February 2011 Newsletter
I hope everyone had a very happy new year and welcome to the first newsletter of 2011! Hopefully you received the latest copy of Lifesavers and saw lots of articles about a number of activities within our Branch. The new year saw the introduction of the minor changes to the resuscitation protocols and new prices for the Society's awards. Have a look at the website for the latest events, prices and news at  www.rlsswest.org.uk .

You can now follow all the latest news from around the West Region on Twitter - www.twitter.com/RLSSWestRegion

If you or your club are running any events, competitions or have some news, get in touch at avon@rlsswest.org.uk .


Gordon Lovell
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gordon Lovell. Gordon was a member of the Society for many years, receiving the Honorary UK Life Member service honour for over 35 years of service. He trained many for lifesaving awards and served on the Branch Committee as Chief Examiner and lately, Awards and Sales Officer until 2010.

Our deepest sympathies go to Gordon's wife and his family.

National Lifesaving Championships 2011
The rules for the National Lifesaving Championships have been published. Last year the Branch had a number of competitors progress through the Regional competition to the National Finals in Sheffield.

This year we're hoping more people will compete and the Branch are looking at running a competition ahead of the West Region competition. If you're interested in competing, have a look here and register your interest.

West Region to visit German ResQ Cup
Since the last newsletter in December, lots of people from around the region have signed up to the international lifesaving exchange being run by David Fielding from Keynsham LSC. You can track the progress of the trip planning and find out lots more by visiting the Keynsham LSC website.

Society Honours 2010
 The guidelines for Society Honours for 2010 have just been published in the last week. If you know of anyone who deserves recognition for their hard work and dedication, then submit them for an Honour. You can submit recommendations to the Branch for consideration, by clicking here and filling out the online form. You can find out more information about what Honours are available and who has received them in the past, by clicking here.

Please submit any nominations BEFORE 16th March, as the Branch Committee will discuss honours at their meeting on the 16th March.

Getting to know your Branch
This months interview is with the Branch's Vice Chairman, David Fielding, who assists with the running of the Branch while working on different projects. For the interview, click here.
National Speed Championships 2011
Good luck to all those competing in the National Speed Championships in Sheffield next month!  Let us know how you get on!

New CPR Protocols
As you may be aware, new CPR protocols were announced by ILCOR, ERC and the UK Resuscitation Council. There are a few minor changes to the protocols and all RLSS UK TA's and Rookie Instructors have been informed of the changes. These changes came into effect on 1st January 2011 and a summary of the changes can be found by clicking here.

Newsletter Articles
We're looking for some help with putting this newsletter together. If you've got any articles you want to send in, please e-mail us at avon@rlsswest.org.uk. Also if you, or someone you know, is interested in spending a few hours a month helping put the newsletter together - get in touch, we need a little help!

Branch Calendar 2011
The Branch are putting together a calendar of events for 2011, which we'll publish in the New Year. If you've got any courses, events or competitions, that you are running please send them to us. Also if you want a specific course, event or competition to be run in the Branch, tell us and we'll arrange it. Please e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk with your events.
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