RSL celebrates 50 years of changes

ROOTY Hill RSL has come a long way since its doors were opened in February 1964 with 127 members.

Now, with 50,000 members, one of Australia's biggest RSLs has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

"It is an honour to be a part of this," chairman Ray Johns said.

"Looking back at the club and its successes and failures provides a sense of attachment to the first members and their hopes for a strong and vibrant club.

"Being a part of the club today shows that their vision was truly inspirational."

There have been major changes during Mr Johns' 30 years at the club.

"In 1983, it was much smaller but was already a household name in Sydney's west," he recalled.

"By 2006, the club was a business with great potential and was looking for a way to reposition itself as a community asset.

"The board and management over the past five years, in particular, have worked tirelessly to deliver the successful enterprise we are today.

"Ten years ago adding partners such as Novotel, AMF, Sydney West Sports Medicine and Gymnastics NSW would have been unthinkable."

Mr Johns believes the club's diversification has laid to rest its former "Vegas of the west" nickname.

"It was the Postcode campaign in 2010 that put paid to the old tag line and now, as we grow behind the realms of just being a traditional club, this has even more relevance.

"Today when asked where they work our staff are proud to say Rooty Hill RSL."

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