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Meet the functions team

Nerang RSL Wedding Gold Coast Venue

CONGRATULATIONS to Nerang RSL Functions Coordinator Kerry Muldoon, Functions Supervisor Michael Delforce and our Functions Team who were recently awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Wedding Venue – Licensed Club Category at the recently held 2019 Brides Choice Awards!

The awards were held at the Marriot in Surfers Paradise and recognise, support and reward those who work tirelessly to bring to life those special days for so many.

Open to wedding businesses across regional areas of Australia, the awards recognise businesses that have ‘excelled and exceeded’ the expectation of their Brides and have become a significant platform for Brides, to help them select a team to collaborate with and deliver their dream wedding.

We’re extremely proud of our Functions Team at Nerang RSL who work tirelessly across a myriad of functions and events and we’re honoured to profile some of our team members in the January Stentorian

GEOFF MULLIGAN

Q) How did you get into the functions and events industry and did you always have an interest in this industry?
“I actually fell into the functions and events industry by accident. I was helping our functions coordinator Kerry and saw I had a flare for looking after customers and setting up event spaces, so it took off from there! I’ve been at the Nerang RSL for five years now.”

Q) You’re quite creative – can you share a little about this?
“I like to create centre pieces and features to be used at events or functions we hold at the Nerang RSL. One of the things I most enjoy is creating videos for our events, like our recent Faulty Towers function. I created a video which projected onto the walls and displayed visuals of windows and the English country to give the feel that we were looking out into the countryside. It’s great
fun to create and it adds to the atmosphere at a function or event.”

Q) What is one of your favourite functions or events you’ve worked on at the Nerang RSL?
“I really enjoyed the events we held for Pink Ribbon – I remember one year I did a drag number and the next year we got a number of staff members together to dance and film a music video, all in support of raising awareness for a great cause.”

Q) What do you most enjoy about being part of the functions team?
“We’ve got a great Functions Team at the Nerang RSL who really know what they’re doing. We’re all very supportive of each other and everyone is really hands on and ready to put in the hard work. The team I work with are great and I really enjoy being a part of it.”

 

JOANNE CALDWELL

Q) What is one of your favourite things about working in the Functions and Events industry?
“I love seeing the function or event come together – you essentially start with a blank canvas and it’s so satisfying to watch it evolve through the stages and look absolutely amazing when guests walk through the doors.”

Q) Can you share a little about the events and functions process at Nerang RSL and what are some of your key tasks as part of the functions team?
“Kerry, Michael and Gennie liaise with our customers and identify their requirements for each wedding, event or function. From there, the team works with the customer to plan and create the visions for the specific event. The functions team then sets up the event and there’s usually a graphic or a visual from which we work off in order to bring the vision to life in the event space. As part of this, some of my key tasks include setting up the event and packing down to serving behind the bar and waitressing.”

Q) What’s it like to be part of the functions team at the Nerang RSL?
“It’s a very supportive team and we have some great fun. I absolutely love being part of the functions team and working at the Nerang RSL.”

Q) Is there an event or function you’ve worked on at the Nerang RSL that stands out to you?
“Absolutely! I love working at our Faulty Towers functions… they’re extremely funny and everyone has a great night.”

 

REANNA NOON

Q) How long have you worked at Nerang RSL and what’s your role as part of the functions team?
“I started working at Nerang RSL at the start of 2018, just after U finished my final year of schooling. Kerry took me on board and I’ve really enjoyed working as part of the team at Nerang RSL ever since. Lately, I’ve been given the opportunity to be in charge of functions a little more and my tasks include anything and everything! I help set up event and function rooms, call service when it’s time to bring the food out and I also waitress, work behind the bar and help with the cleaning and housekeeping side of events.”

Q) Have you always been interested in this industry and how did you get into it?
“Working as part of the functions team at Nerang RSL is my first proper job so it’s quite different to anything im used to and is a really diverse job, which is great. I love being able to work across a different range of events from weddings and birthdays to work parties. There’s so much variety in this role and working in the functions and events industry is something I’ve recommended to other people!”

