A weekend of celebration will be held from March 15-17 as Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club commemorates 40 years patrolling One Mile Beach, providing beachgoers with a safe environment
All members past and present are invited to attend and enjoy the weekend.
On Friday evening a child-friendly catch-up over pizza and beers will be held at the club, welcoming returning members and viewing memorabilia.
Saturday evening will see a black and white formal dinner with a touch of ruby, with a cocktail menu provided by Seed Catering.
Sunday morning there will be a recovery swim and breakfast at no cost.
Further details and tickets are available from president Gary Curtis on 0406 966 375. Admittance by ticket only, with sales closing on Sunday, March 10.
Cape Hawke SLSC was formed on December 27, 1978 and later affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia in March 1979.
The inaugural office bearers operated the club from a small room at the rear of the current amenities block in Palmgrove Park.
A dedicated group of volunteers began patrols on One Mile Beach using equipment borrowed from Forster SLSC and Great Lakes Council.
Cape Hawke was the first club in Australia to allow women to become active members, which led to the first female Bronze Medallion squad being formed in 1981.
In 1982 the first club house was built, with extensions added on through the voluntary work of members over the next decade.
In 2014 most of the old clubhouse was demolished and a new building erected with funds provided by the surf club, the NSW State Government and the Great Lakes Council, as well as materials and labour donated by many local businesses.
From humble beginnings the club has prospered to become a leading club in the Lower North Coast branch.
A solid base of more than 100 patrolling members and 90 nippers, along with an active social membership, keen competitors and a dedicated management committee contribute to the traditions that have formed the first 40 years of Cape Hawke SLSC.
Surf patrols are now back to weekends only, following the end of the Christmas holiday period.
However, full day patrols will return during the Easter school holidays.
Our thanks to all the volunteers who have given up their time over summer and have ensured the safety of beachgoers, with no major incidents reported.
Unfortunately surf conditions have not been ideal with the beach being closed and nippers being unable to have water events a number of times due to the influence of extreme weather events in Queensland.
Cape Hawke Surf Club hosted the Lower North Coast Branch Championships at One Mile Beach on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10.
The six branch clubs from Crowdy Head to Pacific Palms were represented, competing in all the disciplines including beach sprints and flags, surf races,board and ski races, and other events.
Competition is designed to improve and maintain the skills of lifesavers to enable them to carry out rescues.
Masters and open events were held on the Saturday and junior events on the Sunday.
Final results have not been calculated at this time, but it would appear that Forster Surf Club will take out the junior championships, and the open/masters will be decided between Cape Hawke and Blackhead Surf Clubs by the branch board riding to be held later in March.