Minutes of 9/12/07 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, Bev Domzalski, Mary Ann Fiordelis, Allison Gerber, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Barb Vondra, Howie Wise and Jane Wise. Christina Curran-Wurst and Patti Vondra were excused.

– Happy Belated Birthday!: Nancy Pajeau, 9/3.
– Happy Anniversary!: Jerry and Henrietta Milan, 9/15 (50 years).
– Marriage Congratulations!: Christina Curran and Thomas Wurst, 8/17.
– Grandparents Congratulations!: Bob and Barb Kucera, granddaughter Lily Grace, 9/10 (Joe and Susan Kucera).
– Sympathy: Howie Wise on the loss of his brother.
– 2007/2008 season staff members also include for Men’s BOI: Buddy Benak, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Peter Lattanzio.

– Minutes of the August 8, 2007, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2007, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

– Juanita LoGiudice (postage $48.46 and cards $6.01), $54.47.
– Chuck Kalat, expenses for Sokol USA National Technical Meeting 9/8/07, Boonton, NJ, (airfare $485.60, housing $273.70, ground transportation $127.00), $886.30.
– Steve Wise, airfare for Instructor’s School staff meeting in Cleveland, OH, $227.00. (FSLF)
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve bills, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.

Mail Sent:
– Invitation letters of the District Directors & Development Conference with travel & housing form and registration form to the District & Unit Directors, BOI members and National Directors from other organizations.
– Letter to Mr & Mrs. Valentine & Stephanie about not receiving the signed Merit Award receipt.

Mail Received:
– Sherwood Forest Farms: Need Christmas Fundraiser – 800-767-7778, www.sherwoodforestfarms.com.
– American Sokol Directors Newsletters September, 2007.
– Jean: Uniform Packet of information.
– Carrie Ann Baker has a new address, 7532 Marks Ave, Baltimore MD 21236, cell 443-676-5827.

E-mails received:
– Jan Kalat: listing of National, District and Unit Directors.
– Sokol Stickney: new Women’s Director, Kim Elliott, 3935 Clinton Ave, Stickney IL 60402, kjp3935@prodigy.net, 708-749-8579.
– Sokol Spirit: New Directors, Kathy Barcal, 8751 Rockefeller, Brookfield IL 60513, kbarcal@comcast.net, 708-485-3269; and Ken Nagel, 3022 Clarence Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402, fuzzynagel@hotmail.com, 708-788-0925 cell 708-717-3434.
– Sokol Tabor: Candlelight Bowl Fundraiser, September 22, 2007, 9:00 pm, $25.
– Sokol Ceska Sin: 100th Anniversary of Hall ownership Dinner Sept 23, 2007, 3:00 pm.
– Sokol KHB: New Directors soon, Kim Hajek, 833 S Parks Dr, Desoto TX 75115, kim_hajek@sbcglobal.net; and Debbie Slovak, PO Box 369, Ennis TX 75120, dmslovakcsr@sbcglobal.net; and Thomas Betik, 152 Trojacek Rd, Ennis TX 75119, tbetik@ennispaint.net.
– Christina Wurst, 3341 Maple Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513-1240, cell 708-502-7442.
– Sokol Washington DC: 60th Anniversary, October 28, laying of wreath at Tomb of Unknown & Banquet.
– Sokol Cedar Rapid’s Building : 100 years, June, 2008.
– Sokol Naperville Tyrs: Gymnastics Clinic Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 days free of charge

E-mails sent:
– Action List & Minutes Posted on website, www.american-sokol.org/boi/members.
– Posted notes on the Yahoo group.

– Written report attached and posted at www.american-sokol.org/boi/members.

– Nothing was received from Sis. E. Schnabl this month.
– Sis. Schnabl did send out suggestions for proper etiquette at a deceased member’s wake to all Units.

– Coordinators agree to go ahead with the Winter Slet; Mike Wise sent an e-mail to Br. Kalat letting him know that Br. T. Polashek will be doing most of the leg work and coordinating with assistance from other coordinators. Funds were requested from the budget, which will be paid back in full upon completion of the event in January; however, Br. Kalat pointed out that the amount of $1, 000 is there to be used by the New Wing. The Slet will take place during the weekend of January 19-20, 2008.
– There will be changes in activities and therefore less expense; entry fees should be able to pay for the expenses of the event. Activities planned will be bowling, indoor volleyball and bags tournament. Sokol Tabor will have their pig roast on Saturday night if anyone is interested.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve New Wing moving forward with this event and expenses, seconded by Sis. I. Polashek and passed.
– It was suggested that information be passed out in a timely manner. Sis. J. LoGuidice will handle mailing out fliers. Information will also be posted in the ASO Magazine.

