Congratulations to Belle Kidd who was announced 2018 (Joint) Young Citizen of the Year, for the Borough of Queenscliffe.
As announced by the Mayor, Cr Susan Salter, Belle Kidd has been a member of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club for over seven years. During that time Belle has attained a number of surf life saving qualifications including her Bronze Medallion, Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Certificate and Surf Rescue Certificate, as well as various awards that she earned during her time as a member of the Nippers program. Belle completed 39 hours of volunteer patrols during the 2016-17 Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club season and 64 hours in the previous season. In the 2016-17 season Belle held the position of Junior Club Captain and her participation in the annual Cadet and Junior Bronze camps in recent years demonstrate her willingness to offer assistance across the Club. Belle is also a netball coach, badged umpire and senior netball player with the Queenscliff Football Netball Club, where her commitment and generosity make her a superb role model and mentor for the junior players. Belle played the leading role in establishing, and captained, Queenscliff's first all-female football team (the Coutas) last season. Through her part-time employment at YMCA Camp Wyuna, Belle also volunteers her time to assist charity and not-for-profit organisations.
Congratulations Belle and thanks to Annabelle, Charlie, Jess, Huw (past recipient) and Tim who are pictured (above) with Belle on Australia Day.
State Junior and Senior Championships approaching:
A reminder that the 'business end' of the Summer Aquatic Sports season is quickly approaching. The Junior State Championships will be held at Warrnambool across the Labour Day long weekend (Sat & Sun), with the Senior State Championships being held at Apollo Bay on the Sat 24 & Sun 25 March.
The Club will continue it's support by not passing on the entry fees to members (like many Clubs do) and the Executive recently endorsed some financial support to assist with accommodation etc. for the Senior Championships, as solid interest to attend has been shown.
It's NOT too late to take part - so please contact Drew Robinson (ASAP for Juniors!) if you're interested. More info from the Seniors can also be obtained from Justine Cain.
Date for Annual Presentation Night locked in:
At this week's Executive Committee Meeting this was decided after reviewing recent season's turnout and feedback on the various formats for the night.
So, pop Easter Saturday evening - Sat 31 March (in the Point Lonsdale area) in your diary now.
New Clubhouse snippets:
The NCCCC are set to hold two more fundraising events at Point Lonsdale during the coming Labour Day long weekend. The pledge total has tipped over the magic million mark and stands at an AMAZING $ 1 020 000 (with over $ 400 000 already banked thank you).
This week the Executive committed to the next major step which is the detailed design work which will enable us (once complete and we have sufficient funds) to then go to tender for builders.
Yesterday morning Chris Harper - Chair Building Committee and I met with representatives from Life Saving Victoria (LSV) - Andrew Foran and William Shee and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) - Zoe MacDonald to discuss next steps and timeline for the new Clubhouse project.
Finally, we have drafted a 'broad' relocation plan which will assist us in the process of 'before, during and after' the Clubhouse rebuild. (Think where do we store equipment, how do we ensure we can continue core activities during the rebuild and minimize costs among other elements). These are significant tasks and we will appoint a volunteer to this position in the near future, then we will be calling for members to join this sub committee.
Local swims and events:
Although our open water swim seems like a distant memory, in recent weeks Club members were involved in assisting at the Queenscliff 180, Rip Swim, Ocean Grove swim and Rip to River. I know that the Rip Swim was a particularly long and challenging day and great work by all involved in difficult circumstances. Well done to Liam on the inaugural 180 swim and thanks to those that assisted at Ocean Grove's events (a big weekend for those few).
Your thoughts on alternate merchandise model?:
Several SLSCs have moved to a 3rd party to supply their Club merchandise. This allows members to order online through a service that specializes in such business and would improve the speed of ordering while reducing our workload and need to store it onsite. (We still control the design and range). The Administration area is working through the proposal, but if you have any thoughts / feedback can you please email Steve Woodfull before the Labour Day long weekend.
Lot's still going on:
Although for many of our members school is back, work holidays are over and our Uni students are set to start / return there is a lot still happening around the Club in coming weeks.
Of course Patrols continue each Saturday afternoon and all day Sundays and Public Holidays. (Club Calendar now has Patrol reminders added).
We are set to hold another Adult Bronze Course.
Members are making the most of our aquatic sports gear and preparing for the States.
There are plans for another IRB course.
LERT is set to induct 3 new members and commence regular training / maintenance sessions.
For 3 weeks from mid January I headed overseas for a family holiday (and enjoyed no emails and phone calls) and a big thanks to James and the rest of the Executive for your efforts while I was away. I hope that I have got back to everyone that had left me a voicemail or email while I was away - if not please let me know.