THE Leeton Soldiers Club has produced its best financial result in more than two-and-a-half decades.
The club has recorded its best trading profit of $441,940 for the 2018-19 financial year, which is its best result since 1993.
The trading profit has been the result of many years of hard work from club staff and its board, who put measures in place to ensure the facility could claw its way out of a mountain of debt in 2012.
That debt pressure meant the club was close to closing its doors, but the blood, sweat and tears appears to now be worth it.
Leeton Soldiers Club secretary-manager Adam McIntyre was pleased with the financial result, but said the organisation continued to walk a fine line on the tightrope of business.
"It is fantastic news for our club, our staff and the board," he said. "To get to this point has been a lot of hard work for everyone.
"It's a path we obviously want to continue on, while ensuring we're continuing to build on what our patrons want and also getting stuck into some much-needed work at the club that will bring the building up to code in many areas."
The club has completed the re-roofing of its auditorium, which was a costly, but necessary exercise.
Other improvements are also in the works, with the club also working to build up its function capacity.
"There have been a lot of combinations that have gone into the club turning its trade around," Mr McIntyre said.
"We certainly need to still work very hard to maintain and build on our position.
"Our staff are key drivers for us and we've got a progressive board. We've worked very hard on the corporate governance side of things and we've got a strategic plan in place.
"The support of the town has been fantastic. We've given them a product they feel comfortable using and they are coming back and using it more often."
During the 2018-19 financial year the club also delivered a 9.86 per cent increase in total sales, with its catering department producing a 12.14 per cent increase in turnover and profitability.
In sad news, the club's longest-serving president Les Bonham passed away in March.
Mr Bonham served as president from 1990 until 2010. He was also a director for 31 years, an avid bowler at the club and Mr McIntyre said his presence continued to be missed.
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