PRESIDENT - ESTELLE DRYNAN
WEST MORETON & BRISBANE VALLEY DELEGATE
Estelle was born in Esk, attended Murrumba and Esk State schools riding a pony to school, before attending Moreton Bay College as a boarder for four years. During her growing up on the family dairy farm, she had ponies and competed at our local shows. On leaving school she worked as a Pharmaceutical assistant in Esk. Estelle was very involved in the then Junior Farmers movement now known as Rural Youth, also in Country Women's Younger Set. After her marriage to John in 1968, she has resided at Esk Crows Nest Road, and helped in all aspects of the running of a grazing property. John and Estelle had two children a Girl and a Boy, who have since married and we have now been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.
At present she is involved with the Esk Show Society, Esk Branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association, Esk Campdraft Association, Care and Concern, a member of the Grand Wivenhoe Fishing Club. When her children were young she helped to reform the Brisbane Valley Pony Club, which is still going strong today. She has held all executive positions with the majority of the above mentioned clubs and is extremely committed to helping our local community.
Estelle enjoys being involved with our Queensland show movement, and seeing many of our state winners of our competitions, going on to become excellent judges in their own right, being involved in their local shows, and the Queensland Chamber Next Generation committee, because they are the future of Queensland Shows.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - KERRI ROBERTSON
DARLING DOWNS DELEGATE
Kerri Robertson was born in Goondiwindi where she continues to live on the family farm, “Banaba”. Banaba very proudly hosts four generations of farmers still working together on the mixed grazing and cropping property. Agriculture is in her blood and it was from this that Kerri's love and passion for Agricultural Shows arose. Kerri understands just how vital Agricultural Shows and showground facilities are to the communities they support and serve.
Kerri became heavily involved with the Show movement in 2004 as a Goondiwindi Miss Showgirl and expanded her show experiences through the Marsh Rural Ambassador Competition of which she was MARSH Queensland Rural Ambassador Runner Up. She is the Immediate Past President of the Queensland Shows Next Generation Committee, having served as a Management Member of that vibrant committee since 2011. In addition to all of this, Kerri has served as the Goondiwindi Show Society Secretary since 2010.
Kerri was appointed to the QCAS Board as a delegate for the Darling Downs Sub Chamber in March 2017 and was welcomed to the Executive Committee as Senior Vice President in March, 2018.
Junior VICE PRESIDENT - DAVID LEMBERG
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND DELEGATE
David was born and educated in Mackay for a number of years before attending boarding school in Charters Towers. After completing school David worked in the family Hotel for a while before going to work for The Mackay Printing and Publishing Company for a number of years. During this time he met and married his wife Jill and moved to Sarina. Shortly after this he began working for CSR Sugar and became involved with the Sarina Show in 1984 as a volunteer. He was elected to the Management Committee in 1990 and elected President in 2001. David became a Director at the retirement of John Roberts in 2008 and has since held the position of Treasurer and currently is Junior Vice President. David is also the President of the Sarina Show Society.
TREASURER - MONICA SKERMAN
NEAR NORTH COAST DELEGATE
Young Judges & Paraders Coordinator
Monica was born in Esk and raised on a property at Crows dale. She went to Somerset Dam Primary School and came to Brisbane and boarded at St Rita’s, Clayfield for 3 years. After finishing school Monica worked at Ray White for 7 years being the junior to their accountant. 1975 Monica married Fraser and moved to Maleny. Monica worked on the family dairy farm. In 1984 Fraser and Monica went into partnership with his father until they sold in 1997. Monica has four children two boys and two girls.
Monica started working in the Maleny newsagency as the bookkeeper in 1987 and is still working there. Monica has been involved in the Maleny Show Society since 1978 and was the Chief Dairy Steward for 8 years and on the executive committee for 23years. Monica is the Treasurer of the QCAS Board of Directors and is heavily involved in the young Judges and Paraders competition particularly the Dairy Paraders and Judges. Monica is Chair of Quilts Across Queensland.
Central & North West Delegate
Ian was born in Brisbane, the grandson of a Woombye pineapple farmer. After training as a teacher, he served at Petrie, Jundah, Blackall and Longreach. While in Blackall, he become involved with Barcoo Pastoral Society, of which he is still a member. After moving to Longreach, he became a member of Longreach Show Society, serving as a Committee Member, School Exhibits Steward, Treasurer and Vice-President. A Life member of the RNA since 1976, Ian has been a regular visitor to the Ekka since childhood and this experience has led to continued interest and participation in the Show Movement in Queensland.
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS DELEGATE
Rural Ambassador Awards Coordinator
NEXT GENERATION COMMITTEE MEMBER
Jess Crawford has been involved in the agricultural industry for 20 years, now married with two beautiful young children and living in Emerald Central Queensland, she has a big focus on educating the Next Generation and our communities about where their food and fibre comes from. Growing up in the small towns of Yelarbon and Inglewood, Jess knows firsthand the struggles that our primary producers face every day. Jess has been part of the Queensland show movement since competing in the horse rings of her local shows since she was 10 years old.
Jess believes that our agricultural shows promote our most valuable industry as well as educating children and our communities about where their food and fibre comes from and who grows it. In the past 9 years she has been heavily involved in the Emerald Show Society and the Queensland show movement, striving to keep our agricultural shows viable, entertaining, educational and sustainable for many years to come. Jess believes that our shows are a tradition we cannot afford to lose. Graduating from a horse steward position to serve 5 years as the Secretary, Jess is now serving her second year as the President on the Emerald Show Society, Jess has also been a past MARSH Queensland Rural Ambassador and spent 2 years as a QLD Next Gen Executive member.
