From The National Office...
Hello to you all from the cold and frozen northeast!
By now you all should have completed your One Hour Swim and are preparing for the February Fitness Challenge. Both of which you will be writing in on the blanks provided on your Check Off Challenge T-shirts. Right??? Nothing like starting the new year out with a bang!
I am very happy to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as your Executive Secretary and am looking forward to year two. I have gained valuable experience over the past 12 months and I can truly say that my feet are now "wet".
My primary goals for 1998 are:
- To become more efficient in the day to day operations of the National Office which will allow me to become more available to assist the members of the BOD, LMSC Officers, and the USMS membership.
- To increase the channels of communication between the National Office and the membership, by providing you with useful information in a timely fashion.
Late December was "crunch time" for a number of publications, specifically the 1998 Rule Book, LMSC Handbook, and USMS Directory. I would like to thank the following people for their "extra effort" in making sure the information in these publications was accurate, complete and arrived to you in time.
- 1998 Rule Book ~ Meg Smath and the USMS Rule Book Committee.
- LMSC Handbook ~ Nancy Ridout, Jeanne Ensign, Diane and Bill Black, Dot Donnelly, Pieter Cath, Sandi Blumit, Hill Carrow, Sarah Hromada, and Babs Larsen.
- A special thank you goes out to Gateway Printing. Gene, Shellie and Joan, you do a great job. Thanks!
- Another publication that we must keep updated is Places To Swim. If you are on-line, check out the Places To Swim page on the USMS WebPage. Jim Matysek has set up the site so that you can submit corrections, additions and deletions at the site. If you are not on-line, send me the current information you have and I will make the revisions.
As you will see, there is plenty of news that you can use in this issue. Please read it and pass it on to others who will use it.
The National Office has a new address:
P.O. Box 185
Londonderry, NH 03053-0185
Phone and Fax numbers remain the same
Please make the above change effective IMMEDIATELY and get the word out.
Thank you for making these changes..
The Grilli family will be moving in early April and I don't want to miss any mail!
RANSOM ARTHUR AWARD NOMINATIONSThe Ransom Arthur Award is USMS's most prestigious award. It is presented annually to the person who is deemed by the committee to have done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming programs. Any member of USMS may nominate a worthy person for this award. Nominations must be endorsed by an LMSC.
The nomination packet is enclosed with this newsletter. All completed nomination forms must be in the hands of the Recognition and Awards Committee Chairman, Mary Lee Watson, by March 15, 1998.
THINGS TO DO...Because this newsletter goes to the Board of Directors as well as the LMSC Chairmen, Editors and Registrars, I am listing "all deadlines" from the USMS Working Calendar. Please read this and use as a reminder.
- FEBRUARY ~ 1998
- USMS Convention Chair Michael Heather, sends 1998 requirements to USAS.
- LMSC Registrars send reports to National Registrars, Diane and Bill Black.
- LMSC SCM Top Ten Reports due to Top Ten Chairman, Pieter Cath.
- Reports from Committee Chairs on status of projects etc., due to Executive Committee liaisons.
- Pre-meet site visit by Championship Committee liaison to SC Nationals host.
- Pre-bid packets sent to interested bidders for USMS 2000 Long Distance Championship events.
- Notify Sponsors of Short Course Nationals of due dates for booths, banners, and ads.
- Call for Ransom Arthur nominations.
- Solicitation of information for 1998 Long Distance Calendar.
- MARCH ~ 1998
- Editorial materials due to USMS SWIM Magazine Editor Susan Ludwig, for May/June issue.
- Coaches' Committee mails on-deck coaching questionnaire.
- LMSC Registrars send reports to the National Registrars.
- USS Liaison Ted Haartz, reports to USMS President, Nancy Ridout, on January USS Board of Directors meeting.
- Summary of liaison reports due from Executive Committee members to the President.
- Position statement regarding National Registrar job available from Registration Committee Chair, Sarah Hromada.
- Ransom Arthur nominations due to Ad Hoc Recognition/Awards Committee Chair Mary Lee Watson, then circulated with ballot to committee members.
- SC National Championships post mark entry deadline.
- Initial deadline for LMSCs to submit the names of their delegates to the 1998 Convention due to the USMS Secretary, Betsy Durrant.
- National Registrars, send delegate labels to USAS for convention packet mailing.
- The Controller, Roy Abramowitz, sends summary of 1997 charges to all persons with cost center authority.
- Call for USMS Service Award nominations.
- APRIL ~ 1998
- The National Office moves to its new address, 9 Wiley Hill Road, Londonderry, NH 03053. Phone and fax numbers stay the same.
- LMSC Registrars send reports to National Registrars.
- Short Course National Championships entry deadline.
- Coaches' Committee mails on-deck coaching assignments for Short Course Nationals.
- Long Distance 1998 Calendar and National Event entry forms mailed to LMSCs.
- 23rd - 26th
- YMCA Masters Nationals, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
- Ransom Arthur ballots due from Ad Hoc Recognition/Awards Committee members to Chairman for tabulation.
- Deadline for appointment of 1-2 delegates from each FINA Member Federation to the Masters Technical Congress.
- LMSC minutes of 1997 annual meetings and copy of 1997 financial statements due to the National Office for all LMSCs whose year-end is December 31st.
- Delegates receive convention packet from USAS.
- All American roster prepared and congratulations sent from the President.
- The President reviews Delegate-at-Large appointments to the national Convention.
OOOPS!We have a few additions and corrections in the following 1998 publications. Thank you all for spotting them and sending the correct information in. Please note these corrections and get the word out. Contact the National Office if you know of any others.
