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CONTENTS VIETNAM BATTLEFIELDS TOUR

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GALLIPOLI SCHOLARSHIP

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EXECUTIVE REPORTS

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WARATAH CAFÉ

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GAMING PROMOTIONS

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MEMBER PROMOTIONS

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FATHERS DAY

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RAFFLES

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SOON TO COME! You’ve read it, you’ve heard it, now it’s almost time for you to see it • Escape to a new world of entertainment

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RSA POLICY

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ANZAC DAY

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SUB BRANCH REPORT

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SPORTS REPORTS

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GALLIPOLI COURTS WINTER SPECIAL

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WHATS ON WEEKLY

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FOOTY FEVER

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9.30am - 4.00am

FRIDAY

9.30am - 6.00am

SATURDAY

9.00am - 6.00am

SUNDAY

9.00am - 4.00am

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Feature Article

Community

BATTLEFIELDS TOUR IN VIETNAM

HISTORY, CULTURE & CLOSURE IN VIETNAM FOR OUR VETS Your Club recently participated in a commemorative tour of Vietnam that took in the key Australian sites from the war. Club President, Ron Hand, Board member, Roger Ford, Life member, John Murphy, and competition winner, Jeff Semple, embarked on this once in a lifetime experience on Sunday 2 April. It had been a long 50 years since all 4 men returned from duty in the Vietnam War, and all embarked on this journey not knowing what emotions will come to be revealed. Ron Hand has captured the highlights of the trip below, that he says he will be forever grateful for.

The tour lived up to all expectations, particularly for the veterans taking part. The locations in and around the southern regions of Vietnam proved to be the most memorable, where the group visited the sites of Australia’s participation during the Vietnam War.

conflict at Nui Le and a prolific author of many paperbacks on the subject of the Vietnam War. A local guide, Tho, added to our experience by giving his interpretations on the history of his country as we progressed through each part of the tour. It was not surprising to see all traces of the occupation by Allied Forces have been removed by the Socialist Government, other than some military artifacts housed at museums or other significant tourist locations. This was noticeably evident in the Phouc Tuy Province at Vung Tau, now a mini Surfers Paradise, and at Nui Dat where it is almost completely overgrown by vegetation. A completely different place to what I remember. Gary Mckay gave vivid accounts of the major battles that took place especially where Australians were involved. One experience that rang deep with me was the service at the Long Tan memorial in the rubber plantation. Gary was able to point out the locations of each of the 6 RAR battle groups and how they maneuvered to relieve themselves from what could have been a disaster. We were left with no doubt that the Australians faced well trained and

dangerous enemies that had to be respected. There were many other battle grounds in Phouc Tuy that involved fierce fighting by the Australians to maintain a form of superiority over the enemy known to most Vets as the D445 Battalion. We visited Binh Ba and Nui Le to hear of some of the heroic deeds played out that never made it in the Australian media but as Gary revealed, military personnel were given bravery awards. The capital, Hanoi, provided a very different perspective of the lesser wealth of this part of the country. This part of Vietnam did not appear to be as prosperous as that of Saigon. Perhaps this could be why the North pressed their claims for the re-unification. Once we left the major cities, it was surprising to see the rural scene looked like it came out of the 1960’s or even further back. Board member, Roger Ford, said ”Overall, it was 10 intense, emotional but rewarding days, that helped somewhat to lift the burden locked up and carried by the Veterans who had fought there and experienced the horrors of a devastating conflict.”

2017 GALLIPOLI SCHOLARSHIP

$50,000 AWARDED As the nation commemorated the centenary of the ANZAC battles in France and Belgium in April, ten winners of the 2017 Gallipoli and Bill Hall Memorial Scholarships were presented their awards by special guest Dr Geoffrey Lee MP, member for Parramatta at Merrylands RSL Club on Thursday 20th April 2017. The Scholarships were awarded this year to ten direct descendants of veterans of the First and Second World Wars. The Scholarships, which are based primarily on need as opposed to merit and worth $5,000.00 each, will assist the recipients in their first year of University studies this year. Interestingly, the Gallipoli Scholarship was launched at an ANZAC Service at Merrylands RSL Club in 1998, by the then Governor of New South Wales, Mr Justice Samuels. Since then, 99 first year students at various universities have received support from the Gallipoli and Bill Hall Scholarship Fund. This has been made possible by the generosity of donors from RSL and Services’ Clubs, RSL SubBranches, Veterans’ Organisations, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, businesses and individuals. A total of around $350,000 has been distributed from the Scholarship fund since its

establishment. Merrylands RSL Club and Sub branch have contributed over $100,000 since 1996. The traditional event, which has been held at Merrylands RSL Club for 10 years now, began with an ANZAC Commemorative Wreath Laying Service, then lunch followed by award presentations by the Guest of Honour, this year, Dr Geoffrey Lee. Recipients were Andrew Clements,

