Newsletter – July 30, 2020

Dear Members,

We hope all our members are keeping well throughout this challenging time.

COVID 19 has thrown up many challenges for all Victorians and the Lifesaving community is no different. The timing and possible duration of the current restrictions means that the Committee, in consultation with LSV, will start to examine how a COVID modified season might look in respect of some of our normal events and programs – hard to believe we are into August!

The first event that COVID has altered for our season is the Fairhaven AGM.

For a historical first time, our AGM will be conducted completely online via a Zoom Link.

Details below, please join us!

Please Join Us for Our 62nd Annual General Meeting

Date: Sunday 16th August 2020
Time: 10.30am
Location: Zoom On Line Meeting

Download: 62nd AGM – Agenda (pdf)
Download: 61st AGM – Minutes (pdf)

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62nd Annual Report – Fairhaven SLSC

Annual Report - 2019-20

It is with great pleasure that the Committee of the Fairhaven SLSC present to members, our 62nd Annual Report.

As part of our sustainability initiatives, this is presented to members in electronic format.

Download: Annual Report (pdf 3.5MB)

A complete set of our Annual Reports dating back to 1957 can also be found on our website.

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LSV Awards of Excellence

The 2020 LSV Awards of Excellence are to be presented on Saturday 1st August.

This is normally a gala dinner event however will be conducted as an online event this year.

We have set up a Facebook Watch Party for the evening – please join us!

Fairhaven has been nominated for awards in 5 categories, 4 individual awards as well as the prestigious Club of The Year!

  • Return to IRB Racing, Outstanding Achievement of the Year
  • Julia Clarke, Volunteer Assessor of the Year
  • Eve Lardner, Volunteer Trainer of the Year
  • Thomas Burt, Westpac Youth Lifesaver of the Year
  • Fairhaven SLSC, Marsh Club of the Year

Good luck to all the nominees and congratulations on your outstanding achievements throughout the Lifesaving season.

Fairhaven SLSC Named Among State’s Best Lifesaving Clubs

Fairhaven SLSC could potentially win Club of the Year for the second time in five years at the upcoming Life Saving Victoria (LSV) Awards of Excellence 2020.

Full Story: Surf Coast Times

Photo: Klaus Nannestad

Vale – Garry Lowe

Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club sadly notes the recent passing of former Club Captain Garry Lowe.

Many of our older members will have lasting memories of Garry Lowe’s significant input to Fairhaven, particularly through the formative years of the 1960’s.

Garry “Buddha” Lowe joined the club and gained his Bronze Medallion in November 1961. From the outset Garry’s capacity and enthusiasm for club activities became evident. He served the club in a variety of active roles including Club Captain, Chief Instructor and Patrol Captain. Garry’s patrol service record in particular, is noteworthy. He served many hours on the beach and displayed strong leadership qualities that included captaincy of the best patrol in 1967/8.

Garry Lowe and Darcy

An outstanding swimmer, Garry recorded fastest time in the club’s 1962 Annual River Swim. In surf life saving competition, together with his brother Rob, he represented Fairhaven consistently in Reel and Rescue and other surf events. Further, Garry was a proud, regular member of the State Gold Medal winning March Past teams of the 1960’s.

Garry Lowe’s contribution to our club in its early years was substantial and most notable. He loved the club and will be sadly missed by his many Fairhaven friends. Over more recent times Garry enjoyed visits to the club, a few beers at the Sunset Bar and sharing stories and memories with old mates.

Fairhaven extends condolences and deepest sympathy to Garry’s wife Barbara, their sons Brad, Marshall and Ben, his extended family and many friends.

Rest in peace Garry “Buddha” Lowe.

Best wishes to all,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC

Mrrch Past - 1960s
March Past – 1960s