Torch:U.S. LXVI Fall 2016 - Page 4


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convention and convention contests), created the state service competition, added Delegation of the Day to the spirit competition, worked with Michael on National Classics Week, worked to improve communication, set up a Google Drive folder structure for states to share materials in addition to other projects. Whether you submitted deduce to me or simply told me about a project, you personally increased my capacity to love, learn, and grow. My heart has grown infinite fold because you inspire me to serve more, care more, and love more.

Thank you for all the lessons whether academic or social. Thank you for all the friendship and camaraderie. Above all, thank you for the love, no matter the circumstances. I'll always be a JCLer at heart, but now I must join the ranks of the SCL.

Keep it PG (Purple and Gold),

Hanna Seariac

2015-2016 Second Vice President


Last year was a blur of

exceeded expectations

and incredible humility.

I've said this many times

before, but being able to

see for myself all the

amazing things that the

NJCL does and creates on

a national scale is an

experience like no other. I

knew that I would learn

much and be impressed

and I was still unprepared for what I witnessed. Last nationals felt like no other. It was my fourth - and my last as a JCLer - and although I knew so many people there in comparison to my first nationals when everything was new and bizarre, it had a sense of new wonder to it that the others didn't. I think that it's a natural result of having worked and been a part of something for a whole year. Seeing its realization unfold in front of me for a week was a giddy experience. Everywhere I went I remembered being there months and months earlier. We walked into rooms and across campus for hours on end, wondering where the dance would take place, or the academic tests. Returning to Bloomington in the summer felt like revisiting an old friend, catching up on the past and having a new week-long adventure with one another. It was oddly nostalgic, comforting, and triumphant. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If it was your last one as a JCLer - as it was mine - I hope you will consider returning another year (and maybe one day claim your bowl?)

Jon Nozik

2015-2016 Communications Coordinator

Happily Ever After

Salvete omnes,

It is bittersweet to be

writing about my last year

and convention as a JCL’er

and to be completing my

last article as NJCL


Nevertheless, I would like to

happily announce that the

three bylaw amendments

presented at convention

were ratified. I am also glad to report that the elections proceeded swimmingly this year. Many expressed interest in running throughout the year, with fourteen individuals pre-filing for office by June. After a week of a flurry of campaigning at convention, with nominations from the floor of the Nominations Committee Meeting, numerous speeches and introductions, and an abundance of flyers posted onto the windows of Indiana University, your new 2016-2017 National Officers were elected. I am pleased with the hard work of the candidates thus far, and am confident they will serve the JCL well this upcoming year.

Before signing off as parliamentarian, I must say thank you to the entire National Committee for

National Committee Honorary and Emeritus

National Committee Emeritus Members

Francis O’Brien, 103 Livingston Ct., North Wales, PA 19454

Marcella Stitt, 700 Monterey Place 211, Hutchinson, KS 67502

James F. Minter, 200 West 79th St. #4J, New York, NY 10024

Anne B. Covington, 1305 Canterbury Ln., Colonial Heights, VA 23834

June S. LeRay, 7265 County Route 13, Bath, NY 14810

Terrance E. DePasquale, 501 Stirrup Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601

Judith L. Hahn, 9037 Grosse Point Circle, Tampa, FL 33635

Richard J. Beaton, 648 McLaurin, Griffin, GA 30224

Elaine K. Tears, 211 E. Washington St., Bath, NY 14810

Sherwin D. Little, 3727 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241

Prudence P. Moreland, 926 Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Sue T. Robertson, 12211 Diamond Hill Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113

Kathy Elifrits, 19 Brandywine Court, Highland Heights, KY 41076

Laura M. Giles, 6824 Rochelle Lane, Amarillo, TX 79109

Liz Bouis, 1575 Ridenour Parkway NW #2313 Kennesaw, GA 30152

Penny Cipolone, 253 Lincoln Ave, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097

Stephen Gentle, 10770 Wellerwoods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Gaylan DuBose, 1304 Fairbanks Drive, Austin, TX 78752

Edward Long, 615 Harper Road, Clarksville, TN 37043

Susan Marquis, 7082 N. Garfield, Gladstone, MO 64118

Jim O’Neil, 37 Flint Road, Acton, MA 01720

Martha Altieri, 31442 Old San Juan Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Christine Conklin, 5614 Queensbury Avenue, Springfield, VA 22151

David Volk,1122 Oak Street North, Fargo, ND 58102

Jeremy M. Walker, 209 Maple Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

National Committee Honorary Members

Donna J. Gerard, 12235 Cross Creek, Dallas, TX 75243

Susan H. Bowman, 627 Joan Circle, Salem, VA 24135

Joseph Gilpin, 6418 Glen Abbey Lane, Bradenton, FL 34202

Susan S. Schearer, 300 Westminster-Canterbury Drive, Apt. 201, Winchester, VA 22603

Kendra Henry, 3908 Coral Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Virginia M. Jones, 3050 Crooked Stick Drive, Cumming, GA 30041

Randy Thompson, 1703 Encino Spring, San Antonio, TX 78259

Nora MacDonald, 10715 Durland Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Dobbie Vasquez, 2112 Myrtle Place, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Kevin Fu, 1395 Folkstone Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Photo Credit: Ryan Vinson

Photo Credit: Ryan Vinson