Ashlee Van Os, Jane Higgins, Jarrod Lee, Kieren Bellemore, Laura Wratten, Louise Edwards, Sage Hennigar, Sam Handford and Tom Milson. Applications for the 2018 Gallipoli and Bill Hall Scholarships open on the 1st of January 2018 and close on the 1st of March 2018. Please visit the website at www.gallipolischolarship.org to find out more about the Scholarship. We urge you to encourage all who meet the criteria to apply.

In total, the touring group had six veterans who all had seen active service in Vietnam. They will be forever grateful for being given the opportunity to speak to the group about their familiarity from 50 years ago while standing on the exact spot that they occupied. It was a great benefit to their well-being to be able to release a few personal demons that resided within from their time in war. Our experiences were enhanced by the expert commentary from Australian Historian and Lt Col. Gary McKay, a decorated Field Commander who suffered severe wounds during the

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President’s Report News from the 2017 AGM, for those who were unable to attend, is two special resolutions were passed that would be of interest to all members. The first was a change to our constitution that specifies eligibility for RSL members to nominate for a position on the Board. Recent legal developments at another RSL club made it possible for affiliate RSL members to nominate. Merrylands RSL members saw fit to exclude this class by voting for Service members only to take up this opportunity.

Ron Hand JP President

The other resolution was for Life Membership to be bestowed upon Julie Bond. We were delighted to see that the 42 years of service she gave to the club were suitably recognised. A little piece of anecdotal evidence was that Julie being herself could not refrain from being locked out of the meeting and had to be instructed to wait until the formal voting proceedings were concluded. CEO Bryn gave us an in-depth presentation on where the club is heading in terms of development over the next couple of years.

Our Dawn Services continue to attract our community in large numbers. A conservative estimate was that there were close to 2,000 people involved in the commemorative service. This included many of the younger generation to whom we must pass on the baton to make sure our country will remain vigilant in observing Anzac Day. Congratulations to the organising committee who made the morning go along smoothly. The 2017 Vietnam Commemorative Tour was a memorable event, particularly for the Veterans including myself who were given the opportunity to revisit places that have lingered long in our memories. Fifty years have elapsed since we last set foot in that country as conscripts in very different circumstances to what we experienced on this tour. As one wag put it, we didn’t have to chase up a Visa back then to be there. From my personal experience, it was amazing to stand within 200 metres of the place I was camped in Vung Tau for twelve months, and to witness the remarkable transformation of this place to a mini city. A full report is included in this magazine that describes the places where Australian troops were deployed.

Trading conditions at our club continue to show improvement from the recession that was 2016. Tight budget controls are having the desired effect of retaining the income that is so difficult to compete for. One pleasing result from the May Board meeting is that we have moved up five places on the government listings of all registered clubs. We are currently in the low thirties of the 1200 clubs in NSW. Merrylands RSL Club Ltd is definitely NOT implicated in the affairs of the NSW RSL State Branch. The ABC TV made a news item on Monday 15th May that broadcasted images of the front of the club with a voice over describing the introduction of a judicial inquiry into the RSL State Executive. Appropriate legal action has been initiated by the clubs solicitors to seek an apology.

