National Volunteer Week: Nina Rogan

Our first National Volunteer Week profile is Nina Rogan from Bawley Point Kioloa Community Nippers Club. Nina is the President of the club and has worked tirelessly over the last seven years to build up the Stingrays and community involvement around the South Coast.

Name: Nina Rogan
Club: Bawley Point Kioloa Community Nippers Club
Occupation: Mother of 4 Nippers, President of BPKCNC and Regional Co-ordinator with The Responsible Pet Ownership Program & the Living Safely with Dogs Program

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?
I think it was about 2011 when I joined Mollymook SLSC and I became part of Mollymook SLSC because my two eldest children started nippers.

Why do you volunteer?
I joined the club as a parent volunteer when my two eldest children started at Mollymook; I wanted to be more involved so I started out by helping out as an Age Manager. Apart from being the President of Bawley Point Kioloa Community Nippers Club, I'm also an Age Manager and have helped in attractive parents and others to the club to help out.

How many hours in total have you volunteered for Surf Life Saving?
Umm . . . too many to count! Getting the Bawley Point Kioloa Community Nippers Club off the ground involved lots of hours of paperwork, phone calls and work on the computer! There were many late, cold and burnt dinners. I have been working on this project for more than seven years and am very happy with its progress.

What’s the favourite thing about being a volunteer?
I love seeing people get involved, meeting new people and learning new skills, most of all I love to see the kids having fun while learning new skills.

What would you tell someone to encourage them to become a Surf Life Saving volunteer?
To encourage someone to become a volunteer I would tell them that they really will get more out of volunteering than they put in. To see one person broaden their horizon, learn to stay safe or have the satisfaction of seeing someone reach out to another person is a wonderful feeling. Anyone can find a volunteer position where they can use their skills.

Favourite moment as a volunteer in Surf Life Saving?
Watching members of Bawley Point Kioloa ‘Stingrays’ work together, help each other, cheer each other on and have lots of fun while learning new skills. All the work has been worth it when I’m standing on the beach and taking it all in.

Anything additional you would like to add…
New members are always welcome!

WIN! WIN! WIN! Don't forget to enter our National Volunteer Week competition and go in the running to win an Engine Swim prize pack. All you have to do is nominate who you think deserves to be recognised. Tag a fellow clubbie on our Facebook page post and you could BOTH win. You have until midnight on the 17 May 2015.

Top photo: Nina and SLSNSW President Tony Haven signing the Relationship Deed.

Nina with her two children plus David Rogan, Steve Jones and water safety.

The Stingrays.

The Stingrays.

Mon 11 May 2015