Best club member 2013/2014, Karen Robertson presents a heartfelt thanks to Rainbow’s wonderful adminstrator Helen Brown
by Justin Schooth
James Bond was in town for the annual lifesaving awards dinner which kicked off with a veritable feast of 5 star cuisine in a very swanky 5 star setting setup and catered for by Brad and his staff at the supporters club. Dancing and frivolity was the call of the night as the lifesavers wound down after a long (but not arduous) season. Many a martini (shaken not stirred) was enjoyed whilst listening to the music of Mr Glen Fox .
The annual dinner also gives the club a chance to recognize those members whose voluntary service goes above and beyond. Some of the award highlights for the night included our outgoing president Mr Ron Organ being awarded the Cliff Kuhn award for his dedication and service as an executive member, Courtney Hunter receiving the Peter Bagenquast award, Liam Gould and Tod Pooley as the best Junior and Senior members respectively, Mitch Nuske best junior patrol member, Stuart Wilson outstanding first year, Leah Schulz encouragement award, Karen Robertson best club member, Tumaka Read Champion Lifesaver, Mitch Neumann IRB Award, Emily Simpson harden up award, and last but not least Tony Chamberlain received the most coveted award, the Dunny Seat. Awards were also presented for those members who volunteered 100 + hrs on the beach over the season and to our long standing members for 20, 30 and 40 years of continuous service.
A big thank you must also go to Joe Casey and the Rainbow Beach RSL for their presentation to the club and kind donation. We look forward our ongoing relationship with the RSL into the future.
The lifesavers now have a few more months of quiet time before we provide water safety in the Annual Rainbow Beach Triathlon in August. The season kicks off proper with patrols commencing on September 20.
The club is always looking for new members to help with patrolling if you are interested please contact Helen at the surf club office (07) 5486 3249 ext 5 or Mark Lawler our Chief Training Officer on (0427) 033 160 as the club will be running a Bronze Medallion course in the first week of the September school holidays. The skills you gain whilst having fun and making lifelong friends may not only help you save a life but are nationally recognized and can be used in your school or workplace.