SOH TAKING CAREER PATHWAYS DIRECT TO HOSPITALITY ESTABLISHMENTS

With the hospitality industry booming in the light of today’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, and the rise and rise of reality TV cooking shows, consumer expectations have also grown. Hospitality establishments are now working even harder to ensure that staff are entering the industry with right skills for the job, and taking responsibility for developing careers to ensure their service offering is the best it can be. 

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When the NSW Government released the Smart & Skilled program in 2015, the CHP School of Hospitality began facilitating subsidised training that would provide people with the fundamental qualifications required for a start in the hospitality industry. Offering Partial Certificate III in Hospitality courses run on-site in their purpose-built facility at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, they provide people the opportunity to acquire industry minimum qualifications such as RSA, RCG, Barista, Hygiene and Food Service. The courses are run over 7 -10 days of training, getting people the skills to start in the industry – fast.

The training department soon saw a broader need for the provision of funded training outside their facilities, and began offering the courses off-site at other locations. The program has run with great success at well established companies such as Magpie’s Waitara, Merrylands RSL, Club York, Chatswood RSL.

In line with the industry’s demand for continuing training, they identified the need to facilitate further funded training, and in 2017 they began developing ‘Customised Training Pathways’, directly servicing RSL and Sporting Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes.

 ‘Customised Training Pathways’ are proving to be a relevant industry training model, which facilitates funded staff development programs specific to each business’s needs. They are currently running successful pathway programs with Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, Cabra Vale Diggers, Oatley RSL Club, Ettalong Diggers, Bankstown Sports Club, and Ruby Nik’s Café, to name a few.

The programs are continuing to bring positive outcomes for both employees and hospitality establishments. Whether it be individuals getting the skills for the job with a Partial Certificate III in Hospitality, or workplaces providing ‘Customised Training Pathways’ to their employees, everyone is gaining from the CHP School of Hospitality facilitating training via the Smart & Skilled program, in particular, the consumer.

CARNIVAL KICKS OFF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

With over 1,300 students across nine primary schools, this years Carnival of the Codes was its biggest yet. Held in February, schools and sporting groups came together to give kids a sample of sporting activities. 

This year, kids were excited to be joined by Invictus Games athletes, Danny Jeffery and Adrian Talbot, who inspired some action both on the field and in minds. 

In its fifth year, Carnival of the Codes was established by the Club's Cooks River Sporting Alliance which is funded through the ClubGRANTS scheme to facilitate engagement between the local sporting clubs and schools. 

CHP RSL CELEBRATED 'OZ ROCK' STYLE!

Members and guests were treated to a great lineup of events and entertainment on Friday 26 January 2018. 

A $5 lamb roast, a FREE show with Lucky Starr, one of the founding members of the Oz Pop Music Industry, a chance to win $5,000 by spinning a lobster ($20 note) and cute and cuddly memories with some iconic Australian animals. The baby wombat was the clear favourite of the day with memories being captured with a FREE photo strip. 

NINJA WARRIOR COMES TO CHP RSL INFLATABLE STYLE

The success of the international TV show has inspired a new batch of junior wannabes that bounced up a storm during January with the Club's new Ninja Warrior with Bounce school holiday activity. 

Future junior (and senior) ninja warriors escaped the Summer heat in air-conditioned comfort of the Auditorium for 2 hours of ridiculousness. For just $5 they conquered the Toxic Wipeout Challenge, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle course and and 38 Foot Challenge to name just a few. 

TOASTMASTERS CELEBRATES 1000TH MEETING

Toastmasters started at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL in 1972. Since then, its has helped people become confident public speakers and leaders in all aspects of their lives. Member Liza Nadolski told us what Toastmasters means to her. 

 

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WHY TOASTMASTERS? 

Lacking confidence was holding me back and I thought public speaking would help - so I looked into Toastmasters. 

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER TOASTMASTERS AT OUR CLUB? 

I actually read in Chevron that the Club had its own Toastmasters, so I went to a meeting to see if I liked it. At Toastmasters, members take turn leading and speaking at the meeting... It was daunting at first, but I could see how much everyone was learning and how friendly it was. 

I went back for another meeting and decided to join. I'm so happy I did. It has been a transformative experience - and my confidence has been growing ever since. For the first time ever, I can say I am comfortable speaking in front of a large audience! 

WE HEAR 2017 WAS A BIG YEAR FOR THE TOASTMASTERS CLUB? 

