In another sweep, the team of Mr Ray Johns that includes retired Philippine military officer, Colonel Chris Pilao, were all re-elected to the Rooty Hill RSL Club board in last week’s 2016 election which closed on Saturday May 14.
Mr Johns was also voted in as chairperson of the club which is considered as Australia’s largest RSL club with over 48,000 members. It is located in Sydney’s western suburb of Rooty Hill, Blacktown known for its large concentration of residents of Philippine origin.
This is the third time Mr Pilao was elected to the club’s board. He was first elected as director of the club in May 2012, then was re-elected in May 2014. He is the first Filipino to be elected as a director of the Rooty Hill RSL Club. Mr Pilao is the Supreme Commander of the Australia Philippines Services League which is affiliated to the Rooty Hill RSL Sub-Branch.
The other re-elected board members are Dennis Dewhurst (also elected as vice-chairperson), Ken Clements, Pete Hamrol, Alf Davey, Allan Hills, and Syd Gibbs as directors. Elected as associate director is Allan King who also ran in the same group as Mr Pilao.
The club’s week-long election concluded on Saturday May 14. The returning officer was the Australian Electoral Commission.
The recently concluded club poll implemented for the first time the new State legislation reducing the number of club directors from 13 to nine including one associate director.Thirteen candidates ran for the reduced board membership, and three for the sole associate director’s post.