29 Nov Meet Your Board – Graham Heiser
Learn more about our board member Graham
How long have you been a member of Dee Why RSL for?
I first became a member of Dee Why RSL in 1981.
How long have you been a Director of Dee Why RSL for?
This will be my 7th year as a Director.
How have you seen the RSL change over your time as a Director?
When I joined as a member, it was a small RSL with bowling greens on Pittwater Road. Since then it has grown enormously and unbelievably, seen in the increase in membership numbers; I joined as membership number 6436.
What is your fondest memory as a Director?
As a Director, I have so many fond memories it’s hard to pick one. It goes without saying ANZAC Day is certainly one of my most memorable moments. I have had the privilege of attending every one of the Dee Why Beach Dawn Services that see a remarkable community presence.
What makes Dee Why RSL different to other RSLs in the area?
As an RSL, the facilities and the conveniences we have here are unlike any other in the area. I have been lucky enough to have visited other RSLs throughout Sydney and from this, I know our RSL is unique in its atmosphere, facilities, staff and member community. Our RSL is just brilliant.
If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would they be?
I am easy going.
In your opinion, what has the impact of the Veterans Centre had on the community?
In the relatively short period of time the Veterans Centre has been here, Ben and his team have done an incredible job providing services to the community. It’s mind boggling to see just how many people the Veterans Centre has seen through its doors, helping not only those who have served, but families as well. The rehabilitation program Ben has facilitated is paramount to the community.
What is your favourite thing to eat and which outlet is it from?
I can’t go past the Scotch Fillet from Flame.
What is something that we wouldn’t know about you?
I was in business for 45 years, employing half a dozen people in the antenna and electrical industry. Prior to this, I started my career as a fitter, turner and tool maker.
What excites you most about the future of the RSL?
I am excited about everything that involves the evolution of the RSL. I love getting involved with any development plans and am passionate to see the RSL go from what it is now, into something even more incredible.