First Business After Hours for 2016 a great “Achieve-ment”

Level 1 member Achieve Australia hosted our first Business After Hours for 2016 last night, and we were delighted to see so many familiar faces and first time guests at the beautiful Araluen property Achieve Australia owns at Epping.

As always Achieve Australia was a very generous host, providing guests with delicious food and beverages and lucky draw prizes which included four hours’ consultancy with Achieve Australia with a view to employing a person with disability (won by Andrew Hill of STARStv) and a boxed bottle of reserve madeira (which went to Martine Fox of Royal Rehab).  A further lucky draw was provided by Hope Kidd of Jamaican Products, who supplied a box of spicy delights from Jamaica – a taste of what her company sells. George Papallo, RBF Treasurer, was the lucky recipient.

Anne Bryce, CEO of Achieve Australia, gave an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme as well as a briefing on Achieve’s staff and projects.

We welcomed four new members on the night:

  • Hope Kidd of Jamaican Products
  • Charles Lee of Minuteman Press Gladesville, who is offering all members a 20% discount on services this month
  • Justine Wang, PhD student at MGSM who is starting her own mortgage consultancy
  • Carmen Santucci of HCF Macquarie Centre, who is offering RBF members a free blood pressure check at HCF Macquarie

Find out more about our new members here.

We welcomed Level 1 members Royal Rehab and NSI (TAFE NSW) and Level 2 members Snowden Parkes Estate Agents, Laboratories Credit Union and Hunt & Hunt Lawyers.

Speakers on the night included:

  • Clr Jerome Laxale, Mayor, City of Ryde
  • Stefan Sojka, President, Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce, who gave an update on Chamber activities
  • David Tompkins, President, West Ryde Chamber of Commerce, who also updated people on Chamber activities and encouraged them to try shopping at the new West Ryde shopping village
  • Jim Towers of Royal Rehab, who invited members to a special screening of the movie Concussion at Event Cinemas Top Ryde City on Thursday 18 February at 6.30pm
  • Mark Hastings from NSI TAFE who suggested that now is a great time to get your staff trained at NSI for the upcoming year
  • Rob Wilkinson, who sponsors a rider at Riding for the Disabled Ryde and encouraged others to do the same. For only $600 you can change a child’s life

See photos and videos of speakers in action here courtesy of Andrew Hill, RBF’s Vice President.

Our Business of the Month draw was won by Justine Wang – a great start to membership for one of our newest members!