President’s Report July 2020

The Maleny Garden Club Executive Committee has made many decisions on the frequency of both executive meetings and general meetings to comply with Government COVID-19 Restrictions. 

This has seen the cancelling of ‘Gardening on the Edge” until 2021.

With the easing of Stage 3 restrictions on the 3rd July it is now possible to have 100 persons in an open place on the proviso that each person is within a 4 square metre space and a separation of 1.5 metres. It may be possible the Garden Club could have a general meeting in July. If July is not possible then August should be a ‘date claimer’ for your calendar. 

Many say 2020 will be a year to remember, some positive and some negative. It is unlikely that many life changing decisions made today, will never be made again. My children and grandchildren have enjoyed working and schooling at home and most have enjoyed the flexibility it brings. The reliability of the internet was often an issue.

The planned Spring Fair on 3rd October at the Maleny Showgrounds will allow members and the wider community to get out of doors, have some fun, eat food and interact with others in a gardening and friendship atmosphere.

Maleny Garden Club Spring Fair – 3rd October 2020

Spring is in the air and many spring flowers are in bud or are in full flower. The scents of many flowers challenges the nostrils resulting in a more relaxed and ‘carefree’ mood. We hope that this is the experience of visitors to this event.

The Maleny Showground Pavilion is the venue for the Spring Fair and is easy to find. Lots of parking space is available or it is a 5 minute walk from the Maleny shopping area.

There is a lot to offer for those who attend this event, the first for many years. There will be a local plant and produce stalls, live practical workshops, nursery stalls, interesting guest speakers, nutritious food including Devonshire teas, ‘Tussy Mussy’ making for kids, woodworking displays and workshops, as well as garden pottery displays to enjoy.

The Spring Fair starts at 9.00am and ends at 4.00pm. More information will be available shortly.

Settlers Green – Maleny Precinct Working Bee.

The Maleny Garden Club had an opportunity to plant heritage camellias in a nominated area within Settlers Green on the Maleny Community Precinct.

It was identified that 75 endangered camellias were at risk of being lost to the horticultural industry from a large fire in New South Wales.

Garden Clubs across Australia were asked to assist where possible. Many Maleny gardens have successfully grown the various types of camellias in the rich volcanic soils supported by good rainfall, so the Garden Club decided to support the initiative.

Ron Tincknell, a well-qualified and well-regarded local resident took on the project too, with the support of the Garden Club for the project. Many of the rare camellias were in a few selected nurseries in NSW. A trip to the Sydney area resulted in the acquisition of a number of well-established specimens.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council provided a small grant that was supported by (then) Councillor Jenny McKay. The Garden Club also provided funds to complete the project.

The ground was dug, fertiliser and rich compost added for planting on the 4th March. All heritage camellias and cultivars were planted at a MGC working bee. All plants were secured by a stake and a wire cage. The final step was to water them well.

Jenny McKay, the SCRC Division 5 Councillor planted three of the rarest camellias on Settlers Green.

