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Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club
President's Post January 2018

Welcome to the first edition of The Post for 2018 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 ?
  • Keep up to date and keep informed !
  • Please Support the Sponsors that Support us
  • Our Vision / Our Values

  • This Edition

    At this week's Executive Committee Meeting, on behalf of all members I thanked them for their efforts in leading our various areas; for the sensational season that we have been enjoying particularly during our peak period of activity.
    What a fantastic effort in particular James, Charlie, Bunny and Rich have done in their new positions.
    I have come to appreciate how challenging the role of President can be but also how rewarding it can be. It has been wonderful to see so much positive spirit, to see so many varied activities occurring (including the efforts at Carnivals) and how lucky we are to have so many members, friends and supporters pitching in to help in so many varied ways. Every little bit certainly does help to make a difference.
    There is NO DOUBT that we are a GREAT Club!

    Marketing moves:
    After more than 12 months in the role we farewell and thank Nat Cann for her efforts as VP Marketing last season and this season. Thanks Nat in particular for your pre season efforts with the RVSC and Nipper areas.
    I'm pleased to advise that Will Ponsford has been appointed by the Executive to fill this vacancy and has already hit the ground running, Will has managed the VIPs at the RVSC for the last 3 seasons and this is a natural fit for Will. Welcome aboard and thanks Will.

    Nipper Wrap Up:
    What a sensational transition we witnessed and enjoyed from Bim's many years to the team of Rich, Romney & Lou this season!
    Thankyou to all that contributed to a wonderful Nipper program, big and small (including Kerley's, Michael Limb Builders & Cancer Council sunscreens) and to the parents for the financial, logistical and sometimes motivational coach support.
    A draft calendar for next summer is already well underway and don't forget the up and coming Adult's Bronze course.

    New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee shine:
    For those following us on Facebook you will no doubt be also amazed with the efforts that the NCCCC have made in seeking generous donations from our members, friends, supporters and the community. The pledge total stands at an AMAZING $ 940 000. How close are we to the magic million !!?? It's now not a question of if we will have a new Clubhouse it's more like we can't wait for the first sod of dirt to be turned over in (all going well) a bit over 12 months time.

    Doorknock success:
    Thank you to Lisa, Bunny, the area leaders, our counting team and importantly to the nippers and parents who helped with the annual Doorknock. The last update was a bit over $ 20 700 with (as to be expected) donations tricking in from the 'sorry we missed you' cards. Thank you to our generous donors. A reminder that donations can be made to this cause from here:

    VP Property update:
    With the end of the busy period approaching and the departure of the Taco Truck it is a good opportunity to recognise the contribution by certain members who have kept our club rooms functioning and in a fit state to host our members and friends. Without this tireless and generally anonymous assistance we wouldn't have had the successful operations to date. Whilst there has been contributions from a great many I would like to single out the following members for special mention.
    Allan Joyce, Jim McNeilage and Mandy Grbac, a big thanks again for your help.
    On another note there have been occasions where the kitchen and junior lounge have been left in an untidy state, dirty dishes in the sink and food scraps in the junior lounge. This causes problems with rats and mice. We all want the opportunity to be able to enjoy the facility we have and with the new building getting closer now is the time to ensure that we look after what we have so when we move into the new building we just carry across the those good habits.

    30th RVSC:
    On the 30th of December, the club hosted the 30th Rip View Swim Classic sponsored by The Point. Despite the adverse weather on the day, the event ran smoothly with 1350 swimmers registered. An event like this is impossible to run without the help of all the volunteers who took on various roles on the day and in the leadup. The club would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the event the success that it was. To try to make this event even more successful next year, we are seeking feedback from people about the event, whether it be new ideas, things that can be improved or any small suggestions that you think might help. If you would like to provide any feedback on the event, please email it to so we can use it in the planning for next year.

    From the VP Lifesaving:
    I would like to personally thank Kate Kennett, Sue Doman and Rosie Callahan for helping me throughout the Bronze and SRC camps. Without their help we would not have patrol and camp uniforms, parent helpers and a smooth show throughout the week. Thank you. Justine.

    See yourself gaining / regaining your Bronze ?
    Looking to do it with some other seniors members ?
    Perfect, we are looking for expressions of interest (EOIs) for an Adult Bronze course, based at Santa Casa like previous years.
    Proposed dates : 9th - 12th March (labour day).
    Interested ? Pls send an email to Justine -
    You will need to be a member of the Club to participate.
    More info :
    Bronze -
    Membership -

    From the VP Aquatic Sports:
    Senior Competition-
    The club was very well represented at the recent Anglesea and Fairhaven Senior Carnivals on Sunday 7th January and 14th January respectively this year. At both carnivals, not only were some great results achieved but the enthusiasm and camaraderie exhibited by our senior club members, to not only their fellow team members but also other participants in the events, was truly something of which all members of our club should be very proud.

    Stingers (Juniors)-
    PLSLC had 35 entrants in the Cosy Corner carnival held on Friday 5 January with great team camaraderie amongst both the competitors and the parents that were there to support. We had particularly good numbers in the U10 (boys) and U11 (girls) age groups where we fielded two teams in each category. The children enjoyed success across many age groups and the policy of allowing composite teams to be formed on the day ensured that all competitors were able to join teams, allowing them to compete even if we didn't have a full team. It was great to see new friendships formed amongst the younger competitors and also to see our U14 girls finish their junior competition years together, having competed together since U9s.
    A special thanks to Simon and Kate McPhail, Sally Cleary, Kate Kennett and Lorraine Robinson.

    Clubhouse set to receive it's own dedicated AED!:
    The Club has been successful in receiving a fully funded AED (part of a State Government program) and this includes an initial introductory training session. If you're a member and have not done your Bronze or other lifesaving award them we particularly want you to come and learn how to use it! A free short and sharp session will be held on Saturday 27th January, at the Clubhouse from 9:30am to 11:30am. To register please email Huw Joyce - - Hurry maximum group size of 20.

    What's happening at the Club ?

    Want to know what's happening now and in the future at the Club ?

    Most of the coming season Club events have now been added. Now that the LSV Calendar is finalised these will be added shortly.

    Keep up to date and keep informed !

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    Did you know that we provide regular updates and information via both social media and have so for several years ? (Over the peak summer period, we often provide several updates a day !)
    Even if you're not into social media, you can view recent posts on our Club Website Home Page.

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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

    Current : Open 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    Mon 15/1, Wed 17/1 & Fri 19/1.
    Tue 23/1, Wed 24/1 & Thur 25/1.
    Mon 29/1, Tue 30/1 & Wed 31/1.
    February hours TBC
    Answering machine when unattended.

    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:
    Drew Robinson
    Mb - 0409 544 182

    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:
    Will Ponsford
    Mb - 0437 841 716

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