'I'm the odd one out': Committee member to run for president
A WARWICK RSL Memorial Club management committee member has outed himself as the black sheep of the group and announced he will run for president at the upcoming special general meeting.
Secretary Lindsay Goodwin said he thinks the club will "go off" under new leadership.
The revelation comes after Mr Goodwin tabled a petition in a meeting on Monday, calling for a new committee to be elected.
A special general meeting will be held in Kings Theatre on January 2 at 7pm and members have been urged to turn up and vote.
When questioned on the financial strife and direction of the beloved venue earlier this week, Memorial Club president Geraldine O'Neil said she had the full support of all committee members except for one.
"I am the odd one out. I have supported her 95 per cent of the time but now I am not supporting the committee," Mr Goodwin said.
The Warwick horseman ran for mayor in 2012 and has been an RSL Memorial Club member for 28 years.
He said he feared the venue would close under its current leadership.
"My whole thing why I am doing this is because there are 42 staff there and they have to put food on the table for their families," Mr Goodwin said.
"If we don't have a club, they don't have a job."
Mr Goodwin said his top priority, if elected, would be to consider each of the 71 recommendations made in a financial audit handed down to the committee in March.
The report exposed problems that led the club to the brink of insolvency, including "micromanagement" by the current president and issues regarding fiscal management.
Mrs O'Neil refuted the claims, saying she had done "hard work" for the club since she was elected in 2017.
"It was up with the committee to move forward with this report but there are so many other things to be dealt with," she said earlier this week.
But Mr Goodwin said Mrs O'Neil and other committee members had disregarded the report and its recommendations.
The Warwick Daily News contacted Mrs O'Neil at the time of reporting, but did not receive a comment.
"The first thing will be to get a really, really good manager with experience, who knows what they are doing and how to run a club," Mr Goodwin said.
He said transparency within the committee would also paramount under his plan to "rescue" the venue.
Note: This report refers exclusively to the Warwick RSL Memorial Club and not to the Warwick RSL Sub-branch.