President's Message

Welcome to 2022 with Jim Garis

It’s hard to believe that we are already into the second month of 2022 and that we, as a Club, have already conducted our first luncheon.

A big thank you to those that attended our first luncheon for 2022, our annual Mayoral panel. Our civic leaders Mayor Kay Fraser, Mayor Ryan Palmer, Mayor Phillip Penfold and Deputy Mayor Declan Clausen generously offered their time to address our members and guests.

It is encouraging to hear that each Council area is responding to the difficulties that small businesses are facing due to the pandemic. Measures such as financial hardship assistance, rate relief, place plans and hospitality Covid-safe workplace assistance are just some of the measures that our Councils are initiating to stimulate the small business sector. We thank them for their time and leadership. Sincere thanks also go to Garth Russell who facilitated an excellent panel discussion.


Our sponsor for the day was CLICKK, a specialist Newcastle-based web design and digital product agency. Our sincere thanks go to Chris Chapman and Daniel Hanna for providing us with an enthusiastic thumb sketch of their corporate profile as well as the generous prizes for their trivia segment. Mathews Jewellers once again sponsored our member draw. Mathews Jewellers are donating a $100 voucher each month and this prize can only be won by a member attending the luncheon. Anyone wishing to become a member should click HERE. Our luncheon guests also had the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes from the sponsors of our lucky door prizes. The business card draw features prizes from Wrapped To YouoOh! MediaNewcastle Office InteriorsBespoke TechnologyHunter Headline, Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine and Premier Team Building. The Newcastle Business Club is extremely fortunate to have strong community corporate support and I would like to thank oOh! Media, Newcastle Herald and Newcastle Permanent Building Society for their ongoing connection with our Club. You will notice our happy snapper Martin Sully wandering around the room at our events taking photographs. If you have had your photo taken at our luncheon, check out our Facebook page to see if you feature in the album. You can always visit SNAPPER STUDIO to see Martin’s work.

I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to the new committee who have already demonstrated their enthusiasm for the year ahead. They are working extremely hard to finalise speakers and sponsors for the rest of the year so that you, our members, have a fun as well as an informative year as part of the Club. I would like to encourage any businesses that would like to sponsor an event, or have suggestions regarding speakers or topics, to please reach out or contact me. I would love to hear from you.

Jim Garis | 2022 President