Much to celebrate, much to do.…

“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

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