Streamlines for Volunteers 2012
May/June 2013

There are several due dates in this issue! Please review all articles for important information.

Many thanks for all that you do,

Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming

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2013 USMS Officer Elections
Secretary Candidates Needed!

Vote U.S. Masters Swimming will hold elections during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Sept. 10-14 in Anaheim, Calif. All USMS officer positions (president, vice president of administration, vice president of community services, vice president of local operations, vice president of programs, secretary and treasurer) are up for election.  


In accordance with our Election Operating Guidelines and the USMS Board of Directors, an extended special nomination period is authorized from May 6-31 for any position without an incumbent candidate. The office of secretary has no candidates. Therefore the election committee is soliciting nominations for this position.



The following candidates have been qualified and slated as of May 6, 2013.

  • President: Nadine Day
  • Vice President for Administration: Ed Tsuzuki and Sean Fitzgerald
  • Vice President for Community Services: Jody Smith
  • Vice President for Programs: Chris McGiffin
  • Vice President for Local Operations: Chris Stevenson
  • Secretary: NO CANDIDATE
  • Treasurer: Phil Dodson

Nomination packets for the office of secretary and additional information may be obtained from the elections section of the USMS web site, or by contacting Election Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger. If, after reading the materials, you have questions about these positions or the nomination/election process, please contact Cheryl Gettelfinger.


To be eligible for nomination, candidates will: 

  1. be members in good standing of U.S. Masters Swimming for the year when the election is held;
  2. have attended more than one USMS annual meeting of the National House of Delegates in the preceding five years; and
  3. plan to attend the annual meeting of the National House of Delegates for the election year in which they are standing for election, and plan to attend all House of Delegates meetings during their tenure.

We are looking for energetic volunteers with a desire to help lead U.S. Masters Swimming. If you are interested in leadership and service at our highest level or you know someone who would be willing to serve, please let us know.


Please address questions to: Cheryl Gettelfinger, 2013 elections chair, or the USMS National Office at 1-800-550-SWIM (7946).

USAS Convention 2013
The United States Aquatic Sports Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency - Orange County, Garden Grove, CA September 11-15, 2013. Registration forms, travel, shuttle, and tourist information is available on the USAS website. 
USMS meetings begin on Weds., Sept. 11. The Convention page at contains the schedule and other information. 
Delegate Registration: All persons attending or presenting at any meeting at convention MUST be registered for convention. New this year is online registration for individuals who prefer to pay by credit card. For those who prefer to register by mail/check, please use the delegate registration form. For those LMSCs with five or more delegates, you can opt to fill out the group registration form (pay with one check).
  • Earlybird Fee:
    • Postmarked by Aug. 20, 2013: $170
    • Postmarked on Aug. 21 or later: $200
  • Hotel Reservations: Hotel information can be found on the USAS website. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Use the online registration form or call reservation number 888-421-1442. The cutoff date is August 20. Please make your reservations early to avoid having to stay at another hotel. 
  • Air Transportation: LAX and John Wayne Orange County (SNA).  LAX has more flights and time options but further away with more traffic.  SNA is closer (10 miles from the Hyatt). 
  • Land Transportation: Taxi service is available to the Hyatt Regency from LAX ($110 + tip) or SNA ($36 + tip). SuperShuttle is available to the Hyatt Regency from LAX ($16 + tip) or SNA ($10 + tip). They offer a discount for booking round trip if you know your arrival and departure times. The Super Shuttle rates quoted above are not nonstop to or from the Hyatt. The numerous stops may add considerable travel time to and from the Hyatt. Note: The SuperShuttle does NOT require advanced reservations when traveling to the Hyatt. However, advanced reservations ARE required when leaving the Hyatt at the end of the convention.
  • Driving Directions: Driving directions can be obtained by typing the following address into MapQuest or Google: 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA  92840.
  • Parking: The Hyatt does provide parking for delegates driving to the convention. Valet parking is $22/day. Self-park is $12/day for delegates and volunteers.
  • Internet: $10/day or $40/week. 
  • Certification Table: The certification table will be open on Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (vendor area), Thursday 7-7:45 a.m. (vendor area), Thursday 9:15-9:45 a.m. (House of Delegates Room), Thursday afternoon through Saturday (come find Debbie Cavanaugh).
LMSC Delegate Entitlements
Meeting Room LMSC Chairs: Please submit the names and contact information for your delegates ASAP to CJ Rushman.
Please send Delegate-At-Large requests to President Nadine Day. Deadline is July 15. Appointments will be made by the president on July 20.

Chairs of Finance, Legislation, Long Distance, and Rules Committees: Please contact your committee members and report to 
CJ Rushman if there are any members from your committees who will not be attending Convention.
Convention Packet
Below are IMPORTANT deadlines from the Working Calendar:

July 15: Committee chairs and special appointments send their annual reports to their vice presidents using the 
USMS Document Template
. Those who will be having a meeting at Convention also send their agendas.

July 31: Vice presidents send their committees' annual reports and agendas to Membership Coordinator 
Tracy Grilli. Members of the Executive Committee also submit their annual reports.

August 1: All proposed rule or code changes from Rules, Long Distance, and Legislation due to Membership Coordinator Tracy Grilli from respective committee chairs, for inclusion in Convention packet.

August 1: Election Committee submits election information to Membership Coordinator Tracy Grilli for inclusion in Convention Packet.

August 31: Convention packets posted on the USMS
 website and emailed to all delegates.
Ransom J. Arthur Award Announced
Congratulations are in order for Patty Miller, the 2013 recipient of the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award. This award is the highest honor given to one hard-working and deserving USMS volunteer each year. In her "real life," Patty is an attorney, and she currently acts as USMS' National Legal Counsel. She is also the current Virginia LMSC Chair. This is the second USMS honor Miller has received, having previous won the 2003 Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. It's dedication like Patty's that make USMS the strong organization it is. We are grateful for her service and want to extend our thanks for all her hard work over the years. Well done!
USMS Award Nominations Due Soon

USMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The details and recipients of each type of award may be found on our awards page. Send in your nominations today!

  • Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award Due July 1
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award Due July 1   
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award Due July 1 
  • June Krauser Communications Award Due July 1
  • And more...
New Open Water Award Launches

USMS Award 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.

Three Arena Suits No Longer Legal


Effective May 7, three Arena technical suits are no longer legal in USMS competition. Arena waived FINA approval of its Powerskin Carbon Pro suits, and in accordance with USMS article 102.12.1D, Arena Powerskin Carbon Pro suits bearing the following FINA approval codes (found on the FINA stamp on the back of each suit) will no longer be allowed in USMS pool competition: AR220993 (women's), AR220994 (women's), and AR141364 (men's). Affected swimmers should visit Arena Support or Arena's FAQ page or contact Jamie Olsen at Arena for information about exchanging suits. 
SCY Top 10 Submissions Due

SurveyThe deadline for SCY Top 10 tabulations (both individual and relay swims) are due to Mary Beth Windrath, National Swims Administrator, by June 30. Late submissions will not be accepted. Instructions can be found in the USMS Records and Tabulation Document, located in the Guide to Operations.

New Officers? Let Us Know!

Taking notes If your LMSC has elected any new officers, please remember to notify Membership Director Anna Lea Matysek of these changes. We need this information to be sure the right individuals are receiving information in a timely manner during their tenure.  

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