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100 Years Young

 May Church turned 100 on July 10, 2018. May has been involved with Revesby Workers’ Club almost since it’s inception in 1962 and joined as a full member in 1966, badge number 754. Due to licencing restrictions wives of members were not encouraged to join, although they were welcome at all times. May was one of the founders of the Revesby Workers’ Women’s Golf Club and was actively involved with golf until the age of 87 and won many golf championships. Like Cher sings in the hit song, May, “was born in the wagon of a travellin show” , on what is now Leichardt Oval. Yes, her parents had a travelling rodeo show and each of her 10 siblings had a job to do in the show, one of the sisters was actually the Australian Ladies Buckjumping Champion, while the boys were brought up similar to the likes of Jimmy Sharman’s Boxing Troupe and would put on the gloves for the show which travelled throughout QLD and NSW. Things got tough for the rodeo show as the years went on and May never actually worked in it as her father closed it down and finished up among other things, selling pony rides in La Perouse and on the site of what is now the Dental Hospital in Surry Hills. May is the sole survivor of those 11 children. One of her siblings made it to her mid- eighties the rest, most of whom were much older than May, died at much younger ages.

 May spent her early life in Sydney’s Surry Hills when it was a tough place to live. She left school at 14 went through the great depression as a teenager, finding work as a machinist wherever she could. One of May’s memories is of having to work on making the first Australian Flag to fly on the Sydney Harbour Bridge after its opening in 1932, she was proud of that and climbed the bridge in her nineties to see if it was still there. Looks the same! Sorry May! May got married in 1936 and was raising 3 children during World War 2 while the likes of Tilly Devine , Kate Leigh and the razor gangs were running wild, American servicemen were doing all sorts of things on their way to active service, sly grog shops were everywhere and many other illegal deeds were carried out in broad daylight in Surry Hills. May who had lived in this area all her life decided it was not the place to bring up her 3 kids. May was delighted when she got allocated a home in Peakhurst in 1950 and has lived there happily since.

 May’s family have all been members of Revesby Workers’ and her husband Bill was probably the first champion of any of our sub clubs where he won the A Grade Golf Championship in early 1963. Her sons, Kenny and Billy Jr, were both early members, while daughter Marjorie Elder and her husband Merv are still active Members of the Club. May joined the East Hills Golf Club in the 70’s and was a keen member there until it closed in 1990. All the while, she was still playing golf with the Workers’ Club Ladies. Golf was her great passion and she was heart-broken when she decided it was time to retire from golf at the ripe old age of 87, and those old legs agreed with her! She still remained active, playing bowls at Grandviews’ Bowling Club a game she had taken up back in the 80’s, but nothing compared to her golfing days. May still visits the Grandviews for a chat now and again. She is a tough old bird and has 1 daughter, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, lots of great grandchildren and plenty of great, great grandchildren. That’s 5 generations! And still going strong!

 May is still a proud member of Revesby Workers’ Club and we doubt if there is another 100 year-old member who has 52 years of continuous membership in the Club… must be some sort of record. May still talks about the wonderful times she had with the Club and all the friendships she has made. 100 Years Young

East Hills View Club Celebrates 57 Years!

On Monday June 18 2018 the ladies of East Hills VIEW Club celebrated the 57th birthday of their club with a gala lunch at Revesby Workers Club. The committee had chosen a ‘regal’ theme for this year. Many members embraced the theme and cape with tiaras, long gloves and dressed in purple. One member even wore a long purple cloak with a 9fake0 ermine collar.

A great day was had by all. In addition to the lunch and delicious birthday cake, there was entertainment, raffles and even a book sale to boost their coffers.

For anyone interested in joining a wonderful group of ladies who, through their events help support the Smith Family and are driven by the mission of creating social change in Australian communities by empowering women to have their voices on issues of importance for the future wellbeing of Australian society,  can call Bev on 9771 5457 or visit www.view.org.au for further information.

Members donate In record numbers to Salvo’s Christmas appeals

The Workers’ Giving Tree this year was a huge success with over 1000 gifts collected to donate to children less fortunate than ourselves.
Over at Health Mates Fitness Centre, the Christmas food drive helped deliver non-perishable items to families in need, so they were able to celebrate Christmas. A wonderful culmination of food and gifts showing the wonderful generosity of our members and the community at large. From the bottom of our hearts we thank all those that contributed to such a successful campaign.

(Images. Above: Revesby Workers’ Club CEO Edward Camilleri, Salvation Army Major Sandy Hogg and Revesby Workers’ Club Member Gail Wright who generously donated gifts to the Workers’ Giving Tree. Below: The hundreds of food items generously donated to the Health Mates Food Drive.)

 

Club President Daryl Melham named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Daryl Melham In Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Club President Daryl Melham who was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list on Monday, awarded an AM for service to the Parliament of Australia.

Mr Melham said his work with the Revesby Workers’ Club over 36 years had also been immensely rewarding.
“When I worked there in the 1970s, we were selling 300, 18 gallon kegs of beer a week, and today we sell 100, 14 gallon kegs of beer a week,” he said.
“It shows the changing demographics of the club industry.
“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved with the club, which has grown from 35,000 members eight years ago, to almost 70,000 members today.
“We’ve diversified, offering a range of facilities for the broader community.”

Story appeared in: Torch | June 13th, 2017

Revesby Workers’ Giving Tree for Salvation Army Appeal

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Revesby Workers’ Club and the local community have come together and donated more than 1500 items to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal helped those doing it tough and supported around 300,000 Australians over the festive season. The donations from the Revesby Workers’ Club community during Christmas supported the appeal by giving much needed toys, food and gifts to others who need that extra support.

Panania Corps Officer Pastor Major Michael Hogg, said that the efforts from the club community has been great and it has all gone a long way for those who may not been able to have a bright Christmas.

“The kind-hearted, Revesby Workers’ Club visitors who donated around 1500 individual items including food, toys and a variety of gifts is a fantastic effort and will now go into the hands of families struggling to make ends meet.”

Revesby Workers’ Club are committed to supporting those struggling and encourage all members and guests to continue to support The Salvation Army through the entire New Year.


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