In last month's edition I mentioned that 'Spring had sprung', but with some hot days in the last week it seemed like we'd gone straight from Winter to Summer !
The hot weather is a good reminder that our core business is water safety and as Life Saving Victoria is working closer with the mainstream emergency services and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), it is a timely reminder that we need to be prepared and be ready for what may well be a long, hot, dry Summer which will place additional demands and work on our Club. I know that the Life Saving Services area, headed by Club Captain Jo Burch is well placed to meet this challenge.
Our Lifesaving Emergency Response Team (LERT), headed by our LERT Captain Andrew MacLeod may well be in for a busier than normal summer quarter.
A reminder that Saturday 21st November will see us hold the first Season Launch function, to be held at the Monohan Centre Queenscliff. The location has breathtaking views of the Heads and will allow us to thank all those that take on positions of responsibility within the Club and to gather before the peak period commences. Invitations will be going out very soon !
In the last 10 days applications for the Annual Bronze and Cadet Camps have opened with a great flurry of activity ! As advertised a couple of month's ago, the Vice President (Lifesaving) Paul Lunny and the Training and Assessment team are developing a Camp that will run from Sunday 13 December until Saturday 19 December and have a live in component at YMCA Camp Wyuna Queenscliff. The groups will run simultaneously but cater for the needs of the respective age groups and a major focus of the new program is investing for our future. The timing will allow for 100% of Club resources to be dedicated to the program without conflict from other Club activities and events.
I know that Paul has had several queries about the reasons behind the change which the above hopefully explains.
The new format has the support of the Club's Executive and we are finding many people coming to us supporting this new initiative.
Please don't delay your application as there are not an unlimited number of places available.
We farewell Vice President (Aquatic Sports), Michael Peiniger. Due to a lack of available time and with Michael being overseas for much of this coming Summer, Michael has elected to step down from the Executive. On behalf of the Club thanks Michael for your assistance, effort and energy in our Aquatic Sports area for the last few seasons.
This of course leaves an important role vacant and we are on the lookout for a replacement who will be well assisted and supported. Should you be interested please chat with Liam, or myself asap.
At our last Executive Committee meeting we agreed on a set of values that we would be working to. Personally I hope in time that we expand a set of values to all areas of our Club.
- Operating with integrity
- Treating others respectfully
- Communicating openly
- Working efficiently
- Making safety a priority
In closing, in our preparations for Season 2015 / 2016 I showed the new Executive Committee members a video, produced a few years ago by Surf Life Saving Australia. After we watched it, we collectively agreed that we will be a 'can do committee'.
It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I hope that you are 'Can Do'.