Archive for year: 2022

Seniors Christmas Concert 2022

Seniors Christmas Concert 2022

Revesby Workers’ Club once again held its Seniors Christmas Concert on 13 December 2022.

This popular annual event attracts over 500 senior members to enjoy a 2-course menu followed by a series of live festive performances.

This year’s members were greeted by NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns, MP and NSW Labor candidate for the seat of East Hills, Kylie Wilkinson. Both spoke openly about the importance of their roles within the local community, engaged individually with members and wished everyone a safe and festive holiday.

Special appearances were also made by Mrs Clause and our very own Wally The Worker, sporting a Santa Hat. Jase our MC started the show with the Australian national anthem followed by performances from Belinda Marks with songs like “Calamity Jane”, “Rain on my parade” and “All that Jazz” and Steven Fisher King performing “Mariah”, “Country Road”, “Sounds of Silence”, “American Pie”, Phantom of the Opera and Roy Orbison’s “Crying”

Jace ended the concert with a Christmas Medley singing “Joy to the World”, “Come O Ye Faithfull” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you to everyone who attended the concert. Revesby Workers’ club wishes you and your families a very safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you next year!

Remembrance Day 2022

Remembrance Day 2022

On Friday 11 November 2022, Revesby Workers’ Club held a Remembrance Day service outside the Club’s  Cenotaph. It was great to see the local community commemorating this event which is a solemn occasion and a time to reflect on the sacrifices made, so that we can enjoy the lives that we lead today.

Lest We Forget.

School Cheque Presentation 2022

School Cheque Presentation 2022

On Monday 7 November, Revesby Workers’ Club  generously donated $84,000 to twenty-eight schools in the local community.

The annual cheque presentation morning tea was held at Revesby Workers’ Club where each school received a cheque for $3000. 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.

This years recipients included:

  • Alfords Point Public School
  • Broderick Gillawarna School
  • Brooklyn Public School
  • Caroline Chisholm Public School
  • De La Salle College
  • East Hills Boys’ Technology High
  • East Hills Girls‘ Technology High
  • East Hills Public School
  • Illawong Public School
  • Menai High School
  • Menai Public School
  • Milperra Public School
  • Mount St Joseph’s Milperra
  • Padstow Heights Public School
  • Padstow North Public School
  • Padstow Park Public School
  • Panania North Public School
  • Panania Public School
  • Picnic Point High School
  • Picnic Point Public School
  • Revesby Public School
  • Revesby South Public School
  • Sir Joseph Banks High
  • St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Luke’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Therese’ School
  • Tharawal Primary School
  • Tower Street Public School

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.

John Rodwell – Final Vice President Report | November 2022

John Rodwell – Final Vice President Report | November 2022

John Rodwell

John Rodwell

Vice President

New Board

By the time you read this the Club will have held its biennial election and will have a new Board of Directors for the next two years. A couple of us familiar faces will not be there. By the annual general meeting in late October, I will have served 15 years as a Director and twelve as Vice-President. I am happy to hand over to two new Directors whom I am sure will join with the re-elected Directors to do a sterling job as custodians of the Club’s traditions and progressive program. It has been an honour and a pleasure to represent the members of the Club and to contribute to the development of the facilities and services which I believe are second to none. No institution can do everything, so the Board must make regular decisions on what is in the members’ best interests overall and allocate the Club’s substantial financial and human resources into those areas which have most need and will have most impact.

60th Anniversary

On Saturday 10th September the Club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a wonderful night of dinner and entertainment in the iconic Whitlam Theatre. President Daryl Melham had energetically contacted the families of our foundation office bearers and members to ensure representatives were present, including the daughter of our first president, Jack Dickens, and family of Brien Higgs, our first Secretary Manager.

