USMS Award Recipients
Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

As a volunteer-driven organization, USMS is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to help all phases of our programs. The DDSA is given to those volunteers whose service stands out in its scope and its impact on the program and the USMS members who have benefited from their efforts on the local, regional, and national level. The recipient must be a registered member of USMS.

Up to 15 people are selected each year for the USMS Service Award with nominations coming from LMSCs, clubs, and individuals.

To make a nomination, submit a one-page letter citing the reasons the
individual deserves recognition and the award. Be sure to include:
• The name, address, Email and phone information for both nominee and nominator
• Where the service was performed: local (club or LMSC), zone, or national level or any combination thereof
• The impact of service to new programs, improvements or enhancements of on-going programs
• The scope of the service including effect on members who have benefited

Submit nominations electronically by July 1 to: awards AT usms DOT org

2014 Margaret Bayless Margaret continues as the registrar for the Lake Erie Local Masters Swim Committee of over 600 members, having served in this position for over 10 years. Its membership increased by nearly 300 during Margaret’s time of service. She was instrumental in the formation of the Shaker’s Swim Club, and oversees the Treasurer duties of the OHIO Masters swim club board as well. Recently, she assisted in the establishment of Liquid Endurance, another newly formed Masters Swimming club in her LMSC. At the same time, Margaret served as the U.S. Masters Swimming Controller for several of years.
Peter Guadagni Peter Guadagni has been a Walnut Creek Masters (WCM) board member and Chair, team captain and treasurer for years. He was editor of the team newsletter, provided content for the website, and participated on the club's Needs Task Force. Nationally, he has been a member of the Legislation Committee and is currently on the Finance Committee. As the Chairman of the Pacific LMSC since 2012, Peter led restructuring of the organization and establishment of a new model for the transition of board positions and responsibilities. Peter created the LMSC Annual Meeting Celebration as a way to encourage greater participation in leadership and activities.
Emmett Hines As a volunteer for over three decades, Emmett Hines held positions with his LMSC by performing duties in member registration and records tabulation. His coaching ability extends beyond building one of the most successful local clubs in the country. He is a recognized author and authority on swimming technique and training, publishing several books and writing for national publications, and was honored as a USMS Coach of the Year. Nationally, he has been a welcome addition to the USMS Coaches Committee, and has been contributing to the development of the national online meet sanctioning process.
Bruce Hopson In addition to being the recipient of the 2013 Ozark LMSC Service Award, Bruce Hopson has hosted the popular annual Sunnen Lake Open Water Swim as well as many local pool competitions. He has served as Ozark LMSC Chair, Open Water Chair, Legal Counsel and Grievances Chair and has represented his LMSC as a delegate to numerous USMS National Conventions. Nationally, Bruce has served on the Long Distance Committee and as the USMS Liaison to the IGLA. He currently chairs the Policy Committee and serves on the USMS Board of Directors as the At Large Member from the Breadbasket Zone. He also coaches Masters workout groups in the St. Louis area.
Cokie Lepinski Cokie Lepinski has already been recognized as the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year and received the USMS Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. As a Masters coach, she generously shares her knowledge through frequent skill and technique articles in USMS publications. She served two terms as her LMSC Coaches Chair and coordinated educational opportunities for Pacific coaches and members. Cokie organized clinics offering skill and technique development for the LMSC’s coaches and members. Cokie attends the USMS convention regularly and currently serves as Vice Chair for the USMS Coaches committee.
Donn Livoni Donn Livoni holds many positions for the Montana LMSC, including the position of Chair. As the local Chair, Livoni ensures that swimmers receive all the opportunities to participate in open-water, fitness, clinics and pool swimming programs. Simultaneously, Livoni serves as chair of the Long-Distance Committee of USMS on the national level, promoting open water and distance programs nationwide.
Chris McGiffin After 10 years as a Masters swimmer, Chris McGiffin decided to involve himself with the New Jersey LMSC. Chris started at the top by volunteering to Chair the LMSC and held the position for 5 years, during which time he helped to develop and implement the LMSC’s Continuous Membership Recognition Awards Program. Chris is currently Vice-Chair and Co-Registrar of the LMSC. Additionally, Chris has been a delegate to the USMS National Convention for the last 9 years and served on multiple committees including the Development Committee where he chaired the task force that developed templates for volunteer roles at all levels of USMS. Chris served as a Director for the Colonies Zone where he was Chair of the Volunteer Roles Task Force. Currently, Chris is the USMS Vice-President of Programs and a member of the IT Liaison Task Force.
Bill Meier Bill Meier is an early crusader for the adult Learn-To-Swim programs promoted by USMS’s Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Based on his successful programs at the Bard College PaceMaker Swim Club, he received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to develop and support adult swim lessons throughout New England. He created New England’s "April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month" campaign. Under Bill's leadership, eight New England Masters teams will be conducting Swimming Saves Lives programs during the year, using Masters Swimming volunteers to teach over 400 people how to swim. At Bill's urging, the governors of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have proclaimed April as "Adult Learn-to-Swim month."
C.J. Rushman (CJ) Rushman has been active with the Anderson Barracudas in Cincinnati, OH since founding the swim program 18 years ago. He has served as on the board of directors at Kentucky Masters as team president and secretary. CJ was also worked on the LMSC board in numerous positions, as vice chair, secretary, and fitness/safety officer. He has directed numerous swim meets and officiated as referee and stroke/turn judge at all levels of swimming from high school through adult Masters. Nationally, he was the USMS Corporate Secretary and brought his expertise to the Information Technology, Coaches, Championship, Communications, and Publications committees. CJ also attended USMS conventions for fourteen continuous years.
Virginia Trimble Captain Ginny Trimble, U.S. Air Force, founded the Warner Robins Aquanauts Masters Team three years ago, building the first competitive masters team in middle Georgia. Although having many military ties, there is diversity in age, careers and even the level of training. Ginny took on the initial organization, the coaching development, securing pool space, and the administrative tasks.
Ed Tsuzuki As a 20-year member of the New Jersey LMSC, Ed has been a delegate and an active committee member at the USMS National Convention. He served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Records and Tabulation Committee for 10 years, during which time he was instrumental in developing and bringing the End-to-End Event Management System to fruition. In addition, he has held the position of Top Ten and Records Chair and served concurrently as the Webmaster and as Secretary. Most recently, Ed has served as the Vice President for Local Operations and is currently the Vice President of Administration.
Rand Vaillancourt Rand is one of Maryland’s most dynamic coaches for his work in promoting and growing USMS. Rand Vaillancourt has been a tireless coach for the Anne Arundel Amphibians for more than two decades, helping to grow its membership and programs, and providing increasing competitiveness in local competitions. Not limiting his efforts to his own team, he has been counted on to increase adult swimming opportunities for others by helping in the establishment of several other local swim clubs. Rand brings his expertise to the LMSC as chairman, overseeing the administration and operation of other local clubs throughout the state. He is a regular that represents all of Maryland at the annual USMS convention, serving on its committees that benefit from his long-term service and knowledge of local services.
Greta van Meeteren Ten years ago, Greta Van Meeteren co-founded the Twin Rivers YMCA Masters Team in New Bern, North Carolina where she is still the de-facto leader. Her communication skills have increased membership and brought together her team as well as the North Carolina LMSC where she served as Secretary. Four years ago, she launched the monthly newsletter which she continues to edit. Greta served at the highest volunteer level of her LMSC as chair, while simultaneously serving on national committees and continues to do so.
Cheryl Wagner An active participant for over 20 years, Cheryl immersed herself in the needs of the LMSC early, starting with her Terrapin Masters club when she developed a web based communications program. Cheryl’s local service quickly extended to the Potomac Valley LMSC where she served as secretary for nearly two decades. Her skill at capturing our activities is unparalleled and her historical knowledge and recall is invaluable. As newsletter editor, her reporting of news of local swimmers and her trademark “Swim Humor” informs and entertains the LMSC’s nearly 3000 members. Cheryl also spearheaded the 7.5 mile Potomac River Swim in 2002 and has helped administer and grow it substantially since then.
Alice Zabudsky Alice’s dedication to Masters swimming begins in the 1970’s when she assisted the founders of Oregon Masters Swimming with newsletters, results, meets, and anything else that needed to be done. Alice has continued to contribute and currently serves as the editor of the Local Master Swimming Committee (LMSC) monthly newsletter. As editor, she keeps every contributor on task for meeting deadlines, and produces a professional looking newsletter. She participates in LMSC Board meetings and leads implementation of improved technology in communications.
