What a great start to the year with around 90 members and guests at the iconic Ranch Hotel. It was a time for regulars to catch up after the holidays, for first time visitors to realise how much fun we have at these events, and to launch the National Table Tennis Corporate Cup. Members and guests had a ball (pun definitely intended) playing table tennis on the night; there was quite a queue to have a game.
It was a busy evening, with the following speakers:
- Tony Abboud, our President, who spoke about our 2020 vision;
- Jan Bouhali, Economic Development Officer at the City of Ryde, who spoke about a number of working groups inclusing Women in Business, and Council’s vision for the year;
- Dr Felix Lo of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong, who spoke about the cancellation of the Lunar New Year Celebrations due to concerns over the Corona Virus out break but was pleased to announce that activities centered around the Table Tennis Corporate Cup would still be proceeding;
- Rob Wilkinson of Ryde Sports Foundation, telling us about the Foundation’s 40th anniversary this year and also seeking support for another fabulous not for profit organisation in our area, Riding for the Disabled. You can sponsor a child there for $300 for a term’s riding lessons, which makes a huge difference to the children’s fitness, muscle tone and happiness.
- Andrew Hill, our Vice-President, who spoke about the National Table Tennis Corporate Cup. Google is the driving force behind the Cup, which is launching in Macquarie Park. The finals will be played in Google’s Sydney headquarters later this year.
We welcomed the following new members:
- Arnold Santiago – New Horizons
- Adam Gainsford – The Ranch
- John Leong – Cogentis Group
- Sarah Downton – Cracking Creative
- Ros Bongiorno – Innately Well
- Adrian Dolahenty – Kurrajong Strategic Counsel
- Lara Jarzabek/Alex Milne – Pack and Send North Ryde
- Stephen Cooper – Stephen Cooper Photography
- Nathan Segal – Travel Mapped
Stefan Sojka of Cyrius Media Group won the lucky draw prize – a bottle of Moet & Chandon.
Who was there?
- Victor Dominello MP
- Dominic Perrottet MP
- John Alexander MP
- Clr Craig Chung, City of Sydney
- Dr Felix Lo, President, Australian Asian Association of Bennelong
- Schon Condon, President, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce
- Nora Etmekdjian, President, West Ryde Chamber
- Representatives from Table Tennis Australia
Level 1 members:
Level 2 members:
- Chill IT
- Laboratories Credit Union
- Macquarie Community College
- Mitronics Corporation
- Snowden Parkes Real Estate