Newsletter – August 26, 2020

Dear Members,

Greetings to all – almost to the calendar end of winter!

In a quiet iso moment – let your mind drift forward to a Haven summer which is just around the corner…

There is obviously a degree of uncertainty around what this summer will look like in terms of our normal programs and events.

All clubs are in regular communication with LSV about all things related to club activities and COVID.

Given the current status in Victoria – it is too early for me to provide you with any firm news, however as the summer approaches, we undertake to communicate with our members in a regular and timely way – as soon as we know more.

Membership Renewals

Members will start receiving their membership renewals over the next month or so. Now, more than ever, we need your support!

Like many organisations, FSLSC will sustain significant financial loss of revenue related to COVID. The club remains financially stable but is also appreciative of the ongoing support of all of our members.

Equally, we recognise and respect that COVID has effected members and their families in many ways, financially and otherwise. Please feel free to contact Nicole Clarke ([email protected]) if you have extenuating circumstances.

62nd Annual General Meeting

FSLSC history was made on Sunday 16th August with our first ever online AGM! Over 50 people attended which was a great outcome. Whilst we obviously would have preferred to catch up in person, the format worked well!

AGM Online Meeting

Highlights included the awarding of Life Membership to Pam Freeman – a thoroughly deserved award.

Also, given our Easter Presentation Night was cancelled – the presentation of club awards also took place. A complete list of these can be found in the Annual Report – some of the major awards recognised were:

  • 15 Years Patrol Service – Sean Lawler & Phil Thomas
  • President’s Trophy for Club Service – Julia Clarke & Gareth Clarke
  • Best Active Member – Fergus Orr
  • Lifesaver of the Year – Issy Galloway
  • Patrol of the Year – Patrol 2
  • Most Patrol Hours – James Wright
  • Best Performed Female Competitor – Mia Hamley
  • Best Performed Male Competitor – Gabe Cornwell
  • Outstanding Sports Achievement – Masters Womens Boat Crew

Download: Annual Report 2019-20 (pdf)

In addition, Committee and Office Bearers for the forthcoming season were elected. Thanks to those members who have put their hand up to take on extra responsibility and also thanks to members who have stepped down from Committee roles – in particular, Alan Martin and Michael Henderson.

FSLSC Committee and Delegates – 2020-2021

President Darren West
Treasurer Pam Freeman
Secretary (Public Officer) Alex Buckley
Club Captain Liam O’Callaghan
Vice President – Operations Maddy Green
Vice President – Sport Chloe Hardman
Vice President – Facilities Mark Scotland
Vice President – Training and Assessment Eve Lardner
Vice President – Membership & Leadership Development Laura Buckley
Vice President – Junior Development Kirstin Charlesworth

Operations Delegates

Club Vice Captain Jacqui Dreher
Lifesaving Development Officer Alex Schwarcz
IRB Captain Alex Wright
Gear Stewards Cam Miller
Tom Burt
Radio Officer Terry Duggan

Competition Delegates

Boat Captain Dave Thompson
Board & Ski Captain Vacant

Training and Assessment Delegates

Chief Instructors Sarah Cohen
Sam Morrison


Advisor to Public Officer Nick Harding
Child Safety Officers Sonia McCully-Saggers
Nancy Joseph
Membership Registrar Vicki Redwood
Surfguard Registrar Peter Leonard
First Aid Officer Sonia McCully-Saggers
Grants Officer Rod Woodger
Grievance Officer Nancy Joseph
Haven Editor Stew Miles
Historian Keith West
Social Coordinator Dave Maher
Social Media Coordinator Sarah Burt
Sustainability Officer Kate Lewin

Vale – Gladys Nutbean

We sadly note the recent passing of Gladys Nutbean, inaugural president of the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club Ladies Auxiliary. Gladys celebrated her 100th birthday earlier in 2020 and was the wife of George Nutbean, our first club president.

“Look out you don’t get too involved…” was the well meaning advice that Gladys gave to her husband as he headed to the meeting that was to form a surf life saving club at Fairhaven.

Clearly, the advice was not heeded. The contribution of Gladys and George Nutbean throughout the early years of our club was most significant and will be remembered as an important part of our history.

We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Nutbean family at this sad time.

Best wishes to all members of the Fairhaven SLSC and Aireys Inlet community – take care, keep active and hopefully Stage 3 & 4 will be over very soon!

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC

An old reel in a shed restored by a group of boys - 1957
An old reel in a shed restored by a group of boys – 1957