Archive for year: 2015

Community Service Report: November 2015

Dennis Hayward Director

Board_DennisHayward“Give happy – live happy” a statement well deserved of the Revesby Workers’ Club sub clubs. Their members and community people, especially the Charity Committee members have in some way or another supported the charity through this year.

The Bill Bullard Charity through the support of too many people to mention in these columns has been able to fund the total sum of $71824.50 for Bankstown Hospital in this year. The monetary amount has been converted into equipment for the emergency department, the babies ward and the aged care department. This includes portable ventilators for emergency, person lifters and scales for the aged care area and high back patient chairs for the babies ward.

The charity committee with the aid of a number of generous people have donated over $260,000 to the local community in the past five years alone.

Bankstown Hospital will again be the focus of the charity fund raising for the 2015 -2016 year and the charity will be challenged with supplying the Ambulatory Ward, the Repertory Ward, the Antenatal Clinic and the Medical Assessment Team with specific equipment.

The winners of the 2015 major raffle were: first prize ticket number 2711 Mr Lynne, second prize ticket number 753 Mrs Aldridge and third prize ticket number 942 Mr Heard. The prizes were provided by Tag Automotive at Milperra, the Charity Committee and supported by Lea’s World Travel at Panania.

Prior to Christmas, the Charity Committee will be operating a Christmas lights tour and the New Year will see winery tours and our usual trip down to Berry for the Sunday markets and a look around town, a very enjoyable day out.

Thank you to all who assisted the charity this year and have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Community Members

Meals on Wheels reached the 49th year of service in Bankstown during September and at a volunteers function, long service awards were presented to sixteen volunteers who had gained from five years to thirty years’ service with that organisation.

If you are able to give some time either delivering hot or cold meals, able to do shopping for aged or disabled persons, please contact Pat Pride on 9707 9646 during work hours.

Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport is also in need of volunteer drivers with their own vehicles and offers a distance payment scheme for your time. Please contact Ms Hemera Kirby on 9772 2579 for further information.

Our Chefs Triumph Again

Our Chefs Triumph Again

A big congratulation to our Executive Chef, Hung Le and Chef de Partie Daniella Digby who won Chefs Table for a second time proving that Revesby Workers’ Club has the best club food in NSW.

The Chef’s Table competition was created by ClubsNSW to award and recognise the many talented chefs, cooks and apprentices in NSW clubs. It has provided a unique opportunity for the chefs at Revesby Workers’ Club and Mooney Mooney Club to showcase their culinary talents and the club’s dining venue.

The Chefs Table awards night was hosted by Hung and Daniella at Revesby Workers’ Club where they plated hundreds of meals for representatives and guests from their winning 2014 three course menu.

For 2015, their winning dishes consisted of house brined scallops, brandade, rosemary crisp, and endive salad and lemon oil for entrée followed by seared free-range duck breast, potato pillow, apricot purée, glazed apricots, toasted hazelnuts and amaretto sauce. For dessert, dark chocolate sphere, peanut butter cream, peanut crumble with warm rosemary and vanilla toffee sauce.

Executive Chef Hung Le says the competition and the awards have helped Revesby Workers’ Club stand out while the club restaurant, Bel Cibo, remains as busy as ever.

“This year the competition has been tough and we have had to come up against other clubs who have a lot of talented chefs. For us at the club, winning Chef’s Table for the second time in a row is a huge achievement and there is no doubt that clubs now offer even better food and better service.” Hung said.

Chef’s table head judge Julio Azzarello says this year’s competition was of the highest calibre with Revesby Workers’ Club producing a very high class menu.

“It was the intense and thoughtful level of food complexity shown by Hung and Daniella that had us all convinced the duo from Revesby was not resting on their laurels.”

The award winning restaurant, Bel Cibo at Revesby Workers’ Club is open Wednesday Thursday from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Friday 12pm to 9.30pm and Saturday 5.30 to 9.30pm. Reservations are essential.

Note: Bel Cibo will be closed on Saturday 26 December 2015 (Boxing Day). In 2016 Bel Cibo will no longer trade on Friday’s for lunch.

Revesby Workers’ Bill Bullard Charity Committee Gives Over $71,000 to Bankstown Hospital

Revesby Workers’ Bill Bullard Charity Committee has funded a total of $71,824.50 for Bankstown Hospital thanks to the generosity of the local community.