Yes! We celebrated our 1000th meeting since 1972 and, out of 194 clubs, we were recognised as a top performing club in NSW. It shows how much you can achieve when surrounded by positive and supportive people. 

HOW SHOULD JOIN TOASTMASTERS? 

Anyone who is interested in growing their confidence and learning to speak in front of a group of people. I guarantee you'll find a supportive environment which lets you achieve your goals no matter what age, skills or background. It's amazing how quickly your communication and leadership skills improve. 

WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO COME TO A MEETING? 

You can call us on 0411 300 880 or just drop by. Toastmasters meets on the second and 4th Monday of every month in the downstairs meeting room at the Club. We start at 7pm sharp and finish at 9.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there! 

A VERY WHITE MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY

A new event was introduced to your Club's calendar in 2017 with a 'Very Merry Christmas' family lunch held in the Auditorium. An elegant setting was created and kids entertained with their FREE gifts and the opportunity to make a snowstorm, blizzard or flurry with the piles of super light and fluffy artificial snow in Human Snow Globe! We hope to include this as a permanent calendar event for years to come and hope to see you in 2018. 

 

CELEBRATING 78 YEARS

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park's Women's Auxiliary recently celebrated their 78th Birthday with a lunch attneded by members and peers from neighbouring clubs. 

The Women's Auxiliary commenced in 1939 and became a strong influence in the community with one of their first major achievements, raising funds for the acquisition of land that the Club now stand on. 

 

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Over 78 years, Members of the Women's Auxiliary have supported the Club, the Sub-Branch, community organisations and grass-roots groups through fund-raising, baking and craft, educational support and developing a group where women can come together and share stories. 

Noeleen Joyner, President of the Women's Auxiliary, says there are many reasons to be proud and to be involved "it's lovely to meet people, share stories, help out the community and be social on a regular basis. From when our predecessors first raised the money for the Club to exist, to lobbying for women's membership to Bobbie Stephenson becoming the first female President of the RSL Club, we've come a long way and we do it with pride."

CAMPERDOWN OPEN

we recently celebrated the club taking over operations at Camperdown Tennis with Camperdown Open. Kids and adults, beginners to advanced and everyone in between enjoyed a sunny day down on the tennis greens trying out the range of activities we have on offer at Camperdown Tennis. 

Jumping castles, BBQ and giveaways made for a full day of family fun. 

And while there's tennis, there's also many more ways to get active including: basketball, futsal, hockey and bubble ball! Check out Camperdown Tennis for more information. 

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS

Camperdown Commons took the opportunity to show off on 16 September as it bloomed into spring with a full day of work-shops, lawn stalls with friends of Pocket City Farms selling their wares and a local's lunch hosted by acre eatery. 

Locals celebrated the day with in the sun with a long lunch, sharing wholesome food, taking tours of the farm, getting artsy with work-shops, buying up seedlings and learning some new skills in the Common Spaces. 

COME TOGETHER

Melbourne Cup Day was all aflutter over the Beatles this year. Celebrating the biggest race of the year and the 50 year anniversary of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, guests were treated to a full day of Beatlemania with the Beatels and The Beatnix. 

If you weren't a winner on the races, then there were plenty of chances to win in our Members draws and giveaways. The race that stops the nation only just barely stopped the dancing in the Auditorium, and the partying continued into the evening. 

CLUB MEMBER AND 70TH BIRTHDAY

It's that time of the year that we reflect on the work and efforts of our Members through the Club Member of the Year Awards. 

Members and guests were treated to something a little special this year with the awards coinciding with our 70th Birthday. Mark Kristian gave a rousing tribute to the Club's 70 year strong history of entertainment which made for one of the Club's favourite performers...

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Carlotta, who donned the sequins and surprised the audience by popping out of a giant cake! The enormous horns, a tribute to Elton John and the Popset Dancers rounded out the evening's entertainment. 

The Club Members of the Year was awarded to Ron Williamson from the Golf Sub-Club. 

PAVING THE WAY FOR EMPLOYMENT

Young adults are at the centre of a program being delivered in conjunction with Marrickville Youth Resource Centre and CHP's School of Hospitality. The job readiness program delivers a tailored hospitality course for young people between 15 and 24 years. 

Students can tap into other resources provided in partnership with Dress for Success and TAFE giving them the tools for presenting well at the time of submitting the all important CV and at interview time. 

