Candidate for President
Why are you interested in being USMS President and why do
you believe you would be a good candidate for this position.
I want to be President of USMS because I would like to continue to serve USMS in a strong leadership role. I believe that I am qualified to lead USMS, capable of surrounding myself with enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, and confident enough to seek out the opinions of others when I do not know the answers. I possess demonstrated leadership skills in my work at the national, LMSC, and local levels. I have an ability to delegate responsibilities and yet continue to keep abreast of the progress of plans and tasks, and can build consensus when decision making is necessary. I am able to motivate USMS members to assume volunteer positions, and I possess communication skills that facilitate group interactions and allow for all viewpoints to be presented.
I believe my style of "hands on" leadership fits well within this organization, and I believe that I can develop and lead a cohesive Executive Committee and Board of Directors. I am organized, efficient, detail oriented, tactful, and responsive. I have recently retired from my full time profession and now work part time with flexible scheduling, so I have the time to dedicate to being President of USMS. Masters swimming has provided me with over 20 years of wonderful camaraderie and fitness, and I would like to continue to give something back to the organization.
What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS
in the next four (4) years. As the USMS President, how would you
address these issues.
USMS faces many issues in these next few years. Some of the key issues that I see are as follows:
- Volunteerism and Paid Positions: I believe USMS is a volunteer
driven organization and should strive to remain that way. While
I think payment for certain tasks and projects is warranted,
this area needs to be critically considered in relation to the
future implications for the organization and the impact that
significant changes will have on our current volunteer base.
I support having appropriately formed search committees for paid
- Treasury Excess / Endowment Fund: Our treasury has a substantial
balance for the size of this organization. While we need to keep
enough monies to fund our insurance reserve and general operating
reserve, we need to assess whether continued build up of yet
more funds is warranted without specific purposes. I support
no increase in dues, perhaps a decrease in national dues from
the LMSCs, and detailed budgeting from all USMS bodies that have
budgets. Funding some special projects may well be feasible with
thoughtful proposals that will be good utilization of the excess
funds. Currently, there is no definite plan for the Endowment
Fund, and I would like to see us specify these funds for a worthy
project(s). I would also like to see USMS pursue a Planned Giving
program (willing of monies at death) with marketing of this program
to our members.
- Membership Growth: I support continued and steady membership
growth, but we need to put more emphasis on membership retention.
Continuing to look at ideas to gain information regarding why
members do not renew will be important particularly in gaining
insight into any avenues of dissatisfaction with USMS and services
that no longer seem attractive to members or are not considered
a worthwhile value. Marketing USMS and the value that a Masters
program can bring to local pools, park districts, and community
organizations through education of the local Masters swimmers
should become a higher priority. We should also consider marketing
the benefits of Masters swimming to health organizations.
- Recognition of the Non-Competitive Swimmers: I believe we
need to provide more services to the rank and file fitness swimmers
who choose not to enter competitions. Providing more fitness
events and expanding on the types of events offered would be
attractive to some. Promotion of more special interest articles,
comeback stories, and personal accomplishments might also be
ideas to consider.
- Coaches: To promote Masters swimming we need more Masters
coaches. The continuation and expansion of clinics for potential
Masters coaches, increasing the visibility of MACA, continued
education to other coaching organizations regarding Masters coaches,
and providing assistance/information to clubs or local teams
who may not have a coach could all be beneficial.
- LMSC/Club Assistance: I believe that there is more USMS could
do to assist clubs, local teams, and workout groups in organizing
at the local level. Providing bylaws, job descriptions, coaching
agreements, etc., could be beneficial for the growth of start
up groups of swimmers. A challenge will be to determine how to
seek out these groups to offer assistance and support. I would
also like to propose that USMS consider a fund with specific
guidelines for usage to encourage small LMSCs with very limited
funds to send representatives to convention.
- Recognition of Volunteers: One can never recognize volunteers
enough! This is particularly important for USMS which is volunteer
driven. USMS has established numerous avenues to recognize our
volunteers, but we can improve on that more and should do so.
We should look for ways to acknowledge local volunteers in the
national spotlight and recognize the volunteers that work on
our national committees. Utilizing our web site for volunteer
recognition is one idea that could be considered.
- Communication: USMS has made great strides in improving member
communication via the web, SWIM magazine, Streamlines, mailings
to LMSCs, and through our National office staff. However, we
can always improve on these avenues of communication and should
continue to evaluate if we are utilizing our assets to the greatest
degree possible. Our web site has proven to be one of our strongest
communication links to our members at the local level and the
world. We need to continue to explore even more innovative ways
for utilizing this valuable resource.
- Relationships with Other Organizations: Continuing our quest
for enhanced liaisons with other fitness organizations such as
YMCAs, Park and Recreation Districts, Community Centers, and
swimming related organizations such as the International Swimming
Hall of Fame, FINA, etc. are important to the continued health
of this organization. Strengthening our liaisons with USA Swimming
and USA officials and other certifying organizations for officials
is also important.
- Sponsors: Evaluating the area of USMS sponsorships for maximum benefits for our members and the organization's visibility and monetary benefit will continue to be important. Considering different or additional mechanisms for encouraging our members to support sponsors could also benefit members as well as attract potential sponsors to the organization.
USMS has a wealth of knowledge, ideas, and skills residing within our members. I have spent a great deal of time during the past year educating myself regarding aspects of the organization with which I have not had much exposure in the past. I believe I am prepared to lead USMS as President. My goal will be to leverage this information to define what is important for the future of Masters Swimming, and lead USMS in that direction. With the assistance of our volunteers, we can continue to improve on the successful start that we have had in the 20th century.
Please list USMS committees that you have served on.
- Championship: Chairman 1993-Present, Committee Member 1985-1993
- Safety Education Committee: 2000-Present
- Marketing Committee: Ex-officio member (Interactions regarding Sponsorships) 1998-Present
- Ad Hoc Computer Registration/Top Ten Committee: 1995-1996
- Sports Medicine and Research Committee: 1986-1992
- International Committee: 1990-1991 (Chair: Manuel Sanguily)
- Convention Committee: 1988 -1989
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications
I have had leadership roles in organizations unrelated to swimming, e.g. President of a time share Condominium Association and numerous roles as chair and committee member within my profession and employment organization. I have participated in several communication seminars, and these have helped fine tune my skills in working cooperatively and collaboratively with people.