Bill Henman – President 2020-2021 

President’s Report March 2020

Another productive year has passed for the committee with a number of projects successfully completed.
As part of our outreach to the wider community we hosted a special speaker, Claire Bickle last April and enjoyed entertaining other community members whilst introducing them to the garden club. The attendance figure was 170 which was very pleasing.
The garden club has updated its website. Thank you to Dave Webb and Lyndall Bryant who have put in so much time and effort setting up the new site and working on the layout. It is streets ahead of our previous website and we are lucky to have Lyndall as our new website person. She is doing an excellent job.
A change of venue for our Christmas lunch proved very popular and we will return to Flaxton Gardens in December.
Our lunch-goers raised $700 that day for drought relief, what a great effort!
Anne Boyle suggested providing a lunch for our life members who are so treasured by us all.
The committee enthusiastically catered for the event and much time was spent reminiscing and learning from them a little more about the history (and a few juicy asides) of the club.
Brian Robertson was able to add a few more valuable details to the history he is writing. A big Thank You to Brian for an amazing effort in creating such an interesting document.
The Camellia Grove, as part of the greater Settlers Green community project, is largely completed. Thanks to the sub-committee who worked on this, but particularly to Bill Henman and Ron Tincknell who did the lions’ share of the work. Ron’s expertise with Camellias was especially valuable in selecting and sourcing the heritage varieties.
A major focus for me this year was to promote interaction with other garden clubs in the area.
Mt Mee garden club made us very welcome when we visited them in September, and we welcomed an invitation to visit gardens of the Eumundi/Cooroy Garden Club.
Members enjoyed hosting visits from other clubs too, Townsville in July and Banksia in September. Pete and I also visited Maryborough in September and were made very welcome. Jan and I have enjoyed a good relationship with Buderim Garden Club regarding running of events. Friendship day visits were also made to other clubs by various members, I feel it is a good thing to give our members an opportunity to represent our club on visits like these.
Nancy Baker is a hard act to follow, especially after the wonderful trip to Chinchilla but our bus trips continue.
The first effort was a visit to Leonie Kearney’s garden in Samsonvale with stops at Woodford and Mt Mee.
The mystery trip for March, which was cancelled because of the virus, followed up on the theme of visiting gardens of other clubs – I am not saying where that was, but in better times we shall make that visit.
One of our regular club activities is Sip’n’Snip which is a wonderful social morning all important is that time to have a relaxed chat over a cuppa.  A walk around the garden is a bonus, I love these mornings. Our garden enjoys so many lovely plants that have come as cuttings from Sip’n’Snip days.
The flower competition is increasingly popular with some splendid entries from new members. It’s a pleasure and so interesting to see all the entries each month and there will be a trophy for each category in December.
GOE – Jan Maguire has done a wonderful job convening our special fundraising event over the last few years.
She has refined the existing documentation for the event to enable other people to go forward and take over the convenor’s role. Jan also surmounted a difficult and arduous task in sorting out a solution to the traffic management problem
that the council left us with.
The GOE committee is pretty special too, a smaller committee, Anne, Dave, Ian, Marnie, Toni, myself and Kaye, close in friendship and dedication.
It is interesting to note that these sub-committees provide a great opportunity for more members to become
involved in club activities.
Anne Boyle is stepping down as treasurer this year but will continue on the executive.
She has been a very valuable member of the committee, dedicated to the club and to her role, willingly taking on
the added jobs of insurance, risk management and catering.
She has managed the accounts and presented reports in a totally professional manner.
It is also to be noted that Anne is always ahead of the game; she sees the road ahead and foresees the consequences of our actions before anyone else. I have very much enjoyed working with her. Thank you, Anne, for your support and help.
Carolyn is also stepping down as our newsletter editor and librarian. Carolyn has managed the important task of keeping members informed of a multitude of things. She is always on the ball and has been a valuable contact for our members. Carolyn and I have been putting our heads together to think of a way to keep members in touch with each other through the COVID-19 situation.
Carolyn and Peter came up with the great idea of the virtual garden tour, written by Carolyn and photographed by Peter.

Many thanks to you both. 

I would like to welcome two new members to the committee. Wendy Reilly who will look after the newsletter and Marg Trigger who will be our new treasurer. Thank you for offering to volunteer your time and interest, it is so important to keep having new people on the committee. 

I have been privileged to enjoy my time as GOE convenor for four years and president for three years.

Always a lovely memory is the fun we all have in the hall together and my involvement with the stall holders who love coming to GOE because of the relaxed atmosphere we offer.

Thank you to the executive committee for their continued support and to our army of enthusiastic helpers, Brian, Marion, Annette, Paula, Carol, Lynda, Norma, Bev, Mike, Harvey, Bette, Graham, Richard, Margaret, Lyndall, Peter – there are so many people who give their time so generously and make the club the friendly place it is. 

We are a country club, founded on love of gardening and the friendship we all enjoy, we have a rich tradition of maintaining this club character in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Thank you to all the club members, you have given me splendid support and friendship, I am looking forward to spending more time with you. 

Dot Jupp – President 2019-2020 

President’s Report for the six months ending March 2019

The period from the last AGM to this AGM is a mere six months and only five club meetings, so this report will be appropriately short.

We have entered the digital world more fully in terms of our GOE promotions and information-sharing due in large to our technical expert David Webb, who has spent many hours making sure we are up to date.

David has also set up a Facebook page for our Gardening on the Edge event so many thanks David.

We have agreed to be a part of the Maleny Sports and Recreation Club website which shares information between Maleny organisations and the world at large.

The Sports and Recreation Club has instigated this initiative to promote sharing of information among the many Maleny clubs and organisations. It is important that we participate in these community initiatives and become part of the Maleny community.

We have welcomed 10 new members over the last few months and the system with waiting list people is working well.

Thankyou also to our dedicated volunteer helpers who turn up at 8 o’clock every last Tuesday of the month to ensure preparations for the monthly meeting run like clockwork, Brian and Marion, Carole Webb, Mike Brown and Peter Brown.

