The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce December 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 or not-for-profit and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.

and the Winners are.....

Thank you to everyone for joining us in celebrating a wonderful year last night. It is with pleasure to announce the winners of the inaugural Chamber Awards are:
Entrepreneur Award | Kellie Pamic, Money Chief | Sponsored by Tim Mander - MP for Everton
Customer Service Award | Paul Bird, Classy Cars & SAAB Automotive | Sponsored by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism
Contribution to the Community Award | Mary Di Marco | Sponsored by Cr. Matt Constance - Moreton Bay Regional Council
Leap of Faith Award | Gary Somerville, TMOT Bookkeeping & Admin Services | Sponsored by Lindy Conyard, Rainbow Atma
Hidden Treasure Award | Alisa Cork, Limelight PR | Sponsored by Peter Dutton - MP for Dickson
Congratulations to you all! Thank you to all of the nominees for your outstanding contributions and achievements throughout the year.

It's a Wrap

At our last breakfast for the year we wrapped up a fantastically successful year of passionate contributions by our Chamber members. Thank you to everyone who contributes in any way to the organisation. We do what we do because of our members.

Member highlights


Ron Crump

The year is fast drawing to a close and brings with it a host of great memories for those of us who are members of the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce.
The excitement, energy, learning, sharing and contribution are high and the noise and laughter emanating from our gatherings is just something else.
Breakfast Meeting attendances and membership are at all time highs. This year events such as the Big Breakfast, Meet the Candidates, Member Showcases and Commerce in Schools have made quality contributions the likes of which we have not previously enjoyed. Likewise those involved in organising Events, Women in Business, Awards, Health and Membership are raising the bar in terms of their innovation and contribution to the Chamber and our wider community.
There are so many people willingly doing so much and there are many of you doing so much extra. I would like to name you and thank you individually, however for many that may be an embarrassment because you just do what you do without any expectation. Thank you so much.
Behind the scenes you have a champion Executive Management Team who work well together. As I mentioned last month it is time for others to step up and share the responsibility for ensuring that what has been commenced over the last few years grows stronger into the future. A big thank you to the great work of the PR and Marketing Committee for continuing to actively promote our Chamber and our events.
We now look to our final event for the year as we celebrate special people within the Chamber who have achieved in their own right and as we join together to celebrate the Festive Season. At that event please take the time to find those members that you know have done a lot for you, the community and the Chamber and pass on your special acknowledgement. This won’t be difficult as they will in all probability be standing there right beside you.
In closing please accept my very best wishes for health, wealth and happiness in 2018 and beyond.   Ron
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Kellie Pamic

What a year it has been! Thanks to the commitment of the executive, our committees and all of our members, the chamber continued its growth and contribution in 2017. We have held 30 Events, increased our membership, strengthened our community connections and hopefully created a stronger base on which to build our future.

There are so many people who have made a significant contribution to our community via the Chamber this year that I don't have space to even list them all here, what a quality problem! So thank you to each and every one of you who have gifted your time, experience and grace when needed to the benefit of the chamber and the wider community. We are all volunteers and should be very proud of what has been achieved and feel very excited about the year ahead. May this Christmas be a fitting ending to a successful year for you. May the New Year bring fresh hopes and bright beginnings.  Kellie


Leonard Whittaker

We had 70 registered with 68 in attendance at our 28 November breakfast meeting.  We had 7 new members recognised and Guests totaled 9. Membership now stands at 132 with 50 new members this year.

