Warkworth RSA secretary manager Robbie Blair has handed in his notice after seven years in the role.
“I had never walked into an RSA before I got this position, but they were after someone with a fresh perspective, so they took me on board,” Robbie says.
Highlights for Robbie include reaffirming the local military history and growing the popularity of the RSA.
“It was great to unveil things like the World War I honours board and town hall plinth. “The biggest challenge, though, was turning the finances around by getting more people through the doors.”
Robbie has achieved that, but believes there is still work to be done.
“We have renovated the building to make it more welcoming to people, however these upgrades need to be ongoing. I think there are still a number of people who feel they can’t enter an RSA, so that view needs to be changed.”
He says he has contributed all he can in the job, and it’s time for another fresh perspective to enter the mix.
“I’m confident I have left the RSA in a better position than when I started with a good committee that will be proactive in growing it going forward.”
Robbie is becoming a bus driver with the Mahu City Express. He will continue doing 20 hours of work for the RSA for the next three months before officially leaving.