The monetary amount has been converted into equipment for the Emergency Department, the Birthing Unit and the Aged Care Department. The donation has allowed for amenities such as portable ventilators for emergency, person lifters and scales for the aged care area and high back patient chairs for the Birthing Unit.

Dennis Hayward member of the Revesby Workers’ Board and the Bill Bullard Committee commended all on their support.

“The donation was made possible through the generous support of club members and friends supporting outings, raffles and shows at Revesby Workers’ Club.”

Bankstown Hospital will again be the focus of the charity fundraising for the 2015 and 2016 year and will be challenged with supplying the Ambulatory Ward, the Repertory Ward, the Antenatal Clinic and the Medical Assessment Team with specific equipment.

Team Bianca Raises $31,000 For The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Keeping Bianca’s spirit alive is exactly what the family and friends of Team Bianca wanted, and their doing it with fun fundraisers that have seen $31,000 dollars go to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Over the last two months, Team Bianca has held several events to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and have brought greater awareness to the seriously rare blood disorder, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).

The City2Surf is now the annual fun run for Team Bianca and raised $100,000 last year for the Steve Waugh foundation which went toward individual grants for those with rare diseases like Bianca’s.

This year, Team Bianca again ran in the City2Surf, held a Bunnings BBQ and Bowls for B at AMF in Revesby Workers’ Club. Bowls for B was one of the major events held in August with special guest Bandaged Bear coming along to have a bowl.

Team Bianca was formed in memory of Bianca Caltabiano who passed away in October 2013 at age 18 from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare cancer-like blood disorder of the immune system.

Although sadden, family and friends saw a need for more awareness, research and funding for HLH and together Team Bianca was born. Team Bianca contributes their efforts with big smiles to help get events started, supported and finished smoothly.

Within the Revesby Workers’ Club community, Lauren Goydych played a big part in putting together and managing the Bowls for B event to make sure it was full of fun and awareness of HLH. Lauren says she is proud to see so much community support.

“Words cannot describe how happy I am to do what I love for the people I love. Creating such an amazing event for Bianca and having the support of our family and friends means the absolute world. I want to thank everyone involved not only today but for all the consistent effort with Team Bianca.”

Team Bianca has inspired the community with local businesses and big names like Qantas and Hilton Hotel coming together to donate. With much enthusiasm the group has helped encouraged and enrich the lives of those who are suffering with HLH through their actions of positivity and strength.

Revesby Workers’ Club Give $25K to George Bass School and Variety Club

(Left to Right) George Bass School Principal Mr Peter Skinner, Mr Henry Eggers Deputy Chairman, Variety and Mr Dennis Hayward Director Revesby Workers’ Club.

Amongst all the wackiest cars and competitors Revesby Workers’ Club stood proud!

Revesby Workers’ Club donated $25,000 to George Bass School and the Variety Club at the Variety Club’s 2015 Dick Smith Bass Hill to Bunbury Bash.

The Bash saw wacky and wonderfully different cars participate in the event travelling over 45,000 kilometres to Western Australia.

Director, Dennis Haywood from Revesby Workers’ Club was pleased to present the new bus to the George Bass School and local community.

George Bass School opened in 2014 and is a new school located in Bass Hill that assists handicapped children within the community. The school provides specialised facilities designed to support students and provide a range of learning experiences in a safe environment.

A strong P&C committee has been raising funds to improve standards at the school and the donation from Revesby Workers’ Club will go a long way within the school community.

The bus will be a valuable addition to the school allowing the children to travel from place to place in comfort and style.

Community Service Report: August 2015

Dennis Hayward Director

The coming period will see a culmination of the Charity Committee fund raising for the Bankstown Hospital emergency department where the committee will join with the Revesby Workers’ Club in providing equipment to the hospital to a value of more than sixty thousand dollars.

Events such as the Christmas in July at the Villaggio Bar and Cafe, the major raffle with a short break cruise for first prize, a ladies fashion parade and trips to markets will lead up to the charity finale on 11 September. At this function, held at Revesby Workers’ Club, the emergency department will be presented with their equipment and the winner of the major raffle will be announced.

