Debbie Organ

Easylink’s newly appointed Chairperson Debbie Organ

As part of the 30th National Volunteer Week celebrations, Easylink had its Volunteer Awards morning tea at Long Reef Golf Club this past Monday. In attendance were Easylink’s newly appointed Chairperson Debbie Organ as well as special guest Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council. It was a very lovely morning where Easylink acknowledged the …

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Debbie Organ receives the Pride of Australia Award

In 2013, John was beaten up while sleeping rough in Sydney’s CBD prompting his fox terrier Carrie away in terror. Ms Organ — who saw John regularly on her way to and from work in Pitt Street Mall — learned of Carrie’s disappearance and posted a reward online.  Before long, she found Carrie and returned with the dog to introduce herself to John.  The …

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Banking Industry’s Bad Behaviour – Why customers keep getting on the merry-go-round

WITH all eyes on the banking royal commission, I understand why people are outraged at some of the individual cases being reported. Having a long history in banking and corporate lending, I am far from shocked, but no less outraged at the consequences suffered by some bank clients. In fact, what is being reported is only …

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Clauses for Concern – Part 2 – Power Factor Equipment (kW)

READING and understanding the fine print is often a topic I write about, because it’s critically important for any club. In this article, I want to focus on the financing/sales pitch of solar panels and other energy factor equipment, rather than the equipment itself. I recently reviewed a proposal for a large Sydney club for …

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THE CREDIT CRISIS: Out of Reach or Simply Out of Touch?

The global finance market meltdown has caused banks big and small to tighten their credit standards, making it tough for the club industry to obtain loans for just about anything. So, is it really business as usual? I was recently in a meeting where a bank representative made a rather questionable comment despite the jittery world financial markets we’re …

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A homeless man and his dog give a glimpse into what it’s like to live rough!

“LIKE many others, I’ve previously been guilty of being in a hurry and walking past those homeless on the streets.  Five years ago that all changed. It was June 2013 and, being a big animal lover, a post flashed up on my computer from a rescue organisation appealing for help to find the dog of …

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More Clauses for Concern – Fine Print!

OVER the next couple of editions of Club Life, I want to focus on agreements involving ATMs, power saving and waste management. In 2015, ClubsNSW undertook the task of negotiating a standard club ATM agreement with what we consider to be fair and equitable terms and conditions. This agreement was the result of the poor contracts and business practices …

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Dog Lover’s Care Saved Homeless Man – Pals in a new leash of life!

WHEN Debbie Organ helped rescue the dog of homeless man John, neither of them knew it would be the beginning of a friendship that would ultimately save his life. In 2013, John was beaten up while sleeping rough in Sydney’s CBD prompting his fox terrier Carrie away in terror. Ms Organ — who saw John regularly on …

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Vinnies CEO Sleepout – Thousands of Australians experience homelessness every night!

Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. I will be sleeping out with the Wollongong NSW Clubs as part of the Oak Flats Bowling Club team. You may recall my story. A man and his dog alone in the streets of Sydney gave me my first glimpse onto what it was really like to be homeless …

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