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2 April 2020

Dear Member

It has now been a week since we communicated with our members and we want to keep you informed as to what has been happening in the meantime.

As you will recall, last Monday 23rd March the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on indoor gatherings with the result that club venues, including our great club Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, would have to close their doors to members and guests.

Since then it has been a busy time to manage the closure of our many club offerings. We are not sure how long this will last and what measures will be in place when we return.

It has been a trying time for many of our members and a big change to their routine of attending the club for social interaction and catch-up. Many members see the club as their haven and a point of contact in their daily lives, as do many staff and club management. It has been a difficult time for everyone, including our roster of almost 200 staff and management, but we are committed to supporting everyone and each other during this challenging time. We will continue to plan measures to ensure the team is ready to provide a great service to our members and guests when the time comes for Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club to reopen.

Our focus over the past week - and moving forward - is to provide ongoing communication and support to our loyal members. We are reviewing how we can continue our support during this time. Some measures include:

Club Memberships will be put on hold and no memberships will expire during the closure. We will open Online Renewals as per normal and when we reopen members may renew their membership at this time. This period will be extended to provide members adequate time upon their return to ensure that all members remain part of our club.

All members’ points will remain on their accounts for use upon return or use with any member offer we provide during the shutdown, including takeaway offerings

All members will retain their membership tier through this period of shutdown.

All members with birthdays during the shutdown will be able to utilise their member benefits once the club reopens and enter the major birthday draw.


Starting Friday 3rd April, we will provide offerings to our club members and guests. This will include Coffee Club pick-up between 11.00am-2.00pm, takeaway sales from the club’s bottle shop; and the Golden Hawk Chinese Restaurant pick-up and delivery service is also coming soon.

In further support of our members, we will also be selling care packs. These are prepacked bags containing some of the essential products we all need during such challenging times. As of this Friday, these packs will be initially available to Senior Members only and is limited to two packs per member.

Check out our website at www.releagues.com.au for details. It has been a testing time for all members and staff and their family members in dealing with the government measures imposed, but we all agree they are required to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community. We remain steadfast and motivated to work with our community to support everyone during this most challenging time and we will continue to focus our efforts on the road to our return.

We hope to see everyone back at Ryde-Eastwood very soon.

Kind Regards,
Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer




23 March 2020

Dear Members and Guests

I am sure all our members and community partners agree that we are heading into unprecedented territory as a result of COVID-19.

On Sunday night, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on indoor gatherings that are no longer permitted, with the result that venues, including licensed clubs and gyms, will have to close from midday Monday 23 March.

Unfortunately, this means that the club and its associated facilities will no longer be operating until further notice.

We understand that this enforced closure is sad news for all members and the wider community, but our priority is the safety and well-being of our members. We will monitor the situation closely over the coming weeks and months and keep our members informed during this period.

We encourage all members to ‘Like’ us on Facebook or visit the Club website at the links below to keep up to date with the situation, as well as how we will continue to support the local community at this time.

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff, we thank you for your understanding and ongoing support through this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing you back at the club in the coming months.

Kind Regards,
Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer




19 March 2020

Dear Members,

Following our recent email there have been further changes to the recommendations and directives by NSW Health and the Australian Government.

We want to firstly assure you we are still open for trade in order to service our members and the community where ever possible. The club management and Board are in constant discussion and actioning to ensure our number one priority is the well-being of our members, guests and staff and that we ensure a safe environment.

Please click on the link below to read further details on our measures currently put in place to ensure we comply with recommendations and refer to club webpage for regular updates. Key measures include hygiene management, social distancing and cancellation of non-essential gatherings.

We will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations and provide updates as soon as possible on club activities and events.

Thank you


 Chief Executive Officer


Click here for information


Click here for all operational changes as at 20 March 2020


The World’s Greatest Shave returns to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues!

Last year the Ryde-Eastwood family raised over $5,000 at its World’s Greatest Shave event, which contributed to helping the fight against blood cancer.

In 2020, we’re doing it again and aiming to raise even more money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Come along and shave or colour your hair this March and help Aussie families beat blood cancer.

Shave or colour your hair at the club on Wednesday 11 March from 6.30pm!


17 - 23 FEBRUARY

As part of our Pink Week fundraising initiatives, we hosted the McGrath Foundation PINK TRIVIA CONTEST ON THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY AT 7pm in the Palm Court Bistro.

