Archive for month: January, 2024

Executive Report February 2024

Dear Members,

We hope our members have enjoyed a lovely start to 2024.  For some we are sure Christmas and New Year feel like a distant memory, however, we hope you all enjoyed a lovely festive season.


Having commenced as far back at 1986 with very little change to the structure, this year the Board approved a change in structure to the School Subsidy Program.

The School Subsidy program offered by Revesby Workers’ Club commenced back in 1986 when the Club supplied $11,000 to 22 schools in the local district.  In 1999 the program had grown to fund 24 local schools with a $1,000 subsidy, a subsidy that was later increased to $2,000 in 2001.

By 2011, the subsidy amount was increased to $3,000 and the Club offered this to as many as 28 local schools, totalling $84,000.  The annual subsidies paid to local schools align with the Club’s purpose of being people focused and community proud by contributing to the education of our future.

This year, schools were invited to submit an application to request funding for 2024 with the possibility of applying for as much as $10,000 to fund things such as a school project, a new educational program, a school event, or a sponsorship.

We received 19 applications of which 15 were successful in receiving their full requested amount or a partial grant.  Congratulations to the following schools:

  • Padstow Heights Public School – receiving $3,000 towards mathematics resources;
  • Mount St Joseph, Milperra – receiving $3,000 towards umbrellas for student outdoor space;
  • Menai Public School – receiving $3,000 towards main learning displays;
  • Padstow North Public School – receiving $4,800 towards K-2 Robotics Club;
  • Caroline Chisholm School – receiving $5,000 towards purchasing 3-wheel bikes ‘Join the Joyride’;
  • Broderick Gillawarna School – receiving $5,000 towards music lessons;
  • Tower Street Public School – receiving $6,000 towards a sensory playground project;
  • Revesby Public School – receiving $3,000 towards a student wellbeing program;
  • Picnic Point Public School – receiving $5,000 towards Kindergarten iPad upgrade;
  • Panania Public School – receiving $5,000 towards shelter park seating;
  • Padstow Park Public School – receiving $4,500 towards outdoor stimulus playground;
  • East Hills Public School – receiving $2,000 towards their East Hills eats eatery;
  • East Hills Public School – receiving $1,000 towards Dad’s Group;
  • Brooklyn Public School – receiving $9,780 towards upgraded seating for the playground;
  • De La Salle College Revesby – $3,500 towards the purchase of a panel saw for TAS.


As part of the 2023 ClubGRANTS program, Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd provided funding to Heart of the Nation in order to implement a number of life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) within the local community in locations where they can be accessed by community members on a 24/7 basis.

When determining where to place these AEDs, we needed to consider things such as accessibility and a location that is highly populated.  In light of this, we are putting a call out to our members and community to determine if any business, schools, local churches or residents would be interested in acting as a guardian of an AED.

What is Involved

Should we receive expressions of interest, we will select approximately 4 recipients (with a view to funding further defibrillators in future ClubGRANTS programs) and arrange for Heart of the Nation to install an AED for you.

We would ask that you as a “Guardian” of the AED help maintain the integrity of the device noting that a guardian is not responsible for any damage, simply ensuring the AED is well kept and report any damage that may occur so Heart of the Nation can assist you in the maintenance of the device.

Community Responders

Should anyone express interest in housing an AED and want to be further involved, you may wish to become a “Community Responder”. By downloading the Heart of the Nation app, you would be set up to receive alerts when an AED is required nearby and can deliver the life-saving machine to a local in the community and potentially save their life.

How to get Involved

If you are interested in finding out more about the Heart of the Nation program and how you can participate, please contact the Club’s Executive Assistant Tenielle Symington at tenielles@rwc.org.au.


We would like to remind VIPs, Members and Guests of our Anzac Day Ceremony scheduled for 10.30am on Thursday, 25 April 2024.  Similar to last year, we are looking forward to the march from Bankstown YMCA through to the Cenotaph at the Tarro Avenue entrance of the Club.

