Charles Frank Bohannan celebrated his 90th Birthday on the 27th of May. He started working for Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL when he was 54 years young and has now worked for the Club for 36 years! Everyone knows him as Frank.
Frank is a kind-hearted, popular staff member at the Club and loves to have a good chat with everyone. Frank tells us a bit about his time at the Club:
“When I first got my job at Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL Club I started as a Car Park attendant in a white coat. Jeez I had a lot of fun doing that! I chased little buggers I caught bending car antennas. I tried to chase them all the way up the road, but they could always run a bit faster than me.
I have had so many different jobs at the Club over the years, wherever there was work I wanted to do it. From being a doorman to a courtesy bus driver. From serving beers to giving away cars. From setting up tables and chairs to controlling the lighting in the Shows. You name it, I have done it, and I tell you what, I have loved doing every single one of them!
I’ve lived and worked to see many changes within the Club industry. I remember when women were not allowed near the bar, when people used to smoke inside and I certainly will never forget the disco days.
When I worked in Promotions they used to dress me up in all sorts of outfits like Robin Hood with a sword, cowboy outfits and top hats and bow ties. I have had so many different outfits over the years and they were always a bit of fun!
I used to clean up all the leftover raffle tickets that people left on the tables and when I suggested to the managers that we do a second chance draw for some prizes with the tickets, they thought it was a great idea. I thought it was a great idea too as I never had any more tickets to clean up!
Out of all the jobs I have had in my life, this has been my favourite. Because of the people. The management, the staff and the Members. It just feels like family.
My kids live a fair way away, so I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like to. My son Jason lives in Tasmania, Steven lives in Wauchope and my daughter, Trudie, lives in Port Macquarie so I only really see them a couple of times a year.
The Club has always looked after me and so many people know me that it just feels like home. So, it may sound silly that I’m still working at 90, but there is no place I would rather be. I’m not going anywhere because the Club is my family.”