New Members for the last month were:
  • Bradley Butten, Professionals Priority
  • Melissa Ryan, Inclusive Volunteering Ltd
  • Dean Parham, Allcoasts Insurance Group
  • Molly Brumm, Conscious Heart Kinesiology
  • Stuart Booker, Retired
  • Lynette Finch, Xra Mile Tuition Strategies
  • Cr Andrew Wines, Brisbane City Council
Member introductions at the tables kept everyone taking. Business card draws were won by:
  • Kent McDonald. K2 Wealth
  • Vicki McClifty, AM Healing my Soul guest of John Sinnamon won the bring a guest draw
 Committee reports were delivered by:
  • Advocacy Committee (Incorporating Meet the candidates) - Brian Battersby
  • Awards Committee - Rob Carmody
  • Big Breakfast Committee - Mary Di Marco
  • Business Development Committee - No report given
  • Commerce in Schools - Kylie Carmody
  • Events & Development Committee  - Mandy Bell
  • Health & Wellness Committee - Kylie Carmody
  • Membership committee - Kent McDonald
  • PR Committee -  Alisa Cork
  • Women & Business - Janie Grant 
Treasurer’s report given by Stuart Jaeschke.
A Special Christmas and Awards presentation was given to encourage all to vote for the awards and to register for the Christmas event.
Our Table topics and Presentations times were allocated to discussions on the Chambers successes this year and the learning from them that can be used in our own businesses. A lively discussion was enjoyed by all.
After the Presentation, time was given to introductions from New Members and First time guests.
It was an energetic meeting with time demanded from the floor for several Shout Outs which ran our meeting uncommonly overtime.

If you are bringing guests please advise their details so that we can welcome them appropriately. Please email Leonard Whittaker at

If you would like to view the minutes for any of our past meetings or Chamber other records contact Leonard Whittaker at  Leonard


Stuart Jaeschke

Financial Position Statement at 30 November 2017


Cash in Bank $15,323.35
Income Expected  
Awards Sponsorships $1,000.00
Scholarship Program 2017/18 -$4,000.00
Business Excellence Awards -$500.00
Meet the Candidates Surplus -$135.00
New Website Costs -$1,000.00
Balance $10,688.35


Public Relations Committee

Chairperson | Alisa Cork

What a productive and successful year we have had! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to raising the profile of the Chamber whether it was through organising or attending a meeting or event, being part of the executive or a committee, hosting a showcase or coming up with ideas .. everyone of you has contributed something meaningful which has helped others to recognise our work within the district's social and business communities. Keep talking about us, liking and sharing our activities on social media and turning up to support the Chamber - it's yours and it's all about your business and how we can continue to find ways to work together. Please follow the Hills & Districts Chamber page on Facebook and LinkedIn and feel free to share. All the best to you and yours for a wonderful Christmas and a happy and successful 2018.  Alisa

Big Breakfast Committee

Chairperson | Mary Di Marco

After a successful 2017 Big Breakfast and following on from two other Big Breakfast events under the direction of Bruce Kimball from whom I learnt much, I have decided it is time to pass the mantle for the 2018 Chairperson onto two Chamber Members.
Leah Hudson and Trent Cornford will be the co-chairs for the 2018 Big Breakfast committee.
I want to thank everyone who was involved in the 2017 Committee for their wonderful efforts and also to Bruce who at the last minute put together the runsheet for the morning. 
I would highly recommend to every chamber member that they give serious consideration to running for a position either on a  committee or to serve on the  executive, it is both a rewarding and challenging experience.
Thank you again to everyone for their support and assistance for the 2017 Big Breakfast event and I am sure the 2018 event will be even bigger.  Mary

Business Development Committee

Chairperson | Sheldon Morey

The objective of the committee is to improve the level of business “education” of HDCC members. “Education” is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.

To facilitate the program, we have initiated a LinkedIn “group” to coordinate collective knowledge.

Following a recent discussion, the PR Committee has a LinkedIn Business page for the chamber to enable further education. The “education” program content will be shared through the chambers LinkedIn business and the Facebook group. Topics will be categorized under these topics:

  1. Around the Office: helpful hints for office processes;
  2. Communications: how information flows;
  3. Book Worm Corner: Reviewed Reference and Readings;
  4. You Can’t Ask That: Peer to Peer questions and answers;
  5. Almost Home Alone: Strategies for a 1 or 2 person office

The Business Development committee will coordinate information distribution with the PR committee to share information on “education” programs.  Sheldon

Commerce in Schools

Chairperson | Kylie Carmody


It was great to Congratulate Scholarship recipient, Haylee Smith from Everton Park State High School. Wishing Haylee every success as she heads into her final year of schooling in 2018.

The culmination of the Shark Tank project at Prince of Peace saw the final presentations from the students, including their own styles of flair and personality added. Our Sharks have offered to further mentor 2 of the groups should they choose to advance their products further. Thank You to all the students who participated and to teacher, Cathy Walsh for the original idea.  We have really enjoyed collaborating with you.
Thank You to the Sharks, our Chamber Members for the giving of your time, advice, listening and going the extra mile.



