It’s an exciting time for Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club, with plans for a $6.6 million clubhouse and their recent award for “Club of the Year”. It’s little wonder that all of this has come about under the leadership of Club President, Bryce Munro, who has served as a member of the Club for almost 41 years. Undoubtedly one of the Northern Beaches’ top blokes, Bryce was happy to share his story…

“I’ve been President of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club for three seasons but I’ve been involved with the Club for a lot longer than that – I joined as a 4-year-old nipper in 1978. I took on the role when the former President had committed four years and was moving on as I thought I could contribute something to the Club.

I believe a good President is someone who finds ways to say ‘yes’, someone who listens and acknowledges the members of the Club, and someone who always remembers that the members are the most important asset of the Club.

The best part of the position is watching the committee and the members make a difference, serve the community and succeed with the tasks they do. The greatest challenge with the role would be the workload. If you commit to doing the job properly then it is very time-consuming – for example, I like to thank each and every member of the Club personally for their contribution.

Bryce with fellow long-term Club member Les Macedo

My best advice for the young people in our area is to get out, enjoy the outdoors and to find something they are passionate about (hopefully something legal!). Joining a surf lifesaving club has great benefits – meeting different people, learning so many new and useful skills that will be helpful for many years to come. Joining a surf club will give you lots of life experiences. I wouldn’t say it’s an absolute necessity in our area as some people have different interests but being part of any club or group, whether that’s sporting, community-based or charity based is a necessary part of growing up. Meeting different people, learning different things and having experiences within clubs and groups can definitely help young people be prepared and confident when dealing with life’s journey and challenges of the future.

I’d say the Northern Beaches is the best place on Earth to grow up. We often forget how fantastic an area we live in and how truly lucky we are. We have to be careful not to take it for granted.

Here at the Club, we’ve got some exciting new plans too. We are commencing our new clubhouse construction in early 2020. Our members are really excited about this. Of course, we will continue to train our members with life-saving awards and upgrades to ensure our professional volunteer work on the beach continues. Then, with the new clubhouse, we are expecting lots of interest and activity around the club and the local precinct to be a busy and enjoyable little community hub for all.” 

Main image credit: John Dibbs

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