As always, we look forward to seeing our past Directors, Life Members, Patron, Directors, Sub-clubs, schools, community and members in attendance for a National Day of Remembrance.


As outlined in previous communications our members are well aware of the current renovations taking place in our auditorium and function area.  With these renovations expected to take approximately 9 months, our functions team will have the extremely challenging task of finding limited rooms and function space elsewhere throughout the Club to cater for our regular users.

We once again express our gratitude for your patience and understanding during this time as we endeavour to assist as many members and guests as possible.

Daryl Melham AM


Scott Bennetts


Directors Report February 2024


Welcome to 2024. It seems no time since I was writing this report last year.

In general, 2023 was a better year for most with less sickness, improved weather and more work opportunities for many. It was a tough year for our families with mortgages and we empathise with those struggling with rising interest rates, hopefully there will be a reprieve early in 2024.

Later in this journal you will see information about our annual International Women’s Day event scheduled to take place on 8 March. This year our Marketing team have been working very hard to come up with creative ideas to fit a very different setting. The event will take place in Miss Iggy’s and will be different in format to the sit-down luncheons we have held previously, but I have every confidence the event will be one of entertainment, fun and excitement with all proceeds going to Biyani House, our local Women’s’ Shelter, so please save the date, gather some friends and plan to join in the activity.

For the most part of 2024 our Function Rooms and Auditorium will be out of action as they undergo major renovations and refurbishment. It is hoped work will be complete by October and we will all be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art facility. Many months of planning has gone into this and I know the Functions team have been working hard to try and accommodate all our regular users of these facilities who have been displaced because of the refurbishments. Please be patient and understanding if the temporary arrangements aren’t quite what you are used. Unfortunately, because of this work our Seniors Concerts have been put on hold until next Christmas but I am sure they will be worth waiting for when they return.

It is always positive to hear of the activities from our sub clubs, the summer sporting groups are winding up their seasons as the winter ones take registrations and get ready for another busy year. Apart from our larger sporting groups, we have a number of smaller interest groups running under the auspices of Revesby Workers’ Club. If darts, snooker, spearfishing, native orchids, gardening, public speaking, indoor bowls, hockey, writing or just women’s friendship piques your interest, we have a group for you. Check out the list in the back of the Journal and make contact, it could be the start of a new hobby.

While it seems early to talk about ANZAC Day, this journal covers the period encompassing ANZAC Day and I look forward to welcoming our sub clubs and members to participate in the March and Service on Thursday 25 April. Each year this event gets bigger and reaches out to raise awareness to many in our community. It will also be a poignant day for many at the Club being the first anniversary of the passing of long-term employee Wayne “Rabbit” Steele and I extend my thoughts to his friends and colleagues.

Christine Butters, Vice President

Here we are in 2024 already!  2023 was a huge year for the Club and our management and staff across all facets of our business deserve huge accolades for their outstanding work.

The Christmas break provided time for me to reflect on what a wonderful world we are living in right now, in Australia.  The atrocities in Israel and the Gaza Strip and the ongoing war in the Ukraine, with the Russian invasion, surely makes us all think about the individual lives that have been lost and families torn apart.

Within Revesby Workers Club, we have lots of sub-clubs that are run by great volunteers who are committed to enhancing other peoples’ lives.  From Little Athletics, Football, Bowls, Cricket – to name a few of the sporting sub-clubs – to the Garden Club, Ladies Group, Toastmasters and other common interest groups – there are lots of opportunities for our members to get involved.

One particular group, for which I am Liaison Director, is the Bankstown Stroke Recovery Group, which meets monthly in the Club.  This is an excellent group whose membership is fluid and comprises people who have experienced stroke, others who are carers and anyone else who shares an interest in new developments in assessing the risks, identifying stroke and ongoing updates in treatments. The Executive of this group arranges guest speakers to address most meetings and during 2023 we also had several trips – a morning tea at Headway in Bankstown (another group that work with people with acquired brain injury) and the Ingham Institute at Liverpool Hospital, which undertakes medical research. Visitors are always welcome at their meetings and I would encourage members and their families to come along if you have an interest in finding more about what inroads are being made in preventing, assessing and treating strokes.

