I'm delighted to share that in the last couple of weeks there have been some great developments with regard to 'fundraising efforts' for the new Clubhouse.
Following the series of summer Clubhouse information sessions, enthusiasm and interest has swelled which has importantly increased interest in helping with fundraising efforts.
I'm pleased to announce that well known and long term member, Kirsten McLeod has been appointed the new Chair of this important group - now known as the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee and this sub committee are gathering to get this important area progressing. I'm sure there will be more updates in coming months from this sub committee.
Following some issues this Season, the Executive Committee will adopt a Cadet / Bronze Camp applicant policy:
The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club undertakes an Annual Cadet and Annual Bronze Camp. The purpose of the Camp is to train members in core qualifications for volunteer surf lifesavers and for suitable candidates to be assessed for the Surf Life Saving Australia - Surf Rescue Certificate (Cadets) and the Certificate II Public Safety ie. Bronze Medallion (Bronze).
The primary objective of the Camps is to train members in surf life saving qualifications so that they can assist the Club to undertake it's 'core business' of providing volunteer Surf Rescue Patrols, at the Point Lonsdale Back Beach from late November until Easter (or as prescribed by Life Saving Victoria). All candidates must have a willingness to undertake this role for a minimum of two Season's (ie. the Season of attending the Camp and the Season after).
During most Season's the number of applicants can be safely and efficiently included in the Camp, however should the number of applicants exceed the number of available places then a ranking system shall be utilised, to ensure that the program can operate safety and efficiently.
The Club recognises that the following circumstances are strong indicators of past involvement / connection to the Club and indicate future ability and willingness to Patrol and to be actively involved with the Club:
Past involvement in the Nipper program.
For Bronze Camp attendees, attendance at the Cadet Camp.
For Bronze Camp attendees, a positive past patrol attendance record.
Other members of their immediate family (ie. sibling / parent / guardian / child) being current members.
Past involvement in Aquatic Sports (Surf Life Saving competition).
Members of their extended family being current members.
Residing in the Point Lonsdale / Bellarine area.
Having permanent accommodation available in the vicinity.
The Executive will consider special circumstances where an applicant may not be able to demonstrate points listed below but for other reason (s) shall be offered a place.
The sub committee tasked with drafting our next Strategic Plan now have a preliminary draft and are working on this draft to get it to a point where it can be circulated more widely for comment and input. Keep an ear out for more on this in coming months.
Finally, thanks to our volunteer active members who are undertaking Patrols at the moment, in and amongst school, study, work and other commitments. This can be a challenging period to patrol, but with warn weather at the moment, people are visiting the beach and our service is required.