LANCE Boswell is stepping down as general manager of The Albury Club, having transformed the organisation.
The Kiewa Street venue was started by businessmen and graziers as a gentleman’s club in 1875.
When Mr Boswell took over as general manager nine years ago, the club was in debt and had about 320 members.
When he leaves next month, it will have $150,000 in the bank and more than 500 members.
“It’s grown a lot and there are a lot more facilities for members,” he said.
“It’s been opened up to more people, especially with functions.
“The weddings have grown; when I started there were probably seven or eight a year, now there’s about 22 or 23 each year.
“It’s become well known as an excellent function centre.
“It’s become very popular.”
Mr Boswell will be replaced by Stephen Wood on July 7.
Mr Wood said there was a fine balancing act between sticking to the traditions and history of the club and moving forward.
“If these things happen through evolution rather than revolution they tend to work,” he said.
“I think our members in the club understand that and they would like the club to continue to be viable.
“I think we need to proceed in an incremental manner, rather than trying to change the culture of what is a very, very traditional club which is also a very important part of Albury.
“There is no way that we can lose or dilute that tradition.”
Mr Wood said it was important people knew the club was open to the community.
President Peter Atkins praised Mr Boswell for his achievements.
“He’s driven the place really well and he’s taken us to the next level,” he said.
Mr Boswell, who was recently made an honorary member of the club, plans to spend more time with his family.