Ron Hand JP President

A preview of the proposed changes to the existing club was presented to the members 6

at the 2017 AGM. We heard that we will have more lounge and dining space in a family environment. There will also be an outdoor retail cafe style outlet to capture the early morning passing trade on their way to the railway station. Estimates to date show that a budget of $6.5M could be required to undertake this work. A full Cost Plan is being negotiated by CEO Bryn with the clubs consultant. The DA has been lodged with Cumberland Council for some time, and has been given priority over the Stage 2 DA. The time-frame for construction will carry over to the first quarter of 2018, and will be carried out in separate stages to minimise disruption to our members. Some changes have been made to the way that the club will have our works Project Managed in the future. We have a capable person in Mary McTaggart who has been

We have some very exciting things happening at Merrylands RSL over the next few months with the big reveal of our new Gaming Lounge and Bar, new grand foyer and entrance off Miller Street, as well as a re-purposed Heritage Centre and Memorial Garden. Our new gaming lounge has expanded in size and we have added 32 extra machines which we are sure members will enjoy. We are very excited to have you finally be able to use all these new facilities. The date for this big reveal can be confirmed as Wednesday 9 August, be sure to come and check these new spaces out.

Bryn Miller CEO

We will go straight into a complete refurbishment to some areas of the existing Club and improved facilities, due for total completion early 2018. There is a lot to look forward to, including new stylish lounge spaces that will cater for 600 customers, new restaurant offerings, kids play zone, outdoor terrace and TAB facilities. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress. The Anzac Day Dawn service proved to be another success, with attendance at an all-time high. I’d like to congratulate all staff and participants whom without, we would not be able to appreciate this memorable day and pay our full respects as a community. A full report covering the Dawn service can be found on page 22. Your Club participated in the Honour Our Heroes Relay Walk on Sunday 28 May. Nine staff members rallied together and walked 42km’s in Parramatta Park in honour of the 42 soldiers who gave their lives for our country in Afghanistan. This important event raises awareness and funds for the Homes for Heroes program. For a more detailed report visit page 13.

Development Report The opening of Stage One is just around the corner. Our builders are in the process of knocking over the final 10% of their contracted works leading up to the Date of Practical Completion. Most of this work is on the outside of the main building that was affected by the recent abnormal rains in March. The fit out contractor is not far behind the builder, with most of the finishes work well underway. Our club managers and specialist technicians are planning for a big couple of days and nights to move the 260 or so gaming machines into their new location without disrupting normal business. Heritage issues with the Baby Health Centre roof structure and tiles appear to be resolved with Cumberland Council. It is now full steam ahead to have it ready for our opening day.

CEO’s Report

appointed Special Projects Manager after her successful stint in developing a logistics system for all of the clubs assets. She has already become involved in the refurbishment of the existing premises project.

The Club has moved up 5 spots in the last ranking report from February 2017. This of course could not have happened without

the dedication and hard work of our entire team, led by David Kim. The results are in! You may have remembered completing a Members Survey in January this year. We were very pleased to see that you all think very highly of us, with our staff being amongst the best in customer service amid the greatest of competing Clubs and similar hospitality venues. You also said that our loyalty program, gaming service and promotions are well received. Thank you for your genuine feedback, it has provided guidance for the Clubs building and refurbishment plans to ensure we deliver a Club relevant to our Members. Some outcomes from this survey I can reveal, are a new Italian pizza and pasta food outlet, an improved beverage offering with a cocktail menu and quality spirits to come, and an updated loyalty program relevant to our members. We recently said farewell to one of our trusting Duty Managers, Jessica Grove. She has embarked on an adventure that will take her across the world over the next few months, with her final destination being the UK where she will gain work experience in the hospitality industry. We look forward to her safe return. We have been lucky enough to add to our team two great new Duty Managers, named Corey Hoole and Matthew Pemberton. Both have fitted in very well to our Club environment and we look forward to their future here at Merrylands. In August we will have IT Services Co-ordinator, Michael Tortosa,embark on the Kokoda Trek. He has been training in the months leading up to the trip to Papua New Guinea, and we are very proud to have our Club represented in this special 70th year anniversary of Kokoda. Be sure to give him words of encouragement when you see him around the Club. We wish him the best of luck and can’t wait to hear the story of his experience.

There has been a big baby boom in the team here at MRSL Club over the last 6 months, with many of our female staff taking maternity leave to welcome their little ones. Congratulations to the following staff members and a big welcome to their gorgeous babies:

Sendy Le (Duty Officer) and baby Steven

Kelly He (Receptionist) and Baby Lucia

Work is well underway on the outdoor statues and landscaping at the Umina Beach BC premises. The latest report was that the statues have been delivered, the children’s playground equipment was ordered, and not far from being sent to the site. Another project in the pipeline for Umina is to revisit the outdoor gaming lounge. An assessment is being carried out to determine if improvements should be made now that the club has been granted extended trading hours.

