By Convention Education Committee | Friday, September 28, 2018
All aboard the Convention vessel as we cruise through day two. This morning, I attended the LSC session on using statistics for evaluation. There is so much information available on performance, programs, and membership you can get lost in the Bermuda Triangle drilling down into all of the details. I know certain Committee Chairs in our LSC who will love diving into this information to enhance our LSC and clubs.
By the afternoon, I found myself in the LSC Required Bylaw Proposed Changes session. Yesterday Rishad said, "change sucks." And we have a whole lot of governance change coming our way. (By the way, every LSC does.) Change can leave us with thoughts of abandoning ship or getting all hands on deck, hiding below deck or slowly working hand over fist to accomplish a task. Regardless of how one feels about the process of change, you don't want to be dead in the water while everyone else is moving full speed ahead. These new proposed bylaw changes for LSCs will help us heave down and decide what's essential and what ought to be tossed overboard. Personally, I love processes like this that require us to do meaningful work for the betterment of our organization.
The sun set on today's voyage with the sounds of happy sailors cheering after we efficiently made it through our Southern Zone meeting before 6pm, which means no stop on the Southern Zone island tomorrow!
Thursday’s agenda was full of very beneficial workshops, topped off by zone business meetings, and a great showing at USA Swimming Sport Development's reception honoring ladies in leadership. Watching people come and go from workshop to workshop, the magnitude of the diverse talent and immense effort is so striking to me. As we develop our various programs, the term “diversity and inclusion” is a common reference. Watching the sharing of ideas and the wide spectrum of skill sets and experience come together for a common purpose is truly the definition of this term.
This group is incredibly diverse in every single way possible from race to opinions to talents to experience. And witnessing the inclusiveness of this diverse group working together for a common purpose is nothing short of amazing. What an honor it is to be a part of such an organization, diverse and inclusive, a volunteer effort of massive proportions! This is truly what makes USA Swimming great!
What a day, what a day! As I write this I’m fairly certain that I spent at least 1 hour learning something today! I started my morning at the LGBTQ Affinity Breakfast. Not only did we have a great meal but we also heard about the incredible work Emily Rokosch, former swimmer & JASMYN staff member, is doing with the LGBTQ youth in the Jacksonville area. It was great to see so many people in the room and it makes me feel hopeful about our future as an organization that embraces inclusion. From breakfast I headed to Coaching Female Athletes with Dana Skelton and Allison Beebe. Their message was strong just like the female athletes they are surely developing. Now that I was feeling inspired I headed to Stroke Technique with Russell Mark. Russell is definitely a fan favorite among the coaches and he did not disappoint. It was great to not only see some fabulous video of our world class athletes but to also hear Russell’s thoughts about the critically important components of great technique. After a quick hour spent at the Happy 2 Help Desk (have you purchased your Lingo Bingo Cards? $1 for 1 and $15 for 15! All proceeds go to the Foundation. I think our goal should be to sell out before HOD starts on Friday night!
I had the honor of moderating the conversation with the coaches and officials in the Advocacy & Understanding workshop and we had an outstanding panel. Thank you to our coaches and officials for an amazing display of mutual respect. It would be very cool if LSCs would pick up this model of dialog and use it to foster education and relationships of their own. After this workshop I headed to the Social Identity as a Key Strategy to Increase Equity and Inclusion meeting. WOW! Brighid & Alecia are a dynamic duo of thought provoking interaction that made me both uncomfortable as well as hopeful as we considered inclusion in our sport.
Somehow I managed to get myself to the Southern Zone meeting where we conducted our business in World Record time! Congratulations to the new officers and meet hosts and happily we do not have to meet again tomorrow. Last but not least I headed to the Women’s Leadership Reception where I found myself surrounded by inspired and inspiring women as we watched the unveiling of the 2020 Trials Cuts! Go USA Swimming!