Annette Lees and Paula Brackenborough have joined our band of helpers as backup for morning teas but there is always room for more if anyone would like to contribute some time.

Sonia Douglas taking care of our website, Harvey Weston locating speakers and Margaret Owens producing Snippets every quarter are absolute stalwarts.

Our Christmas party was again a great success and Jan Davis represented the club with a decorated Christmas Tree in the Uniting Church festival in December.

Jan and the GOE team are continuing to do a wonderful job organising this year’s Gardening on the Edge event, we pray as always for good weather.

I would like to thank the committee for their continued support and commitment to their individual responsibilities.

Every single position on the committee carries duties and responsibilities and hours have to be spent doing these jobs. It is really appreciated.

This committee has worked as always to continue the club’s tradition of being a welcoming and friendly club for our members and visitors.

We are always friends through gardening.

Dot Jupp – President 2018/2019

President’s Report – September 2018

I would like to thank the current committee for remaining on the executive committee with me this year.

Not only do they all do their jobs admirably but we also work well together and have a lot of fun.

The committee don’t just do the admin – they also put in extra hours catering for the AGM and GOE functions.

The club would certainly not function without our special members, working outside of the Executive, who take on responsibility for tasks month after month. They include; Brian and Marion Robertson who look after morning teas and Sip’n’Snips; Harvey Weston who continues to turn up trumps with excellent and varied speakers; Mike Brown managing the supply and sales of compost; Carole Webb organising the flower competition; Sonia Douglas managing the website; Margaret Owens continuing to produce our favourite reading material; with Gardening on the Edge Convenor Jan Maguire and GOE Promotions Kaye Gardener.

This is a great team and without them you would not be enjoying all the services your club provides.

This year the focus of the executive has been to review and update the administrative processes so necessary for the club’s smooth operation and to satisfy legal requirements;

  • Our treasurer Anne Boyle has spent time setting up internet banking for the club and writing a job procedure which will simplify the job for future treasurers. Anne, along with advice from Alan, has led the committee in updating our model rules to the latest version issued by the Department of Fair Trading.
  • Under David Webb’s guidance, generic email addresses have been set up for committee positions. These emails will avoid committee members having to use personal emails, will provide continuity when office holders change and will facilitate ongoing communication with other organisations.
  • The entire committee has contributed to creating various documents for new members which should give them all the information they need on club facilities and make them feel immediately at home. We are also working on updating by-laws.

I thank the current committee for nominating again; your combined experience and knowledge is invaluable.

Thank you also to our two new committee members for nominating, David Webb and Bill Henman. It is crucial to keep new members coming onto the committee with fresh ideas and perspectives.

Appreciation is also due to the partners of committee members who support them through meetings and endless hours on the phone and computer.

It has been a fun and productive year and we are all looking forward to a similar outcome next year.

Dot Jupp – President 2017/2018

President’s Report – 2017

This is my final report after a very special 4 years in the chair.

Never did I imagine when I joined the Club some 8-9 years ago that I would be chairing our meetings.

What a privilege it has been.

This last twelve months as for many of us, has just flown, with much happening, bus trips, Sip n Snips, Gardening on the Edge, and our recent Friendship Day.

We are so lucky, firstly to live here and to have what we have in the Club. I know we all recognise just how special this Garden Club family is, and look where we meet, under an old school, and we will lunch today under the camphor laurel trees.

It probably takes three quarters of our life to finally realise what it is all about. No wonder, we can’t pass this on to our children who are running on that treadmill, that we have jumped from and are now smelling the roses.

I have been very fortunate to have the very best and hard working Committee beside me through these years.

My thanks goes to you for your support, everyone has gone beyond what would be expected to keep this show on the road as they say.

I was taken aback at our last meeting to find, arriving here to meet Col who was bringing a load of compost, Brian and Marion as always here and ready to go, but Brian did his usual and left saying I’m not staying I have the flu. Then here comes David, mask on face, setting up the projector ready for the guest speaker and saying “No I’m not staying Carolyn has the flu
and I don’t want to pass it on”.

This thoughtfulness has been evident since I joined this Club, and I know you all feel as I do that it is special.

Our life membership has now grown, and each meeting I look across at you, you are very special to this club too, without you where would we be?

It is sad now to know that dear Olga who has sat in a chair in front of me all these years may not be able to attend as many meetings now as she would like, but we will look forward to maybe having morning tea with her in the months to come.

