BAH November 2013

The hats have it at RBF’s Melbourne Cup Business After Hours

Royal Rehab hosted our November Business After Hours, which was co-promoted by Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce. Stephen Lowndes, CEO of Royal Rehab, welcomed around 80 members and guests into the brand new community centre in the heart of the redeveloped Royal Rehab complex.

As our event was held on Melbourne Cup eve, a racing theme ran through the event. Guests were encouraged to wear a hat and the lucky draw prize was in the form of a Cup sweepstakes, with 24 lucky guests being allotted a horse for the Melbourne Cup.  Sabrina Ferguson of Arion Productions and Chris Altree of Computer Troubleshooters Ryde won the Best Hat for women and men respectively.

Stephen’s team took guests on a quick tour of the new, purpose-built, state of the art rehabilitation centre, visiting key facilities. Royal Rehab is a leader in rehabilitation for people who have suffered trauma and accident injuries, and the new centre gives medical and allied health practitioners the best possible equipment and facilities to help them assist patients to recover. The community centre itself will be available for hire by community groups, and adjoins a tennis court.

Andrew Hill, RBF’s Vice-President, stood in for Lydia Scuglia (President), welcoming members and guests and letting them know that Google Plus ‘vanity’ pages are now available for personal and business use.

Tony Abboud, President of Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber, gave an update on the construction work in Church Street and an overview of the apartment development which is underway on the Victoria Road side of the Royal Rehab grounds.

Stephen Lowndes introduced the team from Dolcini’s Catering, which has been contracted for catering at Royal Rehab’s events in the community centre. We can vouch that the food is delicious, particularly the hand-made biscotti!

We received apologies from:

  • The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Member for Ryde
  • Cr. Roy Maggio, Mayor of Ryde

We welcomed VIPs on the night:

  • John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong, who gave a quick update on happenings in the Bennelong electorate including this Sunday’s upcoming Rollercoaster Ryde Run
  • Roy Newsome, Acting GM, City of Ryde

The following local Chamber Presidents attended:

  • Tony Abboud, Ryde Macquarie Park
  • David Tompkins, West Ryde

We acknowledged Level 1 members attending:

  • Mark Hastings – Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, who spoke about TAFE’s business courses
  • June Heinrich – MCC Macquarie
  • Alex Escobar – Achieve Australia, who spoke about the Great Gatsby fundraiser being held this Friday night 8 November
  • Nathan Pratt – City of Ryde, who spoke about the Ryde Jobs & Training Expo on 6 November

And Level 2 members:

  • David Tompkins, Director – Ryde Toyota
  • John Booth – TWT
  • Lyn Mann – The Salvation Army Employment Plus
  • John Golding – Watermark
  • Bev Debrincat – eCorner

Roseanna Gallo spoke about the Rotary Carols on the Common evening to be held on 15 December at North Ryde Common. There are still sponsorship opportunities available at this event, which is Sydney’s second largest community carols function. Contact Roseanna on for more information.

New Members

Andrew Hill invited the following new members to the microphone for 30 seconds to speak about their business:

  • Bill Sutcliffe from Denistone Sports Club (home of Jason’s Ristorante Italiano and its superb seafood)
  • Lois Hewitt, who is rejoining with her new business Resolve Communication, which helps businesses resolve staff issues through nonviolent communication means
  • Aran Anderson, of Aran Anderson Photography, who specialises in corporate work, product photography, and portraiture.

Business of the Month

Our Business of the Month for November is Macquarie Community College, which runs accredited business training through its Macquarie Business Training Centre. For more information on courses phone the College on 8845 8888.

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