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Director Report (MJJ 2016)


There are many Sub Clubs at Revesby Workers’ and they all play a part in charity fundraising, whether it be The Bill Bullard Charity, Bankstown Hospital, Legacy or the many other charities available.

The Bill Bullard Charity (named in honour of our former President) adopts a main charity per year to concentrate on so that they can receive a substantial amount of money to purchase much needed equipment for our hospitals and institutions. Over the years some recipients have been, Children’s Leukemia, Bankstown East Hill Handicapped Association, Heart Foundation, Whitehall, St Johns Ambulance, Bankstown Frail/Aged, CareFlight, Asthma NSW, Youth Off The Streets, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Tourette’s Syndrome and many more.

My wife Sue and myself, have been conducting a Trivia Night for 25 years with the proceeds going to The Bill Bullard Charity. With the support of the sporting bodies and the parent club, we have raised over $50,000 for those various charities mentioned.

The Dart Club have a social competition at The Sport and Recreation Centre (Fibro) the first Friday in the month, and the proceeds go to the clubs charity. This is a friendly game with children, accompanied by a parent, also welcome.

The Bowlers recently conducted a social tournament, a Bowls Charity Day, and along with the Fibro Mens’ Golfers raised $1,000 for the charity.

The Bowlers have another big Charity Day every Anzac Day with breakfast in the morning along with raffles throughout the day, a wreath laying at 1pm, followed by a game of bowls. This is capped off in the afternoon with a major raffle. All the proceeds from this day go to Legacy. This has been running for many years.

The Annual Terry Raper Bowls Day held at the Spence Street site raised $2,700 for the Melanoma Cancer Fund, this popular day has raised over $50,000 since its inception. To cap this off, The Bill Bullard Charity Committee are holding various fundraisers with raffles, bus trips, etc. There are flyers around the Club for all these outings.

This is a brief snapshot of the dedicated volunteers for our charities and our thanks to the members and visitors for their support.

Director Reports FMA


John Rodwell


Looking back at 2015, I really enjoyed using the big club’s facilities without the internal hoardings and partial closures which were necessary to undertake the great improvements in club amenities undertaken over previous years. Since I joined the Board in late 2007, we have spent well over $100 million on developments. I do not take credit for this, as the masterplan used was the result of many years of work by the Board and management before I joined.

One thing the Board is conscious of, but may not be so obvious to members, is the efficient way the club managers and staff have kept all services running smoothly during the enormous changes made over these 8 years. The experience gained will again be useful during the extensive redevelopment of the Club’s restaurants during 2016. This will crown the achievements to date in providing for members a first class club which is the envy of many others.

As the Club progresses and modernises we still keep in mind its history. In the last journal the new history display in the lower level of the big club was highlighted. The display has provoked a lot of favourable comment from members and visitors. I recommend standing in front of it for a few minutes to read the sections and watch the changing photographs.

Any more photos and memorabilia associated especially with the early days of the Club would be appreciated and can be incorporated in the display. The Board has also recently commissioned Gary Lester, author of the Club’s history, True To Our Traditions, to commence work on updating that history. This will be made available only in a digital format, an e-book, so copies of the original, handsome edition are still valuable, and available for only $20 at Reception. (Proceeds to the Asbestos Diseases Foundation.)

While on the subject of writing, the Revesby Writers’ Group is a small but active sub-group of Revesby Workers’. The group is privately publishing a collection of “fact, fiction and fun”, under the title The Revesby Bus. Twelve members have contributed 32 very individual pieces, with idiosyncratic titles. My favourite title is “Aerodynamics for dummies.”

Another of our newer sub-clubs is the Australian Native Orchid Club. The club holds two colourful exhibitions on club premises each year, one in September and then the main competitive show for members in October. Visitors are very welcome. Its informative website is available from the Workers’ website.

From newer sub-clubs to the oldest, I recently attended the 53rd annual general meeting of the Men’s Golf Club. The club is going from strength to strength, with 60 playing members, recent recruits and willing new office- bearers. It also has a dynamic and humorous website, available from a link at the Workers’ main website.

