Winton Swimming Club desperate for people to join committee
While Winton’s Central Southland Swimming Club has a strong membership, it is struggling to attract volunteers to its committee.
The club has more than 100 members who attend swimming lessons and club nights during the year, but president Karen van Miltenburg said the club has been struggling for volunteers.
A recent annual general meeting had to be called off because there wasn’t a quorum and while one person has since come forward to fill the secretary’s role, she said it was disappointing that there wasn’t more support.
‘‘It’s frustrating. It seems to be ongoing, less and less people are volunteering.’’
She had been president of the club for two years and was looking to step down, but would stay on until a replacement was found.
‘‘We’re hoping to fund a paid administration person, for a couple of hours a week ... to lighten the load of the committee.’’
There were 60 families who were members of the club with swimmers 5 to 14 years old attending lessons tailored to their individual needs.
‘‘It’s most disappointing with the number of kids we’ve got swimming.
‘‘If we can’t get some parents on the committee, the club won’t operate that well.’’
Winton Community Board pool liaison person Lynley Mangos said she hoped people would come forward and support the club.
‘‘Things are tough out there – across the board people are struggling with volunteering.
‘‘It’s a time issue.
‘‘But this is a great organisation that offers good things for the community. I really hope they can lift it.’’
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