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Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club
President's Post February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of The Post and thanks for opening this to read about some updates on activities around your Club.

  • Key Contacts
  • This Edition
  • What's happening at the Club ?
  • Don't wait for a monthly email newsletter - Keep up to date and keep informed !
  • Please Support the Sponsors that Support us
  • Our Vision / Our Values

  • This Edition

    National Leadership College
    Recently Tim Harrison (pictured above) attended the Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) National Leadership College and Tim shares this summary with us:
    Last week I was fortunate enough to take part in the SLSA National Leadership College. The week long intensive program held in Sydney develops leaders and their skills within themselves, with others, small teams and at an organisational level. Throughout the week several keynote speakers, including Harriet Brown, Assistant Commissioner of Fire and Rescue Rob McNeil, SLSA CEO Adam Weir, Head of Retail Banking at ING Melanie Evans as well as many other excellent speakers made presentation about their work and their ways of leading themselves and others.
    Everyone from the participant group is awesome and we all had a great time. The quality and work put into the week by facilitators, mentors and those organising is second to none. I would strongly encourage those who want to push themselves and develop their leadership to apply next year. Happy to answer and questions.
    I would like to thank SLSA for hosting the week (especially at such a beautiful location on The Rocks next to Circular Quay), LSV for helping to organise and provide the opportunity across the state and the Pt Lonsdale SLSC for allowing me to grow and develop within the club and supporting me with this awesome opportunity and many others.
    If anyone has any questions about the week or applying next year don't hesitate to contact me at

    Back Beach Base update
    You may have seen the safety fencing around the back beach base building over summer?
    A few years ago we had a structural inspection carried out which identified corrosion issues in the building and noted that the building was suitable for use in the medium term however would eventually need work. We were hopeful that the building would remain serviceable until the clubhouse project had been completed and then we could turn our attention to the back beach base. Unfortunately a re-inspection by the engineer before Christmas noted the building had deteriorated faster than expected and there is a risk of concrete spalling off the facade so the fencing is required for safety. The building is not at risk of collapse so is still safe to access via the patrol room door but the damage has severely impacted on the functionality of the building. Lisa Neville (our local State MP with Ministerial responsibility for emergency services including life saving) has always been supportive of the club and in this case she has requested the Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority provide her with an urgent report on the condition of the building and options to address the issue. We understand the briefing report will be presented to her in the coming week or two and we are hopeful of a positive result given the importance of this building to the club providing vital life saving services on one of Victoria's most dangerous beaches.
    Chris Harper
    Chair, Back Beach Base Working Group

    Summer may be nearing an end but Patrols are not!
    A reminder that volunteer Patrols are still in place on each and every weekend and Public Holidays right through until 22nd April.
    All members of the patrol are essential and if you're going to have an issue attending please talk to your Patrol Captain early and below is some background information about what to do.

    Building Committee Update
    The Building Committee is continuing to work with a preferred builder to identify potential cost savings that may be adopted for the club house project. Subject to additional funds being raised (hopefully through the federal election process) we would then be in a position to sign a building contract and commence the clubhouse project but at this stage no commitment has been made to any builder.
    Chris Harper
    Chair, Building Committee

    New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee (NCCCC) Update
    The NCCCC are pleased to report that the current pledged total has risen to $ 1.961 M and we extend our thanks to our generous donors who have assisted to get to this point.
    Over the recent Christmas / New Year period we undertook a local mailbox leaflet drop, placed "tap n go" terminal in selected outlets and held another successful donor function which have assisted to boost the fundraising total.
    We are currently seeking grants from several charitable trusts and corporate donors and should you have any suggestions / connections please pass this through to Barb Hurley at who is coordinating this important effort.
    Finally we continue our dialogue with local federal politicians / candidates as we attempt to secure federal funding for the current $ 1.25M shortfall.
    Kirsten MacLeod
    Chair, NCCCC

    Record Membership
    Last Season (17/18) we achieved a record membership of 1237 and this year we have broken it - the total currently stands at an impressive 1295 and we want to reach 1300.
    So, if you've heard from Ronnie in the Office recently, please touch base so that she can assist you with your renewal process.

    LSV Champion Junior Lifesaver Development Day
    Congratulations to Sophia Weine for completing Life Saving Victoria's Champion Junior Lifesaver Development Day.
    Sophia was selected to participate because of her great attitude at the 2018 SRC camp and around the club this season.
    She is pictured here with Club Captain Charlie Pitney who was a leader on the program.

