Soliders being honoured at new function space


Article Written by Murray Trembath; Published by The Leader


A new function centre being built at Cronulla RSL will be a permanent reminder of the club’s origins. When the club was founded 65 years ago, it was known as Cronulla Soldier’s Club.  Chief executive Sue McNeill said, to honour both the 65-year milestone and the club’s heritage, the new state-of-the-art function centre would be called Soldiers on the Esplanade.


The multi-purpose centre, on level one, will have 300-seat and 80-seat rooms.  It is due to open in December this year, and bookings are already being taken.


“We are proud of our club’s years of service to the community and it’s really important to us that we continue to honour our heritage and connection to the community,” Ms McNeill said.


“Since 1953, when the club was registered with its current name and address, membership has grown to over 30,000 and the site has been redeveloped to create a much lighter, brighter premises.”


“Proceeds from the club have supported many local, non-profit groups and community initiatives through the years.”

Ms McNeill said, in the last 12 months, the club had provided support totalling more than $142,000 to 31 groups and organisations. They included schools, Nerang Rd Community Garden, Sailability, Cronulla and Wanda surf life saving clubs, Sylvanvale, Learning Links, War Widows Guild of Australia and Endeavour SWAD.


The club will celebrate its 65th anniversary at a party on Thursday, June 28, where a prize of $10,000 will be available to members.


The club is also running a competition for a member to win an Audi A1 valued at $40,000.


See Leader article HERE.




Nominations are invited from Financial Club Members with three (3) calendar years membership preceding the 2018 Annual General Meeting, as candidates for the 2018 election of Directors.


Prospective candidates must complete a nomination form available from Club Reception and forward same to the CEO in a sealed envelope on or before 12noon, Wednesday 29th March 2018. Nominations should be accompanied by a resume of 50 to a maximum of 100 words relating to the nominee’s qualifications.


Nominations are invited for the following positions for a term of three (3) years:

  • Ordinary Director x two (2)
  • President x one (1)


Under Section 27 of the Club’s Constitution, only one third (1/3) of the Board is required to stand for re-election.


Candidates should obtain further information from the Club’s CEO when submitting their nomination. Mandatory Training is required to be undertaken by all new Directors.


Date of Annual General Meeting
TUESDAY 8th MAY 2018 at 7.30pm at the Club
Members will receive notice of the AGM in April


Mr. John Kirkland
Returning Officer

Crocheted poppies presented to Cronulla RSL Sub-Branch in honor of local soldiers

In celebration of 100 years of ANZAC, there were many commemorations in the Sutherland Shire One of these moving gestures included local residents crocheting over 400 red poppies representing each of the soldiers who served from the local area. These poppies were laid by school children at the base of a symbolic cross during the 2015 dawn service held in Cronulla park. Each poppy stem had the soldiers name, rank and where they served.


This morning Scott Morrison presented the Cronulla RSL Sub-Branch with a beautiful frame housing a collection of these poppies, again including all the names of the soldiers that served.


Now displayed in the Club entrance way, Cronulla RSL has been entrusted to take care of these symbolic poppies for future generations to reflect upon.  As a symbol of the service and sacrifice of those who came from the local area in which we live today.

ANZAC Day fundraising at Cronulla RSL results in $4,000 for returned services programs

On ANZAC Day 25th May 2017, Cronulla RSL and the local community banded together to raise over $4,000 in funds to give back to two very deserving organisations who provide continued support to our returned servicemen and women and their families.


The funds were raised for Homes for Heroes, who provide an accommodation program to families and veterans who are in need of many different forms of assistance or rehabilitation and the long standing organisation, Legacy who provide services to over 15,000 dependants of veterans who gave their lives or health such as widows and children.


The funds were raised via in Club donation boxes, a charity BBQ on the morning of ANZAC Day and the very popular Two-Up game held in the Sports Bar on the day. These activities would not have been possible without the support of the local community including generous suppliers and dedicated volunteers. The charity BBQ was an amazing event that was seamlessly co-ordinated by the wonderful volunteers of the Cronulla Rotary lead by Maria Moran, who cooked over 700 bacon and egg rolls from 4am to 8am on the morning with food supplies donated from Shanes Gourmet Cuts Cronulla, EH Palmer Meat Wholesalers and Jones Brothers Family Farm. The BBQ and charity box donations raised $2,500 for Homes For Heroes on the day.


