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JULY-AUGUST 2018
STREAMLINES for Volunteers

There's a lot of detailed information below regarding this year's annual meeting. Check it out and get your travel plans made.

If your schedule permits during the annual meeting, you can go through  Level 1 and 2 coach certification, Level 3 coach certification, or ALTS instructor certification.

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USAS Convention 2018
Details below to plan your trip to this year's meeting
USAS Convention
The United States Aquatic Sports Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Fla., in September. Registration forms and travel, shuttle, and tourist information are available on the USAS website .
 
USMS meetings are Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 30. The annual meeting page  at usms.org contains the schedule and other information.
 
Delegate Registration
All persons attending or presenting at any meeting at the annual meeting MUST be registered for the convention. Online registration is now available.
 
Fees
$180: Early-bird online or postmarked BY Sept. 4
$210: Regular registration online or postmarked AFTER Sept. 4
$75: One-day registration
$140: Two-day registration
 
Registration

Online registration : Available for individuals who prefer to pay by credit card, and you can register as many attendees as you like during the session.

Group registration form: LMSCs with five or more delegates can fill out the group registration form and pay with one check.

Paper registration form: These are for individuals paying with a check.
 
Hotel Reservations
Hotel information can be found on the USAS website . You are responsible for making your hotel reservations. The convention room rate is $139/night plus tax. You can also make reservations by calling 402-592-6464. The room block closes after Aug. 21 or when it fills, whichever happens first.
 
Air Transportation
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) (15 miles)
 
Land Transportation
SuperShuttle: It's offering discounted shuttle transportation for the convention ($2 off a one-way trip and $5 off a roundtrip). They also offer a discount if you use their ExecuCar transportation option. When you  make your reservation, enter the discount code  TF2HB. If you require special assistance, please call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826). 

East Coast Transportation: Their drivers meet you inside the airport and can take you to the Hyatt. To make a reservation with East Coast Transportation, click on  reservations

Rental Cars: Hertz is offering a discount on car rentals for the convention. Go to the  USAS-HERTZ website to make your reservation--the discount code is auto-populated. If you go to Hertz through another means, the discount code is  CV02RH0014.
 
Driving Directions
Driving directions can be obtained by typing the following address into MapQuest or Google : 225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
 
Parking
Self-park is $8/day, valet parking is $15/day for delegates and volunteers.
 
Internet in Sleeping Rooms
Complimentary internet is included in guest rooms ($4.95 per day for upgraded bandwidth).
 
Certification Table
The certification table will be open on Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (vendor area), Thursday 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (vendor area), and Thursday 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (House of Delegates Room). If you're unable to make those times, please find Mary Hull from Thursday afternoon through Saturday.
Election Packet Posted
Meet the next representatives of USMS!
DDSA honorees 2016
Those attending the 2018 annual meeting can now get to know those up for a position in the 2018 elections

All the candidates can be reviewed in the consolidated election packet that will be updated as necessary. 
Important Delegate List Reminder
We need to know who will be attending!
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LMSC Chairs: Please submit the names and contact information for your delegates ASAP to Jessica Porter, if you haven't done so already. These were due July 15.
 
Chairs of Finance, Legislation, Long Distance, and Rules Committees: Please contact your committee members and report to Jessica Porter if any members from your committee will not be attending the annual meeting.
Working Calendar
Don't miss these important deadlines!
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Below are important deadlines from the working calendar.

Aug. 1 : All proposed rule or code changes from Rules, Long Distance, and Legislation Committees are due to Jessica Porter from respective committee chairs for inclusion in the annual meeting packet.

Aug. 11 : Vice presidents send their committees' annual reports and agendas to Jessica Porter Members of the Executive Committee also submit their annual reports and the reports from the liaisons and special appointments they oversee.

Aug. 15: All proposed rule or code changes are posted on the annual meeting page.

Late August: Annual meeting packet posted on the USMS website and link emailed to all delegates.
Pre-Annual Meeting Packet
Be green by accessing these files online
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Please note that USMS is continuing its efforts in going green. Therefore, we are requesting that you either download the pre-annual meeting files to your laptop or tablet (that you'll be bringing with you), print the documents yourself and bring them, or have them printed at a local copy shop.
 
The sections of the pre-annual meeting packet will be posted on the annual meeting page as they are received with the full packet going up in mid-to-late August. This packet includes reports from the Executive Committee, National Office, and liaisons and special appointments, in addition to committee reports and meeting agendas. It also includes election information, rules, long distance rules, and legislation proposed amendments, as well as other important documents and announcements.
Meeting Minutes
Bye-bye accordion files!
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In our continual efforts to go green, we will have wireless Internet in all meeting rooms, including the House of Delegates. Meeting minutes will be uploaded immediately following each meeting and will be accessible from the Meeting Minutes page of the USMS website.
New Officers?
Let us know!
Envelope, email, newsletter, information, update
If your LMSC has elected any new officers, please remember to notify Volunteer Services of these changes. We need this information to be sure the right individuals are receiving information in a timely manner during their tenure. You can view what is currently on file by choosing your LMSC from the map and then clicking the link for LMSC officers.
Peer-to-Peer Conference Calls
Learn from fellow volunteers during these upcoming calls
Need to Know
LMSC Development: Aug. 14 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern / 5:30 p.m. Pacific
 
Teleconferences take approximately one hour each. Email invitations are sent to those in each role in advance with dial-in information. Contact the LMSC Development Committee for more information.
 
The goal of these facilitated calls is to provide an opportunity for you to converse with your peers, pose questions, get answers, discuss challenges, and share successes related to your LMSC volunteer role. In turn, the LMSC Development Committee can use the information shared to help build a repository of best practices for each of our volunteer positions.
SWIMMER Article Ideas?
We want to hear from you!
Profile layout Taylor Krauss SWIMMER magazine
Got a great idea for an article for SWIMMER? Know an inspiring or interesting swimmer who should be considered for inclusion in an upcoming issue of the magazine? Please let us know via our online article idea collector. Check out our reader submission guidelines for what we're seeking and take a look around at your next workout. Our next best story may be swimming in the lane next to you!
Moved Recently?
Let us know!
Houses
Spring and summer are common times for people to move, and with all that's going on during a move, it's easy to forget some of the organizations that need your new address. But please don't forget us! USMS needs your updated contact information to ensure timely delivery of SWIMMER magazine and other communications. To update your address, log into your My USMS account and update your membership profile information there.
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming encourages adults to enjoy the health, fitness, and social benefits of swimming by providing more than 2,000 swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS's nearly 65,000 members range from age 18 to 99 and include swimmers of all ability levels. USMS, a nonprofit, also trains and certifies coaches and provides online workouts, a bimonthly member magazine, monthly eNewsletters, and technique articles and videos at  usms.org .
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