ALMOST 500 years of cumulative service gathered in one room at the Bathurst RSL Club recently as long-serving staff were thanked and recognised.
“We have known for so long that we have lots of people who have given a large part of their lives to the club and we wanted to do something formally,” club general manager Peter Sargent said.
Beginning this year, the club will make an annual presentation to long-serving employees recognising their service and dedication, he said.
Heading the list was Jeff Harvey, who has racked up 39 years.
When Mr Harvey started with the club, Mr Sargent said, the Bathurst RSL Club still had its own tennis courts and bowling club and the club’s then sporting complex (now the Cityfit building) had been open for only four years.
Mr Sargent said it was “fairly poignant”, then, that the club bought back what is now the Cityfit building only this year.
Mr Harvey and his fellow long-serving employees had a combined total of 469 years of employment at the club and, as a group, they averaged 16 years of service.
In making the presentations, Mr Sargent and club president Ian Miller both emphasised the Bathurst RSL Club’s good health, including record membership and revenue in recent years.
Mr Sargent also said he was pleased that the Bathurst RSL Club developed employees’ skills and promoted from within.