30 Oct Thank You Len Robinson
We caught up with Len Robinson, a lifetime member of Dee Why RSL, to chat about his time on the board.
As Len Robinson, Dee Why RSL Board Member and Life Member, prepares to step down from the board after 17 years of Service we sat down with him to chat about his time on the board.
How long have you been a member of Dee Why RSL for?
I got out of the navy in 1961 and back then I was a keen golfer. One day I ended up at Long Reef Golf Club for a game with a couple of blokes and was then invited back to Dee Why RSL afterwards. I ended up becoming a member that day; that was in 1962.
How long have you been a Director of Dee Why RSL for?
I was voted in on the Board on 28 October 2001.
How have you seen the RSL change over your time as a Director?
The RSL used to be one long building hall with a balcony wrapping right around the edge. Over the years it has dramatically improved in size and reputation.
What is your fondest memory as a Director?
There are so many good memories to choose from it’s hard to pick just one. Everything from community functions, ANZAC Day ceremonies, Board meetings, conferences, and everything in-between. I have been part of a great team, I don’t have any regrets and I have loved every minute of my time serving the members as part of the Board.
What makes Dee Why RSL different to other RSL’s in the area?
The staff definitely make this RSL different to any other in the area. Our staff are happy and helpful, greeting our members and guests with a smile from the moment they walk in. Nowhere else on the Northern Beaches can you find the level of service we have, it’s incredible.
If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would they be?
Open minded and honest.
In your opinion, what impact has the Veterans Centre had on the community?
It’s easy to see what impact the Veterans Centre has had – all you need to do is ask Ben Webb (Centre Manager) how many people the Centre has helped and that will give you a pretty good indication of the positive impact it’s had on our community.
Since its opening in 2015, other RSL Clubs and sponsors have shown their support to the centre both financially and pragmatically, which only shows the impact it has had on the wider community.
What community initiatives you have been really passionate about being involved in?
Although our ClubGrants Program enables us to support so many wonderful organisations, I am really passionate about the community groups that teach the young children in our area, especially the Surf Life Saving Clubs. The work the Surf Clubs do to teach children how to read the surf, how to work as part of a team and get them outside from a young age is so important in our area. Living on the beaches, we shouldn’t have any child drown.
What is your favourite thing to eat and which outlet is it from?
I can’t go past anything seafood.
What is something about you that we wouldn’t know about you?
I am married to a wonderful woman Joan. We have two children and six grandchildren, the youngest is only six years old. My whole family is born and bred on the Northern Beaches. Prior to retiring I was the area foreman for the telephones which joined cables and maintained telephones and the conduits.
What excites you most about the future of the RSL?
It will only get bigger and better. I am excited to see it evolve into something even more incredible than what it is now.
From all Dee Why RSL staff, management and members, Len Robinson, we thank you for your unconditional support and guidance as part of the Dee Why RSL Board and look forward to seeing you in Match Bar for a drink!