100 year Weekend
December 2nd – 4th 2016 Celebrating our Centenary 1916-2016
We extend an invitation to Members, Guests, Visitors and the Napier Community to commemorate our centenary year weekend in December 2016.
The Napier RSA was founded 100 years ago by local men who saw the need for an organisation to support and assist those soldiers returning from both Gallipoli and the European conflicts. Many were physically and mentally affected by the war and were finding it hard to re-adjust and fit into society. In 1916 they formed the Returned Soldiers Association a safe, understanding and social environment, far removed from the horrors of conflict. During the years changes were made to involve the wider community and is now known as a Returned and Service Association (RSA). Membership 100 years ago was limited to only Returned Servicemen and women, now in 2016 the Napier RSA doors are open to all forces personnel, their families and the entire community. Together we share remembrance, compassion & camaraderie as a legacy to the past and our tribute to the future. NZ RSAs are a proud part of the fabric of New Zealand society and demonstrate its motto “People helping people”. The Napier RSA has exceeded the visions of our founding members, and has produced exceptional result with the integrity of their founding objectives which remain as robust as they did in 1916.
We are one of the few RSAs celebrating a centenary, it is because of the ongoing support from members and our wider community which has bought us to this momentous occasion. We take this opportunity to thank all of our members for your continued support. We are proud to offer this centenary weekend, one that will be an event worthy of remembrance for the next 100 years.
Friday December 2nd 2016
9am 100 years Message board begins
Friday morning we will have message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust.
4.30pm Club Raffles
Friday night club raffles are very popular and it can often be hard to get in the queue fast enough to get your lucky numbers. There is a variety of raffles to select from and is a lot of fun for everyone – especially the winners!!!
5pm Tui Girls, greeting around clubrooms
Napier RSA has invited special guests; The Mangatainoka Tui Brewery Girls. They will be taking the opportunity to meet our members and absorb the atmosphere that our club has to offer. Photos and smiles will be a domino effect while meeting these lovely ladies.
6pm Live ODE
Because this is a “once in a hundred year” occasion we will be having the ODE performed live with all welcome to join in.
6.45pm Super Door Swindle
“Guaranteed $1000 cash”
A popular feature of the Friday night club raffles has been the door swindle. To enter the Super Door Swindle you will need to purchase a ticket $2 each or 3 for $5, each ticket puts you in the draw. Up to 10 draws are made. When a number is drawn the holder of the ticket will come up to the Raffles and pull a key from a bag with the hope that it will unlock the padlock. If the key pulled out doesn’t unlock the padlock you will still walk away with $50 cash and if you have more tickets you might get another chance. The first person to pull the right key that unlocks the padlock will win $1000 CASH
7pm Live Music on stage
Every Friday night the Napier RSA has offered entertainment, with live music the common. A special entertainment with Buckshot Billies and will be on stage live to entertain you.
Saturday December 3rd 2016
9am 100 year Message Board continues
Saturday morning we will continue the message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust.
10.30am Club Raffles
Saturday club raffles are just as popular as Friday night but with a different group of members. The queues fill faster and you may need to change your lucky number. These raffles are a lot of fun and offer a variety of prizes for everyone – particularly for those who pick the winning numbers.
2pm Club Reshuffle
From 2pm the Main Clubrooms will be having a facelift and will be closed to everyone. The Norfolk Lounge Restaurant will be remaining open for members to use. Non-ticket holders are able to purchase drinks and bar snacks in allocated area of the Norfolk Lounge Restaurant for the remainder of the evening.
Cocktail Dinner – 5pm
Napier RSA Clubrooms will be opened from 5pm to ticket holders. Tickets are $30 per person and will give entry to the Cocktail Dinner hosted by the Napier RSA for the commemoration of its Centenary.
This formal event includes dinner surrounded by cocktails, award presentations and live music. To mark this occasion the ODE will be performed live and followed by guest speakers.
Tickets price includes 3 course meal, complimentary drink on arrival and table wine throughout the evening. Tickets are limited, purchases must be made in the clubrooms bar, and no door sales will be available.
All non-ticket holders wanting to come to the club rooms will be redirected to the Norfolk Lounge where bar snacks will be available.
Sunday December 4th 2016
9am 100 year Message Board continues
Sunday morning we will continue the message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust. This will be the last day the message board will be available to leave messages. Messages will be collated with some going into a memorial book of the weekend that celebrated the Napier RSA trading for 100 years.
11am Greenmeadows Primary School performance
2 special concerts from Greenmeadows Primary School students, will be performed on the Napier RSA stage by the students beginning with a Kapa haka demonstration, followed by a ukulele show.
12noon Sunday Lunch BBQ
Napier RSA Committee members will be hosting a classic summer lunch providing a BBQ, gold coin donation going to the Napier RSA Welfare Trust
12.30pm Children’s Party
This special centenary weekend will be celebrated by all including our next generation. Providing a DJ to get the kids up dancing along with games for all the kids to enjoy. Special appearance from a magician and will have face painting available.