Muswellbrook RSL Club celebrates seven decades of service

MUCH TO CELEBRATE: Former Muswellbrook RSL Club staff member Martin Blenman and club patron Marie Elks cut the 70th birthday cake.

MUCH TO CELEBRATE: Former Muswellbrook RSL Club staff member Martin Blenman and club patron Marie Elks cut the 70th birthday cake.

THERE were 70 reasons to celebrate at the Muswellbrook RSL Club this month.

Following seven decades of service to the local community, a small gathering of current and former directors and staff acknowledged the milestone in the auditorium last Saturday afternoon.  

Muswellbrook RSL Club CEO Daryl Egan said it was fantastic to commemorate the organisation’s 70th birthday.

“There is a lot of history behind us,” he explained.

“The licence for the Muswellbrook RSL was first granted on April 11, 1947, when Veterans formed the club on their return home from World War II.

“In fact, the original clubhouse was an Army hut behind the site of the old Muswellbrook Chronicle office in Bridge Street.

“The hut was transported down to Muswellbrook from Tamworth.

“And, although it says 1948, the licence was granted in 1947, with the club forming on November 11.

“It was great to see former directors such as Ian Seymour, Andy Janssen, Ed Konieczny, Jill Elks, Greg Cole, Ray Cannon, Brian Slade and Brodern Adam-Smith and past employees including Lionel Ott, Martin Blenman, Wendy Lawrence and manager Wendy Wand attend the informal lunch to mark the occasion.”

Mr Egan said the festivities would continue, too.

“The club has run 70th birthday promotions during the year, including a $7000 Members Draw on the last Friday of every month from February,” he added.

“The last one will take place on November 24.

“A club app is also providing members and visitors various options to claim prizes, during the year, until the end of December.

“We’ll have given away more than $100,000 in money and prizes for our 70th anniversary.”