Q) Is there a task you enjoy most as part of your role at Nerang RSL?
“I enjoy most aspects, but do really enjoy bar tending. I had always wanted to get my RSA so once I had my qualifications it was great to get behind the bar and learn how to do everything. It’s lots of fun and I really enjoy working at the RSL – it’s provided me with lots of opportunities to meet new people and the team is fantastic to work alongside.”

Q) If you could work at any function or event across the globe, what would it be?
“I did recently watch the wedding of Married at First Sight couple Jules and Cam, and it looked absolutely amazing. I think it would be great fun to work on large scale weddings!”

Meet Member Neville Maher

Neville Maher us Nerang RSL’s first Member of the month for 2020 – mainly for his super efforts ‘driving’ our popular social golf club.

An avid golfer when he gets the time, New Zealand-born Neville has only been living on the Gold Coast for a few years, but almost instantly started getting along famously with our friendly members at Nerang RSL.

He is our Social Golf Clubman of the Year for 2019 and was awarded a trophy at the club’s presentation last year for assisting in the running of the golf club, and organising players on game day. Neville introduced the match play idea to the club, also volunteering his time on Thursday nights throughout the year to sell raffles and raise funds for the club.

“I’ve been a golfer for many years but let my club membership lapse following the arrival of our kids, as I was no longer able to get to the golf course enough to warrant a membership,’ he said.

“Being a member of the social golf club at Nerang RSL allows me to enjoy my favourite pastime on a fortnightly basis, and keeps a good balance with family life.”

Neville said the RSL’s golf club was full of colourful characters who were all great to have a round with, while also enjoying activities at the ‘19th Hole’.

“A lot of people make it work with special efforts put in by Stretch, Ben and Nev T,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun – even for a hacker – so make sure you bring your sense of humour with you.”

Neville fits right into the returned servicemen environment here at the RSL – employed by Legear and Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), who supply uniforms and other personal equipment to a range of industries, including defence.

ADA is one of the Australian Defence Force’s most trusted partners and is one of the country’s leaders in manufacturing and supplying cutting-edge uniforms, protective clothing and
ceremonial dress.

“We are actively involved in the defence, law enforcement and fire segments, amongst others, and im lucky enough in my role to contribute heavily to that activity,” said Neville.

“We are active supporters of the Mates4Mates and police legacy movements, and I’ve been very fortunate to mingle with some great people and listen to their stories, including multiple Victoria Cross recipients.

“The work or our defence personnel, first responders and the various volunteer personnel cannot be understated, particularly in such trying times as those our country is currently experiencing – they are heroes and day to day activities are undertaken with minimal fuss.”

Neville said he was honoured to be recognised as Member of the Month amongst so many active and passionate members at the Nerang RSL.

“In a club with so many great contributors it’s an honour to be appreciated in this manner,” he said

“I just do my bit to help where I can and assist the golf club – in particular with fundraising.”

While he has only been at our club for a short while, Neville has long been a member of interstate clubs and he believes RSLs are a ‘godsend for the local community’.

“They bring family and friends together and offer a place of solace when you’re looking to enjoy some downtime,” he said.

“My wife and kids generally know where to find me if I’m MIA at home – curse mobile phones!”

Meet Member Mr. Darryl Sweeney

Beer guru and Nerang RSL member, Darryl Sweeney, has played a huge role in making sure our club can continue to pour some of the finest craft ales in the country, so we can’t think of a better reason for him to be named Member of the Month for December!

A former brewer himself, Darryl is Queensland and New South Wales Regional Sales Manager for the popular craft brewery, Pirate Life Brewing. Those with a keen eye for the 0beer would have noticed the Nerang RSL sets aside a fair bit of tap and fridge space for this delicious drop!

Darryl brings a wealth of experience in all things ales as a former Carlton & United Breweries ‘Beer Ambassador’, helping to ensure that Nerang RSL not only offers quality beer but equally as importantly, our staff knows how to serve it.

“I used to be a brewer at a New Zealand craft brewery and have worked in various beer-related jobs all my life – I actually don’t think I could handle a real job, come to think of it,” he said.

“At Nerang RSL, I love doing all the beer nerd stuff – from training their staff on how to serve, store and talk about beer, to hosting beer appreciation and education evenings for the club’s members.

“I’ve been to a lot of RSLs and other clubs over the years and Nerang RSL is really breaking the mold in terms of serving top-notch craft beer at great prices.

