Archive for month: April, 2024

ANZAC Day Service 2024

On Thursday 25th April, Revesby Workers’ Club hosted a memorable ANZAC Day event, drawing nearly 300 community members, including the Padstow Rotary Club, Revesby Workers Little Athletics, St. Luke’s Primary School, and many others. The morning began with a march from the Bankstown YMCA to the Revesby Workers’ Club Cenotaph, led by the 9th Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery, followed by the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band, with over 200 participants from diverse backgrounds joining the march.

At 10:45 am, the service commenced, with Vice President Christine Butters opening proceedings, followed by President Daryl Melham, and readings from Directors Christine Benham and Linda Downey, along with Ray Devnie from the RSL Sub-branch. Following the service, attendees returned to the Club for an ANZAC Day morning tea function.

A special thanks to our management and staff who worked tirelessly in orchestrating the service and thanks to all of the club members and community who attended to show respect and honour our veterans and their families in the local district.

‘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’

Directors Report May 2024

Directors Report May 2024

Since I joined the Workers’ Club Board in 2020, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most is being the liaison director for my sub clubs.

The sub clubs are the sporting and social groups who wear our colours and represent us in activities like soccer, netball, cricket and swimming. There are also clubs centred around non-sporting pursuits like gardening.

Some of the sub clubs are older than the Workers’ Club itself – many of the 240 foundation members came from local sporting clubs like soccer, cricket and golf, and brought those clubs into the Workers’ when it was founded in 1962. In many registered clubs, the directors have little to do with their sub clubs. Relations between the club and sub club are managed by staff. The sub clubs rarely, if ever, hear from a member of the board let alone see a director at one of their meetings.

At the Workers’ each director is assigned several sub clubs. I look after the Netball, Men’s Golf, Little Athletics and Revesby
Writers sub clubs. Directors are expected to meet with the sub clubs regularly and provide a conduit between the board and the sub club members. This keeps the concerns of the sub clubs front and centre for the board.

There are so many sub clubs in the Workers’ that you can pretty much pick any sport and we have a sub club for you. But one area where we might be lacking a bit is in the arts.

We have our wonderful Revesby Writers who meet on the first Saturday of every month. Every meeting each member brings a new piece, usually on an assigned theme, to read to the group. It’s a great way for local writers to keep going and get feedback on their writing.

When I was a kid we had a Revesby Workers’ Youth Drama Club. Run by Noelene and her husband, there was a junior kids and senior kids classes on weekends. The students would learn acting and confidence skills and build towards a performance in the school holidays. Once or twice a year they put on a pantomime that was on every day for a week
during the holidays. These were extremely popular with parents struggling for holiday activities (and the kids loved them too).

I’d love to see more arts groups come to the club. Acting, music, reading, painting, film, book clubs – I’m open to any
ideas. Communities can’t live on sports alone – we need more places where members whose interests lay elsewhere can find other like-minded people.

They can start small – many of our sub clubs are just a group of people meeting once a month in a room to talk about their common interest. But if enough people join, the club
has many ways of supporting and helping groups grow. I’d love to see the Club with as many arts based sub clubs as we have wonderful sports sub clubs.

If you have any ideas, please email me at badenk@rwc.org.au.

Baden Kirgan, Director

Hard to believe we are now in May, what a start to 2024.

It’s now been 7 months since being elected as a Director at Revesby Workers’ Club and I still pinch myself and feel extremely honoured to represent such an iconic brand, an Organisation that has members and staff at the forefront of every decision that is made.

One of my first official events was the Seniors Christmas Concert held in the Auditorium on the 12th December 2023. What a great afternoon joined by over 400 members with first-class entertainment in what was one of the last events in the Auditorium as we once knew it.

With all function rooms being closed for most of the year due to major renovation and refurbishment we are looking forward to the new look with works due for completion in October 2024.

2024 has seen many great community initiatives take place either by our Revesby Workers’ staff or some of our Sub Club that are all run by dedicated volunteers.

Congratulations to Christine Butters President of Revesby Workers Little Athletics and the team of volunteers on the opening of their new facility at Kelso North a venue that will serve for many years to come.

As many of our Summer Sports wrap up our Winter sports are in full flight Revesby Workers, Netball, and Football (Soccer) just to name a couple.

