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Remembering Larry J. Chisausky

Larry J. Chisausky
1-23-1947  - 4-12-2019

Live Free has lost, Larry Chisausky, a dear friend and dedicated member of our Board Of Directors.

A memorial visitation will be held at the
Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, on Saturday, April 20th.  A Memorial Mass,  Committal Services and Military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery April 22nd.

Profession & background: Degrees in Finance, MIS, and Communications.

Larry’s vocation has been an IT Professional Consultant, Systems Analyst and Designer, Project Manager, Tech jock, and Business Systems Analyst for the last 30+ years.

His avocation can be summarized …… As family and friends say, “Larry was awarded a full scholarship (by our Uncle Sam) to the University of South Vietnam, College of Warfare, and majored in Outdoor Survival.” He was a tried and true Patriot veteran and proud to be an American! He has been an avid outdoors adventurer, wilderness trip planner, leader, and environmentalist since the late 60's.

Larry shared his energy, enthusiasm, skills, respect, and love of the outdoors with youth, Scouting families, self-reliance, and Emergency- Preparedness seekers. Larry was an active Boy Scout leader, trainer, and counselor for the Boy Scouts of America and these merit badges: 1st Aid, CPR & AED, Emergency Preparedness, Wilderness Survival, Canoeing, Camping, Kayaking, Cooking, Orienteering, Computers, Communications, Leave No Trace, and Wilderness 1st Aid.

Other volunteer commitments include American Legion Post 392 Officer; LiveFree,USA Board of Directors, Medical Team Director & Survival trainer; Lifetime Rotary Intl. Paul Harris Fellow; Member of VFW Post 1493; Charter Organization representative for Cub Scout Pack 315; Outdoor Leader Trainer for Rainbow Council in Morris, Il.; and Dedicated Member of the Project Michelangelo Foundation.

Specialty: Beyond the above-stated activities Larry taught youth and families that Character Does Count, to Do Your Best at every task, to have Confidence, be willing to work for TEAM Goals, and Trust that the Lord will guide you.

Philosophy in life: Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” One must believe in Prayer for it to work!

2019 Annual Business Meeting Report

Live Free, USA begins 2019 with New Leadership!
Congratulations and Welcome to our new Board Members.

Annual Business Meeting Report:
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Live Free, USA Board of Directors and interested members convened at Cabela’s in Hammond, Indiana for the 51st Annual Business Meeting.  Retiring President, Jim Jones provided a detailed ‘State Of Live Free’ powerpoint report that included the 2018 Financial Report, followed by elections to elect Officers and fill Board vacancies.

The 2019 Live Free, USA Board of Directors are:

President: Mark Smith
Vice-President: Ray Duensing
Treasurer: Marie Jones
Recording Secretary: Beth Duensing
Membership Secretary: Zach Garza
Director 1: Will Garza
Director 2: Jeff Agan
Director 3: Larry Chisausky
Director 4: Michelle Augustyn
Director 5: Nick Carlson

James C. Jones was appointed to the position of Founding Director by a unanimous vote.

One additional Director will be elected to the Board in 2020 and again in 2021, for three-year terms.  The new leadership is energetic and enthused working together on exciting new plans for this year's Camp Independence.

Now is the time to join or renew your membership.  Get involved, join our mission to promote and support self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and self-protection within your community.

Respectfully Submitted,
Beth Duensing
Live Free, USA Recording Secretary