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Proudly Supporting the Kids of Macarthur

Ingleburn RSL is proud to once again support The Kids of Macarthur Foundation with a $10,000 donation. Now in its 20th year, the Kids of Macarthur Foundation plays a crucial role in providing Paediatric units in Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals with state-of-the-art technological equipment in order to enhance the level of health care offered locally. Equipment is purchased for the eight paediatric units in Campbelltown and Camden hospitals (Children’s Unit, Paediatric Ambulatory Care, Paediatric Emergency, Paediatric Allied Health, Special Care Nursery and Child and Adolescent Mental Health plus Maternity, Delivery and Post Natal Units).

Funds also go towards numerous Children’s research programs, in order to establish preventative initiatives relating to children’s health, specific to the Macarthur region. Ingleburn RSL Director, Polly Grundy said “We are once again delighted to be able to support the vital work that The Kids of Macarthur Foundation conducts for the local community. The life-saving equipment and support they provide to the local paediatric units has proven to enrich the quality of care for sick children in Macarthur over the past 20 years. We congratulate Kids of Macarthur on this significant milestone and look forward to continuing our support into the future”.

For more information or to make a donation simply visit www.kidsofmacarthur.com.au/how-to-donate/

Pictured: Glenn Cushion – CEO, Ingleburn RSL, Denise McGrath – CEO, Kids of Macarthur Foundation, Polly Grundy – Director, Ingleburn RSL

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CEO Update – 17th November, 2020

Hello Members,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, understanding, assistance and cooperation as we operate with our COVIDSafe measures in place throughout the Club. The last 6 months have been challenging to say the least however it seems as though the worst is hopefully behind us for now, and the situation does not deteriorate. In saying this, and with the further easing of restrictions on hospitality venues by the NSW Government, we must still remain cautious and adhere to the following:

  • 1.5m Social Distancing remains in place – please remember this when entering the club and when queuing for food and beverage
  • COVID Marshalls and COVID Cleaners are temperature checking upon club entry
  • Please ensure you sanitise your hands when entering the club using the sanitising station located in the foyer
  • Remaining seated unless ordering, transitioning or attending amenities – please remember, mingling is not permitted
  • Applying hand sanitiser using the numerous hand sanitiser stations located throughout the Club
  • Following capacity restrictions and complying with staff and management directions.

PLEASE REMEMBER, YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF, REMAINS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY.

GREAT NEWS! Our 101 Christmas half-ham Raffles are back – ONLINE ONLY!

Our ever-popular Christmas Ham Raffles return this year but with a twist to help keep you COVIDSafe! There will be 3 x 101 ONLINE Half-ham raffles LIVE-STREAMED via the Ingleburn RSL Facebook page. Simply visit www.clubraffles.online/ingleburnrsl to purchase your tickets today. Our Ham Raffles will be live-streamed on the following dates:

Raffle 1: Sunday 6th December, 5pm
Raffle 2: Sunday 13th December, 5pm
Raffle 3: Thursday 17th December, 7pm

Purchasing tickets online is easy – just have your email address and credit card details handy and follow the page instructions – it’s that simple! Upon completion of your purchase you will receive an email conformation as detailed below;

Dear Glenn,

Your raffle tickets for the Sunday 6th December draw have been purchased!
This is an online raffle, as such has no ticket numbers. All you need is this email! Don’t forget to tune in on the 6th of December at 5PM on our Facebook live draw on this link : https://www.facebook.com/IngleburnRSLClub/ Your receipt number is; xxxxxx

Hams will be available to collect from Reception (with email confirmation) the following day once the Raffle has concluded. For more information, visit www.inglebunrsl.com.au, please see reception or call 9765 7700.

Your Bonus Points will not expire in 2020!

Thank you for your patience, loyalty and understanding through what has been a challenging year to date!. We’re pleased to advise that your Ingleburn RSL Bonus Points will not expire in 2020! This means that the Bonus Points that you’ve earned throughout the year will not expire and will continue to accumulate through to December 2021. Your points can be used to pay for food or drinks, your membership, redeemed at our Pitt Stop Gift Card Terminal, entry to Tabatinga and more.

Our Themed Birthday Parties are back at Tabatinga Play Centre!

We’re thrilled to once again be able to host your little ones next Birthday Party at Tabatinga. Ranger Tabatha and friends were busy working behind the scenes during our closure period and have revamped our party packages to offer you a COVIDSafe experience with more value at a more affordable price.

Themed Parties include:

  • 2 Hour Party Hire
  • All Kids Food & Drinks
  • A dedicated party host to entertain
  • FREE take-home party bags!

Looking for something more exclusive? Hire the entire venue from as little as $825! Let Ranger Tabatha take care of everything! For more information please call 9765 7700.

Ingleburn RSL & Tabatinga Play Centre are registered COVIDSafe venues with measures in place for your safety.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at Ingleburn RSL.

Sincerely,

Glenn Cushion
Chief Executive Officer
Ingleburn RSL Club

 

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PROUDLY SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS ATHLETICS

Ingleburn RSL is proud to once again support Ingleburn RSL Little Athletics with a $10,000 donation for the purchase of new uniforms. Ingleburn Little Athletics achieved an enormous milestone this year celebrating 40 years in the local community. This financial support will help continue to build grassroots athletics in the Macarthur region in order to ensure the continued success for many years to come.

Ingleburn RSL Club President, Terry Goldsworthy said the Little Athletics support embodies’ purpose to help young Australians lead healthier, happier lives adding “we’re extremely excited to help Aussie athletes across the local area pursue their personal bests through Ingleburn RSL Little Athletics. We know it’s been a challenging time for everyone involved in sport and we’re pleased to play our part to assist local clubs and Aussie champions alike.”

