Name: Carolyn F. Boak
Nominated for: Director from South Central Zone
Nominated by: Nancy Rossetti
Letters of Reference from: David Vandam and Nancy Rossetti
Summary StatementI believe that the key to a strong USMS will remain its volunteers. As a zone director, my goal will be to increase communication within my zone and among the zones. By communication, I mean receiving ideas and feedback, as well as giving out information. The leaders of zones and LMSC’s need to take more responsibility in the governing of USMS. These leaders can and will do so if they are part of the process in determining what this sharing of responsibility will be. When a USMS volunteer’s job is clearly defined, that volunteer will come through!
Response to Questions
Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?
I have a wide variety of experience as a club, LMSC and National participant. I have been a club president, LMSC Top Ten chair, meet director for multiple meets including a USMS Nationals, and am presently a club coach. I am willing to work hard and to express myself after getting input from those I will serve. I think it essential that zone directors work at communicating (giving information and getting ideas and feedback) from their zone members as well as communicating with other zones.
What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS now and in the future. As a person holding an elected position within USMS, how would you address these issues?
There is a need for more responsibility to be given to local organizations (Zones and LMSC’s.). Such a shift of responsibility can happen only if communication is frequent and clear. The new system of zone directorships should facilitate this transfer of responsibility. There is a probable need for a paid Executive Director, but I believe that that job should be defined after the new system (new Executive Committee and new Board of Directors) has been working for a time.
Another issue of paramount importance is addressing the lack of growth in USMS. One of the reasons for this lack of growth is that certain large Masters programs are no longer requiring that their members be USMS members. The new Board of Directors/Executive Committee needs to develop more incentives for adult swimmers to join USMS.
Please list USMS committees on which you have served. Include the dates you were on the committees and the names of the committee chairs under whom you served:
International Committee, Chair 1988-1989; Rules Committee 1990-1993 (June Krauser); Championship. Committee 1994-present (Sandi Rousseau, Barry Fasbender); Awards and Recognition, vice-chair, 2002-present (Kathy Casey); ISHOF Nominating Committee 1998-present (Tom Boak, Ginger Pierson)
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position
In addition to national, LMSC and club activities named above, my experience as a teacher and nurse have helped me see the value of communicating by involving as many people as possible in any important discussion. By listening to other people, one receives many insights and, at the same time, encourages these people to continue participating in an active way. The key to USMS will remain its wonderful volunteers.