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April 2016

Chamber Update

Hello Everyone
Earlier this month Kellie Pamic and I attended the second gathering of all the Chambers of Commerce in the Moreton Bay Region.  It was rewarding as this gathering was brought together and hosted by MBRIT and RDA as a consequence of a suggestion made by our Chamber.
As we took reports on the activities of other chambers and from RDA, MBRIT, CCIQ and MBRC it became clear that we in the Hills District are a distance away from the growth areas around North Lakes that are claiming the efforts and focus of these very same bodies.
This is not a criticism it is simply the way things work. It sends us a message though to make sure that we “The Hills” are front of mind.
Interestingly the Chambers in these areas are quite small relative to ourselves. Read more here   Ron

Vice President

Kellie Pamic

The April Women & Business Lunch was a success with lots of sharing around how to generate new business. Thanks to the panel and our our fearless Committee Chairperson Mandy Bell who came in to host and run the event even though she was on holidays!! See some of our photos on Facebook and also below.
Please take the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed constitution before the upcoming AGM. The only change/update since the last link is in Section 10.5 Associate Members to address reciprocal membership between local chambers. View the document here  Kellie


Leonard Whittaker

At the March breakfast meeting we welcomed our scholarship recipients Tiana Constance, Jeremy Everett & James Mahon. The table discussion was: What’s the greatest piece of advice a parent or mentor has given you? Much discussion ensued.

Our member presentation was from Donna Thistlethwaite who engaged us on issues surrounding 'Workplace Flexibility'.

Our Free Breakfast draw was won by Joke Chadwick.  Attendance of 50 booked seats was a good turnout being our second event in March.

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

Reminder:  Membership renewals are now due


Chairperson | Scholarship Committee Craig Cooper

The Chamber continues to maintain a strong financial base as we enter the last few weeks of the financial year, as evident in the table below:-

Cash in Bank             $ 11,936.91
Scholarships            - $ 2,307.38 

Net Balance -            $  9,629.53  

There are some Members and Guests who still owe money for previous functions they attended. If you haven't yet paid, please do so ASAP. If you are unsure if you have paid or not see myself or Leonard and we can confirm. Those who haven't paid by the end 10th of May will be receiving a friendly phone reminder.

Commerce in Schools Committee will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 27th April. Those members who would like to input or would like to attend, please see Lenny Muthiah or myself at the Breakfast on Tuesday. It is a great way for local business owners to build a relationship with local schools and their students to help educate them on the importance of working locally to build a stronger community. Craig

Public Relations 

Executive Representative
Alisa Cork

We all have business colleagues within the area who we know could benefit from the networking opportunities offered by being involved in the Chamber of Commerce. In many instances, people think that being a member will take up much of their time and don't realise that a couple of hours spent each month at a meeting or lunch could mean the difference between meeting that one person who could introduce them to their next big client or business opportunity. 
Encourage others to join, bring them along for breakfast as your guest and let's show others the dynamic people who make up this Chamber.
In the meantime, please forward this newsletter to those who might be looking for the chance to hear what other business people are doing in the Hills & Districts. Feel free to email me with your ideas about how we can spread the Chamber's message. Don't forget to keep an eye out our Facebook page for information and local business news.  Alisa

Big Breakfast 

Chairperson | Big Breakfast Committee
Bruce Kimball

2016 BIG BREAKFAST - Sponsorship opportunity

We would like to offer members the opportunity to be a sponsor of the 2016 Big Breakfast event. The following sponsor categories are available:  
Platinum sponsorship including Naming Rights for the event ($5,000)
Silver sponsorship – names in promotional material and photo opportunities for staff or others, and having information on the day ($3,000)
Bronze sponsorship ($750)
Contact Mary Di Marco on 0438 054 337 for details.

Prize Donations  We’re putting a call out to members for prize donations to be raffled at this year’s Big Breakfast event. Contact Donna Thistlewaite on 0419 120 601 regarding collection arrangements.  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
26/04 April Members' Breakfast **Early bird pricing closes Friday due to ANZAC day public holiday**
Big Breakfast Committee Meeting TBA
Become a member

New Members

Executive Representative & VP
| Joanne Harding-Smith

Hello fellow chamber members

Please join me in welcoming some new members to our chambers - including the return of some previous members or changes within their organisations:

Vanessa Jennison - JFT Rentals;
Samantha Hanrahan - Local Online Marketing;
Mandy Bell - Bendigo Bank;
Mark Pimm - Reno Revivals;
Michelle Keeffe - Speed of Life Coaching;
Luch Pamic - CRUA Group.

See you at the next meeting.. Joanne

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