Revesby Workers Football Club which I’m the Liaison Director has teamed up with Sydney FC to run a Program dedicated to Girls 12 to 15.  The program (She Can) is not all about Football it also covers many topics that face young women and provides them with guidance and skills in Communication, Leadership and Confidence.

I joined Club Staff recently attending a Club Wide Meeting lead by our Executive Manager, People & Culture Sharyn Buhagiar who provided key updates with the team and some refresher compliance training.

Thank you to everybody that visited the Club and attended our ceremony to pay respects on ANZAC Day it was truly a fantastic turnout and one of my favourite events on the calendar.

This issue of the Journal covers so many great events happening throughout the club. I’m looking forward to continuing to catch up with members around the club over the coming months.

Daniel Kurtz, Director

Executive Report May 2024

Dear Members,

We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and for those who were able to enjoy a lovely 4 day weekend.  While the cooler weather has been appreciated, I am sure you will agree that we are not looking forward to those frosty winter months ahead of us.


You will recall in our last Executive Report we provided an update on the schools that were fortunate enough to receive funding under our now School Subsidy Program and the projects they were undertaking.

We are happy to report that we held an extremely successful cheque presentation ceremony on Friday, 1 March 2024 that was attended by all recipients where we were able to meet with school representatives and discuss their projects that are currently underway.

In attendance at the morning tea was Vice President Christine Butters, Director Christine Benham and Director/Chair of the Education Committee Linda Downey.  Also in attendance was Revesby Workers’ Club staff member Alysha Green who joined the Club in mid- January as the Assistant Manager, Marketing and Community.  This event was an opportunity for the school representatives to meet with Alysha as she will be running the school subsidy program next year together with all community related work undertaken at the Club.


On Wednesday, 14 February 2024 the Education Committee met to review new applications for the annual Tertiary Scholarship Program.

For 2024 the Club had a huge 37 previous recipients receive their $500 scholarship for ongoing studies providing a total of $18,0=500 to previous recipients.  9 of these recipients are in their final year of studies and we would like to wish them all the very best at the conclusion of 2024 and on the completion of their degree.  We would love to stay in touch to see where they land their first job and how they find the workforce as we are humbled to have been able to provide financial support throughout their studies.

Similar to last year, we received a significant number of applications with 8 achieving ATARs of over 90 and of those 8, 5 achieving over 95 which made 2024 an extremely competitive process.  The 2024 Scholarship Program awarded 1 male and 1 female with a $3,000 scholarship and 12 applicants with a $500 scholarship totalling $12,000 to new applicants in 2024.  These 2024 recipients will receive a further $500 for each subsequent year of their degree upon submission of successful results.

This takes the total of Tertiary Scholarship payments in 2024 to $30,500

An afternoon tea for our scholarship recipients took place on Sunday 7 April 2024, an event has over 60 attendees and was the most widely attended afternoon tea ceremony yet.

A special mention must be given to the recipients of the $3,000 scholarships in 2023:

  • Kristina La who achieved an ATAR of 97 and will be studying a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of NSW.
  • Tony Hu who achieved an ATAR of 98.50 and will be studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney.

Congratulations to all of our previous and new recipients.


Prior to the February Board meeting, our Executive Manager – Food and Beverage, Darren Foots and Executive Manager-– Facilities, Simon Melham took the Board of Directors for a tour of the auditorium renovation site.  Boden Construction has worked extremely hard and fast to commence demolition of the old auditorium and function space in preparation to commence building of our new Auditorium and function space.  We look forward to welcoming members back to the space for their future functions towards the end of 2024.

While we are aware of the disruptions this may cause throughout the Club in certain areas, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our extremely understanding members.  While the opening of the new area seems far away, we hope to be discussing this in the very next Journal which is only around the corner.



As outlined in our previous Executive Report, Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd provided funding to Heart of the Nation in the 2023 ClubGRANTS scheme to implement several 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 businesses, schools, local churches, or residents would be interested in acting as guardian of an AED.

What is involved

Should we receive expressions of interest, we will select approximately 4 recipients (to fund 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 do we get involved

If you are interested in finding out more about the Heart of the Nation program and how you can participate, please contact Alysha Green at alyshag@rwc.org.au.