I recently attended the Prince of Peace Thanksgiving Service. A wonderful evening of celebration and warmth. Also lovely to meet Stephanie Bleckwehl and her family, this year’s scholarship recipient.

Kelly Cook is pictured here with her family at the recent Mitchelton State High School Awards evening. Kelly was last year’s scholarship recipient and has gone on to achieve wonderful outcomes in her final year of high school, including being awards Dux of the School. Congratulations to Kelly who now heads off to Uni to study exercise physiology.

Thank You to Tim Mander for the coffee and chat about the Chamber Commerce in Schools Program.  We look forward to collaborating in 2018. 

Finally, A warm and heartfelt appreciation to our Commerce in Schools Committee.  Without the generosity of the Committee, none of these collaborations and projects would be possible. Thank You.   Kylie

Development Committee

Acting Chairperson | Mandy Bell

What an amazing year we have had in the events committee. All events have been well received and we have had some high numbers attend. Our breakfasts continue to grow and evolve and I think next year we will have some fantastic speakers. Our social drinks were a success and as indicated we will carry on with this event in the new year. Please let us know if you have any ideas for future events.
I hope that everyone has a great break and see you all in the new year !!!!  Mandy

Health & Wellness

Chairperson | Kylie Carmody

Keep your eye on the Facebook page for 2018 events, commencing with Bonnie’s yoga classes in January. Once again we are centred around delivering events in line with the Health & Wellness objectives, coupled together with the feedback received from the Health & Wellness survey. 

Due to the unsettled weather earlier this week, walking group was cancelled. We will look to resume these in 2018, especially given the original concept of Health and Wellness was actually born from the idea of a walking group!!

Thank You to Justin from Sweatmonkey for the chats earlier this week about advancing the walking group concept further…Best mark 1 Sept 2018 in your diary for those who love a great walk and connecting with nature in the outdoors. More info to come.

Whilst we are a newly formed group, I would like to extend a special Thanks to the Committee and indeed everyone who has contributed to the group. We’re looking forward to educating and empowering your lifestyle choices.

In case you missed the xmas cake recipe at the Chamber meeting recently, here is the link for you…it’s delicious!! Makes great xmas gifts when baked as cupcake versions too, Enjoy :)
Wishing everyone Health & Happiness for the festive season.  Kylie

Meet the Candidates Committee

Chairperson | Brian Battersby

Our Chamber can be proud that it hosted a very successful pre-state election Meet the Candidates forum, for both seats of Everton and Ferny Grove on the evening of 20th Nov 2017 at Arana Leagues Club.
Overall, we had 120 attendees and the success is attributed to 5 key areas. Firstly, the huge effort by the 8-member committee who had only 24 days to pull together the final arrangements. Secondly, the Moderator and a local resident and Media Personality Ian Skippen who did an outstanding job mixed with humour. Thirdly, the quality of the 6 attending candidates to be able to express their aspirations in a community spirited forum and during replies to questions. Fourth, was the mix and diversity of the audience of which many actively asking questions, but all blended in an atmosphere of community co-operation. Then, fifth was the Arana Leagues Club for their great help.
Because the election announcement gave only 28 days ahead to election day, it was a rush, but a great effort via our media committee, facebook, word of mouth, the chamber members to spread the word and one snippet only in the North-West News.
A good outcome was that all 6 candidates, Mark Furner, Nick Elston, Elizabeth World in Ferny Grove seat, then in Everton seat, Tim Mander, David Greene and Bridget Clinch were asked to consider a financial donation to the Chamber for the event costs and all 6 did. The result was a near balance with a surplus of $135, to be donated to a charity.
As Chair of this Committee, I wish to personally thank the organising committee of, Kellie Pamic, Alisa Cork, Melissa Demarco, Lynette Finch, Chris Hansen, Richard Froehlich and Stuart Booker, as its success is also from their efforts.
Looking ahead for future Elections I would be happy to assist the Chamber again as I strongly feel this community forum fits well into our Chamber Mission Statement.  Brian

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