Minnesota Swimming, Incorporated Board of Directors
of the meeting of January 15, 2002
(Quorum equals 10 people)
Present at the Meeting
Executive Board Members: Sue Griffin, Cathy Thwing, Dave Hulit, Paul Lundsten, Blair Buccicone
Other Board Members: Tim Mann, Rocky O’Neil, Michael Bougie,
Appointed Committee Members (Voting): Marlene Goblish, Ron Murphy
Appointed Committee Members (Non-voting): Paul Windrath, Jack Boder
MSI Staff: Sheryl McGuire
Non-Board Members: Megan McNair (STC), Ellen Youngers (ROC), Bob Peterson (HOP), Jerry Simpson (SEMS), Mark Davis (FOXJ), Larry Thoen (MVSC), Rick Dunham (M3F), Olga Splichacova (SCSC), John Sfire (ROC)
Meeting was called to order by the General Chair at 7:35 p.m.
Motion: To approve the minutes of the meeting for November 13, 2001 Seconded; Passed Unanimous
General Chair: Sue Griffin
The Finance Vice-Chair Report moved to front of agenda to accommodate the schedule of the accounting firm representative.
Finance Vice-Chair: Dave Hulit
The balance sheet provided in the report has some late revisions (see attached). He introduced Jeff Kletcher, a representative of Muellerleile & Harrington, Ltd that performed the audit for MSI. Mr. Kletcher presented the audited financial statements and a management letter. The Board will review both items. Recommendations and suggestions are expected at the next meeting of the Board.
The General Chair then completed her report.
Administrative Vice Chair: Joel Shinofeld: Not present / No report
Senior Vice Chair: Dennis Dale: Not present / No report
Age group Vice-Chair: Cathy Thwing
Senior Athlete Representative: Blair Buccicone: No report
Junior Athlete Representative: Chad Krastins: Not present / No report
Senior Coach Representative: Paul Lundsten
Presented a radical new idea for meet format for consideration. This format would eliminate the bidding process for any meet below the “A” level. Each month would have a bid “A” meet. No sanctions would be granted to meets that included “A” swimmers scheduled either the weekend before or after the bid “A” meet. This would enable the “A” swimmers to compete against each other without diluting the pool of swimmers with multiple meets and protect the host of the “A” meet. This would allow teams to attend or host meets when convenient and formatted to their needs. The largest justification is that B/C meets are too long and all teams are losing swimmers because of it. It was recognized that there are a number of factors to consider and many details to be discussed before this format can be adopted. Cathy Thwing mentioned that is was similar to an idea floating around the Meet Scheduling committee, though not as radical. Mr Lundsten deferred to the Meet Scheduling Committee to continue the discussion and development of the idea.
Junior Coach Representative: Jean Freeman: Not present / No report
Ex officio General Chair: Bob Pearson: Not present / No report
Technical Planning Chair: Rocky O’Neill: No report
Safety Coordinator: Kathy Czuprynski: Not present / No report
Officials Committee Chair: Michael Bougie
There are currently 140 MSI Officials, 42 have obtained Referee certification, 17 certified Starters and 81 Stroke & Turn officials
Legislative Chair: Betsey Aby: Not present / No report
Adapted Swimming Chair: Marlene Goblish: No Report
NTV Chair: David Shapley: Not present / No report
Equipment Chair: Ron Murphy: No Report
Approximately 3950 registered swimmers, some on hold due to missing information.
Swim Meet Sanction Coordinator: Sheryl McGuire: No report
Records Chair: Paul Windrath
Records information has been received, updated on the website, certificates are forthcoming.
Top 16 Coordinator: Vacant
Outreach Coordinator: Joel Shinofield: Not present / No report
Board of Review: John Witzel
Absent, written report submitted by the Chair.
1. The Board of Review officers were elected at the organizational meeting. Chair: John Witzel; Vice-Chair: Tom Norgel; and Secretary: Paul Windrath.
2. Regular member Beth Oelke has resigned.
3. There is one matter pending for a formal hearing.
Orca Charter Decision (Ellen Youngers)
Motion was made by Blair Buccicone (Junior Athlete Representative) to overturn the General Chair’s decision to follow National’s recommendation that the Orcas charter be effective as of June 8, 2001. Motion seconded by Ron Murphy (Equipment Chair).
Discussion: Since the Board of Directors approved the decision; the correct course of action would be an appeal to the Board of Review. The motion was withdrawn.
Motion made by Blair Buccicone (Junior Athlete Representative) to discuss the sanctioning of a quad meet the same weekend as the meet held by Rochester Swim Club Orcas.
Motion seconded by Rocky O’Neill (Technical Planning Chair).
The Rochester Swim Club Orcas questioned whether it was proper for MSI to sanction a quad meet involving four teams that were zoned to attend their meet. The Orcas do not have a quarrel with those teams not attending their meet and understand the difficulty of changing meets at the last minute. Although, these teams would not have attended the meet because of the confusion over the re-zoning of the weekend due to the vacancy of the Age Group Chair at the time; the Orcas felt that MSI sanctioning that meet was a breaking of the contract. They did not have a suggested remedy for the situation.
Motion was made to table the discussion item until next month and allow the Orcas to present a desired outcome. Motion was seconded, approved: unanimous.
New Business: None.
Motion to adjourn at: 9:00pm Seconded, approved: unanimous.