2013 William Bearden William "Bill" Bearden from New Mexico Masters Swimming was honored with the USMS Service Award at the recent USMS Convention held in Garden Grove, Calif. Bill received the recognition for his service as a board member for the past seven years, where he has performed the duties of chairperson, registrar, and treasurer. Bill has also served as the meet chair for the annual Cinco de Mile High Altitude event. Bill will be moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, by year's end. His leadership will certainly be missed, but it leaves opportunities for others to step in and volunteer on behalf of the LMSC. We're thrilled to congratulate Bill on being honored with the 2013 USMS Service Award.
Stephen Darnell Long-time volunteer Stephen Darnell was awarded the Dorothy Donnelly service award in recognition of his time keeping record books for the Oregon Masters—seven years, to be exact. Both communications and work behind the scenes, as well as his affinity for accurate number crunching is well known in the local organization.
Wes Edwards Wes Edwards was honored as an outstanding individual whose efforts have contributed to the success of USMS on the local and national level. He's earned recognition by serving several tenures as a meet director and board member for the Oregon Masters. Additionally, Wes served as chairman for the USMS Northwest Zone. His willingness to step forward to head local projects where others have not has been rewarded with this award.
Kildine Harms Kildine Harms, an accountant by day, also brings her professional expertise to managing Pacific Masters finances. This is no small task, considering Pacific Masters has hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues, expenses, and assets. Her role included revamping the accounting system, managing payables, receivables, and investments, creating financial reports and statements, and preparing budgets and IRS filings. Because of Kildine, Pacific Masters’ financial operations are accurate, efficient, balanced and transparent. Kildine has given Pacific Masters a professionally managed financial system. In addition to her service as Pacific Masters Treasurer, she coordinates travel arrangements for Pacific’s 30 attendees at the USMS national convention where she also serves on the USMS Finance Committee. Kildine’s volunteerism extends to local swimming competitions and her home club, the Walnut Creek Masters, where she created a financial system to manage its income and expenditures.
Thomas Moore Jr. Thomas Moore, a long-time volunteer for the Minnesota LMSC, was honored with the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award at the 2013 USMS Convention held in Garden Grove, Calif. This award recognizes those whose contributions stand out in service to local, regional, and national programs. Tom is currently the LMSC vice chair, having served as the secretary previously. He backs up the chair and also serves as the LMSC meet director for all indoor events. In addition, Tom has organized swim clinics, developed methodology for tracking LMSC goals, implemented swim group workouts, helped develop a budget process for the LMSC, and filled in as secretary in absentia. Most important is Tom's ability to work with people and help make volunteering fun. Clearly, Tom is deserving of the 2013 USMS Service Award for his contributions to Masters Swimming.
John Morales Santa Rosa Masters is a club that always looks like it's having fun. John Morales is undeniably one of the most dominant forces behind this. He's a de facto social director and cheerleader, and although an elite swimmer in his own right, John is always poolside cheering on all of his teammates and swimming friends. He is also a tireless volunteer for Masters Swimming. He was meet director for the inaugural SRM Flower Power Meet. John is the scheduling chair for the Pacific LMSC, and his management and communication skills have kept the event hosts happy and the members well-informed. He is the chair of Pacific's annual celebration, a daylong event for which John arranged a keynote address by Matt Biondi. John has served on the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year selection committee and has been a key member on the committee to revamp and improve PacMasters communications. He is also one of three members of the Pacific Governance committee charged with improving the effectiveness of the LMSC. John's commitment of time, knowledge, energy, and spirit are invaluable to PacMasters.
Jennifer Parks Michigan LMSC
Dick Pitman A long-time volunteer for the Wisconsin LMSC was honored with the USMS Service Award at the recent USMS Convention held in Garden Grove, Calif. Dick Pitman has been a continuous member since at least 1984. He started Masters Swimming when he realized his fitness level was diminishing, and since then, he has been a valued and respected member of the Wis. LMSC. Dick has helped grow the membership around Madison and he has served in many capacities on the LMSC Board including holding the position of chairman for a number of years. Dick is well known for directing the Badger State Games, which eventually led to an annual Long Course meet. He also directed the Madison Open Water Swims (MOWS), which has twice served as a USMS National Championship and draws swimmers from all over the country. Beyond Dick's volunteerism in Wisconsin, he attends the USMS Convention each year and serves as a Wisconsin delegate and on the Legislation Committee. USMS is proud to honor Dick Pitman with the Service Award in 2013.
Phyllis Quinn Three individuals from the Pacific LMSC have earned recognition for their contributions. Candor, enthusiasm, persistence, and unselfish dedication are hallmarks of Phyllis Quinn's service to Pacific Masters LMSC. Her contributions start at the Olympic Club where her generosity, friendship, and support have improved the experience of every teammate. She's been instrumental in running Olympic Club's Trans-Tahoe Relay (one of the largest USMS events with close to 900 participants) as safety and timing coordinator. This year Phyllis assumed the role of PacMasters open water chair, where she stewarded the adoption of the new open water insurance and sanction rules. Her strategy to present the USMS insurance situation to the Pacific board resulted in approval for a funding mechanism that kept Pacific's extensive open water program intact without taxing the organization's financial reserves. Phyllis also provided administrative support for a series of highly successful open water clinics. At the national level, Phyllis has been a key member of the Long Distance Committee for the past two years.
Garrick Snider Garrick Snider from New Mexico Masters Swimming has served for more than ten years on the LMSC board. He has held the positions of Chairman, Registrar, Treasurer, and Secretary, and some of these for multiple terms. Garrick has organized and run numerous meets for the LMSC and most notably, founded the Cinco de Mile High Altitude event. Garrick has recently moved to Berkeley, Calif. His leadership will certainly be missed, but it leaves opportunities for others to step in and volunteer on behalf of the LMSC. We're thrilled to congratulate Garrick on being honored with the 2013 USMS Service Award.
Anthony Thompson Missouri Valley LMSC
Stephanie Walsh Beilman Delaware Valley LMSC
Tim Waud Tim Waud, the third Oregon Master to be honored, was given the USMS Service Award. Tim has been another long time volunteer, overseeing local swim meet scheduling and general operations as the Oregon Masters vice chair. Currently the souvenir chair responsible for marketing and expenditure accounting, he has coordinated a successful clinic on partnerships between swim organization and commerce.
Dan Wegner Southern Pacific LMSC
2012 Jim Barber Jim Barber has been a USMS member since the early ‘80s. He took over the chairmanship of the LMSC two years ago for his second term as chairman. He has also served as vice chairman of the LMSC. Under his stewardship, the LMSC has grown in membership and LMSC membership retention is one of the highest in the country. While leadership in the past has been good, Jim has raised the bar and the Greater Indiana Masters LMSC now exceeds the minimum USMS standards for LMSC's. His belief in coaches’ education prompted him to organize and host a USMS Coach Certification program in Indianapolis. Thirty coaches attended and became certified. Jim as an avid open water swimmer who has completws the English Channel, Catalina Channel, and around Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, which together constitute to prestigious Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming. His open water enthusiasm has created growth in open water for swimmers and triathletes in the landlocked state of Indiana.
Marianne Bradley Marianne Bradley was registrar and treasurer for CAT (Clearwater Aquatics) Masters from 2000 until 2005, and continues this roll for SUN Masters from 2005 to the present. For over six years, she has been the glue that holds the team together. She has been the keeper of all the party favors as well as the “hostess with the most-est” and has guided the team through many difficult periods. Her “red hat” has been her trademark at the Valentine’s Meet for 10 years. She juggled the treasurer responsibilities, check-in, and friendly greeting to all fellow Masters swimmers, and was co-director of the meet in 2009 and 2010. She continued to help the City of Clearwater run the meet in 2011 and 2012. Marianne is an All-American relay and USMS Top 10 swimmer She took over as registrar and treasurer for the Florida Aquatic Combined Team in 2006. Since 2005, Marianne has served as a representative to the LMSC meetings for SUN and FACT, and attended the USMS conventions in 2007 though 2009 and 2011. She served on the USMS Recognition and Awards Committee for a year. She currently serves as the Social and Awards Chairman for the Florida LMSC and is in charge of the Annual Florida LMSC Awards Banquet, making sure that everything is in order from awards to the dinner. We're sure those of you attending Convention last year in Jacksonville remember the dawn to dusk volunteers organized by Marianne, who herded the groups in the right direction and had you all in line (up to a point).
