Archive for May, 2018

Much to celebrate, much to do.…

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

“We have much to cel­e­brate and much to do” — read the full address to the Annu­al Club Din­ner by Stu­art Clarke.

Dis­tin­guished Guests of the Club
Hon Albert and Cecil­ia Jacob — May­or, City of Joon­dalup and Club Patron
Hei­di Gan and Simon — Board Mem­ber, Surf Life Sav­ing WA
CR Philip­pa Tay­lor — Coun­cilor, City of Joon­dalup
CR Nige Jones — Coun­cilor, City of Joon­dalup
Ms Emi­ly Hamil­ton, Mem­ber for Joon­dalup (sends her apolo­gies, as she is unwell)
Our Spon­sors and Busi­ness Part­ners
Life Mem­bers
Mem­bers and their guests


Ngaala Kaa­ditj Whad­juk Noon­gar Moort Keyen Kaadak Nid­ja Bood­ja

Which means

We acknowl­edge the Whad­juk Noon­gar Peo­ple as the Orig­i­nal Cus­to­di­ans of this Land

I would also like to pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerg­ing.

The 50,000 plus years of her­itage of the first peo­ple on this land offers us much to learn.

Indeed, the more I get to know about the con­nect­ed­ness of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to coun­try and kin, the more I’m impressed with their under­stand­ing of a fun­da­men­tal ingre­di­ent of sta­ble soci­ety – belong­ing.

In its unique way, this is some­thing that our Club also offers. A sense of belong­ing to an extend­ed fam­i­ly, to a wor­thy cause and to the beau­ti­ful, yet some­times chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ment of the ocean.

Tonight, this is much of what we cel­e­brate – anoth­er year in the life of our Club. So, what else do we have to cel­e­brate?

We have plen­ty, includ­ing:

  • recog­nis­ing long ser­vice to the surf life sav­ing move­ment;
  • applaud­ing the excel­lence of our mem­bers in coach­ing and com­pet­ing in surf sports; and
  • appre­ci­at­ing the huge vol­un­tary efforts of our mem­bers, across the many areas of our Club such as admin­is­tra­tion, edu­ca­tion, life sav­ing and offi­ci­at­ing.

Tonight, we will cel­e­brate the stand­out per­for­mances, but what about the many, many hours of con­tri­bu­tions our mem­bers freely offer? Peo­ple such as:

  • Lewis Ben­net sit­ting freez­ing on a board yet again offer­ing water safe­ty ser­vice;
  • Our age group man­agers edu­cat­ing and enter­tain­ing our Nip­pers;
  • Rob McGre­gor and his crew get­ting out of bed at the crack of dawn each Sun­day Club day to do beach set up; and
  • the many Direc­tors, Gen­er­al Man­agers and Man­agers doing all the ‘extra’ things their roles require to pro­vide val­ue to our mem­bers.

I would like to per­son­al­ly thank my fel­low Direc­tors on the Board for their fab­u­lous com­mit­ment this year to the cause of our Club.

YES, tonight is our oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank and cel­e­brate them all to. So, let’s enjoy it on their behalf.

But first, I’d like to pro­vide a quick look back at the year and a glimpse for­ward for the com­ing few years.

It’s always good to Review and Reflect – it’s the only way we learn and improve.

About this time last year we com­menced “Project Pre­pare” – a bun­dle of activ­i­ties aimed at prepar­ing our club for the com­ing sea­son and beyond.

I’m pleased to report that all 15 of the main activ­i­ties were most­ly com­plet­ed across the four areas:


  • Cul­tur­al Sur­vey – done, con­sid­ered (upgrad­ed facil­i­ties, will be focussing on resolv­ing the ‘divid­ed club’ issue, with more to do and pub­lish)
  • Life Mem­bers Work­shop – one con­duct­ed, more to come
  • Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing review – done, con­duct­ing a very dif­fer­ent AGM to the pre­vi­ous one


  • Strate­gic Plan Progress Score­card – done, con­sid­er­ing review of Strate­gic Plan
  • Future Lead­ers Forum – done, good feed­back


  • Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Bank – ongo­ing upload of infor­ma­tion and doc­u­ments by the man­age­ment team
  • Recruit and Appoint GMs and Ms – done, but lessons learned
  • Club Open Day – done, lessons learned for upcom­ing sea­son

Poli­cies and Pro­ce­dures

  • Tech­nol­o­gy Com­mit­tee – ongo­ing work to improve our Club’s use of tech­nol­o­gy
  • Mem­ber­ship Struc­ture Com­mit­tee – pro­pos­als being con­sid­ered
  • Risk & Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee – ongo­ing, would love more assis­tance
  • Hon­ours & Awards Com­mit­tee – ongo­ing, clar­i­fy­ing terms of ref­er­ence
  • Griev­ance pol­i­cy – new Mem­ber Pro­tec­tion Pol­i­cy devel­oped and tri­alled, yet to be insti­tut­ed

