Meet Wayne, or ‘Poppy’, as he’s affectionately called. A nickname that was originally given to him by children of a staff member, safe to say the name has stuck, with old and new staff members alike now calling him Poppy.
A Nerang local for 75 years, Wayne has been an integral part of the club since its inception and he is one of our very first members.
“I’ve been around since the club first started and was one of the first social members. I was allowed membership because my dad was a serving member,” he said.
Wayne said he’s seen some considerable change in the much-loved local venue.
“There were only about 500 members when it started and I knew pretty much everyone,” he said.
“These days the member numbers are much higher and there are so many new faces around, which is great.”
Wayne also served as a Board member in the early to mid-1990s and was heavily involved in shaping the club to where it is today.
His favourite thing about Nerang RSL? While in his earlier days he enjoyed the live bands (and the occasional boogie), Wayne says it’s all about the location, the company and whisky – of course!
“The staff are great and I really enjoy the company of the members. I used to enjoy their selection of Bundy Rum but these days I’m enjoying the Monkey Shoulder Whisky!”
Not only is he a club favourite, Wayne is also a very talented punter, taking away the Punter of the Year Award for 2019.
“The punters club is great to be a part of regardless of the result, and I really enjoy the 1st Saturday of the month when there is a BBQ so we can catch up and see which of the 6 clubs is winning
– we are a little competitive!”
His tips? Go with your gut, says Wayne.
“The secret is to not overthink it. Trust your first impression and back it!”
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
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.”
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.”
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!”
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
“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!”
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!”