Section 15.7 Long Service Membership
Following Changes were approved at the May 2018 Board of Management Meeting
- Applications for Long Service Membership shall be submitted in writing to the Director Finance & Administration and shall include a resume of the applicant’s surf life saving service and awards held.
- The Director of Finance & Administration shall forward all applications to a Board of Life Members appointed by the BoM as required (consisting of at least 3 members). The Life Members shall consider the service record of the applicant and recommend acceptance or rejection of the application in writing to be ratified at the next meeting of the BoM. If no Life Members are available, then the BoM shall consider the nomination.
- The BoM and Life Members should be proactive in identifying potential candidates for consideration for Long Service.
- Long Service members are exempt from performance of any Patrol duties, however an equal commitment of time to other club activities shall be sought in order to provide suitable mentorship and development to less senior members. In all other respects they have the same privileges and duties as Active members.
- Long Service members transferring from an affiliated club of Surf Life Saving Australia shall be entitled to Long Service membership of this club, subject to verification from their previous club, branch or State.
- Long Service Membership may be awarded in extenuating circumstances if a member is unable to continue as a patrolling Life Saver due to an injury sustained in the performance of his/or her duties ie when carrying out club activities.
- Long service members will have access to all club facilities.
c Long Service membership shall be awarded in the following manner:
The board BoM shall appoint a Long Service Committee in February of each year consisting of 3 long service members, to consider any eligible candidates from the membership records and generate a report for those of members considered eligible for the award of Long Service Membership containing the following information (Additionally a sponsor can may submit a nomination to the Director of Finance and Administration Director of Lifesaving for long service membership by submitting the below):
i. Member Name
ii. Date Joined SHSLSC
iii. Date of award of Bronze Medallion
iv. Date of Bronze Medallion Proficiency (Skills Maintenance) expires
v. Detail Patrol Service history as an Active Patrolling Member at SHSLSC. For members to be considered active they must have met the requirement of active service IAW para 7.6 as per Bylaws Section 7.6
vi. Evidence of approval to reside on the Supplementary List if applicable
In considering a nomination for Long Service, the Long Service Membership Committee must have regard to the fact that Long Service is the highest award which can be bestowed upon an active patrolling member and accordingly must only recommend that Long Service Membership be granted where the criteria referred to above and in para Bylaw Section 7.6 has been satisfied. meet for a period of 10 years.
The recommendation of the Long Service Committee must be the recommendation of the majority and that the recommendation must be reported in writing to the BoM with details of the information the all supporting documentation obtained by the Long Service Committee as to the nominee’s record of service. In the event that the recommendation is not unanimous a separate report of from the dissenting member of the Long Service Committee will be included with the majority report.
The report/s or reports are to be tabled at the next available Board of Management Meeting next following the receipt of the recommendations. report/s or reports from the Long Service Committee.
The Board of Management will then by simple resolution either to award the nominee to Long Service Membership or reject the nomination. A rejection of the nomination by the BoM is to be recorded and reported in writing to the Long Service Committee outlining why the members Long Service Membership nomination has been upheld/rejected.
The award of Long Service Membership will be recognised by its announcement at any major function of the Club following the granting of such membership, e.g the Annual Dinner and will be recorded in the Annual Report and noted at the AGM.
Long Service members are exempt from performance of any Patrol duties; however an equal commitment of time to other club activities shall be sought in order to provide suitable mentorship and development to less senior members. In all other respects they have the same privileges and duties as Active members.
Long Service members transferring from an affiliated club of Surf Life Saving Australia shall be entitled to Long Service membership of this club, subject to verification from their previous club, branch or State, however they will not be recognised on the SHSLSC Honours Board until they have completed 10 years active service at SHSLSC IAW as per Bylaws Section 15.7.