“The Emerald Show has grown and grown with the booms of our community, now Emerald has seen a down turn in its population as a result of the coal mining industry and major draught. It is again time to readjust the Show to align with our community and surrounding area” Jess said.
Jess believes, our events must continue to change with our communities and society as a whole, if we want our shows to be around for many more generations to enjoys. Tradition is very important and the hard part is to not lose our amazing traditions but stay relevant with modern society.
NORTH QUEENSLAND DELEGATE
Born and educated in Cairns, Kathy grew up on a sugar cane property north of Cairns. After leaving school she worked for a dry cleaning/real estate business in Cairns and was member of Junior Farmers /Rural Youth. This is where Kathy’s interest in the agricultural show movement began. The Junior Farmers held regular junior judging competitions and Kathy was involved in these going on to be an exhibitor at the Cairns Show and exhibited successfully at all the surrounding shows.
Residing in the City of Cairns, Kathy is married Les in 1967. They have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and remain involved in the P &C at the girls and grandchildren schools, sporting and dancing committees. Kathy is a long-time member of the Lioness Club of Cairns, Past Local Government Councillor, Justice of Peace, and works for many local community events.
Kathy has been a member of Cairns Show Association committee since 1982, Chief Steward of the Arts and Craft, Photography, Visual Arts, elected to the Management Committee in 1992 and Vice President 1996, attained Life Membership in 1995. Elected as the QCAS delegate for North Queensland 2010.
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND DELEGATE
Ute Muster Coordinator
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND DELEGATE
MISS SHOWGIRL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Lorraine grew up on her family’s Hereford stud cattle property at Tara on the Western Darling Downs. She completed her secondary education as a boarder at St. Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast. After attending a Business College in Sydney, Lorraine worked as a receptionist for a Gynaecologist in Queen Street, Brisbane. It was here that she became involved in the Queensland RSL Girl in a Million Quest. Lorraine went on to win the Queensland title in 1977. Following her reign Lorraine was appointed as the State Coordinator and spent 10 years in this role until she met Douglas at the Brisbane Ekka. They were married in December 1988 and Lorraine moved to Dirranbandi to join her husband on their cotton, cattle and broad acre farming property.
Lorraine has always been involved in the Show Movement from early days of her family showing cattle at Royal and Regional Shows to becoming involved in the Dirranbandi Show and the South West Sub Chamber. She has served in numerous positions including Secretary and President and also President of the South West Sub Chamber and has been their Delegate for several years. Lorraine is the Chairperson of the Queensland Country Life Showgirl Awards.
NATURE FIBRES COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE
Darling Downs Delegate
Lyndell was raised on her Family’s Stud Cattle and Merino Sheep Property at Tara on the Western Darling Downs. Hereford Cattle saw the family showing at Brisbane, Sydney and regional shows. After completing her secondary education at St. Hilda’s School, Southport, Lyndell spent a year in America as a Rotary Exchange Student. On her return to Australia, she completed a Cosmetician course in Sydney before obtaining a secretarial position at Myer Queen Street, Brisbane.
Lyndell returned to the family property, actively involving herself in the running of such, breeding and showing Hereford Cattle, breeding Merino sheep and getting involved in the community through her active involvement in the Young National Party. She married her lifelong friend, Russell, in 1978 and moved 5kms up the road to his family’s property. Two children and four beautiful grandchildren followed along with a passionate commitment to her community. Executive roles held in the P & C Association, Garden Club, Bowls Club and the Tara Show Society. A life member of the Show Society, serving on the Women’s Show Auxilliary, Horticultural Section, judging at Regional Shows; eleven years as Show Secretary, Steward for Showgirl, Farm Produce and Field Cropping and Town and Country Markets.
Since the passing of her husband in 2017, Lyndell runs the family property with her daughter, Carissa, fattening cattle, running Merino Ewes and breeding prime crossbred lambs. A passionate community member, Lyndell continues as a Steward for the Tara Show, is a Delegate to the Darling Downs Sub Chamber and enjoys encouraging and mentoring young enthusiasts into the Show Movement.
Lyndell was elected as a QCAS Delegate for Darling downs in late 2017.
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND DELEGATE
Livestock Committee Chair
RICHARD O’NEILL (OAM)
SOUTH BURNETT DELEGATE
DARK RICH FRUIT CAKE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Richard was born at Murgon and grew up on the family dairy farm at Moffatdale. He attended Moffatdale Primary School and finished there being one of the youngest in Queensland to pass Scholarship. the Murgon high School then opened and he was one of the first day students. Upon completing Sub-Junior he became involved in the rural industry, the Junior Farmers and the show movement. During this period he was successful in Young Judges Competitions. In 1949 he was selected as on of the Junior Farmers to represent Queensland at the Sydney Royal Show. Married in 1954 to Edna, also a keen show person, he later held executive positions on the School committee and High School Bus Committee. His involvement in the local show involved competing in various sections and eventually holding position of President for 18 years, This led to his involvement in the South Burnett Sub-Chamber and serving his term as QCAS President.
In 1983 he became a Director of QCAS and later secretary of the Showgirl Committee. Richard has been Treasurer, Junior, Senior Vice-President and President of the Chamber. During this term he co-founded with pride the establishment of the Rural Ambassador Award. He is currently chairmen of the Show Dates, Dark Rich Fruit Cake, Ute Muster and EKKA Stand Committees. Other community interest consist of being a member of the local Ambulance Committee for 41 years and currently President. He instigated the establishment of the Rural Road Numbering system in Queensland for Emergency services. The authorities awarded him an Order of Australia Medal in 1999 for his services to the community. Currently being Treasurer of the Murgon Show Society he is also President of the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum. Richie is still a volunteer at the Visitor Information Center.