Bob Bruce Bob Bruce has made many contributions as a member of the Oregon LMSC Board of Directors Long Distance Chair (currently) and Coaches Chair, as well as his committee work on the USMS Open Water and Long Distance Committees (currently) and past work on the Coaches and Fitness Committees. Bob moved into the Oregon LMSC when the Masters swimming program in central Oregon was a very small group. As he assumed the aquatics position at the Juniper Aquatic Center, he worked at developing the Masters program in that community. He assisted with providing more pool time for Masters Swimming, regularly coached workouts, and increased enthusiasm for Masters Swimming. As a result, the team has grown dramatically in size and participation in Masters events. As a coach, Bob has shared his knowledge with his own local swimmers, other Masters coaches, and Masters swimmers within the LMSC. He has willingly devoted time to swim clinics associated with meets, and provided opportunities for swimmers to attend a high-level two-day clinic. He has coached several nationally ranked swimmers and a USMS world record holder. Bob is very active in the Oregon Long Distance/Open Water program and has been key in assisting with the development of a comprehensive schedule of events for the Oregon LMSC each summer season. He coordinates the program, revises policies, tracks equipment, and provides support and enthusiasm for each event director. His most recent goal was to bring the first cable course to the West Coast and he accomplished this at Foster Lake in Oregon. Bob’s encouragement has attracted new swimmers and new groups to enter the open water arena. As the Oregon LMSC has increased its participation in long distance postal events, mostly due to Bob’s continued encouragement, Bob has coordinated relay entries. His contributions have contributed to Oregon making a mark on the record books. Bob serves at many local meets as Host Coach, assisting swimmers who desire help with starts, stroke, feedback, etc. He has also served as the Oregon coach at several national championships, coordinating relays, and supporting swimmers in any way necessary. Bob has been active at the national level for many years and has been a contributing participant in all committees on which he has served. He has provided insight and ideas on ways to make swimming beneficial and fun for all Masters swimmers. Bob has made significant contributions to our sport and is a deserving recipient of this service award.
Chris Campbell About 7 years ago, tragedy struck the Mountain View Masters club when their coach, Allan Liu, lost his life in a biking accident. As is so often the case with USMS clubs, the team was a reflection of Allan’s personality and his loss put the club in jeopardy. Chris Campbell had been an assistant coach for 5 years, and despite the demands of a full-time job, he was one of the people who stepped in to keep the club going. Along with a few others, Chris has helped the team emerge from the tragedy and transition into a stronger, professionally structured organization able to withstand the changes in leadership and coaches who are inevitable in any club. With his help and leadership, MVM hosts the annual Allan Liu Short Course Meters Meet. The meet is a popular and well-run event on the Pacific Masters calendar. Several years ago when Kerry O’Brien realized it was time to turn the Pacific Masters Coaches Committee to a new generation of leaders, he asked Chris to replace him. Kerry’s judgment was inspired. As coaches chair, Chris was a passionate advocate for coaches and their importance to the USMS mission. Even after he stepped down as coaches chair, Chris continued his efforts to support PacMasters coaches. He continues to serve on the committee and frequently leads the Coach of the Year selection committee. This fall, he and MVM will host the first USMS Coach Certification clinic offered in the Pacific LMSC. In addition to service to his Club and the LMSC, Chris has, for many years, been a member of the USMS Coaches Committee and the House of Delegates. As a coach, a club leader, a Pacific Masters Board Member, and a USMS House of Delegates and committee member, Chris is a boon to not only his team, but Masters Swimming as a whole.
Jim Clemmons USMS has many great volunteers and a number of elite athletes. Jim Clemmons is one of the few who is both. Within his club, he serves on the Pacific Masters Board and at the national level, Jim works tirelessly to ensure members have a positive Masters Swimming experience. At the start of most meets, you will see Jim arrive early and leave late to set up and take down his club’s pop-up tents. When his club’s coach is unable to make it to a meet, you'll see Jim huddled in a chair filling out relay cards to make sure his teammates have the opportunity to compete together. As fierce a competitor as he is, Jim is also focused on providing a good experience for his Manatee teammates. As one of Pacific Masters Vice Chairs, Jim’s wisdom and leadership are essential to the smooth operation of the LMSC. In my role as the organization’s Chairman, I turn to Jim first for advice on difficult and challenging issues. For several years he has either led or participated in the Compensation and Evaluation Committee and Coach of the Year selection committee. Jim will also take on the smaller, less glamorous jobs, like bringing dinner to the board meeting or staying to clean up afterwards. We make better decisions and function better as a board because of Jim. This is a benefit to every member of Pacific Masters. Jim’s service on the USMS Board of Directors by itself might justify his receiving the award. He has also served on the USMS Coaches (2006 to 2008), Finance (2008 to 2009) and Championship (2009 to present) Committees.
Brian Cohn Minnesota LMSC
Jill Gellatly Jill Gellatly has worked at all levels of the Gulf LMSC. She served as LMSC Secretary (2006 to 2010) and President (2011 to present). In her roles with the Gulf LMSC, she has brought new ideas, which have fostered growth and involvement. She is also a strong advocate of spending Gulf LMSC funds to support our members and coaches. At the national level, Jill has been very active since 2006 in a variety of roles. Because of her accounting background, she is active on the Finance Committee and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. In addition, she has served on the Long Distance Committee, the Championship Committee, the Strategic Task Force, and is currently Chair of the Membership Product Task Force. Finally, she has served as the South Central Zone Chair for the last four years. Jill is not the kind of individual who asks for, nor expects recognition. But she is certainly one who is deserving of the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.
Brian Holthus Prior to Brian Holthus' involvement, the Minnesota LMSC had no organized board members, meetings, or communication to members. Brian laid the path for others to follow in structuring and conducting a Minnesota Masters Swim Board and a Mission Statement. With his leadership and support the Minn. LMSC has expanded to provide monthly community events, a web page, clinics, a monthly newsletter, and team apparel. Three years ago, Brian Holthus took over the treasurer’s position for Minnesota Masters. A year later, he took the vice president’s position, and last year he served as president. He greatly organized the treasurer’s position. As a Board member, he recruited a group of volunteers and delegated tasks, and came up with documented board meeting procedures and a mission statement. Then, working with the board members who all shared his vision, he tried to find ways to better serve its members. The Minn. LMSC began to brainstorm fun and creative ideas, and to lay out goals for their group. As Minnesota LMSC president, Brian provides professional and valued input into how the LMSC can better service and satisfy their members. With his leadership and support, the MN LMSC has expanded to provide monthly community events, a newly updated web page, good communication to members, clinics, and team apparel. His ideas reflect his love of swimming and his desire to give back. For the past three years, Brian has been meet director of many Minnesota swim meets. Brian is a valued team member of the Minnesota LMSC board, and he supports and competes in Masters Swimming at the LMSC and national level.
Susan Kirk New Jersey LMSC
George Mc Vey In the early 1970's, George McVey started getting involved in competitive swimming because his five daughters had taken up the sport. Never one to sit in the stands, George immediately became a certified official and started officiating at age group swim meets. In 1975, Tom Ralph (his daughters’ swim coach) encouraged George to attend a Masters swim meet hosted by East Coast Masters in Princeton, New Jersey. George was a natural breaststroker and competitive swimming was now in his blood. George then started training in Rochester, N.Y.-area pools and spearheaded an organizational meeting of adult swimmers and interested coaches for adult swimmers in 1978. Thanks to George's drive and enthusiasm, Niagara District Masters Swimming was born! Considered to be the founding father of Niagara Masters Swimming, George has served as our longest-elected registrar and officials chair as well as chairman, vice-chairman, and top 10 recorder for our LMSC. He has attended more than 10 national USMS conventions and served on registrar and officials national committees. Having held almost every post in the Niagara LMSC over the past 40 years, there is no doubt that George's hard work, dedication, and efforts have made our LMSC what it is today. He single-handedly wrote all of the editions in the first 10 years of the Niagara Masters newsletter. Even as a spry 70-year-old, he was on the cutting edge of electronic technology, forcing everyone on our board to get an email address for communication purposes. George joined the RAMS (Rochester Area Master Swimming) in the early ‘90s and hosted the team's first banquet at his home. He is quite the guy! George has been a figure in local swimming for over 40 years and continues to officiate at swim meets for both USMS and USA Swimming. He just recently resigned his 30-year position as Niagara LMSC officials chairman at age 85. George has not only been a dedicated official at USMS swim meets but he has also served as meet director many times. In the prestigious Empire State Games (NYS Long Course Summer Masters Championship Meet), George started out as a participant in the late ‘70s. When the Masters portion of the ESG’s were on the verge of being eliminated because of financial concerns, George stepped up and volunteered to be the meet director and organizer for ESG Masters Swimming. He saved this event and kept it running for over 10 years. In 1988 and 1994, Niagara LMSC hosted the USMS Summer Nationals in Buffalo, N.Y. George served as co-meet director. He was instrumental in receiving the bid as well as working tirelessly day in and day out for over a year to assure a successful meet. George (along with co-meet director Gene Donner) was awarded the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship Meets Award in 1994. He was also the meet director for a national open water swim in Lake Ontario in the early ‘80s. Locally, George was awarded the John B. Skehan Award, our LMSC's top volunteer recognition, in 1987. As well as being a fantastic volunteer, George is also an accomplished swimmer, earning All-American long distance honors in 1988 and 1991, as well as 45 individual Top 10 Achievements from 1978 (age 50) to 2010 (age 83). The swimming pool is not the only place that George has put his passion into work; as a dentist, he spent his life repairing smiles. Retired from dentistry in 1991, George has been on the board of directors for the St. Joseph House of Hospitality for Homeless Men. He volunteers to assure that our local homeless are well fed and have a place to sleep, especially during the cold Rochester winters.