Ron Hand JP President

Krystle Sorbie (Assistant Operations Manager) and Baby Heidi

Suling Huynh (Receptionist) and Baby Amelie

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JOIN US IN AUGUST FOR THE FLAVOURS OF THAILAND

JULY IS FLAVOURS OF INDIA Created By Chef Tarek

CHOO CHEE CHICKEN CURRY

Traditional Thai flavour where dried red chillies dominate but are married perfectly with coconut milk and the aromatics of galangal, lemongrass and Kaffir lime.

PRAWN THREE-FLAVOURED

Sweet, sour and tangy flavours pack a punch as they are drizzled over perfectly flash fried prawns and tossed with stir fried vegetables. It will leave your lips smacking.

Don't forget our Signature Dish Pho Beef Noodle Soup ROGAN JOSH Braised lamb cooked in a tomato based sauce, mixed with aromatic spices, browned onion, yoghurt, garlic and ginger.

LAMB VINDALOO Eat if you dare - a spicy dish made with braised lamb in a sauce of vinegar & lots of red chilli peppers. A traditional Vindaloo sauce.

CHICKEN BIRYANI Fragrant chicken and rice dish infused with turmeric, ginger, cumin and garam masala. It’s a delight for any taste bud.

The taste of Vietnam! TRADING HOURS Open 7 Days

Mon – Fri from 9.30am | Sat - Sun from 9.00am

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Entertainment

Morning Melodies IN THE

SWAN ROOM

$5 M EM $10 G BERS UEST S 10.3 MOR 0AM NING 11.00 TEA AM SHOW

TUE 4 JUL

TUE 18 JUL

AMBER JADE AND PAUL STEVENS

SEAMUS EARLEY WITH AUBREY AND MARTIN

Youthful multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer Amber Jade has developed into an outstanding performer with her swing and popular music repertoire. Paul Stevens from the U.K is an accomplished variety artist who combines singing and comedy in his performances. His vocal artistry ranges from the ‘60s to easy listening standards.

TUE 5 SEP

TUE 19 SEP

CHRISTINE TYRELL AND ROSS MAIO

LISA CROUCH AND VOV DYLAN

Christine Tyrell is a versatile, young vocalist who has an extensive background experience in theatre productions, cabaret shows and showbands.

Lisa Crouch has won numerous awards for Best Female Vocalist. You will hear her sing all the big hits of the great female ‘divas’ during her show.

Multi-award winning instrumentalist and showman, Ross Maio has, through his talent and experience, been able to embrace a wide range of musical styles from popular international melodies to classical music.

’The World’s Fastest Violinist’ Vov Dylan is a touring international concert and recording artist with 10 albums and numerous television appearances amongst his credits.

From her Gold Coast home, Seamus Earley travels the world performing on 5 star luxury cruise liners and theatres. A winner of numerous industry awards she can sing in four languages as well as being an impressive yodeller.

BLACKWATTLE

Aubrey & Martin have travelled the world performing their Australiana show with a unique mix of variety, songs and multiinstrumentals.

TUE 1 AUG

TUE 15 AUG

SHAYNE O’LEARY AND CHRIS CASTLE

CHRISTINE SAVANAH AND W.P. BRENNAN

LOUNGE MUSIC

FRIDAY 8.00PM - 11.30PM SAT 8.30PM - 12.00AM

JULY

The vivacious Shayne O’Leary comes from a family steeped in variety entertainment. She’s a talented singer with a background also in duo and band performances. Chris Castle is amongst the very best variety vocalists in Australia. A genuine crowd-pleaser his repertoire is all about well-known and popular music.

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Christine Savanah is a sassy, young artist with a wonderfully soulful voice. Her captivating stage presence comes with a repertoire of popular classics. W.P.Brennan has appeared on stages throughout the world and on many television shows. He is a smooth, sophisticated singer with a varied mix of well-known favourites across many styles and eras of music.

