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GRIN News and Notes

Read the latest from our President, learn about the upcoming special election, submit nominations for the Irv Merritt Award, register NOW with USMS, and check out upcoming area meets.

A Word from Our President

The holidays are over and the pools are crowded with the New Year's Resolution swimmers!  This is a great time to welcome them and invite them to swim with U.S. Masters Swimming!  What a better way to get  in shape than with a group of very nice, fun, and welcoming swimmers?  We love swimming; why not share our love of the water and make the world just a little better?  Too corny?  Then how about invite them to join you, so your team grows and gains a cool new member?  
We are now taking nominations for the 4 elected GRIN Board positions - Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Please see below for the nomination procedures. I will be running for Chair,  Karen Gernert will be running for Secretary, and Sue Pollard will be running for Treasurer.  We need Vice Chair nominees as Meg Carlson will not be running.
Make sure your team takes part in GRIN's 1st Annual Winter Postal Challenge!   The USMS One Hour ePostal is also going on until the end of January - what a great way to gauge your fitness!  You don't have to travel to a meet!
Finally, Adult Learn to Swim in coming to Indiana!  As a new Lead Instructor, I will forming an Indianapolis-based Beta class in early March. Let me know if you are interested in a class close to home!
Lisa L. Brown

Special GRIN Election

Per our new By-Laws, a special election for the GRIN Officers will be held. The following positions are up for election: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Nomination Procedure
Any GRIN member in good standing may run for one of the Officer positions provided they are nominated by a Club Representative and have their nomination seconded by another Club Representative. Each Club Representative may not make more than one nomination per office (either by initial nomination or second), but may make nominations for each office (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer). Nominations shall provide electronic contact information for the nominee and must be submitted to the GRIN Secretary by February 1, 2016.

Election Procedure
Prior to March 1, the Secretary shall confirm that each nominee is willing to serve if elected. The Secretary shall also solicit background information from each nominee pertinent to the position being considered and publish the biographical information in the GRIN newsletter. The Club Representatives will then vote on the slate of candidates at the Election Meeting and the new Executive Board will be announced at the 2016 GRIN State Meet.

Call for Club Representatives
Pursuant to our current By-Laws, any program that has 4 or more members is entitled to select one Club Representative to represent their Club's interests at the Board meetings of Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN). The Club Representative can be any coach or swimmer that is a USMS member in good standing and is affiliated with GRIN. Club Representative serve as the liaison between GRIN and their respective clubs. Please have your Club select its Club Representative, complete the Club Representative Form, and email the form to GRIN Secretary Karen Gernert as soon as possible.

Nominations for the Irv Merritt Award

Irv Merritt was a highly competitive athlete and regular participant at Masters swimming competitions. At the time of his death, Irv´s family established an annual award in his memory to be presented to an Indiana Masters swimmer who exemplified the standards and values embodied in his life. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Irv Merritt Award. Please submit your nominations to Karen Gernert by January 31.

Renew your USMS Membership for 2016 NOW!

It's (past) time to renew your USMS membership for 2016. Among other benefits, your USMS membership provides the insurance that covers you while on deck and is required to swim with GRIN-registered programs. New membership cards can be printed upon registration. If you need help with your registration, please let us know.

Upcoming Events

2016 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge
Here's your chance to compete against other GRIN members from the comfort of your own pool in the 2016 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge. Participants can choose from one of the following Challenges or swim up to 5 events of their own choosing.
  • Sprint Pentathlon - 25’s of each stroke + 100 IM
  • Mid-Distance Pentathlon - 50’s of each stroke + 200 IM
  • Distance Pentathlon - 100’s of each stroke + 400 IM 
The GRIN Winter Postal Challenge will take place from January 1 - February 29, 2016. Online entries are being accepted now. Are you ready for the challenge?

Miami Redfins Mardi Gras Masters Meet
With no February meet at IU this year, the Miami Redfins Mardi Gras Masters Meet in Oxford, Ohio, is a great alternative. Taking place on Saturday, February 13, the Miami University Aquatic Center's fast water always produces excellent results at this short course yards meet. Be sure to get this event on your calendar now.

2nd Annual PPSC "Need for Speed" Invitational

The 2nd Annual PPSC "Need for Speed" Invitational will take place on Saturday, February 28, at the Portage High School East Pool. A great way to kick off 2016, this meet features the "typical" events, as well as 25s of each stoke and relays. Early bird pricing is available. And, did we mention the post-meet potluck? Make your plans now to attend this great event.

What Do You Think?

Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your suggestions for improving Masters swimming in Indiana. Check out the GRIN website, join our Facebook page, and get in the conversation. Contact us with your suggestions, feedback, and questions. We look forward to hearing from YOU!
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