MW Phillips 66 Volunteer
Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award
  The USA Swimming Phillips Outstanding Service Award was established in 1981 to recognize the invaluable contribution of volunteer service to United States Swimming, Inc. The award, sponsored by the Phillips Petroleum Company, is presented annually to one honoree named in each of the 59 Local Swimming Committees. Selection criteria considers quality, level, and years of volunteer service in elected or appointed positions in their club or LSC.

The Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to a volunteer in Midwestern Swimming in recognition of service to the great sport of swimming.
The award recipient shall be selected by the MW Outstanding Service Award Committee.

(a) Committee shall be the General Chair; (1) Board Member; (1) House of Delegates Representative; (1) Official; (1) Parent Volunteer who is not an Official or member of the Board/HOD; and (2) Athletes.  
(b) The committee shall be appointed by the General Chair with advice and consent of the Board of Directors by July 1 of the current award year.

Nominations can be submitted annually from August 20 through September 15 to the General Chair.

(a) Selection criteria shall consider quality, level, and years of volunteer service in elected or appointed positions in nominee’s club or LSC, from among the categories of administrator, official, and coach.

The award winner will be announced at the MWS Fall House of Delegates Meeting and Annual Banquet in the Fall.

To submit a nomination between August 20 and September 15, please email: Midwestern Swimming General Chair
2017 Volunteer Elizabeth Purcell - 1997 - present

The 2017 Outstanding Service Award-Midwestern Swimming is awarded to Elizabeth (Betsy) Purcell.

Betsy, like most swimming volunteers, began volunteering when her children began swimming and first registered as an official in 1997. She has continued to volunteer long after her children have graduated from age group swimming.

Betsy's accomplishments and certifications include Meet Referee, Stroke and Turn N3, Chief Judge N3, Starter N3, Deck Referee N3, and Administrative Referee N3. She has been a model and inspiration to many as an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher, colleague, and leader. For the last two decades she has been among the most visible proponents of officiating in MW. She leads by being among the finest examples of true professionalism, inspiring both seasoned officials and new officials. She seeks to recruit new officials, schedules and facilitates numerous officiating workshops both in person and online, visits clubs to stimulate their programs, and works countless meets in any capacity needed. She has served on the MW Board of Directors for the past two years as Officials Chair and will continue in that capacity through 2019.

Betsy is a wise counselor, a standard bearer of integrity and civility, and is highly respected. She has demonstrated these skills on and off the pool deck, locally, regionally, and nationally. She continues to serve as the next generation of the Purcell family joins the ranks of the MW swimming family! MW is truly grateful for the outstanding service and continued commitment of Betsy Purcell!

2016 Volunteers Marvin and Jeannette Fast - 1996 - present

The 2016 Outstanding Service Award-Midwestern Swimming is awarded to Marvin and Jeannette Fast, Hastings YMCA Aquatic Club.

Marvin and Jeannette Fast have been volunteering for 20 years within the Midwestern LSC. Marvin started in 1996 when his oldest daughter began swimming with HYAC, and he literally jumped right in fixing lane lines. He began obtaining certifications, one by one – stroke and turn, starter, and referee. He has done just about every job on the deck but he has the most fun when starting.

Jeannette began working meets when she could bring the youngest who would sleep on blankets behind the scoring table. She is currently a stroke and turn judge as well as an administrative official and is also adept at operating the timing consol.

Marvin has been HYAC Club president and Meet Director along with Jeanette for more meets than either wish to count. They have hauled, set up and taken down timing equipment for many meets in the central and western Nebraska areas and helped run meets for other clubs besides the HYAC meets. Marvin has been available to work as much as possible despite sometimes being up all night to load a train with grain the night before a meet. He has served as referee or an official for more meets than he wants to count and Jeannette has been right there on the deck too. Meets include HYAC-hosted meets, High School meets, Central Nebraska Swim League meets,  Platte Valley League meets, YMCA League meets, Midwestern and other club meets when their daughters were in attendance. Marvin has also served on the Midwestern Officials Committee and the Midwestern House of Delegates. Jeannette is a three-time volunteer for the Olympic Trials in Omaha working in the Administration/Time Trials area.

Both have mentored many young officials and guided young and new parents toward volunteering for the sport they both love and have fun being involved with. What started as a way to spend time with their daughters  turned into a way of life for the last 20 years.

The youngest daughter has now graduated from high school and Marvin says he will still ‘help out’ when needed and Jeannette will probably be there too! Marvin and Jeannette are what volunteerism is all about – serving unselfishly with passion in any and every area where there is a need!

2015 Volunteer

Alan R Johnson - 2002 - 2015

The 2015 Outstanding Service Award-Midwestern Swimming is awarded posthumously to Alan Johnson, Metro Omaha Swim Team

Alan began as a volunteer in Midwestern Swimming when his children joined the Metro Omaha Swim Team (MOST) in 2002. He continued to find many areas to serve both MOST and also the LSC and remained an active volunteer even when his children were no longer involved in club swimming after high school. Alan became an official in 2004, a member of the MOST Board of Directors in 2005 and began serving as the team business administrator in 2006, a position which he held for nine years. He also served as president of the MOST Board of Directors from 2010-2011. Alan not only spent countless hours working meet management for meets hosted by MOST, he also helped out at other clubs and local high school meets. He was the Midwestern Swimming assistant registrar for five years and in this role assisted with registrations, meet reconciliations and was backup staff for the MW Office. Alan was also a club representative to the Midwestern Swimming House of Delegates for many years. During the 2008 and 2012 Swimming Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Alan was a member of the Local Organizing Committee. For the 2008 Trials he managed the volunteer database receiving all the emails from Trials volunteers prior to the start of the Trials. During both Trials he was on-site each day and was instrumental in managing the Volunteer Services area. Alan was a dedicated volunteer in every position he held and was a strong advocate for all swimmers at all levels.  His service and commitment to our swimming community will truly be missed.