The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce October eNewsletter
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Welcome to the Hills & District Chamber of Commerce - a friendly and supportive business group bridging the Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton and surrounding districts. Established 1992, our Chamber is not-for-profit and is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
If you are involved in a business and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.

Christmas Party and Inaugural Awards Night Celebrations

The Chamber Christmas party and Inaugural Awards night was held last night. It was lovely to see so many of our fellow members there and be entertained by the amazing ladies from Hot Inspirations. Congratulations to everyone involved in organising the event and thank you to Rob Carmody chair of the Awards Committee.

The first award for Contribution to the Chamber and the Community was awarded to Kellie Pamic, CRUA Group. Congratulations Kellie and all of the nominees. Thank you to Matt Constance for your presentation of the award and to Moreton Bay Regional Council for your award sponsorship.

Joanne Harding-Smith, Maverick Travel was the recipient of the second award for Excellence in Customer Service. Congratulations Joanne and all of the nominees. Thank you to James Niven and the MBRIT + Regional Development Australia for your award sponsorship.

The last award for Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Donna Thistlethwaite, Career Vitality. Congratulations Donna and all of the nominees. Thank you to Brian Battersby for presenting the award (on behalf of Tim Mander) and to Tim Mander - State Member for Everton for your award sponsorship.

The efforts of these ladies within the chamber and local community have been recognised as are all of our nominees.

Merry Christmas to you all! ​

Supporting Local Schools and Community Groups

The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce have put their money where their mouth is and thrown financial support behind not one, but two deserving sections of the community this year. 
This month alone, the HDCC have awarded six $1000 Scholarships for local students entering Year 12 in 2017.  

Chamber President Ron Crump said the scholarships were a symbol of the investment the Chamber and local business wanted to make in young people across the district. 
"We believe education is the key to a successful career, and in order for young people to proposer, they need the community to gather around and mentor them," Mr Crump said. "We congratulate all the nominees and will continue to encourage young people to apply for a HDCC scholarship in 2018."
The recipients include:
  1. Ferny Grove State School Jordan Reimers
  2. Everton Park State School Hayley May Schafer
  3. Mitchelton State High School Dylan Barrett 
  4. Mitchelton State High School Kelly Cook
  5. Prince of Peace Jesse Walsh
  6. NYWAS Reserved (Private)
In addition to this set of donations, the chamber was also able to provide contributions to three local community groups owing to the success of the 2016 Big Breakfast held in September. Thie event raised approximately $9,000 towards local charities including
  1.  PCYC $4500 - this contribution will help cover the cost of running the wonderful "Deep Blue Line" program for 5 boys growing up without their fathers;
  2. Picabeen $2250 - this contribution with the approval of their committee, may be put toward purchasing a more permanent shade structure for their community play group;
  3. NWYAS $2250 - this contribution will fund the purchase of 13 Home Starter Packs that will enable the recipients who typically have very little of their own home and kitchenwares to begin the process of turning their houses into a home.
"We are thrilled to be part of such an amazing generous  and dynamic community and how we can continue to put out support behind these organisations," Mr Crump said. "Thanks to our members and colleagues, we can all make a positive difference in people's lives and in our community." ​


Ron Crump

Season's Greetings Everyone
As I reflect on the year that has passed by in a flash I am reminded of the good in our community. The media might have us believe otherwise. If one were to look at the achievements of our Chamber over the period, one would be quietly satisfied by the good deeds of so many and a gentle smile of solidarity, confidence and hope at the grass roots would emerge. You have “done good”. 

As Leonard Whittaker our Secretary is want to say (frequently), robust groups of people like us achieve on the backs of volunteers. And when the going gets a little challenging there are those among you that take on that little extra to add to the lot that you are already doing. Kellie Pamic and Mary Di Marco you just get things done and there are so many others just like you amongst our membership.

To the teams that drive our initiatives under the banners of:
  • PR and Social Activities
  • Membership
  • Awards
  • Commerce in Schools
  • Women and Business
  • Development and advocacy
  • The Big Breakfast
  • Administration, Treasury and Secretarial
  • Moreton Bay Regional Chambers of Commerce
To the supporters of our efforts:
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Regional Development Australia
  • Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism
  • Our very active elected representatives at all three levels
  • Quest Newspapers
Thank You. Ron

PS. I extend to you and your families the wishes of myself and my family that you all might enjoy the Festive Break and that 2017 deal you buckets of health, wealth and good memories. See you at the Christmas Drinks function.

