President's Message

Risky Business


Our June luncheon featured Russell Cheek, a Hamilton South boy who went on to forge an amazing career in the arts commencing with clown and acting school in Paris, touring Europe with an act developed from his time at school, before returning to Australia to be part of a Newcastle theatrical group called The Castanet ClubThe Castanet Club toured Australia and the world for more than 10 years before coming to a close in 1991.

Russell’s career highlights include many stage productions, two Australian movies, as well as being a winner of Australia’s richest TV quiz show Sale of the Century. Russell’s latest production is a one-man show called “Who am I …” which tells his story of winning the quiz show.

Russell had many pivotal moments in his life to date but the lesson that he learned from his experience is to take risks. However, taking risks goes hand-in-hand with preparation. Russell’s preparation came from his time at acting school where he was required to examine his inner self, allowing him to focus on his preparation. Such lessons of risk and preparation are the hallmarks of all successful business people.

This luncheon would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor The Business Centre. The members were provided with an outline of The Business Centre’s collaboration with the State Government which provides invaluable assistance to small businesses. Thank you to Steve Wait and The Business Centre team.


Thank you once again to our club’s supporters Newcastle PermanentNewcastle HeraldoOh!MediaWrapped to You and Peter Drayton Wines.

The members’ prize draws from Mathew’s Jewellers $100 voucher and Edward Cross Photography continues to enjoy popularity. These prizes are drawn at each luncheon and can be won by anyone who is a member attending the luncheon. Check out the member benefits below and join now.

Our ever-expanding list of lucky door prizes comes to you with sincere thanks to Newcastle Office InteriorsPremier Team BuildingBespoke TechnologyWrapped to YouoOh! MediaHunter Headline, and Hunter & Coast Lifestyle magazine.

Event photos are available on our Facebook page thanks to Martin Sully from Snapper Studio. Visit our Facebook to see if you feature in the album, tag yourself and share  #NBCLUNCH.


Our July luncheon speaker will feature Marty Wilson. Marty is a behavior change expert as well as a leading business motivator. Marty will offer his totally unique expertise on how to embrace uncertainty through crisis, stress, and disruption. After COVID, business owners need to create a new way of doing business, to forget resilience and to focus on restart, relaunch, and rejuvenation.

This should be an amazing event from a dynamic speaker and former Australian comic of the year.

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We encourage you to not only take advantage of the great membership benefits listed below but also support The Newcastle Business Club in its 89th year. 

Jim Garis | 2022 President