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

SAT 1ST • MIKE CARR

FRI 4TH • MELODICA

FRI 1ST • IPANEMA DUO

FRI 7TH • IPANEMA DUO

SAT 5TH • IAN BLAKENEY

SAT 2ND • BRENDAN CARROLL

SAT 8TH • JOANNA

FRI 11TH • TIME MACHINE

FRI 8TH • JUST JAMMIN’

FRI 14TH • ILLEGALLY BLONDE

SAT 12TH • MURRAY FERGUSON

SAT 9TH • DI SOLOMON

SAT 15TH • TONY MAZELL

FRI 18TH • WHEN FRANKY MET WENDY

FRI 15TH • MIKE MATHIESON DUO

SAT 19TH • CHRIS CONNOLLY

FRI 22ND • STEPPIN’ OUT

FRI 21ST • CHRIS CONNOLLY DUO SAT 22ND • DI SOLOMON FRI 28TH • CAZCADE SAT 29TH • ANITA HARTMANN

FRI 25TH • CHERRI JAM SAT 26TH • TINA PETRONI

SAT 16TH • TROY SMITH SAT 23RD • PAUL FISHER FRI 29TH • ILLEGALLY BLONDE SAT 30TH • JOANNA

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Community

HONOUR OUR HEROES RELAY WALK

MRSL RAISES OVER $4,000 FOR VETS IN NEED At Merrylands RSL Club we believe that no-one who defends our home should be without one. It was an alarming fact revealed back in 2009 by the Australian Department of Veteran Affairs report, that over 3,000 veterans were homeless on any given night due to their service to our nation. Many Defence personnel return from active service overseas suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the horrific situations they often confront during their tour of duty. This leads to severe depression, drug & alcohol dependency, anger and violence, criminal behaviour, leading further to homelessness, incarceration or worse, suicide. In March 2014, the ‘Homes for Heroes’ program was established. The aim of the program is to assist contemporary veterans that are facing homelessness, injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the provision of accommodation and rehabilitation. The Honour Our Heroes Relay Walk was created to help raise funds and awareness of the Homes for Heroes

Program. Our team got together, rallied our supporters to sponsor us and walked 42kms to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the 42 Aussie Soldiers who gave their lives for our nation in service in Afghanistan, all while having fun, raising much needed funds and

creating awareness for this significant program. Donate today! Visit: www.rslservicesclubs.com.au/ HowYouCanHelp

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC LEGEND

LONNIE LEE & THE LEEMEN

CELEBRATING 61 YEARS Rockabilly’s finest will be offering you a show unlike any other!

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Be entertained by this spectacularly sexy show with throats-a-rumblin’ and sharp shoulders twitchin’ to the rhythm that will see your body bop and boogie all day long.

2.30PM SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

Considered to be the ‘Last Man Standing’ of his era, sit back and cruise along with Lonnie Lee & The Leemen.

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Notice RSA Policy

TRAVEL CLUB

NOTICE RSA POLICY Dear Members & Guests Merrylands RSL is resolutely committed to the Responsible Service of Alcohol [RSA] and ensuring The Club’s compliance with the relevant provisions of the Liquor Act 2007 and its Regulations of 2008.

Wine In the vines

Christmas in July at Shelley beach

Monday 21 August

Monday 24 July

Depart: 7.45am • Return: 5.30pm

Depart: 8.30am • Return: 4.30pm

You will be greeted with a welcome drink and then devour a 2 course roast lunch including tea and coffee with dessert.

Sit back as we travel to the Hunter Valley stopping for morning tea along the way. First stop is Drayton’s Winery for a morning tasting of a selection of fine wines. After a wonderful morning we travel to Cessnock Ex Services Club for a fantastic buffet lunch. Final stopover for the day will be at Kevin Sobels Winery. Their winery continues an unbroken, Australian wine making tradition, now over 150 years old. After a full day re-join your waiting coach, sit back and enjoy a scenic tour back to MRSL

Members $74 • Guests $76

Members $74 • Guests $76

All aboard as we travel north with a morning tea stop at Mt Penang. Your day will be spent at Shelley Beach Golf Club, overlooking manicured greens with picturesque ocean views of Shelly Beach. Be amused by Christmas themed entertainment by singer, Sandy McRae, and comedian, Kevin A. Legend.

