Streamlines...From the National Office

Hello From The National Office!

The Spring is also the time of year when many of us will see the results of our past year of training. I am looking forward to swimming at Nationals (in a new age group) in the "fast" Federal Way pool. Thank you Hugh and Jane Moore and the Championship Committee. Good luck to all of you swimming and SWIM FAST!

Ahh, the Spring! One of my favorite seasons. The snow is gone, the sun is shining and the windows are open! (Up here in New Hampshire we just have to be careful when we go outside, not to get eaten alive by the black flies.)

There was a tremendous response from many concerning important information they (or their committee) wanted to get out to the membership. You will find these messages under ANNOUNCEMENTS. Please read these carefully and feel free to send me one of your own. Remember, two way communication, that 's what this newsletter is for.

The bulk of this newsletter includes reports from the various USMS Committees. As you will see, these volunteers have been very busy and much has been accomplished since Convention. I would like to extend a special Thanks to all for making our organization the success it is today.

That 's about it for now. If you have any questions, you know where to find me. Remember, the ultimate goal is to keep you current with USMS and open the channels of communication between the National Office and your LMSC.

If you 're going to Federal Way, stop by and say hello. I 'll be somewhere around the blue and gold New England banner.

Contents of this newsletter:
Things To Do
Committee Reminders
Announcements
Tidbits
Committee Reports:
Championship
Coaches
Convention
Fitness
Insurance
Ad Hoc To Insurance Safety Education
International
Legislation
Long Distance
Marketing/Publications
Officials
Planning
Ad Hoc (To Planning) Computer On-Line
Ad Hoc (To Planning) Business Manager / Executive Director
Records And Tabulations
Registration
Rule Book
Sports Medicine
Rules
Ad Hoc Recognition and Awards
Zone
Ad Hoc Computer Registration / Top Ten
Ad Hoc Legal Counselors

THINGS TO DO...


Please use this as a reminder of various responsibilities at the LMSC level.
May
1ST LMSC Registrars send reports to National Registrars, Bill & Diane Black.
15-18TH USMS Short Course National Championships, Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way Washington.
17th Ransom Arthur award winner announced at SC Nationals.
20th National Office sends reminder of July 10th deadline for submission of proposed code amendments
31st End of Short Course Yards season.
June
1st LMSC Registrar reports mailed to National Registrars, Bill & Diane Black.
15th Cut off date for delegate entitlements to the 1997 convention. LMSC 's notified by Secretary of any additional delegate entitlements.
23-30th 1997 Masters Pan Pacific Championship Meet, Lahina Aquatic Center, Maui, Hawaii.
July
1st LMSC Registrars send reports to National Registrars. Bill & Diane Black.
3rd Postmark deadline for LC National Championships.
10th Proposed Legislation amendments and Rules and Long Distance emergency amendments due to respective committee chairs.
10th LC National Championships entry deadline.
15th "Coach of the Year" nominations due to Coaches Committee Chair.
15th LMSC SCY Top Ten reports due to Top Ten Chair, Walt Reid.
** 2000 Fitness Challenge - Lori Gibson-Rick 716-338-3209

COMMITTEE REMINDERS


May 31stCommittee reports containing updates on activities due to Executive Committee liaisons.
June 15thNational Office reminds committee chairs that annual reports and convention agenda are due August 1st.
June 15thSummary of Liaison reports due from Executive Committee members to President.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The following is a letter to us from Bert Schappele:

The 1997 U.S. Masters Swimming Rule Book with the memorial to Elleen just reached me. Our children and I are indebted to US Masters for those kind words.

Her dedication to family and swimming was unparalleled. Her loss is indeed tragic to us all.

Sincerely,
Bert Schappele

THE RULE BOOK IS NOW ON LINE!
From Jim Matysek
Speaking of the Rule Book, I have just been informed that it is now available on line (thank you Meg Smath and Jim Matysek). It can be found at http://www.usms.org/rules/

SIGN UP WITH MINDSPRING AND MAKE MONEY FOR YOUR CLUB!
From Mel Goldstein
Just over the net... USMS has signed up with MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. as an Affinity Partner for our Internet access service. Watch for more information about joining and how you can help your club's treasury.

CONVENTION DELEGATES
From Suzanne Rague
Have you sent Suzanne the list of your LMSC Delegates planning to attend this years Aquatic Convention in Burlingame, California? If not do it right away, the deadline was March 30th. Don't be left out!

