Monday, October 31, 2011

November b-day workout, bagels & club meeting, Reminders!

Hello, Tulsa Masters Swimmers!

Several of your fellow Tusla Masters teammates are celebrating birthdays in November. You are invited to join Don Nelson, Dewey Smith, George Villarreal, and myself for a FUN Saturday birthday workout on November 19th, 8 am, at the Jenks pool. To further entice you, please plan to stay for refreshments after the workout. A very brief club meeting will take place then, too. See agenda & more info below.

I know there are probably more November birthday buddies out there, so let me know who you are. If you want to join in the fun, plan to contribute a short set (500 to 1000 yards) that we can all do together.

If 8 am is too early for you to swim, then come for the refreshments afterwards. We'll start munching about 9:45 or so.

As for the club meeting....
It is a requirement of USMS and Oklahoma Masters Swimming that each club hold an annual meeting. Our last official meeting was in July, 2010. I also sent out a year end newsletter in December 2010 along with the Christmas party invitations. I promise this meeting will be brief and not detract from the birthday celebration. I don't know of any 'new' business we need to attend to, unless you have something to add. I hope this will be a good opportunity for all of us to mix and mingle. With so many new members, and so many different workout groups, we rarely have a chance to all be together at once.

Please know this meeting is NOT mandatory for you to attend, but it is mandatory that we have a club meeting. I hope that in conjunction with a fun workout and FOOD, it won't be so bad! :)

Here is the agenda as of now:

I. Overview of the 2011
a. membership
b. TMSC hosted events

II. Upcoming events
a. Xmas Party
b. 2012 schedule

III. Treasurer's report

IV. Round Table

November 5: Lighthouse Meet, OKC, aka, "Kathy's meet". I will definitely be going to this meet. Please let me know if you are going and you want to ride together. Meet info:

Renew your USMS membership starting November 1: You'll soon receive an email from USMS encouraging you to renew your membership before the end of the year. Special sponsor discounts are offered as an incentive. Let's see if we can renew 100% of our club by December 31!

One favor to ask of the unattached swimmers: If you are a Tulsa area swimmer who registered as 'unattached' in 2011, I encourage you to select Tulsa Masters when you renew for 2012. There are many advantages for me personally, in that I can have one distribution list for all TMSC members to make sure everyone gets my very important emails! Also, a small portion of your annual fee does come back to the club to help pay for the Xmas party expenses, the occasional refreshments after workouts, etc. We do hope you will offer to help us at TMSC events, but we have no mandatory volunteer hour requirements.

Last note on USMS memberships: If you have friends who are waiting to join, tell them to sign up now. Their membership will be good for the remainder of 2011 (so they can swim at the Lighthouse meet!) and all of 2012.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions. I will apologize in advance if you receive multiple emails on this subject. I want to make sure I contact everyone.

Happy Swimming!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Monday, October 3, 2011

Upcoming Swim Meets

Hello Swimmers!

(please reply to Denise at

Good evening Tulsa Masters Swimmers!

Just a quick update for you all this evening.

First of all, WELCOME to all the new swimmers who've joined Tulsa Masters Swim Club in the past few months. Our membership now totals 158 swimmers! Very impressive. Please let me know if you have any questions at all regarding masters swimming. We'd love to have you participate in our workouts, and in our events. I really believe Tulsa Masters has something to offer every level of swimmer. Our website,, is frequently updated with information regarding places to swim, swim events, etc. You'll also get emails from me about from time to time updating you on the latest swimming news. You can also refer to the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website,, for information regarding masters swimming in the state of Oklahoma.

As for places to swim, please note there are 3 locations in the Tulsa area that offer coached workouts. Charlie Haverstick at the Claremore Rec Center, Donovan Ewing at Bixby High School, and George Villarreal at Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Their contact information can be found on the TMSC website. Let me know if you have a standing swim group at another pool. We'd be glad to post it on the blog so new swimmers know they have choices when trying to find a place to swim.

Upcoming events:

October 15:
1st Annual Walmart Masters Swimming Invitational, Walton Life Fitness Center, Bentonville, Arkansas
Let me know if you are interested in going. We usually try to organize carpools to the out of town meets.

November 5:
Lighthouse Masters Meet, Lighthouse Fitness Center, Oklahoma City Kathy Keffer-Sharpe is the meet director. I haven't seen the meet entry info yet, but will pass it on when I get it. Kathy's email address is Again, we will try to carpool to this meet.

Social events:
Breakfast every Saturday after workout!!
A few of us usually go to eat after the Saturday morning workout at Jenks. Anyone is welcome to join us! Depends on how many are going as to where we go. The workout is over at 10 am, so we are on our way shortly after that.

Christmas Party, December 17th! SAVE THE DATE!!
Don and Nancy Nelson will host the TMSC Christmas Party this year. It is always a fun, dry land activity! Spouses and significant others are welcome. Details at a later date.

Tulsa Masters Swim Club caps
Be part of the team! Yellow caps with the TMSC logo in blue. $5.00. Contact me if you want a cap:

There are a few shirts left over from the lake swim that can be purchased for $5.
I have 6 XL and 3 XXL royal blue shirts, pre-shrunk cotton, with our unique Tallchief logo designed by Tulsa Masters member, Jocelyn Wood. Again, contact me if you would like a shirt.

That is all for tonight. See you in the pool!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253 (evenings)


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