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MAY-JUNE 2019
STREAMLINES for Volunteers
2019 RJA - Spring Nationals

There's a lot going on with U.S. Masters Swimming right now. Here's what you need to know about the annual meeting, award nominations, delegate entitlements, and much more. 

Thank you for all you do to make USMS great!

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Jeff Roddin Receives RJA Award
USMS's top award recognizes decades of service
Jeff Roddin - 2019 RJA
The  Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award  is U.S. Masters Swimming's highest honor, given to the volunteer who does the most to further the objectives of Masters Swimming. This year, the award went to  Jeff Roddin  of Montgomery Ancient Mariners for his many years of service and numerous contributions to our organization. Learn more about him and everything he's done for USMS here.

Congratulations, Jeff, and thank you for your service! 
Annual Meeting Update
Get ready to head to St. Louis in September
The United States Aquatic Sports Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis
at The Arch in St. Louis.
 
USMS's annual meeting begins on Sept. 11. The annual meeting page at usms.org contains the schedule, USAS registration links, travel information, hotel reservation links, and more. Additional information will be posted soon, please be sure to check back frequently to see if any sections have been updated.
 
Delegate Registration: Everyone attending or presenting at any meeting MUST be registered for the convention. Online registration  is open and available for individuals who prefer to pay by credit card, and you can register as many attendees as you like during the session. For those who prefer to register by mail/check, please use the delegate registration form and mail it with your check. 
  • Please note: When registering on the USAS website, there will be an opt-in ONLY for printed programs (which include a printed copy of the USMS schedule, national officers, leadership, and staff); this will be a transition year to having printed programs. USAS will have all the information that would be in the program available on its website - go green! 
Full Convention Registration:
Postmarked by Aug. 22: $180
Postmarked by Aug. 23 or later: $210
 
Partial Convention Registration:
One Day: $75
Two Day: $140
 
Hotel Reservations: Hotel information can be found on the 2019 Annual Meeting website . You are responsible for making your hotel reservations. The convention room rate is $145/night plus tax. You can also call to make reservations (1-314-655-1234). The room block closes Aug. 9 or when it fills, whichever happens first. Once a reservation is made, there is a non-refundable one-night cancellation charge. 
 
Air Transportation

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) (14 miles)
 
Land Transportation

Driving Directions: Driving directions can be obtained by using the following address:  315 Chestnut Street /  St. Louis, MO 63102.
 
Parking:  Self-park is $30/day, valet parking is $40/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.
Annual Meeting Packet
Please note these important deadlines
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July 15: Committee chairs and special appointments send their annual reports to their vice presidents using the USMS committee report template . Those who will be having a meeting at the annual meeting also send their agendas.
 
July 31: Vice presidents send their committees' annual reports and agendas to Volunteer Services.  Members of the Executive Committee also submit their annual reports.
 
Aug. 1: All proposed rule or code changes from Rules, Long Distance, and Legislation Committees are due to Volunteer Services  from respective committee chairs for inclusion in annual meeting packet.
 
Aug. 1: Election Committee submits election information to Volunteer Services for  inclusion in annual meeting packet.
 
Early September: Annual meeting packet is posted on the 2019 Annual Meeting website .
Proposed Legislation, Rules, and Long Distance Committees Rule Changes Due June 10
Don't miss this important deadline
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Proposed changes to the Code of Regulations can be submitted to the Legislation Committee for Organizing Principles and Parts 2, 4, 5, and 6. Changes to Part 1 and the Glossary can be submitted to the Rules Committee and changes to Part 3 can be submitted to the Long Distance Committee .
 
See the Instructions for Submitting Rule Book Amendments in the annual meeting section of the Guide to Operations for detailed instructions and the form for submitting proposed legislation changes. Proposed legislation changes are due June 10.
LMSC Delegate Entitlements
Notice to LMSC chairs
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LMSC Chairs: Please submit the names and contact information for your delegates ASAP to Volunteer Services .
 
Please send delegate-at-large requests to president Patty Miller and copy Volunteer Services by 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  Volunteer Services  if there are any members from your committees who will not be attending the annual meeting.
Service Award Nominations Due Soon
Nominate a fellow member today
Each year, USMS recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our members beyond the water's edge. USMS's success is a result of the amazing contributions of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Help us identify initiative and performance by nominating people you know who fulfill the ideals of the following awards. The deadline for nominations is  July 1; please review the  submission instructions for each award and help recognize amazing members.
  • USMS Coach of the Year Award
  • USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award
  • USMS Club of the Year Award
  • USMS June Krauser Communications Award
  • USMS Fitness Award
  • USMS Long Distance National Championship Award
  • USMS National Championship Meets Award
  • USMS Open Water Service Award
  • USMS Officials Excellence Award
Let us know who deserves to be recognized!
SCY Top 10 Submissions Due
It's time to submit SCY Top 10s!
2019 Top Ten Patch
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.
Peer-to-Peer Calls
Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from others?
Need to Know
Mark your calendars for the next peer-to-peer teleconference call. 
  • Conflict of Interest: June 4 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time / 5:30 p.m. Pacific time
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.
 
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. 
 
Notes and recordings from peer-to-peer calls are now more easily accessible in the Meeting Minutes section of usms.org. Look under the Volunteers section in the large footer of usms.org and select the Meeting Minutes page. Then, select Peer-to-Peer Teleconference Notes or Peer-to-Peer Teleconference Recording from the By Committee or Group drop-down menu. Happy reading and listening!
April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month
Thank you for participating!
More than 1,200 people took lessons through USMS's April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month programs nationwide last month, and we couldn't be prouder. Thank you to the nearly 500 instructors - mostly volunteers -- who helped to make so many adults in their communities safer and happier around the water. We counted more than 50 April programs, but if you think we might have missed yours, please be in touch.
 
And remember, it's grant season. If a USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant could help you take your April program to the next level, apply for 2020 program funds, by July 31. Don't need money? If you want goggles, caps, T-shirts, and other ALTS Month swag, you need to be an SSLF grant program. Just say "gear only" on your application.
Callout for Sports Medicine and Science Committee Blog Posts
Media
The Sports Medicine and Science Committee is soliciting blog posts from anyone interested in contributing. It's looking for posts across a range of topics, including health, nutrition, physiology, and more. Please submit your posts to Jessica Seaton for consideration.
Have Your Elected Officers Changed?
Report these changes now!
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If your LMSC has elected any new officers, please remember to notify us  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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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming  e ncourages 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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