Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Update 28th November

Hi Everyone, 

We are always open to suggestions of how to improve our club nights, so if anyone has suggestions, you are welcome to email me (president@gracevillelightning.org.au). There are a number of things I need to bring to everyone’s attention this week so everyone can enjoy the club nights. We have been having a fabulous turnout every week, the BBQ and canteen have been super busy and lots of kids have improved their swimming times. 

For those of you that have volunteered to provide a salad, work in the canteen or on the BBQ, thanks so much. It seems we have not quite gotten our process right and it’s a bit tricky to remember which week you have volunteered for. To help everyone, we will put up a list on the website which you can go and check. Its not ready at the moment, so if you know you have volunteered and are not sure when, please get in contact with me. If you cannot make it, then we would really appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible so we can find a volunteer. This week we are short one canteen volunteer so if you can help, please get in contact with me. 

For those of you that were present last week, I bought to everyone’s attention some behaviours that occurred the previous week that our committee considers inappropriate. For those of you that weren’t present, 2 of our parents had to clean an unacceptable mess in the boy’s bathrooms. This included 60-80 wads of paper stuck to the ceiling and walls, some of which were soaked in urine. I announced the consequence of this happening again was that free swim would be cancelled the following week. I am pleased that we had beautifully clean bathrooms this week, but unfortunately some children decided to urinate on the chairs where the Marshalling occurs. It wasn’t just a once off, it occurred several times during the evening in different length races. As you can imagine, its very unpleasant for the next child who came along and the Marshall who had to clean the chairs. I am not going to make a general announcement about this. I am going to leave it here and hope that everyone takes this on board. 

We have also had several complaints from parents about children using the showers for lengthy periods to keep warm between races (20-30 minutes). Please bring along extra towels and clothes for your children if the night is going to be cooler. 

Finally, please be aware of where your children are at all times. It enables us to make the night run more smoothly by getting them to their races and ensures that some of the unacceptable behaviour we have been witnessing does not occur. For those of you that are not aware, children and adults cannot hang around outside the pool area during swim club as the school has only given us permission to use the pool grounds. 

Thanks for listening, your help in making sure everyone can enjoy club nights without encountering unpleasant situations is very much appreciated. 

Enjoy swimming and watch out for next week’s newsletter about our free BBQ and club captain fun night. 

Heidi

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

External Swim Meet

Hi Everyone,

As per the announcement last week at swim club there is an external swim meet coming up at Nudgee College for children ages 7-11 (age as at December 8th 2018 ). This swim meet is a combination of both relays and individual races. The meet will be held on December 8th at 10am.

The race lengths start at 50m and will include all strokes as well as Freestyle and Medley Relays. If you are interested in your child attending or if you would like more information then please come over to the Merchandise table this coming Friday night.

Have a great week swimming

Heidi

Friday, November 9, 2018

Race Nominations and Volunteer Drinks Coordinator

Hi Everyone,
We’ve been having a few issues with people receiving our nominations email and children being nominated for races.  Could you please do the following to assist us in getting it correct:
  • If you have received this email and not the nominations email from our race secretary this week, please reply to this email and let me know.  Please also check the Swimming Australia site Club Lane to ensure that your email address is correct
  • If you have received this email and are no longer a member of the club and wish to be removed from the distribution list, please reply to this email and let me know
We are currently seeking someone to coordinate our drink orders each fortnight.  This would involve ordering and collecting alcohol and soft drink supplies and stocking our fridges with any deliveries. If you can help, please email president@gracevillelightning.org.au.  Please don’t let our fridges run dry!!!!
We are one of the largest active swim clubs in Queensland with approximately 150 registered swimmers plus parents/guardians.  As you can imagine, it’s quite a feat to coordinate a Friday night event where everyone gets food, drinks and participates in the correct races. Each week we need:
  • 16 people to run our timing system
  • 2 people to marshall racers
  • 3 people to run the BBQ
  • 3 people to bring a salad
  • 3 people to run the canteen
  • We have volunteers that coordinate food supplies, coordinate the canteen and volunteers, volunteers to collect bread and beers and salad each week
  • Plus we have a committee that setups, packs up and keeps the whole swim club running
If you are able to help, then please do.  With that in mind, if you are volunteering, it would really be appreciated if you could please note the following things
  • If you can’t complete your volunteering duties due to unforeseen circumstances, then please let one of our volunteer coordinators know as soon as possible so they can find someone else to help.
  • If you are due to bring a salad, please note the school has a no nut policy.  Please also keep in mind that we are feeding upwards of 150 people every week, so please make sure your salad is of a size to accommodate that.
  • If you are due to help with the BBQ, then please arrive by 5.30 as the sausages need to be ready when the canteen opens at 6.00
  • If you are a canteen volunteer, then please arrive by 5.45 so we can brief you on our responsible service of alcohol rules and let you know how everything runs
  • If you can help with timekeeping, then its appreciated.  Please note you don't have to stay for the whole night, especially if you have smaller children

Have a great week swimming
Heidi