Current and past staff joined with representatives of our sporting clubs and interest groups as well as a cross-section of members of the Club. All who attended were given a 60th anniversary souvenir keyring and a USB/thumb drive, containing the full club history, True to our Traditions, by Gary Lester, produced for our 50th anniversary, and a supplement covering the past 10 years. If anyone wishes to purchase any extra USBs containing the history book or any further keyrings, they can be purchased at Reception at the Tarro Ave entrance. The drives cost $2, with the proceeds being donated to the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation. Keyrings cost $5, with proceeds being donated to the Bill Bullard Charity Committee.

Liaison with Sub-Clubs

Directors of the Club have a number of roles. As officers of a registered company, preparation for and attendance at Board meetings is the most formal and important. I estimate that in my 15 years I have attended well over 200 such meetings, ranging from the regular monthly meetings to extraordinary meetings, such as on planning, required from time to time. Membership of sub-committees is also important, both standing ones like the Scholarships Committee, or short-term and ad hoc. However, the most enjoyable role is looser and that is liaising with the many sporting and special interest sub-clubs. I have been fortunate to be associated with a number over my 15 years, and again it has been a privilege to be able to assist the committee members and general members of these groups.

Sporting clubs we all know as one of the backbones of our communities but less known are the special interest groups which provide recreational activities and support for so many. These are sometimes quite small and autonomous, while others have wider affiliations. I do not wish to leave others out, but I mention as examples of diversity the Revesby Writers’ Group, the Stroke Support Group, and the Australian Native Orchid Club. The unsung heroes of our community are the office bearers of these such groups, who along with the committees of sporting clubs, put in so much voluntary work. I have made many contacts among the members of our subclubs and, if I miss anything about no longer being a Board member, it will be the regular communication with them.

The Future

Revesby Workers’ Club is in the capable hands of a united and progressive Board, and a strong, committed management team. I hope to maintain informal contact with them and the many members of the Club I have got to know. I am extremely proud to be a Life Member and thank the members for their support over a significant and enjoyable period of my life. Lastly, I must thank my wife Rose-Marie who has put up with
my many absences, at meetings and functions, daytime, evenings, and weekends. If I ever dared to complain, she told me bluntly that I enjoyed it all. She was right. She may yet regret my having more free time.

Melbourne Cup 2022

Melbourne Cup Lunch 2022

In celebration of the 2022 Melbourne Cup, Revesby Workers’ Club held a special lunch for our members on Tuesday 1 November.

Guests enjoyed a pre-function Aperol Spritz and Canapes on the Bridge, followed by a mouth-watering  share style lunch in Element with Live music  by AM2PM duo. Members were also given amazing prizes for best dressed male, best dressed female and best fascinator!

Photos from the fun filled day are below!!

Executive Report November 2022

Dear Members,

First and foremost we would like to congratulate all staff involved in organising such a momentous event in our 60th Anniversary. Those who attended would attest that the event held on Saturday, 10 September 2022 was nothing short of spectacular. Our Marketing, Food and Beverage, Functions and Operations teams are to be commended for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the event ran smoothly and without issue.

To our VIPs, including the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown, Councillors, Directors, past Directors, family of past Presidents and Secretaries, our sub-clubs and many more thank you for attending and contributing to the Club’s history in one way or another. We are extremely proud of how the Club has stayed true to its Foundation to respect its heritage, honour its values and ensure its future. This event commemorating our 60 years is a testament to this.


It is with a heavy heart that we farewelled Vice President John Rodwell and Director Ian Stromborg OAM from the Board of Directors leading into 2023.

John Rodwell joined the Board on 19 November 2007 following a long association with the Club thanks to his service as the President of Revesby Workers’ Little Athletics and his association with the Labor Party. Soon after joining the Board, John was appointed as the Vice President on 26 September 2010, a position in which he retained up until his retirement from the Board on 30 October 2022. John’s work in the local sporting community is to be commended having been associated with Little Athletics since the late 80s.

Ian Stromborg OAM joined the Board of Directors on 24 September 2006. Ian was appointed to the Board due to his work in the local community having served 5 terms as the Mayor of Bankstown and also a former Councillor of Bankstown City Council. Ian was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for his services to the local government and the community of Bankstown and this then continued into the service he provided Revesby Workers’ Club as a Director of the Board for 16 years.