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Kellie Pamic

By the time our Christmas Drinks & Awards night rolls around, the Chamber will have hosted 23 Events this year, made more than 20 official representations of the chamber at Community and Government events and have eight active Chamber Committees make exciting plans for 2017.  It has been a genuine delight to work with our executive and committees this year, we have so many dedicated and talented people lending their hand to contribute to the chamber, which continues to benefit us all.  So thank you to all of you who have helped (happily there are so many I couldn't list you all here!, you know who you are).  Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy Christmas with your family and friends.  Kellie


Leonard Whittaker

We had 42 in attendance at our November meeting. The Table Discussion on Great Ideas had everyone talking and contributing. Our Guest Speaker, John Moodie had everyone’s attention speaking on building resilience in business. Membership now stands at 94. The take a card and contact a member program continues to produce worthwhile outcomes for those making the effort.

30 Second Committee Chairperson reports were given by:

  •  Awards Committee - Rob Carmody
  • Big Breakfast Committee - Bruce Kimball
  • Commerce in Schools - Ron Crump
  • Development & Advocacy Committee - Ron Crump
  • Membership committee - Kent McDonald
  • PR & Social Activities Committee - Alisa Cork
  • Women & Business - Kellie Pamic

Business card draws were won by:

  • Carol Beckx,
  • Margaret Sims won the ‘Bring a Guest’ draw but unfortunately had no guest so misses out.

If anyone needs more chamber brochures just let me know.  Leonard


Chairperson | Scholarship Committee
Craig Cooper

Financial Position Statement at December 9 2016 

Cash in Bank -                       $11,875.95       
Scholarship Program 2015     - $   750.00
Scholarship Program 2016    - $ 5,000.00
Business Excellence Awards     - $ 250.00
Incorporation Fees                            ???
Balance                              $ 5,875.95
Merry Christmas to all our Members and Families and see you all in the New Year.  Craig

Public Relations

Executive Representative
Alisa Cork

The festive season is upon us and it is also a time to reflect on what we did well over the past year - both personally and professionally. Remember that a new year brings new opportunities for growth of the Chamber. I would like to welcome our new PR Committee members - Shane Prior, Margaret Sims and Jane Kirk, who each bring a wealth of experience in their fields and in communicating with others. Please share your thoughts with members of the Committee whenever you have the opportunity.

Lets all join forces to promote the Chamber whether its through a referral or an enquiry to a member or even just by liking or sharing our facebook page. By growing the Chamber, the local economy and community benefits, as do we.

I wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017.  Cheers, Alisa

Development & Advocacy

Executive Representative | James Niven

The Development & Advocacy Committee really started to get some movement in the back end of 2016 and here is a reflection on the year. Through the hardwork and dedication from Brian Battersby OAM and his efforts in connecting the Chamber with all levels of Government, we should now start to see representation at our monthly meetings and updates and information sharing from our Government representatives in 2017. We have also had Chris Hansen join the committee which was a welcome addition with his background in Government and his local knowledge and profile through Janelle and Chris’s business in Curves Mitchelton. The next step we have been waiting to implement is the Buy Local Campaign which will be delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) in partnership with the Chamber. This is important to us and will coincide with the Hills Festival which will run for the full month of May and will finish off with a bang through the Annual Hills Carnivale. We are looking forward to bringing you further details on this and all other initiatives for 2017.
We wish you a very safe & happy Christmas and Festive Season!   James

New Members

Executive Rep & VP | Joanne Harding-Smith

Hello fellow Chamber Members
On a personal note 2016 has been an interesting year. There's been some really tough times and some gloriously happy times. Both in my business and my personal life. At times it felt like I was copping it from all sides. At our last breakfast we had John Moodie present to us about resilience and for me, it couldn't have been more timely. Sometimes you have to go through the motions and soldier on. It's at these times I am grateful for my health and my boys. I am also grateful to our Chamber, in particular some members have really been there for me and made huge differences in my life. It's not what one thinks of when they join a Chamber of Commerce, it certainly wasn't on my mind when I joined 11 years ago. Yet I find myself here, in this very spot, feeling very grateful to our fellow local members who have come to mean so much to me. So to you all, I bid farewell to 2016 and I look forward to 2017 with enthusiasm, with you all by my side.
Kindest regards and best wishes to you and your families. Joanne

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