Scenic Rim Community news | February 12


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378


Beaudesert LNP Branch meets tonight Wednesday, February 12, 6.30 for 7pm at the Beaudesert Golf Club. Cost is $20 for finger food.


Beaudesert Bush Bards meets 9 for 9.30am on Friday, February 14 at the Arts and Information Centre. All poets and poetry lovers welcome.

Long-time BBB member Col Deering passed away recently at 84 after breaking a hip. Col's sister Audrey and daughter Kate who regularly travelled to BBB's Christmas shindigs with Col are also known to BBB members and members extend their sympathy. Col joined BBB a month or two after it started. With his flowing white beard and great memory he was one of BBB's stars. His farewell celebration is Thursday, February 13, at 10am at Great Southern Memorial Gardens, Mount Cotton Road, Carbrook. There will be refreshments immediately after and following that the family have requested a private family only burial.


St Mary's Deb Ball Information Night will be held on Friday, February 14, at 7pm. All girls in Year 11 and 12 are invited. This will then be followed by a rehearsal. Inquiries to Caitlin: 0439742126. St Mary's Deb Ball will be held on May 22.


Roadvale dance is St Valentine's Day Friday, February 14, starting 7.30pm with The Coachman playing.


Thirty-eight enjoyed Tamrookum dance with TechnicTone playing. Dianne Connor and Ken Meggs won the Lucky Spot. Bevan Heel, Vincent Kruger, Rita Surawoski and Marie Taylor won lucky door prizes. Raffle winners included Heather Banditt, Vincent Kruger, Jane Kruger, Rita Surawoski, Ann Boomer, Carolyn Willey, Allen Dennis, Delma Day and Dianne Connors.

The Monte Carlo winners Heather Banditt and Allan Durre and runners-up Delma and Arthur Day all won chocolates. Next Tamrookum dance is Saturday, February 15, starting at 7.30pm.


Glad's Girls first practice for 2020 is at Uniting Church Hall, Monday, February 17, at 1.30pm. Any ladies who like to sing are invited to come and join Glad's Girls. Further information from Lyn on 5541 0532.


Tom Moore and his wife Glenys were the entertainment at the last Beaudesert Seniors meeting with 47 people including visitor Pat Addy enjoying a great variety of songs. Birthday celebrants during the week were Keith Freiberg February 13, Daphne Telfer February 15 and Kerry Shepherd February 16.

Irene Haack and Glenys Moore won raffle prizes. Joan Brose and Dawn Schmidt won the Euchre. Terry Moloney, Jennifer and Paul Seddon won the indoor bowls.

The next fortnightly meeting is Tuesday, February 18 at Beaudesert Golf Club offering friendship and much more, starting 9-9.30am.


Twenty-four attended Beaudesert Rotary with Warren Eyers and Raelene Baker cooking great rissoles, mash and salad, David Jones bought dessert. Brad Klitcher and Andrew Boehm kept members in check. Lauren Hanser said her baby will arrive next week. Sausage sizzle at Bunnings on 22 February.

Susie Gaardsted proposed the International Toast to Venezuela's Rotary Club in the capital, Caracas, Founded in 1926. Pictures show Venezuelan children are enjoying their new colouring books and crayons distributed by the Bear Hugs for Venezuela team at the beneficiary organisations.

Bear Hugs for Venezuela pilot project is a humanitarian project benefiting the children of Venezuela, a partnership between Rotary E-Club of Houston, Rise Against Hunger, Rotary Caracas, and beneficiary organisations. The Club also works hard for Breast Cancer Research and treatment.

Susie looked for Rotary Clubs in Somalia or Libya but there are none. Libya has massive internal strife. Somalia has a locust plague destroying all manner of vegetation. One swarm alone was measured as 24 square kilometres of devastation on the wing.


Ten people attended SRWG with Rob McLaren doing a mind-mapping quick course on various ways to publish. The next SRWG meeting is 10am-2pm, Tuesday, March 3, with members undertaking a workshop on proofreading and editing their Murder Mystery and Mayhem anthology about the Scenic Rim.


