Welcome to The Autumn 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
a busy and
successful season ...
In early December I
wrote my piece for the "Christmas edition" of the Bumblebee,
somewhat nervous for the coming peak period as a new President and with a
largely new Executive Committee.
Wow, what an incredibly successful and busy peak summer period
and we all got through it!
I don't want to use the word highlight, but what an amazing
experience the pop-up restaurant made to the Clubhouse and to the Club this
Season. In almost 30 years of my involvement I have never seen the place so
busy for such a long period and this could not have happened without a huge
effort from so many people in preparing, during and afterwards. Someone
said that it was a great "friend raising" exercise and I tend to
agree and I hope this will assist us as we will soon be calling on many to help
up financially with the new Clubhouse project.
Our major activities of Patrols (and performing several
rescues and many first aid cases), Training and Assessment Requals and
courses, LERT RWC patrols, Aquatic Sports training and Carnivals, Nippers,
the Doorknock, the Rip View Swim Classic, Major Social Events such as Toga,
White Knight and musical evenings and everything else in-between including
new initiatives such as Pink Zink patrol have been so successful. A former
President asked me on several occasions how things were going around the
Club and I replied that it seems to be going well and that I'm not hearing
many complaints, to which he replied that was a great sign that things are
On behalf of the membership, I pass on my and their thanks for
those in leadership positions that have lead these events and to those
'behind the scenes' assisting or supporting and attending that have made
for such a successful peak period.
Congratulations to Justine Cain have been appointed to the
Committee as the VP Training and Assessment for the remainder of the
season. Justine proactively nominated herself for this important position
and I applaud her initiative.
Please keep up to date via our Website, Facebook or Twitter
and please get involved in your great Club.
Matthew Ponsford President
What a great
o Glanuese Bar
renovation and clubhouse pop-up preparation and renovation
o Surf Boat - beginning a three-year business plan for
obtaining a brand new surf boat for the club. This boat will be funded
through private sponsorships and sport / recreation grants.
o New PLSLSC Aquatic Sport team merchandise distributed to
o New Aquatic Sports coaching plan being developed with
coaches going through LSV training programs
o Stingers board repair fund established with $1500 raised for
repairs and new competition boards
o Significant donation accepted through door knock for
o Training development collaboration developed between PLSLSC
IRB team and Williamstown and Ocean Grove IRB teams
o Nippers in School program a success with the planning for
bigger and better program for 2016-17 already underway including extending
it to other local schools
o Nippers - Summer Program was the biggest program to date
o Toga Nights Young and Old were successful - well planned and
o The Rip View Swim - another successful event and the
addition of the longer 3.8km event is set to become a permanent addition to
o Beach Bonnet BBQ transformed the club grounds over summer
and raised valuable $$ for the new clubhouse development
o Bar renovation; require an investigation into tax deductible
receipts for renovation
Liam Petrie-All-Butt Senior Vice President
contribution by all ...
Thank you to all
patrolling members. We have had a very good season with only one default on
first weekend of the season (no IRB Driver). The patrol numbers have been
steady over the peak period, and we are working to maintain the numbers.
The transition of new Bronzies and Cadets into patrols has
been fantastic with patrols well attended. We are encouraging the Bronzies
and Cadets to continue learning calling for all to enrol in at least one
additional award course.
We ran a very successful Spinal Management Award course in
conjunction with the Ocean Grove Surf Club with 27 members from both clubs
gaining this very important qualification.
Another big thank to the water safety for the Rip View Swim
Classic. It was managed really well in tricky conditions. We worked in
partnership with Ocean Grove Surf who provided 2 IRBs drivers and crew. It
will be important to maintain working relationship with Ocean Grove to
On 10 January the Pink Zinc all female patrols on the Point
Lonsdale and Ocean Grove beaches were incredibly successful. The initiative
generated good media coverage and great support from club members and local
government representatives Lisa Neville, Sarah Henderson and Helene
Jo Burch, Club Captain
Thank you for your
Another great Nipper
season. Weather was perfect and enthusiasm levels were high. Thanks to
everyone who helped make it happen. Whether you helped with rash vest
distribution, cooking sausages, setting up, packing up, first aid, selling
raffle tickets, parent age helpers or assisting with the disco,
Championships Day or Presentation Night we really appreciated your support.
With all this energy combined we make an awesome team!
Once again our instructors did an amazing job. Their ability
to connect with our Nippers, encourage and nurture children of all ages and
abilities was outstanding.
We couldn't run our program without our water safety
personnel. Thanks to all the new SRC recruits and parents who provided
terrific support for our Nippers and instructors.
