Review: Business After Hours 3 March 2014 hosted by Denistone Sports Club

Denistone Sports Club’s Secretary Manager Jim Woods told members tonight that “many people in West Ryde don’t even know the Club is here.” But around 70 RBF members and guests now know that Denistone Sports Club is an excellent place to hold a team event – think barefoot bowls as team building – or drop in for a drink after work or a quick lunch. Jason’s catering was delicious, as guests will tell you. You’ll find Denistone Sports Club on Chatham Road, and you’ll be assured of a warm welcome. The Club is available to hire for functions – the perfect venue for your next business party. We thank Denistone Sports Club for being such generous hosts.

Our members tried out barefoot bowls, golf putting and ‘beer pong’, a twist on table tennis where one has to lob a ball into a beer glass using a table tennis paddle. It’s all part of the Ryde Games initiative organised by the City of Ryde, Ryde Sports Foundation, STARStv and RBF. We will be encouraging businesses to get involved in the Ryde Corporate Games several times a year, with all entry fees supporting charity member Christian Community Aid. Lyn Mann of The Salvation Army Employment Plus showed she has what it takes with a lawn bowl, consistently achieving nearest the ‘jack’ over several cheerful ‘ends’ during the evening.

Following feedback from members, at this Business After Hours RBF introduced a streamlined, quicker formal presentation, allowing guests much more time to network and build relationships. We will be using this format, which runs for less than 30 minutes, at future Business After Hours events.

We welcomed new members on the night:

  • David Malone – Jaday Pty Ltd
  • Leon Vrontamitis – Smartline
  • Level 3, Mark Buckingham – Mark 2 Creative

We acknowledged the following VIPs and Level 1 and 2 members who were in attendance:


  • The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Member for Ryde
  • John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong
  • Morell Boyce, RBF Committee


  • Cr. Roy Maggio, Mayor of Ryde
  • Roy Newsome, Acting GM, City of Ryde
  • Eddie Reginato, NSWBC

Chamber Presidents

  • Roger Byrne, Parramatta  Chamber
  • David Tompkins, West Ryde
  • Tony Abboud, Ryde Macquarie Park

Level 1 members:

  • Mark Hastings – Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE
  • Malcolm Harrison – MCC Macquarie
  • Jim Towers – Royal Rehab
  • Alex Escobar – Achieve Australia

Level 2 members:

  • Steve Cremona – 2realise
  • David Tompkins – Ryde Toyota
  • Christine Durrant – Atel AusNac
  • Tony Abboud – Snowdenparkes Real Estate
  • Brad Browne – Club RydeX
  • Lyn Mann – The Salvation Army Employment Plus
  • John Booth – TWT

We read out the following announcements from Level 1 and 2 members:

  • Mark Hastings – Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE: On Friday 21 March, the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE is co-hosting a personal and professional development workshop with Leadership Management Australia, How to Achieve Greater Results in 2014. You’ll love the Total Person Concept which is a key element. This half day morning workshop will be held at the St Leonards Campus. RBF members may attend this event free of charge – it is usually $175 per head. .
  • Malcolm Harrison – MCC Macquarie Community College MCC has gained funding to offer three courses at its Chatswood facility which may be of interest to members:
    • Certificate. 4 in disability
    • Certificate 4 in frontline management
    • Certificate 4 in aged care

They are also hopeful at gaining funding for an advanced diploma in management.Phone the college for information on 8845 8888.

Our Business of the Month for March is Peter Millard of APICON. Peter Millard has a special offer for RBF members to attend two workshops – we have already promoted these workshops but here is the link:

Photos from tonight’s event are on our Facebook page. For high resolution copies please contact Sabrina Ferguson.