A smaller number of members attended the meeting on February 5 as a number of Probians attended the funeral of life member Barney McCabe. Barney had been an active member of the club for more than 30 years and was well-known in Beaudesert. A minute's silence was observed in his memory at the commencement of the meeting.

Five new members were inducted: Sylvia Williams, Michelle Delaforce, Barb Heit, Brian McInnes and Frank Bird were welcomed with acclamation.

Members were reminded that the annual general meeting will be held in March and that nomination forms are available. More nominations are required and forms can be obtained from secretary Lyn who can be contacted on 0439 733 026.


By Natalie McDonald, phone 0417 793 872,


The Boonah Country Music Club will present its first social for the year at Boonah Golf Club, on Saturday February 15 starting at 7pm, with The Gecko Shed Band as the guests. Come along and enjoy their delightful music and great selection of songs. Admission Adults $7; Schoolchildren free - includes free tea/coffee and biscuits and hot meals are available. Line dancers are welcome. Please contact Robyn on 5463 1920 for bookings.


The Lions Club of Boonah meets at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month with the next meeting to be held on Monday, February 17. They meet at 6.30pm for fellowship and the meeting starts at 7pm. Catering is being provided by Carinity as part of their youth training scheme. If you are interested in finding out more about the efforts of the Lions Clubs phone on 0448 299 948.


Boonah and District Senior Citizens Welfare Club meets at Boonah Golf Club in Bruckner Hill Road, Boonah, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 9am to 1pm. Members play indoor bowls, cards, scrabble and table games and enjoy morning tea and a two-course lunch at noon. If you are aged 50 years or over why not come along to Boonah Golf Club when Boonah Seniors meet and visit our friendly members. You will be made very welcome. The next Seniors' morning will be held on Wednesday, February 19. To find out more about Boonah Seniors please ring Secretary Natalie McDonald on 5463 8285.


The first of this year's morning concert series at Boonah Cultural Centre in High Street, Boonah, is The Swingin' Martinis with John Read and Vinnie Nowell on Friday, February 21. With a double scoop of comedy, a generous serving of musical mayhem and some good old slapstick... Take a couple of swingers, hand them microphones, slip them into tuxedos and what do you have? You have the Swingin' Martinis. Add a double scoop of comedy, a generous serving of musical mayhem and some good old slapstick and you have a cocktail that no self-respecting swinger will want to miss.

The morning concerts are always enjoyable. Prices are $16 for single tickets and, at $12.50 each for groups of 10 or more. They start at 11am with a complimentary morning tea (tea and biscuits) from 10am. Group price means you have to pay in bulk rather than everyone paying individually. Book now to be sure of a seat at this dynamic, high-energy show.

Book online through, phone 5540 4040 or visit the box office at Boonah Cultural Centre or The Centre, Beaudesert. Groups that come to the concerts, usually find somewhere to have lunch afterwards to make a day of it. The concerts usually finish between 12.15 and 12.30pm.


The Boonah Community Band rehearses every Monday night (during school terms) at the Boonah Band Hall, Walter St, Boonah, from 7pm - 8.30pm. New members are always welcome. For more information contact: Jane (president) on 0408 865 170.


Table tennis is both fun and good exercise for ladies and gents. The U3A Table Tennis Group meets in the Band Hall, Walter St, Boonah on Friday afternoons from 1.30 - 3pm and in Kalbar at the Kalbar School of Arts Hall, 83 Edward Street on Tuesday nights from 7.30 - 9pm. If you've never played and would like to learn, please ring David or Carol Toal on 0412 323 055 or email David at or Carol at Coaching is available and all equipment is supplied. New players are always welcome.