There’s been some obvi­ous and sig­nif­i­cant changes in our club this year, such as:

  • With Swell Mul­laloo Beach open­ing on 4 Jan­u­ary this year, we com­menced the ‘com­mis­sion­ing’ of our long term rela­tion­ship with Olivi­er and Cassie Letrone. We wel­come them here tonight and look for­ward to a fab­u­lous din­ner and a long and pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship.
  • We’ve also secured a long term spon­sor­ship and part­ner­ship with ECU. This will cov­er all man­ner of activ­i­ties includ­ing
    • reach­ing out to our Nip­pers and par­ents with ECU’s ser­vices
    • wel­com­ing and train­ing ECU’s inter­na­tion­al stu­dents
    • devel­op­ing stu­dent place­ment and projects with­in the Club

We have so many oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore with our new and exist­ing part­ners. This will be an excit­ing few years to see what lever­age we can all enjoy.

So, what’s in store for our Club in the Future?

With all this change and prepa­ra­tion, I believe we’re stand­ing at the cusp of a new era for our Club. One that’s a bit scary, a lot excit­ing and one that will involve us more in our com­mu­ni­ty.

Recruit­ment and appoint­ment of GMs and Man­agers

  • You will have noticed that we’ve changed our recruit­ing and appoint­ment of GMs and Man­agers.
  • This is an impor­tant change, since we will give our man­age­ment team a chance to get pre­pared for the com­ing sum­mer sea­son by get­ting every­one in posi­tion well before the sea­son starts.
  • The ‘catch up’ mode we went through last year was a bit too hec­tic and we’ll avoid the pit­falls this year by being bet­ter planned and pre­pared.

Spon­sor­ships and part­ner­ships

  • We will have to work clev­er­ly to hon­our and deliv­er to the spon­sor­ships and part­ner­ships we’ve entered into.
  • Our City of Joon­dalup, ECU and many oth­er fun­ders and spon­sors expect more from their invest­ment.
  • Our com­mu­ni­ty also expect more from us.

How to do it?

  • I believe we have the abil­i­ty to deliv­er if we can stay focussed on the goals we set.
  • I believe we can offer an inclu­sive envi­ron­ment for our mem­bers if we focus on the com­mon goal of our club – sav­ing lives.

Recruit­ment and appoint­ment of a Club Chap­lain.

  • Your Board has con­sid­ered a pro­pos­al from Life Sav­ing Chap­lain­cy Aus­tralia (a divi­sion of Sports Chap­lain­cy Aus­tralia). With their assis­tance, we have agreed to recruit a Club Chap­lain.
  • This is not new to our Club, as Kevin Larkins and his com­mit­tee were the first in WA to appoint a Club Chap­lain.
  • A Chap­lain ‘walks with’ our Club mem­bers through the good times and the tough times, offer­ing sup­port where ever they can. They will be part of our every­day club activ­i­ties, not a ‘fly in, fly out’ prob­lem solver or coun­sel­lor.

Men­tal Well­be­ing Pro­gram

  • A Club Chap­lain will com­ple­ment the Club’s men­tal well­be­ing pro­gram.
  • Last year I stood before you and announced the ‘Assis­tance Required’ men­tal health project.
  • Since then sev­er­al mem­bers with exper­tise in this field have con­sid­ered the ser­vices already on offer by oth­ers and dis­cussed and devel­oped a plan for our Club. This is not a grand suit of ser­vices or men­tal health coun­selling or treat­ment.
  • The Club will first­ly focus on pro­mot­ing good well­ness behav­iours, both phys­i­cal and men­tal well­ness. You’ll hear more about these in the com­ing few months.

What’s the ‘next big thing’? … I believe we need to focus on build­ing greater val­ue for our mem­bers.

  • The Board has been dis­cussing late­ly what the ‘next big thing’ for our Club might be.
  • We’d love to hear from our mem­bers what they think it should be and will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­tribute your thoughts in the near future.

There’s the proverb that says:

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to far, go togeth­er.

I look for­ward to going far with you all, togeth­er.

Thank you,

Stu­art Clarke

Changes to Club Championships and Point Scores

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The win­ter sea­son surf sport dis­ci­plines of Pool Res­cue, IRB Rac­ing and Surf­board Rid­ing will be removed from the WA Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship point scores and will instead be sep­a­rat­ed into stand­alone cham­pi­onships with stand­alone point scores.

