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

Welcome to the October edition of The Post (welcome to Spring) 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

    I apologise in advance for the length of this month's edition, but there so many great things happening that I need to share these successes with you.

    70th Anniversary Booklet
    I trust that you have already seen the image above?
    Through the combined efforts of Peter Maishman and Judy Johnston, with the financial backing of the Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale Community Enterprise and the generous production assistance of Fuji Xerox (thanks Brett Maishman), we have a first class summary of our first 70 years of vigilance and service. These are on sale via the Office for just $5 ea with a postage option of $10 ea,
    We should celebrate and be proud that this now brings to a total of 3 separate well produced written records of our history - a great achievement for a volunteer Surf Life Saving Club. (In the future the 'video' from the 70th anniversary will be available too. Judy has been unwell and we send our best wishes and understand that once you are up to it, this will be available too).

    Aquatic Sports
    Last week I met with Gus Birell who has taken over the Aquatic Sports portfolio. Gus brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the role and has well and truly hit the ground running. Thanks for those that are providing support and ideas and it is sure to be an ever bigger year than last in this area.

    Training & Assessment and Life Saving Services
    Justine, Charlie and their respective teams have been hard at work in recent weeks preparing for the Cadet and Bronze Camps and for the start of the Patrol Season.
    We're in a really good place with notifications for Camps released, Gear Inspection complete and the Patrol Roster being issued.
    Great work everyone!

    New Clubhouse project
    Our Building Committee of Chris Harper (Chair), Bec McHenry, Andrew Pitney, Liam Petrie-Allbutt and Matt Vaughan have been working feverishly as the design detail phase wraps up.
    Members of the Executive will join with the Building Committee and Architects next week for the final sign off.
    I am increasingly confident that we will be in a position to call for tenders from Builders and commence works in early 2019 (as planned).
    An enormous effort, thousands of hours, years of commitment and generous donations have got us to this point and that light at the end of the tunnel is large and getting closer each day!
    Finally, it's not too late to donate! Remember that membership fees have been frozen for the last 3 seasons, so please make your one off tax deductible and do your bit -

    Back Beach Base Working Group
    For more than 18 months, the working group of Chris Harper (Chair), Andrew MacLeod, Myself and Matt Vaughan have been working on 'the other building project'.
    I will be issuing a separate more detailed briefing, but in summary the preliminary design has been approved, agreement between the Club and the Boardriders Club regarding shared use has occurred and both (Bellarine candidates) Lisa Neville - ALP and Brian McKiterick - Liberal, have indicated their willingness for financial backing for the necessary works.

    Pop Up Return
    At last night's Executive Committee meeting we accepted a proposal from last year's operator to return again this peak summer season.
    More information will be supplied in mid to late November, but it will be similar to last year but the major difference being a range of themed foods during the Pop Up, to give your taste buds a working out! (Thanks Bec for you ongoing effort with this project).

    Position Vacant: Assistant Swim Director
    Do you have event management experience and looking for a way to help out at the club?
    We are looking for an Assistant Swim Director to help with organisation of the Rip View Swim Classic. This event is one of our biggest fundraisers, and requires a large team of people and lots of organisation every year to run successfully. If you are interested in taking on the role of Assistant Swim Director, contact James Coutie at to find out more about the position.

    Position 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 particular during the peak summer period. 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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