Julie Bare was the 2004 recipient of the Glen S. Hummer Award, an award given to the individual who makes the greatest contribution to the open water swimming in the United States. She has served on various USA Swimming Committees and the Board of Directors. Bare has always been most supportive of the USA Swimming Open Water program. She directed an ad hoc committee to rewrite portions of the Open Water Rules and move them to other more appropriate parts of the rulebook. It is believed that this monumental task action will do much to eliminate the “separate but equal” status of Open Water in the swimming community. Much of the work performed had to be done alone with little or no outside report. It entailed much detail work and her decisions as to where the various items needed to be placed was outstanding. Her understanding of the organizational structure and her leadership skills enabled her to accomplish the work on schedule and submit it to the Rules Committee. The rules committee reported that they are most pleased with both the quality and quantity of the project and passed on their congratulations for a job well done. No one has worked harder or longer hours in support of the Open Water Swimming Program this past year.