Macquarie Princess Luncheon Cruise

Our objective and desire is for all our members, their guests and visitors to enjoy their visits to Merrylands RSL in a safe and secure environment. Part of this commitment is to serve alcohol to patrons responsibly and having due consideration to the Clubs RSA Policy [located on our website]. This means we must never sell or supply alcohol to patrons who are identified as intoxicated or to any person[s] who are under the age of 18 years.

Mon 18 September

As part of our RSA policy, the Club has directed all staff, including Security to adopt ‘Relevant Steps’ as a proactive measure when dealing with patrons who are showing noticeable signs of intoxication.

Depart: 8.30am • Return: 4.30pm Set off for a Cruise on the beautiful Hawkesbury River aboard the historic MV Macquarie Princess. Be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew of the Macquarie Princess for a 2½ hour lunch cruise. Be enchanted by the scenery as our skipper keeps us well informed as we cruise the Hawkesbury, see ancient stone carvings and Aboriginal middens. On our return to Berowra we make use of the facilities before travelling to visit Flower Power at Glenhaven before returning home.

Members $70 • Guests $72

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO TRAVEL CLUB IN APRIL DUE TO EASTER & HOLIDAYS

School Holiday

KIDSBINGO

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Monday 3 July at 2pm

Monday 25 September at 5pm

SWAN ROOM

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The patron will be refused service or supply of alcohol immediately

2.

The patron will be asked to leave the premises and be advised they cannot return to the venue for a period of 24 hours.

3.

Staff will contact the police if the patron refuses to leave the premises. It is an offence to refuse to comply with such a direction; Police may issue a fine for “Fail to Quit” for $550.

In taking those steps the Club will endeavour as much as is reasonably possible to ensure your departure from the licensed premises and travel home occurs safely. We don’t like to end the night early and always promote responsible drinking of alcohol in moderation, in that stead we ask members and visitors to respect that objective. If you have any questions or wish to make a comment or complaint about the Clubs RSA policy and its implementation or practice, please feel free to contact Chris Debrincat the Clubs Operations Manager on 88687777. Alternatively, an independent advisory body may be contacted to provide information or investigation into such matters and can be contacted at the address below: LIQUOR ADVISORY SERVICES PO BOX 708 Merrylands, NSW 2160

Thank you Bryn Miller CEO

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Relevant steps is a legal obligation of all licensed premises within New South Wales to adopt, including the Merrylands RSL. Once our trained staff identify a patron as noticeably affected by alcohol and have formed an opinion that a patron is intoxicated, the following steps will take place in every instance;

Thank you for participating in the MRSL Club Member survey and sharing your genuine feedback with us earlier this year. You have shared valuable insight which we look forward to putting into good use to bring you a destination you will truly LOVE!

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Feature Article

sub branch

100 YEARS SINCE THE 3RD YEAR OF WWI

SUB BRANCH Update

SPECIAL DAWN SERVICE INCLUDING 50 YEAR WHITE ENSIGN TRIBUTE

The donated Anchor is to be moved to Cumberland Council Works Depot in Guildford until it is decided where it will be placed.

50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy White Ensign

On Tuesday 25 April, at the break of Dawn, the original landing time at Gallipoli, when for brief moments the world was quiet and our soldiers stood side by side as mates for life, we gathered and remembered. It was estimated that 2,000 locals joined together at Charles Mance Reserve, Merrylands, for the Anzac Day Dawn Service. This year marked the centenary of the third year of the Great War, which proved to be a severe loss for Australian troops and the commemoration was not short of any admiration from our community with attendance at an all-time high. We joined and paused together with those far and wide, across the country and world, to remember the men and women who lost their lives, not only in the conflict 100 years ago, but in all wars and those who have served and still serve our country. As we commemorated the 3rd year of the centenary, we also paid tribute to 50 years since the establishment of the Royal Australian Navy White Ensign. 22

