Charleville RSL recognised as among the best in Qld
A Charleville club and pub had won three prestigious awards after being recognised as among the top of it’s league in Queensland.
The Charleville RSL Memorial Club has been recognised for its outstanding performance by
dominating the prestigious Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The club took home three of 24 awards handed out across the state at a gala ceremony in Brisbane on March 9.
They won the Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club award, Heart of the Community Award, and Club of the Year: Boutique.
The Heart of the Community accolade recognised the work done by staff and volunteers throughout the region during the COVID pandemic.
As the virus confined many people to their homes, club president Greg Field and his team at the Charleville RSL Memorial Club realised the need for a touch of normality, providing meals from the club to many of its members.
“Our membership is very much an aged population. Some of them have been coming to the club for years and that’s the same group of people that was told they weren’t allowed to go anywhere,” Mr Field said.
The initiative not only provided meals and connection, but it also allowed some of the staff to keep working despite the club being closed to the public.
“People jumped at the idea, particularly those who had been sitting in their homes for about a month or so,” Mr Field said.
The Charleville RSL Memorial Club also received one of the most cherished awards of the evening when it was named Club of the Year in the competitive Boutique category for another period of strong community engagement despite the challenges of COVID.
The club capped a rare treble with the Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club award for its
outstanding facilities and service to returned servicemen, women and the general community.
“This is an RSL club and first and foremost that’s what its philosophy is,” Mr Field said.
“It’s about returned services and RSL ethos but in a place like Charleville it’s also very much a community club.”
Clubs Queensland CEO Kelly Egan said Charleville RSL Memorial Club had been outstanding in its service and support of its community.
“This is a great example of a club that has really gone beyond their remit to support their
community, becoming a focal point for people to come together again once it was safer after COVID-19 lockdowns,” Mr Egan said.
“This is what community clubs do best. We connect the community for a common cause even in testing times like last year and this collaborative effort, driven by these clubs has truly delivered a service that has helped the lives of people in Charleville.”