During your next visit to Revesby Workers’ Club, outside the Java café, there is a donation container to assist the charity committee in raising funds for the hospital. Please take advantage and leave your change or notes if you prefer. In the past few months members and guests have exceeded our expectations and have provided over $1300 in support.

Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport

Keep an eye out for the Bankstown Canterbury Community transport vehicles around the area. This organisation provides transport to most main hospitals, doctors and medical appointments as well as shopping and club visits for those elderly and unable to utilise other forms of transport at a low cost and from door to door. If someone elderly or restricted you know is in need of transport contact 9772 4928 for assistance.


The community assistance provided by Revesby Workers’ Club through the ClubGrants process will see a number of our local community based organisations receiving grants for specific projects in the coming months. These projects chosen by the grants committee are generally to cater for residents in the Revesby and surrounding areas and will assist people and children in need of varying forms of help. Revesby Workers’ Club will be providing around $400,000.00 to the local area in this 2015 round of funding.

Successful applicants will be presented with their grants at a special presentation at Bankstown Sports Club on 6th August 2015.

ClubGRANTS recipients for 2015

  • Australian Foundation For Disability
  • Bankstown City Aged Care Limited (BCAC)
  • Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport (BCCT)
  • Bankstown Community Resource Group (BCRG)
  • BowelCare
  • Broderick Gillawana School
  • Caroline Chisholm Special School
  • Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre
  • Disability Services
  • East Hills Primary School
  • George Bass Special School
  • Hospital Art
  • Headway Adult Development Program Inc.
  • Leukaemia Foundation
  • Life Education
  • Now ‘n’ Then Occasional Care
  • Picnic Point High School
  • Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club (RSAC)
  • Revesby Uniting Church
  • Rotary
  • Sewing Guild
  • Stroke
  • Wheelchair Sports NSW

Community Service Report: May 2015

Revesby Workers' Tennis Club Elite Players Jesse and Beau receiving their awards from Director Dennis Hayward.

Revesby Workers’ Tennis Club Elite Players Jesse and Beau receiving their awards from Director Dennis Hayward.

The past few weeks have seen a number of special events for members of Revesby Workers’ Club and sub clubs. Together with the selection committee of the Canterbury Bankstown District Tennis Association (CBTA) I have had the privilege of discussing nominations for the (CBTA) Elite Player Award and choosing three outstanding nominees to recognise and provide a monetary incentive to further their tennis career.

Mr Jesse Mesa, Mr Beau Challenor and Mr Simon Albrecht were the outstanding players and we congratulate each player for their dedication to the game of tennis.

Revesby Workers’ Club also provides financial support to the Bankstown City Netball Association in order to assist in coaching younger players from the Bankstown district. Our own netball training courts, at the Panania Sport and Recreation Club, were recently given an upgrade to include training facilities for basketball. This included resurfacing, line marking for both sports and renewing goal rings with a multi-purpose reversible goal configuration.

Panania Sport and Recreation Club bowlers held an inaugural Charity Bowls Day at their rinks to support the Bankstown Hospital. The day was extremely well attended and supported by the “Mongrels Golfers”, Revesby Workers’ Cricket Club, new bowlers, young adults and the charity committee members. There were great raffle prizes including club vouchers, donated goods and a variety of vegetables to be won on a really hot day. It was a fun day and there was terrific interaction between all, young and not so old. Closest to the pin competition was won by a fifteen year old showing up the golfers and bowlers, congratulations to Mr John Wood.

ClubGRANTS have been opened for this year’s round of funding applications and we would be pleased to see worthwhile projects brought forward to the Bankstown committee for their appraisal. This is an area where your club, Revesby Workers’, can be of assistance in the local areas supporting elderly, disadvantaged and handicapped persons.

Caroline Chisholm special school has showcased their new bus which was jointly funded by the school, our club and the variety club. Our club Directors had the pleasure of attending the event which Mr Stephen Milroy, principal at Caroline Chisholm SSP, officiated in front of a large crowd of parents and friends.

On Sunday 5 July Revesby Workers’ Illawong Athletics are staging a “Fun Run” from the Sport and Recreation Club and the funds raised will be presented to the Charity Committee to continue the support of Bankstown Hospital accident and emergency department.

The popular Berry Markets coach will be departing the Club on Sunday 3 May for a fun filled day at Berry on the South Coast. Tickets can be obtained by contacting either Pat on 97723297 or Margaret on 97721398.