“Most clubs usually stick to the traditional, mainstream commercial beers – and while Nerang offers these as well, the Club takes a few risks and provides a much wider selection, getting behind hop-forward beers and big stouts like those brewed by Pirate Life Brewing.”

Darryl has seen his fair share of pubs in his time and reckons the Nerang RSL is up there with some of the best in the country.

Darryl grew up in the Nerang area and his family are part of the fabric of the Nerang RSL community – with his wife, Nadia, and daughter, Paige, both working in the Club’s restaurant and café.

“What I love about the Nerang RSL is it’s just a great community club, and my family and I are proud and happy to be a part of it,” he said.

“There’s nothing pretentious about the Club at all, which in this day and age is something to be admired – it’s all about great people, great food, great entertainment, and of course great beer.

“I’ve always had a close relationship with Andrew McInnes, and regularly enjoy having a beer or two with him and many of Nerang RSL’s colourful and friendly members.

“I must say, you also can’t go past that massive five-metre screen for watching sport while having a beer or two in the #4211SportzBar!”

The gift of giving

The gift of giving has put big smiles on many faces at Round 26 of Community Fund Donation presentations held at the Nerang RSL and Memorial Club recently, recognising the range of sponsorships and donations made by the Nerang RSL to the local community.

The Community Fund Donation program supports community groups and individuals of all backgrounds and has done so since the Nerang RSL established the initiative in 1996.

The program has also enabled the Nerang RSL to further strengthen ties with the local community and forge new relationships with groups like the Gold Coast Volleyball Club.

The Volleyball Club approached the Nerang RSL seeking a major sponsor and, to help the club continue its contribution to the community, the Nerang RSL gifted the club with a $5000 sponsorship at the recent Community Fund presentations.

The Gold Coast Volleyball Club, established in 2017, has over 200 members and provides an opportunity for all people, regardless of age or skill, to get involved through skill development and social competitions. It also has an Elite Athlete Program in place to assist athletes in the transition to a national and international level of competition.

Gold Coast Volleyball Club President Brett Bennett said the club, which is entirely run by volunteers, is extremely thankful for the sponsorship.

“The Gold Coast Volleyball Club is ecstatic to receive this donation from the Nerang RSL and it will greatly assist to get our coaches, who are all volunteers, upgraded to Level 3 accreditations,” said Brett.

“It’s quite expensive to do and often, coaches have to cover their own expenses on top of what they already pay for in terms of travelling for coaching and competitions not only locally but state wide.

“We’re very lucky to have amazing coaches which is a major benefit to our club and players, so it’s very important to support these people to be the best they can be.”

Brett said the Gold Coast Volleyball Club also looks forwardto having the Nerang RSL as its official ‘home base.’

“We’ve supported the Nerang RSL and held presentations at the RSL before, so we’re grateful to have formed this new relationship and have the RSL as a home base and somewhere we can come back to after training or competitions, and for awards nights and social nights,” he said.

“This sponsorship by the Nerang RSL ultimately enables us to continue to grow our Club and it’s nice to see community groups supporting each other.”

Also among the list of donation recipients was Nerang State School, which received $4823 to assist with the purchase of 13 ipads and headphones for use by the Year 3 cohort.

The purchases will increase the equipment available to facilitate purposeful engagement of students in the digital world and will enable all students to adequately participate in programs like online NAPLAN.

Young local and Nerang Pony Club’s Nathan Moynihan was also presented with a $250 donation to assist with travelling to Sydney and representing Queensland at a five day event involving dressage, show jumping and cross country.

In the spirit of Christmas, the Nerang RSL, alongside Councillor Peter Young, has supported the Nerang Celebrates Committee for numerous years – with 2019 being no exception.

The RSL presented the committee with a $3300 donation to assist with the annual Christmas Carols at Bischof Park held by the committee each year, bringing the local community together for a fun afternoon of food, rides, stage performances from young artists and singers, and much more.

The donation assisted the Committee to purchase prizes for an Art Competition run in conjunction with the Christmas Carols, which encourages local school children to submit an artwork themed ‘What Christmas means to you.’

In the past, the art competition has received over 600 entries and the donation by the Nerang RSL will assist with prizes across junior and senior school categories.

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