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MARCH-APRIL 2019
STREAMLINES for Volunteers
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Many thanks to everyone who gathered for the third LMSC Leadership Summit, which was held in Phoenix earlier this month.  In case you want to review or share information, the presentation materials can be found on the  LMSC Leadership Summit  page in the  Guide to Operations .

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month!
Help adults in your community learn to swim
More than a third of adults in the United States cannot swim the length of a pool, putting them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country. USMS aims to teach others the lifesaving skill of swimming, and you can help.

USMS clubs, certified adult learn-to-swim instructors, and USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant programs around the country are offering low- and no-cost swim lessons in the month of April as a way to both raise awareness about adult drowning risk and give back to the sport and activity that they love.

If you have an April event planned, we want to hear about it. Or if you want to help with an April program, let us know, so we can help connect you to one. You don't have to be a certified instructor to participate in an April program, or to teach someone to swim. Check out the April Is Adult Learn to Swim Month page on the USMS website to get ideas, and to download helpful templates and lesson plans. You can also request access to an ALTS Month Toolbox with social media graphics, a press release template, flyer templates, swimming Spanish-language translation sheets, and more. Be sure to share your program's successes on the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Facebook page.

We think once you teach an adult to swim, you'll be hooked. Check out the ALTS instructor certification program, and consider applying for a USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant. These grants can give an existing program a boost, or, in some cases, can be used to start a program from scratch. The application for the next grant cycle will open in May.

Love the cause, but don't have the time to get involved this year? We get it. Please consider a donation to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. You can do it online, at any time. SSLF is a donor-funded charitable organization, and your tax-deductible gift goes to provide swimming lessons for adults around the country. Let's help more adults learn to swim. 
LMSC Financials and 990 Tax Filings
Prepare and submit your financial reports by April 30
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LMSC Annual Financial Statements
Each LMSC is required to send a copy of its annual financial report to the National Office. 

We are excited to offer a new standard format so that the financial information will be in a similar format for all LMSCs. The new format will help us better understand the services provided through our LMSCs and develop strategies and programs to enhance membership value at the LMSC level.
Instructions for preparing the reports can be found in the Treasurer section of the Guide to Operations.  Please prepare and submit your 2018 financial report to Volunteer Services by April 30
 
LMSC Annual 990 Tax Filings
Instructions and links for filing your LMSC's 990 tax form can also be found in the Guide to Operations Treasurers section, which is due by May 15.
LMSC Meeting Minutes Due April 30
We know you had a meeting last year!
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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 send a copy of your annual minutes to Volunteer Services by April 30. Don't delay! Send in your minutes today.
Election Nominations Due April 30
Want to run for one of these important positions in 2019?
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U.S. Masters Swimming will hold elections for all officers at its annual meeting of the House of Delegates on Sept. 11-15, held in conjunction with the USAS convention in St Louis. The nomination period ends April 30. Nomination packets are available on the Elections page of the USMS website, or you can contact  Elections Chair Erin Sullivan .
 
We're looking for energetic volunteers with a desire to help lead USMS. 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. 

To place your name in nomination for an officer position, download the nomination packet and election guidelines or request them by email from Elections Chair Erin Sullivan. Please read the entire packet, including the election operating guidelines, and submit the nomination packet by April 30.
 
To be eligible for nomination, candidates shall:
  • Be members in good standing of USMS for the year when the election is held;
  • have attended one or more USMS annual meetings in the preceding five years; and
  • plan to attend the annual meeting for the election year in which they are standing for election, and plan to attend all House of Delegates meetings during their tenure.
If, after reading the materials, you have questions about the role of any USMS officer position or the nomination/election process, please contact  Erin Sullivan.
2019 Volunteer Service Awards
Nominate a deserving volunteer today
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 for USMS Coach of the Year, Dorothy Donnelly Service, June Krauser Communications, and others.  See all the award categories on the Awards page Nominations for all awards are due July 1  (except the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur Award, which was due on March 15).
Bids for Long Distance Nationals Open
Want to host a national championship event in 2021?
Want to host an ePostal or open water national championship in 2021? The bidding process is open to events that have run successfully for three years in a row before bidding. Hosting a national championship provides lots of national exposure, which can help your event grow substantially. Bidding information  and detailed instructions are available on the  Open Water National Championships page and the  ePostal National Championships pageBids are due  July 1. 

Selection will be based on the overall suitability of the bid received and, in the case of open water, the committee will also be considering the area in which the event is to be held, safety, and the annual event schedule as a whole. Applications for both ePostal and open water events can be completed online:
Peer-to-Peer Calls
Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from others?
Need to Know
Teleconferences will each take approximately one hour. Email invitations are sent to those in each role in advance with dial-in information. Contact the  LMSC Development Committee  for more information.

Mark your calendars for the next peer-to-peer teleconference calls for:
  • Service Animals at the Pool: Wednesday, April 9, 8:30 p.m. Eastern time | 5:30 p.m. Pacific time
  • Open Water: Tuesday, May 7, 8:30 p.m. Eastern time | 5:30 p.m. Pacific time
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.
Volunteer Swag
Thank your volunteers for their hard work
Want to show your appreciation for the hard-working volunteers who make your LMSC or club run? We have just the ticket in our online swag shop. You can order all kinds of gifts and tokens that are perfect for end-of-year gifts or anytime to express your thanks for all their hard work. 
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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 adult swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS's 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 newsletters, and technique articles and videos at  usms.org .
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