Archive for month: November, 2022

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.

Director Reports November 2022

Director Reports November 2022

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.

John Rodwell

John Rodwell

Vice President

If the COVID pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that we cannot thrive in isolation. Our wellbeing relies heavily upon the power of community and connection. On the eve of my retirement from my role as Director of Revesby Workers’ Club, I feel immense gratitude for the positive impact that the Club has had on my life and my community.

I first started visiting the Revesby Workers’ Club with a group of mates in 1967. We were soon swept up in the fun and friendly atmosphere and that sense of connection that we were craving as young people learning about the world. We became members as soon as we could (age 21 back in those days) and set about enjoying all the Club had to offer.

The sporting clubs were very popular, and I soon joined the golf club and the A-reserve cricket team, enjoying success as Minor Premiers and Premiers. Joining these clubs was as much about the friendships and celebrations as it was about the sport. I’ve also represented Revesby Workers’ Club at snooker, darts, lawn bowls and basketball creating some treasured memories.

After meeting a lovely young lady named Lesley on the East Hills train line to work one morning, we enjoyed our first date at the Revesby Workers’ Club in 1969. We had dinner in the club dining room and watched a show in the auditorium. This is still our favourite thing to do on a Saturday night as lucky for me she agreed to marry me, and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last year.

In 1980 when our daughters were aged 4 and 6 years, we moved to a quiet street in Milperra near the golf course. When developers tried to have the golf course rezoned to permit residential housing on this land, I started a successful small residents’ action group opposing this proposal. Little did I know that this would set me on a path of community service and representation that would last for decades. I was soon endorsed as the ALP candidate in the 1987 Bankstown Council West Ward election, and I went on to be a Councillor for 29 continuous years until I retired in 2016 when Bankstown City Council was amalgamated with Canterbury Council.

I had the incredible honour of being the Mayor of Bankstown for five terms which was a great experience and created
memories which I will cherish forever. Most notable was Bankstown’s involvement in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the partnership we forged with the USA Olympic team as well as countless local projects designed to make Bankstown a great place to live and work.

Throughout this time, I enjoyed a great relationship with Revesby Workers’ Club, feeling very supported in my Council role and in 2006 I was approached to put myself forward for election to the Revesby Workers’ Club Board of Directors. I have been serving as a director ever since and it’s been an incredible privilege to be part of the evolution of the Club into a real community hub encompassing expanded entertainment and dining options, healthcare, fitness facilities, childcare and more.

The time has now come for me to retire from the Board of Directors to spend more time with my two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, most of whom live in Wollongong and Berry. I leave the Club in very good
hands, with a robust Board and an incredible team of staff. A heartfelt thanks to all the Directors and staff I have worked with over the years. I would like to also specifically thank the people connected to the sub-clubs I have worked with – you represent the true spirit of the Club and its connection to our community. It’s a strange feeling to be retiring from official duties after serving the community for 35 years. You’ll still see me regularly though, especially at the Club enjoying a meal and a show or at Health Mates. The enjoyment and pride that I feel being part of the Club now is no different to what it was when I was a bright-eyed 21-year-old. From the Club’s humble beginnings as a small place to meet for a drink to the thriving hub with some 70,000 members it is today, the essence has stayed the same. We all need that connection and community just as much now in 2022 as we did back in 1962.

Ian Stromborg

OAM Director

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