2007 NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS SCHOOL – July 16, to July 30, 2007
– Sis. J. Wise has just about completed her report which will need to be duplicated and sent to the directors who sent students. Copies will be presented at the Directors Conference. The School Board members will also receive at copy at the School Board meeting.
– Sis. M. Cushing has received approval and is organizing on September 28, 29, 30, 2007, in Cleveland, OH, a work session with five of the instructors that taught at the 2007 school to document changes to the curriculum and test materials, which will then be presented to the School Board in October, 2007.
– Financials are not yet finished; however, there should be about $200-$300 coming back to ASO.

2007 NATIONAL SOKOL CAMP – July 30 to August 5, 2007
– Br. C. Kalat read a report from Sis. L. Laznovsky about camp at Sokol Woodlands.
– Camp consisted of 44 campers; 39 from ASO, 6 from Sokol USA and 1 from DA Sokol. There were 7 staff members and 2 counselors. See the camp report for details of activities.
– Financially, more money had to be contributed than was budgeted.

– Br. C. Kalat continues to work with sessions. Directors Newsletter had a tentative list of sessions pending instructor placement. Any other ideas should be given to Br. Kalat.
– Sis. J. LoGiudice is working with the hotel; there is no breakfast at the hotel, so Br. Kalat will work with Sokol Ft. Worth about having breakfast items at the gym. Everything will take place at Sokol Ft. Worth, not the hotel.
– District Directors must pay the registration fee. Housing will be covered; meals will be covered as part of the conference; presenters do not have to pay.
– Bryan Pracko will be attending for Sokol USA.
– Reports are due Saturday. Reports have been received from Western District, Camp, Northeastern District, Youth, Skills and Traveling Camp. Instructors School report will be distributed at the Conference.
– Sis. M. Fiordelis is still missing attendance from the Eastern District, the Pacific District and the Central District male side.
– All reports will be posted on the web site.

– The application of the requirement to be a youth member to participate in ASO activities was discussed
Br. B. Kucera noted there were five Sokol Milwaukee youth at the Instructor’s Course, but Sokol Milwaukee never turned in any youth membership dues for anyone. School secretary did not realize youth membership checking was required.
Checking youth membership status will be added to the responsibilities of the Instructor School secretary and national camp director or camp administrative assistant (the requirement was enforced for the national camp.)
Double checking the parental requirement is the duty of the ASO Membership Director, not the Youth Director.
The BOI can see situations where it might be advantageous (national camp, traveling camp, etc.) to allow non-youth members to participate with the idea of hopefully “hooking” them on Sokol. The National BOI will consider possibly submitting a request for a release from the requirement for some of its activities in the future.
Sokol USA National Technical Meeting Report
– Br. C. Kalat attended meeting in Boonton, NJ. Lodge representatives, rather than district representatives, were present. Status is similar to ASO, all lodges are struggling, small classes, but they keep hanging on. Sokol USA held their Star Camp Program at Barryville, which is a 3 1-week sessions for children, similar to a gymnastics camps; there was a day camp at the same time. They subsidize their campers 100% for national camp. A few Sokol USA students attended instructors school in Cleveland and they subsidized they were also subsidized 100%.
– Future plans include holding a national instructors school at Sokol Woodlands in 2008; they have not been successful holding a school for over 10 years now.
– One new item proposed by Steve Banjak from Ferrell, Pennsylvania, lodge to establish a 3-meet competitive circuit which would be invitational gymnastic meets for Sokol people, including ASO. One meet would be held in the East, one would be in their central area of Western Pennsylvania and the final would be in the West area (Chicago). They would take place in the fall, early spring and late spring. There is no national Slet in 2008 and the plan would be to crown a Sokol champion in each level if they had people that attended all three meets.
– Finance committee has a very tight budget. Budget discussions at the meeting took a lot of time.
– Discussed Pittsburgh Sokolfest. Most comments were favorable; they were pleased with the facilities, the level of participation, the Slet program and social events. There was a major discussion on awards; those present were divided on whether to present awards at the time of competition or to have a separate awards ceremony.
– They have an activity called Project Second Century, which is similar to our Strategic Planning efforts. They are focused on developing a model for funding and professionally running a Second Century Sokol Lodge. This was approved at their convention in 2005, but very little has been done since.
– A more detailed report will be provided at the Director’s Conference.
– Br. C. Kalat found out that DA Sokol has new directors, Jessica Bardy and Phillip Mincone. Peter Lattanzio is the now the president of his unit.
– Bryan Pracko volunteered to translate our 2009 cals into Sokol calisthenics terminology.
2009 American Sokol Slet – June 22 to June 28, 2009
– It appears that the USA Gymnastics General Gymnastics group will have activities going on during Slet. The Pan American Group is also interested in coming. Br. R. Milan is still negotiating with other groups.
– There are two people from USA Gymnastics General Gymnastics coming to do a presentation at the Directors Conference about a couple new programs that may fit in with Sokol group activities.
– Br. C. Kalat will check on the progress of calisthenics this weekend; also, will discuss involving New Wing in Slet activities.
– During the Director’s Conference, there will be a visit to the convention center on Friday evening and having dinner somewhere in Ft. Worth. There is a social being planned afterwards at the Milan Gallery.
Strategic Planning Committee Report
– Sis M. Fiordelis updated teams’ progress: The Data Base team is working on what the structure should look like for the data base; reviewing aspects of it from National down to Unit level; thinking about security. The Finance Team is just beginning and will have their first meeting on 9/18/07. The Personnel Team is moving forward with the executive director position; the position is posted on Monster.com, Craig’s List and American Sokol web site. To date, there are 36 applicants that have submitted resumes; currently, the team is doing telephone screening interviews. The plan is to do face-to-face interviews in October and to have the top candidates come in during the Board of Governor’s meeting in November for them to observe the final interview and have selections made at that time or soon after. The Programs Team has put forth their educational program to the executive board and received approval to move forward with that.
– There will be an article in the publication regarding team updates, response for team, and the name of team members, as well as information on the executive director. The educational presentation will be given at the Directors Conference and a presentation on progress of Strategic Plan.

