Club stalwarts in a pensive mood at the final day?s trading.
Club stalwarts in a pensive mood at the final day?s trading.

Last drinks called at RSL Club

By RENEE REDMOND

THE Lismore RSL Club called last drinks yesterday, while long-time members reminisced about half a century of good times.

Former employee Keith Rodda said he would never forget his 15 years as the club's doorman.

"I've met so many interesting people over the years," Mr Rodda said.

"I retired 13 years ago and I've been coming to the club a couple of times a week ever since," the 78year-old Goonellabah man said.

"I might go to the Goonellabah RSL Sports Club now, but I don't know."

Jack (Marco) Marcusson is the custodian of the Lismore RSL Swimming Club, and has been a club member for 55 years.

"Today I had to collect all the trophies. I don't know where we are going to put them all now," he said.

Jack said 20 years ago it was not a normal Friday night unless he was at the club.

"I was a regular on the social side of the club," he said. "I organised the darts every Friday night for eight years."

The club was forced to close its doors indefinitely after posting a debt of about $3 million with the National Australia Bank, and failing to attract a more financially stable club to merge with.

Out of 51 employees at the Lismore RSL and Goonellabah RSL Sports clubs, 15 people have lost their jobs, while eight opted for voluntary redundan- cies.



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