New committee at Botanic Gardens
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens Inc has elected an 11-person management committee during its inaugural Annual General Meeting at the Gardens on Thursday, August 15.
Three members of the founding committee stood down at the meeting: Roger Bell, Margaret Bell and Brian Davison. All three have served the Gardens for many years both under the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club and, since October last year, under the new association.
The committee includes Denby Browning (President), Di Fenton (Treasurer), Margaret Pile (Secretary), Eddie Fenton (Operations Manager), Michelle Thompson (Marketing Officer), Rob Howard, Geoff Hurling, Debi Marshall, Paul Marshall, Sandy Silabon and Nigel Waistell.
Retiring President Roger Bell thanked the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club for their support during the management change last year.
“Our volunteers have demonstrated new energy and commitment to the ongoing improvement of the Gardens,” he said.
The meeting also honoured long-time supporters of the Gardens and generous plant donors Ray Buchanan and Margaret Tracey by giving them Honorary Life Membership to the Friends of Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens.
Volunteer Jerry Hodges was honoured with an Appreciation Award for 10 years of service to the Gardens.
The volunteers thanked Roger and Margaret Bell for their dedicated service, particularly in negotiating the separation from the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club late last year. In thanking them, Committee member Sandy Silabon presented the couple with a large orchid.
“We chose the colour because we know you like rusty ornaments,” she said.
The meeting concluded with a barbecue luncheon.