There was a “changing of the guard” at the Murray Bridge RSL clubrooms in early May when the Annual General Meeting was conducted.
After three years as President of the Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch, Merv Schopp has stood down, and his Vice President David Laing was voted in by members to take over the top job .
Merv said it was time for a change and also time for him to take a break and spend some time caravanning with his wife Dawn.
Mr Laing praised Merv for his hard work and dedication to the sub branch, adding that Merv had steered the sub branch out of some trying times and had averted a couple of operational crisis throughout the past year.
Mr Laing said he expected a very smooth transition into his new role, as Merv had left a well-oiled organisation for him to take over.
He also said the Murray Bridge sub branch had continued to operate successfully under Merv, despite the RSL State Branch being placed into administration over its financial problems.
Those problems had not affected most sub branches as they continued to trade as normal during the administration period.
[Laing] expected a very smooth transition into his new role.
Mr Laing has been Vice President to the past three RSL Presidents and sees his new position as an extension of what he has already carried out. Membership in Murray Bridge is up to 250, with new members every week. This was an encouraging sign of the community’s faith in their local RSL.