Minutes of 9/13/06 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, Christina Curran, Bev Domzalski, Maryann Fiordelis, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Barb Vondra, Howie Wise and Jane Wise. Lynda Bazata was excused.

– Birthday greetings: Rich Vachata (9/20), Tom Pajer (10/1) and Buddy Benak (10/10).. Anniversary greetings: Bob and Barb Kucera (8/26); Chuck and Jan Kalat (8/26); and Maryann and Carl Fiordelis (8/9). Get well wishes: Eva Balas. Sympathy: Jane Wise (brother passed away last week).

– Minutes of the August 9, 2006, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2006, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

– Chuck Kalat, USAG Congress expense, 8/16-19/2006 in St. Paul, MN, $542.40.
– Tom Pajer, ASPT bills: photos ($123.36), mailing of photos and thank you cards ($286.76), and adoption pictures ($80.57), total $490.69.
– Chuck Kalat, travel to Sokol USA technical meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, $304.25 (on credit card).
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve bills, seconded by Br. B. Kucera and passed.

Mail Sent:
– Conference letter to National and District Directors, National 1st and 2nd Assistants and BOI members.
– Letter to Greg Weyers to repay merit award; did not complete 2005-2006 school year.

Mail Received:
– Bud Benak, Mary Cushing’s VHS tape Special Number.
– Tumbl Trak, new product-air floor, www.tumbltrak.com.
– Jean Hruby, 2006-2007 uniform letter, same as last year; may be price changes 1/1/07.
– Patti Komara, www.tumblebear.com.
– Illinois State Judges Cup, postcard; South: 10/7-8/06, Springfield, IL; North: 11/10-12/06, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; www.ilnawgj.com.
– September 2006 Directors Newsletter.
– Invitations to a variety of gymnastic competitions.
– Hodges Badge Company, 2006 Gymnastics, Cheerleading and Dance Awards Catalog; American Sokol Tots Skill ribbon is pictured in catalog.

E-mails received:
– American Sokol updated Action List and August BOI minutes; posted www.american-sokol/boi/members.
– Christina Curran, Central District Weekend Instructors Course, 9/29 to 10/1/06; forms due 9/15/06.
– Illinois USAG Gymnastics, www.region5.com/illinois.
– Tiffin Mats, specials, www.tiffinmats.com.
– American Council on Exercise, www.acefitness.org, August.
– PE-NEWS, August/September newsletter, www.pelinks4u.org.
– PE4life, DuPage County Institute in Naperville, IL, www.pe4life.org.
– The Presidents Challenge, Fitness is Fun Newsletter, www.presidentschallenge.org, August.
– The Dumpling Newsletter, www.thedumplingnews.com, September.
– USA Gymnastics Fitness, www.usa-gynastics.org/fitness/club_fitness.html.

– At this time, members of the BOI brain-stormed to get ideas on how the BOI can raise the annual $5, 000 proposed at the convention. Attached are the explanation and rules of the American Sokol BOI Challenge. For 30 minutes, ideas were brought up and discussed for this challenge. Sis. B. Vondra sent out an e-mail explaining the Challenge; however, not everyone received the e-mail.

– Renewal, new member list and registration were e-mailed to the 26 units who had active members last year; deadline for return is 11/15/06.
– No income or expense items to report.
– Deadline for current newsletter quiz is 9/15/06; one entry was received to date.
– Sis. M. Fiordelis gave Br. B. Kucera attendance figures; as part of Br. Kucera’s annual report, he will do a comparison of attendance figures vs. youth member registrations.

– No report.
– Br. H. Wise has had no feedback from the committee about participating in meeting discussions.

2006 DISTRICT DIRECTORS CONFERENCE (New York, 10/20-22/06)
– There will be a couple hours of working sessions with Sis. M. Fiordelis and the Strategic Planning Project.
– Sokol USA will have a representative available on Sunday for a presentation regarding the 2007 Slet; possibly see some calisthenics videos.
– The 2009 Slet preparations will be discussed.
– Other ideas have been sent in and time will be set aside for further discussion on these items.
– Reports are due from BOI staff on 9/20/06 to Sis. J. LoGiudice.

2009 American Sokol Slet – Ft. Worth, TX
– The dates for the Slet will most likely be the last weekend in June (June 22-28, 2009).
– The Slet Committee began blocking hotel rooms.
– The Committee is planning to make this a big event and not just a Sokol event. All Sokol events should take place at the Convention Center only.
– Holding the Slet at the end of June may again jeopardize attendance by the Eastern District, whose children are still in school at that time. May discuss the feelings of the Eastern District at the Directors Conference concerning Slet attendance.

Strategic Planning Committee Plans
– The Strategic Planning Task Force presented their plan to the Executive Board on 8/26/06; received their approval and support, as well as their approval to present the plan to the Board of Governors and Unit Presidents in November at their meeting.
– The Plan is a five-year plan.
– The new Sokol mission statement was included in the last Directors Newsletter.