    Inaugural Starfish Carnival
    Last weekend the inaugural Starfish Carnival was held at the Hampton Life Saving Club and supported by Life Saving Victoria. "Just wanted to say that we were guests of Hampton LSC Starfish Nippers today where PLSLSC starfish member Elias and his Dad Craig, along with my daughter Ingrid as helper, participated in this fantastic event. Cheers Georgia"

    Aquatic Sports news
    Well done to James Coutie who headed to Lorne for the Masters Championships and also bagged a Silver in Men's Beach flags and Bronze in the Sprint! Well done James.
    In recent weeks it was great to see the Surf Boat out at Santa Casa - check out our social media for more on this.
    We are also preparing to send off small teams to both the Junior and Senior State Championships and hope to have updates on this on our social media.

    Betty Young

    Betty Young - Celebration of Life Service
    On 1st February, we lost much adored Life Member Betty (Elizabeth) Young.
    Betty requested that her family, friends and members come together to celebrate all the wonderful memories at her much loved Surf Club.
    On Saturday 23rd February you are invited to come and celebrate Betty's life at a service commencing at 5pm.
    There is ample car parking available and this is best achieved in Ocean Road (please avoid Buckley's Rd and leave this free for less mobile attendees).
    The Glaneuse Bar will be open after the service.

    Position STILL Vacant: Editor
    The Executive Committee are really keen to get the "Bumblebee" up and running again. We're looking for a volunteer to help produce a quarterly newsletter. Work in your own time at your own pace - what a great flexible position. Please contact Steve Woodfull at

    Position STILL Vacant: Assistant Treasurer
    Do you have accounting / financial management experience and looking for a way to help out at the club?
    We are looking for an Assistant Treasurer to help in one of two ways - to either help with day to day tasks that the Treasurer does OR to assist with financial reporting for the New Clubhouse Project. If you are interested in taking on the role, please contact Catherine (Bunny) Carrigan at to find out more about the position.

    What's happening at the Club ?

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    Please Support the Sponsors that Support us

    Our varied and extensive Club services and activities would not be possible without the generous support of many varied Sponsors. Next time you require a service, please consider supporting those who support us and let them know that you value their ongoing support. Want to sponsor us or have a contact ? If so, please email Will -

    Our Vision / Our Values

    We will provide lifesaving services for the community of Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff, enable our members to develop their skills, knowledge and experience in lifesaving and sports and to improve the profile and influence of the club through community and member involvement and leadership in development programs and initiatives. We will be an open and inclusive organization and integral part of the community that we serve.

    Our Values:
    As a large, diverse Club we collectively hold the following values:
    Operating with Integrity
    Treating others respectfully
    Communicating openly
    Working efficiently
    Making safety a priority.

    Key Contacts

    Club Office:
    (03) 5258 1257
    PO Box 120 Point Lonsdale VIC 3225

    9:00 am to 1:00pm as follows:
    Weeks 1 and 3 of the month - Mon, Tue & Wed.
    Weeks 2 and 4 of the month - Tue, Wed & Thur.
    The latest office hours should appear on the Club's online Calendar. Answering machine when unattended.
    Ronnie Hutchison (Administration Supervisor)
    Di Thompson (Book Keeper / Accounts / Administration)

    KD Allen Clubrooms / Glaneuse Bar:
    (03) 5258 3300
    HC Windmill Back Beach Base:
    (03) 5258 4123
    Santa Casa Beach Base:
    (03) 5258 3366
    4WD Mobile:
    0427 231 333

    Executive Committee:

    Matthew Ponsford
    Mb - 0419 52 52 58

    Senior Vice President:
    James Coutie
    Mb - 0438 377 947

    Club Captain: (Life Saving Services - ie. Patrols & Lifesaving Equipment)
    Charlie Pitney
    Mb - 0430 355 353

    Vice President Lifesaving: (Training and Assessment - ie. Camps, Courses and Skills Maintenance)
    Justine Cain
    Mb - 0417 182 686

    Vice President Aquatic Sports:
    Gus Birrell
    Mb - 0429 123 756

    Vice President Youth & Leadership Development: (Nippers)
    Richard Howden
    Mb - 0448 568 158

    Steve Woodfull
    Mb - 0428 566 627

    Catherine (Bunny) Carrigan
    Mb - 0414 823 039

    Vice President Property:
    Andrew MacLeod
    Mb - 0417 057 080

    Vice President Marketing:
    Kirsten MacLeod
    Mb - 0409 017 050

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