I know that my successor will enjoy their time as much as I have.

Thank You and I look forward to having lunch and a catch-up under the trees.

In closing I must say a big Thank You to my mate, Arthur. He builds me arches and gates and says “Oh alright,” when I say, “Do you think there is room for that somewhere in the garden?”

He was a good find and has been very tolerant.

Marnie Trass, your outgoing President

President’s Report – September 2016

This year has been a very fulfilling one for me, as President.

I have represented our Club again at the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs’ functions and mingled with other members of clubs from South East Queensland.

Garden clubs in this area are thriving, which when you hear of some organisations struggling to take in new members, we as gardeners and friends must be doing something right.

My hope, as I’m sure you would agree, is that our enthusiasm and love for the garden will be handed down to the younger generation. What will they miss if they have not, in their lifetime, spent time enjoying the pleasures that we enjoy?

I cannot present a report without acknowledging the efforts of my executive – Anne, Dot, Toni, Marie, Carolyn, Nancy, Brian, John, Jim and Kevin.

Each have taken to their role – as the saying goes – as ducks to water.

Every year the business side of things has improved with the internal running of all things related to the club, as well as Gardening on the Edge.

We have added a compatible laptop computer to help with the keeping of records, for future reference.

Gardening on the Edge was a great success, thanks largely to Dot our coordinator, to Brian for his excellent control of advertising, and to Anne and Toni for money matters.

An addition to our newsletter is Kevin’s Tips and Gleanings, which I know you all appreciate. Thankyou Kevin.

To Marie, thankyou for accompanying me on many occasions to functions to fly the flag. We also greatly appreciate the work you have done with the membership register and secretarial work.

Carolyn came on board and she took on the newsletter distribution. I know she now appreciates the work Jan did for some time in this role, thankyou Carolyn, not to mention the organisation of the morning tea rosters.

Too many years to count, our dear Nancy has spent many hours putting together our great excursions. What would we do without you Nancy? Thankyou,

And last but not least, my great backstop Jim, and Long John. It’s not the woman behind the man but more than men behind the woman.

I look forward to our Xmas celebrations at Maleny Manor with you all.

I have, as you all know, enjoyed every minute of being part of this club and long may it continue for all of us.


Marnie Trass – President

President’s Report – September 2015

Thinking back over the past twelve months and putting together thoughts for this report, I find myself feeling great gratitude for the work done by the Committee this year – with every detail attended to; meetings running without any difficulties; discussions are had; and decisions are made.

I have been very proud to be a part of the Executive Team for this Club and I can say without hesitation that the affairs have been handled with great decorum.

I thank Anne for her support as Vice President. It has been invaluable at times when I have needed a very capable second opinion.

To have the compiled file that Brian has made of past Executive Members and the insight into the history of our Club, has taken time and great effort and I am very appreciative of the work you have done, Brian, which allowed me to look back and find one of our long-standing members to ask to chair our Election of Officers today.

We are so fortunate in this Club to have members who have been with us for many years, many of whom have held positions on the Committee and it shows us, I think, the camaraderie that is felt by all of us – that we enjoy and want to continue to enjoy one another’s company, not only to learn about gardening but to share friendship.

To my other executives, Marie, Dot, Jan, Glenys, Nancy, Toni, Jim and John (absent but not forgotten), my thanks to you all for your great work.

Jan, sadly, is standing down this year after many years on the Executive Committee. You will be missed by the forthcoming Committee, Jan. You are quiet but organised and a great worker for this Club and we thank you.

Glenys is away, but I must mention the work she has done in putting together an excellent format for the future member to follow for Publicity & Advertising for The Gardening on The Edge event. Glenys is standing down and we also thank her for her great effort.

In closing, I hope that the next twelve months brings many more fun Sip & Snips; well organised bus trips by Nancy, which are always most enjoyable; great friendship; good speakers, thanks to the one and only Harvey; and much to be learnt from one another about gardening.

My thanks to you all for your tolerance and support.

Marnie Trass – President

Hello from Marnie, your new President (2014-2015)

I am looking forward to a very interesting and eventful New Year. Harvey, I’m sure will have a line-up of guest speakers who will keep us informed and entertained. We are hoping to have some meetings outside of our regular venue and I look forward to letting you know where they will be. I must thank all of our members who generously offered their gardens for Sip and Snip last year, we enjoy our wander and cuppa, it is a very social time.

Happy Gardening in 2015
Marnie Trass