Utah Masters Meeting

I was excited to go to the Utah Masters general membership meeting tonight to see what I can do to get more involved.  It was my first meeting and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I though there would be more people there.

There are a lot of events on the calendar for 2012 including short course and long course meets and open water swims.  It works out to about one event per month, which is awesome!

The most exciting news of the evening for me was hearing that someone has applied for sanctioning for a new open water swim at Bear Lake!  I am trying to get a hold of the event organizer to get all the details, but it looks like they will have 1/2 mile, 7 mile individual and 7 mile relay events.  The swim will take place on August 25th (about a week before I make my lengthwise attempt).  I will be sure to post more information as it becomes available.

It was my first meeting so I don't know if five attendees (including myself) is typical, but it would be cool if more swimmers showed up to give their opinions and ideas on how to improve Utah Masters.  There were over 300 members in 2011, where was everyone tonight?  There was even an option to participate by webinar, but I don't think anyone was logged on.

I also learned that there is a good chunk of change just sitting around because no one has given any ideas on how to spend it.  It was suggested that some of the money be used on coaching development, which I think is a great idea.  I think it would be cool to fund some social / recruiting events as well.

I had a good time and hope to get more involved, especially with promoting open water events.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 7th so put it on your calendar now!


Gords said...

I logged into the webinar, but the audio was VERY choppy. I only heard probably 30 seconds worth of audio. But I saw the screen showing the income/expenses report, and some occasional navigation to USMS.org, but then I had to leave. The webinar is a great idea, but there are technical issues that need working out.

Glad you went to REPRESENT! Psyched about the news about the Bear Lake race. Very cool.

Josh said...

Yeah the webinar is a great idea. I think since it was the first time they had tried it and there were definitely some technical issues.

Yeah I couldn't believe it when they mentioned the Bear Lake swim...it's all I could think about the rest of the night.

I got an email back from the guy putting it together. Website should be up in a week or so. The 7 mile swim looks to be point-to-point across the width of the lake.

Erin said...

I'm glad that you went and gave the rest of us the report. I had to work that night and missed the whole thing. I would love to go to the next one. Will it be held at the same place?

Josh said...


Sorry to take so long to get back to you. Yes, the next meeting will be held at the same place. I can't remember the date of the top of my head, but will post reminders when it gets closer. There will also be an option to attend via webinar. I will post notes from the meeting as well in case someone can't make it.