Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vacant Role of Treasurer, Club Champs, BBQ and Canteen Volunteers Required

Hi Everyone,

We only have 3 regular swimming nights left.  We have really appreciated the support of everyone over the course of this year.  To make our club run successfully there is a great group of volunteers that help out.  We are on the hunt for a Treasurer next year.  Our club cannot continue to operate without a Treasurer, so we are looking for someone to step up and fill that gap.  Our Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the club.  In practical terms this means the regular banking, creating online payments and filing our accounts once per year and also attending committee meetings (about 5 per year).  Most of the work of the Treasurer can be done online.  We are about to embark on some improvements of the pool area, to ensure that happens we need a Treasurer in place to make sure our contractors can get paid.  As many of you are also members of the Graceville State School community, your children will benefit from any improvements we make to the school pool.  Examples of things we have done in the past have included purchasing a blanket for the pool and new lane ropes and had the change room floor upgraded.   We would love to do something that benefits both our school and Graceville Lightning.  If you are interested in the role, could you please contact me at

Don’t forget our Club Champs are on the 24th of March and we would love to see you and your children there if they have completed the required number of events during the swim season.  Please refer to our website for the details of how our club champs work.

This week we are looking for BBQ volunteers x 2 and canteen volunteers x 2.  If you can help out, even for an hour, please let me know.  Many of our regulars are not available this week so we really need some extra help.  We are also short of volunteers for the last 2 weeks of swim club, so if you can go onto our website and sign up or email me and let me know if you can help out it would be hugely appreciated. 

Enjoy the week swimming!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers Needed

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a hot few days, so the pool is looking good this Friday night.  This week I want to thank our regular sponsors.  Each week we are privileged to have our bread supplied by Miettes, our salad items by Superior Fruit and our BBQ supplies by P&L Meats.  If you get the opportunity, I would encourage you to support our sponsors as they are an essential part of our community and help us keep our wonderful swim club up and running.

This week we are short a few volunteers due to people’s plan changing.  If you could spare a couple of hours, we are looking for 1 BBQ volunteer and 2 canteen volunteers. We realise that many of you have younger children and need to leave earlier, so if you can only help out for an hour before you need to leave, then we don’t mind. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, you can go to our volunteer page at  I’ll also be walking around on Friday night looking for volunteers to help out.  So please sign up to help out if you are able.

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday night.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Volunteer Roster and Date Claimer for Oxley Road Cup

Hi Everyone,
It was a good start to the 2nd half of our season with some great swimming.  The children have all improved their times and stoke lengths.  This is evidenced by the number of children we have in the 25m races. 
We are short 3 volunteers this week, one for the BBQ and two for the Canteen. If anyone can help, then please reply to this email.
With 150 children registered, we have a lot of parents to help out!  We now have a new volunteer system in place.  Starting from next week, you will be able to go onto our website and put your name down as a volunteer.  We would love it if you could go on and sign up for either the BBQ, canteen or salad.
You will need to enter your name, email and phone number.  Your phone number is so we can send you a text reminder when you are due to volunteer.  It won’t be visible to anyone else.  Also, if you have any feedback on this system, then please let me know.  Each week we need 3 canteen, 3 BBQ and 3 salad volunteers to keep our club running and our participants well fed. 
We are just finalising the dates for the Oxley Road Cup, Club Championships and Club Presentations.  These events are outside our usual Friday night club meets, so make sure you put them down in your diary.  Our proposed dates are as follows, but in the meantime, can you please put a placeholder in your calendar.
Oxley Road Cup – Sunday 10th March 11.30am
Club Championships – Sunday 24th March 12.00pm
Club Presentation – Sunday 31st of March 12.00pm.
If you have any questions about these events, please feel free to contact me.
Enjoy your week

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

North Queensland Flood Collection

Hi Everyone,

As you know there have been devastating floods in North Queensland especially around the Townsville area. Many of you will remember the amazing community spirit that we experienced in the local area when we were faced with the same in 2011.

Wendy from Graceville Fine Goods and Deli is organising a collection for the residents of Townsville and has put a shout out to our local community. For those of you that don’t know Wendy, she has a huge heart and is always the first person to jump to action when others are in need. I thought it would be worth sharing her message to see if anyone would be able to contribute over the next couple of days. She has a specific list of items and the drop off point is Graceville Fine Foods and Deli on Bank Road. Please see Wendy’s request:

Ok, so I'm still trying to lock in transport to Townsville but it's looking extremely positive so I'm just going to get this ball rolling and start our........

"Help support Townsville" appeal.

Graceville Fine Foods will be the drop off point as of tomorrow, Tuesday 5/2/19.

We are helping "Food Relief NQ" and all our donations will go directly to them as they are the people on the ground and will distribute to the people that need them the most.

My gorgeous friends Mick & Meggsy in Townsville are my contacts and I will work with them to make this all happen.

We are collecting the following items.

•Children's toys
•Cleaning products
•Pet food
•Non-perishable food
•Non-perishable snacks
•Bottled water

Seeing people in need breaks my heart so I'm going hard to collect as much as we possibly can.

As soon as it's safe to start travelling to Townsville we will load up and move out.

I know I ask a lot of you and you know I truly appreciate everything you've always done but I just can't stand by so please please please give as much as you can.

Could you also "share" this post as well so everybody knows where to donate.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you xxx

I hope we can help