RSA fights to survive

CATHERINE GROENESTEIN- TARANAKI STAR
Last updated 09:25 21/08/2014
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Stratford RSA has closed its doors, but the club's executive committee has not given up on re-opening.

About 200 people attended a meeting on Sunday to discuss the club's debt and trading situation, and members voted to give the executive committee approval to sell or otherwise dispose of the clubrooms.

"We will look at all options to see if we can survive," said vice-president Kevin Holley. "We have plenty of options, we just need the town of Stratford to get behind us."

One proposal was to sell the clubrooms and lease it back. The committee was studying this and several other options and would not be rushing into any decisions, he said.

"A lot of us have been involved for many years, and we're not quite willing to let go of the building yet."

Meantime, Colonel Malones bar and restaurant had offered to host RSA members when they meet.

The crisis arose because of a debt the club has that the current committee inherited from a previous committee that resigned in 2008. It had reduced the $330,000 to $120,000 and volunteers ran the club.

The clubrooms have a government valuation of around $560,000, so selling the property would clear the debt.

The club would continue in some way with or without its clubrooms, he said.

"We are the custodians of a lot of memorabilia, ours and the honours boards from all the district halls that have closed, that's got to be kept in Stratford where people can see it, not locked away in a container somewhere," he said.

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