Meet Your Board – Mark Rendell

How long have you been a member of Dee Why RSL for?
27 years.

How long have you been a Director of Dee Why RSL for?
8 years. When I first joined the Board, Arthur was the President. With his unfortunate passing, I was then asked into the position of Vice President. Believe it or not, I had no aspiration of becoming a Vice President.

In saying that, I love the position and enjoy the extra challenges, extra work and chairing a meeting on occasion. As Vice President, I have been exposed to a completely different world, for example, being part of the Compliance Committee, KOKODA committee and School Scholarship Program, which I have been able to help refine and enjoy.

How have you seen the RSL change over your time as a Director?
I have seen the RSL change not only as a building, but after we received club of the year for the 4th or 5th year running, we changed direction. Part of this change involved shifting away from supporting nationwide community campaigns, to supporting local community groups through the community GRANTS program.

Over the years we have also placed a greater focus on veterans welfare. Through the community grants program we have seen an incredible growth in funding to local groups, from $1.3 million, to close to $2 million.

In addition to this, as a Director I have seen a great diversification on revenue streams, for example the addition of the kindy and oceangrove, which have become synonymous with our brand and solidify our focus on the needs of the community.

What is your fondest memory as a Director?
Most definitely the ANZAC Dawn Service at Dee Why Beach. To me the ANZAC dawn service exposes the ethos of RSLs to the core of their foundations and enables the whole community, young and old, to commemorate and remember the sacrifices of men and women in conflict.

It is a wonderful thing being able to reflect and see the growth of the community spirit from a service at the RSL, to an all-inclusive community event.

What makes Dee Why RSL different to other RSLs in the area?
Two reasons. Firstly, our staff are excellent; both front of house and support staff are knowledgeable, cordial, enthusiastic, thoughtful, adept and considered. Their excitement in positive service and hospitality is infinite. Similarly our Executive Management team are leaders in this industry. They are progressive, imaginative, resourceful, conscientious and courageous.

If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would they be?
Passionate, Prudent, Contemplative, Whole-hearted.

In your opinion, what has the impact of the Veterans Centre had on the community?
Without hesitation, the Veterans Centre is the absolute quintessence of ex service persons, partners, and the families, developing and continuing welfare and assistance. Our Veterans Centre focuses on advocacy with health providers and  early intervention, including Defence Transition Seminars.

What is your favourite thing to eat and which outlet is it from?
The Asian. Great chefs. Great choice. Great quality. Great value.

What is something that we wouldn’t know about you?
I am a Retired Australian Football Umpire. I umpired 519 first grade games and ten interstate games. I even umpired one quarter of a Sydney Swans v Richmond Game at the SCG.

I am a Life Member of NSW Umpire Association and a Life Member of Sydney Football League, receiving an Australian Sports Medal from the government in 2000.

I am also on the School Scholarship Committee and form part of the KOKODA committee.

What excites you most about the future of the RSL?
Obviously the current redevelopment! It is the biggest single project in the RSL’s history and will see new eateries, bars, entertainment areas and enhanced car spaces.