Neil Jones staff member

Congratulations on 20 Years – Neil Jones

You may not recognise Neil Jones’ face from the frontlines of the floor, but Neil is one of the backbones of our functions department.

Laid back, systematic and charismatic, as Neil reaches 20 years of service at the RSL, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get to know a little more about Neil’s history here.

Tell us about your role when you first started working at Dee Why RSL 20 years ago.
I started as a glassie in Scores Bar and continued this into the sports bar and grill.

How did you come to work in the Functions department?
Having worked in Scores for a few years, I was up for a new challenge and thought functions would be the perfect department to provide me with that opportunity.

I became a supervisor roughly one year into working with the Functions team and have not looked back since; that was 14 years ago now. My current role is the Events Houseman.

What do you most love about working in the functions department?
I love the technical aspect of the job. No two events are exactly the same, so putting together different types of audio and visual equipment and seeing an event successfully come together is a rewarding experience.

How have you seen the Club grow over the past two decades?
When I first started we had three bowling greens, a tennis court, small Gaming Room and small Main Bar, which is now the Admin offices. The Club is ever expanding in membership and appearance, transforming into a bigger and better place for the community and members.

How would you best describe yourself?
Laid back and mostly carefree. My motto is “no worries.” No challenge is too great if you think about it first.

What are some of your favourite functions you have worked on to date?
Can’t go past 2-Up here on ANZAC Day. No function has the boisterous buzz or sheer capacity quite like 2-Up.

During your time at the Club, how many functions do you think you have worked on?
Working on at least 35 functions a week over 45 weeks a year for 14 years… Roughly I’ve worked over 20,000. Wow!

What do you think makes the perfect function?
Proper planning and preparation followed by friendly service. Working in functions can often be a fast paced job; how do you manage to stay calm when things get busy?

Think about your actions first then decide on an efficient solution. Also delegation of duties helps instead of doing everything yourself.

What qualities do you think are needed to help lead a team?
Patience and the ability to adapt to any situation. Clear communication skills are a must.

Describe your perfect weekend.
My perfect weekend would be up the coast in a nice bar overlooking the beach on a hot sunny day with an icy cold beer listening to live music.

What defining factors have encouraged you to stay at the RSL?
It’s close to home, nine minute walk. Also the great friends I have met over the years not only by working but through socializing as well.

What’s something people might not know about you?
I do a crossword every day and I walk over 100km a week.

Can we expect to see you in the Club 20 years down the track?
If my body holds up and there’s a cold beer at the end of the day, “no worries”.

Congratulations on 20 years of service Neil!