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GRIN News and Notes

Read the latest Board news, get updates from the USMS National Convention, learn who is the Most Amazing Volunteer, nominate your Most Talented teammate, and check out upcoming meets.

A Word from Our President

Don't forget to register for your 2016 US Masters Swimming membership. Do so soon to take advantage of all the discounts on our favorite swimming gear! We have two Board Meetings coming up (see the details below) and we'd love to have your input! With the By-Laws amended, we will now begin updating the GRIN Policy Manual. We need to have formal policies in place to follow for the future.
Last month, Meg Carlson and I attended a certification class for Adult Learn to Swim.  We also attended the U.S Masters Program Development training. We will be reaching out to your clubs to be sure you have what you need for the next year from the GRIN Board. In the meantime, please let us know what you need, want, or see as a area for GRIN growth in the future!
See you in the pool!
Lisa L. Brown

Board News

Upcoming Board Meeting
There will be a GRIN Board meeting via conference call on Tuesday, November 10, from 8:00-9:00p. All GRIN members are invited to call in.
The agenda includes:
  • GRIN background details - Mel Goldstein
  • New Sanction Fees - Lisa Brown
  • State Meet Bids - All
  • By-Laws Update - Lisa
  • Club Contact Information - Lisa
  • New Business - All

Conference Call Details:
Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:
  • Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
  • Meeting ID: 947-708-061

Upcoming By-Laws Meeting
GRIN will meet to approve the revised By-Laws on December 2, 2015, at 7:00p.  The newly amended GRIN Bylaws are posted online for review.  
Per the current By-Laws, any club with 4 members as of October 31st may send one representative to vote on the amended By-Laws.  The meeting will take place at the Zionsville High School Aquatic Center (1000 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, IN 46077). If attending in person, please enter in the back of the building through Door #27 and proceed to the athletic classroom. If you will be participating via conference call, the call-in information is below.
Conference Call Details:
Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:

Bids for the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet
Bids are now being accepted for the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet. Interested parties should download the Information Letter and Bid Form. All bids (and any supporting documentation) must be submitted to the GRIN Chair by December 1.


USMS 2016 Registration is Now Open

It's 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 printing your card, please let us know.

Meet Lawrence Masters Swimming

Lawrence Masters Swimming is for adults who want to improve their fitness in a positive environment that encourages living a healthy lifestyle. Whether your goals are for fitness, triathlons, open water events, or competitive swimming events, Lawrence Masters will meet you at your level of fitness and work towards bringing out your best. With a coach on deck at every practice providing individualized attention, they will help you reach your goals. Lawrence Masters also offers an adult water polo program. Learn more about Lawrence Masters Swimming and contact Coach Kris for additional information.

Congratulations to our Most Amazing Volunteer

Our Most Amazing Volunteer award goes out this month to Donel Hakes from Indy Aquatic Masters. As stated by her teammate, Donel is "always working behind the scenes to make our celebrations grand events. She outdoes herself every time." Congratulations, Donel!

Nominations Needed - Most Talented

Masters swimmers are amazing people - both in and out of the water. This month, we focus on "out of the water." We're looking for your nominations for the Most Talented. Talent can be defined athletically, musically, artistically, etc. Let us know who you believe is the most talented (and what their talent is). Winners will be recognized in next month's newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Munster Masters Fall Frenzy
Featuring the 400 IM and the 1650 Free, the 4th Annual Munster Masters Fall Frenzy will take place on Sunday, November 15. Both mailed entries (received by 11/12) and deck entries will be accepted. The meet will take place at the Munster High School Aquatic Center. As an added bonus, there will be SWIMMER hospitality at this meet. Great food and fast water. What could be better?

Tri Meet PPSC / VSC / MUN Masters
Taking place at the Portage High School East Pool, the Tri Meet PPSC / VSC / MUN Masters is another great opportunity to compete SCM. Open to all, entry is just $10 for unlimited events. Mailed entries must be received by December 2; deck entries are also available. 

Sugar Creek Swim Club Penguin Plunge Invitational
Taking place at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center, the SCSC Penguin Plunge Invitational is a SCY meet that takes place from Friday, January 8 through Sunday, January 10. Masters swimmers will compete on Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Open Division. Are you ready to test your racing mettle against the younger set?

Munster Masters 100 x 100 Challenge
The Munster Masters 100 x 100 Challenge will take place on January 9th at the Munster High School Aquatic Center.  Participants will swim 100 x 100s, 100 x 75s, or 100 x 50s on their own intervals. All 16 lanes will be used, so there will be plenty of room. Stay after and join everyone for our post-Challenge meal! Do you have what it takes?

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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