Robert Mitchell Robert Mitchell has been working with Southern Pacific Masters Swimming since 1987. He has worked tirelessly to bring a high level of professionalism to the job of the officials and he has also worked to bring technology to the pool deck. For the past three years, Robert has been a driving force behind the development of SwimPhone, a free Smartphone and web-available app which allows swimmers to see psych sheets, check in for their events, and see live results and graphs of their performances. Most recently, he wrote legislation to set LMSC standards for pool meet staffing, again bringing up the level of service the LMSC provides. At the national level, Robert has been an active and vocal member of the Officials Committee since 1997. Every competitive swimmer has benefited from the developments Robert has championed, whether from adopting a policy for the officials or a standard in the submission of results. Likewise any swimmer who has been able to use SwimPhone to see psych sheets, check-in for their event, or see their results instantly, can thank Robert for what may be his greatest contribution to Masters Swimming.
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund On the national level, Debra Morrin-Nordlund has been an active participant since her first convention in 1993, and she hasn't missed a convention since. She started by serving on the Marketing Committee from 1994-2002, and serving as Chairman from 1997-2001. She also served on the Planning Committee from 2002-2007, and on the Structure & Governance project from 2003-2005. In 2006 she joined the Legislation Committee and now serves as the Vice Chair. Deb was a member of the Zone Committee from 2004 until it was disbanded in 2009. In 2006, 2007, and 2009 she was the Election Chair, and counted the votes in our national convention elections—including the ties. During the House of Delegates, she still finds time to claim chairs for our delegation, and she always reserves the best table up front for our LMSC at the convention banquet. More locally, she served as the Colonies Zone Chairman, 2004-2011, and is now the Vice-Chair. During this time, she was instrumental in working with the national organization to help put Connecticut LMSC—the very first LMSC that Dot Donnelly served—back on its feet. During her tenure, she also worked to upgrade services to the Colonies Zone by arranging for better web site communications and by greatly expanding zone communications and coordination between the LMSC representatives. In the Potomac Valley LMSC, Deb wore many hats. She started as Awards Chair from 1993 to 1995, Top Ten Chair from 1995 to 1997, and served as Chairman from 1998 to 2001, then Secretary from 2002 to 2005, and Chairman again from 2006 to 2009. She is presently the Sanctions Chairman. During her time as Chairman, she oversaw the Potomac Valley LMSC population growth from 1,536 in 1998 to 2,578 in 2009 when she eventually left that position, a 68% increase. If this was not enough, Deb is still active in her club’s administration. You can often see her helping out at meet check-in, handing out awards, or back-up timing when Terrapin Masters is hosting meets, often in between the events she is swimming. Debra has been a quiet leader serving U.S. Masters Swimming for over two decades. Her steadfast, hard-working, tireless efforts have advanced Masters Swimming as evidenced by two decades of service at the national level, growth in membership realized under her leadership in the Potomac Valley LMSC, and improved communications and coordination in the Colonies Zone.
Lori Payne Lori Payne has tirelessly served U.S. Masters Swimming at the National, Zone, LMSC, and Club level for many years. Her offices held include Breadbasket Zone Chair, Ozark LMSC Chair, Ozark LMSC Awards Chair, and St Louis Area Masters Facilities Chair. She also served on the USMS Ad Hoc Committee on LMSC Minimum Standards. She has been responsible for securing facilities for meets and workouts, most recently successfully securing an alternate venue for the 2012 Breadbasket Zone Championship when a last minute conflict surfaced, blocking our original facility reservation. She has been able to secure facilities for our use at much lower costs than other groups must pay. She has also obtained timing system operators and meet officials. She has attended several USMS Conventions as an Ozark delegate and always submitted her convention reports in a timely fashion to communicate her experience to the members of our LMSC. Lori has been willing to work on behalf of her LMSC and her Club when few others were willing or able to help. She is a definite asset to our organization. During the many years that Lori has been active in Masters Swimming she has achieved a number of Ozark LMSC records. She has attended several USMS National Championship meets and has placed well in several events. From 1993 until 2009 she placed in the Top 10 in multiple events. The Ozark LMSC Congratulates Lori Payne on receiving the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.
Tom Spence Tom Spence has been a member of USMS since 1994, serving as the Lake Erie LMSC Chair, as the president of the O*H*I*O Masters Swim Club, and as a board member at both the club and LMSC level. He has made both the club and LMSC annual meetings a lot of fun, made it a tradition to have special awards, and has always provided classy gifts for the swimmers. Tom has affected the hundreds of swimmers in the Lake Erie LMSC as well as travelers who have come to Cleveland for the national events. Tom has served at the national level for many years. He was the first on the Championship Committee and served many years on the Long Distance Committee. He was the volunteer coordinator for the 2002 USMS Long Course National Swimming Championship held at the Cleveland State University. He managed approximately 100 volunteers and took care of the shuttle buses. The meet directors agreed that he had the most difficult job at the event. Tom was the meet director for the 1-Hour Postal Swim. Before the event was automated, it required many volunteers to make the event successful, who Tom managed. Tom's greatest contribution to USMS has been his commitment to local open water events. He has been the meet director for the Edgewater Beach 1- and 2-mile open water event for many years. Every year, Tom finds a local charity to donate proceeds from the race. He has also garnered a lot of support in the form of donations from local businesses. The race is always very well organized and has been the site of the USMS Open Water Championship.
Jeanne Teisher Jeanne Teisher has served in several board positions over the past 16 years, including chair, vice chair, and treasurer. Jeanne held her position as chair for more than 4 years before passing the baton to others. Jeanne is action-oriented, follows through with projects and assignments, and is able to motivate others to volunteer. She has worked diligently to expand representation on the board by initiating LMSC conference calling for board meetings and actively seeking new board members who better represented the entire LMSC area. She has streamlined board meetings resulting in more efficient and effective meetings. She has also focused on improving communication to the Oregon Masters membership and recognizing volunteers both in our annual awards and in articles in the Aquamaster newsletter. Jeanne has also been active over many years with her local team, Tualatin Hills Barracudas. She has served in multiple capacities on the team board as well as serving as meet director for local meets. She is always willing to step in and function in any capacity needed. Jeanne has demonstrated what the ultimate volunteer can do for an organization and is very deserving of this USMS recognition.
Paul Wrangell Paul Wrangell has done the unheralded grunt work for the Santa Cruz Masters since helping establish it as a nonprofit organization in 1988/1989. He is one of the six founding members of CRUZ, helping to put forth the ideas and plans that brought the club into being and keeps it going strong. Paul has been the team registrar since the beginning, responsible for everything from tracking who joins to revenue collection. More important than these daily and weekly tasks, he has helped steer the club over many years. Working easily with the other board and team members to build it into the solid organization that CRUZ is today. Paul was a motivating force behind the many events CRUZ has hosted, from LMSC Championships to open water swims. For every meet and open water swim his club has hosted, he’s been the guy in the background making sure the event ran smoothly including running the computer, keeping track of what’s happening at check-in, managing the scratches, organizing the relay cards, posting the heat sheets, loading as well as unloading all the equipment, setting up the shade canopies and food tables, and raking the beach sand to make a smooth finish at open water swims. His efforts continue after the participants have gone home as he insures records and results are filed in a timely and accurate manner. Paul’s contributions have helped build Santa Cruz Masters into a team of 250-plus members. He has worked long hours to host both short and long course Pacific Masters Championship meets. Each summer he and his team safely conduct the 2-mile Cruz Cruise, one of the most popular and challenging annual competitive ocean swims on the USMS calendar. His service to Santa Cruz Masters, to Pacific Masters, and to USMS, defines the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.