Revesby Workers’ Club, through ClubGRANTS, has provided support to the local schools who specialise in the development of students who face intellectual and physical challenges over many years.  The teachers and staff at these schools do wonderful work for students with diverse learning needs and are truly dedicated. Prior to Christmas, I was privileged to be invited to attend the Presentation Day at Broderick Gillawarna School and the Year 12 graduation at Caroline Chisholm School.  The performances were truly uplifting, and the self confidence that these children have developed through their education is overwhelming.

The Club’s Charity Committee (which I am privileged to Chair) has continued to raise funds to assist the local community, in recent times by purchasing “wish list” equipment for Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.  We are most grateful for the support provided to the Charity by Revesby Workers’ Club through our Friday night meat raffles at the recently renamed Revesby Greens and through ticket sales for Seniors Concerts.  We have grown a very loyal group of supporters at our raffles and welcome newcomers!  Our (belated) Christmas in July function was lots of fun, as well.  During the year the Charity was able to provide $50,000 towards the purchase of a critical ultrasound device to assist during surgery at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.

As I said, we are truly lucky to live in Australia.  We look forward to another great year for Revesby Workers’ Club in 2024.

Christine Benham, Director

Minifit 2024

Minifit 2024

On Tuesday 23 January 2024, local children engaged in our hugely successful 2024 Anthony Minichiello Minifit Clinic! The fun and free educational fitness sessions were booked out, drawing an outstanding turnout at Milperra Reserve hosted by the MiniFit trainers. This year marks the sixth consecutive year that the Revesby Workers’ Club has proudly supported this initiative, actively contributing to raising awareness about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle and fostering enduring, healthy habits. Anthony Minichiello designed the program with activities to emphasize the significance of health and fitness and make a tangible change within children’s lifestyles within this digital age, and to have fun and make new friends along the way!

Vale Terence (Terry) Semlitzky

Vale Terence (Terry) Semlitzky

Revesby Workers’ Club Life Member and former Club Director.

It is with great sadness that we notify our members of the passing of Terence (‘Terry’) Semlitzky who passed away on Sunday 7 January 2024 age 80.

Terry joined Revesby Workers’ Club on 13 April 1966, and proudly served as a Director for 25 years from 26 September 1993 until 28 October 2018, whereby he was the Liaison Director for Revesby Workers’ Billiards and Snooker, Darts, Domino, Fishing, Softball Clubs and Revesby Bowling Fishing Club.

In 2003 he was awarded Life Membership of Revesby Workers’ for his considerable and ongoing contributions to the Club. He was also recognised by his local community receiving the Canterbury-Bankstown ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award in 2020 for his years of volunteering at local community causes, sharing his musical talents with the children at the Tree House Early Childhood Centre and regularly visiting aged care facilities.

A dedicated member of the Club’s Bill Bullard Charity Foundation Committee, along with his wife Sue and daughter Vanessa, who together for more than 27 years ran the well-known Annual Charity Trivia Night, which had raised over $55,000 for the foundation, in support of local community charities and programs.

Terry’s active involvement in both Darts and Fishing social clubs saw him compete and win in many team championships, including the first Bankstown Open Singles in 1978, the Club Doubles with Bill Woods in 1985, State Fours, Sixes and various other competitions. He also won the Fishing Club championships six times and caught the biggest ‘Fish of the Year’ in 1986. Terry’s active involvement in both clubs was also recognised with Life Memberships.

Terence (‘Terry’) Semlitzky will be fondly missed, but remembered as a proud and loyal member, respected Director, a keen competitor, and for his selfless dedication to his community.

The Board, Management and staff express their deepest condolences in Terry’s passing and their thoughts are with Terry’s wife Sue, his children Dean and Vanessa and his little granddaughter Bonnie during this difficult time.