PLACES TO SWIM
From Nancy Ridout
The 1997 update of Places to Swim has taken a little longer than expected. The updating is now complete and we are in the process of formatting it before sending it off to the printer. For those of you who have ordered it, thank you for your patience, it will be arriving soon.

USMS STICKY NOTE PADS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL OFFICE
$3.00 PER 100 SHEET PAD

ARTICLE 502.7.
RECORDS AND RECORD KEEPING

From Tracy Grilli

Each LMSC shall comply with the financial record keeping and reporting requirements of USMS. The LMSC shall forward to the USMS National Office the minutes of the annual meeting and annual financial reports within four months of the end of the LMSC's fiscal year. In other words, I should have them all by April 30th, PLEASE!

1997 USMS EVENTS CALENDARS
From Lynn Hazlewood

The 1997 Long Distance Calendar is now available. For a copy, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to Lynn Hazlewood, 11714 Decade Court, Reston, VA 20191-2942 or check it and the Swimming Events Calendar out at the USMS Web Site at: http://www.usms.org/comp/events.php

MEMBERSHIP CARDS/CLUB CERTIFICATES & LMSC OFFICER UPDATES
From Bill and Diane Black

If you run out of USMS Membership Cards or Club Certificates, please contact Bill and Diane Black, USMS Registrars for more.

You will be receiving the second part of your LMSC Handbook soon. Please carefully check that the information concerning your LMSC Officers is accurate and complete. Contact the National Registrars with any corrections, additions or deletions. It is important that we have the most up to date information on file.

HOW TO ORDER TOP TEN PATCHES
From Darlynne Ferguson and the Lake Erie LMSC

To order a Top Ten Patch, please send the following information to Darlynne Ferguson, P.O. Box 8005, Canton, OH 44711-8005: Year, Name, Sex, Age, Event and Course for individual events. For Relay Top Ten, add the team name and age group. Make check or money order out to Lake Erie LMSC for $5. Each patch comes with one segment (stroke or relay), additional segments cost $1 each
Bill early now has a fax machine

From Bill Early, Legislation Committee Chair

Last minute proposed changes to the Legislation portion of the Rule Book can now be sent to Bill Early via fax at 619-435-1326. Receipt deadline date is Thursday, July 10th.

*NEW* OPEN WATER MANUAL
From Sally Dillon and the Long Distance Committee

USMS now offers an Open Water Manuel that will assist you in directing a safe and efficient open water swim. Information in the Manuel includes: Sanctions & Insurance, Safety, Organizer's Responsibilities, Determining a Course, Administration, Swimmer's Responsibilities, Race Day Personnel, and Post Race Activities. The Manuel was created by the Long Distance Swimming Committee and can be purchased for $7 through the National Office.

THE ORGANIZATION & CONDUCT OF CABLE SWIMS
From Sally Dillon and the Long Distance Committee

The other open water/long distance publication we have available for sale is "The Organization and conduct of Cable Swims". A Cable Swim course is defined as a "closed course" marked by buoys and floats on a quarter-mile cable that has been surveyed for accuracy. This Manuel was also written by the USMS Long Distance Swimming Committee. If this event is something your group would like to know more about, the Manuel is available for $5 through the National Office.

WHO GETS A RULE BOOK?
From Tracy Grilli

There has been some confusion over who receives a complimentary USMS Rule Book. The people listed below are the ones:
Board Of Directors - Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Special Assignments
Committees - members of the Legislation, Rules, Long Distance Committees
LMSC - Registrar, Officials Chair and President/contact person from each registered club.

Any one else in need of one can purchase one for $7 through the National Office.

TIDBITS

Tidbit #1 - from Bill Earley
Rather than throw out obsolete sheets of our expensive, official USMS stationary, just cut off the bottom 1.5 inches and use it!

Tidbit #2 - from Dorothy Donnelly
When sending a fax, write the fax number on the back of the last page.

Tidbit #3 - unknown
Don't look back, they might be gaining on you.

Tidbit #4 - Darlynne Ferguson
Did you ever wonder what O*H*I*O stands for? Old Hearts Inspiring Others

Tidbit #5 - The Taper by Bryan Finlay
borrowed from Wave Lengths, Summer 1996
The day is right, the feeling's right, the water's right.
The sun is right, the wind is right.
The pace is right, the race is right.
Ohh-kaay! I love it when a taper comes together.

Tidbit #6 - by Sheldon Brown via Michael Collins' a few DAM Thoughts of the Day
"A smoking section in a restaurant is like a peeing section in a swimming pool."

Tidbit #7 - Ann Landers via the St. Louis Masters Swimming Newsletter, January 1997
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what anybody could have done.

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