Uniform Committee
– The committee met prior to this meeting tonight to discuss our progress with CL Activewear. The office received one box of junior girl leotards today. Discussed what our next step is and whether we should shop for a vendor to see what else is out there and what our options might be. Also, discussed style of uniform to use for different groups, i.e. add to what we have, or change what we have.
– There will be another meeting some time soon to put together a report for the Directors Conference.

National Skills Month
– Br. T. Pajer received approval for the skills cards as they are. Br. Pajer is awaiting attendance figures.
– Br. Pajer will present a proposal at the Directors Conference regarding certificates of achievement and a prize for achieving a certain level. This is an attempt to encourage more participation in Skills Month.

– Allison Gerber noted that there are USAG Women’s Artistic updates for Level 1 floor, Level 2 floor, Level 3 vault and floor.
– It was noted that the Oak Park Park District is having a dedication ceremony renaming the facility to Sis. Jean Hruby’s father’s name and will be called the Paul Hruby Ice Arena on 9/29/07.
– Sis. J. LoGiudice has been searching for camp sites in the U.S.; she has information on the following: PNA Youth Camp, Yorkville, IL; Sokol Camp in New Buffalo, MI; Dinky Creek Family Camp in Fresno, CA; and Jackass Rock Camp in North Fork, CA.

– American Council on Exercise: www.acefitness.org. ACE Fitness Symposium 2007 is in Las Vegas, NV on 9/5/07.
– PE-NEWS: Newsletter: www.pelinks4u.org.
– PE4life: www.pe4life.org.
– The Presidents Challenge: Fitness is Fun Newsletter: www.presidentschallenge.org.
– Turn September into September 2007: www.americaonthemove.org.
– Health & Fitness: www.exercise.about.com.
– President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: www.fitness.gov/enewsletter/Winter07-execdir-main.htm .
– Sign up for newsletters: www.talk.about.com
– Tiffin Mats: www.TiffinMats.com, monthly specials.
– Gymnastic Training tips: www.gymnasticstrainingtips.com. Links and Resources.

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

The District Directors’ Conference meeting will take place on October 19, 2007.
MOTION made by Sis. B. Kucera to not have a regular scheduled meeting on October 10, 2007, seconded by Sis. N. Pajeau and passed.
The next regular ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

MOTION made to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary