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05/09/2017:  In the late winter of 2001 and into the spring of 2002, the Association determined that a dedicated Web Site was needed in order to properly present and market its services to the public.  To that end, the www.aaaa-sa.org, com and net domains were identified and acquired at no cost to the Association.

Through the generosity of an AAAA parent / official, space on a local server was made available at no cost to the Association.  The necessary / required software was researched and acquired by a private individual again, at no cost to the Association.  The Web Site was first published to the World-Wide Web on 26 September 2002 and has been in constant operation ever since.

By mid-2005, and as expected, the volunteer services of the original host server became unavailable and it was necessary to engage another local hosting service, with significant costs now attached.   That server acquisition was managed privately with no Association involvement.  At the outset and for a short period of time in the 2004 - 2005 time frame, the Association did assume responsibility for server costs and domain registrations.  But since mid-2010, the Association has never provided financial support of any kind for any aspect of the Web Site.  All of those costs were and still are managed privately.

As of the second quarter of 2017 and for the past seven years, the Association has had a fully functioning Web Site, with a near full-time Web Master for which they have not supported financially it in any way for nearly seven years, i.e. a free service to the Association in providing data and information to its San Antonio clientele.

In addition, certain management decisions made by the Association's Board of Directors (BoD) during 2010,  negatively impacted the ability of the Web Site to serve its clientele in the manner originally envisioned as they still do today.

All software and all server costs are managed privately and have been since mid-2010.  The three domains are also owned and managed privately, all as a result of the BoD management decisions noted earlier.  This arrangement is not without its negative repercussions, but all attempts to resolve the problems thus created have failed.

05/19/2017 Despite the fact that AAAA has a free, fully functional Web Site, there are nevertheless elements within the organization who do not wish to conform to the Site's Standards and Practices, which have been in place for nearly 11 years.  It seems perhaps this reluctance is mostly due to the fact that the AAAA BoD does not exercise absolute control of the Site, which is a direct result of the management decisions made by the BoD in 2010 and alluded to earlier.  There is also some suggestion the reluctance is of a more personal nature.  There is a small possibility some attitudinal reorientation may occur in the next few weeks, but that remains to be seen.  Meanwhile at this moment, it is unclear exactly how this present situation will play out over the summer and into the fall High School and Club seasons.

05/22/2017:  The present situation has compromised the posting of a significant amount of both data and information regarding certain summer long course meets in the Metro Area.  As has been the case previously, all attempts to easily resolve the matter and bring the data, etc. back to the Site have been unsuccessful.

05/24/2017 As the present situation drags on, with elements of the AAAA declining to utilize the Web Site as their primary source of data and information presented to the clientele it serves, it is becoming increasingly obvious the current AAAA Web Site may cease to exist in the not-too-distant future.  It cannot continue to exist in its present form with only PART of the organization participating in its care and feeding.  Whether it might then return (with the same Web Address) in some other form and serving a perhaps wider, more inclusive and diverse clientele is unknown at this time, but is most certainly under consideration.

06/02/2017 As the San Antonio Swimming Community is aware, one of the organizational elements of the AAAA is undergoing significant changes at the highest level of its management.  The individual selected for the position was announced today and, as expected, was chosen from within.

06/03/2017:  The changes to management and perhaps more importantly, leadership, noted above present the "possibility" of a return to some kind of normalcy for the AAAA Web Site.  Whether that possibility actually bears fruit remains to be seen.  It is most assuredly true that the Site was originally developed to provide data and information to AAAA athletes, parents and coaches in a consistent and mostly uniform manner.  In so doing, it has been and will continue to be necessary and desirable to sometimes present data and information regarding non-AAAA competitions because, more often than not, there will be AAAA athletes involved.  However, even if that is not the case it will still be about swimming in the San Antonio Metro Area and, from a public relations standpoint, far more positive than negative.