We are sincerely grateful to have had both John and Ian serving as Directors for 15 and 16 years respectively. While we wish them all the very best for the future, we are sure to be seeing them in the Club as members for many years to come.

John Rodwell

John Rodwell

Ian Stromborg OAM


We would like to remind members that our Remembrance Day event is scheduled for Friday, 11 November 2022. The event is no longer invitation only and members and guests are invited to attend as they wish.


Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd has once again opened its school subsidy program to 28 local schools inviting each school to complete a submission outlining how they intend to allocate the $3,000 funding being donated in November. We have reached out to schools to determine how they wish to utilise the funds and we have invited each school to attend a cheque presentation on Monday, 7 November 2022.

To date some of the submissions we have received outline that our subsidy will fund breakfast programs, playground additions, MacLIT Program or even purchase the school a defibrillator. We understand how important the funding is to each of these schools and we are very proud to have been in a position to provide the subsidy annually dating back to the early 90s.


Our scholarship program opens on 1 December 2022 with slight amendments to the 2023 program. In 2023 we will be offering 2 x $3,000 university scholarships and 2 x $3,000 TAFE scholarships. The Club has dedicated funding of up to $35,000 for our scholarship program to fund the $3,000 scholarships and to honour the previous recipients who each receive $500 for every subsequent year of study subject to satisfactory results throughout their degree (up to 6 years).

If you have any questions in relation to the 2023 scholarship program, please do not hesitate to contact the Club’s Executive Assistant, Tenielle Symington on (02) 8707 6912 or tenielles@rwc.org.au.

Finally, we would like to wish all of our members a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Daryl Melham AM


Scott Bennetts


Member Anniversary 2022

Member Anniversary 2022

On Thursday 27 October, Revesby Workers’ Club held a special event for our members who celebrated their 25, 40 and 50 year member anniversary.

The event started with a morning tea for our 40 and 50 year members followed by a dinner for our 25 year members. Club President Daryl Melham, along with the Club’s Directors were present to congratulate all members who attended.

Our 40 & 50 year members were gifted a certificate, pin and a Revesby Workers’ Club “True to our Traditions” History book and our 25 year members were gifted a certificate and pin. Congratulations to all our members who celebrated this milestone and hope to see you again in the next event.

Check out the photos from the event below!

40 & 50 Year Anniversary Morning Tea

25 Year Anniversary Dinner

Our Community – Kidsplay@Revesby


This year for ClubGrants, Revesby Workers’ Club funded 15 different projects, supporting various local community organisations, sporting groups and charities. After two and a half years of online playgroups and corresponding craft packs, Kidsplay@revesby returned to face-to-face programs in March 2022, with regular families returning, and a huge growth in new families joining. In the past six weeks they have had seven new families register for playgroup. Current numbers are now capped and include 26 children, 23 adults including 11 grandparents who attend with their grandchildren.Their activities each week include, free play, story time, singing/musical instruments, morning tea and craft time. They also like to spend time in the garden and the children actively care for the new plants and bush tucker.

This term, Kidsplay@revesby has had a number of special activities including Book Week where children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the day coming as all types of characters (including the Hungry Caterpillar right) and doing lots of book-based activities.

The Playgroup embeds Aboriginal perspectives into their program, bringing attention to relevant days of significance. They read stories by Aboriginal authors and do art and craft related activities. They also took part in the National Great Book Swap run by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to raise money to buy books for children in remote communities.

The children designed special personalised wrappers for a block of chocolate for Father’s Day which were greatly appreciated by the special men in the children’s lives.

They celebrated Winter by having songs, stories and hot Chocolate with marshmallows around their pretend Campfire and the children enjoyed the imaginative activity.

They finished the term with a Teddy Bears Picnic where they had songs, stories and crafts about teddies. The children and their teddy or toy friends packed their own little picnic boxes and had a picnic on the front lawn. “We are looking forward to a fun filled term 4 where we will focus on Spring, Australian animals and of course Christmas. We are hoping to be able to once again have our Friday night Dance Party which we have not had for two years”.

