As I reflect on the global atrocities of recent times, I never ceases to amaze at the wonderful and constructive contributions that individuals within a community make to the welfare of that community.
This month in particular has seen me exposed to a number of people who simply “just do”. I received a phone call from Life Member Brian Battersby (retired?) expressing his interest in joining with others to advance the relationships that the Chamber has with our elected representatives at all levels. The aim being to achieve representation which is better informed in the interest of our members. Then there was the call to meet with recently elected Councillor Matt Constance. He too wants to support the Chamber and by so doing support his constituents. Kellie Pamic and I met with Matt and discussed a number of initiatives surrounding the welcoming presentation of our district and the Hills Carnivale.
Recently Kelly and I attended the joint RDA and MBRIT Inspiring People event at which former PM The Hon. John Howard spoke. He continues to take an active interest in national and global matters. His messages:
- Stand for something
- Trust instinct even if against “the evidence”
- Build Trusting and Enduring Relationships with key supporters (Downer and Costello)
- Making mistakes is acceptable but get the “big things right”.
Although Andrew Quain (RDA) and Shane Newcombe (MBRIT) and their respective teams (Including our own James Niven) are employed to fill the roles they do these people are doing over and above and for that I say thank you on your behalf.
At that event we met so many “community volunteers” and so it was that I bumped into another of our own. Steve Wakerley PCYC has just returned from what some might describe as a good break. He shared with me his fund raising adventure with the Variety Club. The event ran from Charleville through the Simpson Desert finishing in The Barossa valley. If you are interested Channel 7’s Creek to Coast covered the event and Steve gets to feature once or twice? I believe that there will be a repeat next Saturday on 7Two.
Lastly there are so many people working for your Chamber who “just do”. Thank you to all of you and in particular our Secretary Len Whittaker.