On Friday May 10 at USMS Spring Nationals, LMSC Chair Patty Miller was presented with the 2013 Ransom Arthur Award. This is a huge honor: the award is given annually to the USMS registered person who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming. Patty joins two other LMSC members — Betsy Durrant and Jim Miller — who have previously won this award.
You can see a brief interview and watch Patty receive the award at about the 3-minute mark in the following video taken at nationals:
Ransom Arthur was the founding father of U. S. Masters Swimming. His vision for promoting adult health through fitness and competition was revolutionary in 1970. He created a stage upon which adults could gather, compete, have fun and support each other in the lifelong pursuit of fitness goals through training. Today, fitness has become a normal part of everyday life for millions of adults. This was not so in 1970 when 46 athletes gathered in Amarillo, Texas for the first Masters Short Course National Championship. Forty-two years ago Ransom had a passion and a vision. Today, our 55,000+ members are the result of that vision and the torchbearers of his passion.
Each year U. S. Masters Swimming recognizes one of its members who embody the dedication, leadership and passion required to carry the vision forward. It is USMS’s Vision to be the premier resource for adult aquatic fitness in the United States and to make fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible.
Patty is well deserving of USMS’ most prestigious award. Patty’s work at the national level, particularly as USMS Legal Counsel, has had a significant positive impact on masters swimming, ensuring operational excellence in our organization and resulting in tremendous advancements in our ability to offer quality programs to swimmers across the country. As Legal Counsel since 2002, she led the adoption of the USMS Code of Conduct and established the National Board of Review, providing a much-needed framework to ensure that our sport operates under the highest standards of ethics and integrity. She was instrumental in laying the groundwork and hiring the first two Executive Directors in USMS history, a tremendous leap forward for USMS which has resulted in significant membership growth and improvements in member services. Patty chaired the Executive Director funding task force, was a member of the hiring task force, and was instrumental in establishing contracts for the first two Executive Directors. She was a substantial contributor to the task force which revised the bidding process and selected a new national magazine provider. She previously served as Chair of the Safety Education Committee and a member of the Legislation Committee. Additionally, Patty has provided expert advice and counsel for numerous contracts, agreements, and processes to provide for the strongest possible national operations.
In addition to her national service, Patty has been a strong leader in the Virginia LMSC for many years, serving in numerous capacities which have resulted in the growth of opportunities for swimmers to participate at the local level. Patty was our LMSC Long Distance Chair and was co race-director for the Chris Greene Lake Cable Swim, one of the largest and most successful open water events in the country. She was president of the Virginia Masters Swim Team (VMST), our largest club with over 300 members across the state of Virginia. Patty has been our LMSC Chair since 2010, and under her leadership, our LMSC has re-structured our By-Laws, governance model, and financial operations, while continuing to lead the way in pool, open water, and clinic opportunities for our members.