The inaugural Beaudesert Meals on Wheels committee formed in 1982 was as follows:
President: Ian Telfer
Vice President: Joy Sheil
Secretary: Meg Cloonan
Treasurer: Tony Hall
Committee: Joan Urquhart, Ann Harrison, Esther Holcombe, Jim Ferguson, Syd Callanan, John Bartlett
At a public meeting held on August 4, 1982 a committee was formed to establish Beaudesert Meals on Wheels. Prior to this meeting the Beaudesert Show Society had generously offered the use of a kitchen beneath the Stewards Meeting Room, and over the next three months the committee worked towards bringing this service to fruition.
Many people put their names forward as kitchen or delivery volunteers. A government grant and donations from community groups enabled the committee to upgrade the kitchen and purchase equipment. The first clients began receiving meals on October 25, 1982. A decision was made to deliver meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.
Beaudesert Meals on Wheels began with only eight clients but as more people became aware of the service numbers increased. And with assistance from other community groups the organisation was able to have meals delivered to people living in surrounding districts.
The kitchen at Beaudesert Showgrounds became the centre of our operation for over 21 years but unfortunately did not meet new National Food Standards. As it was not practicable to upgrade that facility and we did not have the financial resources to meet the cost of fitting out a new kitchen, a decision was made to investigate the possibility of outsourcing meals for our clients.
An agreement was reached to purchase meals from Wongaburra and this arrangement began on June 30, 2003. This meant the only volunteers we now required were for delivering meals.
In October 2008, Tamborine Mountain was added to the area we service and we have a band of volunteers who deliver meals to these clients. In recent years we have been able to offer meals to Canungra, Gleneagle, Rathdowney and Tamborine residents.
The success of Beaudesert Meals on Wheels has been made possible by the many wonderful volunteers, both past and present, who have willingly given their time to help others in our community. We are also indebted to other organisations for providing assistance in helping us offer this essential service to those who need this support.