Dennis Hayward, Director

Dennis Hayward, Director

CEO Report: May 2015

Revesby Village CentreI’m pleased to report that we have had an outstanding response to the opening of the Revesby Village Centre with a huge reaction from the local community.

The Revesby Village Centre is now trading with Coles supermarket, Liquorland, Select Mutual Banking, Pearl Nails, Smartphones Hospital, Hair Crew Studio and twotwo//onetwo caf. on Ground Level and AMF and Carnival Kingdom on Level 2.

To mark this extraordinary achievement in the club’s history, there will be an official opening of the Revesby Village Centre held on Saturday 9 May 2015. I wish to extend a warm invitation to all members, friends and family to join the club in this monumental event.

Construction work continued following the Revesby Village Centre opening in February with the development of the new Brett Street Foyer, which opened in March. The new foyer will provide a walkway between Revesby Workers’ Club and Revesby Village Centre ensuring easy access for patrons between both areas.

Another significant announcement is the development of the new History Display for the Club which will be located inside the entrance of the club, opposite the hairdressers. The new History Display will be presented in a timeline fashion displaying the club’s history and achievements over the fifty plus years of Revesby Workers’ Club.

Amid the developments, it was with much sadness that I heard of the passing of Patrick Rogan, who was laid to rest Tuesday 17 February 2015. Patrick was instrumental in setting the long term strategic plan for the Club, guaranteeing the Club’s success. He was very well respected by the Board, Management and our club members and will be missed.

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

President’s Report: May 2015

Coles Opening

Revesby Workers’ CEO and Board of Directors at the opening of Coles

Vale Pat Rogan

Pat Rogan our Club Patron and Past President passed away on the 10 February 2015. Pat was well known as the State Member for East Hills from 1973 to 1999. Pat joined Revesby Workers’ Club on 13 November 1972 and was a director of the club from 1995 until 2010 and Club President from 2008 to 2010.

Pat was chairman of ClubsNSW from 1999 to 2004. He was also President of the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers’ Clubs. Pat was well liked and respected. He made an enormous contribution to our community. Pat was at times Director in charge of Bowls, the Garden Club and the Native Orchid Society. Our condolences go out to Pat’s wife Eunice and the family.

Light on the Hill Society

A successful education forum was held by the Light on the Hill Society on Thursday 12 February 2015. Some 50 people were in attendance. This is the third forum of the Society and is proving a popular format. It is anticipated that the next forum will be in the middle of the year.

Revesby Village Centre

The opening of the first stage of the Revesby Village Centre occurred on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Coles and the Cafe proved extremely popular. The rest of the centre will be opened in stages until the official opening of the whole centre being performed by the Mayor of the City of Bankstown, Linda Downey on Saturday 9 May 2015.

An enormous amount of time and energy has been put in by the Board, Management and the Club’s advisors to ensure the success of the project. It is extremely rewarding to see the completed product. The overall cost of the development from beginning to end, which includes the carpark, the Tree House Early Childhood Centre, Health Mates Fitness Centre, the poker machine area and President’s Lounge and the Revesby Village Centre is in the vicinity of $130 million.

I trust that members’ enjoy the finished projects.

Daryl Melham, President

Daryl Melham, President



ANZAC Centenary March and Service

Anzac Day 2015To commemorate the ANZAC centenary Revesby Workers’ Club and Bankstown Sports Club in conjunction with Revesby Heights RSL Sub Branch held a special ANZAC Day march and service.

ANZAC Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915. It is also a day of remembrance for all soldiers who died while fighting for their country.

ANZAC Day has been celebrated in Australia since October 1915 (in South Australia) then nationally on 25 April 1916. It has been a public holiday across the country since the mid-1920s.

ANZAC Day’s motto is ‘Lest We Forget’ and is a phrase uttered after the reading of the Ode of Remembrance, a poem called ‘For the Fallen’, written by Laurence Binyon in 1914 in England. The main verse of the poem, the fourth and middle verse, is quoted at ANZAC Day ceremonies, and other remembrance ceremonies.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Anzac Centenary

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War.

The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians. The First World War helped define us as people and as a nation. During the Anzac Centenary we will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.

The Anzac Centenary Program will encompass all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

It aims to give all Australians the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including the more than 102,000 who have made the supreme sacrifice.