2011 Jan Goff Kentucky LMSC
John Bauman Wisconsin LMSC
Joanne Berven Pacific LMSC
Charles Cockrell Virginia LMSC
Herb Cook Pacific Northwest LMSC
Malcolm Cooper Hawaii LMSC
Daniel Cox Lake Erie LMSC
Leianne Crittenden Pacific LMSC
Richard Hap Gentry Ozark LMSC
Heather Hagadorn Colorado LMSC
John King Pacific LMSC
Pam Ogden Minnesota LMSC
Mark Oliphant Maryland LMSC
Tracy Robin North Dakota LMSC
Bob Upshaw Pacific LMSC
2010 Paige Buehler Inland Northwest LMSC
Victor Buehler Florida LMSC
Glenda Carroll Pacific LMSC
Ralph Davis Michigan LMSC
Doug Garcia Colorado LMSC
Sally Guthrie Michigan LMSC
Caroline Lambert Pacific LMSC
Sue Moucha Florida LMSC
Tina Neill Minnesota LMSC
Fred Nelis Michigan LMSC
Ellen Parchen Montana LMSC
Jeffrey Roddin Potomac Valley LMSC
Ann Svenson Potomac Valley LMSC
Joel Wilson Pacific LMSC
Jill Wright Snake River LMSC
2009 Marcia Anziano Marcia Anziano has been an ultra-active volunteer for COMSA for the past 10 years. She has chaired several local committees in Colorado (including Fitness, Coaches, Sanctions, and Safety), and she has been elected by the membership into the Registrar, Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair positions. She has also been the Breadbasket Zone Chair, and held this position while she was chairing the COMSA LMSC. Marcia is currently a member of the USMS Legislation Committee and is the Chair of the USMS Fitness Committee. As the Coaches and Fitness chairs for COMSA, Marcia brought over 10 clinics to the LMSC, coordinating with the USMS Coaches committee to bring new perspectives to COMSA through the USMS Mentor Coach and Swimmer Clinics. She won the COMSA Service award two times (2003 and 2007). One of the new programs that Marcia brought to the LMSC is the open water workout agreement that she negotiated with a local lake. Marcia's tireless dedication to Masters swimming both at the local and national level is unequaled. She's a great volunteer and has more than earned this recognition.
Christie Ciraulo Three years ago, Christie Ciraulo took over the Open Water Committee for Southern Pacific. She resurrected the open water points competition, and has been working with all of our open water events to ensure compliance with USMS rules, publicity to attract participants, and coordination of information for the newsletter. The open water points competition requires tallying all of the results from all of the open water events to determine the winners, purchasing awards and delivering the awards to the swimmers. This is an enormous amount of work, and it has helped our open water swims reach record participation in the last few years. Christie has also been working with new venues to add additional open water events to our schedule. This year we are looking forward to a new swim in Lake Mead. In addition, Christie is a valued member of the Southern Pacific Committee, and supports our efforts on the club, LSMC and national level.
Jerry Clark Jerry Clark is the Chairman of North Carolina Masters, an LMSC club of over 900 swimmers. Besides being the chairman, he has been known to organize North Carolina team relays at the national championships. For the past eleven years, Jerry has been the meet director for the January Charlotte Masters Sunbelt Championships. The Charlotte Masters Championship is one of three short course yards meets in North Carolina which regularly has over 200 competitors. Jerry has been very active in the local swimming community. Charlotte has needed to expand its swimming facilities and Jerry has been working tirelessly to get the funding and approval for a new 50-meter pool for Charlotte. On the national level, Jerry has served on the Championship Committee, Rules Committee, Legislation Committee, and Coaches Committee.
William Cleveland Bill Cleveland has been a continuous member of Louisiana Masters for over 10 years. He has been a delegate four times at the USMS National Convention, and serves as a member of the USMS Coaches Committee. He also served on the Marketing and Legislation Committees and contributed to the work of several other USMS committees, including Rules, Publications, and Open Water/Long Distance. For the past decade, Bill has served as the chair, vice chair and newsletter editor of Southern LMSC. He has also been a meet director, hosting many pool meets and clinics in Shreveport, and open water clinics and races, giving those in Louisiana an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of USMS events. Rounding out his talents, he is also a Certified Swimming Stroke and Turn Judge in the LSC.
Christopher Colburn Chris Colburn, from the Illinois LMSC, has been involved with Masters swimming before he was able to join due to the age restrictions. As a youngster in 1990, he coached Masters swimmers that were attached to Adirondack LMSC and then joined Masters swimming in 1993. He also coached for six years in the Delaware Valley LMSC. He moved to Illinois in 1999 and became involved with coaching and swimming Masters at Rush-Copley, followed by Naperville Waves, and currently at Academy Bullets. Chris is the current Head Masters coach at Academy Bullets and has grown this program from a few swimmers to a year-round Masters program. He has hosted swimmer's clinics in Central Illinois and surrounding areas of Chicago over the past few years. Chris has contributed to the LMSC and has served on the Communication and Coaches committees. He was voted by the membership as Vice Chair of Illinois LMSC (ILMSA) in 2005. He also served as the webmaster/IT director and has restructured the LMSC website. This past year, Chris was elected as Chair of ILMSA. At the national level, Chris has been involved with USMS Coaches Committee, currently serving as chair.
Lisa Dahl Lisa Dahl brings great enthusiasm to PNA, making real changes in how we do our work. Lisa joined Masters swimming in 2003 after very successful age group, college and coaching careers. Once she began competing, she saw a need in the local organization for her skills and abilities. Lisa's first major contribution to PNA was stepping up in 2006 to coordinate marketing for the PNA-hosted 2007 Short Course Nationals. She took marketing to new levels by contacting local businesses for contributions of in-kind services, food for hospitality and cash donations for the event. She coordinated most effectively with sponsors both locally and nationally to gather donations for swimmers' goodie bags. These were subsequently pronounced "best ever" for a nationals meet. On the planning committee, Lisa made invaluable suggestions from her coaching and competing background. She then worked tirelessly during the meet to assemble more than 80 relays for our 350 PNA swimmers attending. Lisa is in her second term as vice-chair of PNA, having been elected to that office in 2006. During her tenure, PNA has undertaken more new initiatives than in any recent three-year period, often as a direct result of Lisa's influence. Some of those initiatives are: encouraging swimmers to compete in their first meet by offering "new swimmer" goodie bags; sponsoring and coordinating a "new swimmer" clinic that includes a practice swim meet; and developing policies and approaches for PNA to sponsor one or more coaches at national meets.
Barbara Delanois Barbara Delanois has contributed to the Illinois LMSC as legal counsel, as chair of our Ad-Hoc Legal Task Force, and as treasurer. Her advice was invaluable in the recent revisions to the ILMSA By-Laws. Additionally, she volunteered the services of her law office to process payments for registration fees and sanctions. This assistance vastly improved our abilities to track and audit our funds. Barb works diligently and comports herself as a consummate professional, and the Illinois LMSC is fortunate to benefit from her help and support. Barb started swimming in 2001 and jumped right in and assisted in organizing the local Danville YMCA workout group. Barb is secretary of the local workout group, has bought time clocks for the pool for our workouts and she also helps organize the workout group for YMCA Masters Nationals.
Paul Freeman Paul Freeman has served as PNA's editor of "The WetSet" since March 2003. Paul's predecessors set a high mark, one that earned the USMS Newsletter of the Year Award for "The WetSet" in 2000. Paul's efforts have been no less impressive - "The WetSet" was again recognized as the Newsletter of the Year in 2005. Often, with little more than rudimentary facts about an event, Paul is able to write an effective description that conveys the excitement and fun experienced by the attendees. He continually challenges our members to submit articles, offering his full support to edit whatever they're willing to provide into an interesting finished story. Paul has maintained his cheerful and enthusiastic demeanor in both newsletter production and swimming. He tells us he stays involved because he admires the commitment he sees in the other PNA board members. Paul is an example of volunteerism at its best.
Janet Renner Janet Renner has been a Masters swimmer since the early 80's, when she lived in Lake Tahoe and swam with Sierra Nevada Masters. She moved to Hawaii in the mid 80's, and became involved as a swimmer and a coach on Maui. Janet started two clubs on this island (Maui Masters Swim Club and Valley Isle Masters), and has organized 50+ open water swims to the point that Masters now has six annual swims plus the channel swim. All these swims are also open to and sanctioned by USA-S Hawaiian Swimming on Maui. She continues as the race director for two of these swims herself (Swim for the Heart and the Maui Roughwater Swim). Janet runs pool meets as well, including the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships at the Lahaina Pool and the 2002 Short Course Nationals on Oahu at the University of Hawaii Pool. She is well known to swimmers who vacation in Maui because her workouts are always open to visitors. Fourteen years ago Janet stepped up and took on the LMSC chair position and she's done a wonderful job.
