Maryland Swimming


Our Vision:  To make swimming the sport of choice for Maryland.

Our Mission:  Maryland Swimming provides opportunities for athletes to participate in competitive swimming, reach their full potential, and develop skills for life-long success.

Our Core Values:  Proactive Achievement, Respect, and Ownership.



A. CHAIR - The chair shall be elected annually by the Governance Committee from among its own  members. 

B. MEMBERS – The Governance Committee shall be elected by the House of Delegates and shall be  comprised of at least four (4) Non-Athlete members and a sufficient number of athlete member  so as to constitute at least twenty percent (20%) of the voting membership of the Committee. No  more than one half of the Committee shall be members of the MDSI Board of Directors. If any  member of the Governance Committee resigns or otherwise becomes unable to participate in its  affairs, the General Chair, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors, shall appoint a  successor to serve until the next meeting of the House of Delegates. In no case shall the General  Chair serve on the Governance Committee. Members shall serve two-year terms, staggered so that  approximately one-half of the members are elected each year. After completion of three  consecutive terms, members are not eligible to be elected or appointed to the Governance  Committee until after 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 the successive term limitation.  

B. QUORUM -When making nominations, a quorum for any meeting of the Governance Committee  shall consist of a majority of its voting members. For all other meetings, a quorum shall consist of  those members present and voting.  


(1) To assist in periodic evaluation of the mission and vision statements and the Bylaws of MDSI;  (2) To aid in the development of operating policies regarding conflict of interest (Board and staff),  document retention, ethics, whistle-blower, procurement, contract review, grievance and other employment-related practices, etc.;  

(3) To aid in the development of personnel practices procedure including job descriptions and  annual review of staff;  

(4) To ensure that the Board’s focus remains on the strategic plan;  

(5) To aid in the development of expectations and processes for accountability of Board members;  (6) To develop criteria for the qualities and required characteristics of Board officers;  

(7) To lead Board succession planning by assessing current and anticipated needs for Board  composition and identifying and recruiting potential Board members;  

(8) To nominate Board members, Administrative Review Board members, Governance Committee  members and other coordinator or chair positions to be elected by the House of Delegates consistent with the matrix of skills, demographics, and talents needed;  

(9) To publish the slate of candidates to the MDSI membership at least twenty (20) days prior to  the election. Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the House of Delegates  by voting members of the House of Delegates;  

(10) To design and implement Board orientation and an ongoing program of Board education and  development; and  

(11) To lead periodic assessment of the Board’s performance (as a whole and of individual  members) and make recommendations to enhance Board effectiveness.