Finally, some news from the Board Room. Board members have been previously supplied with laptop computers, to assist them with their duties – much of modern communication is of course digital, from email to social media and online conferencing. The Board has recently adopted the use of software to move to a paperless meeting system.

The typical Board meeting would have 2 inches or more of papers to be read and digested. With the new system, all documents for a meeting are securely available, and can be updated, read and annotated, anywhere, anytime. We have come a long way from the beautiful, handwritten minutes of the first Board meeting in 1961.

Community Service Report: November 2015

Dennis Hayward Director

Board_DennisHayward“Give happy – live happy” a statement well deserved of the Revesby Workers’ Club sub clubs. Their members and community people, especially the Charity Committee members have in some way or another supported the charity through this year.

The Bill Bullard Charity through the support of too many people to mention in these columns has been able to fund the total sum of $71824.50 for Bankstown Hospital in this year. The monetary amount has been converted into equipment for the emergency department, the babies ward and the aged care department. This includes portable ventilators for emergency, person lifters and scales for the aged care area and high back patient chairs for the babies ward.

The charity committee with the aid of a number of generous people have donated over $260,000 to the local community in the past five years alone.

Bankstown Hospital will again be the focus of the charity fund raising for the 2015 -2016 year and the charity will be challenged with supplying the Ambulatory Ward, the Repertory Ward, the Antenatal Clinic and the Medical Assessment Team with specific equipment.

The winners of the 2015 major raffle were: first prize ticket number 2711 Mr Lynne, second prize ticket number 753 Mrs Aldridge and third prize ticket number 942 Mr Heard. The prizes were provided by Tag Automotive at Milperra, the Charity Committee and supported by Lea’s World Travel at Panania.

Prior to Christmas, the Charity Committee will be operating a Christmas lights tour and the New Year will see winery tours and our usual trip down to Berry for the Sunday markets and a look around town, a very enjoyable day out.

Thank you to all who assisted the charity this year and have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Community Members

Meals on Wheels reached the 49th year of service in Bankstown during September and at a volunteers function, long service awards were presented to sixteen volunteers who had gained from five years to thirty years’ service with that organisation.

If you are able to give some time either delivering hot or cold meals, able to do shopping for aged or disabled persons, please contact Pat Pride on 9707 9646 during work hours.

Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport is also in need of volunteer drivers with their own vehicles and offers a distance payment scheme for your time. Please contact Ms Hemera Kirby on 9772 2579 for further information.

President’s Report: May 2015

Coles Opening

Revesby Workers’ CEO and Board of Directors at the opening of Coles

Vale Pat Rogan

Pat Rogan our Club Patron and Past President passed away on the 10 February 2015. Pat was well known as the State Member for East Hills from 1973 to 1999. Pat joined Revesby Workers’ Club on 13 November 1972 and was a director of the club from 1995 until 2010 and Club President from 2008 to 2010.

Pat was chairman of ClubsNSW from 1999 to 2004. He was also President of the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers’ Clubs. Pat was well liked and respected. He made an enormous contribution to our community. Pat was at times Director in charge of Bowls, the Garden Club and the Native Orchid Society. Our condolences go out to Pat’s wife Eunice and the family.

Light on the Hill Society

A successful education forum was held by the Light on the Hill Society on Thursday 12 February 2015. Some 50 people were in attendance. This is the third forum of the Society and is proving a popular format. It is anticipated that the next forum will be in the middle of the year.

Revesby Village Centre

The opening of the first stage of the Revesby Village Centre occurred on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Coles and the Cafe proved extremely popular. The rest of the centre will be opened in stages until the official opening of the whole centre being performed by the Mayor of the City of Bankstown, Linda Downey on Saturday 9 May 2015.

An enormous amount of time and energy has been put in by the Board, Management and the Club’s advisors to ensure the success of the project. It is extremely rewarding to see the completed product. The overall cost of the development from beginning to end, which includes the carpark, the Tree House Early Childhood Centre, Health Mates Fitness Centre, the poker machine area and President’s Lounge and the Revesby Village Centre is in the vicinity of $130 million.

I trust that members’ enjoy the finished projects.

Daryl Melham, President

Daryl Melham, President