2019 AGM and President’s Report

2019 AGM and President’s Report

On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the Foothills Foundation held its Annual General Meeting at which the election of office holders and Board members for the 2019/2020 year was conducted with the following outcomes:

  • Peter Maguire – President
  • Bruce Stewart – Secretary
  • Martin Lane – Treasurer
  • Lauren Gordon – Board Member
  • Paul McPherson – Board Member
  • Tamara Lloyd – Board Member
  • Tegan Rose – Board Member
  • Tony Wright – Board Member

The President’s Report

To the Board, Trustees and members of the Foothills Foundation and Charitable Trust,

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Foothills Foundation in the first year under that name. I am pleased to present this report, my second as President for consideration at this year’s AGM.

Last year, I commented on the 2017/18 year as a year of renewal – a combination of continuing to do what we do well, valuing the traditions and taking the Foundation forward in a number of areas to assure future sustainability.

This year that process of renewal has continued with the formal transition to the new entity of the Foothills Foundation and the associated rebranding that is still in progress.

Like last year, there have been some changes in the composition of the Board, some of which are being formalised in today’s AGM.

Jim Dean elected to formally stand down from the Board so as to concentrate his contributions on supporting Daryl Stephens in managing events. While I personally miss Jim’s intelligent and informed contributions to Board considerations, he makes a terrific contribution to events with his organisational skills and we look forward to him continuing his valued association with the Foundation.

Tamara Lloyd, owner of Ray White Croydon informally joined the Board earlier this year and has formally nominated for appointment at this AGM. Tamara is a fantastic addition and is already making a significant contribution in a number of areas. She is enjoying the Mediterranean at the moment so cannot be with us today.

This year, Daryl Stephens, a Foundation champion who has worked so hard to serve the local community through the Foundation and to secure a viable future for the Foundation has elected to stand down from the Board. Daryl will still be working with us on events especially the Tour de France Dinner and the AFL Finals Lunch which are his passion. He has made and continues to make a fantastic contribution to the Foundation and by extension the local community. He is a Foundation legend and we probably would not be here today without his determination to make the Foundation sustainable. Thank you Daryl and we look forward to our new relationship with you.

The rest of the Board has continued to faithfully serve the interests of the Foundation in their various capacities as other commitments have allowed.

Sponsorship and donations

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark affirmed their position as our premium sponsor signing off on a new consolidated sponsorship offering which increased their support to $7,000 for the year for which we are very grateful. We are in discussions with them about how we can work together even better to the mutual benefit of both parties.

It is also appropriate to acknowledge the continued contributions of McPherson Media Group, Remington Wright, Branchline, HR Dept Ringwood, Ridgeline HR and Millar Merrigan and others who support multiple events in significant ways as well as those who get behind individual events of interest to them.

Once again, the Rice Meal has supported the Foundation – this year with a donation of $2,920, their biggest to date from an event that continues to grow each year.

The Lord Mayor’s Fund donated $2,738.

Plus a new source of support – the generous donation of $2,500 made by the Count Charitable Foundation via Hayes Girling Financial is also much appreciated. Thanks to Tegan Rose for facilitating that.

Additional thanks to the Karralyka Centre and Yering Meadows Golf Club for the special considerations we receive with our events.


Once again, there have been the traditional fundraising events – the Golf Day last November, the Tour de France Dinner in June and the AFL Finals Lunch just a couple of weeks ago – and all have been fabulous successes, drawing over 100 registrations on each occasion.

This year, following on from ”An Evening with Libbi Gorr” last year, we had our first High Tea event “An Afternoon with Jo Stanley” which was a terrific afternoon, albeit that we did not quite get the numbers that we would like.

An attempt was made to run an additional event in the form of a Wine Tasting Dinner proposed by Nick Whitwell who generously donates a selection of wines for each event. This is something that might be reconsidered in the future.