06/16/2017 The AAAA Board of Directors (BoD) met in regular monthly session Tuesday, June13th.  There has so far been no indication of any possible "thawing" in matters related to the Web Site.  It is therefore likely the present circumstances will continue for the foreseeable future.  This is NOT how things were originally envisioned and therefore not the way they need to be.   The BoD will have to take some kind of definitive action if a return to something resembling "normal" is to be brought about.  At this moment that seems unlikely.

06/28/2017As was expected nothing significant in the way of "change" or a "return to normal" has been forthcoming as a result of the aforementioned 6/13 AAAA Board meeting.  There were several somewhat important issues brought before the Board and a great deal of discussion apparently followed.  However, it does not appear any definitive action was taken in regard to any of them.  The organization clearly does not seem to be adequately fulfilling its stated mission, but there appears to be no willingness to proceed in any other direction.

07/05/2017 There is now the very real possibility the AAAA Web Site will be discontinued by a month in to the 2017 - 2018 School Year.

07/14/2017 The AAAA board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 18th.  It is quite likely the fate or future of the Web Site will be determined at that time.  Stay tuned!

07/19/2017 The AAAA BoD has elected to return the organization's relationship with the AAAA Web Site to the status which existed on January 1, 2009.  The first obvious elements of that will begin to appear as the 2017 - 2018 Club Season develops.  However, this is all just a trial association through end of this (2017) calendar year at which time the entire matter will be re-visited.  Consequently, matters remain fundamentally unsettled.  You may want to periodically check back to keep abreast of any developments.

07/31/2017 Operations of the Web Site have returned to something more-or-less resembling "normal."  However, all is based on agreements which are entirely verbal, i.e., no documentation apparently exists which might codify what the expectations are; all that is known is the Site is in kind of a "probation" until the end of 2017.  No objectives or goals for performance have been established and no metrics specified had there been.  AAAA operates as a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(3){c}, consequently any minutes of BoD Meetings are not subject to Texas Sunshine laws.  On the other hand, save for a short period of time in 2010 and 2011, there never have been any documents, official or other wise, executed by the BoD wherein policies, procedures, instructions, guidance, etc.; pertaining to the Web Site have been set down.  At the end of this year it is quite possible the Site will disappear.  We shall see!

08/12/2017:  The AAAA BoD will hold its August meeting on Tuesday, the 29th.  By the conclusion of that meeting the short-term future of the Web Site should be clear.  Long-term remains to be seen pending the end of its probation in December.  You will be kept in the loop.

08/13/2017:  Have you ever noticed how the leadership of the South Texas LSC (STSI) never really seems to change very much?  Oh yes, the names in the various elected positions do tend to change offices every two years after the biennial election, but over the period of several years the names don't change.  In addition, the STSI elected BoD has not geographically represented the LSC in and equal manner for some time.  At the present, seven of the 15 Board members are from the general Austin area and six of the seven occupy what may be considered the top five offices.  There are three of the 15 from San Antonio and just one from the Valley.  The LSC will hold its annual meeting, with an election of officers, in San Antonio on September 30th.  It will be interesting to see if there are significant changes in leadership.  The history says not.

08/16/2017:  As of mid-July (2017) there were nearly 9,000 athletes registered in South Texas along with another 500+ officials, coaches, etc.  At the very least this means there are at least 9,000 parents out there, most of which are not involved in the management or leadership of the LSC in any way.  It would therefore seem from time-to-time maybe some changes at the top might be in order.  That has not been the case now for at least the last eight years.  There are a number of elected and appointed positions within the LSC hierarchy to be filled.  At the moment, some members of the BoD also hold appointed positions in addition to their elected offices.  This is not a very effective policy in getting more and new people involved.  Of course, it is possible that is the effect desired. 

08/18/2017 It is also notable that once again there are members of the BoD who are members of the same immediate family.  While no allegations are being made or even implied, the last time that same situation came to exist; the LSC lost nearly $400,000.00.  As someone once said, "perceptions are often more important than reality."

08/23/2014:  If you are involved in USA Swimming as a parent, athlete, coach, official, or are just interested, have you ever wondered where all of the money from entry fees, splash fees, registration, etc. goes?  Within the next few days you will get some idea - stay tuned.

08/26/2017 A great deal of cash must necessarily pass through the LSC every year in the form of Registrations, Sanction Fees, Splash Fees and certain minor, miscellaneous forms of income.  Consequently, the organization may, at any given moment, temporarily have several tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business-type checking account.  In addition, however, as of 30 June 2017; South Texas Swimming, Inc. (STSI) had a total of 1.285 MILLION DOLLARS in liquid assets.  Cursory review of  several previous years HoD Meeting minutes do not reveal any projects or plans requiring those kinds of resources.  How do you suppose all of that cash was acquired, will the number continue to grow and what are the plans for its use - or - are there any?

09/08/2017 The AAAA BoD met for its monthly meeting on August 29th.  Some progress can be reported as regarding at least the near-term future of the Web Site.  Certain elements of its relationship to the BoD have been more-or-less restored to their Pre-2010 status and, in general operation for the time being are quite satisfactory.  However, the BoD has only agreed to maintain this situation until the end of this calendar year (2017).  So, in a sense the Site is on probation and it remains to be seen how it will fair after January 1, 2018.  You will be kept informed.

09/10/2017 It has been definitively determined (documented) that STSI as of June 30, 2017, STSI was / is sitting on a minimum of 1.2 Million dollars in uncommitted assets and there appears to be no documented or even proposed plan or program currently in existence to utilize those resources.  In addition it also appears that the LSC may very well be in violation of its own By-Laws as regards the management and security of those funds, e.g., audits required have not been accomplished in a manner required.  There may also be certain elements of financial reporting required by USA Swimming which have not been properly accomplished in a timely manner.  Parents:  This is in a real sense your money and you most probably should be greatly interested in how it is being handled - or not!  For reasons which are not at all clear, many if not most coaches seem unconcerned; even uninterested in the overall governance of the LSC.  This is not a good or healthy state of affairs.

09/10/2017 Regarding another matter of concern, there is fairly strong evidence suggesting Sanctions are not being managed and / or issued in accordance with current Rules, Policies and Procedures.  This matter should warrant further investigation at some level, but how, when or if it will be is unknown.

09/29/2017 Many if not most of you are probably aware of what is called "Stolen Valor," when ex-members of the military claim decorations, rank and sometimes even service which they did not actually earn, achieve or do.  There is now evidence suggesting one or more prominent members of the LSC are engaging in a similar activity as regards levels of education and degrees earned - or not!  Further investigation is ongoing.

10/01/2017 The 2017 edition of the STSI HoD is now history and there will be some new faces on the Board of Directors.  Among those are the Age Group Chair, the Technical Plans Chair, the Treasurer, the Official's Chair, etc.  At least three of the new faces are from the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, which is a good thing.

10/26/2017:   As most of you are aware, www.aaaa-sa.org was unavailable for most of Wednesday, October the 25th because of a Host Server equipment failure.  When the service was restored mid-afternoon, the Pages displayed were from October 12th.  It has taken most of this morning (October 26th) to get the proper pages reloaded and update those which have been revised in the last 48 hours.  All appears to be well once more, but there may very well still be some unanticipated "bumps" which haven't yet been found.  Apologies are extended for any and all inconveniences,  "Stuff" does happen!

11/17/17 As noted earlier and surely not unexpected, one of the elements of AAAA has elected to once again go their own way as regards pre- and probably post-Meet Data and Information.  This development makes it clear the BoD has no intention of living up to the agreements and condition apparently agreed to at the 09/09/17 Board Meeting.  Consequently, it is now more than just likely the AAAA Web Site will cease to exist as it is presently known by January First at the latest.

 

 
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