Fletcher Jones and the Warrnambool Surf Club

 “At the second meeting, held on 3rd March 1930, the members of the newly formed Surf Life Saving Club unanimously elected Mr. Fletcher Jones (later Sir Fletcher Jones) to the position of President, a position which he readily accepted.  Although his term of office was not to be very long by today’s standard, Fletcher Jones carried out his role with much vigor and enthusiasm.  This was the manner in which he went about any task or responsibility, which confronted him.  During his time as President he gave great leadership and was always prepared to be actively involved in the administration of an organization, which promoted a healthy lifestyle.  He was to hold the position until 21 March 1931, when, due to the pressure of business, he resigned his presidential responsibilities.

In his announcement to the committee, Fletcher Jones stated that he would continue working for the prosperity of the Club in the future as he had done in the past.  Fletcher Jones remained with the Club as vice president for a further 9 years.  Immediately upon accepting his resignation as president, he was elected a life member – the first life member of the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club”.

From Dulcie Askew.  An extract from Warrnambool Surf Club History

“What a dynamic force FJ was in moulding the club and in his time he donated the Rena Ellen and Fletcher Jones surf boats to the club”.  David Atkinson (former Warrnambool City Council Mayor and 2016 Citizen of the Year) 

L-R David Jones, Bruce Owen and Neil Symons with the Fletcher Jones surfboat early 1960s. The boat has now been fully restored and is on display at the Warrnambool Surf Club. Photo: shared by David Owen
Graham Greave presenting a cheque from FJs to the W'bool Surf Life Saving Club. Photo: Jones Family Collection
David Atkinson acceptance speech on behalf of W'bool Life Saving Club to thank FJs for their donation.   Photo: Jones Family Collection
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