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ALJBS begins 66th session

Director David Bagatelle gavels in session with 878 Delegates

Brigadier General James John Grant with Director David S. Bagatelle after 1:30pm assembly

Director David S. Bagatelle, the 6th Director in the history of American Legion Jersey Boys State, began yesterday's first General Assembly by declaring the 2011 session "open" with three smart taps of the gavel. Director Bagatelle's address to the 2011 delegates encouraged them to do four things while at this year's 66th session "be respectful, get involved, don't get discouraged, and try your best." Following the Director's address, American Legion Department of New Jersey 2011-2012 Commander Harold Liberatore addressed the delegation, as well as friends of the program Jun Choi (former Mayor of Edison Township, NJ) and Kenneth Armwood, (former ALJBS delegate and currently Councilman for the City of Piscataway, NJ).

The Hon. Leonard Lance, US Congressman, NJ 7th District, also addressed the delegates urging them to get involved at Boys State and back home. The highlight of the opening assembly was the inspirational "Challenge to the Delegates" issued by Brigadier General James John Grant, Chief of the Joint Staff of The Adjutant General of NJ. The Brigadier General spoke about the importance of getting involved, service, leadership, and spoke on the lessons learned during his accomplished career in the military and law enforcement.

The last 24 hours were very busy for all of the delegates. They participated in City Party meetings, electing Ward Leaders and a City Party Executive Committee for each of the Federal and National parties. Each city chose a form of City Government to address their City Descriptions, and began filling the slate for each municipal election (Mayor and Council). By now, all cities have elected their city leadership and have already chosen a form of County Government. A busy first 32 hours indeed.

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originally posted June 20, 2011