The program finishes with work experience at local community eatery Lentil as Anything. 

CLUB RECOGNISED AT INDUSTRY AWARDS

The Club was recognised by its peers recently, with the Camperdown Commons initiative winning a coveted award for Education at the ClubsNSW industry's awards. Amongst industry colleagues, and some very deserved nominations, thew Club received this accolade at the 2017 Clubs and Community Awards ceremony.  

 

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"We saw the former Camperdown Bowling Club as an opportunity to offer the community something outside that of a typical club operation. We wanted to offer a facility that provided much needed community space and recreational facilities that are relevant to both the wants and needs of Inner West locals" said CEO Dean Thomas. 

"We're thrilled to receive the award for Camperdown Commons, it confirms a new way of thinking about Clubs, about how we utilise spaces and bring people together, about developing key partnerships and supporting sustainable businesses and grass-roots community organisations. We set to revitalise a space where people can come together and learn about the production of food, and how it comes together on the plate. And more than anything following through on the commitment we made to the community. 

ACTIVE LIVING CLASSES

In partnership with the Club, the Central and Eastern Primary Health Network (PHN) has established Active Living Classes. Classes will run until June 2018 and are held twice a week in the Group Fitness Studio, located on the lower ground of The Club on Wednesdays 9am-10am and Fridays 12.30pm-1.30pm. 

The Active Living fitness classes are run by health professionals who have also been specially trained in exercise for chronic lung and heart conditions. The pace of the class is suitable for people with stable chronic lung conditions, or heart failure, however, all community members are welcome and classes are for everyone. 

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Participants can join at any time - please wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water. For more information, call Kim Sherman on 8752 4954.

CREATING CHANCES

The Club has recently welcomed 'Creating Chances' into our ClubGRANTS recipients fold. We're pleased to be able to provide funding and support to this deserving organisation who deliver programs that harness the power of sport by engaging students at Canterbury Vale High. 

The program is being offered to 20 students through the 'creating champions' and 'creating coaches', inspiring high school students to then mentor primary school students through six weeks of sporting activities. 

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The program's mantra is a combination of sport, life skills and mentoring equals incredible outcomes for young people. 

DESIGNING IN YOUTH

The Club and the UTS Schools of Health and Architecture have recently signed an agreement to begin an exciting research project called Designing IN Youth. The project will look at declining youth participation in sport. We’ll be surveying over 3,000 students at 12 local schools,, then asking them to help us co-design innovative sports and rec programs that increase participation. 

CRACA TALENT LAUNCH

We’re proud to have launched a new initiative, providing local schools regular open mic sessions. CRACA Talent was launched in May with our ambassadors, X Factor stars, BEATZ hosting and performing. Over 10 local schools participate in the sessions and monthly open mics are being held at our sister club Magpies on the first Sunday of each month. 

DULWICH HILL SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN

Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design was recently a recipient of $10,000 through the CRACA initiative to convert rooms into performance spaces, a recording booth and a control room.

The grant, which was added to $25,000 from local MP Jo Haylen, promotes music performance and creativity in the school. We’re now talking to music industry people to look at ways we can add to the curriculum.

LEARNING LINKS

CHP RSL have been supporting 'Learning Links' - a not for profit that provides educational support to local children with learning difficulties with funding and in-kind contributions.

We’re happy to say that its not just Club Grants funding that we provide, 20 members of staff are involved through volunteering their time at Croydon Park Public School, delivering the 'Reading for Life' program. 

HOMES FOR HEROES

In 2009, the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs released a report that identified that on any given night across Australia, over 3000 veterans were homeless due to their service to our nation.   Earlier this month RSL & Services Clubs Association held their first annual ‘Honour our Heroes Relay Walk’ for the RSL LifeCare foundation. Over $5000 was raised and 12 staff team members participated in the 42km relay!   Well done CHP RSL!

We Won!

Friday 13 May 2016.   Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL was proud to receive a Clubs & Community Award this week under the 'Arts & Culture' category in recognition of our songwriting initiative which bought together 8 local schools and international music producers. Congratulations to the team for their astounding dedication. Also of note was our Highly Commended achievement in the category of 'Disability, Welfare & Social Inclusion' for the ground breaking iSAIL post-natal care program with RPA hospital.

Our Chefs hope to taste success!

