Update from our President & Camp Chief - Lord Somers Camp and Power House


Update from our President & Camp Chief

Small Steps

It was a step in the right direction to learn today that Victoria is on the brink of the 70 percent threshold for first vaccinations for those Victorians who are eligible and that there will be some minor easing of restrictions. The small increments of release are just that – very small, but we await more information via the proposed state government roadmap that is due to be announced on Sunday. Slowly we will hopefully gain a better sense of the likely increments of change for Victoria along with the impact of the localised lockdowns and Tier 1 and close contacts isolation periods. We will then hopefully be better placed to move from our current LSC&PH “wait and watch” setting to a more informed position from which to make the important decisions needed about camps and programs.

Ongoing Disruption to Somers Camp Usage 

As we would all be aware, the accommodation and hospitality industries have been amongst the slowest industry sectors to be released from public health restrictions after COVID lockdowns and outbreaks. With this in mind, the Somers and Albert Park staff and the Finance Committee are continually adjusting financial modelling as potential increments of accommodation reopening continues to cause cancellations of camp hirings and will likely continue to do so into Term 4. We appreciate the work of all staff who are involved in maintaining the relationships with disappointed hirers and the work of the members of the Finance Committee who are working with Tim on possible models for the hopeful future incremental release of accommodation and hospitality industries.

Bravo Vikki

Wearing the two hats of being both a member and an employee of LSC&PH has both its rewards and its challenges!  Vikki Deak has balanced those hats admirably over the past four years in her role as Programs and Activities Manager. As of tomorrow however, Vikki will once again enjoy wearing just the one hat as an LSC&PH member as she has  accepted an exciting new career opportunity. 

Vikki undoubtedly will continue to energetically exercise her passion for service of others as she has done since her 2008 Light Blue Grouper experience and her subsequent roles over the past 12 years at community and Big Camps. 

Since joining the office staff team, Vikki has provided generous and cheerful support and coordination assistance to so many association activities, the PandA Committee, program leaders, event coordinators, partner organisation staff and all members who had cause to email or call her for help with a myriad of requests!  We all extend our deep appreciation to you Vikki, and given that your present member involvements include Green AGLU and Panto online rehearsals, we know that this is a “thank you” but definitely not a “goodbye”! Bravo Vikki!

No Rest

It is indeed true that LSC&PH members never rest and here is just a snapshot of recent activity that attests to that:

  • Last Friday many members tuned in to meet the Art of Power House artists in a virtual Friday afternoon Swannees session. (If you missed out, the replay of the video will be available to members shortly.)
  • Last night the weekly COVID Safe Project Team meeting considered the restriction and vaccination projections. After that meeting the Risk Committee also met and advanced a broad range of risk management related considerations. 
  • Panto rehearsals are continuing online and will be coming to members regardless of whether restrictions allow for a virtual or actual stage. 
  • Our member Blood Drive has saved 217 lives so far and that tally is rising each month. 
  • Outdoor Connections ran online yesterday afternoon with a group of young people, connected with Port Phillip EcoCentre joining Kate Delaney to enjoy some fun activities and learn about the local Port Phillip Bay marine life.
  • On Tuesday the Positive Ageing crew reconnected again for a Zoom lunch with members from all over Victoria able to connect.

Stay well. Stay Connected.