Adult Merit Award
– Sis. N. Pajeau reported that no one is coming back to her with any ideas. This project will be discussed at the Directors Conference.
2007 Sokol USA Slet – Pittsburgh, PA, June 28 to July 1, 2007 (Thursday – Sunday)
– Br. M. Kocek has completed the recommended changes to the American Sokol Special Number for the Sokol USA Slet; he will teach the routine to Sokol Chicagoland members and re-film it.
– American Sokol is committed to Sokol USA for a special number.
– Br. C. Kalat attended the Sokol USA Technical Meeting. Confirmed dates of June 28 to July 1, 2007, in Pittsburgh.
– Thursday events are golf tournament, men’s basketball and opening ceremony/welcome event at Kennywood amusement park outside Pittsburgh.
– Friday events are volleyball, fitness challenge; in the evening is an adult banquet, a teen/young adult social and a children’s social.
– Saturday events are all gymnastic competitions during the day, fitness challenge will continue and a dance in the evening (which will not include awards). Awards will be presented after each event.
– Sunday Slet will be held with rehearsal in the morning, performance in the afternoon.
– Sokol USA has a parent and tot calisthenics, which requires one adult for each child; 4 minute routine. This cal was performed at the Slet in Slovakia.
– Children’s cal will be the same as the one tested last year by the Central District with Sis. E. Babka’s amendments and corrections.
– There will be a junior/young adult number, which is an aerobic-type number. This cal is intended for the juniors and any young adults.
– Senior cal will be a Mickey Shramek cal from 1987 in Washington, with some amendments to take out the kneeling and squatting.
– Apparatus competition will be all USAG routines with the addition of a novice routine for the females and the addition of the Sokol Level 2 and 3 for males. Competitions will be for every age group and every level. Masters Women will only be able to do the novice routines; if they compete in another level, the women will compete against younger age groups in that level. There will be no calisthenics event in the competition, and only the gymnastic competitors will be required to perform the calisthenics on the Slet field.
– For the fitness challenge, the 440-run was replaced with a jump rope challenge (double leg jump for as many times in one minute).
– Will welcome small group special numbers.
– The cal texts will be distributed by putting them up on their web site; anyone can access it there. USAG routines can be purchased from USAG. There will be no rhythmics competition. Web site should have all information posted by September 15, 2006 (www.sokolusa.org). DVD of cals is not yet ready.
– Competitions and Slet program will be in the convention center which is a block away from the headquarters hotel; it is attached by an indoor bridge. Volleyball and basketball will be in a high school gym within a 10 minute drive from the hotel.
– Slet program will be inside the Convention Center similar to Indianapolis Slet program.
– Entry fees are unknown at this time.
– Sokol USA spent a large amount of time discussing a Code of Ethics for their instructors; Sokol USA will most likely adopt the USAG Code of Ethics with some minor changes to apply to Sokol. It was suggested American Sokol should also look into this matter.

2006 National Skills Month
– Br. T. Pajer will have everything ready in time for Directors’ Conference in October. Central District Boys’ Skills Day is scheduled for 12/9/06.

2006 Summer Traveling Camps
– Br. T. Pajer would like to discuss opening this camp to kids outside of the Sokol program.
MOTION made by Br. H. Wise to table this discussion until the District Directors Conference to discuss, seconded by Br. T. Pajer and passed.

– Sis. J. LoGiudice issued a letter to a merit award winner who went into the military; no transcript has been received from him. Br. C. Kalat will follow-up on this situation.
– Maryann Fiordelis and Lynn Conrad will be the women’s co-directors for Sokol Detroit.
– Heather Beasley is women’s director and Nancy Beasley is men’s director for Sokol St. Louis.
– Paul Koc (tempus121@hotmail.com) is men’s director for Sokol Stickney.
– Nancy Pajeau has a new e-mail address: njpsfvpld@yahoo.com.
– Sokol West has a new website: www.west-tx.com/sokol.
-Sokol USA web site: www.sokolUSA.org.
– Sokol Tabor web site: www.sokoltabor.org.
– Rome Milan presented a Sokol display at the Gymnastic Association of Texas Congress.
– President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, www.fitness.gov, Summer, 2006; American Sokol signed up as a 50th anniversary partner; click PCPFS 50th Anniversary, click 2006 Health Observances; look up events for the different months. Sokols are encouraged to sign up on their own.
– Family Health & Fitness Day USA: Saturday, September 30, 2006; and Mature Fitness Awards USA Program, www.fitnessday.com.
– America on the Move: www.americaonthemove.org. Celebrate “Steptember.”
– USA Gymnastics: 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson advanced to third round of Celebrity Duets Fox TV Thursday, 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
– American Gymnastic: www.American-Gymnast.com, 5% discount code “Congress” expires 10/9.
– Sokol San Francisco Publication: colored picture of Howie and Jane Wise with group on front page.
– National Senior Games Association: www.nsga.com.
– Health & Fitness websites: www.creativewalking.com; www.lightenupillinois.org.; www.walking.about.com; and www.exercise.about.com.
– Sis. I. Polashek suggested the BOI place a memorial in the name of Sokol at Ground Zero while in New York. Sis. J. LoGiudice will look into this possibility.
– Br. H. Wise made a request on behalf of Steve Wise who has an interest in revising some of the course curriculum; it was suggested he talk to the School Board members.
– Br. T. Pajer noted that there is no attendance records from Sokol New York, which makes it difficult to distribute skills cards to Sokol New York.

– 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, October 11, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary