the Uniform Committee, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau reported that there will be another meeting in July and will provide a report at the August meeting.
2007 Sokol USA Slet – Pittsburgh
– Sis. J. LoGiudice will obtain updated rosters for District Directors and Unit Directors to give to Sokol USA when they are ready to distribute Slet materials. The Sokol Times has a tentative Slet schedule posted.
– Br. Matt Kocek is still working on the ASO special number; it should be ready for the next BOI meeting on August 9, 2006.
District Directors’ Conference
– Conference is scheduled for October 20-22, 2006 hosted by Sokol New York. Joe and Donna are looking into Manhattan Hotels. Start time for meeting has yet to be determined.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy is posted on the members web site.

– Br. Kalat and Sis. Vondra thanked all BOI members for their service to the BOI.

The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary

Minutes of 8/9/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynda Bazata, Christina Curran, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Bob Kucera, Paul Lebloch, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Barb Vondra, Patti Vondra, Howie Wise and Jane Wise. Bev Domzalski, Maryann Fiordelis, Barb Kucera and Irena Polashek were excused.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
– Birthday greetings: Nancy Pajeau and Ed Schnabl. Anniversary greetings: Tom and Kandi Pajer (3rd); Ed and EllenJeanne Schnabl (50th). Get well wishes: Eva Balas. Sympathy: Dagmar Fiala (Sokol Washington DC).
– 2006-2007 Women’s Board Staff Members: Nancy Pajeau (1st assistant), Jan Kalat (2nd assistant), Juanita LoGiudice, Bev Domzalski, Barb Kucera, Patti Vondra, Beth Kocek, Jane Wise, Sandy Benak, Maryann Fiordelis, Kandi Pajer, Irena Polashek, Christina Curran. At this time, no formal acceptance received from Lynn Conrad and Mary Cushing. Pat Satek will not be returning.
– 2006-2007 Men’s Board Staff Members: Bob Kucera (1st assistant), Tom Pajer (2nd assistant), Bud Benak, Ed Schnabl, Matt Kocek and Paul Lebloch. At this time, no formal acceptance received from Jerry Milan, Frank Michalek, Buddy Benak, Rich Vachata and Joe Vrzalik.

MINUTES:
– Minutes of the June 14, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

BILLS:
– Chuck Kalat, USAG Congress travel expense, 8/16-19/2006 in St. Paul, MN, $416.60.
– COS, postage and uniform samples received, $273.33 (6180, 00 Kc).
– Chuck Kalat, travel to Sokol USA technical meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, $309.00.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve bills, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mail Sent:
– Invitations to past BOI Women’s Board for the new year.

Mail Received:
– Patti Komara, packet of specials; VHS tapes $20 until 8/31/06, only DVDs available after 8/31/06.
– Patti Komara postcard, preschool kits ad; www.tumblebear.com.
– Illinois State Judges Cup postcard, South – 10/7-8/06, Springfield, IL; North – 11/10-12/06, University of Illinois, Chicago; www.ilnawgj.com.
– USAG letter, being a non-member club;
– USAG letter, World Record Cartwheel-a-thon, 8/3/06, Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
– August, 2006 Directors’ Newsletter.

E-mails received:
– Illinois USAG Gymnastics State Congress, 7/21-23/06, Itasca Park District, www.region5.com/illinois.
– Bev Domzalski, American Sokol BOI June Minutes; Tom Pajer posted on web site www.american-sokol/boi/members.
– Sokol Naperville participated in National Gymnastics Day, 8/5/06.
– Christina Curran, Central District Weekend Instructors Course, 9/29-10/1/06.
– American Council on Exercise, www.acefitness.org, July and August newsletters and ACE Fitness Symposium, 9/6-9/2006 in Las Vegas, NV at the Rio Hotel and Casino; early registration 6/15/2006, otherwise 8/15/06.
– Tiffin Mats, Congress Specials, www.tiffinmats.com.
– USA Gymnastics, National Gymnastics Day, 8/5/06, educational courses at National Congress, St. Paul, MN; Visa Championship tickets available, 8/16-19/06.
– PE-NEWS, August/September Newsletter, www.pelinks4u.org.
– PE4life, DuPage County Institute in Naperville, IL, www.pe4life.org.
– The President’s Challenge, July newsletter, www.presidentschallenge.org.
– The Dumpling Newsletter, www.thedumplingnews.com.

E-mails sent:
– Registered American Sokol to be a 50th Anniversary partner with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, www.fitness.gov. Units can do the same.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP:
– Youth Committee Status Report submitted August 9, 2006, attached.

Bills:
– Postage, $702.00 (on credit card)
– Newsletter copying, $342.13 (on credit card).

2006-2007 Registration:
– Br. Kucera sent out a survey to the District Directors asking when unit classes begin. Majority of responses were early September start; one unit starts late September; one starts early October.
– In September, 2006, Br. Kucera will be sending by e-mail registration to unit youth coordinators or women’s director with a return deadline of November 15, 2006. After the registration deadline date, all old members will be removed from the e-mail list.

Upcoming Activities:
– August newsletter has been mailed and posted on the website; includes contest of the month which is the first annual youth newsletter quiz.
– Br. P. Lebloch noted COS has a similar youth newsletter.
– Br. Kucera is working with Sis. M. Fiordelis on attendance figures.
– Discussion regarding Executive Board’s interaction with youth membership and units adult associate membership. Executive Board needs to monitor this membership between youths and parents. Presently, there is no monitoring of associate members by the ASO Executive Board.

2006 PRAGUE SLET – July 5-6, 2006
Reports:
– Br. P. Lebloch saw a lot of positive moments during the Slet participation and the American Sokol youth.
Performance Team (ASPT)
– Br. T. Pajer reported the team represented the American Sokol very well.
– Team is still working to complete commitments, i.e., DVD, adoption letters, etc.
– Team did earn more money than needed; due to a lot of generous donations from everyone and COS helping cover cost of hostel. Br. Pajer would like to see extra money used to start a new fund/account to be used for the same purpose as the ASPT. Br. H. Wise commented that the money was raised for the organization and the money should be turned back in as part of the BOI fundraising project that BOI needs to do during the post-convention five years.
– It was felt it is not the BOI’s responsibility to raise money; it should be the executive board’s responsibility; however, in order for the BOI to get the money they ask for, the deal was to have the BOI raise an average of $5, 000 per year for five years.

MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer that the funds, about $12, 000 to $13, 000, that are left over from the ASPT fundraising be put into an account and held for the purpose of supporting other guests that we invite to our Slet to perform as did the ASPT at the Prague Slet, seconded by Sis. L. Bazata and passed (1 opposed).

Comments:
– Tom Pajer, Kandi Pajer, Matt Kocek and Paul Lebloch described some of their experiences in Prague and the Czech Republic. All were impressed by the European Slet and Gala performances. Tom talked about the energy from the spectators and participants for Sokol. Kandi was amazed by the mass of adults and children in the numbers and the length of the numbers. Paul Lebloch explained that the COS BOI only deals with the calisthenics; the sports department deals with gymnastics, baseball, etc.; the school deals with fitness, first aid, etc. The people who run these departments work at these jobs and get paid for doing them.
– Several American Sokol members were interviewed by the Czech radio station (John Bazata) and Czech TV (Paul Lebloch), while they were lined up waiting for the parade to begin.
– Br. T. Pajer put together a CD called “Call of the Falcon – Music of the American Sokol Performance Team.”
– Southern District created postcards that were distributed during Sokol Slet events advertising the 2009 American Sokol Slet in Texas.
– Br. T. Pajer found it helpful to have an interpreter; felt any group coming to U.S. for a Slet should have an interpreter assigned to them to make communication easier.
– Sis. B. Vondra compared this Slet to the Slet in 2000 in Prague and felt it was much better this time. Sis. J. Hruby and Sis. B. Vondra were able to sit in the sky box for the evening Slet performance. Br. Larry and Sis. Lil Laznovsky sat in the sky box for the afternoon Slet performance along with the President of the Czech Republic.
– Sis. J. Hruby is looking for the banner from the Czech Republic for our flag.
– Unaware if COS will be creating a DVD of all of the performances. Czech TV televised the afternoon Slet performance.
– Br. T. Pajer felt the team should have had a public relations person to do the pictures and video at all times.

NEW WING
– No report.

OTHER OLD AND NEW BUSINESS:
2006 National Instructors School- July 17-31, 2006
– Received e-mail report from Br. B. Benak. Br. Benak reported there were 42 students. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Gretchen Vencl, Steve Wise and Mike Dropka were assistant instructors this year and should now be considered regular instructors for the coming instructors schools. They used the study guides that Jane Wise and Mary Cushing worked on for previous courses. They had some new practice teaching lessons that were produced by Mary Cushing and Pete Lattanzio.
– Br. T. Pajer discussed Course during National Camp; questioned whether Course is following BOI objectives; does the school board set the program around the BOI’s suggestions; does Course use the skill cards.
– Br. C. Kalat explained that the school board reports to the National BOI; the staff members generate the curriculum; school board reviews it. It is difficult to get a lot of information into a two week course; Units are expected to teach instructors in addition to the school.
– Sis. B. Vondra suggested this topic be placed on the agenda for the next school board meeting. The Instructor Handbook needs to be updated.
2006 National Sokol Camp – July 31 to August 6, 2006
– Br. C. Kalat spoke to Sis. L. Laznovsky. This was a better camp than in the past; campers had a lot of enthusiasm; everyone worked well with the staff. There were 39 campers involved in sports, canoe trip and chili cook-off. Br. T. Pajer commented that this camp was a good one, also. This camp worked much better because it did not directly follow the Slet; the campers were allowed to recuperate from Slet and then attend camp well rested.
– There were 8 campers that came directly from Instructors Course; also, three instructors from Course came to camp. Of those 8, possibly three were from St. Louis.
– Sis. L. Laznovsky also indicated that there was some money left over from the camp funds; Sis. Laznovsky recommends that these extra funds be used for a staff meeting in the spring to plan the next camp.
– Br. T. Pajer feels more needs to be added to the camp, including more pre-planning.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer that some of the extra funds be set aside to support a 2-3 day weekend planning session for camp staff, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Central District held camp June 16-18, 2006, at Sokol Spirit. There were 30 campers; there would have been 32, but injuries prior to camp kept them away. There were more asking to come, but it was after the deadline. Many campers were picked up and taken home; it was felt the camp should be overnight for all ages; at this time, the 7 and 8 year olds go home to sleep.
– Br. J. Bazata praised the camp counselors/staff; they were very competent and did a good job. The staff was Kevin Fitzpatrick, Stacey Domzalski, Kaitlin Short and Matt Petkus. Maria Breidenbach is also part of the staff but was not available for this camp.
Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– Br. T. Pajer is working on the power point presentation for the Executive Board meeting in August, 2006. There will also be a presentation at the President’s Conference in November and an informal discussion at the BOI Conference in October.

Uniform Committee
– Br. C. Kalat noted that comments were made about not spending a lot of time on the socks project. Sis. J. Hruby will not move on these changes until mid-2007 due to the volume of inventory we have on hand. This topic will be discussed and decisions made during the BOI conference in October, 2006.
Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau reported it is still being worked on.

2006 National Skills Month
– There are enough skill cards; ribbons will need to be ordered with new Sokol logo on them. Skills month is December; Br. T. Pajer will have everything ready in time for Directors’ Conference in October.

2006 District Directors’ Conference – October 20-22, 2006
– Hotel has been booked at $130/night. Sokol New York is helping with the use of their tax exempt status. Sokol New York will cook all meals and take care of all food.
– There are a few people leaving Tuesday night to do some sightseeing in New York.
– Transportation from airport to hotel has not yet been worked out.
– California people can arrive on Thursday. Everyone else will arrive on Friday morning.
– Reimbursement of trip and hotel is for District Directors, Assistants and Juanita LoGiudice and Bev Domzalski.
– Agenda items should be sent to Br. C. Kalat or Sis. B. Vondra; deadline is August 23, 2006.

2007 Sokol USA Slet – Pittsburgh
– Br. C. Kalat is going to the technical meeting in September, 2006. Slet materials should be available at that meeting; Br. C. Kalat will give them a mailing list to send the materials out.
– American Sokol special number presentation was shown by Br. M. Kocek.

Other
– Sis. J. LoGiudice is still waiting for transcript from Greg Weyers; also waiting for a receipt from Appa Hargiss for merit award.
– A check was received from Sandy Benak in the amount of $345.00 for 23 Instructors School Manuals.
– Ed and EllenJeanne Schnabl have a new e-mail address: edandej@verizon.net.
– Chicago Marathon is 10/22/06; Beth Kocek is forming a Sokol team; Bill Kool is coming in to do a fundraiser for Sokol Baltimore.
– Br. H. Wise asked how other units would be able to view the completed scrapbook; asked when it is on display. Scrapbook should be available at Sokol events for viewing.
– Sis. J. Hruby would like to post the uniform price list on the BOI web site.
– Sis. B. Vondra would like to set aside time on BOI meeting nights to work on certain projects, i.e. items from the action list, preparing a National event, uniform discussions, etc.

ACTION LIST:
– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy is posted on the BOI members web site.

The next ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary