Name: Michael Moore
Nominated for: Vice President of Member Services
Response to Questions
Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?
I have been involved in Masters swimming for the past twenty-four years. In that time I have made great friends and have enjoyed the benefits of many of the programs of Masters swimming. I have enjoyed just swimming in the water, whether it be swimming laps in a pool or enjoying the swimming in the fresh lake water of open water swims. I have been able to enjoy the benefits of Masters swimming and would like to help the organization.
The Vice President of Member Services, as presently configured, has the Championship, Marketing Open Water and Communicaitons Comittees under his purview. I have served for the past 12 years on the Championship and have served on the Communications committee as vice-chair. In my LMSC, I have worked closely with our Marketing chair on promoting Masters Swimming and I have also worked with our Open water chair to promote our open water swims. I have a wide breath of knowledge of what these four committees do.
In these times of change for the national organization, I would expect changes in the committee alignment. If there are changes, I believe I can help the executive committee make decisions that will further the goals of Masters swimming.
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?
US Masters Swimming is in a time of transition, from an all-volunteer organization to an organization that has and executive director and staff. Many of the jobs that had been done by volunteers have been moved to the management side of the organization. Now, there is the challenge of how to keep the volunteers who have given so much of their time interested to continue to work for Masters Swimming. It will be the Committee chairs and the executive committee to not only manage the volunteers but to excite and encourage them to give their time
The other major issue is how does the national organization support the LMSC's and the local clubs. The primary source of Masters swimmers are the clubs and coaches it is the club and coaches where a swimmer will first meet other swimmers and club mates. It is the coaches that bring the swimmer into Masters swimming. It is the national organization to provide support for the club and the LMSCs so that the club The national organization has a tough job in trying to provide a framework for programs for divergent group of swimmers the belong to US Masters Swimming I think that it is the job of the national organization to provide a network for the LMSCs who can support the clubs and the swimmers and for the clubs.
Our national championships are continuing to be a focus of our competitive swimmers; we have a challenge to find venues throughout the United States to hold them. We have to work so they continue to be the great exposition of the competitive swimmers.
We need to find a way to better engage our non-competitive swimmers and to better promote our fitness programs.
The question for the national organization is how do we support the clubs and the LMSCs in ways that they can become successful.
With an executive director and staff, we have a challenge to engage our volunteers in that is strategic and that can take advantage of the talents of our membership. We have many members who have a passion for the sport and to make the organization strong. There will be challenge to harness this passion in a way that grows the organization.
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:
Board of Directors, USMS 2005 to Present - Rob Copeland, President
Championship Committee 1998 to Present Sandi Rousseau, Barry Fasbender and Mark Moore Chairs
Rules Committee Leo Letendre, Tom Boak, chairs
Computer Ad-Hoc Committee Jim Matysek, chairs
Officials Committee, Hugh Moore, chairman
Communications Committee, Hugh Moore, Chair
International Committee 2004-2007 Sandi Rousseau, Chair
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.
As Chairman of the Chairman, XI FINA World Masters Championships that was held at Stanford, California. I was fortunate to meet with everyone from club presidents of local group, to national federation officials and FINA officials.
I have work with other aquatic sports as part of USAS, masters groups from all over the world, leaders of different federations. We spoke about our sport and how to make it better.
For the past four years I have served on the Board of Directors, which has allowed me to work on the strategic direction for the US Masters Swimming.
Chairman, Pacific Masters LMSC 2004 to present As chairman of Pacific, I worked with coaches, swimmers, officials, to produce programs for the clubs and the swimmers.
Webmaster, Pacific Masters 1995 to present. Pacific has one of the largest LMSC websites with meet history from 1996 to the present. I also developed "The Update" which is an email that goes out to over 15,000 swimmers in the Pacific area informing them of upcoming events in Pacific and news about swimming.
Please list any other information you would like included.
Dorothy Donnelly Service Award 1999
National certified official (stroke and turn)
Raleigh Area Masters National Championship Award 2006