The 2018 Christmas Rendezvous was again a terrific event that was well attended. Long term Foundation Friend Peter Feeney was recognised for his excellent record of community service as the year’s recipient of the Clinton White Award.

Thanks to Daryl Stephens, Paul McPherson and Jim Dean in particular for your efforts in bringing these events together and everyone who pitches in on the day.

Thanks also to those who have sponsored events through taking tables, golf sponsorships and donations of raffle prizes and auction items.

Grants and awards

In the 12 months leading up to the AGM, the Foundation has made grants totalling $20,600.

At the Christmas Rendezvous celebration in December 2018, four grants of $1,500 each were given to local community service groups Anglicare, Southern Cross Kids Camps, the Eastern Domestic Violence Service, Croydon Uniting Church Helping Hand Food Bank.

Further organisation grants or donations were given during the year to Spectrum Journeys, Holy Fools, Maroondah Community Assist for the Winter Food Drive, Foothills Community Care and Biala Ringwood.

We continue to work with EACH and in different ways with IOOB on individual grants and this year we have seen the relationship with Anchor growing in a grants partner context as well.

We have also started meeting with community representatives from local councils to extend our grants reach in the community and that is already bearing fruit (eg the connection to the Carer’s Exercise Group at Aquahub).

I especially want to commend Bruce for the fabulous work that he continues to do as Secretary and Grants Coordinator. Thanks also to Tegan Rose who has substituted for Bruce as Secretary at times and is now joining him on the new Grants sub-Committee along with new volunteer, Mandy Maguire.

Marketing and Communications

Over the course of the year, work on the website has continued – thanks to Pasquale Piccioli of Footprint web for his work in transitioning the site to the new Foothills Foundation branding and URL as well as for looking after the website for us. Thanks to Mel for helping out with artwork as well.

GRV Print has continued to support the Foundation with printing of flyers for events.

Section Technologies who has helped us to grow our facebook presence and with setting up email accounts. Nicola Willemsen from Virtual-Realty has also helped out with graphic artwork for event flyers and Steve Browney from SSG Signage is now helping out with pull-up banners. Karralyka assisted with artwork for the AFL lunch.

This is all good news as the support network continues to grow and refresh and the old reliables keep engaged.

To all of these generous contributors, please accept our thanks and we hope to continue the relationship in the years ahead.

We have had multiple issues of Footnotes go out electronically via Mailchimp and we have a new email facility using Microsoft’s free NFP offering. Both of these are works in progress and we will aim to fully embed them in the Foundation’s operations in the year ahead. We now also have name badges courtesy of Tamara Lloyd’s efforts.

A new sub-Committee is being established to work on Community Connection (including marketing, sponsorship and membership) in the year ahead.

With the resources that we have in place now, we are much better equipped to grow the Foundation’s footprint than has been the case for many years.


The work on making the Foundation more representative of and more engaging for the broader community that we serve has continued this year.

The change in name, the High Tea event, the addition of new Board members who add both gender and generational diversity and the inclusion of a female guest in the AFL lunch are all positive steps in achieving greater community inclusivity.


It has been a massive year for the Foundation and it has been a privilege to play a part in that.

I believe that we have achieved a lot together in recent years and that we have a terrific platform now to take the Foundation forward positively in what is a challenging environment for charities today.

We now have the infrastructure in place. We have a broader representative people base. In combination, these assets will help to grow the footprint with both fund raising and grant giving. I see this foundation as empowering us to firmly establish the Foothills Foundation as a valued community partner who “Improves the lives of disadvantaged people in our community” of Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and surrounds.

Thank you to the Board and members of the Foundation for all of your contributions in time, talent, networks and companionship and your trust in and support for me in my second year as President.

I look forward to continuing to serve the Foundation in any way that I am able to in the years ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Maguire


AFL Finals Lunch another great success

AFL Finals Lunch another great success

The annual AFL Finals Charity Lunch was well attended on Thursday 19 September 2019 at the Karralyka Centre who again did a great job looking after the 120 people in attendance.

This year’s event was again excellently facilitated by Bruce Eva with a panel of three outstanding guests in Melbourne’s champion ruckman Max Gawn and Lauren Pierce (who also recently won the 2019 VFLW Best and Fairest) and the wonderful former St Kilda and Brisbane player and media personality, Gilbert McAdam. They each had great stories to tell and a bit more was added given the close associations that Gilbert and Bruce had with the St Kilda Football Club and Danny Frawley whose memorial service was on the day before the lunch.

Not unexpectedly, this led to some reflections on the issue of mental health and how each of our guests perceived the challenges in their own worlds. They all also shared some humorous and some inspiring stories of life in elite sport and the communities in which they have lived.

Raffles and auctions were well supported and enabled us to make a significant donation to Biala Ringwood who provide respite support for parents with children with additional needs.

A special thanks and congratulations to Grant and Nick Brookes of Warranbrooke for your auction success winning the signed Max Gawn footy jumper – well done.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event by attending or donating a raffle prize or auction item or making a donation. Special thanks too to Daryl Stevens, Jim Dean, Paul McPherson and the rest of the Board and volunteers for making the event happen and for your continued support for the Foothills Foundation and the work that we do in “Improving the lives of disadvantaged people in our community” of Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and surrounds.

Thanks also for the continued and generous sponsorship of Bendigo Community Bank Morroolbark.



2019 AGM and President’s Report

7 ways to help us help our community

The Foothills Foundation is operated by a team of dedicated volunteers.

We need and welcome any help that people, businesses and other organisations can offer to assist us in raising funds and connecting with people and community services that need a hand.

Here are 7 ways that you can help us in our work of “Improving the lives of disadvantaged people in our community”:

  1. Become a member – for just $50 for an individual, $75 for a family and $100 for an organisation, it is a small annual investment that makes a difference – learn more and join at https://www.foothills.org.au/product/membership/
  2. Make a donation or bequest – the Foothills Foundation is a registered charity with full tax deductability for donations – explore at https://www.foothills.org.au/donations/
  3. Attend an event – we run a variety of quality events each year as a primary fund raising avenue – there is sure to be something of interest. See what’s on at https://www.foothills.org.au/events/
  4. Tell community services in Maroondah and Yarra Ranges about us and how we might help them and their disadvantaged clients with special needs and connect us at grants@foothills.org.au
  5. Sponsor the Foundation or an event. It is good business because people want to work with and do business with organisations that are involved in and support their local community. As the Foundation President, I would love to hear from you so give me a call on 0438 533 311.
  6. Help us to extend our reach and connection with people and organisations across Maroondah and Yarra Ranges by liking our facebook page and sharing our stories
  7. Donate prizes for auction and raffle items to help us raise more funds at events – contact us at events@foothills.org.au.

Of course, if you have the time and commitment to volunteer with us in some way, that would be great too. Give me a call on 0438 533 311 if that is of interest to you.

Peter Maguire



Tour de France Dinner on again

Tour de France Dinner on again

Melbourne’s best Tour de France Preview Dinner is on again at the Karralyka Centre in Mines Road, Ringwood East on Monday 24 June 2019.

Once again, SBS expert commentator Matt Keenan is back to host the night, this time with a couple of very special guests:

  • Baden Cooke who snatched the 2003 Tour de France green jacket from another Australian, Robbie McEwan, and
  • Allan Iacuone, national road champion in 1994 and years later the first Australian Cyclocross champion.

Always a great night – book at https://www.foothills.org.au/events/

Foothills Foundation 2019 Tour de France Dinner Flyer



High Tea a hit

High Tea a hit

On the beautiful Autumn afternoon of Sunday, 19 May 2019, we were treated to a spectacular high tea event, “An Afternoon with Jo Stanley”, at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood East.

