Archive for year: 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we notify our members of the passing of William Robert (Bill) Scott who passed away on 30 November 2020 just one month short of his 94th birthday.
Prior to becoming a Director, Bill held many roles within the Club including Barman, Entertainer and Entertainment Manager. Bill was heavily involved with many of the sporting bodies as their Liaison Director and he enjoyed playing golf, bowls and even fished with the fishing club. Bill was passionate about the Revesby Workers’ Club as he believed in what it could do for our members and give back to the community. This was quite evident through his strong involvement in a number of community initiatives such as the Gillawarna Village and other nursing homes.
Having been employed at the Club from around the time it first opened Bill took on his part-time Barman position as a second job. Having sung throughout the pub circuit Bill would often help with entertainment bookings for upcoming shows which was the reason for his move into the part-time Entertainment Manager role. It didn’t take him long to become extremely popular with entertainers and members and most members who attended shows in his time would agree that Bill had an unforgettable singing voice. Bill would often close shows with one or two of his favourite ballads and have members dancing right until the end! Early members will recall Bill’s involvement in the annual Revesby Workers’ Club picnics that previously took place especially those at Kurnell in the earlier years – Bill was certainly all about giving back to the Community.
Bill held his Directorship from 19 September 1971 until 18 September 1977 and was heavily involved in the growth from the old Club to the new Club being the last surviving Director who opened the ‘Big Club’ with Gough Whitlam on 18 August 1973. A Member holding badge number 358 and more recently appointed as an Honorary Member in August 2020, the Board of Directors together with Management would like to acknowledge Bill for his great contribution to the Club and Community.
A loved husband to May (deceased), father, grandfather and great grandfather – we send our condolences to Bill’s family and friends as they farewell a wonderful man.
On Friday 13 November, Revesby Workers’ Club generously donated $84,000 to twenty-eight schools in the local community. Covid-19 meant that the numbers at the Presentation where limited, this did not distract however from the exciting programs each school had put together as a way of using this funding to enhance the learning of our young scholars. Each School made a submission as to the proposed allocation of the funds of which included playground upgrades, extra support staff and learning devices to name a few.
We will strive to continue our support to all of the local schools to further benefit the local community as a whole. A heartfelt thanks to all of the school representative who gave up their time to receive the funding on their school’s behalf.
WELCOME BADEN KIRGAN
In light of Dennis Hayward OAM stepping down from the Board we would like to congratulate and welcome Baden Kirgan as the Club’s 39th Director.
Baden is a lifelong resident of Picnic Point and attended schools in the local area. With a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in economics, Baden took ownership of his family’s printing business in 2000 and has turned it into one of the state’s most prominent communication firms.
Baden joined Revesby Workers’ Club in 1991 and is an active member of the Light on the Hill Society. Baden and his family have been involved in the Workers’ sporting clubs since the 1980s.
Baden’s election on to the Board of Director’s will bring a commercial focus to the Board and we believe his experience will be paramount in assisting the Board through the challenging years ahead.
Please join us in welcoming Baden to the Board and to the Revesby Workers’ Club community.
- Director since October 2020
- B. Commerce (Economics)
- Managing Director – Jeffries Printing Services since June 2000
- Publisher – Black House Comics – 2008-2014
- Director – Chifley Creative – 2017-2019
- Treasurer – Evatt Foundation – 2009-2011
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE DENNIS HAYWARD OAM
Following the AGM on 25 October 2020, Dennis has stepped down from his position as Director of the Club.
There is little doubt that the retirement of Dennis Hayward will leave a big hole to fill on the board of Revesby Workers’ Club! Dennis’ strong commitment to the community will be long remembered as his greatest legacy, from organising charity raffles, to driving thousands of kilometres delivering relief packages to drought stricken communities – Dennis has an unquenchable thirst for helping those less fortunate, and indeed succeeded and delivered on his promises in so many ways.
The respect that Dennis accumulated during his tenure has not been through voice, but actions that reverberated across the community louder than an orchestras crescendo.
We are sincerely grateful and appreciative for the service and support that he has provided to the Revesby Workers’ Club (“RWC”) and its subsidiaries.