Next year will be my last season heading up the program so I
am keen to hear from anyone who is keen to run the program for a few
seasons. I have set up the program so it can easily be run by a team of
people which may make it less labour intense for one person and much more
fun. I've broken it into the following:
o Nipper co-ordinator
o Nipper admin support
o Nipper Instructor Co-ordinator
o Water safety co-ordinator
o Nipper beach base and beach set up co-ordinator
o Nipper raffle co-ordinator
o Nipper disco co-ordinator
o Nipper BBQ team
Enjoy your year, keep swimming and see you ready for the
Justine Kiely-Scott (Bim)
Working through the
off season ...
A big thank you to
Donna, Gavin and Betty for their great work through another bumper summer.
They have been kept very busy with memberships, merchandise sales,
financial processes, processing patrol logs and supporting our members -
always with a smile.
Thank you also to our admin volunteer Rosa. Rosa has been a
terrific help filing hundreds of membership applications and merchandise
orders and this week has organized the mailout of uncollected Nippers
Deb Monaghan joined the admin team as Office Supervisor. She
lives in Lonny and some of you may have met her when she helped out with
the Nippers in Schools pilot program in November/December last year. Deb
has expressed how impressed she is with "the passion, dedication,
contributions and commitment of club members" she has met so far;
"PLSLSC is a club I want to be a part of and I look forward to working
Please note post summer office hours. The office is now open:
9.30am - 1.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
The success of the
Beach Bonnet BBQ at the Club over summer is summarized by …
The Space Agency worked with Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving
Club to come up with an idea to bring people together and provide great
food on the relaxing grounds of the Clubhouse grounds.
A refurbished Glanuese Bar contributed to the success of the
success of the Bluebonnet BBQ.
The Club aimed to raise money for the development of the
Clubhouse. The unique pop up restaurant was a different approach to
fundraising and it generated a high level of interest in the Club from a
broader and bigger wider audience.
The Beach Bonnet BBQ was highly successful meeting all of our
goals. Significant outcomes included:
o Up to 3 times traditional visitation to the Club with
greater proportion of families and young people & expanded audience-
o Cost-effective refurbishment of Glaneuse Bar & high
turnover in one month- significant increase on usual and an expanded bar
product offering- cocktails & showcase of local producers- craft beer
o High volume of print and online media coverage &
positive social media impact
o Positive community building outcomes
2015/16 Bronze and
The earlier the
The timing of this
season's Bronze and Cadet Camps proved to be a bonus for the Club and the
participants. The Club had more qualified people for patrols, Nipper water
safety, and Rip View Swim Classic. And the new cadets and Bronzies made a
whole group of new friends to hang-out with over the summer holidays.
The Club is committed to continuing the pre-Christmas program.
A group of members got together to talk about how the programs could be
improved and some of the suggestions included:
o Earlier planning and involvement of the Club's
o Streamlined online registration to collect all relevant
information, including aligning online registrations ready with membership
renewals, so current members could apply immediately
o Improving communications about the programs to make sure as
many interested people find as possible
o Continuing to work closely with Life Saving Victoria to
refine and improve the training and award recognition
o Arrange additional parent helpers to stay at Camp/Whitehall
overnight to coordinate activities and living arrangements
o Consider a dedicated volunteer bus driver for the week
o Better rules and requirements for the participants e.g.
'Tidy, vacuum rooms' Tues & Thurs
Team spirit and
club involvement ...
The junior aquatic
sports team has had a busy season, with some great training sessions with
our three coaches. We were also made to feel very welcome when we joined a
training session with the Ocean Grove competition team. They have been very
accommodating and there is the opportunity for us to explore further joint
The first carnival in which the club competed was Cosy Corner
Carnival at Torquay, with approximately 80 children competing. The
competitors had a great day and competed in good spirit. It was great to
see a much broader range of families involved, with a number of new
officials who completed training courses prior to Christmas. For many of
the competitors, this was their first competition and we are hopeful that
we see greater longevity in the Stingers participation (ie beyond Cosy
Corner) next year.
We made the difficult decision not to compete as a club at the
Junior State Championships this year as we couldn't field enough teams
across the different age groups. As a club, our competitors are generally
good all round athletes rather than life saving specialists. This means
that our kids tend to be heavily involved in other sports and
understandably these clash with surf life saving carnivals. While we did
not compete as a club, there are a number of teams who ventured down
Warrnambool to fly the 'Lonsdale flag'.
We started the season with the aim of engendering team spirit
and club involvement and to this end, have had a very successful season.
The support the team has received from the club has been fantastic this
year and the level of enthusiasm and team spirit (coupled with the
community spirit generated with the increased activity at the club) has
been terrific and commented upon by many families.