Welcome to the 2014 USMS National Elections information site. The election will be held during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. This election cycle, we will elect At-Large Directors (Breadbasket Zone, Colonies Zone, Dixie Zone, Great Lakes Zone, Northwest Zone, Oceana Zone, South Central Zone, and Southwest Zone). Descriptions and duties of the officers are contained in ARTICLE 506 of the Code of Regulations. Processes for the election are governed by the current Election Operating Guidelines. If elected, you will need to attend a mandatory BOD meeting which will be held immediately after Convention beginning Sunday morning at 9:15am and lasting until approximately noon. It is recommended you plan your return flight no earlier than 2:00pm that day. Please read all information carefully and refer to the Election Schedule in APPENDIX A of these guidelines to avoid misunderstandings.
The list of qualified candidates for USMS officers, as of June 9, 2014, is as follows:
- Breadbasket Zone
- Colonies Zone
- Dixie Zone
- Great Lakes Zone
- Northwest Zone
- Oceana Zone
- South Central Zone
- Southwest Zone
In accordance with our Election Operating Guidelines, an extended special nomination period for the Colonies Zone will extend from May 15, 2014, until May 31, 2014. Any interested candidate must complete the nomination packet and email it to Election Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.
In addition, we will accept floor nominations for all at-large director positions at convention during designated HOD meetings; however, all eligible candidates must submit proper documentation to be slated. The committee will follow up in a subsequent report to state which meeting(s) are eligible.
The original nomination period was from March 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014.
- Nomination Packet - This is a Word file containing instructions and the Candidate questionnaire.
- Current Election Operating Guidelines - The guidelines govern the election process and inform candidates of the requirements needed to fulfill the director position.
To be eligible for nomination, candidates shall: 1) be members in good standing of U.S. Masters Swimming for the year when the election is held; 2) have attended more than one USMS annual meeting of the National House of Delegates in the preceding five years; and 3) plan to attend the annual meeting of the National House of Delegates for the election year in which they are standing for election, and plan to attend all House of Delegates meetings during their tenure. Explanation of the duties of officers can be found in the 2014 USMS Code of Regulations and Rules of Competition (Article 506 - Board of Directors) and on the Election section of the USMS web site.
Nomination packets are to be submitted in the same format as filled out so the committee can use snippets for publication purposes. Please do not submit PDF versions unless they are in addition to the .doc format.
If after reading the materials you have questions about the role of USMS At-Large Directors or the Nomination/Election process, please contact Cheryl Gettelfinger.