Computer classes are conducted at the Fassifern Community Centre on Thursday mornings. There will be beginners and advanced classes. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere while you learn computing skills. For all computer class inquiries and to register your interest please contact Marcia on 0476 200 289 or


The U3A Good Life Club is a group of like-minded people who meet monthly to discuss issues of sustainability generally centred around food production, harvesting, cooking and preserving, troubleshooting problems in the vegetable garden, fruit trees, soil etc. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3.30pm-5pm. With the next meeting to be held on Thursday, February 20. Members meet mostly in one of the members' gardens or go on organised field trips, but if no one is able to hold the meeting in their yard, they meet in the Band Hall in Walter Street. Members are welcome to bring a plate of something from their garden to share, also members are encouraged to bring along excess produce/seedlings to share with each other. For more information email Barb at


The following classes are held as part of the Be Healthy and Active Program.

Pilates for Older Adults: exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness, is held every Monday at 10.30am at Mt. Alford School of Arts Hall. Cost is $5. For more information contact Sonya Spielmann on 0421 337 117.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: for Mind-body movement practice that combines dynamic flow, strengthening and mobilising techniques, conscious breathing, mindful awareness and relaxation, is held every Monday at 6.15pm and Tuesdays at 9.10am at the Kalbar School of Arts Hall, Edward Street, Kalbar. Cost is $5. For more information contact Louise Allan on 0431 193 833.

Piloxing: A fusion class consisting of standing pilates, shadow boxing combinations and dance, to increase balance, agility and cardio health is held every Tuesday at 4.30pm at the Harrisville School of Arts Hall. Cost is $5. For more information contact Gayle Baker 0417 199 695.


By Pam Hardgrave,


The next RADHA meeting will be held at the Information Centre tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. There is a lot of new stock on the shelves of the Information Centre at the moment, and we are expecting a new line of locally made soaps in soon. Native bee motels made by the boys at PCCC are selling like hot cakes and orders are being taken.


Will continue in the school pool until the 3rd of March. This is part of the council's Be Healthy and Active initiative. The cost is only $5 per session. Exercising in the water is low impact and easy on joints. The experienced instructor will make sure all levels are catered for.


It was much cooler at the fitness session last Wednesday and it is hoped that as summer passes numbers will increase. Beaucare supports this fitness group and a personal trainer (Jeff) assisted by Kim take the class of low impact enjoyable stretching and moving exercises. The cost is $6 and the sessions start at 11am and finishes at noon. Morning tea is provided.


Yoga classes have started again in the Rathdowney hall on Saturday morning at 9.15am. The class runs for one and a half hours. Yoga helps improve posture, flexibility and strength, through gentle exercises which are suited to all ages and abilities. It would be good to see new faces joining the yoga classes this year, so come along and give it a try. Spare mats are available. The midweek sessions will start up again in February.


The next Women of Rathdowney get together will be held on Thursday, February 27, from 6.00pm. The ladies meet at the hotel, enjoy some table activities while waiting for their meals to be served. Regular attendees are welcome to bring a friend or two and new ladies are most welcome. This is quite an informal group who just enjoy catching up with neighbours and meeting new residents of the area.


Local government elections will be coming up soon. These elections will see Rathdowney, because of realignment of boundaries, become part of Division 5. No longer will we have Virginia West as the local representative. Virginia has always had a presence in Rathdowney and regularly visited the Information Centre, and attended meetings and functions. We will miss you Virginia. It is to be hoped that whoever is elected in Division 5 remembers that Rathdowney is part of his/her electorate. At this time it seems that there are three candidates.

The Josephville Cutting Club is looking for volunteers to do the BBQ at its monthly event. Phone 0477 444 487 for information if you would like to help.

School is back in full swing again, with very enthusiastic staff, pupils and P&C. A very informative newsletter distributed after the first week has reminded old families and advised new families of the school rules and its ideals. The school underwent massive refurbishment last year but there is still some to be done and it is hoped that it will be completed by the end of term one. The school for many years now has had a School Resource Scheme. This means that parents pay a one off amount and all students' learning needs are supplied ie work books, pencils, rulers, erasers, felt pens. This saves parents having to shop for these items throughout the year. The P&C members will hold their AGM on February 18. The meeting starts at 6pm and usually concludes by 8pm.