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Spring 2015

Welcome to The Spring Bumblebee, your quarterly email newsletter for the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club. The Bumblebee is the club's newsletter providing an update to members on important club matters.

President's message
a big summer ahead ...
The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on the afternoon of Saturday 18th July at the Clubhouse where a largely new Executive Committee was elected. As to be expected a new Committee will make changes and as you will have seen is doing so, but with the theme of building on the best of the past and not shying away from improving what needs to be improved.

I am really proud to be part of such an enthusiastic, skilled and diverse group of volunteers who come well prepared (we had an induction and planning session) and all have a solid base / understanding of lifesaving (as they all hold their Bronze medallion).

There are a number of priorities that we have for Season 2015 / 2016, which include (amongst others):

1. Ensuring that our core business (volunteer patrols of the Back Beach) are done properly and remain clearly our number one priority.

2. That Aquatic Sports opportunities for our members are improved and expanded.

3. The formation of a new Building and Fundraising Committee for the new Clubhouse project, which includes a new governance structure and finalising the land sale from the Borough of Queenscliffe.

4. Communication for and with members had to be improved and this is being done by regular updates on Facebook / Twitter, the monthly President's Post email update, the reintroduction of The Bumblebee, (which will be a quarterly email newsletter) and the reintroduction of a January General Meeting for all members. Finally, a philosophy of one source / one message for our Calendar to improve publicity, efficiency, organistion and where possible reduce clashes..

5. Increased financial scrutiny and governance - ensuring that member's funds are spent appropriately and efficiencies gained wherever possible. It also includes setting Budgets, Delegations and a requirement for Executive members to be more accountable for their expenditure.

6. Setting values that the Executive Committee would operate by and these include Operating with Integrity, Treating others respectfully, Communicating openly, Working efficiently and Making safety a priority.

7. Holding an inaugural Season opening function, an end of Season awards night and the reintroduction of a Winter awards night.

8. Restructuring the Bronze and Cadet Camps to a time where 100% of club resources and effort can be dedicated into providing the best level of training, in the safest way with a focus on membership development and retention in a live in format.

9. Hosting the inaugural 'long swim' - a 3.8km open swim before the main Rip View Swim Classic.

10. Being aware of the Club's Strategic Plan and committing to start work on the next version.

11. Ensuring that the HC Windmill Back Beach Base is a safe location for us and the public and investigating its options for the longer term.

12. Developing a marketing and sponsorship package for the Club.

To those of you who have re-joined for Season 2015-2016 a big Thank you! We simply could not exist without your time, effort, energy and financial contribution. Please keep up to date via our Website, Facebook or Twitter and take part in the event (s) and activities that you enjoy and you feel that you can contribute to.

Kind Regards, Matthew Ponsford

Club property update
The lead up to the season has been a very busy time for the property team will all buildings are all starting to show their age and all require some special attention.

The clubhouse is a work in progress. Whilst we planning for the old girl to be replaced that is still some time away which means the building needs to be kept in operational condition, within the last couple of weeks we have had all the lighting checked and replaced where necessary, outside the storage sheds have been reconfigured with the middle shed now being the aquatic sports domain. New racking has gone in there to store our new boards plus a new storage rack is on the way for the skis.

Santa Casa has a new compressor and storage rack, this will make the nippers water safety team happy.

The biggest project undertaken so far has been the Back Beach Base, this is our main operational asset and the one which suffers the most due to its location. There is a new tilt up door being installed before patrol season which will make access safer and easier, a new compressor. The biggest job currently underway is the installation of props to provide additional security to the concrete roof, we engaged a structural engineer to do an assessment of the building and they indicated that this was necessary, all going well this also will be completed before the start of patrol season.

This year as always we are holding a working bee to dust out the cobwebs and pull of the covers and get the clubs buildings ready for another season, the date is the 1st November 9:00am start at the club with a BBQ lunch afterwards, bring your cleaning and gardening tools so we can get a really good start to the year.