Mark Sells Mark Sells is one of several recipients of the 2009 USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. He is currently the webmaster and secretary for Minnesota Masters Swimming. He also maintains a Master swimming website: He is the Masters team liaison from the downtown YMCA to both the Minnesota Masters program and USMS swim programs. He has been swimming and competing in Masters events since the mid nineties. More importantly, Mark is an enthusiastic ambassador for Masters swimming. He tirelessly works with swimmers at his local pool, encouraging them to improve their swimming ability, and eventually recruiting them to become Masters swimmers.
Chris Stevenson The LMSC for Virginia is truly indebted to Chris Stevenson for his work, dedication, and leadership. Chris first volunteered to be the chair of the LMSC Top Ten and Records Committee. He is so efficient that sometimes it seems he has the records updated before most people drive home from the meet. He is a tremendous help to meet directors in documenting and submitting record applications. He has also worked on the USMS Records and Tabulation Committee, serving this year as vice chair. Chris agreed to be vice chair of the LMSC and this, of course, led to his becoming LMSC chair. At the same time, has maintained the Top Ten submissions and the LMSC records. As part of his leadership role, he has recruited and involved "new blood" for LMSC leadership positions. What sets Chris apart from so many volunteers is the fact that he is always looking for an innovative, "better" way of doing things. He is supportive of event directors and LMSC committee chairs, while encouraging them to try something different. He is always available to help get the job done.
2008 Patricia A Baker Pat Baker received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. She is currently the officials chair for Lake Erie LMSC, a task for which she recently volunteered and has made significant strides in the past few months to strengthening the local program in Lake Erie. She has begun to organize the officials and take on the task of being sure that the local officials are up to speed on rule changes, which is a model we are attempting to implement in all LMSCs. She has officiated local Masters meets for several years and, according to the LMSC leadership in Lake Erie, is known as the “One who always knows the rules.” Pat is an active member of the USMS Officials Committee and has provided valuable expertise to our committee as we are developing key elements of a revised officials program to support USMS National Championships as well as LMSC minimum standards and certification criteria. As a key element of this program, USMS secured an agreement with USA Swimming to designate our national championship meets for evaluation and advanced certification of officials. Pat volunteered her time to serve as a national evaluator for the recent championships in Texas and she has also served as a deck official at several national championships. Pat Baker has given much to USMS and it is a pleasure to honor her with the USMS Service Award.
Thomas G Bliss Tom Bliss received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He has served as Chairman of the Florida LMSC since 2001. On the national level he has attended the USMS convention four times and served on the Coaches and Safety Education Committees. With a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, one of his primary goals as Chairman was to determine what the LMSC members want from their LMSC. During his first year in office he conducted a survey which was sent to all club representatives asking for feedback from their members. Quoting Tom at the first Awards Banquet that he implemented in 2002, "Many new and exciting ideas have been provided to me over the course of the past year through conversations, e-mails, and meetings and many more ideas have been generated as a result of the surveys submitted by your team representatives. The task of the Florida LMSC board is and will be to take all of the ideas and suggestions and to implement as many as possible to improve your organization." Tom has done just that. He has listened to and acted for the members, accomplishing many of the member requests during his eight years. The membership has grown under his leadership to over 1,500 members. The Florida LMSC Awards Banquet has become an annual event that recognizes swimmers' accomplishments, their service to the LMSC and local clubs, and swimmers who have overcome adversity in life. Other major requests that Tom has responded to are: starting the Florida Aquatic Combined Team in 2003, with the primary goal of allowing swimmers of small clubs the ability to swim on relays at national and world events. And having a State wide LMSC meet challenge which is in the planning stages. Tom, an avid swimmer and competitor, swam on scholarship from 1972-1975 at Auburn University. He is twice an individual USMS All-American and once a relay USMS All-American. He has 102 national USMS top ten finishes since 1993. Tom continues to improve his skills and works to help improve others by acting as coach and swim instructor. From a survey request for more swim clinics he has conducted several in the Florida LMSC and has encouraged other coaches to offer more as well. Tom was instrumental in developing job descriptions for both elected and appointed positions on the board. He has been a strong, but calm, active leader who has brought unity to the Florida LMSC.
Gussie B Crawford Gussie Crawford received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. Her long association with swimming began in 1968 as a swim parent and has continued long after her children retired from swimming. She has been a dedicated volunteer and an integral part of Ozark swimming serving at the local level, the national AAU level, and on the USOC Board of Directors. Gussie currently serves as the Ozark LMSC Registrar and Sanctions Chair and Sanctions Chair for USA Track and Field. She has also been Administration Chair and Treasurer for Ozark US Synchronized Swimming, and Ozark USA Boxing. Gussie Crawford has been honored many times for her service to AAU and Ozark and USMS honors her with its Service Award as well.
Thomas K Foley Tom Foley received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. “Mr. PNA”, as the locals know him, has been here from the beginning and served as the second president of Pacific Northwest LMSC. He followed in co-founder Steve Engel’s footsteps toward building an LMSC that, 35 years later, supports over 1,400 members. Tom has served in many positions over the years and he continues to be a PNA board member as an at-large representative who voices the concerns of our small-team, unattached, and senior members. Tom is also the LMSC historian. He has rarely missed a PNA competition and is known for swimming at least one grueling race (if not more) at each meet. Tom was instrumental in organizing and managing the meet hospitality room for PNA’s last two national championships in 2001 and 2007.
Allen Highnote Allen Highnote received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. When Jeff Moxie recently took on the USMS treasurer position, Allen immediately stepped up and is doing a great job as SPMA’s treasurer—guiding them with excellent financial advice. Allen redesigned the SPMA website and added several things to make it more interesting to our swimmers. Recently he volunteered to help out the new SPMA Coaches Chair. He has been to several USMS conventions, always lending sound advice to any meeting he is in. He serves on the USMS Coaches and Editorial/Publications committees. Wayne McCauley, past Chairman of SPMA, noted, "having someone as talented as Allen has been a blessing to the SPMA Committee, and he is truly deserving of the USMS Service Award."
Doug Huestis Doug Huestis received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He has served the Pacific LMSC as a long time coach with The Olympic Club, Fog City, Burlingame, and currently BAY Masters. He has been a convention delegate and a member of the Coaches and Sports Medicine committees, and as Pacific's Vice-Chair of Administration and a former Chairman of Pacific Masters Swimming. Doug has encouraged the clubs he has coached to host swim meets, especially long course meets, which has greatly enhanced Pacific's long course program. Doug is a student of our sport and has written articles and analyses of technique that have been published in Swim magazine, Swimming Technique magazine, M.A.C.A., as well as professional journals such as the Journal of American College of Sports Medicine. He has contributed to the education and knowledge of Masters swimming by offering clinics at the regional and national levels. Doug also contributed to Pacific's program as "Captain Midnight" who offered training plans and stroke tips for two years in the Pacific Masters weekly update that is sent to all Pacific swimmers.
Charles H Kohnken Charles Kohnken received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He has worked for the Florida LMSC since 1983. He served as records chair for three years, registrar for six years, helped out as sanctions chair for a year and is currently Florida's officials chair. He also writes articles for the Florida newsletter. On the national level he has attended the USMS convention at least 10 times and served on the Registration Committee and the Officials Committee where he currently serves. In 2008 Charlie received the Florida LMSC Service Award in appreciation for his dedication and service. Charlie has been a USA Swimming official in Florida for approximately 20 years. He officiates 10-15 USA swimming meets per year and also works many high school dual and district meets for Countryside High School. On top of that he officiates and organizes the officials at many Masters meets and Senior Games each year. He is a local fixture on deck. Everyone knows Charlie. After seeing a need for officials certified at the highest level, Charlie has moved up through the ranks, starting as a stroke and turn judge, then starter, and just recently, at 76 years of age, became a certified deck referee. He plans on taking the next step—becoming an administrative referee. Many parents stop officiating after their children have stopped swimming so not many reach the referee level. Florida Official, Dan Nardozzi said, "Charlie is one of the most consistent, dedicated and experienced officials that I know." As Florida's officials chair, Charlie works with each meet director to make sure they have enough officials to staff the meet. He is compiling a roster and diligently working to recruit officials to work Masters meets while making sure that they get deck time credit for their continued recertification. He actively recruits more individuals to become certified. Besides all of his volunteer work, Charlie also competes for St. Pete Masters. He became an USMS All-American in 1991 and has 90 individual USMS top ten finishes since 1993. Charlie is a dedicated Florida and USMS volunteer who cares deeply about swimming and of course, swimming properly.
