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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016
STREAMLINES for Volunteers

It was great seeing so many of you in Atlanta! Thanks for a great 2016 and here's to an even better 2017!

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Convention Wrap-Up
Final minutes posted
Convention
Thank you all for a wonderful and productive 2016 Annual Meeting! House of Delegates minutes  have been finalized and approved, including all the committee meeting minutes. You can access those online . You can also access the 2017 Committee Request form online. Completing this survey is  required  if you want to serve on a committee. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, Sept. 30, so don't delay! 

The 2016 Convention Evaluation survey is also available online. Please take this survey--we want your feedback so that we can make next year's Convention even better!

Also, if you attended a workshop at convention, please fill out the associated evaluation for that workshop. You can access those surveys at the bottom of the Convention page under the post-convention header. We appreciate your feedback!

We've also published a press release announcing all election and award winners. Congratulations, and thank you for your service!

Now that the 2016 Convention has been completed, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Convention  scheduled for Sept. 13 through Sept. 17 in Dallas, Texas. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pace Clock Contest Results
Five clubs won a Colorado Time Systems pace clock
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Congratulations to the five clubs that added the most new members during our August membership drive! For your efforts, you'll receive a Colorado Time Systems pace clock worth $1,200! 

Leading the way with 51 new members was Palm Beach Masters (Florida Gold Coast) followed by Lane 4 Swimming (Potomac Valley) with 47 new members; White Rock Masters Swimming (North Texas) with 39 new members; Texas Ford Aquatic Masters (North Texas) with 27 new members; and Texas Longhorn Aquatics (South Texas) with 23 new members. Congratulations to these programs and welcome to all your new swimmers!

Read about these clubs in our series of web profiles appearing over the next several weeks. We're starting out with Palm Beach Masters, led by Linda Bostic. 
Help a Researcher Out
Contribute your experiences to a scientific study
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If you attended convention, then you probably already know about the amazing Sports Medicine presentation Hirofumi Tanaka, director of the cardiovascular aging research laboratory at the University of Texas made about swimmers, their health, and aging. During his presentation, he referenced a study he's conducting into injury among swimmers, and we're asking you for help in getting him the data he needs. Fill out the survey and pass it along to your swimming friends and teammates, and perhaps together we can help Dr. Tanaka solve some of the deepest mysteries of what makes a swimmer a swimmer.

Fee Changes from Convention
Changes made to sanction and membership fees 
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2017 MEMBERSHIP FEES
  • USMS 2017 membership fee: $41 (up from $39)
  • USMS 2017 club registration fee: $41 (up from $25)
  • USMS 2017 workout group registration fee: $41 (up from $25)
  • USMS 2017 one-event membership fee: $15 (same as 2016)
2017 SANCTION FEES
  • Sanctioned pool meet: $50, same as 2016 (billed to the LMSC*)
  • Recognized pool meet: $100, new fee (billed to the LMSC*)
  • Sanctioned open water event: $100 plus $5 per participant, up to a maximum of $1,000, same as 2016 (billed to the LMSC*)
*NOTE that the LMSC may choose to either pass the cost on to the event host, share it, or absorb the entire cost.
You've Got Options
Year-plus and year-end membership registration options 
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Two membership options are available in September and October. New members may select the Year-Plus option, which gives them a 2016 membership plus a 2017 membership, and includes a $24 discount off the 2016 portion of the national fee. They also have the option to join just for the remainder of 2016 for a $14 discount.  

On November 1, all members can join or renew for the 2017 membership year. The national office and your LMSC registrar will be providing more information as November 1 approaches.
The 1-Hour Swim is Coming!
Spur participation in your LMSC!
2017 1-Hour epostal
The Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal event will open on January 1, 2017, and we'd like to encourage you to get your clubs and teammates involved. We're striving for our biggest year yet, so consider hosting a day or weekend for swimmers from across your LMSC to complete this event and count for each other sometime in January or February. The HOD approved a proposal to extend the swimming period for this annual National Championship event to cover both January and February (bad weather over the past two years in many parts of the country pointed to a need to extend the swim period), so now there's simply no excuse. Use the 1-Hour swim as it was intended to build camaraderie and fitness after the busy holiday season. 
Upcoming Peer-to-Peer Calls 
Log on to teleconferences for best practices
Need to Know
Mark your calendars for the next three peer-to-peer teleconference calls for: 

Chairs and Vice Chairs: Wed., Oct. 5,  5:30 p.m. Pacific | 8:30 p.m. Eastern
 
Secretaries: Wed ., Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. Pacific | 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Fitness: December (date and time TBD)

The goal of these calls is to provide an opportunity for you to pose questions, get answers, discuss challenges, and share successes as you fulfill your role. In turn, we can use the information shared to help build a repository of best practices for each of our volunteer positions. 
 
Prior to the call, we encourage you to log on to the LMSC Administration Forum to post questions or topics of interest that you would like covered. Email notifications are sent 2 to 3 weeks prior to the respective volunteer and to the LMSC chair. 

Notes from Peer-to-Peer calls are now more easily accessible in the Meeting Minutes section of usms.org . Look under the For Volunteers tab and select the Meeting Minutes page. Then, select Peer-to-Peer Teleconference Notes from the By Committee or Group drop-down menu. Happy reading!

Club Registration Opens October 1
Renew your club so members can find you!
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All club contacts will receive an email in the first week or two of October with an online renewal link. It's important to have your club registered before  November 1  because on that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2017 membership year. If your club is not registered, it will not appear in the pull-down lists and your members will not be able to register with you.
Top 10 Submissions Due
Don't miss the October 31 deadline!
2016 Top 10 Patches
The deadline for LCM Top 10 tabulations (both individual and relay swims) are due to Mary Beth Windrath, National Swims Administrator, by  October 31 . Late submissions will not be accepted. Instructions can be found in the USMS Records and Tabulation document,  located in the Guide to Operations.
Reminder: Expense Reports Due
You have 30 days to submit for reimbursable expenses
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Don't forget to submit your expense reports to Susan Kuhlman within 30 days of the conclusion of Convention  if you'd like to be reimbursed for qualified Convention expenses. Please download an expense report form (in PDF or Word formats) from the LMSC Management section of the Guide to Operations page Requests for reimbursement must include all receipts and a description of goods or services.
Meeting Minutes
Catch up on all the news
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Did you miss a meeting? Couldn't attend Convention? We have you covered. All meeting minutes are posted on the USMS Convention page.
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