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

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

  • Key Contacts
  • This Edition
  • From the Building Committee
  • From the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee
  • 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
    Rick Aitchison

    Progress with the new Clubhouse project continues steadily in the background and I'm pleased to update the membership that Life Member and Past President Rick Aitchison has been appointed to Chair the Member Recognition - New Clubhouse Committee. Rick will be joined by Building Committee (BC) Member Liam Petrie-Allbutt and New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee (NCCCC) Member Narelle Curtis on this sub committee.
    The purpose of the Member Recognition - New Clubhouse Committee is to evaluate and make recommendations for the appropriate recognition of past and present member; significant contributions in the new Clubhouse.
    Having both the BC and NCCCC represented assists to ensure that design and development elements are considered and understood and as previously announced significant financial donations to the new Clubhouse are appropriately and tastefully recognized. The structure also allows for effective cross communication between all relevant committees which have responsibility for the project.
    Any members who have suggestions or would like to discuss this project are encouraged to contact Rick via email (preferably) or mobile on 0403 180 427.
    The Charter for this group can be downloaded at this link :

    I'm pleased to be able to report that some significant behind the scenes progress is being made with the Back Beach Base project and hope that in coming months we will have a final agreed design and a secure plan to fund this essential coastal safety asset which we can then share more broadly. We recently commenced a consultation program with the Board riders Club which was most worthwhile and positive.

    A reminder that the AGM is quickly approaching. Please refer to your email or the Club Member's area for the various documents pertaining to this important annual event (incl nomination forms hint hint). The final touches are being put to the Annual Report which will be available for review online prior to the Meeting. An informal afternoon tea will be provided after the formalities.

    Jim Lyon is leading a great initiative in regard to blood donations - well done Jim.
    There's more than one way to be a lifesaver, which is why we're proud to have joined the Red25 blood donation challenge.
    We're now asking members to sign up and join our group challenge. Each donation will contribute towards our tally, and save 3 lives.
    For more information, or to sign up, please send Jim Lyon an email at
    More detailed info is also on our Facebook.

    As usual, the Nipper team are super organized and have produced their Calendar for Season 2018 / 2019 already. It's just been uploaded to the Website / Social Media and here is the direct link :

    Finally, in recent weeks many Life Members gathered for a get together lunch. With Terry Lane's permission I have reproduced the email wrap up (see below). Thanks Terry for taking the initiative on arranging this function.
    Hi All,
    It was great to catch up last Friday - many of the stories still the same they just seem to take a bit longer to tell !!
    We had apologies from David Ponsford, Steve Blewett, Matthew Ponsford, Steve McBean, Bob Luce and Bill Halliday (Sorry if I missed someone).
    We agreed to meet again next year in May at the same place "Castle and Elephant Hotel" in Geelong - Also in December / January when the swim is on as it seems many of the "Lifees" are at Lonsdale around this time and perhaps we should meet at one of the "locals" in Queenscliff. More news on this later in the year.
    It was agreed we should look at sponsorship of team members for next year's Australian titles at Broadbeach (QLD) - This will be referred to the club for approval. Any support will go directly to the members and not to the club. A level of performance for each athlete would need to be achieved.
    A healthy discussion of where the club is at was also part of our lunch particularly with governance and the law into the future. Presently whilst nothing was resolved, we now have a reasonable understanding of what the club has achieved and where they are at present.
    Our goal will be to support the competitive size of the club and hopefully rebuild it to former's strength and reputation in Surf Life Saving.

    From the Building Committee

    The design development process continues with the Building Committee (BC) holding various meetings with the Project Manager, architect and design team. We will shortly hold our first user group sessions.
    Chris Harper
    0411 878 518

    From the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee

    Hi everyone,
    It is with great pleasure that the NCCCC Committee advise that we have just reached the $1.85 million mark in pledges / donations. This now leaves a shortfall of 'just' $ 650 000 !
    The total banked as of today is $ 1 267 851.90.

    As a reminder, the NCCC, with the endorsement of the Executive Committee, is offering major donors the opportunity to name a room or space within the new building and grounds as a form of recognition for their support of the project.
    The NCCC is currently working through these options with major donors to date - but if anyone is interested in supporting the capital campaign and would be interested to know more about the opportunity to have a form of naming recognition in an area of the building, they should contact Paul Conroy on the NCCC on or on 0422003101

    What's happening at the Club ?

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

    We've just added all remaining patrols and Office open days to the Calendar.

    Keep up to date and keep informed !

    Did you know that we are on Facebook ?
    Did you know that we are on Twitter ?
    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.

    On Facebook ? Keep up to date and Like us -

    On Twitter ? Keep informed and Follow us -

    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:
    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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    Surf Life Saving Australia Members Portal

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