From 2018/19 Clubs will com­pete for the fol­low­ing win­ter sea­son Cham­pi­on Club awards:

  • Cham­pi­on Club — Sun­Smart WA State Pool Res­cue Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing all results from all applic­a­ble age groups (nip­pers through to mas­ters)
  • Cham­pi­on Club — WA IRB Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing all results from all applic­a­ble age groups (Open events only).
  • Cham­pi­on Club — Sun­Smart WA Board Rid­ing Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing all results from short board and long board cat­e­gories from all applic­a­ble age groups (nip­pers to mas­ters).

The sum­mer sea­son surf sport dis­ci­plines will all con­tribute to the WA Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships point scores. From 2018/19 Clubs will com­pete for the fol­low­ing sum­mer sea­son Cham­pi­on Club awards:

  • Cham­pi­on Club — Sun­Smart WA Nip­per Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing results from U10 to U13 com­pe­ti­tion.
  • Cham­pi­on Club — Sun­Smart WA Senior Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing results from U14 to Open.
  • Cham­pi­on Club — Sun­Smart WA Mas­ters Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship- incor­po­rat­ing results from all applic­a­ble Mas­ters age groups.

In rela­tion to the Cham­pi­on Club award for the WA Senior Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship, whilst this award will include applic­a­ble U14 and U15 (youth) results, these results will also be utilised to deter­mine the fol­low­ing new youth award:

  • Cham­pi­on Youth Club – Sun­Smart WA Senior Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onship – incor­po­rat­ing results from U14 and U15 age groups.

Ref­er­ence: Cir­cu­lar 02

Mullaloo youth members smash the indoor beach volleyball world

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Awesome turn out…

We had an awe­some turn out for our sea­son wind up at Joon­dalup Indoor Beach Vol­ley­ball Cen­tre…

Our up and com­ing Under 14’s joined our cur­rent youth age groups, with around 50 young club mem­bers bat­tling it out on the sand for the hon­ours.

After five rounds it was the PINK team who went through unde­feat­ed, before all teams enjoy­ing some piz­za togeth­er.

Thanks to our injured club mem­bers Anni­ka, Lillyan and Darcey for their fan­tas­tic umpir­ing and con­trol of the games, and to all the par­ents who came along and sup­port­ed their kids.

Annual Dinner Wrap

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Thank you to our mem­bers who sup­port­ed the Club Din­ner on Sat­ur­day night. It was great to see such a cross sec­tion of our club com­mu­ni­ty all togeth­er and hav­ing a good time. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all award nom­i­nees and recip­i­ents. (View the nom­i­nees and win­ners in the pre­sen­ta­tion HERE.)

An event like this would not be pos­si­ble with­out the col­lec­tive assis­tance from our mem­bers – we’d like to THANK every­one who helped with set up – and helped make the room look sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar, also, pack up (for those who recov­ered from a late night suf­fi­cient­ly enough to help put the club back to it’s nor­mal self, espe­cial­ly the mums on Moth­ers Day!), hope­ful­ly cap­tur­ing all names: Ali, Ali­son, Aman­da, Angela, Cal­ven, Char­lotte, Chrissie, Cindy, Dawn, Glen­da, Glynne, Jacky, James, Jeff, Jen­ny, Josh, JP Doo­ley, Julie, Kat­ri­na, Kay, Kirsten D., Kirsten F., Louise, Michelle, Natal­ie, Nis­sa, Noel, Pen­ny, Sian, Stu­art and Zara. (When we packed up on Sun­day we were 4 vas­es miss­ing and a few bal­loon weights, if these made their way home with any­one, please can they be returned to the office asap, they were bought with the inten­tion of using in the future, thank you.)

Thanks to Dawn Jones (coor­di­nat­ing the team), Pen­ny Fort­mann (who did most of the hard work lead­ing up to the event so that the rest of us could have a great time), Karen Oliv­er and Jen Ducasse (invi­ta­tions and han­dling all the enquiries in the office) and Sandy Clarke (behind the scene stuff) for their efforts in the lead up to the event. On the night a thank you to Jeff David­son our MC (and Life Mem­ber) – for keep­ing the evening tick­ing along and enter­tain­ing us on the way, Kirsten Fort­mann – for the smooth process of hand­ing out the tro­phies, bar staff Rob and Jacqui McGre­gor, Trevor Bul­ley and Mandy Brooks – a big ask on a big night!

Liquor BaronsThank you to Ocean Reef Liquor Barons for their gen­er­ous dona­tion of the arrival sparkling wine and table wines.

Thank you to Swell Mul­laloo Beach for the déli­cieux choic­es of food on the buf­fet (I hope every­one had a taste of the apple crum­ble!) and for their assis­tance in our set up.