The four hour marathon Two-Up game was orchestrated by local volunteers Phil Phelan and Nick Sellors, who put on a very entertaining event in the Club Sports Bar and raised $1,600 for Sydney Legacy.


Both charities were represented at a morning tea held on Thursday 25th May to present Adrian Talbot from Homes for Heroes and Legatee June Roe from Legacy with the donations. The morning tea was attended by the Club CEO, Members of the Board, the Club Management Team, the volunteers on the day and the local business who donated supplies. Both organisations were extremely grateful for the donations and said the funds will go a long way to help their programs continue to provide services for those who need it.

A comforting gesture recognises the sacrifice of Australian serviceman killed in Afghanistan

It was a comforting gesture for Sharon Peaty who lost her boyfriend, Private Scott Palmer in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010.

Private Palmer lived in Sutherland Shire and was part of the Australian Special Forces unit.

Last month for her loss and sacrifice, Sharon was presented with a handmade quilt by Sydney representatives of the organisation Quilts of Valour.

Quilts of Valour Australia’s mission is to present quilts to service members and veterans of the ADF in recognition of their sacrifice for Australia whilst deployed on combat operations.

The recognition is also extended to the families of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and others affected by war.

Quilts of Valour representatives Stan and Sue Allen presented the specially made quilt to Sharon at Cronulla RSL.

Sharon attended the presentation with her mother, Lynn.












“It was really lovely surprise, and an honour, to receive the quilt,” Sharon said.

“My particular quilt has squares contributed by a club called Sew Many Stitches,  which were then sewn together by the Quilts of Valour team.

“I can see how they have, and will continue, to give comfort to many many others affected by war with their quilt presentations.

“The organisers and volunteers all but fund this themselves, and need more help from the public. I’m sure there would be many people the shire who would be able to help.

“It came as a bit of a surprise when they contacted me as it has been a while since Scott died.

“It’s a real honour. I can image lots of hours of work went into it. The result is so beautiful. It’s a work of art.

“It’s quite a moving presentation. They wrap you in the quilt and thank you for your sacrifice.

“It’s very comforting.

“I’m very proud of Scott and it is nice that he is remembered in this way.”

To find out more about Quilts of Valour or to volunteer go to:


Article courtesy of The Leader. Original article can be found here.

Ian Bourke 'stunned' by Life Membership

So stunned was Ian Bourke’s reaction to being inducted as a life member of the St George Leagues Club he could simply say “of what?”­

Mr Bourke was recognised for more than half a century contribution to the club by being awarded a life membership. Despite being such a long-term member he was shocked by the news.

Ian Bourke was a founding member of the St George Leagues Club Swimming Club (known affectionately as the Saint George Water Dragons) formed in January 1964.

During his membership of the Water Dragons Ian served as Club President from 1994 to 1998 and as Vice President from 1999 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2007. Ian was also a Committee Member from 1991 to 1994 and again from 2007 to 2011. Ian was also a Club Delegate from 1997 to 2001.

“I was stunned,” Mr Bourke said. “I couldn’t believe it when general manger Danny Robinson said I was nominated for life membership, I said “of what?”

Mr Bourke has been a club member for 52 years and is still an active member of the swimming club. He followed his Leagues Club life membership by also being awarded life membership of the swim club in February.

“I was part of the inaugural swimming club,” Mr Bourke said. “You had to be a member of the Leagues club to swim. The swimming club started at the old Ramsgate Baths, you wouldn’t be able to do that nowadays.”

In the pool Ian has enjoyed considerable success over many years and as a member of the Water Dragons has collected three Summer 50 metre Swimming Championships, two 50 metre overall Season Swim titles, a 200 metre Championship, and has been the Club’s Swimmer of the Year.

Ian has also won two distance Swim championships, two`A’ grade Championships, two Jack Dowell Championship trophies as well as two
Russ Blatch trophies.

As recently as 8 February this year to illustrate Ian’s renowned presence in the pool and ongoing success, Ian won the 50 metre nominated time event at the prestigious Saints Shield Carnival at Carss Park Pool.

