This week, Terry McDonald from Nerang RSL was elected as the new Clubs Queensland President. He will commence his tenure in March 2019.
Terry is without doubt a ‘club man’ whose contribution to the industry has been great and spanned many years.
Retiring as a Warrant Officer Class 2 in 1993, after 20 years in the military (Army-Royal Australian Armoured Corps), Terry McDonald has made a significant contribution to the Queensland Clubs Industry over the past two decades.
He has been involved in leadership roles with Benowa Bowls Club, Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Supporters Club, Canungra RSL and of course, Nerang RSL. Terry has also served as a board member of Clubs Queensland.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to date has been to Nerang RSL, a struggling club in the mid 90’s, today – a thriving community hub with numerous awards and accolades and a membership base currently exceeding 41,000 members. Through his roles on both the Nerang RSL Board of Directors and the Nerang RSL Sub Branch Executive, Terry has helped to foster one of the most productive and complimentary sub branch / memorial club relationships of any club in the State.
Terry is also a savvy businessman. In 1996, he started his own cleaning company still in operation today and in 2004, was the owner of the Nerang Fair Tavern. At the 2017 Keno and Clubs Industry Awards, Terry was presented with the MAX Service to Industry Award in recognition of his contribution to the club industry and community.
On his new role as President of Clubs Queensland, Terry has this to say:
“I believe that Clubs Queensland, as a Union for Employers in the industry, is a very sound and professionally run organisation that is well respected in both political and community spheres.
The voice that Clubs Queensland has, was not development overnight and must be nurtured and enhanced into the future through strategic leadership, risk management and effective governance.
I am willing and capable to work with fellow board members in ensuring that Clubs Queensland can tackle and conquer any challenge that is directed our way, enhancing this great industry into the future.
It is my view that Clubs Queensland needs to continue to address any challenges putting pressure on Club viability, such as the hard times recently affecting our regional areas, casino expansion and integrated resort developments in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and continuing Director training recognition to name a few.
The great work of the past and present Board Members must be endeared and improved upon to ensure we maintain the ear of politicians and equally important, listen and guide the member clubs of this unique industry for the benefit of the wider community.”
Please join us in welcoming Terry McDonald as President of Clubs Queensland.