The June Board meeting was held in Wellington on Friday
23rd June, a week before the end of the financial year.
From a monetary perspective the results for the 11 months to
31st May are a Net Operating Surplus of $0.679 million,
which is $100,000 ahead of budget. This positive variance is
due to timing variations and is not indicative of the full year
situation. The full explanation of the variances is in the
attached Dashboard report.
In the latest forecast, the full year Net Operating Surplus is
just under $1,000, some $363,000 below the $364,000 budget.
The gap has mainly come about as a result of grant income in the
latter part of the year coming in significantly lower than
budget. While the Board would like to see a larger surplus,
it was always known this year would be a more difficult one without
the income from the State Insurance sponsorship and until this
revenue is fully replaced it does mean there is less of a buffer to
deal with downturns in other revenue streams. Fortunately the
three previous years of surplus have meant we have built up a much
better level of resilience to cope in these situations.
In terms of other items of note from the meeting:
- SLSNZ Strategic
Plan. The Board noted that the 2017/18 Strategic Plan
was available on the SLSNZ website and had been circulated to
clubs. The final version of the budget for 2017/18 was also
noted ahead of it being loaded into the finance system for the new
financial year. Despite the likely outcome for 2016/17 being
less than ideal, the budgeted surplus targets for 2017/18 remain
the same as those set in February. A hard line has been taken
on expenditure to ensure a satisfactory result despite the recent
pressure from a tight environment for grant income.
Work on the 2018/19 Strategic Plan will begin at the Club Chairs
Workshop at the AGM - not that far away now!
AGM. The Board noted the final selection of Regional
representatives on the Board Appointments Panel ('BAP') and that
the call for applications for the four rotating Board roles had
gone out to clubs on 22nd June. The deadline for
applications is Monday 24th July. With Neale Ames
stepping down from President it was also noted that nominations for
this role were also open, albeit with a later closing date of
23rd August. Work is now underway on the 2016/17
accounts and audit, along with the Annual Report. There is a
tight turnaround for all of this so the information can be sent out
to clubs on 1st September.
I would also like to remind clubs to send in their RSVP for the
AGM as soon as possible. The deadline for this is 23rd August,
and there is no flexibility if this date is missed.
Foundation. The Board received an update from the
Trustees meeting on 21st June. The focus of the
Foundation remains on the development of a prospective donor list
and completing the marketing support material.
Strategy. The support and funding received from
councils around NZ for the Surf Life Saving movement is
extensive. The Board has been working on a top-down/
bottom-up strategy of continuing to enhance the relationships with
Councils that predominantly exist at a Regional level. With a
number of good things going on it presents the opportunity of
spreading those ideas wider for more win/win outcomes. The
focus for this needs to go into making sure surf life saving is a
part of the next round of Long Term Plans being produced by
Councils over the coming months.
Focus. With the current challenges in maintaining
levels of gaming grants, more focus is now being put onto
commercial revenues - in particular sponsorship, licensing and
fundraising. The Board is continuing to work closely with the
commercial team members to identify opportunities and convert them
into revenue over the coming year.
- Health &
Safety. The Board noted and discussed a paper setting
out the actions being taken to reduce injuries occurring in
IRB's. It is pleasing to see the issue being taken seriously
and we are looking forward to a significant reduction in injuries
in the coming season.
- International Surf
Rescue Challenge. The Board was pleased with progress
in the organisation of the event, taking place in Mt Maunganui at
the end of November this year. This is an important event in
the buildup to the 2018 World Championships and it is good to see
strong entries from overseas countries.
- Summer Drownings
2016/17. It was surprising and disappointing to see
the report on the summer drowning toll. With the weather
being poor for much of the summer period to see an overall drowning
toll of 71, up 48% on the previous year was not expected.
Beach drownings too went against expectations - up 36% from 14 to
19. These are levels that haven't been seen in the last five
years and are a concern. Despite all our best efforts the
problem is certainly not going away and solutions will need to be
more creative than continuing to do what we have always done!
- National Event Venues
for the 2018/19 season. The recommendations from the
National Sport Committee for the 2018/19 season were endorsed, and
will be announced in the near future.
- AGM voting
procedure. In recent years there have been
frustrations expressed by clubs at the AGM of having to go through
a secret ballot process when voting for Elected Board members where
there are only two candidates for two positions and the outcome is
a foregone conclusion. With the help of the SLSNZ lawyers a
change to the SLSNZ Constitution was drafted that would see the
need for a secret ballot avoided if those situations arose.
The Board was happy with the proposed wording and will but this
change to the AGM for clubs to decide if they want to make the
change. If the clubs do vote for it, it will come into effect
for the 2018 AGM.
So that is it from a pretty busy meeting. The next Board
meeting will be held in Wellington on Friday 25th
Until my next update……
Yours in surf,
Surf Life Saving New Zealand