View Full Version : What should the role of the LMSC be with the new governance structure?

February 14th, 2007, 11:57 AM
The Planning Committee has been charged wit hthe task of determining or defining the role of the LMSC within the new governance structure. LMSC's do many things for many members of USMS, but like the states of our great union they all differ slightly in how they operate and what services they offer.

Our mission is to difine what the role of the LMSC is today and to determine what the role of the LMSC should be in the future.

Any thoughts?:help:

Anthony Thompson
February 14th, 2007, 04:42 PM
Our current LMSC role is focussed on administrative tasks to support the LMSC and USMS:

1. USMS Registrations - including changes in clubs, LMSC, and new & annual reregistration
2. Set-up, Sanctioning, Staffing and Officiating at Meet
3. Keeping Records and making USMS Top Ten Submissions
4. Publishing a newsletter and keeping our registered members informed of local, regional, zone and national events; including national postal and fitness activities.

Within a small LMSC, this does not leave much time for other LMSC functions like:

1. Building Club(s) Membership
2. Promoting Masters Swimming and other marketing activities
3. Building relationship with our LSC to partner on projects
4. Creating new swimming competitions, including but not limited to open water and indoor/outdoor pool events.

Hopefully with new on-line national-based registration, improvements to posting of sanctioned events, and other changes in governance, the LMSC can do more to promote masters swimming in our area (which is a large 2-state area)

Anthony Thompson, LMSC Chair, Missouri Valley (all of Kansas and Western half of Missouri)

February 15th, 2007, 01:48 AM

The Maryland LMSC has an idea that I think is pretty cool - free swim meets for registered members. I am not quite sure exactly how it all works, but part of their dues go toward securing facilities, officials, etc., for a small informal meet once a month from October thru March, including a "finale." Meets are all deck-entered and people can swim up to 3 events. Non MD LMSC folks pay $5 to enter. They have also added a few meets during the summer (LCM and SCM) in recent years.

February 15th, 2007, 12:03 PM
Meets and sanctioning sem to be a common theme along with administration.

Thanks for the input, after a bit of fact finding we will be establishing a task force to review material and evaluate data collected.

I appreciate the breakdown of administrative and support tasks, versus things that would be good to do if time allowed.

February 19th, 2007, 01:23 AM
Like most LMSCs, the NJ LMSC focus is on how to maximize the effectiveness of the volunteer resources available to service our membership and promote USMS as the premier organization supporting adult aqautic fitness.

We provide the usual operational support for swimmer USMS registration, LMSC-wide event recognition/sanctioning, Top Ten and Record submissions, and members Newsletter/Website/Email communications.

Additionally, we have an Ad Hoc Open Water chair who serves as a liason with event organizers and maintains a calender of events during the open water season.

Recently, we completed a membership survey (Fall 2005), a membership promotion campaign (2006), and updated our LMSC Bylaws (June 2006). At the moment, we are in the midst of analyzing USMS member registration data to develop a member retention/recognition program that promotes continuous USMS membership. Our findings to-date, indicate that we have 109 LMSC members who have registered for 5 Consecutive Years, 39 LMSC members who have registered for 10 Consecutive Years, and 46 LMSC members who have achieve 15 or more Consecutive Years.

While much work remains to determine the final "Member Since" statistics, we are extremely proud of the commitment that so many have made to USMS over the years.

One clear message that LMSCs can continue to emphasize is the benefit of organized adult aquatic fitness. Based on our experience, promoting these benefits is a continuous effort in educating and informing our members to stress the opportunities and support that USMS, Inc. offers. It's a fair exchange in my view - members support USMS and USMS supports its members.

If growing/retaining members is a goal of USMS, then it will be the "grass roots" of the LMSCs that will need to plan and execute effectively to meet that objective.


Chris McGiffin