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2018/19 Membership Update

Dear Club Presidents and Committee Members,

At the half way mark of the 2018 SWA Short Course season, I write as a follow up to the highly successful SWA Club Presidents’ Forum held on June 20th. I would like to thank all those who attended and joined us “remotely”. Your feedback was appreciated and the staff have been working on some of the ideas that came out as a result of our discussions.

This correspondence is a quick update on some of the exciting developments in the Membership area for the coming summer:

SWA Membership and Merchandise Manager

As explained on the evening, SWA is investing in serving Members better and have appointed a new SWA Membership and Merchandise Manager. Mr. Ryan Dye. Ryan will work with Membership and Administration Officer, Sophie Godfrey, and comes to SWA from the Fremantle Dockers. He will lead this area to ensure that our service to our Members is of the highest standard. He will be in the office from August 6th and you’ll be hearing more from him very shortly. Please note that Geoff Reid will no longer play a role in SWA Membership, so please direct any enquires to Sophie Godfrey.

SWA Individual Membership 2018/19 – Opening August 15th

SWA reminds our Clubs that individual affiliation for 2018/19 will open on Wednesday 15th August 2018. Membership Renewal is due by October 1st as you are aware. Please note that from this year onwards, all SWA Members must register individually. A handful of Clubs have registered their Members en masse, but given the ineffectiveness of the system and direct request from Members, the Association is making this change. SWA Club Registrars should seek guidance from the Membership team if required and ensure that your Members (as all other Clubs do) are financial before the start of the 2018/19 Long Course season.

The SWA Membership team are seeking your assistance and support to ensure that all Members are financial by October 1st. Those that are not will be unable to access SWA Membership rights, including Meet entries.

It is important that you also remind two (2) important groups within your Club of these requirements – Club Coaches and Club Technical Officials. Those that are not financial Members by October 1st will not be permitted to coach or officiate at SWA Sanctioned Meets and events. Please note that both also require current Working with Children Checks and will be 

required to enter their WWC identification number in at the point of registration. The Membership Team will be vigilant in this area, so the sooner these important people are financial Members, the smoother the process will be for your Club.

SWA Summer Almanac 2018/19

In response to the request from our Clubs over the past few years and as announced at the SWA Club Presidents’ Forum in June, the 2018/19 SWA Summer Alamac will be digital. With the appointment of Mr. Ron Woodbine as our General Manager of Marketing, Swimming WA now have the internal expertise and capability to manage what will be a major project for the Membership team.

All SWA Members shall receive a copy upon becoming a financial SWA Member. The establishment and set up costs produce a digital publication are significant and as such, there will be an additional charge of $5.00 to the 2018/19 SWA Membership fee this year. The digital version of the 2018/19 SWA Almanac will enable the Association to make the information timely and if required, we will be able to make any amendments should they arise. This step is part of our commitment to responding to Member requests and for the ease of use of important documents such as the Almanac.

Should you need further information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the SWA Membership staff Ryan Dye or Sophie Godfrey in the office on (08) 9328 4599.

Thanking you for your assistance with this important process of updating your Members and looking forward to a terrific 2018/19 long course season.

Yours sincerely,

Darren Beazley
Chief Executive Officer

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