Left in the dark over RSA recess decision

LETTER

Re: RSA goes into recess, February 1 story.

As a financial member of the Gisborne RSA, as well as returned, I find there has been a lack of communication and secrecy between said management and financial members. There is no advised closing date. When David Sly was asked by financial members what was happening with the club, his response was “See ya all next Friday”. No mention was made that the club was going to close.

Management owe the members of the Gisborne RSA an apology.

Bryce

Footnote response from RSA manager David Sly:

Dear Bryce, I am sorry that you feel the communication from RSA management has been lacking. I would like to clarify your point on this, being, since the financial situation of the RSA became apparent from April 2017, the club has held two special meetings and one AGM, and given members a complete and full update at these meetings and in many stories in The Gisborne Herald.

Since my employment as manager from October 2017, I have personally on a fortnightly basis kept members updated on club nights as to where the RSA is at, but in the end the management board had to make the hard decision to put the club in recess.

Once this decision was made to put the club in recess, we have put three public notices in The Gisborne Herald and a story has run notifying that the Gisborne RSA is in recess, and outlining the reasoning.

I can assure you that the management board and myself are working extremely hard (all voluntarily) to find solutions for the RSA to open its doors again as a viable community club.

Thanks.

Re: RSA goes into recess, February 1 story.

As a financial member of the Gisborne RSA, as well as returned, I find there has been a lack of communication and secrecy between said management and financial members. There is no advised closing date. When David Sly was asked by financial members what was happening with the club, his response was “See ya all next Friday”. No mention was made that the club was going to close.

Management owe the members of the Gisborne RSA an apology.

Bryce

Footnote response from RSA manager David Sly:

Dear Bryce, I am sorry that you feel the communication from RSA management has been lacking. I would like to clarify your point on this, being, since the financial situation of the RSA became apparent from April 2017, the club has held two special meetings and one AGM, and given members a complete and full update at these meetings and in many stories in The Gisborne Herald.

Since my employment as manager from October 2017, I have personally on a fortnightly basis kept members updated on club nights as to where the RSA is at, but in the end the management board had to make the hard decision to put the club in recess.

Once this decision was made to put the club in recess, we have put three public notices in The Gisborne Herald and a story has run notifying that the Gisborne RSA is in recess, and outlining the reasoning.

I can assure you that the management board and myself are working extremely hard (all voluntarily) to find solutions for the RSA to open its doors again as a viable community club.

Thanks.

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