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The RSL and the Hellenic Club

By johnboy 6 November 2008 54

The Canberra Times has a piece on the RSL Club in Civic (somewhat distinct from the RSL which looks after returned soldiers, but it’s a line both sides have deliberately blurred over the years) running itself into the ground and selling out to the Hellenic Club.

It’s a little sad for the old boys who argue the toss on veteran’s pensions and will have to either start paying rent somewhere or work from home.

But for mine it raises a bigger question of why these mega “clubs”, who are also major political donors, are being allowed to roam the landscape becoming ever larger entities, ever less accountable to their members.

(When was the last time you were invited to the Annual General Meeting of a club which you are supposedly a member of? I’m still waiting.)

Between the Hellenic Club and the pacman-like Southern Cross Club, they’ve just become corporations with a gambling licence.

Is it time to clean up the clubs, set maximum sizes on them, and give them back to their members?

And does anyone in this town have the courage for it?

What’s Your opinion?


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Danman 10:33 am 07 Nov 08

People who ask for a caesar with no anchovies are being played.
If its a proper caesar – there will be anchovies in the dressing…

You have been warned 🙂

PS Anchovies rock.

What were we talkin about ?

Overheard 10:28 am 07 Nov 08

Ah, spit. I’ve just divulged what I do for dinner on a Monday night. Mutley will have the RA food and relevancy police on to me now. Caesar salad with anchovies — it’s da bomb.

Overheard 10:23 am 07 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

Overheard said :

Still plenty of trams there. Not as many as there used to be, but at least they’re in the bistro away from the pokies.

Pity the bistro serves food that isn’t fit for a dog.[sniff]

That’s patently and almost actionably incorrect.

The phrase you were looking for was, ‘I don’t like the food they serve at the bistro’. (I’m assuming you’ve eaten there?)

I eat there every Monday night, as do about 25-60 people in my immediate surrounds while I’m running trivia, and the only time I’ve ever heard a bad word is when two people this Monday just gone left the greater majority of what looked like very decent meals.

Disclaimer: I derive some meagre income once a week from this club through a booking agent, I’m a social member, but have no other interest in the place. Except it is a good and convenient place to watch the football on Foxtel at weird hours of the night.

southeeplace 9:56 am 07 Nov 08

BerraBoy68 said :

Well now the news is that the RSL has to move it’s offices from the curren location. Shame on the Hellenic Club

It makes little sense having the RSL sub branch, an organisation concerned about the welfare of members, veterans, the ex-service community and members of the Australian Defence Force, located within a licensed club. It seems entirely contrary to the objects of the organisation, especially given the alcohol and gambling problems suffered by some ex-servicemen and women.

Jim Jones 9:38 am 07 Nov 08

Overheard said :

Still plenty of trams there. Not as many as there used to be, but at least they’re in the bistro away from the pokies.

Pity the bistro serves food that isn’t fit for a dog.

RIP the mighty Tradies schnitzel. [sniff]

jakez 9:36 am 07 Nov 08

harvyk1 said :

Ah pokies, one of the nice things about pubs in WA – there are no pokies.

I don’t really care if clubs buy out other clubs. All it’s doing is changing ownership from one entity to another. BTW as for not getting invited to the AGM, have you ever actually made enquiries on how to attend? As far as I know anyone with an interest in an entity may attend it’s AGM, the entity however does not need to send out personalised invites.

I imagine it depends entirely on the entities constitution. Does anyone know if the Hellenic Club has membership classes? It could be that you have to actually ask for a ‘voting membership’ in order to get one.

I think not advertising your agm is generally poor form but then again, considering that the vast majority of Hellenic Club ‘members’ are not members for that side of the deal, it could make sense.

jakez 9:34 am 07 Nov 08

johnboy said :

If you think their success has more to do with good management, rather than a gambling monopoly, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Mate my philosophy on this is well known here. I never said that I thought that in any way. There is a difference between letting bad clubs die in a free market and actively dismantling and shutting down clubs.

You are advocating for the latter. You took your plan further than breaking up the monopoly and you need to acknowledge that. Don’t straw man me.

BerraBoy68 7:20 am 07 Nov 08

BerraBoy68 said :

johnboy said :

War stories elsewhere gentlemen.

Sorry JB, thought it was on topic noting the RSL discussion and hoping they keep the traditions of the RSL alive.

I just hope they do the place up a bit or even change it’s location. Not sure how this will be affected with the RSL Canberra Offices being located there though. I’d be interested to know if maintaining the office bearers actual offices is part of the deal.

Well now the news is that the RSL has to move it’s offices from the curren location. Shame on the Hellenic Club

Overheard 10:29 pm 06 Nov 08

Still plenty of trams there. Not as many as there used to be, but at least they’re in the bistro away from the pokies.

Thumper 10:28 pm 06 Nov 08

Dickson tradies is a dive….

sepi 10:22 pm 06 Nov 08

The Dickson Tradies used to be much much nicer when it had all the trams and the old style bikes on show.

Now it is just a long hall of poker machines.

If they were really trying to look after the members they’d make the environment nicer again, instead of turning it into the same as every other club.

Growling Ferret 4:40 pm 06 Nov 08

I have not been to the RSL in a decade or so – the old Saturday nights dollar drinks had the joint packed in the early to mid 90’s… Oh the joy of getting written off at the Rissole for $10, then staggering out of there before the line to the Bin became too long.

The Big Clubs taking over the little clubs means the smaller venues survive. Without the big clubs taking over, would there be an independant bowling club left in Canberra? I doubt it…

Igglepiggle 1:45 pm 06 Nov 08

Can’t say I was ever a member before, and probably won’t be once my kids are bigger, but at this time in my life at least the big clubs provide a place I can take the family for dinner that doesn’t have plastic furniture that’s bolted to the floor! They’re not really interested in keeping me anyway, I never play the money sinks oops pokies…

harvyk1 1:19 pm 06 Nov 08

Ah pokies, one of the nice things about pubs in WA – there are no pokies.

I don’t really care if clubs buy out other clubs. All it’s doing is changing ownership from one entity to another. BTW as for not getting invited to the AGM, have you ever actually made enquiries on how to attend? As far as I know anyone with an interest in an entity may attend it’s AGM, the entity however does not need to send out personalised invites.

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