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GRIN News and Notes

Read the latest Board news, learn about the new election process, submit nominations for the Irv Merritt Award, register with USMS for 2016, check out the Viper Aquatics Masters Program, and check out upcoming area meets.

A Word from Our President

Happy Holidays to all! 
It is great to see all of the new members to Indiana Masters Teams! Don't forget to renew your membership so that you do not miss out on some great sponsor discounts!
This year, we are welcoming 3 new Indiana Masters Teams so far - Faith Masters Swim Club, Sea Dragons Masters Swimming, and the Viper Aquatics Masters Program. This will be a great year for GRIN!

Please see the article below regarding the newly updated GRIN By-Laws.  It was a long process, but By-Laws Committee members from all over Indiana came together to form the new detailed guidelines for the LMSC to follow.
Your new GRIN Executive Board (Lisa Brown - Chair, Meg Carlson - Vice-Chair, Susan Pollard - Treasurer, and Karen Gernert - Secretary) has been learning these new roles. Now that the By-Laws are completed, we are ready to handle the next step - a rerun election of our seats. This new election is a result of the grievance that was submitted last spring. The new Executive Board election process will start immediately and will follow the new GRIN By-Laws, Section 6.9. The Call for Nominations is the first step and is detailed below.
Thank you to all that are serving on the Board at this time, I certainly hope that the current Board runs for office again, as you are wonderful in your GRIN volunteer positions! There are some committee positions that may be open after the election, so we will have ways for everyone to stay involved!

We are looking forward to growing and developing GRIN into the powerhouse of swimming that we are! I will be contacting each club to see what you may need or would like to see in order to help grow your group.

In January 2016, I will be attending the Adult Learn-to-Swim Training in Dallas, after which I will be conducting Adult Learn-to-Swim Clinics in and around Indiana, so YOU and YOUR TEAM can generate more interest and income by teaching adults to swim!
Have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you in the pool!
Lisa L. Brown

Call for Nominations

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.

Other Board News

Board Meeting Recap
Since the last newsletter, your GRIN Board has met twice - to discuss pending matters and to approve the new GRIN By-Laws. Minutes from all Board Meetings are posted on our website, as are the newly adopted GRIN By-Laws. As you review the new By-Laws, please let us know if you have any questions or need additional clarification.

Bids for the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet
Two bids were received for the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet. The Board will be meeting soon to discuss the bids and will announce the winner in January.


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 with your registration, please let us know.

Meet the Viper Aquatics Masters Program

Swimming at Westfield Middle School, the Viper Aquatics Masters Program is one of the newest Masters programs in Indiana. Whether you want to train to compete or just swim for fitness with others in a great environment, Coach Jim Lutz encourages all swimmers to come and join the fun! Learn more about the Viper Aquatics Masters Program and contact Coach Jim for additional information.

Nominations for the Irv Merritt Award

Irv Merritt was a highly competitive athlete well into his 80s. He was a regular participant at Masters swimming competitions and also a competitive distance runner. He was a joy to visit with and always had an interest in the people with whom he competed. 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 the life of Irv Merritt. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Irv Merritt Award. Please submit your nominations to Karen Gernert by January 31.

Upcoming Events

1st Annual Last Chance at Warren
Here's your last chance to race in 2015 - the 1st Annual Last Chance at Warren meet. Taking place at Warren Central High School on Saturday, December 19, this SCM meet is a great way to wrap up your racing year! Online registration is now open and entries must be received by December 16. Deck entries will also be accepted for this new meet. Will you be there?

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. The online entry form will be available on January 1. Are you ready for the challenge?

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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