1998 USMS Planner
The 1999 Calendar on the inside front cover is incorrect. Friday January 1st begins the year not Thursday.
The 1998 3-6 Mile Open Water Championship, sponsored by Dunwoody Aquatic Masters is on Saturday, September 12th not June 13th.
USMS Rule Book, Appendix C
1-3 Mile Open Water Swim, Nancy Rose - 530-582-1214
1998 USS Championships for Swimmers with a DisabilityJune 26-28, 1998
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center
Hosted by the USS Adapted Swimming Committee
In June 1998, United States Swimming will become the first national sports governing body within the United States Olympic Committee family to conduct a national championships for athletes from all disability populations. United States Swimming is proud to showcase the efforts of these outstanding athletes -- "swimmers first, and swimmers with a disability second."
The three-day competition will include swimmers who are deaf; swimmers who are blind/visually impaired; swimmers with mental disabilities such as mental retardation, severe learning disabilities, and autism; and swimmers with physical disabilities such as amputations, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, and mobility impairments. About 250 swimmers are expected to compete.
The field is certain to include world record holders and medal winners from recent Paralympic Games, World Games for the Deaf, and International Special Olympics Games. With such talent, we can virtually guarantee that spectators will be treated to new American and World Records.
All internationally-recognized swimming events will be offered. This meet will serve as the team selection meet for the international Paralympic committee World Swimming Championships to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, in October 1998.
The 1998 United States Swimming Championships will be hosted by the Adapted Swimming committee of United States Swimming, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
For meet information contact:
United States Swimming
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
For an Application to Officiate, address to "Application to Officiate" and send to the above address.
USMS PRESS RELEASESUSMS Secretary, Betsy Durrant is working on a project to increase local publicity for USMS members. By doing this USMS hopes to increase public awareness of our program.
If you or someone you know does something noteworthy within our organization, contact:
211 66th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Betsy will send you a questionnaire to gather information for a press release to be sent to your local news paper.
1998 United States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year AwardThe United States Masters Swimming Coaches Committee is issuing a nominations call for its 1998 Coach of the Year Award. Since 1986, the award has been presented at the USMS annual convention to a coach who demonstrates excellence in five areas: club and individual accomplishments, publications, contributions to USMS and the LMSC, letters of support and long-team contributions to Masters swimming. this year's convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 30 to October 4.
Nominations are due in writing no later than July 15, 1998. for more information and nomination guidelines, contact either of the following:
USMS Coach of the Year Subcommittee
502 Broadway, Suite 320-A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Ph (310) 451-6666
Fax (310) 576-0962
USMS Coaches Committee Chairman
3537 Christina Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Do you have some swimming news that may be of interest to others?
If you have news of swimming events or interesting items regarding swimmers from your area, please send them to the USMS Historian, Joan Smith at 4309 Surita Street, Sacramento, CA 95864-3107 or E-mail Joan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recognized World RecordsFrom the December 1997 issue of FINA Masters News
A total of 224 performances have been approved as World Masters Records by the FINA Honorary Secretary in the six months period since the last Newsletter. The following is a list of USMS members. Congratulations to you all!!!
Long Course - Women
Tracie Moll, Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, Jacki Hirsty, Danielle Ogier, Laura Val, Deb Walker, Ardeth Mueller, Nancy Ridout, Betsy Jordan, Bunny Cederlund, Margery Meyer, Marjorie Sharp, Maxine Merlino, Aileen Soule
Long Course - Men
Alex Kostich, James Belardi, Doug Malcolm, Chester Miltenberger, Tim Birnie, Boo Graner-Gallas, Don McKenzie, Hugh Wilder, Edward Cazalet, Bruce Clark, Jack Geoghegan, William Gonzalez, Steven Thrasher, David Harrison, Graham Johnston, John Kortheuer, Roger Franks, Anton Cerer, Robert Johnston, Aldo da Rosa
Short Course - Women
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, Betsy Jordan, Diana Silva
Short Course - Men
Anton Cerer, Robert Johnston, Paul Krup
It is Baby Time!E-mail received from proud daddy Stu Marvin, via Sandi Rousseau. Robert Keller Marvin arrived at 4:02 AM, 1-24-98. Mom and baby are fine. He decided to come upside down so a c-section was in order. Pass the word!
Congratulations Stu and Meg!!!
FINA Masters NewsThe FINA Masters News has been published since 1993 twice yearly. Material for publication should be in to the Editor by the 15th March for the June Edition and the 15th of October for the December Edition. General news items of international interest and listings for the calendar (restricted to National or International events which are open to all Masters) should be addressed to the Editor to the following address:
FINA Masters News
2308 NE 19th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305-1506
TIMEThis is an E-mail I received from Shannon Sullivan:
Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400; carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
~ Author Unknown
PoemGus Langner enclosed this "poem" with his Top Ten subscription renewal:
Just a note to say I'm living,
That I'm not among the dead.
Though I'm getting more forgetful,
And mixed up in the head.
I got used to my arthritis,
To my dentures I'm resigned.
I can manage my bifocals,
But gosh I miss my mind!
For sometimes I can't remember,
When I stand at the foot of the stairs.
If I must go up for something,
Or have I just come down from there?
And before the fridge so often,
My poor mind's filled with doubt.
Have I just put food away,
Or have I come to take some out?
So if it's my turn to write you,
There's no need for getting sore.
I may think that I have written,
And don't want to be a bore.
Just remember that I love you,
And wish that you were near.
Now it's nearly mail time,
So I must say goodbye, my dear.
Here I stand beside the mailbox,
With a face so very red!
Instead of mailing you my letter,
I have opened it instead!
~ Author Unknown