Guest speaker Able Seaman Rhys O’Neil from HMAS Waterhen delivered an enlightening speech on the role of the Royal Australian Navy in Australia’s defence and paid tribute to the White Ensign and its contribution to the identity of the Australian defence force on a global scale. The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon, delivered a moving oration on our local soldiers who lost their lives 100 years ago in the battle fields of France and Belgium. Walter William Kerr, George Lee and Albert Rannard were all paid tribute in his enlightening speech that resonated with those in attendance. It was a poignant reminder of how important it is to remember. 100 years on, their names are still forged into the history of Merrylands and our country. Year 6 students and School Captains from Greystanes Public School, Alexander Nguyen, aged 12, and Charlotte Stoddart, aged 11, were outstanding as they captivated the

crowd with their Anzac reflections. With attendance growing year on year, 2017 was another successful event in uniting the community. Merrylands RSL Sub Branch and Club would like to publically acknowledge their participation in this very special and important occasion on our Calendar – Your contribution assisted in making it a very successful event. We hope to see you again next year, the final year of the centenary commemorations. •

Cumberland Council

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City of Holroyd Brass Band

SES Holroyd Unit

Greystanes Public School

St John Ambulance Granville

Holroyd LAC

Fire & Rescue

On the 1st March 2017 we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the AWE at Charles Mance Reserve. Approx. 50 people attended with special guest speaker LCMDR Alan Parton RAN and Chaplain Kaas Bosch RAN. After the service participants were invited to Merrylands RSL Club for light refreshments, kindly provided by Club Ltd. Donation of Ship’s Anchor by RAN The RAN has kindly “gifted” the subBranch an anchor from HMAS Kanimbla LPA. A request was made some time ago. The Executive is considering its option as to where it will be finally located. We’ll keep you posted.

ANZAC Sunday Once again we had a large crowd line the streets of the march route and many followed behind which culminated at Charles Mance Reserve. The march was led by City of Holroyd Brass Band and the 204 Army Cadet Unit for the Memorial Service and Wreath laying Ceremony. We were joined by Chaplain Andrew Thorburn RAN who led the Service and cited the Lord’s Prayer. Our guest speaker was a current serving member of the Royal Australian Engineers, Captain Trung Ton from 5 Regiment Support. He reflected on the landing in Gallipoli, which was Australia’s the first major contribution to the world by a “fledgling” nation. The

Deeds, Courage and Fortitude of these original ANZACS continue to echo through the chambers of history to this day. Since then Australian lives have been committed and sacrificed in the cause for a better world, throughout the world. This was well received by the spontaneous applause by those in attendance.

Remembrance Day

General Notice: The sub-Branch AGM was held on the Sunday 12th March which brought along some changes to the Executive Committee. The current Executive Committee & Committee members are as follows:

Remembrance Day Sunday March and Service will be held on Sunday 5th November 2017. Preparations are underway and details will be presented as they come to hand.

President – Robin Grimley JP, Vice Presidents – Gus Guthrie & Charles Zarb, Honorary Secretary – Frank Vella & Treasurer – Ken Moyle.

This year’s Remembrance Day Service will be held at Merrylands Memorial Park, Treeves Street, Merrylands. Saturday 11th November 2017 and the presentation will be made by students from Greystanes Public School, commencing at 10.30am.

Committee Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all schools and Colleges in the Cumberland District and the general public to attend and participate in the ceremony.

To all sub-Branch Members, the sub-Branch general monthly meetings are held every second Sunday of the month commencing at 10.30am. The Committee look forward to your attendance to these meetings.

Frank Vella Honorary Secretary

Syd Thode, Stanley Thomas, Dave Williams, Kevin Loudon, Roger Ford (Umina), Terry Forbes (Umina) & Kelvin Clarke (Umina).

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN Don Potts - CMF William Shaddock – Merchant Navy Clarence McDonald – 2781396

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sports reports

sports reports

DOMINO CLUB REPORT

SOCIAL GOLF REPORT

YOUTH CLUB REPORT

The Lyn Johnstone shield competition is on full swing with two surprising Results.

Good to see that everyone has recovered from the Easter/Anzac break and every one of our players has returned to golf at our recent games.

Since my last report we have had our Annual General Meeting and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Merrylands RSL Sub Branch for reelecting myself into the role of President of the Youth club for another 3 year term.

Four top players being beaten in the first round. Best of Luck to the remaining players still in the competition. The Club championship will begin at the completion of the Lyn Johnstone Shield. Sunday Morning attendances are good with payers participating every Sunday good work players! I would like to relay special thanks to George Salisbury, John Shield, Clive Mc Farlane and Fred Weir for their dedication at getting the Sunday morning Dominoes going. Setting up tables taking names and doing Domino draws every Sunday. Thank you guys.

