Port Lincoln RSL names patron after kitchen launch

Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch has named its first ever patron, who assisted with the installation of the RSL's new kitchen.

The RSL sub branch has named Peter Teakle as a patron after he provided equipment for the new kitchen constructed by Kym Clarke Constructions.

Sub branch president, Rev Peter Linn said this was in recognition of his generosity, which has included providing the bugler statue at Eyre Park and providing equipment for the kitchen including the stove, oven, grill, industrial dishwasher and stainless steel benches.

"It's a way of the RSL thanking Peter Teakle for his generosity and alsy a way of being able to use Peter's outstanding position in the community to support the RSL," he said.

The kitchen was officially opened at Miss Eyre Travel Venita Ellis' Schnitzel Night Tunarama fundraiser on Friday evening.

Builder Kym Clarke and Mr Teakle cut the ribbons to officially open the kitchen and were served the first meals.

Builder Kym Clarke approached Mr Teakle about supplying equipment for the kitchen, who was more than happy to supply them.

Mr Teakle said the equipment was left over from the renovation of Line and Label and it was an easy decision to provide it to the RSL.

He said RSL clubs were very important as they kept alive the memory of those who fought and those who died serving Australia.

"I get a little bit passionate and that is why I wear the feathers every day, to salute those who were not allowed to grow old," he said.

The new kitchen is a part of the RSL sub branch's focus of opening the club up to all people and groups in the community, which includes providing $20 social memberships for the wider community and providing meals every Friday.

Mr Clarke said he was happy to have once again supported the RSL through this project and hoped the younger generation got on board.

"I can't stress how important it is for the younger generation to keep the RSL going," he said.

Miss Ellis, who is raising money for the RSL as part of her Tunarama Ambassador Quest campaign, said the RSL was very close to her heart so to play a part of its focus on reaching out to the wider community was "phenomenal".