MW BOD Nominations

Thank You Outgoing Board of Director Members and Representatives!

Elections for these positions will take place at the Midwestern Swimming House of Delegates meeting at in Omaha (site TBA) on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m..

It is our very great pleasure on behalf of the membership of Midwestern Swimming to thank the outgoing Board of Director members and representatives for their dedication and commitment to our LSC!  We appreciate their hard work and commitment to building a strong and thriving swimming community.   Their stewardship has been characterized by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and, most valuable, their tireless efforts to increase the credibility and visibility of Midwestern Swimming. The resulting goodwill has become a huge asset to us, and the relationships they have fostered with our supporters and partners insures that Midwestern Swimming will continue to inspire passion within our local swim clubs, coaches, and athletes to achieve excellence.  Their energy and devotion to their roles will be difficult to match.  We look forward to their ongoing involvement in the great sport of swimming!

Current (outgoing/expiring) Board member (position):

Carol Olson (General Chair)*
Mike Witt (Admin Vice Chair)
Jay Thiltgen (Senior Vice Chair)
Jason Hiley (Finance Vice Chair)*
Cristina Murray (Safe Sport Chair)*
Bruce Schomburg (Delegate at Large)*
Eric Samson (Delegate at Large)
* Eligible for re-election

Invitation To Lead!

The positions below become available on September 1, 2018.  Midwestern Swimming is seeking a broad representation of leaders from throughout the Midwestern LSC to fill these positions.  Elections for these positions will take place at the Midwestern Swimming House of Delegates meeting in Omaha (site TBA) on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Nomination Form - Nominations are now closed.

General Chair
Admin Vice Chair
Senior Vice Chair
Finance Vice Chair
Safe Sport Chair
Delegate at Large (2 positions)
Board of Review (1 NATH, 1 ATH)
Nominating Committee (5) - at the Fall Meeting

The Board of Directors work collectively within the organization to ensure the success of existing and future programming. Board positions are for a two (2)-year term.  Description of the available positions are listed below.  Policies relating to election can be found in the Midwestern bylaws and Midwestern policies and procedures

We invite you to nominate yourself or other individuals for these Board positions. Please complete the attached nomination form and mail to the Committee Chair or email to any member of the Nominating Committee.   Contact information is listed on the form.  Nominations need to be received prior to March 25, 2018.

It is important to note that Board of Director members must be members of USA Swimming and Midwestern Swimming in order to serve on the Midwestern Swimming Board of Directors. This link will take you to the MW non-athlete application for membership. Current cost of membership if $66.00.  Applicable applications must be approved by September 1, 2018.

Thank You!

2017-2018 MW Swimming Nominating Committee

JB Barr              
Brinker Harding  
Betsy Purcell     
Ryan Theil         
Kenna Wilkie                         


Below are several highlights from Midwestern Swimming Red Book regarding nominations/election. Additional information relating to election can be found in the Midwestern Bylaws and Midwestern Policies and Procedures.

Limitations - No more than three (3) members or coaches of any Club Member, Association of Club Members or Organization shall serve on the Board of Directors at any time. This limitation shall be applied separately as to Athlete Members and other Individual Members. Elected Athlete Representatives shall not be affiliated with the same Club Member or Association of Club Members.
Consecutive Terms Limitations - Except for the Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership/Registration Coordinator, no Individual Member who has been to the Board of Directors and served four successive years shall be eligible for re-election to the same position until a lapse of two years. A portion of any term served to fill a vacancy in the position shall not be considered in the computation of this successive terms limitation.
Publication of Nominations - Nominations by the Nominating Committee shall be published by distributing a slate of candidates together with the positions for which they have been nominated to each member of the House of Delegates and to each Group Member not less than twenty (20) calendar days prior to the election. This notice may be combined with the notice of the meeting pursuant to Section 4.15.1 where convenient. See Section 16.1.5 for the methods which may be used for the distribution.

Midwestern Swimming Board of Director Position Descriptions

The full description of these positions can be found on Midwestern Swimming’s
Website under the MW Info tab “Red Book”.

The General Chair shall oversee and have general charge of the management, business, operations, affairs and property of MWS, and general supervision over its officers and agents; shall call meetings when and where deemed necessary; shall preside at all meetings; and, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws and with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors, shall appoint committee Chairs and members for standing and special committees as may be necessary to permit MWS to effectively, efficiently and economically conduct its affairs.  The General Chair shall report to the Board of Directors all matters within the General Chair's knowledge that the Board of Directors should consider in the best interests of MWS.

