Streamlines for Volunteers 2012
March/April 2013

There are several important due dates in this issue!

Thank you for all that you do,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming

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USMS Officer Nominations
U.S. Masters Swimming will hold elections for all officers (president, vice president of administration, vice president of community services, vice president of local operations, vice president of programs, secretary and treasurer) at its Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Sept. 10-14, 2013 during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Anaheim, Calif.
The nomination deadline is April 30, 2013. Nomination packets may be obtained from the Election page of the USMS website or by contacting Elections Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.

We're looking for energetic volunteers with a desire to help lead U.S. Masters Swimming. If you're interested in leadership and service at our highest level, or you know someone who would be willing to serve, please let us know! 
Open Water Webinar
computer 100 The USMS Open Water Committee is pleased to invite LMSC open water officials and open water event hosts to attend a live Open Water Safety Webinar presented by Jim Wheeler, Chair of the Open Water Safety Subcommittee. Jim has more than 30 years experience in aquatic risk management, safety, and training for venues; including waterfronts, beaches, pools, and water parks. Jim is the president of Total Aquatic Management, an aquatic consulting and training company. He frequently gives safety workshops during the USMS Annual Meeting. The offered webinar includes up-to-date information on open water safety and USMS safety regulations.

There is one more presentation available, and the due date to sign up is Thursday May 2, 2013:
  • Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Screensharing will be used so you can follow the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. You'll also be able to send questions to Jim during the webinar through the provided Chat Room capability. One of the webinars will be recorded and posted on should you need to review the materials.

Please click this link to register for the webinar:
If you register for a webinar, you will receive call-in information via email on the Thursday before your scheduled webinar. Contact OW Committee Chair Lynn Hazlewood with questions.
Peer-to-Peer LMSC Development Program
LMSC In 2012, many convention delegates participated in peer-to-peer discussions as part of a "brainwriting" workshop for LMSC volunteers. The LMSC Development Committee is extending that opportunity to all LMSC volunteers through two methods: USMS Discussion Forums (online) and periodic teleconference calls.

We invite all LMSC volunteers to log on to the USMS Discussion Forums at their convenience and subscribe to the LMSC Administration threads that get posted.

The teleconference conversations will begin with LMSC Treasurers, who are invited to participate in a call on on Monday April 22, at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Please email your RSVP to obtain the dial-in code:

The peer-to-peer teleconference program is facilitated by the LMSC Development Committee and, as future sessions are set up, volunteers can expect invitations based on their LMSC roles. The goal for each initiative is simple: to get as many volunteers as possible to participate in the conversations; and facilitate an exchange of ideas, suggestions, and experiences with a community of your peers.

Over the coming weeks, the LMSC Development Mentoring Subcommittee will be posting topics to the LMSC Administration Forum that are meant to generate discussion and lead to a supportive venue to pose questions, raise concerns, and find applicable solutions and best practices. The initial focus of the online forum conversations will be on topics related to the required standards with which LMSCs have reported the greatest challenges.

Thank you in advance for participating and special thanks for volunteering; your time and efforts are a great benefit to the members of USMS.
LMSC Annual Meeting Minutes

Taking notes Per USMS Rule 502.3, each LMSC is required to hold an annual meeting that is open to all individual members of the LMSC. Your LMSC is required to take minutes at that meeting and, per Rule 502.7, send a copy of your 2012 minutes to Membership Director Anna Lea Matysek by April 30, 2013.

New Volunteer Award Introduced

All Star The Open Water Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a new annual USMS award. The U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Service Award will honor an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting and building excellence in USMS open water swimming in one or more of the following ways:

  • Embodies the USMS mission, vision, goals, and objectives through open water swimming
  • Contributes notably in several roles (i.e., USMS national committee, LMSC open water/long distance chair, event and/or safety director, official, coach, clinician, and/or volunteer)
  • Contributes notably at different levels of USMS (i.e. national, zone, LMSC, and/or local)
  • Demonstrates extraordinary measurable achievement and impact.

Any USMS Zone, LMSC, club, or individual member may submit nominations electronically, by forwarding a completed Nomination Form no later than July 1 to the OW Committee Chair Lynn Hazlewood.

Sports Medicine and Science Committee
Medical The Sports Medicine and Science Committee serves to educate U.S. Masters Swimming members and the public on topics of sports medicine and science. The committee maintains a health network of professionals willing to serve as resources to Masters swimmers. Members of the health network respond to questions sent to USMS and review articles to be published in SWIMMER magazine and on

Questions are first screened by the SMS Committee chair, then sent to an appropriate member of the health network. Questions from members are not frequent, so participation in the network will not require a large amount of time.
We would like to continue to expand the network, if you or someone you know is a health care, medical, or science professional and would like to join the network, please contact SMS Committee Chair, Dr. Jane Moore, for further information.
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
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U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes health, wellness, fitness and competition for adults through swimming. It does so by partnering with more than 1,500 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bimonthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and website,; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual events and competitions. More than 55,000 adults are registered members of USMS.
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