New Club Director


 Derek Sims OAM - retiring Director
 Patricia Lucas - new Club Director

Changing of the Guard

The club has experienced a changing of the guard with Director Derek Sims OAM retiring from the Board of Directors for the second time and Patricia Lucas taking his place.

Derek has had a long association with the Murwillumbah Services Club. Way back in 1991 after coming to Murwillumbah to live, Derek transferred his RSL membership to the Murwillumbah RSL sub-Branch and by 1994 he was elected President, as well as becoming a Board Member of the Services Club. While Derek’s first stint as a Director lasted for four years, he was elected unopposed 21 times as President of the sub-Branch. He was re-elected to the Board of Directors in October 2008. Derek retired as President in 2015 although he has stayed on as Pensions and Welfare Officer. For the past 3 years Derek has also been working on an ambitious project, collecting all details on Tweed District veterans of WW1, hoping to have it completed by Remembrance Day of this year.

When asked to comment on his tenure as a Director of the club, Derek says that he feels proud to have been a part of the successful journey the club has been making, especially in this last 10 years. As both he and current RSL sub-Branch President Ron Bossink recommended Patsy as his replacement, he is also looking forward to see any new directions the club may take with her on the Board.

Patricia Lucas, or Patsy as she is affectionately known by, is the first female to join the Board since Meg Hunter retired in 2006. She is an active member of our community and has had a long and varied career in the teaching industry, working both here in Australia and in England. Patsy first came to the area 6 years ago after buying a hobby farm at Uki. This keeps her busy along with her other interests.

In 2015 Patsy had decided to go to Gallipoli as a part of the 100 Year Centenary and approached the sub-Branch to ask if there was anything she could do for them whilst there. Derek gave her the names of 8 veterans, the majority of which were from UKI, and asked her to find their headstones and place a poppy on them. After finding 6 of the 8 headstones and taking a photo of each, Patsy felt very strongly about this project. She cites it as the start of her journey with of the RSL and the reason for joining the sub-Branch Committee. She has been assisting Derek with the research on the WW1 project ever since. She also joined Rotary in 2014 and is currently President of the Rotary Club of Mt Warning AM, keeping her solidly involved in many community projects as well as being Chair on two District Youth Programs.

During the bulk of her working career Patsy has been everything from a teacher, lecturer, acting principal and head of curriculum to a highly sought after consultant, trainer and director. She has set up and run her own Day-Care Centre and has been head hunted as a workplace consultant to many large companies wanting her to do the same for them. She has lectured in communications, professional development in the workplace and leadership. As a result, Patsy’s diverse roles and experience have given her exceptional credentials in all workplace facets: recruitment, financials, day-to-day management, logistics and leadership, to name a few. With all of this experience Patsy is hoping to have a positive female influence and bring balance to the Club’s culture and management decisions moving forward.