WonKee Moon WonKee Moon received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He has been a USMS member for nearly ten years, about five of them as a member of District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC). He has served as captain and as an assistant coach, coordinated DCAC’s annual open water swim to benefit the local HIV and AIDS community, and built partnerships with the DC community by representing DCAC at many locally based community events. WonKee has shown his commitment to USMS by organizing DCAC participation in events such as USMS nationals and zones meets, open water championships, “top ten” challenges, and postal swims. What makes WonKee especially deserving of this award in 2008 is his outstanding contribution to our team, USMS, and the international aquatics community when he served as Chairperson of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships that were held in Washington, DC on June 18 - 22, 2008. Over the past two years, WonKee volunteered an immense amount of time to this endeavor and did so with an unbelievably positive and encouraging attitude. WonKee Moon’s service to the local, national, and international swimming community makes him especially deserving of this award.
Randy Nutt Florida Gold Coast LMSC
Fred C Pigott Fred Pigott received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He received not one, but two separate nominations for this award. Fred has been a consistent volunteer for Masters swimming since 1983. It is a rare national championship meet where he is not serving as an official of some sort. He has been a stroke and turn judge, referee, starter, chief judge and head referee. Although not a swimmer himself, Fred gets the ideals of fun and friendship in Masters. He is always quick with a smile and a handshake. Over the years he has gotten to know many of the USMS athletes and makes more friends each meet. Last year, he was selected as a delegate to the USMS convention from Illinois. He works hard at his local LMSC recruiting USA officials to come find out what the fun meets are like to work. Fred is an active member of the USMS Officials Committee and provided valuable expertise to the committee as they are developing key elements of a revised officials program to support USMS National Championships well as LMSC minimum standards and certification criteria. Additionally, Fred has worked with the Open Water / Long Distance Committee to develop protocols for officiating open water races, observing and photographing examples of infractions and non-infractions during races.
Jeanne Seidler Jeanne Seidler received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. She has been a member of USMS since 2000, but her involvement with swimming started when her children were in age group programs in Wisconsin. She dug right in as an avid volunteer and supporter. Using her technological talents, she designed a computer program for her children’s local swim program to use in running their meets more efficiently. When Jeanne’s children were grown, she took swimming into her own hands, joined Masters swimming, and eventually devoted herself to the same kinds of volunteer efforts with the Masters as she had for age group swimming. She has become a fixture at WI Masters meets, selflessly operating the computer systems at many meets while compromising her own warm ups and warm downs and races in between operations at the computer desk. Not only that, but she has taken it upon herself to handle the LMSC’s Top Ten compilations and has done such an outstanding job that she has been asked to take on the National top times / meet results coordinator.
Dick A Sidner Dick Sidner received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He epitomizes our volunteer driven organization! He has been nominated for this award by two individuals who recognized him for his 20+ years of service to the Greater Indiana LMSC and the Noblesville Adult Swim Team. He is an active member of the USMS Open Water / Long Distance committee and most recently, he was the event director for the inaugural USMS 25 K National Championship, which attracted 45 solo swimmers and 140 relay swimmers. Dick worked for over a year planning the 25K and his ONLY goal was to create a safe and premier swimming event for the participants. Reviews from the participants have been astonishing; with all swimmers agreeing that it was a memorable event and one of the best run that most have participated in.
Erin M Sullivan Erin Sullivan received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. The work Erin did to make Masters swimmers attending the USA Swimming Olympic Trials feel welcome was impressive. Months in advance she posted information on the USMS discussion forums and contacted swimmers she knew were attending. She organized workout space for each day of the trials, convinced the Nebraska LMSC to cover the cost of pool time, and lined up coaches to cover the workouts. In addition to workouts, Erin provided the more than 40 Masters attendees with a list of area restaurants and contact information for other Masters swimmers in town.
Sarah Welch Sarah Welch received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. She is currently serving as Fitness Chair for the Pacific Northwest LMSC and she has been the driving force behind numerous interesting and successful swim clinics conducted in the LMSC. Sarah served as PNA's treasurer for two terms and is the current Northwest Zone treasurer. She has represented PNA at numerous conventions and has been a Finance Committee member—currently the vice chair of that committee. She has been the Volunteers Coordinator for the National Championships that PNA hosted in 2001 and 2007 and she has been PNA’s event director for One Hour Postal swim. Sarah is a dedicated volunteer whose service to the LMSC and USMS is greatly appreciated and it is a pleasure to honor her with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.
Scott Williams Scott Williams received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2008. He has long been active in the Pacific LMSC as a coach and as a former Pacific Masters Coaches Chair. Everywhere Scott goes he brings enthusiasm and fun along with his coaching expertise. He "walks the talk" by participating in pool and open water events and bringing others with him. Scott has been generous with his facilities at The Olympic Club by hosting many Masters seminars and clinics for both coaches and swimmers. He initiated a SCM 1500 in the new pool at his club. He served as a coach at the USMS Training Camp at the Olympic Training Center, was well received by the athletes, and persuaded The Olympic Club to help financially support the camp. Scott has headed up the popular Trans Tahoe Relay for many years and created a new category for solo swimmers. He coaches triathletes in swimming on weekends, he coaches high school teams, and he fills in for other coaches.
2007 Joan Campbell Joan started Masters swimming late in life. At the age of 59, in 1989, she was introduced to the Senior Olympics in Connecticut by Dorothy Donnelly. Dot and Joannie became lifelong friends. Joannie volunteered as a timer, a scorer, in hospitality, and awards. She did anything, anywhere that help was needed, working at local and national meets, Senior Games, and YMCAs. In 1995 at the age of 65 Joannie retired from an executive position of vice president in the investment department of Reliance Insurance in New York. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla. She immediately became actively involved with Clearwater Masters serving as president, vice president, registrar, treasurer and secretary. She was instrumental in making her team annual winter swim meet a huge success by offering fabulous hospitality, a continuation of Dorothy Donnelly Connecticut Masters philosophy. She was also directly involved in the formation of two new teams, Sun Masters and the Florida Aquatic Combined Team (FACT). Over the past six years, she has been a delegate to the USMS convention and an active member of the USMS Finance Committee. Since 2004 she has also served on the USMS Marketing Committee. She has been active with the National Senior Games and has promoted USMS involvement and participation of USMS members in the Games. Since 2001 she has served as Liaison to the Senior Games for the Florida LMSC. She has served on many other committees of the Florida LMSC and is one reason that our Annual Awards Banquet is such a success.
Cav Cavanaugh Florida Gold Coast LMSC
Nadine Day Illinois LMSC
Phil Dodson Illinois LMSC
James Donnelly Florida LMSC
Mark Gill Kentucky LMSC
Chuck Hutinger Florida LMSC
Arni Litt Pacific Northwest LMSC
Joseph Magiera Illinois LMSC
Kerry O’Brien Pacific LMSC
Steve Peterson Pacific Northwest LMSC
Loree Watanabe Pacific LMSC
Mary Lee Watson Southeastern LMSC
2006 Connie Barrett Connie Barrett received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Connie has served for a number of years on the SPMA Executive Committee, was an instrumental part of SPMA’s management team for the 2005 USMS National Long Course Championships, and serves as Chairman of the USMS Marketing Committee.
Marcia Benjamin Pacific LMSC
Tom Boyd Tom Boyd received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Tom has participated as the Meet Director of SPMA’s Short Course Meters Championships, Chairman of the SPMA Marketing Committee, and helped grow the club’s membership to its largest size in history. He also serves as an SPMA board member and volunteer coach. On the national level he serves as Vice Chair of the USMS Marketing Committee.
Kathy Casey Pacific Northwest LMSC
Debbie Cavanaugh Debbie Cavanaugh received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006. As secretary of Gold Coast Masters Swim Club she manages all relay entries for championships. She has served for eight years as chairman of the Gold Coast LMSC. During convention, she leads the USMS Certification Desk. Debbie serves on the Championships Committee and was the committee’s liaison to the 2005 Short Course Nationals.
Mo Chambers Mo Chambers received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Moving from one LMSC to another and raising twins did not stop her from contributing to USMS by making contributions with articles in USMS Swimmer magazine. She posts workouts on the USMS website, and continues her education in coaching and directing that knowledge as the Vice Chair of the Coaches Committee.
Randy Crutchfield Randy Crutchfield received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Serving as Indiana LMSC Treasurer of the 800+ membership of NASTI, Randy brings a grin to the LMSC by supporting the initiatives and by-laws of Greater Indiana Masters Swimming, or GRIN. When a major meet or swim clinic goes on, he is there early and will stay late to scrape tape off the walls, turn things off and lock-up. Nationally, he has been a delegate for the last eight conventions and served on several committees, including Fitness, Registration and Finance.