All proceeds raised on the night were donated to the McGrath Foundation. The night  included an informative talk from one of the Foundation’s amazing Breast Care Nurses, Catrina Ross.

This was followed by a fun trivia contest (gold coin donation).



Fundraising for Bushfire-affected Communities

In one way or another, we’ve all been affected by the recent and continuing bushfires.

For those lucky to not be directly impacted, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to help, and right now our fellow Australians need our help.

There’s strength in numbers and our community in Australia is a big and giving, so we're reaching out to everyone to give.

Help us fill up our barren Donation Trees with lush green leaves which you can purchase for $5 or more at club reception, The Bistro or any of the bars. 

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club will also matching all donations, so 1 full Tree worth $500 becomes $1,000 donated towards bushfire relief. 

Let's show them the true RELC spirit and fill up a forest worth of trees.


 Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Ryde-Eastwood recently served the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Over 150 guests attended and we extend our grateful thanks and appreciation to everyone in the Ryde-Eastwood Family who donated funds and gifts on the day.



The World's Greatest Shave at Ryde-Eastwood


This amount has been directly donated to The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. A huge thank you to all who donated and took part.

Meantime, check out some of the photos on the night - well done team!



Ryde-Eastwood Hay Donation to Drought-Affected Country Farmers

On Sunday 13 January, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club made a hay drop to help drought-stricken farming communities in New England's North West. The Weekly Times covered the story with more images of the drop below . . .

The photos below indicate the large scale size of the $25,000 Ryde-Eastwood operation. A big thanks goes out to our working partners, Rural Aid, farmers Georgie and Bruce Butler, and to the "Truckies" who delivered the hay.


Ryde-Eastwood Honoured By The Children’s Medical Research Institute

On Friday 30 November, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club was honoured for its generous donations over the past 21 years to the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), by receiving a plaque on the Institute’s honour wall.

Pictured above: Club General Manager, Chris McCarthy (Retired), Club President, Jim McClymont, Therese Wells from the Gaming department, who is instrumental in assisting with collections, and the Club’s Human Resources Manager, Joanne Luke, who is the driving force behind organising and collecting donations for the Institute for both the annual RELC Fun Run/Walk, and the annual Jeans for Genes day.



On Sunday 4 November, members of Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club and The Fitness Edge, along with staff and families, participated in the third annual RELC Fun Run/Walk (participants could either run or walk 5km, 10km, or volunteer). All registrations were donated to our chosen charity – the Children’s Medical Research Institute, together with a generous donation from the Club’s Board.

We are very proud to announce that the annual RELC Fun Run/Walk registrations and sponsorship raised just over $5,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, and that Ryde-Eastwood’s Board of Directors matched that donation, taking the grand total to $10,000!!

Thank you to each and every participant, volunteer, the Board, our generous sponsors and the wider Ryde-Eastwood family. Bring on 2019’s event - we have a new goal to reach next year!






 Members and visitors at the Club may have noticed the striking piece of artwork displayed at the bottom of the stairs, near our fish tank. The artwork was made as a thank you to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club for its continued support of the Rydalmere East Public School Autism Unit. “Your support is greatly appreciated by students, teachers, staff and our whole school community” - Emma Lodewijks from Rydalmere East Public.

The Club really appreciates this gift and looks forward to continuing our support for the unit.  



Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club began supporting Genes for Jeans Day way back in 1997. This year club staff kept up its charitable tradition by donating for Genes for Jeans Day Sydney 2018.

“We had another great turnout in denim," says Human Resources Manager Joanne Luke. “Everywhere I looked in the club I saw staff wearing their jeans and committing to such a worthy cause. And the more money they donated, the more we as a club were able to contribute, as the Board of Directors match any money raised by staff.”

Every year since 1997, the team’s efforts have raised thousands of dollars to support programmes for The Children's Medical Research Institute to prevent leukemia, muscular dystrophy, genetic defects and many other disorders.

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club champions the true spirit of the Club Movement with an ongoing dedication to serve its community.



Christian Community Aid (CCA) located in Eastwood provide a range of Government funded services to Aged residents living in their own home.

Programs include Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) to suit specific dietary needs and also cater to different cultural needs.

CCA also offer a range of social lunch groups run weekly or fortnightly catering to different ethnic groups and provide door-to-door service.