The traditional season-opening Raising of the Flags ceremony took place at the Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club on Saturday the 10th of October. The event was very well attended, with representatives from all the South Coast branch clubs present.
The clubs performed a march past accompanied by a pipe band. This was followed by speeches from our local councilor Gareth Ward, branch president Steve Jones and Shoalhaven Heads club president Karl Poulton. The flag was raised to the national anthem by the club’s Andy Hutchinson. After the ceremony, a great spread was laid on for all assembled.
The club’s AGM has been and gone with some substantial changes to the committee. Greg Mathers has stepped down from the role of president and Karl Poulton has stepped up in his place. Many thanks to Greg for all his hard work on the club’s behalf as President over the last two years and congratulations to Karl.
The role of Director of Administration has been taken on by Annie Schofield. Robyn Mathers continues her excellent work as Director of Finances and Andy Hutchinson is the new club captain. Several junior members have stepped up to help run the club – Jarroyd Dart is the new First Aid Officer and Jemma Dart is the Vice Club Captain and Publicity Officer. Clyde Poulton continues as the Club Fundraising Officer
Darren Galahar has taken on the demanding role of Junior Activities Convener, assisted by Annie and Dave Schofield. Congratulations to Darren.
We would also like to welcome Penny Wilde to the committee – in the role of Child Protection Officer. Congratulations and welcome, Penny.
Plenty of new faces this year, some big changes at the committee level and some huge challenges to overcome. Best of luck in the 09/10 season to all Shoalhaven Heads SLSC members.
Much discussed by committee members and much delayed by the paper pushers – the club’s new Rhino ATV is finally here. This replacement for the old quad bike is a versatile two-person all terrain vehicle ideally suited to beach life. It has a semi-automatic gearbox, a punchy 700cc engine and a tray on the back for equipment.
The ATV will be available for use by all patrol members – as long as they have a licence (with P’s – L plates are not good enough). Prior to being let loose on the Rhino, there will be an induction which all members will have to complete if they want to drive it. Wes has prepared a patrol log document for the new vehicle which is similar in style to the IRB’s. This is in order to prolong the life of the vehicle as much as possible by encouraging full wash-down and WD-40 spray at the end of patrols.
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The club’s annual general meeting has been scheduled for Sunday the 16th of August at 11:00am. We’d love to see some new faces at the meeting, particularly if you’d like to get involved at a committee level. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re an active lifesaver or not – the club has interesting roles for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there.
Many congratulations to club junior Angus Pryde who represented SHSLSC in the country championships at Port Macquarie last week. Angus won gold in the under 11 sprint and bronze in the under 11 flags. This comes on the back of a 2nd overall (spring and flags) in the Sydney Water carnival series.
Well done Angus – you’ve done us proud!