Mr Bourke was also an influential policeman in the St George area, working closely with the Leagues and Football clubs in the late 1980s to early 1990s.


“When I was at Kogarah police I was made the liaison officer between the police and the leagues and the football clubs,” Mr Bourke said. “I had a fair bit to do with the club that way.


“There were a few little issues with the footballers but you’d sort those out.
Working with them and the club was good.”

Mr Bourke retired from the police force after 34 years in 1999. He is also an active member of the Cronulla RSL, where he is the club’s chairman and has also been awarded
life membership.

At 74 he shows no signs of letting up as he prepares to participate in the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim on February 19 alongside his daughter Stephanie.


Article courtesy of St George League Club

Cronulla RSL’s Dion Beattie represents Australia at Muay Thai World Championships

After years of hard work, dedication and tireless training, Cronulla RSL’s very own Dion Beattie will be boarding a flight on the first of May to test his skills on the world stage in Minsk, Belarus.


The Muay Thai World Championships will be hosted in the European country as its first year as an Olympic recognised sport with over 700 kick-boxers from more than 100 countries around the world competing in the gruelling 10-day event.


Cronulla RSL’s Dion Beattie is cellarman slash bar tender by day, kick-box fighter by night. He will be joining fellow Australian team mates at the competition in May to compete for their last chance to make the World Games for 2017.


To support Dion, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Cronulla RSL have decided to rally behind their local champion and help raise funds to assist with 10 days accommodation in Minsk during the World Championships.


Please join us to support Dion on his journey and see our local kick-boxer from Cronulla represent Australia at the Muay Thai World Championships. Donations will be taken at the GoFundMe page –


From all the Management, Board and Staff at Cronulla RSL, we wish Dion the very best of luck for the competition. We look forward to hearing all about the experience.

NSW Local Seniors Awards 2017

Cronulla RSL Memorial Club was proud to have two finalists in the NSW 2017 Seniors Awards for the Cronulla State Electorate, Janet Kent and John Kane.


John Kane was awarded the 2017 Cronulla Local Senior of the Year.


John, an ex-serviceman with the Royal Australian Navy, is involved with Sailability Cronulla, which facilitates sailing activities for people with disability. He has also been instrumental in helping to extend Sailability’s services to local high schools so that young students with special needs can enjoy fun and challenging on-water activities.


Each year, John would sponsor and attend an Australia Day yacht race at Airlie Beach in memory of his son, Danny, a sailor with disability, who was killed in a yachting accident.


Janet Kent, committee member and President of the Cronulla RSL 55 & Over Group for 16 years, was nominated for her volunteering in the community and work at the St James Church at Kurnell.


Cronulla RSL Memorial Club would like to congratulate both Janet & John on their nominations and for representing the community through hard work and dedication.

Trees Of Hope @ Cronulla RSL

Cronulla RSL Memorial Club recognises that Christmas isn’t always a happy time for many families in our community due to various hardships, so they decided to give HOPE!


The ‘Trees of Hope’ represent just that – HOPE!  Six local charities were invited into the Club in November to decorate a tree each that reflects their organisation and the amazing services they provide to the community.  Over the course of eight weeks, the Club’s members, guests, staff and Board of Directors were welcome to vote on the trees that touched their heart.


Representatives and volunteers from Kookaburra Kids, Endeavour SKWAD, headspace Miranda, Dandelion Support Network, BeConnected Community Services and Learning Links lovingly created hand crafted decorations for the trees, some of which told the stories of those who have been shown support by these organisations.


A Christmas bauble placed on the Dandelion Support Networks’ tree spoke of the gratitude of a young mother who received a gift hamper filled with much needed children’s clothing and pre-loved toys, “the young mother couldn’t believe it and kept saying, is this all for us?”.


During a morning tea held at Cronulla RSL yesterday (Wednesday 14th December), the six local charities were joined by the Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce along with the Club’s CEO, Sue McNeill and President of the Board, Ian Bourke.  Each charity was awarded a certificate of appreciation and a share in the $4,600 donation from the Club.


The Trees Of Hope will remain on display at Cronulla RSL until the 3rd January 2017.