Ingleburn Little RSL Athletics Club holds competition nights at 6pm every Friday night at Monarch Oval, Macquarie Fields. For more information call 0402 774 273

Pictured: Ingleburn Little Athletics President, Ray O’Neil with Ingleburn RSL Chief Executive, Glenn Cushion.

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Patience, Persistence & Understanding

The path towards ownership

Many years ago, a wise man said to me “it is a long time looking forward however it is always a shorter time looking back”. On many occasions and examples in my life this has been true for me. For the purpose of this account, I am reflecting on these words and perhaps at the end, you can decide if it is “a short time looking back”?

On Wednesday 30th September 2020, at approximately 2.20pm, I received a call from our bank manager and in his voice was a touch of glee when he said “Congratulations!”.  At that point, many years of determined effort had finally come to fruition and our long-term strategic goal had been realised.  Ingleburn RSL Sub-Branch Club Limited had settled with the Ingleburn RSL Sub-Branch for the sale of the Sub-Branch property and our ownership of the club premises was at that point a reality.   With a modest mortgage in place, the future of our club is now clearer and unincumbered planning and improvements can take place.  This process would now be free of the burden of what was a challenging lease, that at times, reflected an almost impossible weighted handicap.

This journey for me personally commenced in late 2011, some nine years ago.  At that time, there was much to learn and understand about the complexities in place between Ingleburn RSL Club the Sub-Branch, RSL NSW and ‘The Lease’ that existed between the Club and the Sub-Branch.  We operated under a ‘model lease’ and the expiry date being 31 December 2018.  In those early days, it is fair to say the idea of purchasing our club property was considered, at best, out of the question.  Often, I would typically hear the words, “It will never happen”.  This common mindset was based on past encounters between the club and the sub-branch where things were often tense, unfriendly and mostly unproductive.  In the eyes of the protagonists, there was no club credibility on the table.  A bitter legal process some years earlier resulted in a lease of 15 years commencing in January 2003.  The whole process that occurred at that time, impacted relationships for the years ahead.  In my early days at Ingleburn RSL, it was not uncommon, in informal chats with many different stakeholders about a possible sale of the club premises, for members of the sub-branch to strongly criticise club directors’ past and present for any part they may have played in the lease of 2003.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and, in this case, very true.  Many hours of listening and learning laid the foundation for the long, patient and persistent journey ahead towards the end goal – ownership.  Building credibility was an essential foundation with stakeholders on all fronts, including the Club Board, Management, Staff and Club members, the Sub-Branch Trustees, Executive and Sub-Branch Members, the Bank, Solicitors, our community and many other parties.  This would underpin the belief that it could be done, it deserved to be done and it would benefit all members and the community.

From day one, trying to buy the property from the sub-branch required patience, persistence, credibility and empathy.  Understanding that the sub-branch is unlikely to be a motivated vendor will be helpful, remembering they most likely are in a position where they do not need to sell.  With that in mind, there was often a lack of urgency, not out of anything other than the fact in our case the Sub-Branch really had no reason to sell.  To add to this situation, the inquiry into RSL NSW was taking place, which resulted in new CEOs, Presidents and officers at RSL NSW Head Office, creating additional layers and challenges.

Hopefully, our shared journey in some small way acts as a guide for others. For us, it was truly a gift.  Learning continuously about how key members of the sub-branch thought and operated was essential.  A key takeaway from our many meetings was to reflect on the ‘fears’ of the Sub-Branch about the future and the need to maximise efforts to calm those concerns.  It is important to remember the property is an asset that is valued in many different ways by all stakeholders.  Like any vendor, they naturally want to maximise their asset.

Consistency in messaging, articulated in a considered and respectful tone, underpinned by your ability to smile at all of the objections, comments and at times outlandish, unreasonable and inaccurate comments, is key to building trust to signature.  Another lesson for us was to ignore aggression and always act respectfully and professionally – often easier said than done, however well worth it in the end.  Keep a clear eye on the objective – the sale and ownership.

It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the support of Ingleburn RSL Club Past Chair and current Vice President Ray Williams and current Chair Terry Goldsworthy and the full Board of Directors.  Their ongoing support, encouragement, patience, and most importantly faith, underpinned by the trust and delegated authority bestowed upon me was always inspirational, a privilege and an honour.

If you are a club that leases a sub-branch property, there is a path forward built on credibility, reliability, patience, persistence and empathy.  All parties have needs and wants and at the end of the day, we all want the members and the community to continue to have an RSL Club that is local, thriving and has a future.

Good luck with your journey, never give up.

Glenn Cushion
Chief Executive Officer
Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch Club

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SUPPORTING INGLEBURN RSL PIPES AND DRUMS BAND

Ingleburn RSL Club has proudly donated $3600 to the Ingleburn RSL Pipes and Drums Band.

The band began in 1976 and wow’s audiences with performances both locally and overseas.  The Pipes and Drums Band regularly performs at Club events and they also perform  in the local and wider community.

“Ingleburn RSL Club takes great pride in supporting our diverse and important community groups including the Ingleburn RSL  Pipes and Drums Band. The Pipes and Drum Band plays an integral part of our ANZAC Day celebrations” – Glenn Cushion, CEO Ingleburn RSL

Free tuition is available on all Pipe Band instruments including Bagpipes, Snare drums, Tenor drums and Bass Drums. Everyone is welcome to attend, for more information please email irslccpd@gmail.com

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