Laura Kessler Laura Kessler received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Twenty- three years and fourteen conventions, Laura has done a lot— served on several committees, including Legislation, Long Distance, Rules, and Sports Medicine. Laura was the co-meet director for the 2002 LCM Nationals. In 2006, she was the Entry Chair for the One-Hour Postal Champs. She has served on two LMSC Board of Directors, been Sanctions Chair, and was a Zone Representative. She has promoted the organization locally by starting workout groups, and presided over O*H*I*O Masters. Laura is an Assistant Swim Coach at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.
Sue Haugh Sue Haugh received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Sue is assistant coach of the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team and has served as a Board member. She arranges for lane space for the team and handles the negotiations with the city and local teams. She coordinates team social events and regularly serves as Meet Director for the annual State SCM Championships. She also served on the host committee for RAM's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Fritz Lehman Fritz Lehman received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Fritz has retired as the Chairman of North Carolina’s LMSC. In that capacity he served as a delegate for North Carolina to the USMS Convention. He has also served as the long-running Chairman of the Board of the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team where he has helped maintain the team as the largest in the Carolinas.
Hugh Moore Pacific Northwest LMSC
Mary Pohlmann Ozark LMSC
Walt Reid Pacific Northwest LMSC
Jon Steiner Pacific LMSC
Patricia Tullman Patricia Tullman received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Patricia has served as the Registrar for the Florida LMSC for four years. She has put significant time and effort into the addition of the national permanent ID and updates the registrar procedures and programs. She has always been patient and understanding in her dealings with 1,460 USMS members and 34 different USMS clubs.
2005 Lee Carlson Pacific Northwest LMSC
Peter Crumbine Connecticut LMSC
Jan Kavadas Pacific Northwest LMSC
Jane Masters Border LMSC
Don Mehl Border LMSC
Nancy Ridout Pacific LMSC
Deb Walker Florida LMSC
Jody Welborn Oregon LMSC
Jim Wheeler Pacific LMSC
2004 Joan Alexander Pacific LMSC
Trisha Commons Southern Pacific LMSC
Marilyn Fink San Diego - Imperial LMSC
Cheryl Gettelfinger Indiana LMSC
Mary Meyer Hull Southern Pacific LMSC
David Lamott San Diego - Imperial LMSC
Anna Lea Roof Missouri Valley LMSC
Dennis McManus Michigan LMSC
Cris Meier-Windes Pacific LMSC
Mark W. Moore Southern Pacific LMSC
Jeff Moxie Southern Pacific LMSC
George Simon North Carolina LMSC
Dotty Whitcomb Southeastern LMSC
Mary Beth Windrath Minnesota LMSC
Robert Zeitner Illinois LMSC
2003 Jack Buchannan Colorado LMSC
Peggy Buchannan Colorado LMSC
Michael Collins Southern Pacific LMSC
Harry Delong Virginia LMSC
David Diehl Potomac Valley LMSC
Pam Himstreet United States Masters Swimming (USMS) has presented its annual USMS Fitness Award to Pam Himstreet, a Bend, Ore., resident. Himstreet, who swims for the Central Oregon Masters group, also received the 2003 Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award. USMS-- a national organization that provides structured workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults age 18 and over-- presents the Fitness Award annually for outstanding contribution to fitness programs for Masters swimmers. The Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award recognizes those whose service to USMS has been outstanding in its scope, its impact on USMS programs, and the number of members who have benefited from their efforts on the local, regional and national levels.
Margie Hutinger Florida LMSC
Lucy Johnson Southern Pacific LMSC
Mike Lemke Kentucky LMSC
Patty Powis Virginia LMSC
Adrienne Pipes San Diego - Imperial LMSC
David Radcliff Oregon LMSC
Melissa Rinker Indiana LMSC
Shannon Sullivan Southern Pacific LMSC
Kris Wingenroth Gulf LMSC
2002 Sally Ann Dillon Pacific Northwest LMSC
Mel Dyck Arizona LMSC
Jeanne Ensign Pacific Northwest LMSC
Errol Graham Southern Pacific LMSC
Jacque Grossman South Carolina LMSC
Michael Heather Southern Pacific LMSC
Esther Lyman New England LMSC
Wayne McCauley Southern Pacific LMSC
Sandy McNeel Pacific Northwest LMSC
Bob Merrick Southern Pacific LMSC
Steve Schofield Southern Pacific LMSC
Jessica Seaton Southern Pacific LMSC
Meegan Wilson Florida LMSC
2001 Bill Volckening New England LMSC
Richard Brewer Dick Brewer of Florida Gold Coast Masters wasn’t a swimmer until he retired from a career as a school teacher. Since that day, he has not only been a swimmer but one of U.S. Masters Swimming’s most valuable volunteers. According to Brewer, “As soon as I started swimming, I started volunteering. It is a great way to make friends and stay busy.” Brewer uses his skill and training to volunteer his time as a webmaster to his club team as well as other club teams in the area. Brewer has also created a series of maps in PDF form to most of the competition pools in Florida. He has made his “Minnow Maps” available to pretty much everyone in Florida and the surrounding states. The maps are often linked to meet information sheets by Masters and age group clubs hosting meets, which makes getting to the meets a lot easier for participants and attendees. Since joining U.S. Masters Swimming in 1996, Brewer has served as an LMSC newsletter editor and webmaster as well. This retired English teacher not only volunteers his time to USMS, but also to a local Audubon society and to USA Swimming teams in his area. “I would encourage anyone to volunteer with kids. It keeps us young. I love showing young swimmers that swimming can be fun at any age.” Brewer participates in bird census activities, requiring long hours in nature preserves and wild areas. He also organizes and leads field trips into the wildlife sanctuaries for schoolchildren in Naples, where he currently resides. Brewer says, “Volunteering for USMS is great. Where there is something to be done, I am happy to do it,” but don’t let this worker-bee attitude fool you; Brewer is also an innovator. Brewer is currently working on further developing the Florida Open Water Championship Series. FOWCS is a postal event created (in 2008) and operated by Brewer. The Masters event is based on a cumulative score for open water swimmers, based on previous open water event performances. Brewer’s postal event is currently in its second year (in 2009). Participants receive a t-shirt and patch designed by Brewer for their efforts. Brewer hopes to grow FOWCS to 30 swimmers. Brewer, who considers himself primarily a breaststroker, views this open water series as a “new challenge.” Dick Brewer, school teacher turned swimmer, Audubon and wildlife expert, open water series creator and USMS volunteer, epitomizes the passion, drive and commitment that USMS not only appreciates but credits for its success. Dick Brewer was the recipient of the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2001.
Marcia Cleveland Illinois LMSC
Leslie Cooper New England LMSC
Carolyn Cunningham Pacific LMSC
George Cunningham Pacific LMSC
Sarah Hromada Minnesota LMSC
Rick Meier-Windes Pacific LMSC
Charlie Moss Michigan LMSC
Ed Saltzman Georgia LMSC
Frank Tillotson Florida LMSC
2000 Cathy Copeland Georgia LMSC
Jean Fox Southeastern LMSC
Chris Gilligan Florida LMSC
Linda McCowan Virginia LMSC
Nancy Miller Virginia LMSC
Bob Seltzer New England LMSC
1999 Diane Black Georgia LMSC
Bill Black Georgia LSMC
Barry Fasbender Pacific LMSC
Lil Haneman New England LMSC
Lynn Hazlewood Potomac Valley LMSC
Bob Kolonkowski Metropolitan LMSC
Jim Matysek Niagara LMSC
Art Mayer Delaware Valley LMSC
Jane Moore Pacific Northwest LMSC
Michael W Moore Pacific LMSC
Ed Nessel Florida LMSC
Ginger Pierson Oregon LMSC
Meg Smath Kentucky LMSC
Frank L. "Skip" Thompson Michigan LMSC
1998 Walter Eggert Pacific LMSC
Julie Paque Heather Pacific LMSC
Roy Abramowitz Oregon LMSC
Carolyn Boak Pacific LMSC
Rich Burns Pacific LMSC
Anneliese Eggert Pacific LMSC
Carl House Florida Gold Coast LMSC
Wayde Mulhern Minnesota LMSC
Sandi Rousseau Oregon LMSC
Dore Schwab Pacific LMSC
Joan Smith Pacific LMSC
Richard Smith Pacific LMSC
Joanne Tingley Kentucky LMSC
1997 Gene Donner Niagara LMSC
Barbara Dunbar San Diego - Imperial LMSC
Betsy Durrant Virginia LMSC
Darlene Ferguson Florida LMSC
Babs Larsen Indiana LMSC
Barbara Protzman Maryland LMSC
Forrest Sullivan Virginia LMSC
Earl Walter Oregon LMSC
Elin Zander Inland Northwest LMSC
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