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MARCH 2016


Chamber Update

Hello everyone
I have had the privilege this month of representing the Chamber at the Queensland Government’s Youth Strategy Forum event recently held at the PCYC. Our focus was on the views and priorities of young people who are involved in the Australian Defence Force community. As usual I learned a great deal about the responsibility that we as members of the business community have to our wider community, outside of making a decent living for our families.

Our young people coming on were asked to think about their needs down the track and it was so difficult for them yet to their credit they contributed to discussions in many constructive and honest ways. 

Subsequently I met with Maj. Graham Palmer, the Brigade Welfare Officer from Enoggera. The meeting was arranged by one of our members who have a real caring focus for our returned service men and women and for their families who are affected by the trauma of their assignments. I had no idea of the size of the challenge.

People, there is so much good going on in our community at a grass roots level and there are so many outstanding people going about doing good things that we never hear about. Maj. Palmer mentioned that one of the difficulties that he needs to address from time to time is the need for employment for the families of service people.

On your behalf, I have extended an invitation to Maj. Palmer to meet the members of the Chamber. In the event that he has family members needing employment I have offered him the opportunity of advising the Chamber so that we might look at whether there is anything constructive that we might do. Thank you to all the people that have helped in the running of the Chamber.

Lastly, congratulations on our largest ever breakfast gathering in February and also on the fact that membership now exceeds 100.    Ron

Vice President

 Kellie Pamic

We would like to hear more about you and your businesses. The planning for breakfast member presentation spots for the second half of the year is happening now.  Let me know if you would like to do a presentation so we can get it booked in!  

If you drew a business card from the bowl at our last breakfast please don't forget to make those coffee appointments, it is a great way to learn more about each other and our businesses.    Kellie

Many of our members supported the MBRIT event last month at Woody Point Hotel where Franchisee success story Janine Allison told her story. It was an excellent event and we look forward to more in the future. More photos on our Facebook page ...

Leonard Whittaker

At the February breakfast meeting we welcomed 5 new members and had 12 guests. The table discussion was: We don’t know what we don’t know - what is the most important HR lesson you have learnt? Much discussion ensued.

Due to time constraints we were not able to have a Member Speaker. The Guest Speaker was Ian Alcock from HR4U who spoke on The Conversation Games People Play.
Our free breakfast draw was won by Wendy Belham from Allied Immigration Services. Attendance of 60 booked seats was a record with actual attendance of 57.
Remember: Membership renewals are now due.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Unfortunately we have a breakfast cost rise so from 1 May 2016 the early bird price will rise to $25.00    Leonard

Membership renewals are now due.


Chairperson | Scholarship Committee Craig Cooper

The Hills District Chamber of Commerce currently holds a strong financial position, as evident below:-

Current Bank Balance                  $ 11,411.58
Scholarships                               $   3,000.00

Net Balance -                              $   8,411.58

Many thanks to those members who have already renewed for the year, friendly reminder for those who are yet to renew, memberships are now due.
Due to an increase in the breakfast package charged by Arana Leagues Club, the Hills and District Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast will increase to $25.00 on 1 May 2016.    Craig

Public Relations 

Executive Representative
Alisa Cork

Over the past year, the Hills & Districts Chamber has had a little bit of a makeover with some changes to the breakfast meetings and an injection of new contributors and events. I think everyone would agree that if we keep moving with the times, we will continue to be a stable constant in the area and continually relevant to our members and to the wider business community.
Keep an eye out for a logo refresh in the near future. All will be revealed very soon!  In the meantime, please forward this newsletter to others and email me with your ideas about promoting the Chamber.    Alisa

Big Breakfast 

Chairperson | Big Breakfast Committee
Bruce Kimball

Approximately $20,000 has previously been directed to local charities and agencies supporting our community from the profits of recent Big Breakfast events. Chamber members are invited to put forward recommendations to the Committee for disbursements of funds raised from this year’s event.

Come and join the discussion and get to know your Chamber members in a casual and informal setting. Phone me for more information on upcoming committee meetings  0421 449 924. Bruce 

Ron Crump | President

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 on 28 July 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 District or surrounds, why not register for the next meeting on 26 April - new members and visitors are always welcome.
Upcoming Events
13/04 Women in Business 'Generating new business' lunch
26/04 April Members' Breakfast
April Big Breakfast Committee Meeting TBA
Become a member

New Members

Executive Representative & VP
| Joanne Harding-Smith

Hello! Our membership committee will be contacting all our new members shortly to ask the following:

What do you think of the group?  Have you had the chance to contact any members and do any business in the room?  Also, we’d welcome any feedback that we can share with the executive committee. 

If you’re not a new member however you have ideas on how we can make them (& yourselves) welcome please email me Joanne

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