We couldn’t be prouder of Colin reaching 20 years of employment

Colin Newman, respected staff member, local surf lifesaving club member and grandfather has hit a milestone of 20 years employment. Find out a little about Colin’s time here at the RSL.

What was your role when you started in 1998? 

I was accepted as an employee of Dee Why RSL on 19th June 1998 as a Gaming Attendant after having worked in that role at Manly Leagues Club for 16 years. I have worked as a Gaming Attendant ever since.

What do you enjoy about working at Dee Why RSL? 

I enjoy working with the friendly staff not only in Gaming but in all areas of the Club including the management. I love looking after the members and their guests, serving them tea, coffee or a cool drink and also chatting with some of our senior citizens.

You are involved in the local Surf Live Saving Club community. What Surf Club are you involved with and how long have you been part of that?

I am a Life Member of Collaroy Surf Lifesaving Club and have been involved in the movement for 56 years. As well as having held many positions on the General Committee, I am still a member of our men’s March Past Team having won numerous Branch, State and Australian Titles. I am a Distinguished Service Member of Surf Lifesaving Sydney Northern Beaches. In addition to spending time on the sand, I am also an active Life  Member of Collaroy Swimming Club and still hold two records.

Describe one of the most memorable moments of your time here at the club. 

One of the most memorable moments of my time at Dee Why RSL was when staff were invited to sample food and beverages from the newly opened Flame Lounge and Dining. However, the fondest moment of my time at Dee Why RSL was the invitation I received to dine with the Board of Directors and Executive Management in a celebration of my 20 years of service to the Club and its members and their guests.

How has the club changed over the past 20 years? 

In the past 20 years, membership has risen from 20,000 to near 50,000. The Club has undergone a few changes, there used to be lawn bowls greens on Pittwater Road. Other changes include the development of Flame Lounge and Dining, Match Bar, the multi-level northern car park and the Zone Bowling complex. Staff numbers have also doubled from when I first started.

You are a valued member of the team, what made you stay at Dee Why RSL for 20 years?

I have been treated fairly by my peers and my fellow staff members in the Gaming Room. I have always been given working hours which suit my lifestyle and Dee Why RSL is in close proximity to my home.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work at the club? 

I would advise you to be available to work the hours required of you and be able to work under supervision in a team. It will be a very rewarding experience.

What’s something people might not know about you? 

I am 73, married 48 years with three daughters and four grandchildren all of whom give me lots of love.

Next time you see Colin, stop and say hi. On behalf of all of us, congratulations on your 20 years of employment!