Looking forward to seeing a good turnout for the working bee.

Finally a special thanks to Mandy and Huw for helping make our buildings a success.

Kind regards, Andrew Macleod

Nippers 2015-16
'Nippers in Schools Program' at Point Lonsdale & Queenscliff Primary schools - Instructors and helpers needed

This year the Point Lonsdale SLSC is offering students at Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff Primary the opportunity to be involved in an 'in-school' Nipper Program. This is an important community service and we need as much help as we can get to make it work.

We need: * instructors * water safety personnel * people help to set up and pack up and just add a helping hand

Dates: Mon 30 Nov, Wed 2 Dec, Fri 4 Dec, Mon 7 Dec, Wed 9 Dec, Fri 11 Dec Times: 1-3pm Venue: Santa Casa Beach If you can help please contact Liam Petrie-Allbutt at liampetrieallbutt@live.com

Age Managers Course - Nipper Parents Needed

In order to run Nippers this year I need a team parents and instructors who are over 18 to complete the 'Age Managers Course'. We have a great team of Instructors who run the program but they need support from qualified Age Managers to support them. Once you have the qualification you are not expected to attend every Nippers session as an Age Manger but offer your assistance for 3-4 sessions. The course covers the basics of how to coach/teach children and the role of the Age Manager in Nippers.

Age Managers Course Date: Sat 21 November Time: 12 noon -4pm Venue: Point Lonsdale SLSC Age: Must be 18 or over Cost: free to Point Lonsdale SLSC members Please RSVP to me Justine (Bim) if you can attend vpyld@pointlonsdaleslsc.asn.au

Nipper Volunteer Roster Co-ordinator Needed

We need someone to volunteer to coordinate the parent volunteer roster for Nippers and also help with co-ordinating pack up and set up of this area each day. Yas Marcola who co-ordinated this last season is happy to liaise with the person taking over the job and explain what is involved.

Please contact Justine (Bim) if you can help out! vpyld@pointlonsdaleslsc.asn.au or Yas yasna01@hotmail.com if you want to find out more about what the role involves.

Regards, Bim

Stingers 2015-16
The Stingers team is gearing up for anther exciting summer of teamwork and competition. The junior Stingers program is open to all Nippers who would like to compete for Point Lonsdale and/or improve their surf living saving skills through additional training with new specialist coaches. While the search for a new head coach is ongoing, we are very fortunate to have State representative specialist coaches in boards, swimming and beach events. While the aim is to compete for the club, an equally important component of Stingers is to foster a strong team spirit and allow the Nippers and their families to become more involved with their surf life saving club. Each age group is eager to welcome new Stingers to the team. The club has sourced new boards and surf skis over winter and the Stingers are very fortunate to have access to a fantastic range of new equipment.

For those who have completed the Nippers program but are keen to continue to develop their surf life saving skills, the Senior Competition Squad is perfect. In relative infancy, the squad is developing from a group of ex Stingers who will continue to train and compete. It's a great way for those who enjoyed Stingers to remain involved with and active within the club. This is a very exciting area of development for the club and we hope to see the senior squad grow substantially in this and future seasons.

Training and Competitions sessions for the Senior Competition will be as follows:

27.12.15 Training.
31.12.15 Training.
05.01.16 Training.
07.01.16 Training.
10.01.16 Fairhaven Carnival.
12.01.16 Training.
14.01.16 Training.
17.01.16 PLSLSC Senior Club Championship Day.
19.01.16 Training.
21.01.16 Training.
24.01.16 Training.
30.01.16 Queenscliff 1.2 km Swim.
31.01.16 Training.
07.02.16 Training.
14.02.16 Training.
21.02.16 Torquay Carnival.
28.02.16 Training.
06.03.16 Jan Juc Carnival.
13.03.16 Training.
19.03.16 Day 1 State Championships Fairhaven.
20.03.16 Day 2 State Championships Fairhaven.

