Win­ton Swim­ming Club des­per­ate for peo­ple to join com­mit­tee

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - MARY WITSEY

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.’’

Muri­hiku Maori War­dens are pre­sented with their Supreme Award cer­tifi­cate, tro­phy and cheque for $1500, by Trust­power com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Graeme Purches, mayor Tim Shad­bolt and South­land mayor Gary Tong in 2015.

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