Cham­ber cel­e­brates year

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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.

PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

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.

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