Dorrigo beats the big boys

WHEN a tiny club of 500 members like Dorrigo beats big city giants like Parramatta and the Gold Coast, that's certainly cause for celebration.

And celebrating they are up on the plateau at the news the humble Dorrigo Memorial RSL Club has won the prestigious 2011 Spirit of Anzac Award.

The annual award recognises a club that has made an outstanding contribution throughout the year to its members and the local community - something Dorrigo has done in spades.

"We are absolutely thrilled and still a bit stunned," RSL sub-branch director Bob Denner said.

"When we were told we had been short-listed from a field of 120 that was already amazing."

The club's secretary manager, Richard Shadforth, said the win was a testament to not only the great membership base and the staff but also the selfless volunteers.

"This little club has rallied behind many families that have been going through tough times.

"Our commitment to the community is actually a major part of our business plan and that is where we start when we are setting our goals."

Mr Shadforth said that 'warm and fuzzy' feeling actually translated into making a profit: "It's a wonderful by-product!"

Formed in 1919 the club has notched up 90 years of service in the Dorrigo community, regularly conducting fundraisers to support those in need.

In the citation the club was praised for "providing sponsorship and equipment grants to a wide range of local groups including the boxing and cricket clubs, the softball team, girl guides, the drama club and the annual Folk and Bluegrass Festival".

The club wishes to thank C.ex Coffs for sponsoring a representative to attend the ceremony.

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