Former Navy man of 30 years steps up to plate at Yeppoon RSL
MARCH 9 marked the changing of the guard as Wayne Carter stepped down from the role of president at Yeppoon RSL Sub-branch.
He has made way for returning president Chris Penglase who last held the role seven years ago.
Mr Carter has been the driving force behind many changes at Yeppoon RSL over the past five years during his time as president.
While membership and the popularity of patronage at the RSL has risen, it is the amazing increase in support for Anzac and Remembrance days that has most touched Mr Carter's heart.
"There has been a steady increase in widening the recognition of what the RSL does in the community over the years," Mr Carter said.
"Last Anzac Day, it was heart wrenching to see hundreds upon hundreds of people lined up in Beaman Park for the dawn service to pay their respects.
"We are getting a lot more community support for what we do and the services we provide within the community."
Mr Carter may have stepped aside but in no way is he stepping away.
He said he would still offer input to his beloved RSL branch by helping out and acting as mentor for Mr Penglase as he settled into the new role.
"A lot has changed since Chris was last in the position so I will be here to back him every step of the way," he said.
Chris was in the Navy for 30 years and has been better known in the region as a Coastguard volunteer for the past 14 years.
Now he has stepped up to take the reins at the RSL.
Mr Penglase said he tipped his hat to retiring president Mr Carter.
"Wayne has done a lot for the Yeppoon RSL and it is a credit to him how much he has been able to achieve," Mr Penglase said.
"We have a lot to look forward to at the RSL and will continue on with renovations and broadening our membership to further enhance the club.
"I want to congratulate Wayne for all the hard work he has put in over the years and look forward to taking on the new role."