This History records the starting of a financial investment idea that was to become what is now a ‘Leisure Club’ owned by the members.

 

BRIGHTON BAYSIDE LIFE ACTIVITIES CLUB

The story goes that in 1971 the first Early Planning for Retirement Group was formed.

The driving force for the formation of a financial advisory group was Stuart Morris who had the position of, ‘Superannuation Executive of the State Electricity Commission’.

Many of the men due to retire at the SEC, though in receipt of generous superannuation benefits, were too ill equipped to  understand and manage the benefits  due to them, and furthermore had no enthusiasm for life ahead of them in retirement.  The usual plan after retirement was to use their superannuation on an overseas trip, and what was left was to keep them in some form of income, with very little planning for the next 10 years or so.

It was with this background that Stuart Morris decided after his own retirement that advice was needed for educating the future retirees in:

EARLY PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT

The inaugural and follow on meetings in Camberwell were held in October and November 1971. Within a few months membership stood at 450.

In the years between 1971 and 1981 some 30 groups were encouraged to take on membership of EARLY PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT, and Stuart Morris  became the first executive director of  the group.

BBLAC NOTES ON FORMATION in 1997

The Initial meeting and discussions re the formation of a branch in the Bayside area, with the assistance of the renamed Life Planning Foundation of Australia Director John Vial, and his brother Russell, was held at the Queen Street office in Feb 1995.

There was discussion concerning candidates to be approached with the intention of inviting them to an interest meeting.

Brighton Beach Boxes

Meetings were held with Geoff Oscar, Brian Lanyon, Russell Vial and 3 head office representatives between 1996 and 1997. The first interest meeting was held at Brian Lanyon’s home with 9 people and 3 representatives from head office on 29th April 1997.

The opening night was set for 2nd September 1997 at the Brighton Town Hall with some 230 people in attendance. Interest was comforting as 58 people signed up on the first night and an extra 60 showed interest in membership, which was 125 by the time of our first Committee Meeting, and 10 Activities were listed in our first newsletter.

Brighton Boxes City

Geoff was a driving force in drawing up a Certificate of Incorporation with LPFA and formulating local rules for the Brighton Bayside Life Activities Club, setting our Club on a good footing for the future members. Now after some 13 years BBLAC under the newly formed Life Activities Clubs Victoria, has a membership in the vicinity of 350 who enjoy the 30 activities that are run by the dedicated convenors.

 

SEPTEMBER 1997 INAUGURAL COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT Geoff Oscar COMMITTEE Franceen Kenny
VICE PRESIDENT Elaine Miller COMMITTEE Dianne Seator
SECRETARY Russ Vial COMMITTEE Kay Kent
TREASURER Ken Brown COMMITTEE Raywyn Opie
MEMBERSHIP Zandra Eccles COMMITTEE Peter Tate
COMMITTEE Cr. Jill Mckiggan

 

Presidents   1997 to 2017
1997 – 1999 Geoff Oscar
1999 – 2001 Russ Vial
2001 – 2002 Malcolm Eppingstall
2002 – 2002 Ruth Pentalow
2002 – 2004 Don Thorne
2004 – 2006 Brenda Todd
2006 – 2007 Ginny Roberts
2007 – 2009 Helene Redding
2009 – 2010 Robert Geary
2010 – 2011 Jocelyn Wood
2011 – 2012 Tom Short
2012 – 2014 Ian Sadler
2014 – 2016 Ann Sullivan
2016 – 2017 Chris Wallace

 

Our club motto has always been

COME AND ENJOY THE FRIENDLY CLUB

 

Compiled by Russ Vial