The Administrative Vice-Chair shall conduct meetings in the absence of the General Chair and, at the request of the General Chair or in the event of the disability of the General Chair, shall perform all of the duties of the General Chair, and when so acting shall have all of the powers of the General Chair. The Administrative Vice-Chair shall Chair, and have general charge of the business, affairs and property of the division that administers MWS business and affairs. The Administrative Vice-Chair shall aid in the development of policy and the coordination of the activities of the officers and committees within the division internally and with other divisions, and committees. The Administrative Division shall be responsible for the creation and maintenance of MWS's Policies and Procedures Manual.

The Secretary, or a delegate, shall be responsible for keeping a record of all meetings of the House of Delegates and Board of Directors, conducting official correspondence, issuing meeting and other notices and making such reports to USA Swimming as are required by Article 8 of these Bylaws and shall perform the other duties incidental to the office of Secretary. The Secretary shall be custodian of the records and the seal of MWS, and attest the execution of, and cause the seal to be affixed to, all duly authorized instruments. The Secretary shall cause to be kept in the safe-keeping of the secretary copies of all minutes, official correspondence, meeting and other notices, and any other records of MWS and the MWS corporate seal.  The Secretary’s custody of the minute books and other records shall be as a fiduciary for MWS and shall end when the Secretary leaves office and shall pass them on to the successor Secretary.

The Senior Vice-Chair shall Chair and have general charge of the affairs and property of the Division that develops and conducts the senior swimming program of MWS. The Senior Vice-Chair serves as liaison to the Athlete Representatives and the Athletes Committee, and shall be responsible to see that the Athlete Representatives elections are held in accordance with the Bylaws.

Finance Vice-Chair shall Chair and have general charge of the affairs and property of the division that includes the Treasury function, the development and implementation of an investment program for MWS's working capital, funded reserves and endowment funds and the development and implementation of a marketing and fund-raising plan for MWS. The Finance Vice-Chair, with the assistance of the Finance Committee, shall prepare an annual budget for MWS's operations and present the budget for approval by the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates. In addition, the Finance Vice-Chair shall cause to be conducted the audit required pursuant to Section 8.5 and shall review, or shall cause the Audit Committee to review, the annual audit report and recommend acceptance and appropriate action, if any, with regard thereto by the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates. The Finance Vice-Chair is responsible for the adequacy of MWS's system of internal financial and accounting controls.  The Finance Vice-Chair is the Chair of the Finance and Budget Committees and a member of the Personnel Committee.

In addition to their inherent powers and duties as members of the Board of Directors, the At-Large Board Members shall have such powers and duties as may be delegated to them by the MWS Policies and Procedures Manual, the General Chair, the Board of Directors or the House of Delegates.

The Safe Sport Chair shall be responsible for the implementation and coordination of, and serve as the MWS liaison for, the Safe Sport Program established by USA Swimming. The Safe Sport Committee Chair shall be a non‐athlete member in good standing, and shall work with the USA Swimming Safe Sport staff, the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee and the MWS Safe Sport Committee to implement pertinent aspects of the national Safe Sport Program within MWS. The Safe Sport Committee Chair will: 1. Serve as the primary contact for MWS to coordinate and oversee the implementation of effective safe sport educational programs for all athlete members, their parents, coaches, volunteers, and clubs, as provided by USA Swimming; 2. Be trained regarding the complaint reporting structure and refer all reports of violation of the Athlete Protection policies directly to the local club, the General Chair, the USA Swimming Safe Sport staff, and/or other appropriate authority; 3. Participate in workshops as provided by USA Swimming, collect and share information about what USA Swimming and other LSCs are doing to promote safe sport policies, and disseminate information on LSC best practices; 4. Serve as an information resource for MWS clubs and membership, and will help to identify and connect them with local educational partners and resources; 5. Receive feedback and suggestions on the Safe Sport policies and programs from the MWS clubs and membership, and provide feedback to the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee and Safe Sport staff; and; 6. Perform other functions as necessary in the fulfillment of USA Swimming’s continuing efforts to foster safe, healthy and positive environments for all its members.

BOARD OF REVIEW (1 Non Athlete, 1 Athlete)
Hears complaints, protests and appeals regarding the administration and conduct (including acts and failure to act) of the sport of swimming in the Territory, conduct that may violate the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations and Code of Ethics or otherwise violate the policies, procedures, rules and regulations adopted by USA Swimming or MWS, or conduct that may bring USA Swimming, MWS or the sport of swimming into disrepute.

The nominating committee is responsible for developing a slate of candidates for election as the officers, At‐Large Board Members, and committee chairs or coordinators and members of the Administrative Review Board to be elected at the next annual meeting.

Nomination Form - Nominations are now closed.