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 in1992, 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 community group and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.

Organising a Chamber Event?
You need our Smart New Chamber Pull Up Banners

Where do you get them?

A booking system is now in place for chamber member/s to access these banners for your function. Please contact Brian Battersby, email to check availability.

Now the Chamber is Incorporated, the banners have our updated Incorporated Logo.

Banners are numbered for easier identification:
  • Banner 1:  has the lower text in Black print
  • Banner 2:  has the lower text in Blue print
  • Banner 3:  is a copy of our 25-year Anniversary Poem
Have you seen our old banners? We just can’t locate them. Two of our older type are missing somewhere, so if you know where they are please contact Brian Battersby.


Ron Crump

Hi Everyone
Well our one big fund raiser for the year, our Big Breakfast for 2018, held on September the 12th was an outstanding success. Thanks go out to the many members and friends that contributed. Last year The Chamber took the courageous step to grow this event and we were rewarded. This year the Big Breakfast Committee built on the efforts of those that preceded and they did a sensational job.
I never cease to amaze at how events such as the Big Breakfast are able to mobilise so many and achieve so much on the back of volunteers. The same can be said for this Chamber which now boasts membership in excess of 150.
The Big Breakfast will gear up now for next year. A top line speaker who will draw attendance on the back of their achievements and experience needs to be engaged as soon as possible. We also need people to chair and make up an effective committee.
The role of Chair is a great opportunity for an individual to develop leadership and management skills. As an effective leader you will delegate, effectively communicate and coordinate effort. You will have a band of willing workers so the expectation is that you will engage them in what from my past experience is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Thanks to the work of previous fore sighted Chairs we now have templates and precedents in place.

Interestingly although the main aim of the event is to raise funds for our community there are so many other benefits coming back to the Chamber and they include an increased awareness of what we do, an increase and strengthening of key relationships within the immediate and wider community and an increase in membership.
Come on folks make contact and let’s get the party underway for 2019.
I once again ask you to support those sponsors that have supported this event. Many have done so over a number of years.
A way that you might do that is by nominating businesses or individuals for the many awards that are out there.
Councillor Matt Constance (MBRC) and Steve Butler (MBRIT) can give you some ideas on the upcoming Business Excellence Awards. He has also advised of the upcoming 2019 Australia Day Awards.
Then we have our own Christmas Function and Chamber Awards.
As usual the very organised Mary Di Marco informs me that now that the Big Breakfast is over she is wanting to gear up this important event. Mary needs 2-3 people to assist with the organising of the event and in processing nominations for the Chamber awards. Dates, costs and other details are on the Chamber web site.
These awards are out there to assist us in our businesses and in building strong safe and healthy communities. Get your thinking hats on and tell us about and nominate those champions.
Finally our Chamber is growing and achieving so much because you as individuals care and are prepared to volunteer your time and resources .In so doing you increase the value to yourself as a member and also to so many others.  Ron 
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Vice President

Jane Kirk

Some of the attributes most loved about special people are their kindness and sense of respect of others. They are natural magnets for our attention and don’t we love spending time around people like them? They ooze a natural safety net, a space that lets you feel heard and valued.

And that is what we aspire our Chamber to attract these attributes to flourish.

We’re people in business and community who want to personally and professionally connect and learn new things along the way. We’ve all got something of value to offer. And as part of a growing Chamber our governance is an important focus now to ensure the safety and integrity of members.

As part of this governance we now have a Code of Conduct. Please take a moment to read through and familiarise yourself with the code.  Warm regards, Jane


Leonard Whittaker

Our September breakfast attracted 59 Registrations with 13 Guests.   Unfortunately, 5 of those registered were unable to make it on the day.  We had 11 new members recognised.
Membership for the 2018/2019 now stands at 158 with 50 new members this year.
New Members since the August meeting were:
  • Andrew Bullas, Interactive Images and Displays
  • Julie Hicks, MBE Chermside
  • Terry Hicks, MBE Chermside
  • Sean O’Hagan, The Hills District Community Group
  • Madeleine Hicks, Madeleine Hicks Real Estate
  • Luke Cudmore, Cudmore Legal
  • Lauren Costanzo, Cudmore Legal
  • Tanya Cruice, Harry Harry Home
  • Mick Dwane, The Common Good
  • Michelle McKellar, Travelcard
  • Paula Brand, Small Business Expo
Key Community Chamber members and Guest Speakers were acknowledged. Table Member introductions were energetic and noise as usual. The Business card draw were won by:
  •  Chris Robinson, Samford Copy 
Updates were received from the Committee Chairs or their nominees:
  •  Advocacy Committee - Brian Battersby
  • Leah Hudson reported on the success of the Big Breakfast Committee
  • Jessica Ricketts reported for the PR Committee activities
  • Vicki Buchanan reported for  Women in Business and Business Development Committees
No reports were received from Commerce in Schools, Membership and the Awards Committee’s. The Treasurer's report was presented.
Our member Speaker, Michelle O’Hara gave a lively presentation on the need to commit to a Marketing Plan.
Our table topic centred around the cost of a new client.  Plenty of discussion was had at each of the tables.
Visitors were invited to introduce themselves. Time was allocated for several shout outs.

The meeting closed a little after 8:35am

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 report for September 2018. The bank balance at 30 September was $37,526.61.


PR Committee

Chairperson | Vicki Yen

Hello all
So you’ve been thinking of joining the Members Facebook page but just never got around to it?

No more excuses!

Just follow this Easy Video Guide Jessica Ricketts from JR Media has put together. Thanks Jess.

Here is a video tutorial on how to join the Group. 
Step 1:  View the Tutorial

Step 2:  Do what Jess tells you...
To find the site, go to:  Facebook/ Hills & Districts Chamber Members
Building Communication Bridges | Committees and PR Team Connecting

We’ve been checking in with our committees and starting the liaison, connection and resource-building process. 

Here’s the news so far:

Shirlee Green caught up with the:

Big Breakfast Committee as they reviewed their premium fund-raiser project for the Chamber:  After the success of the Big Breakfast this year, we’re really looking forward to next years’ plans.

Image: Vicki Yen Photo

The Women in Business Committee team enjoyed a well-attended lunch at Samford. Creating an event that appeals.

Lots of new faces, and guests of members. All looking forward to the next lunch and discussions about plans for next year.

Molly Brumm was very excited about having a photographer as a guest for lunch – and the great photo of the group Shirlee provided.

 Image: Shirlee Green, Green Shots Photography

Jessica Ricketts met with the:

Advocacy Committee and discussed how the PR committee can better serve this passionate team. They are a very dedicated committee and enjoyed learning about all that they do to support the Chamber.  

Commerce in Schools Committee: Peter Kenyon and Eva Porter are investigating the way the committee approaches commerce in schools. There’s lots of interesting themes including grant money and budgets.

Vicki Yen met with the:

Membership Committee:
  • So many ideas about enhancing the quality of experience for members, and identifying some simple structures to support that.
  • No wonder they are keen to have some new members.
  • Why not join them?
Meet the Candidates Committee (Federal Election)
  • Communication liaison is a big thing here! 2 electorates, up to 11 candidates expected, date unknown, the committee members are seeking to provide a useful and unique way to support the democratic process, and enhance individual voters access to information of value.
  • No small challenge, but a very enthusiastic and creative team says: Challenge Accepted!
For the other committees: talk soon.
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