Training for the junior Stingers (ie Nipper age groups) will be held every second Sunday at Point Lonsdale (commencing Sunday 18th October), up until the commencement of the Nippers program - a summer training schedule will be available shortly. The summer program will work around existing Nippers sessions. The pre Xmas training dates are 1st, 15th and 29th November and 13th/27th December. All sessions will run from 9.30-11.00 am. While attendance at all training sessions is encouraged, it is not mandatory. Feel free to come down to a training session, say hello and see if Stingers might be for you. (Please do let us know if you are coming though - we need to ensure adequate water safety personnel for all Stingers).

Competition formats are very similar to the club championships for individual events. For many Stingers, their favourite events are the team events - swim, board, wade and beach sprint relays and the aqua Cameron (effectively a medley relay) are the main components. The club would love to field teams in all events in each age group. The junior competition schedule for the summer will be as follows:

Saturday 2 January: Cosy Corner, Torquay
Sunday 14 February: Reg/State quals, Ocean Grove
Sunday 28 February: Junior carnival, Lorne
Saturday/Sunday 12/13 March: State Titles, Warrnambool

The State Titles carnival is a highlight of the year for the Stingers, with many families camping together or sharing accommodation and celebrating the end of the competition season.

If you have interest in joining the Stingers squad, please contact Sally Cleary (Juniors) on saljc@bigpond.com or Simon McPhail (Seniors) on simon.mcphail@fowles.com.au for more information. For those in Point Lonsdale on Melbourne Cup Weekend, there will be a Stingers BBQ at the clubhouse at 1.30pm on Sunday 1st November. Please RSVP to Sally to let us know if you are coming along. This will be an important information session for all Stingers families. Family participation is essential for the Stingers squad to operate and it will be mandatory for every family to participate in team support, be that as an Age Manager, Official or Water Safety. It is not nearly as daunting as it sounds!

We look forward to welcoming new families to the Stingers team.

Cheers, Lorraine Robinson

Finance update
The Finance area has nearly completed budgets for the summer season and has managed to assemble a very capable team for the Fund Raising Committee for the new Clubrooms.

The first meeting of the Fund Raising Committee will be held in early November (date to be advised). We also ran a notice in early August for an Assistant Treasurer. In that notice we asked "Are you an active member currently studying accounting and/or finance at a tertiary level and looking for ways to get some REAL substance into your CV?". A valid question, but of course the answer was that there are not many active members studying at a tertiary level. So let's rephrase it. "Are you a club member, currently studying accounting and/or finance and want to get some real substance into your CV? If so, please apply." We see this as a developmental position which should boost your CV and help your get a start in your chosen profession. Please call Ivan St Clair on 0411 4475 833 if you have any questions.

Regards, Ivan

It's been another productive winter within the office with membership subscriptions flowing in at a steady pace. Adding to this is the keen interest in the December Cadet & Bronze Camps along with the ever popular Nipper program.

In the past few days, we have taken delivery of all the 2015/2016 Club merchandise and are focusing our attention is consolidating clothing orders ready for collection.

During the winter Sophie Rome (Office Manager) left the Club to focus on her health. We wish Sophie all the best and thank her for holding the position of Office manager for the past couple of years. The Club is looking to find a suitable qualified replacement supervision to fill the void of this paid position. This role would best suit a local person who would appreciate the flexible hours and friendly, membership focused working environment. For a full position description or to express your interest, please email The Secretary: secretary@pointlonsdaleslsc.asn.au

We are always on the look out for volunteers to assist with the administration and sales roles. If you have any spare time over summer, we would welcome your help in the uniform shop or office space. A big thank you to Rosa who has been helping Gavin, Donna and Betty on a voluntary basis these past months. Many hands make light work.

We look forward to seeing all your smiley faces again this summer. Should you have any enquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the admin staff during office hours for assistance.

Regards, Steve

Office Phone 03 5258 1257

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