East End Surf Life Saving Club

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Centenary Report – Valda Walsh

This the largest social event ever to take place for the East End Surf Life Saving Club was held Easter ( 29-31March) 2013.

A committee was formed 4 years before.  Meetings were held regularly on a Sunday afternoon.

The members being:

Grant Crossan - Chairman, Peter & Jane Walker - joint Secretary, John Honnor , Neville Nodder,Craig Dent, John Dent, Bruce Ball

Trish Ball, Keith Roebuck, Beryl Julian, Trevor Corkin, Dave Butler and Valda Walsh.

The Committee

Sub committees were set up to work on the following:

Book and Research -Colin McComb was also on this sub committee

Functions and Events

Signs and Advertising


A lot of effort went into tracing the whereabouts of previous members and contacting them. We were thrilled to see ex members from Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia and the South Island among many members from throughout the North Island.  Our website had the facility of registering online and information on the events of the celebrations. Memorabilia was available in the form of polo shirts, bathing caps and the special book published for the event called 'East End Forever', a CD of photos from all eras was included with this publication.

The events held were:

Friday evening: Registrations and Meet and Greet at the NP Club - 170 past and present members registered for this event - a fantastic get together with current and past members catching up with each other over drinks and finger food.  Special guests mayor Harry Duynhoven and member of Parliament Jonathan Young gave short speeches of welcome. A  DVD of photos from all eras played at all venues throughout the week end. A montage of photos has been installed on the wall of the clubhouse of photos taken during the celebrations of the Centenary.

Saturday afternoon: East End Club house and beach: Decade photos and a mass photo of everybody took place outside in fine weather. Displays of current events and equipment were watched by previous members. Two new honours boards were unveiled by five of the most senior past members. These boards are made of Kauri and hold pride of place at the East end of the hall.  The clubhouse had been decorated with all eras of togs and shirts etc along with many boards of photos and albums put together by Bruce Ball. Some club members had memorabilia and photo albums on display for pursual.

Saturday Evening Dine and Dance was held at the Racecourse complex with live band. Neville Nodder was the MC and John Honnor ( East End president announced 3 new life members for East End: Neville Nodder, Grant Crossan and Keith Roebuck. Guest speakers were Sir Bob Harvey and NZ president of SLSA Neale Ames.  A celebration cake was made by Valda Walsh and cut by patron Beryl Glentworth. 230 past and present members attended this function - a sell out.

Sunday pm was back at the club house with the putting down of a time capsule that David Emett had organised. This has a embossed coloured glass cover and sits in the middle of the hall floor. Sinead Malley and Javon McCallum were selected to do this historic event.  They were the only East End members to win medals for their individual performances at the 2013 National Championships. Lots of friendly banter took place with the culmination of previous members performing march pasts through the clubhouse.  A demonstration of 4 place at both the Saturday night function and Sunday pm by the girls was fun entertainment. Members were invited to bring their speedos and try out equipment - a few took up this offer.  Once again live music was provided with lots of lively dancing.  A barbecue was cooked by committee members and enjoyed in ideal weather, after heavy rain in the morning.

We have had many accolades from ex-members and current members for the organisation of a successful fun filled Centenary.

Valda Walsh – Centenary Member