Suzanne Rague Receives 1996 Ransom Arthur Award
Well deserved recognition
Suzanne Rague was honored with the Ransom Arthur Award in 1996. While serving as USMS auditor and controller Suzanne realized our organization could no longer operate optimally with manually maintained accounting records and financial statements. She commenced a three-year project, which included computerizing the auditing process, modifying the program to accommodate the controller’s functions, and then producing an additional module to produce the USMS tax return. These are truly “behind the scenes” activities that are not normally recognized by the average swimmer but benefit all.
Suzanne has been very active in her LMSCs as well. She served as president, treasurer, Top Ten and Sanctions, and newsletter editor for the Metropolitan LMSC. She created LMSC bylaws for Metropolitan and Empire LMSC, recorded records, ran meets, coached a team and, not surprising—received the Empire Distinguished Service Award in 1992.
After moving way West to Oregon, Suzanne joined the Oregon Masters Board of Directors right away. She jumped right in to do data entry for meets, act as the LMSC auditor, chair the data entry/management committee for 1995 LC Nationals, and organize the 1995 One Hour Postal swim.
In addition to all of Suzanne’s efforts as auditor and controller previously mentioned on the national level, she served as USMS treasurer from 1989-1993 and was USMS secretary at the time she received the Ransom Arthur Award. Clearly, Suzanne’s services to USMS are overwhelmingly numerous and USMS has benefitted greatly from her membership and dedication.