October General Meeting Minutes
11 October 2017
Held at Harrington Grove Country Club
The meeting was opened at 6.33pm.
1) President’s Welcome and Report – Maria Sapienza, President
Maria welcomed members and guests. Life members, current sponsors and board members were also acknowledged.
Maria advised that she and other executive members attended the World Chamber Congress.
Maria thanked Pearl Studios for providing a photo booth for attendees to have photos taken with guest speaker, Beau Ryan.
2) What’s Happening in Macarthur? – Brett McGrath, VP Communications
18/10/17: Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce meeting
27/10/17: Light the Night
4/11/17: Fisher’s Ghost Street Fair
7/11/17: Melbourne Cup event, Harrington Grove
8/11/17: Greater Narellan Business Chamber meeting
11/11/17: Christmas in Narellan
12/11/17: Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run
24/11/17: Camden Community Connections 30 Year Anniversary Dinner
3) Minutes of Previous Meeting – Pania Gregson, Secretary
Pania advised the minutes from the previous meeting held on 18 September 2017, and all future meetings, will be available on the new website. The minutes were moved by Brett McGrath and seconded by Geoff Rogers.
4) Treasurer’s Report – Geoff Rogers, Treasurer
Geoff presented the Treasurer’s Report as at 30 September 2017. The Chamber is in a
healthy financial position. The report was moved by Rob Toscano and seconded by Pania
5) Christmas in Narellan Update – Geoff Ellis, Chairman
Geoff advised that sponsorship is now closed as all sponsor opportunities have been taken,
including 12 hospitality providers. A short video was played. Maria acknowledged and
thanked the Christmas in Narellan Committee.
6) Meeting Sponsor Presentation – Steve Wisby, Clintons Motor Group
A video was played which included Steve and Alfie Arcuri doing some car karaoke as well as
Alfie performing his new song a capella. A second video was played which detailed the
company’s history in the area and their service values. Maria thanked Clintons.
7) Membership Update – Amy Woodley, Membership Coordinator
Amy advised there are 187 financial members and welcomed our 6 new members:
- Osteopathy Narellan
- Nova Employment
- Solutions 4 Growth
- Camden Valley Basketball Association
- RP Wealth Management
8) Kermit Update – Rob Elliott
Rob updated attendees about Camp Quality esCARpade 2017 drive from Port Macquarie to Toowoomba to raise funds to provide programmes and services to children with cancer.
9) Sponsorship Update – Sue Robinson, Sponsorship Coordinator
Sue thanked the Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors, media partners and support partners.
Sue announced sponsor offers from Macarthur BMW, Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers, Club Menangle, Carrington Care, Hillross and Tony Wolf and Son Printers.
10) Event Partner – Synergy People
A short video was presented.
————— Networking Break —————-
11) Guest Speaker – Beau Ryan, retired professional footballer, TV star, entrepreneur
A short video of Beau’s Footy Show work was played before he was interviewed by Pastor Paul Stevens from Lifehouse Church.
Born 11 May 1985, Beau played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wests Tigers. Beau joined The Footy Show in 2009 and is known for his comedic work as well as interviewing celebrities such Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2014, Beau was forced to retire from football due to a neck injury. In 2014, Beau released a single, “Where You From?” featuring Justice Crew.
This year, he participated in the new TV series, Ninja Warrior, and next year will star in a feature film. Beau also announced that he is about to perform in the musical, Grease. Beau mentioned that he has launched a sunglasses brand and advised that he donates to charity.
Beau and his wife, Kara, have two young children, a 41⁄2 year old daughter and 10 week old son, both of whom he adores.
Beau stressed the importance of networking and meeting people as well as endeavouring to surround yourself with people who are genuinely positive and supportive.
Maria thanked Beau and Pastor Paul and they were both presented with engraved gifts donated by The Strictly Limited Company.
12) Lucky Door Prizes
Donated by Macarthur BMW – a bottle of Dom Perignon, won by Peter from Kelly Partners.
Donated by Hillross – 2 bottles of wine, won by Michelle from RAMS Home Loans.
13 Closing Remarks
Maria thanked the speakers and attendees and advised that Kendra Strudwick will be the guest speaker at the November meeting speaking on The Neuroscience of Networking.
14 Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on 8 November 2017 at Harrington Grove Country Club, arrival from 6.00pm.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 9.12pm.