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The Hawaii Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Committee


The Hawaii Torch Run Executive Committee began in 2009, and consists of Law Enforcement personnel who have a proven track record of leadership, fundraising, and awareness of the Special Olympics mission and programs.

These individuals are dedicated to growing and enhancing the Torch Run program fundraising efforts throughout Hawaii. Their role is to establish guidelines and procedures by which the Torch Run Campaign is conducted on a yearly basis, as well as disseminate information back to the members of the agencies they represent. They are an excellent resource and are happy to talk to anyone interested in getting involved.


Executive Committee Members:
Ben Moszkowicz, State Torch Run Director, Chair

Members:
Melissa Blake, Special Olympics Hawaii Liaison
Darren Horio, Neighbor Island Representative
Chester Kau, State Agency Representative
Gumby Vonier, County Agency Representative
Brian Wauke, State Torch Run Chairman
Antonio Williams, Federal Agency Representative

Ex- Officio Members: (non Voting)
Kurt Kendro, International LETR Council Representative
Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawaii CEO


Rules and Guidelines of the Executive Council: (Established January, 2009)

This was the first meeting in 2009 of the Hawaii Torch Run Executive Council. The following requirements of the Executive Council were adopted.

Basic Executive Council Requirements

  • A quorum of 5 voting members must be present or represented by proxy to make decisions and hold a vote
  • Absentee votes are acceptable and valid either in writing or via a proxy
  • Telephonic or teleconference votes are acceptable and valid
  • All Law Enforcement members of the Executive Council must meet the following minimum requirements
  • Must be active law enforcement personnel as defined by the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Committee
  • An active member of the Executive Committee who resigns or retires from law enforcement will be allowed to continue to serve the remainder of their term
  • If an active member of the Executive Committee resigns from his or her position on the Executive Committee, an interim member shall be appointed by a majority vote of the remaining Executive Committee members

In order to remove a sitting Executive Council member

  • The removal must be for cause
  • The removal must be approved by a two thirds majority of the executive council
  • The removal must be approved by the Special Olympics Hawaii CEO


Torch Run Executive Council Positions / Roles

State Torch Run Chairperson

  • This position should be held by a senior executive level law enforcement officer.
  • The main role of the Chairperson is to coordinate and facilitate communication within the state torch run.
  • The Chairperson acts as a liaison between the Executive Council and law enforcement departments statewide.
  • The Chairperson is ultimately responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships in good standing with other law enforcement agency department heads.
  • The Chairperson is a regular, voting member of the Executive Council
  • The Chairperson’s term of office is one calendar year.
  • The Chairperson is automatically reappointed until he or she steps down or is removed for cause
  • The Chairperson is not subject to a limit of the number of terms he or she may serve.
  • In the event of a vacancy in the Chairperson’s position, such vacancy shall be filled based on the advice of an advisory committee of Executive Committee members, a majority approval of the Executive Committee and the approval of the Special Olympics Hawaii CEO.


State Torch Run Director

  • The main role of the Director is to handle daily issues relating to the torch run.
  • The Director is the head of the Executive Council
  • The Director is responsible for spearheading the state Final Leg run.
  • The Director heads the state Torch Run committee
  • The Director chairs the committee that handles the election and / or reelection of Executive Council Members
  • The Director plans the budget and annual calendar with the Special Olympics Liaison.
  • The Director is a regular, voting member of the Executive Council.
  • The Director’s term of office is one calendar year.
  • The Director is automatically reappointed until he or she steps down or is removed for cause
  • The Director is not subject to a limit of the number of terms he or she may serve.
  • In the event of a vacancy in the Director’s position, such vacancy shall be filled based on the advice of an advisory committee of Executive Committee members, a majority approval of the Executive Committee and the approval of the Special Olympics Hawaii CEO.


Torch Run Executive Council Member

  • There shall be four representatives on the Executive Council
  • One representative shall come from each of the following groups; Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, State Law Enforcement Agencies, Honolulu City and County Law Enforcement Agencies, Neighbor Island Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Representatives shall be law enforcement personnel from an agency classified in their constituent group and shall represent the interests of their constituent group as regular voting members of the Executive Council.
  • Representatives shall contribute to the discussion and decision making process of the Executive Council.
  • Representatives shall be elected to the Executive Council by a process yet to be determined.
  • Representatives shall be reappointed to the Executive Council by election subject to term limits yet to be determined.


Special Olympics Hawaii Torch Run Liaison

  • The Torch Run Liaison shall be a hired employee of Special Olympics Hawaii
  • The Torch Run Liaison represents Special Olympics Hawaii as a regular voting member of the Executive Council.
  • As a Special Olympics employee, the Torch Run Liaison shall be appointed, and removed by the Special Olympics Hawaii CEO.
  • The term of the Liaison is not subject to time limitations and / or term limits.


Special Olympics Hawaii CEO

  • The Special Olympics Hawaii CEO shall be a hired employee of Special Olympics Hawaii
  • The role of the Special Olympics Hawaii CEO shall be to ensure compliance with Special Olympics rules and regulations.
  • The Special Olympics Hawaii CEO shall provide advice and support to the Executive Council.
  • The Special Olympics Hawaii CEO shall be an ex-officio, or non-voting member of the Executive Council.


International LETR Executive Council Member

  • Anyone torch run member from Hawaii who sits on the International LETR Executive Council shall also be appointed to the Executive Council.
  • The role of the International LETR Executive Council Member shall be to ensure compliance with International LETR rules and regulations.
  • The International LETR Executive Council Member shall provide advice and support to the Executive Council.
  • The International LETR Executive Council Member shall be an ex-officio, or non-voting member of the Executive Council.


In the event of a person holding more than one position within the Executive Council (ie a Director who also holds office on the International LETR Executive Council), he or she shall be limited to one vote on each issue, should at least one of his or her positions on the council provide for such a vote.

 

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