Jo Stanley was MC for the day, and, for someone who professes not to do stand up comedy anymore, it took her only a few minutes to have the audience in stitches about “how she got noticed”. Jo was absolutely fantastic in the way that she entertained and interviewed our other guests with genuine warmth, humour and sensitivity.

Netball legend, Bianca Chatfield was also terrific, giving us a mix of the highs and lows of her life as an international sportswoman and as a contestant on The Block. The interplay between Bianca and Jo was fun to watch.

Our designated charity for a grant from raffle proceeds was Spectrum Journeys whose mission is “Equipping and empowering Carers and Educators as they support children on the Autism Spectrum to flourish”. CEO and Founder, Kate Johnson, told a compelling story about her journey with her child on the autism spectrum, how that led to her establishing Spectrum Journeys and how they are helping people to support children on the spectrum by helping the people that need to help them – parents, carers and teachers.

Councillor Marijke Graham and Edwina Ricci, Head of Positive Education (HOPE) at Heathmont College, filled us in on a wonderful educational revolution that is happening in schools across Maroondah – the Maroondah Positive Education Network. Using a positive psychology approach, our children are getting an enriched education experience focused on their individual strengths.

The panel session with Jo, Bianca, Kate and Edwina was also really informative and enjoyable.

One special mention to Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark. As our major sponsor, they had paid for a table for the event but couldn’t make it. Instead they donated the table to Spectrum Journeys allowing Kate to bring her team along and enjoy the day. They also separately sponsor Spectrum Journeys directly – what fantastic community citizens they are.

And we have had a bit of feedback on the event like:

“Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s Foothills event. Loved hearing from all of the speakers about the inspiring ways they are supporting people in challenging circumstances in our community. It really is the little things that go such a long way to make a difference. Very worthwhile.”  Megan, Croydon.

“I had an amazing afternoon.Inspirational speakers, fantastic food and extremely tempting prizes. Let me know when the next event is on and I’ll be there.”  Fiona, Ringwood East.

“The whole afternoon was great. I especially thought the insight on the challenges faced of a carer with an autistic child was very informative. Having the high tea and the raffle was a good way of keeping the afternoon informal but still getting the messages across to the community.” Karen, Mooroolbark.

“That was a fantastic afternoon.” Alicia, Croydon

Thank you, everyone who contributed to a great fund raising event to help those in need in our community of Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and surrounds.

Put these dates in your calendar

Once again, the Foothills Foundation will be running a set of great events across 2019 to provide patrons with fun experiences and inspiring stories while contributing to fundraising to help those in need in our community.

Again we will have the classic events – the Tour de France Dinner, the AFL Finals Lunch, the Annual Charity Golf Day and our Christmas Rendezvous.

We are also following on from last year’s new dinner event -” An Evening with Libbi Gorr” – with another with a bit of a twist. It will be “An Afternoon with Jo Stanley” and it will be a High Tea.

Plus this year, we are adding a new one with a supporter who came on board with us last year – Nick Whitwell from Montara Wines (thanks Nick) – and that is going to be a Wine Tasting Dinner.

Help us in our purpose of “Improving the lives of disadvantaged people in our community”. All of the proceeds of these events go to these disadvantaged people and community services helping them.

Here are all of the dates – get them into your calendars now and we’ll get more details out to you as soon as we can.

  1. An Afternoon with Jo Stanley – High Tea at Karralyka Centre, Ringwood East – Sunday 19 May 2019, 3.00 pm.
  2. Tour de France Dinner at Karralyka Centre – Monday, 24 June 2019
  3. Winetasting Dinner at Karralyka Centre – Wednesday, 31 July 2019
  4. AFL Finals Lunch at Karralyka Centre – Thursday, 26 September 2019
  5. Annual Charity Golf Day at Yering Meadows – Thursday, 21 November 2019
  6. Christmas Rendezvous – Thursday, 12 December 2019

Thanks to Karralyka Centre and Yering Meadows Golf Club for your generous support.

And of course to our premium sponsor Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark.