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Betsy Durrant - Candidate for Director from Colonies Zone
Betsy Durrant

Candidate Information

Name: Betsy Durrant

LMSC: Virginia

Nominated for: Director from Colonies Zone

Nominated by: Charles Cockrell

Letters of Reference from: Maria Doelger and Charles Cockrell

Summary Statement

I love Masters Swimming; it is an important part of my life.  I enjoy training and racing, but most of all I love being with other Masters swimmers.  The feeling of camaraderie is difficult to explain to others.  USMS is a unique entity in that the participants make the rules and run the organization.  As USMS grows and matures, changes need to be made in how we do things.  I want to participate in implementing changes because we need to be more responsive and efficient, but I don’t want us to lose the character of the organization that makes it unique.

Response to Questions

Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?

I am interested in this position on the BOD because I want to be involved in implementing the new governance structure of USMS.  I have experience on both the local level and the national level and believe I have a good perspective on the needs of our organization.

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?

The major issues are: (1) Governance – making the organization responsive to the needs of the membership, (2) Finances – making sure that USMS is adequately funded and that our resources are used wisely,  (3) Programs/workouts – increasing the availability of coached workouts, expanding Masters programs to new facilities.

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:

  • Zone Committee:  1987-88, Edie Gruender, Chair;  1989-90, Pat Maley, Chair
  • Executive Committee (Zone Chair): 1991-93, Dan Gruender, President; 1994-95, Mel Goldstein, President
  • Executive Committee (Secretary): 1997-2001, Nancy Ridout, President
  • Planning Committee Chair: 2001 – Present
  • Finance Committee: 2002 – Present, Tom Boak, Chair

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

Chair of the Governance Subcommittee.  I have worked with an outstanding committee with input from the HOD and BOD.  I want to be a part of implementation of our new structure.
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