To our guests, May­or Hon. Albert Jacob JP, Coun­cil­lors Philip­pa Tay­lor and Nige Jones, SLSWA Board mem­ber Hei­di Gan, Spon­sors Steve and Mandy Lee of Lee­way Group, Janet Sim­mons of ECU School of Busi­ness & Law, Jeff Bak­er of Lloyds Reg­is­ter, Life Mem­bers Dave Cronk, Ali­son Ger­ard, Mark Hills, Mandy Lee, God­frey Law­son, Steve Dargie, our Board and Man­age­ment team and all our mem­bers who made it such a mem­o­rable night – THANK YOU!

So many to thank! That’s because a great event is only that because of the great team behind it! A mag­nif­i­cent way to fin­ish off the reg­u­lar sea­son and we look for­ward to the next one already!

Education Update

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

ECU-have a goInternational Beach Awareness

Mul­laloo part­nered with Edith Cow­an Uni­ver­si­ty to present a Beach Aware­ness Ses­sion and Have-A-Go. The day was high­ly suc­cess­ful with 20 stu­dents learn­ing about water safe­ty and being giv­en the chance to go in a surf boat and IRB. A huge thank you to every­one who helped make the day a huge suc­cess.

The last part of the pre­sen­ta­tion was called Beach Pre­pared­ness where stu­dents were intro­duced to basic first aid aware­ness. this includ­ed CPR, using a defib­ril­la­tor, ban­dages and what to find in a First Aid Kit.

The feed­back by the stu­dents was that they would now feel com­fort­able help­ing out in a sit­u­a­tion if it were to arise. Thank you so much to Sandy Clarke who has been instru­men­tal in mak­ing this ini­tia­tive between our spon­sors, ECU and Mul­laloo.

ART (HLTAID007) Course

Com­menc­ing on Tues­day June 12, 6:30pm till 9:30pm. The course will run for 5 con­sec­u­tive weeks with assess­ment pro­vi­sion­al­ly booked for Tues­day 10 July. There is an online com­po­nent to the course that’s is required to be com­plet­ed before com­menc­ing. The course will be run by Bernie Flint, reg­is­tra­tion link will be com­ing soon. How­ev­er, please con­tact Cours­es to reg­is­ter your inter­est.

Bronze Medallion Course

The first Bronze Medal­lion course will be start­ing on August 15, reg­is­tra­tion link will be com­ing soon. How­ev­er, please con­tact Cours­es to reg­is­ter your inter­est.

AAA Event

stand­ing for Attain, Acknowl­edge, Achieve was held on Sun­day 29 April. The evening cel­e­brat­ed the efforts and achieve­ments of every­one who has com­plet­ed a course. Bronze and Sil­ver Medal­lions were pre­sent­ed and mem­bers acknowl­edged for their com­mit­ment and ser­vice to the club and Surf Life­sav­ing. If you were unable to attend your awards are ready for you to col­lect at the office.

You can down­load the pre­sen­ta­tion HERE.

(Please note that Bronze 4 and Beach Man­age­ment Sil­ver Medal­lion awards have not been received yet. We will advise when they arrive.) 

Call for EOI in GM Positions – Support Services and Surf Sports

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Board and man­age­ment team have dis­cussed how to improve our recruit­ment and appoint­ment of Gen­er­al Man­agers and Man­agers. Some of the feed­back includ­ed that last year’s round was too close to the start of the sum­mer sea­son, was too for­mal and did not allow for Gen­er­al Man­agers to have suit­ably long tenure to prop­er­ly learn and plan their port­fo­lio.

As a result, the Board has decid­ed the fol­low­ing:

  • Gen­er­al Man­agers will be appoint­ed for a 2 year term.
  • Man­agers will be appoint­ed for a 1 year term.
  • Recruit­ment and appoint­ment of Gen­er­al Man­agers will occur in May and of Man­agers in June.
  • Mem­bers can express their inter­est in posi­tions in writ­ing then a few of the Board mem­bers will have an infor­mal dis­cus­sion with can­di­dates.

Three Gen­er­al Man­agers have been in their role for less than a year. The Board would like to thank Tony Green­field (GM Oper­a­tions), Chrissie Payne (GM Mar­ket­ing) and Julie Rap­ley (GM Devel­op­ment) for agree­ing to con­tin­ue in their role for the com­ing sea­son and they have been appoint­ed.

Of the two oth­er Gen­er­al Man­ag­er posi­tions, one is vacant (GM Sup­port Ser­vices) and the oth­er has been filled by Car­lo Tenaglia for the last two sea­sons. As such, these two posi­tions are now open for expres­sions of inter­est from mem­bers.

If you are inter­est­ed in either of these two posi­tions, you can:

  • Read the gener­ic job descrip­tion for the Gen­er­al Man­agers posi­tions.
  • Speak to any of the Board mem­bers for guid­ance on expec­ta­tions and sup­port.
  • Lodge a writ­ten expres­sion of inter­est by com­plet­ing this EOI Form and send­ing it to the Pres­i­dent by 5pm, Mon­day 28 May, 2018.