Kidsplay@Revesby has a wonderful community of children, parents and grandparents. “We are thrilled to have new families join us and also to see the return of others who now have new grandchildren to bring along. The group care and support each other both at playgroup and now in other contexts. The children love the time to meet and engage with friends through play. We also know that playgroup is a very important space for adults who enjoy time to chat and connect with others and build strong support networks”.

Their increasing number of grandparents who care for their grandchildren regularly, are always very thankful of the space Kidsplay has provided. “We are looking at new ways to support our grandparent community”.

“We are very proud of the work we do in our Kidsplay playgroup here at Revesby Uniting Church and we thank Revesby Workers Club for their continued support. You enable us to offer a community playgroup that brings joy to people of all ages in our local community”

Revesby Workers’ Club Celebrates 60 Years

Celebrating 60 years

On Saturday 10 September 2022,  Revesby Workers’ Club celebrated its 60th year with special Anniversary Dinner. It was the decision of a hardy, persistent group of locals to form a club, which was generous of spirit and with strong family commitment.

A worker’s club that has ‘worn its heart on its rolled-up sleeve’.

Since 1962, the Club has remained true to its traditions. Continuing to build a foundation that respects its heritage, honours its values and ensures its futures.

Guests were greeted on arrival with a selection of delicate canapés before proceeding to the Club’s Whitlam Theatre to begin the night.

The evening featured entertainment by Internationally Renowned ‘The Williams Brothers’, performing from their acclaimed shows ‘A Salute to Rock n Roll Legends’ and ‘Australian & American Bandstand” followed by Monique Montez as Dusty  performing her show ‘The Very Best of Dusty Springfield’. A surprise visit from old pal, Wally the Worker brought back many memories, putting a smile on everyone’s faces.

Guests were served a 3-Course menu reminiscent of the early Club days, paired with a select range of beverages and finished off with Anniversary Red Velvet Cupcakes.

To acknowledge the Club’s 60th year, all guests were gifted an Anniversary Keyring along with a USB drive containing a digital copy of the Club’s ‘True to our Traditions’ history book, including new chapters spanning the last 10 years.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the Club’s 60th year!

Our Community – Bankstown Koori Elders Group

Bankstown Koori Elders Group – Aboriginal Elders Ceramic Arts Project

This year for ClubGrants, Revesby Workers’ Club funded 15 different projects, supporting various local community organisations, sporting groups and charities. One of our supported community projects, The Bankstown Koori Elders have begun working on their Aboriginal Elders ceramic arts.

Waterhole of Kinship

Their piece, Waterhole of Kinship is one of the finalists at the Shepparton Art Museum for the Indigenous Ceramic Award, exhibition open from 13 August to 4 December 2022. The Bankstown Koori Elders Group reflected as a group the importance of water; on the many forms it can manifest. With this piece, they can try to reconnect with their sacred rivers, waterholes and oceans that kept their ancestors strong and alive. “We recall words from our Elders, ‘no water, no seasons’”. From the dreamtime, water has been a vital source of beginnings, creatures large and small. “Our Wise Elders respected the water because they knew it was a giver for life. In this spirit, we created this artwork and dedicate it to the up-and-coming new generations, in the hope that they will carry on the love and the respect for all living things.”

Gathering with Respect

Their beautiful piece, Gathering with Respect reflects on the immense richness and diversity of their home and Country. “It is giving us plants for food to sustain us, for medicine to help us heal and to use in secret ceremony.

As First Nation Elders, we as a group, have worked together to create this sculpture to show some of our plant life that our ancestors would have known since the Beginning of Time”.

The Bankstown Koori Elders Group have also been asked by Crackpot Gallery at Fresh Water, “Land and Sea” Exhibition to show a few pieces by each member of the group in September to October.

Pictures of Aunty Margaret Foat at Chipping Norton Public School on Naidoc Days. Aunty Margaret’s artwork (right) reflects on life on the Georges River. 

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines & Islander Day Observance Committee, and it is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.