RSL staff to reunite

November 26, 2017

The Deniliquin RSL Club will hold a reunion for all of its former and current staff next year.

The idea was raised by former staff member Cathy Pearn (nee Shephard) and a small group of other former club employees.

Mrs Pearn said the reunion had been ‘‘in the works’’ for a few years.

‘‘A small group of us who regularly get together bandied the idea around for a while,’’ she said.

‘‘Eventually one of us had to do something about it so I created a Facebook event and was overwhelmed by the interest.

‘‘So far well over 100 people have expressed interest in attending. There will be people coming back to Deni from all parts of the country, and even one from the UK.’’

The reunion will be held on February 10 next year, which Mrs Pearn says will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see all the changes that have happened at the club.

There’ll also be plenty of stories to share about our time there, she added.

‘‘I worked at the club from 1983 to 2002 and witnessed many changes both in the turnover of staff and the way the RSL operated as a whole,’’ she said.

‘‘Over that period strong friendships and bonds were formed amongst staff that still remain.

‘‘I’m proud to say that we were a great team who worked with pride.

‘‘Training in silver service was provided and the service was prompt at those busy famous rock nights of the 1980s and 90s and the packed happy hours and raffles.

‘‘A lot of us experienced vast change in that era ... the appointment of Linda Hayes as our first female supervisor led female staff though a gateway of change.

‘‘The club is still one of the largest providers of employment in the town, and whether people just worked a short period as casual, or were long time permanents we would love them to attend the reunion.’’

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