Just prior to the break we travelled to Anthill Park, Picton where the Frank Ghioni – Jim Dunn Shield was contested. Winners were the team of Tim Aung, Dave Ramsay, Ron Hand and Barry Dickson. A great day out enjoyed by all who attended. The Tom Clark Match play Championship final has been played with Murray Myles defeating Ron Hand in a close match. Congratulations to both players. Most of our upcoming games will be at Bossley with scheduled play at Woodville and Rosnay providing some variety. New players are always welcome regardless of ability so if any club member is thinking about playing golf, details of our upcoming games are on the board in “Bluey’s Sports Bar” at the Club. Until next issue, stay on the fairway.

That’s all for now, see you at the tables.

Mr EX

Dave Carney Secretary

DARTS CLUB REPORT Hello fellow Darties, It’s that time of year again, Finals are everywhere. This Season has seen most of the Merrylands RSL teams make the finals. There were finals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights with lots of winners everywhere. We also won the Friendship Shield against Gymea Tradies - the Shield sits proudly in our darts showcase. We started a new friendship shield with Rooty Hill RSL, and had lots of fun and laughs as we got defeated. Friday Night is Social night and we urge beginners or the experienced to come along, bring a friend, all are welcome for a great night of fun and laughter. Names in by 7:45pm. To keep up to date with our Social Darts nights, like our Facebook page: Merrylands RSL Darts Club See you at the Boards Darty Jo

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INDOOR BOWLS REPORT Hello Bowlers, Indoor Bowls had their first visiting team to Merrylands on 21st May. Our friends from Goulburn visited. Unfortunately for them part of the trip was foggy and not very good. A Cherrie cuppa on arrival set the scene for another good visit for them.

I would also like to congratulate the following members on their newly elected roles: Sharon Furness

Vice President

Vanessa Dimrajian

Vice President

Donna Carrano Margaret Gong

Secretary Treasurer

The Youth Club has the ‘Get Your Self Motivated’ program which caters to children 5 to 25 years of age. The program focuses on their fitness, all the while enjoying themselves in a friendly team environment. It is also a stepping stone to gymnastics, which we have running Monday and Wednesday nights from 5.00pm to 6.00pm, 6.00pm to 7.00pm, and also 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

The weekly bowls are rolling along with good attendance but we are due to have a couple of bowlers moving. We welcome a new member to Tuesday night. Joseph who is enjoying learning to play. If you are interested to join us please drop in.

Gymnastics Levels

Tuesday and Thursday 5.00pm – 8.00pm (by invitation only via head coach and coaching staff)

Basketball Tae Kwon Do

Friday 4.00pm to 6.00pm All Welcome Saturday 3.00pm to 5.00pm All Welcome

Once again, the Youth Club will be hosting the New South Wales RSL Youth Club Novice Gymnastics Competition on Sunday the 4th June. We are estimating 230 participants from across all Club’s in NSW’s. If you would like to visit the Youth Club or take a look into our programs, we are located at the Corner of Cambridge Street and St Ann Street, Merrylands. We are open: Monday to Friday Saturday

5.00pm to 8.00pm 3.00pm to 5.00pm

For further information Phone (02)9637 5353. Kevin Loudon President

SPORTS CLUB CONTACT INFO If you are interested in being involved in any Merrylands RSL Sub Club sporting teams, please contact: Indoor Bowls:

Beverly Ford

9688 1663

Darts:

Dave Carney

0449 032 25

Fishing:

Graham Waugh

9604 9304

Lawn Bowls:

Don Ferricks

9632 5641

Happy Bowling

Golf:

Ron Hand

9639 9782 or 0417 678 324

Beverly Ford Secretary

Youth Club:

Margaret Gong

0407 452 258

Monday Ladies – 9.30AM | Tuesday Night – 6.30pm

Ron Hand President

Steve Cunningham Vice President

George Salisbury Vice President

Eric Michelmore

Robert Shorrock

Peter Harding

Syd Thode

Roger Ford

Peter Hickey

Other programs available include:

The Lunch in signatures was appreciated and the prizes were shared around between the two clubs. They all left Merrylands Happy. A big “Thank you” to the staff for their help on the day.

Board of Directors

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