Although it's been cold and wet and summer seems a lifetime away there is a lot happening around the place and this month I'd like to share some of these updates with you.
The composition of the Executive Committee has / is changing.
Unfortunately Senior Vice President, Liam Petrie-Allbutt tendered his resignation. Liam earned a great deal of respect for his enthusiasm and ideas that helped to improve the Club in many ways for many members during the last few seasons. We are very fortunate however that Liam will be assisting the Rip View Swim Classic working group with some major tasks to keep our swim one of the best and most popular on the coast ! Thanks Liam for what you've done, what you've achieved and for your ongoing assistance.
I'm pleased to advise that well known member, James Coutie will be filling the Senior Vice President vacancy. James has a broad and extensive knowledge of many areas of the Club and is active at both a State and National level and will make a welcome addition to the EC team. Welcome back to the EC James.
We are also in the final stages of appointing a permanent person to undertake the Treasurer role and I'll have more on this next month. We're fortunate that past Treasurer Ivan St Clair has been providing ongoing valuable assistance and will provide a thorough handover to the new Treasurer and no doubt be there to assist as well. This will then result in a full competent of 10 members on the Executive, leaving us well prepared for Season 2017 / 2018.
A few updates ......
The Life Saving Services team, headed by our Club Captain Charlie Pitney are well on the way for a successful summer, with patrol roster planning in full swing, gear and equipment preparations and a few new ideas to improve patrols (including enjoyment / retention).
Online expressions of interest for the Bronze and Cadet Camps have been coming in thick and fast and Justine Cain and her team are well organized to cope with this and other training and assessment activities. PS EOIs close tonight !
Our new Y&LD (Nipper) team - Richard. Lou and Romney have met and we're set to see a great summer program if the enthusiasm that I've seen is anything to go by.
Nat Cann is doing some fantastic work in the Marketing area, reaching out to existing sponsors, meeting with many of them and securing a number of new and expanded partnerships which we will share down the track.
The Club's Building Committee has a very welcome new member - Andrew Pitney. Andrew is a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer with a long track record of playing a lead role in many of Australia's most significant major projects. He advises both public sector and private sector clients on all aspect of project delivery, including outsourcing and procurement, and project agreements. He also advises on construction contracts, operating agreements and other project documents. In particular, Andrew has vast experience in complex construction and infrastructure projects and a particular expertise in Public Private Partnerships.
For those of you already asking about "the Pop Up", I can share that Bec McHenry is on board again and already working on some exciting developments for summer 17 / 18 ! Stay tuned !
Drew Robinson has made some great progress with the 3 new sub committee's as discussed at the AGM which include a finance and governance committee, a projects and volunteers committee and a youth initiatives committee. More on these will follow in coming weeks.
Membership renewals / applications have been open for several weeks and as per last year follow an online process, which is a significant time and cost saving mode and more environmentally friendly.
Detailed information / support is on the Memberships page.
Membership fees remain unchanged from last season, with early bird rates closing at the end of the month.
Please note that our part time Admin Officer (Deb) is very busy with this task in particular, so please be patient and understanding.
In closing, for those of you NOT on Facebook / Twitter, I posted this recently (see below) which received a very positive reaction when posted.
Life has it's challenges - as a large organization we don't always agree with one another, we have different ways of approaching things and have different backgrounds and experiences.
It's important to acknowledge that we volunteer our time for a great organization and for a broader movement that has a long and proud record.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our Club values -
As a large, diverse Club we collectively hold the following values:
Operating with Integrity.
Treating others respectfully.
Making safety a priority.
Matthew Ponsford President