President’s Message

We are almost at the start of a new sum­mer sea­son and activ­i­ties have slow­ly been increas­ing over the last few weeks. It has been fan­tas­tic to see the beach return­ing to a busy state, with new Bronze and SRC cours­es start­ing, the IRB dri­vers course pro­gress­ing well, and of course the many dif­fer­ent train­ing groups – it real­ly show­cas­es ‘One Club’. It won’t be long until the patrol sea­son is upon us again.

The Board have been busy over the last few months putting the fin­ish­ing touch­es to the updat­ed strate­gic plan which will be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to mem­bers very soon. As part of this update, the Board have made a pre­emp­tive update to the organ­i­sa­tion­al struc­ture in readi­ness for the start of the new sea­son. We have added sev­er­al new roles includ­ing:

  • Water Safe­ty Man­ag­er – work­ing with­in the Oper­a­tions port­fo­lio to coor­di­nate and man­age water safe­ty needs for the Club to alle­vi­ate the load on the Life­sav­ing Man­ag­er
  • Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Facil­i­ties – to over­see and coor­di­nate the man­age­ment of our facil­i­ty.

As part of this change, John Hillen as Finance Man­ag­er will report direct­ly to the Board as will Jen and Karen in the office.

Posi­tion descrip­tions for these new roles are cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment and we would encour­age any­one who has an inter­est to assist, to con­tact either myself or the office in the inter­im for fur­ther infor­ma­tion.

Whilst we are close to the start of the sea­son, we are still search­ing high and low for a Wood­side Nip­pers Man­ag­er to work with the com­mit­tee to ensure the youngest mem­bers of our Club get the best expe­ri­ence we can give them. We also need a Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Mar­ket­ing to over­see our Mar­ket­ing port­fo­lio. Addi­tion­al­ly, after many years in the role, Jes­per Ras­mussen has decid­ed to step down as Facil­i­ties Man­ag­er and we’d like to thank him whole­heart­ed­ly for all his efforts over those years. This then opens up the Facil­i­ties Man­ag­er posi­tion look­ing after the day-to-day man­age­ment of our build­ing. If you, or any­one you know, are able to assist with these roles, please con­tact the office to express your inter­est.

To enable the Club to func­tion effec­tive­ly the Board have also defined sev­er­al com­mit­tees that will be in place this year:

  • Build­ing com­mit­tee – to look at options, define plans and costs for key projects, includ­ing the rede­vel­op­ment of the upstairs toi­lets, fit­ting out of the bal­cony area and redevelopment/expansion of our down­stairs areas
  • Pol­i­cy com­mit­tee – to review cur­rent bylaws and poli­cies, defin­ing clear and sim­ple poli­cies for the Club and mem­bers
  • Risk and Gov­er­nance com­mit­tee – to ensure the Club is aware of, man­ag­ing and elim­i­nat­ing risks appro­pri­ate­ly along with ensur­ing com­pli­ance with applic­a­ble gov­er­nance require­ments.

If you feel you have any expe­ri­ence or exper­tise in the areas above, we’d love to hear from you! Please con­tact the office.

Before the sea­son starts, I’d like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to remind every­one it is against our poli­cies to allow non-mem­bers access to the down­stairs change rooms and gym – these facil­i­ties are a ben­e­fit of Club mem­ber­ship. Your mem­ber­ship fees con­tribute to the clean­ing, main­te­nance and insur­ance costs and cov­er, paid for by the Club, which is no dif­fer­ent to any oth­er pri­vate facil­i­ty. Updates will be imple­ment­ed over the next few months to assist with mon­i­tor­ing these envi­ron­ments.

Whilst the Club bar has been open all over the win­ter peri­od, events are now start­ing to hap­pen to wake mem­bers up from their hiber­na­tion. Chase the Ace is well under­way with a cur­rent jack­pot of just under $1,000 – come down every Fri­day night for your chance to win. The AFL Grand Final will be live in the lounge on Sat­ur­day 28 Sep­tem­ber, quick­ly fol­lowed by the NRL Grand Final on Sun­day 06 Octo­ber. As a pre-sea­son func­tion we also have an Okto­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day 11 Octo­ber – bring your best leder­ho­sen! Come down, share some food from Swell and the com­pa­ny of your fam­i­lies and fel­low club­bies and have some fun at these events whilst sup­port­ing the Club.

There is, and will be, so much going on at the Club, if you are unsure what is avail­able, please check our web­site, the newslet­ter, social media or just ask one of the man­age­ment team when you see them (their pic­tures are on the board inside the boat­shed and in the Club lounge).

Patrolling mem­bers get ready to dust off your uni­forms, I’ll see you on the beach soon.

Alis­tair Cook
Pres­i­dent, Mul­laloo SLSC

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