Dennis commenced his Directorship in 1993 and became a Life Member on 28 September 2003. Dennis was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List for Services to the community of Canterbury Bankstown.
These services include, but are not limited to, Liaison Director for Revesby Workers’ Soccer Club, Women’s Hockey Club, Netball Club, Physie and Dance Club, Junior Tennis Club, Marine Rescue Hawkesbury, Mooney Mooney Fishing Club, and Bankstown Stroke Support Group.
Dennis’ services are not limited to Club activities. His dedication to the local community is evident through his ongoing delivery of meals on wheels and in late 2019 Dennis personally delivered care packages to 10 families who were living in the drought and fire effected regional areas of NSW.
The Board recently appointed Dennis as a Patron of the Mooney Mooney Club at our recent AGM. This appointment recognises Dennis’ involvement in the Club’s amalgamation back in April 2004 and his ongoing support and dedication to the Mooney Mooney Club and its members.
As the second longest serving Director of Revesby Workers’ Club, Dennis’ departure from the Board will be felt across the Club and the community.
Christine Butters was awarded Life Membership At 2020 Annual General Meeting held Sunday 25th October 2020. This is truely a well deserved honour bestowed upon a wonderful ambassador to the Club and the community. Congratulations Christine!
Christine was elected and joined the Board of the Club on 29thSeptember 2010. Over the 10 years she has made a major contribution to the progress of the Club, but her involvement and contribution began well before then. With her husband Barry and children she was involved with the Club’s cricket and soccer clubs, but it was with junior athletics she became most involved.
Christine became active in the Little Athletics club in the 90s, and for the last 20 years has been its driving force. She has held many offices, including:
- Recorder 2000-2004
- Records and Ranking Officer 2004-2008
- Acting Secretary 2005-2008
- Secretary 2008-12
- President from 2012 until today.
- Made a Life Member 2008.
As President she continues to be the “driver” of the centre, encouraging, mentoring and training new officers, as well as planning for the future, and engaging with families. Christine has also contributed to the wider Little Association New South Wales, as a delegate to and recently Secretary of the busy Southern Metropolitan Zone, and also the Region organisation.
Through her commitment and its wide recognition, she has enhanced the reputation of the parent Club both locally and in south and south western Sydney.
Revesby Workers’ Club Board Of Directors
Christine was encouraged to stand for the RWC Board because of her reputation as a community worker, not only through Little Athletics, but leadership of local child-care and school parent committees. Her commitment, efficiency and energy were widely recognised.
She has been the active liaison Director for the Revesby Ladies Group, the Garden Club, Darts, Scrabble, Underwater spearfishing and Toastmasters clubs. All different, but she has gone out of her way to engage and assist them, using her excellent communication skills and insight.
Since joining the Board in 2010, Christine has also progressively taken on more responsibilities.
She is a member of the Mooney Mooney Club Advisory Committee and taken a great interest in that club and its activities.
Christine was for many years a Board representative on the Revesby Now n Then Occasional Centre committee. More recently she was nominated as a Club delegate to the Bankstown City Aged Care, and has subsequently joined the Board of this long term partner of the Club.
She has regularly participated in the activities of the umbrella body ClubsNSW, attending conferences and seminars as part of professional development, leading to her election last year to the committee of the Western Metropolitan Region body. She was recently nominated by the board as a club delegate to ClubsNSW.
Over the last ten years of massive Club development, Christine has been an active and informed contributor to discussion, debate and decision making at Board and sub-committee meetings. She has used her detailed knowledge of the local community and its needs to assist with planning. She has also brought her enviable energy and enthusiasm and been an effective advocate for the sub-clubs with which she has liaised.Oversall, she has enhanced the reputation of the Club as a representative to many communities.
There is no doubt of Christine’s significant contribution to the Club and has well-earned this honour of Life Membership Revesby Workers’ Club.
Congratulations to Revesby Workers’ Club President, Daryl Melham on 40 years service on the Board Of Directors. It is without doubt that Daryl’s contribution to our Club over many years has shaped us into the progressive community based organisation that we are today. Congratulations Daryl, and thank you!