Chamber celebrates year
By WENDY STEPHENS
THE Annual General Meeting of the Beechworth and District Chamber of Commerce (BDCOC) last Wednesday also marked the unveiling of the historic town hall pipe organ.
A new committee was elected with Rod Devlin taking on the role of president with a vibrant new team of nine people representing from a wide range of Beechworth businesses.
Mr Devlin thanked the outgoing committee and welcomed the input of the new committee, pointing out that the chamber is a volunteer group and all members have busy businesses themselves to run.
Outgoing president Elizabeth Mason thanked the past committee for all their hard work and wished the new board well.
“We made this Chamber of Commerce a vital and much stronger voice for Beechworth, and I am pleased to be handing over to such a vibrant new committee,” she said.
“Some of our biggest achievements have been to grow the membership from about 20 to well over 60, creating of our new logo ‘ Preservation and Progress’, and new initiatives for digital marketing.”
She said it was fabulous to see so many members attend the AGM and a delight to welcome the historic pipe organ back home while also thanking Megan Chalmers and her son Flynn for catering on the night and Indigo Vineyard for providing refreshments.
Organist Sandra Williams put the 180 year- old pipe organ through its paces and it seemed to jump for joy as she played ragtime, a special dedication of ‘ Greensleeves’ to Indigo Shire chief ex- ecutive Trevor Ierino, and famous works by J. S. Bach.
As guest speaker Mr Ierino was busy outlining plans for the Indigo Shire.
He was interrupted and delightfully upstaged by a curious resident possum who scampered onto the stage and emerged to see what all the fuss was about.
BDCOC business student of the year Mikayla Phillips thanked the chamber for giving her the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with three Beechworth businesses, Bilsons Brewery, Rod Devlin Real Estate, and Beechworth Sweet Company.
“I found it rewarding and challenging and learnt so much about how important bookwork is, how to manage the workplace, and how important honesty is with staff and customers,” she said.
President of the Beechworth Organ Society Mark Stephens along with the organ builders, Ian Wakeley and Chris Teed also gave a fine rendition of ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One’ from Gilbert and Sullivan.
NEW COMMITTEE: (back from left) David Langlands, Ruth Parker, Kieran Rowbottom, president Rod Devlin and Ben Seamons, (front) Andrew Madden, Helen McGowan, Scott Dainty and Lyn Clark.