Celebrating 80 years in the Woolgoolga surf
IN 1986, Bill Staff joined Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club and so started almost two decades of fun, friendship and camaraderie.
The now vice-president and life member will be one of many guests at the club's 80th anniversary celebrations this weekend.
In his 20 years of service with the club, he said it's the great friendship, commitment and passion that makes Woolgoolga such a great club.
"The standard of members here is exceptional," Mr Staff said.
"We have a wonderful junior club and an extremely passionate and co-operative senior club."
The club held its first carnival on Boxing Day on 1932.
Since then the membership has grown to almost 500 and has been the breeding ground for a number of state, national and world champion surf life saving competitors - including Olympian Emma Moffatt, the Meyer brothers and 2012 Lifeguard of the Year Scott McCartney.
Countless rescues have been performed by committed members, most recently by young members Anika Morgan and Luke Featherstone who received bravery awards for rescuing four Korean males caught in a rip on Woolgoolga Beach.
The club is inviting all residents of the Northern Breaches to their birthday celebrations at the Woolgoolga Seniors Centre on Saturday.
Mr Staff will be giving a brief history of the club with a slide show, which will be followed by a club presentation.
Tickets are $20, with BYO drinks and finger food. Local band Quick Fix will perform.
For more information, or to book, phone Trevor Acason on 6654 0257 or click here to email him.