Community Service FMA 2016

COMMUNITY SERVICE

FMA 2016

Dennis Hayward, Director

Dennis Hayward, Director

The commencement of another new year, 2016, and we all hope for pleasing results from our efforts during the coming twelve months.

The charity committee is again supporting the Bankstown Hospital and are to purchase equipment, which has been identified as urgent items by the hospital staff, for the ambulatory care, respiratory wards, the antenatal clinic and the medical assessment unit. Bankstown Hospital assists members of Revesby Workers’ Club and the local community in their time of need and we need to support the ongoing expansion of the hospital services with new modern equipment.

A great charity committee stalwart Phyllis Aldridge is leaving the area and we wish her all the best in her new venture. Phyllis, who was also a member of the Revesby Ladies Group, assisted in boosting fund raising with numerous activities and we will certainly miss her charming smile.

Revesby Workers’ Club in the lead up to the school holidays again in 2015 supported twenty seven schools in the local area and Brooklyn Public school in the Mooney Mooney Club area with a cash donation for use in advancing the children’s education.

In coming months the charity committee will be operating our Southern Highlands wine tour – limited seats remain available, a ladies fashion parade (26th February), a barefoot bowls day (6th March), the Berry Markets and town tour (1st May a popular day out). Christmas in July will be on the 24th July and we will be auctioning a painting donated to the committee from a member of the Revesby Writer’s Group and well known painter Ms Fay Joseph.

During the next months the winter sporting clubs will be signing on at their designated grounds and at Revesby Workers’ Club. Come along, join in supporting your chosen sport and the volunteers who operate Revesby Workers’ Club junior and senior sporting sub clubs and enjoy the winter months with them.

With the new year with us there is always a need to locate volunteers for assistance with the elderly in our community either by calling on Bankstown Meals on Wheels or Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport or Bankstown City Aged Care and offer some of your time delivering meals, driving or being a carer for one or two days during a month. Further information can be obtained by calling 97721398.

CEO Report FMA

CEO REPORT

FMA 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive season shared amongst family and friends, and welcome to 2016, another exciting and eventful year for Revesby Workers’ Club and Revesby Village Centre.

Over Christmas, the club held various events including the Christmas Spectacular Day, our annual Seniors Christmas Concert and Christmas Day Lunch, which brought all members and guests together to enjoy and celebrate as a community. It was fantastic to see so many children and families come into the club and interact with our outstanding Christmas display and get their photo taken with Santa.

I wish to extend a big thank you to all for the great generosity with donations to the Workers’ Giving Tree. As a club community we were able to donate close to 2000 gifts to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

In the last report I commented about the further developments within Revesby Village Centre with new tenants opening their stores to the community. Most recently, The Chook Shack opened its doors and is now serving delicious charcoal chickens and salads. In this report, I reflect on the past year since the opening of Revesby Village Centre as it continues to thrive and as we celebrate one year since the opening.

This February, we will celebrate the first birthday of Revesby Village Centre and to mark this extraordinary achievement in the club’s history we will hold a big Birthday Fair. The Birthday Fair will take place on Saturday 27 February 2016 from 11am to 3pm and I extend a warm welcome to all members, guests and families to join us in this grand celebration. Take a look at page 36 for more information.

One final important announcement to members and guests is the closure of Family Table and Bel Cibo to make way for our new dining area. Family Table will be closed from May 2016 and will be moved to Lower Skyline Area and Bel Cibo temporarily to ensure patrons can continue to dine within the club whilst we are developing the new area. We have also extended our Java Lounge Café menu with fresh new options for all to enjoy.

As always, thank you for your patience and ongoing patronage as we continue to build a better club for all.

Director Reports FMA

DIRECTORS REPORTS

John Rodwell

John Rodwell VICE PRESIDENT

Looking back at 2015, I really enjoyed using the big club’s facilities without the internal hoardings and partial closures which were necessary to undertake the great improvements in club amenities undertaken over previous years. Since I joined the Board in late 2007, we have spent well over $100 million on developments. I do not take credit for this, as the masterplan used was the result of many years of work by the Board and management before I joined.

One thing the Board is conscious of, but may not be so obvious to members, is the efficient way the club managers and staff have kept all services running smoothly during the enormous changes made over these 8 years. The experience gained will again be useful during the extensive redevelopment of the Club’s restaurants during 2016. This will crown the achievements to date in providing for members a first class club which is the envy of many others.

As the Club progresses and modernises we still keep in mind its history. In the last journal the new history display in the lower level of the big club was highlighted. The display has provoked a lot of favourable comment from members and visitors. I recommend standing in front of it for a few minutes to read the sections and watch the changing photographs.

Any more photos and memorabilia associated especially with the early days of the Club would be appreciated and can be incorporated in the display. The Board has also recently commissioned Gary Lester, author of the Club’s history, True To Our Traditions, to commence work on updating that history. This will be made available only in a digital format, an e-book, so copies of the original, handsome edition are still valuable, and available for only $20 at Reception. (Proceeds to the Asbestos Diseases Foundation.)

While on the subject of writing, the Revesby Writers’ Group is a small but active sub-group of Revesby Workers’. The group is privately publishing a collection of “fact, fiction and fun”, under the title The Revesby Bus. Twelve members have contributed 32 very individual pieces, with idiosyncratic titles. My favourite title is “Aerodynamics for dummies.”

Another of our newer sub-clubs is the Australian Native Orchid Club. The club holds two colourful exhibitions on club premises each year, one in September and then the main competitive show for members in October. Visitors are very welcome. Its informative website is available from the Workers’ website.

From newer sub-clubs to the oldest, I recently attended the 53rd annual general meeting of the Men’s Golf Club. The club is going from strength to strength, with 60 playing members, recent recruits and willing new office- bearers. It also has a dynamic and humorous website, available from a link at the Workers’ main website.

Finally, some news from the Board Room. Board members have been previously supplied with laptop computers, to assist them with their duties – much of modern communication is of course digital, from email to social media and online conferencing. The Board has recently adopted the use of software to move to a paperless meeting system.

The typical Board meeting would have 2 inches or more of papers to be read and digested. With the new system, all documents for a meeting are securely available, and can be updated, read and annotated, anywhere, anytime. We have come a long way from the beautiful, handwritten minutes of the first Board meeting in 1961.