Friday 13 May 2016, saw our Head Chef Gilbert Aquino and Chef de Partie Sangjoon Wang Cook off in the Chefs Table Finals. The pair served up an amazing three course meal to 18 people, including judges, Julio Azzarello, Adam Moore and Courtney Roulston.

Click here to see a feature article in the Canterbury-Bankstown Express Paper! 

CLUB'S NEW TRIGEN SYSTEM CUTS CARBON FOOTPRINT BY ONE THIRD

MARCH 2015

Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club is set to slice its greenhouse gas emissions by one third, cut annual energy costs by up to $185,000 and reinvest the savings back into the community, following the installation of its Trigeneration Energy System.

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Press article Canterbury Bankstown Torch Wednesday 18 March 2015

Cooks River Sporting Alliance gains two new members

MARCH 2015

Canterbury Touch Football Club and The Sydney Arrows Ice Racing Club have recently joined the Cooks River Sporting Alliance. The organisation continues to forge deeper ties within the community through relationships with sporting groups.

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Membership of the Cooks River Sporting Alliance now spans 10 Clubs across 5 sporting codes. Members include Western Suburbs AFL (Juniors and Women), Canterbury Junior Rugby Union Club, Earlwood Saints Rugby League Club, Canterbury Juniors Football Club, Marrickville Red Devils Football Club, Hurlstone Park Wanderers Football Club, Wests Netball Club and Ashbury Netball Club.

Winter sports sampled at Carnival of the Codes

FEBRUARY 2015

Around 1600 primary school aged students from 10 inner west primary schools discovered how fun it can be to shoot a goal through a netball hoop, kick a footy, take a mark and convert a try.


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During the Carnival of the Codes, primary school students sampled 5 winter sports - netball, football, rugby league, rugby union and AFL.
 
The bi-annual event is held by the Cooks River Sporting Alliance, a Club initiative formed in 2013 in response to findings that local sporting clubs' participation rates were in a state of decline.

Club proudly donates $1.063m donation to community groups

DECEMBER 2014

Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club is pleased to announce that a record $1.063m was donated to community welfare organisations, schools and sporting clubs through its ClubGRANTS program in 2014. A Community Morning Tea was held on Wednesday December 2 to acknowledge the club’s commitment to community support.

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Marrickville Council mayor Mark Gardiner along with representatives from local schools, community welfare organisations and sporting groups, attended the event.
 
CHPRSL chief executive officer Dean Thomas said the Club was proud to reinvest in the community.

“Whether it’s helping local cricket players with hats and shirts, funding educators for after-school fitness sessions to help promote healthy lifestyles, or assisting with funding for sheet music, tuition and software, helping schools run quality music ensembles, we’re thrilled to be ‘reinvesting for life’ in our community.
 
“In 2011 we made a commitment to re-invest 20% our profits back into to the community. We’re extremely proud to have given more than $2.6 million to community groups over the last 5 years, either directly (to schools, sporting clubs and other community groups) or indirectly through registered charities and welfare service providers.”

CHPRSL PROVIDES SEED FUNDING FOR SPECIALISED PERINATAL CLINIC

DECEMBER 2014

CHPRSL has become RPA Women and Babies’ principal partner in establishing the first clinic in NSW to provide an integrated support system for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss - iSAIL Clinic. The Club has provided seed funding to establish the highly specialised perinatal loss clinic.

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COOKS RIVER SPORTING ALLIANCE DELIVERS SUPPORT FOR SPORT

SEPTEMBER 2014

More than 1,500 students from 10 local primary schools tried out five summer sports in July, as part of the Carnival of the Codes.

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CHP RSL WINS CLUBSNSW SPORT AWARD

JULY 2014

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club was recognised for its commitment to local sport, winning the Sport Award at the prestigious ClubsNSW Clubs & Community Awards on Friday May 9. The Club beat three sports clubs to the top prize.

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CARNIVAL OF THE CODES

MAY 2014

On numerous occasions, the cooks river sporting alliance (CRSA) have been asked by local schools for more affordable sporting programs and local sporting clubs. The alliance have asked how they can increase the level of promotion in sports participation. With this in mind the CRSA decided to trial a new approach where local children could come and try all sports in the one session – and Carnival of Codes was created.

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CRSA BATTING HOME RUNS

MARCH 2014

2014 is off to a flying start as the Cooks River Sporting Alliance (CRSA) active presence in the local community continues to increase.

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