Name: Jerry Clark
LMSC: North Carolina
Nominated for: BOD member from Dixie Zone
I have always believed in contributing to sports I participate in and I’ve always enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other participants in those sports. I genuinely want to help make USMS more attractive to adults in areas that, like us in North Carolina, do not have multiple clubs that have coached workouts.
Response to Questions
Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?
Because I’ve been the Dixie Zone at large director for the past three years, and as such, have been involved with a number of projects during those years. I very much want to continue further work in the upcoming years as new and exciting opportunities are investigated. I am a proactive person and sincerely interested in helping make USMS more attractive to the many adult swimmers who don’t seem to want to join. I solicit any opportunity to do productive work toward the goal of increasing our membership.
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?
Stagnation of membership is a major issue facing USMS and it is being addressed by a Club Development Task Force. I believe a primary reason adults will want to join USMS and remain as members is if they can participate in coached workouts. Therefore I would endeavor to work with the coaches committee to explore more ways to connect workout groups around the country to prospective coaches. Then direct communication could take place between the two parties. I also think USMS should expand its horizons by becoming more proactive about joint relationships with large groups and/or organizations that share our goal of promoting adult fitness.
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:
- Rules – Kathy Casey;
- Legislation – Rob Copeland;
- Championship – Sandi Rousseau, Barry Fasbender and Mark Moore;
- Coaches – Mo Chambers
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.
I am used to dealing with the principals of large organizations that want assistance with commercial real estate transactions. I am a good team builder. I am a good team player. I am tenacious when working on worthwhile projects with reasonable goals and I enjoy either leading or being a member of a group working continuously toward the objectives.
Please list any other information you would like included:
I consider myself as a “people person”. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know many people in all facets of USMS. I have participated in 23 National Championship meets and 3 World meets. I have been meet director of a 200+/- person meet in my home town for the past 10 years. I have been Chairman of the LMSC for NC two times and have also been the treasurer of our LMSC for 6 years.