The Gympie chapter of the Men of League held its first official meeting last week. Pictured (from left) are secretary Fiona Calvert, treasurer Coreene Leitch, vice-president Bob Leitch, committee members Merv Rowlands, Darren Burns, Doug Sutton, president Ross Groundwater, patron Reg Cannon and committee member Ashley Pearce.
The Gympie chapter of the Men of League held its first official meeting last week. Pictured (from left) are secretary Fiona Calvert, treasurer Coreene Leitch, vice-president Bob Leitch, committee members Merv Rowlands, Darren Burns, Doug Sutton, president Ross Groundwater, patron Reg Cannon and committee member Ashley Pearce. Craig Warhurst

Men of league chapter opens

LEAGUE: The Gold City finally has its own chapter of the Men of League, an organisation committed to helping people in need in our rugby league community.

The group had its first meeting last week and inaugural president Ross Groundwater said the group would be a great benefit to the Gympie community.

At present the Gympie chapter has about 200 members - Australia-wide there are more than 19,000 - who have helped raise more than $1.75 million for the charity.

Groundwater said they were hoping to have more than 500 Gympie members by mid-year.

"The target should be easily achievable just from the history of the game in town," he said.

The group is open to every- one to join, not just current or former players.

"It could be a volunteer, spectator, parent or just someone who enjoys the game," Groundwater said.

"Everyone is welcome."

Groundwater said the name Men of League was a bit misleading, since the group also welcomed women.

"Men of League is for anyone who enjoys the game," Groundwater said.

"Women are more than welcome to join.

"There are a lot of women in the organisation.

"We have a couple of women involved in our committee."

Groundwater wants more members because it puts money into the coffers to help people in need.

The Gympie chapter is planning to put on two major fundraisers for the year and plans to have about four informal get-togethers for members where a guest speaker would entertain.

Groundwater said one payment of $20 would secure membership forever.

"We will have a few informal get-togethers to promote friendship and fellowship in the Gympie league community," Groundwater said.

"We would just like everyone to get on board.

Anyone interested in joining Men of League can contact Ross Groundwater on 5482 5466 or any other committee member to collect an enrolment form.

Another option is to log onto the Men of League website and join online.

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