Dear Fellow Members and supporters
Following last week’s announcement about the removal of Snooker Table “2” a number of members have expressed their concerns over this issue.
As a matter of clarification we advise the following:-
1. There never was any suggestion that Snooker Table “1” or the 8-Ball table will be removed
2. The removal of the table will allow us to at least double our seating capacity in that area and allow more access flexibility.
3. Total takings from both Snooker tables since we re-opened on 12 June (a 10 week period) was $93.50
4. By-laws under the RSL Constitution allow the Sub Branch to ‘acquire and dispose of assets’.
Since the COVID-19 Crisis we have suffered financially due to the loss of Anzac Day revenue, Easter weekend takings, a number of functions being cancelled and income from the cancellation of 2 Bunning’s Sausage Sizzles.
We have survived due to a solid financial base and the grants and subsidies from both the State and Federal Government, but cannot rely on future financial support.
Put simply we need to put “more bums on seats” given that social distancing has to adhered to and we cannot drink or stand at the bar. No one can predict how long this will go on.
We believe the best option is to remove Table ‘2” and replace it with tables and seating.
We also have an opportunity to acquire a number of near new tall tables and stools from an insolvent hotel business at a greatly reduced price, but there is a limited window of time.
Concerned members have queried the ‘give-away’ option and at Tuesday night’s Committee Meeting we have agreed to re-visit the options of selling it, donating to a worthy charity or dismantle/storage.
This decision has not been taken lightly and we are well aware of the emotions it raises with some of our Members.
However, we believe that it is in the best interests of our Members and our financial viability.
On behalf of Your Committee