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.

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.

Inclusivity

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.

Conclusion

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

President

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

President

 

A grants update – May 2019

A grants update – May 2019

Since the beginning of 2019, the Foothills Foundation has granted or allocated approximately $7,000 to people or groups in need in the Maroondah and Yarra Ranges area as follows:.

  1. Through our relationship with Eastern Access Community Health (EACH), we provided:
    • a grant of $730 to provide bannister and grab rails  for a lady with reduced mobility due to Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and suffering from anxiety and depression and
    • a grant of $470 for the gap payment for a three function hi lo hospital bed for an elderly lady with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and living alone in an OOH Unit.
  2. At the request of ANCHOR, we partnered with them and the IOOB to help a local family in crisis. Each of us  contributed a third ($3,540)  of six months’ rent for a family in which the mother is suffering with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. While she has been undergoing bone marrow treatment, her husband has taken leave of absence from work without pay to look after their three children and they needed a hand to meet rental commitments.
  3. The Foundation helped Ringwood Biala with the purchase of new carpet squares ($850) for their respite facilities. The respite programme at Ringwood Biala is designed to give parents of children with additional needs (0 to 6 years) one day a week relief. See http://www.bialaringwood.com/
  4. We also provided $1,500 to the Holy Fools after their trailer and supporting goods were stolen earlier this year. The Holy Fools provides unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Lilydale  and the Yarra Valley, in particular the homeless. See http://www.holyfools.org.au/

Grant applications can be initiated through our website at https://www.foothills.org.au/grants/.

2018 Grants Report

2018 Grants Report

At our Christmas Rendezvous event in December 2018, our Secretary and Grants Manager, Bruce Stewart, reported that, since the last Rendezvous (December 2017), the Foothills Foundation has made 20 grants totaling $23,700.

At the 2017 Rendezvous we announced 5 grants totaling $7,000 to the Dining Room Mission, Heathmont Inter Church Help, ANCHOR, Anglicare and Melba Support. Each of these organizations has used the funds provided to support their programs aimed at disadvantaged groups in the Maroondah and Yarra Valley areas. At the recent event, we announced a further 4 grants totaling $6,000 to local community groups. Each of the recipients spoke about how they would use these funds in their programs.

Jim Allen (Anglicare) reported that they would use the funds provided in their Peaceful Warrior and Better Tomorrows programs.

Peter Harris (Southern Cross Kids Camps) stated that the funds provided would be used to enable vulnerable children to attend a week long camp and gain self-esteem and confidence.

Seema Sharma (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) announced that the funds would be used to train support staff in how to deal with people who are being impacted on by domestic violence.

Dianne Bull (Croydon Uniting Church Helping Hand Food Bank) reported that the $1,500 had been used to purchase $3,000 worth of food vouchers that would be provided to people in need, especially approaching Christmas.

Treena Medling and Gabrielle Young (EACH) reported on the positive impacts the grants had made on some of the recipients, especially those who would have been unable to obtain much needed equipment without the support of the Foundation. Treena spoke about how a recent grant of gap funding had indeed made for a happy Christmas for one of her clients. Gabrielle spoke about the benefits of the underwater plinth funded by the Foundation for use by EACH and other disability service providers at Aquanation. David Neef (COPE) thanked the Foundation for its grant that had enabled a program for the partners of people with mental disabilities to meet and gain the support needed to deal with the challenges they faced.

Thanks Bruce for doing a terrific job as Grants Coordinator.

Merry Christmas from the Board

Merry Christmas from the Board

On Thursday 13 December 2018, members, friends and guests of the Foothills Foundation gathered at Mr Fox at Ringwood Golf Course for our annual Christmas Rendezvous.

At this function, we celebrate the festive season as well as the work of the Foundation over the past year. We also give out a number of grants to local community services and present the Clinton White Award for outstanding community service.

Our Secretary and Grants Manager, Bruce Stewart, reported that, since the last Rendezvous (December 2017), the Foothills Foundation has made 20 grants totaling $23,700. At the last Rendezvous we announced 5 grants totaling $7,000 to the Dining Room Mission, Heathmont Inter Church Help, ANCHOR, Anglicare and Melba Support. Each of these organizations have used the funds provided to support their programs aimed at disadvantaged groups in the Maroondah and Yarra Valley areas. This year, we announced a further 4 grants totaling $6,000 to local community groups.

 

Jim Allen (Anglicare) reported that they would use the funds provided in their Peaceful Warrior and Better Tomorrows programs.

Peter Harris (Southern Cross Kids Camps) stated that the funds provided would be used to enable vulnerable children to attend a week long camp and gain self-esteem and confidence.

Seema Sharma (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) announced that the funds would be used to train support staff in how to deal with people who are being impacted on by domestic violence.

Dianne Bull (Croydon Uniting Church Helping Hand Food Bank) reported that the $1,500 had been used to purchase $3,000 worth of food vouchers that would be provided to people in need, especially approaching Christmas.

Treena Medling and Gabrielle Young (EACH) reported on the positive impacts the grants had made on some of the recipients, especially those who would have been unable to obtain much needed equipment without the support of the Foundation. Treena spoke about how a recent grant of gap funding had indeed made for a happy Christmas for one of her clients. Gabrielle spoke about the benefits of the underwater plinth funded by the Foundation for use by EACH and other disability service providers at Aquanation. David Neef (COPE) thanked the Foundation for its grant that had enabled a program for the partners of people with mental disabilities to meet and gain the support needed to deal with the challenges they faced.

The formalities for the evening concluded with the award of the Clinton White Award for outstanding community service. It was presented by June and Brett White of the White family to Peter Feeney, an outstanding servant of Maroondah and wider communities over many many years and a long-term friend and loyal supporter of the Foundation.

 

May you all enjoy a safe and merry festive season and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

An update on grants

An update on grants

As we near this year’s AGM, it is an appropriate time to have a look at what has happened in the way of grants over the past 12 months.
The Footmen Foundation has made 20 grants totalling approximately $23,000 to a wide range of recipients:
  • $9,000 has been provided to seven local support agencies such as Anglicare, the Dining Room Mission, ANCHOR and ElishaCare.
  • The remainder has been used to provide gap funding for a range of items, including approximately $8,000 towards wheelchairs and other mobility aids and $4,000 towards support garments such as body splints and second skins.
  • The Footmen Foundation also provided $900 towards an underwater plinth for use in swimming exercise sessions for the disabled and $900 to assist LinC, Yarra Valley in the delivery of refrigerated foods to people in need.
  • The Foundation has also supported Greg Morton from Big Mates Pizza in his Jazzy’s Gift fund raising for homeless people.
  • A grant of $1,500 was also provided towards bathroom accessories for a 63 year old lady. The lady has had a leg removed due to cancer and severe lymphedema in the other leg and is wheelchair bound. The equipment purchased will enable the lady to safely and independently attend to her personal car.