Minutes of 11/8/06 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:45 p.m. by Sis. B. Vondra at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. A moment of silence was observed for Sis. Annette Conlon. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Lynda Bazata, Bev Domzalski, Maryann Fiordelis, Allison Gerber, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Beth Kocek, Matt Kocek, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Barb Vondra and Patty Vondra. Christina Curran, Howie Wise and Jane Wise were excused.

– Birthday greetings: Bob Kucera (11/9), Juanita LoGiudice (11/16) and Irena Polashek (11/23). Get well wishes: Eva Balas. Good luck: Bev Domzalski (knee surgery 11/10/06). Sympathy: Annette Conlon (11/5), Sokol Baltimore past president/physical director.

– Minutes of the October 11, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

– Juanita LoGiudice, postage for Greg Weyers’ Merit Award reimbursement certified envelope with return receipt, $5.36.
– Bohemian Gymnastic Association, Sokol New York, Comfort Inn Hotel bill, District Directors Conference (BOI Conference, $2, 185.25; personal, $1, 845.00), $4, 030.25.
– Tom Pajer, extra skills cards, $64.38.
– Tom Pajer, skills mailing envelopes, $24.60.
– Tom Pajer, skills mailing, $69.93.
MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to approve bills, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

Mail Sent:
– Two merit award requests.
– Lynette Gilbert, $300 and thank you letter.

Mail Received:
– Greg Weyers’ Parents, $50 check to repay Greg’s Merit Award (1st payment of $50 for next 10 months).
– Chuck Kalat, November Director’s Newsletter.
– Sokol Greater Cleveland Museum, flyer selling Sokol holiday ornament, $15.50 including shipping and handling, skojam@aol.com.
– Invitations from various gymnastic meets:
IL: Champaign County YMCA Gymnastics, 12/9-10/06.
St. Valentines Day Classic, 2/2-4/07, www.Gymnasticsspot.com.
Heart of Illinois, Decatur, 2/17-18/07, www.dynamitegymnastics.com.
MI: Tulip City Classic, 1/21-22/07, www.championgymnasticsusa.com.
MO: Winter Games – Wm, 3/2-4/07, www.mowintergames.org.
OH: Blaine Wilson Ohio Classic, 2/16-18/07, www.BlaineWilsonOhioClassic.com.
WI: Scamps Blizzard Invite, 2/3-4/0-7, www.scampsgymnastics.com.
– Wolverine Sports Gymnastics and Dance catalog.
– Hodge Badge Co. Gymnastics, Cheerleading and Dance Awards catalog, p.2.
– SCB Athletic Supply, balance beam and pommel horse recovering, 1-866-610-4858, 11/12-22/06, in area.
– Patti Komara, packet of specials, www.tumblebear.com.
– Other specials, www.tiffinmats.com, www.resilite.com, www.unitedathletic.com.
– Ranger Rick, www.gymleo.com, www.danceleo.com, 10% off code GRNWRM46.
– Doubletree Hotel Oak Brook, met with sales manager, renovation project completed.
– Tumbl Trak, folder of specials, www.tumbltrak.com.

E-mails received:
– Vladimir Dostal, COS DVD/VHS Slet performance and program book available.
– Sokol Stickney, Director Paul Koc new address, 8336 Oak Leaf #1704, Woodridge, IL 60517.

E-mails sent:
– BOI, American Sokol updated Action List and September BOI minutes posted, www.american-sokol/boi/members.

– Six choices were presented at District Directors’ Conference. BOI will pursue a national volleyball tournament. Two contacts for running a volleyball tournament would be Palos Courts or Dick Vrba to see what would be involved with running a tournament. Districts were willing to donate some fundraising funds to National Office, as long as all units were doing so.
– Sis. B. Vondra will contact Dick Vrba; Sis. B. Kucera will contact Palos Courts for information.
– New challenge question: What is your passion for/about Sokol and/or BOI? What drives you? What keeps you motivated? What keeps you involved? What’s your why? Responses from BOI included: enjoyment of working with the kids and seeing their accomplishments at competition; camaraderie of the staff and friendships; travel opportunities; good memories; being involved with family; enjoy telling people about Sokol; recognition as Sokol teacher; a place where adults can play; passing on of Sokol traditions; developing friendships that last through the years; ability to volunteer services; Sokol challenges creativity; great family-based programs; mentor services; successful group participation; promoting new programs; sound mind and healthy body for the masses.
– Next question to think about is why no one stays involved with Sokol.

– No bills this month.
– To date, there are 334 paid members, 52 registered but no payment received yet, for a total of 386 youth members.
– Currently, working on registration and getting out the November newsletter.
– Total income from registration is $1, 670.00.

– No report this month.

2006 DISTRICT DIRECTORS CONFERENCE (New York, 10/20-22/06)
– Everyone felt it was a great opportunity to see Sokol New York.
– BOI expense for conference was $6, 845.51 which was $845.51 over budget. Last year, costs were under $5, 000, but that included the development conference, which brings in some money. When conferences are held in the Chicago area, expenses usually stay around $4, 000, under $5, 000.
– Sokol New York supplied all the food and there was no rent. Sokol New York also helped with hotel bill by allowing us to use their tax exempt which eliminated virtually all room taxes.
– There were a lot of good discussions, but nothing that led to a lot of action items.
– Everyone enjoyed the presentations for the 2007 Pittsburgh Slet and the 2009 American Sokol Slet in Ft. Worth.
– Business discussed at the conference included penalties being imposed for late attendance reports and registrations, etc; national camp and traveling camp will be opened to non-Sokol friends of Sokol children; there will be no regulation uniform socks, but will be offered as an accessory; action list has about 14 new items posted.

Group E-mails – Br. T. Pajer gave a computer projected presentation about group e-mail services. The current issues Sokol is dealing with are (1) subscription groups are not working properly; (2) american-sokol.org groups are getting spam mail; (3) individual addresses are also getting spam mail.
– Br. T. Pajer researched the Yahoo! Group Mail website. Central District now uses this type of group. Basically, messages sent to a BOI Yahoo group would go to only those who are members listed in that group. An administrator of the group is appointed. The administrator invites members to join the group. If someone requests membership to that group, the administrator would then have to approve that person in order for them to join the group. Files, reports and pictures can be posted on this site for reference. Links can be attached to this group. Polls can be created. Calendar of events can be created.
– Alternatively, a Sokol BOI (i.e. BOI.org) domain can be set up, but there is a cost for it.
– Br. C. Kalat recommended a Yahoo! Group for the BOI be set up as a trial.
– The group e-mail will be discussed with the BOG at the upcoming meeting.
– Br. B. Kucera will keep the e-mail addresses for the youth that already have them and will give new addresses to those children who request them.
– By December 1, 2006, Br. T. Pajer will have the Yahoo! Group running and the current BOI group e-mail closed.
2009 American Sokol Slet – Ft. Worth, TX
– No new updates at this time.
Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The Strategic Planning Task Force presented their plan at the District Directors Conference. It is not an approved plan at this time. After a brief overview at the Conference, everyone divided into groups to discuss BOI-type topics. Good feedback was received and can be used for next presentation to the Board of Governors.
Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau talked to people during the Directors’ Conference. At this point, Sis. Pajeau is waiting for e-mail responses regarding this program, but has received none to date.
2007 Sokol USA Slet – Pittsburgh, PA, June 28 to July 1, 2007 (Thursday – Sunday)
– At the Directors’ Conference, packets were handed out with calisthenics tex CDS and Audio CDs, and other information. Cals are on the Sokol USA web site.
– ASO Special Number presentation is still being worked on. A DVD of a submitted number by Sis. Cushing was available for viewing after the meeting.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis that the Mary Cushing Special Number be sent out and we perform it in Pittsburgh, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
– It was noted that there is a correction on the Women’s Level 5 beam routine, so check the USAG site for the correct routine.
2008 National Instructor School Bid process
– Reminder will go out in December that bids are due by February 1, 2007. Men’s and Women’s Competitive Uniform
– Men’s uniform will remain on the action list for further discussion.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis that women optionally use the American Sokol Performance Team women’s uniform as their competitive uniform, seconded by Sis. B. Kocek and passed. This will be a special order item from the uniform division.

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

The next regular ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary