THE North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club has set the bar high as it aims to mark its 100th anniversary in grand fashion, with invites to be sent to the Prime Minister and hopes the Air Force Roulettes will perform a flyover to mark the occasion.
The club, established in 1918, will use the entire 2018-19 summer season to celebrate its centenary, opening the series of events with a community day in October.
The event will be a “big beach day” with schools, club members and community groups invited to take part in a range of free activities.
Centenary committee chairwoman Kelly Moss said the club would extend an invite to the PM, as well as state and local government representatives, and is hopeful of a flyover from the Roulettes.
The event will be followed by a reunion to launch its 100-year history book.
A surf sport carnival featuring clubs from across WA will also be held, followed by a women in sport event to honour the role played by women at the club and within the surf-lifesaving movement across Australia.
The finale will be a gala dinner in May 2019.
Ms Moss said the club was about halfway to its $100,000 fundraising target, an amount she hoped would allow the club to celebrate the occasion in style.
When the club was founded in 1918 with 35 members, its base featured only changerooms for men and women.
These days, the club has more than 2000 members, who last summer volunteered more than 9000 hours to patrol its stretch of beach.
Club governance and strategy chairman Sam Knowles, whose family’s ties to the club stretch three generations, said excitement about the milestone was growing.
“The 100 years is a celebration of all the stories you hear of the people before you and the things they did,” he said.
“It always brings a smile to your face because you’re just another chapter in the whole saga.”
His sister and juniors chairwoman Kate Carbone said she had fond memories of being at the club, even if she was not instantly in love.
“It was the baptism of fire at the beach, getting plodded onto the back of the ski and surfing the biggest wave in with a ‘I won’t get you dumped’ and ending up under a wave,” she said.
“I wouldn’t change that childhood for anything. The friends that are made down here are lifelong friends.
“We grew up together, spending all our time down here and it’s awesome.”
The club will host a fundraising sundowner at 5.30pm on Friday.
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