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Another year, another USMS Annual Meeting in the books! We held elections, updated rules, raised money for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, discussed exciting new projects, and learned from each other.

Special congratulations to all our elected officers and 2018 award recipients, and a big thank you for  your  service to USMS.

Thank you for all you did for our members in 2018; we're looking forward to working with you in 2019.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Annual Meeting Wrap-up
Meeting minutes and surveys available
House of Delegates minutes have been finalized and approved, including all the committee meeting minutes. 

The 2018 Annual Meeting Evaluation is also available. Please take this survey. Your feedback helps us improve your annual meeting experience.

If you attended a workshop, please fill out the associated evaluation. Those surveys are available at the bottom of the annual meeting page under the post-convention header.

We look  forward  to seeing you at the  2019 USAS Convention  scheduled for Sept. 11-15 in St. Louis, Mo.
Committee Requests 2019
Do you want to serve on a committee in 2019?
Volunteer Award Nominations
Important:  If you are interested in serving on a committee for 2019, you must complete the 2019 Committee Request Survey, due Oct. 19. Completing this survey is required if you would like to serve on a committee in 2019. Committee assignments will be effective beginning January 2019.
Club Registration Open Now
Renew your club so members can find you!
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Club and workout group renewal is now open. Please complete this process  before Nov. 1. On that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2019 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.

For a preview of online club registration and step-by-step instructions, please read the 2019 Instructions for Renewing Clubs and Workout Groups
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 the following: 

Coaches:  Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT

Establishing a new meet: Nov. 13, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT

Officials- Referee Certification Program: Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT

Registration:  Jan. 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT

These calls 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!
Year-Plus Membership
Year-Plus means more swimming for less!
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In October, new members may select the Year-Plus option, which provides the opportunity to join USMS at a reduced cost for 2018,, when purchasing a 2019 membership.

On Nov. 1, all members can join or renew for the 2019 membership year. The national office and your LMSC registrar will be providing more information as Nov. 1 approaches.
Top 10 Submissions Due
LCM Top 10 due October 20 
The deadline for LCM Top 10 tabulations (both individual and relay swims) are due to Mary Beth Windrath, National Swims Administrator, by  Oct. 20 . Late submissions will not be accepted. Instructions can be found in the USMS Records and Tabulation document,  located in the Guide to Operations.
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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 70,000 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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