Ballina RSL: 50 years old and still growing strong
BALLINA RSL is 50 years old this week and to celebrate, members turned out in their hundreds at the weekend. Founding member Anzac Cummings, of Ballina, said the club had come a long way during its lifetime.
"When we bought the land for the club, half of the site was under water and we had to fill it," he said.
Club marketing co-ordinator Leanne Robbins said when the club began it had 110 members and now boasted 16,000. "Our birthday celebrations will continue until Wednesday with prize draws and a big birthday party on the final night, with a final prize draw of a home theatre package worth $8000." she said.
Mrs Robbins said the weekend was crammed with birthday activities.
"One of the highlights was a fireworks display on the river, which was spectacular," she said. "And we had a huge white chocolate mud cake for our birthday cake. We thought there would be left overs but it all went."
Mrs Robbins said she and her team of three people had been planning the celebrations for a month. "We've been working hard on it putting it all together," she said. "But the results have been good, and it has given us lots of great new ideas."