Stephen Tancred, Ian Henderson and Cr Vic Pennisi were named as ‘Honorary Life Members’ of the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce at the AGM held last Wednesday 28 August.
At the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting held last Wednesday 28 August ‘Honorary Life Memberships’ were awarded to Vic Pennisi, Ian Henderson and Stephen Tancred, “in recognition of their dedication and excellent service to the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce and to the community of the Granite Belt, and champions of the Emu Swamp Dam Project”.
Chamber secretary Amanda Harrold said the Emu Swamp Dam project “would not have proceeded if it wasn’t for the tenacity of Ian Henderson who was President of Chamber and Stephen Tancred, a member and supporter of Chamber, approaching the Federal Government to take over the study when Council decided not to proceed”.
“Another long-time supporter of Emu Swamp Dam and Past President of the Chamber Vic Pennisi has also contributed greatly to this community,” Ms Harrold said.
“Vic was president 22 years ago and built the Chamber up from five financial members to over 50 during his presidency.
“During his presidency, the idea for the ‘Big Thermometer’ was floated and we are happy to have this amazing project finally delivered.
“Vic noted that the success of Chamber was due to its active members like Greg Burton who organised the Stanthorpe Sizzling Summer Sales and Christmas Promotions, and David Giacca who walked up and down the main street collecting funds for the speakers in the main street to help create atmosphere.”
Elected as the Executive Committee for 2019/2020 were –
President – Graham Parker
Vice President – Tim Carnell
Treasurer – Dany Tjan
Secretary – Amanda Harrold
Committee Members – Nathan Colyer, Marion Carrick, Margie Davies and Brendan Roberts.