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On the 19th April 1964 at a special meeting of the Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch they established the RSL Memorial Club in the Nelson Bay with a nucleus of 200 members.The Club operated from the current site from 1966 and in 1982, the Memorial Club expressed the wish to purchase the premises from the RSL Sub-Branch. Negotiations were finalised in January 1986 and the Club was then owned by the members.With various stakeholders over the ensuing years the Club has grown to be a substantial business in the Port Stephens employing locals and giving back to the local community.In 2008, after completing substantial renovations, the Board of the Club asked for amalgamation due to the rising cost of debt. Western Suburbs (N’cle) Leagues Club formulated a plan to turn the business around and develop this substantial resource for the community.With another round of renovations the Club provides outstanding features and the future is looking bright. Entertainment is provided each weekend, Club regular offerings including bingo, housie and raffles are drawing daily crowds to the venue. The function facilities are the largest on the Port Stephens peninsular.
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