Chittering Chamber of Commerce’s 2017- 2018 committee has four fresh new faces, following the Election of Office Bearers at their annual general meeting last week.
A very enjoyable, dinner was capably overseen by Chamber President, Trish Murrell, at the Lower Chittering Hall with over 60 people in attendance.
After welcoming dignitaries – including the Chittering Chamber of Commerce’s very first President, Phill Humphrey – and other attendees, Trish highlighted the Chamber’s upcoming events. These include hosting the Wheatbelt Excellence Awards Dinner, attending a regional Chamber and Business Group forum and supporting the Northern Valleys Agribusiness’s next event which focusses on collaboration and cooperation. The Election of Office Bearers, resulted
in a ‘full house’ of eleven for the incoming committee:
PRESIDENT: Trish Murrell
VICE PRESIDENT: Joc Dwyer
SECRETARY: Julie Drummond (new)
TREASURER: Nadine Marshall
COMMITTEE: Gina Sanderson (new), Rachel
Sheehan (new), Amy McAuliffe, Karen Dore,
Tamieka Preston, Mark Coonan and
Heather Salter (new)
The Chamber uncovered a local jewel in resident Sue Clarke who has lived on nine acres in Rosa Park for the past 3 years. Sue, our very own Australian Survivor participant, was one of the speakers for the evening. There were smiles throughout the room as Sue spoke about her November 2015 (as a fifty-nine year old “Armchair Survivor Specialist” with her leg in a cast!) application (along with 15,000 other hopefuls) for Australian Survivor. Sue was successful and spent sixty five days in Samoa with twenty three other contestants. She is proud to have reached the top 10, whilst enjoying bonding with her tribe and taking some time out. Her passion now is her role as Ambassador for “Act for Kids”. The final formality of the evening was a positive one, with $225 being raised for “Act for Kids” through a raffle held during the evening. The Chamber swear there was no funny stuff going on when Heather Salter’s name was drawn for the second prize (a beautiful local produce basket) and then Trish Murrell for first prize (an amazing piece of Chittering Acres artwork). The Chittering Chamber of Commerce “Fairest & Best Award – recognising community contribution” gave members present the opportunity to vote for other members. The top four nominees were: Northern Valleys News, Bindoon Bakehaus, Northern Valleys Tax and the Shire of Chittering. Fairest & Best Award winner, Bindoon
Bakehaus (represented by owners Anne Maree Hagge and Leanne Phillipson), graciously received the $500 cheque from local Bendigo Bank Manager, before demonstrating why there were the winners… by donating the cheque to “Act for Kids”.