2001 USMS National Elections
Doug Church
Candidate for Treasurer

Why are you interested in being USMS Treasurer and why do you believe you would be a good candidate for this position.

I have served as Chair of the Finance Committee of USMS for the past three years and served on the Finance Committee for several years prior to that. I have served as Treasurer of my LMSC for the last 10 years. I have expressed an interest in the general operations of USMS since beginning my tenure as a delegate to the convention and I am prepared to devote the time and energy to the job of Treasurer and Executive Committee member.

What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS in the next four (4) years. As the USMS Treasurer, how would you address these issues.

Two responses:

First, as Treasurer, I will do my best to handle the responsibilities of that office effectively, which is to say, to see there is effective coordination of the financial affairs of the corporation; that checks are written and bills paid in a timely manner; books and records of the corporation are maintained as they should be; funds deposited and invested in accordance with FOG and in accordance with sound practice for a not-for-profit organization.

Second, as a member of the Executive Committee, I will be an advocate for good planning, good management and balanced representation of our membership. I believe that our major challenges are (1) to encourage growth of the organization throughout the country; (2) to continue the movement toward professional management of the organization; (3) to acknowledge and address the diverse interests of our membership, from the very competitive to the fitness swimmer; (4) to encourage ways and means of good communication to all members.

USMS is uniquely positioned to be the voice for all adult fitness swimmers and we need to find a way to give that voice full volume. This organization can be a "big tent" that will provide quality opportunities for the elite competitive swimmers, fitness swimmers, triathletes, water aerobics participants, open water swimmers, and so on.

I should also be clear on my support for the USMS Endowment Fund. As a tool for research and development of information and opportunities for Masters swimmers and all adults, the potential is incredible and, as yet, untapped. I will continue to pursue development opportunities for increased funding of the Endowment Fund in order to begin making grants for worthy projects.

Please list USMS committees that you have served on.

  1. Finance Committee Chair
  2. Coaches Committee
  3. Legal Counselors Committee
  4. USMS Endowment Fund Board of Governors Chair

Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for office.

I have coached the Noblesville Adult Swim Team (NASTI) for 21 years. I have served as a co-meet director for 2 USMS National Short Course Championships and on the Local Organizing Committee for the FINA Masters World Championships, the Pan Pacific Masters Championships and numerous regional meets.

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