We sent 2016 out with a great Christmas Function and the first ever Chamber Awards presentation. What a roll up and what a superb evening with lots of laughs and good times. Thank you to the workers/organisers of both the evening and the awards.
The New Year has commenced with a high level of energy and contribution from so many. A number of new faces have stepped up to take on key roles and I welcome Jane Kirk (Communications & PR), Mandy Bell (Women and Business), Dianne Krome (Commerce in Schools) and Mary Di Marco (The Big Breakfast). Thank you.
Thank you also to all the people who have done so much to build this Chamber and who are standing aside yet remain in a mentoring capacity.
It is interesting to note that many chambers in the region do not meet in January. We had 40 registered for breakfast and the numbers would have been way better had it not clashed with back to school.
The highlight of the breakfast for me was the number of “shout outs” that were absolute endorsements of the genuine nature of the goods and services provided by other members.
Kellie Pamic and Len Whittaker led an initiative to elicit from those attending the breakfast thoughts on what we might do or consider in terms of making the Chamber even more relevant to you. Kellie has collated the information and we will commence work with the suggestions at our next management meeting.
As a direction for the Chamber this year we are keen to help you “Grow Your Business” and one initiative that we believe will assist in this regard is to increase our membership base. As you know our strength and achievements to date are on the back of so many offering and doing so much.
Wherever you can, please consider this aim and invite guests along to see what we are about with the expectation that they will ultimately become active members. We are just shy of 100 members at the moment and it would be wonderful to reflect this time next year on an active and vibrant membership of around 200.
Finally as I reflected on 2016, it was really quite personally rewarding to see how so many of you, within the Chamber, have grown in skill, courage and putting yourself “out there”. Enjoy, Ron