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Weekly Message - 29th May
Last week we held our meeting at the Men’s Shed at Thornleigh. What an interesting concept and operation – mainly for retired people but also taking children in to learn about timber work. My thanks go to Dave Webster for organising the night.
From the Board Meeting on Tuesday – leave of absence was granted to Gail while she undergoes medical treatment and our good wishes go to her during this time. Also we understand Bev is recuperating well after her recent operation.
With regret we will be losing two of our members, Peter Kirkwood and Peter McIntyre. Peter Kirkwood is retiring and will be joining Wahroonga club. Peter McIntyre has sold his home in Cherrybrook and is moving to Windsor. Many thanks to both for the assistance they have given to me and to our club over the past two years, and previously to RC of Waitara.
Work on our Changeover and amalgamation celebration is proceeding well – details will be available soon.
Further nominations for the Pride of Workmanship have been received, however we still need more so please submit a nomination if you can.
On the 17th June I am to be jailed in Hornsby Mall, as part of the PCYC Time 4 Kids event. I have conned the board to donate $500 and still require a further $500 so that I will be released on the day. I have managed $200 so far but still need assistance. Thanks (??) to Chris Robison for his ‘help’ (Chris, I just need your money!) and those who offered to pay to keep me in the clink!
Yours in Rotary
About Men's Shed
The Shed covers five woodworking groups: toy making, furniture/cabinet making, woodturning, wood carving and pyrography and has an extensive range of woodworking machines and hand tools for use by members.
Members can choose to work on their own projects or participate in our toy or shed projects. Some members come for the social aspects associated with a like-minded group, or to learn, improve and hone their woodworking skills. No prior woodworking skills are required and members can learn from skilled supervisors and access the knowledge of other members of the Shed and our Library.Woodturning
Membership is open to both men and women of all ages over 14, subject to the individual’s capacity to accept verbal and written instruction and to work safely with machinery, which if used incorrectly can be dangerous. Safety procedures are in place both for your own protection and the protection of members.
For those approaching retirement as well as those already retired, the Shed provides a social outlet that many lose when they retire from the permanent workforce. Members’ wives and partners support the existence of the Shed and its aims and objectives, because it provides an enjoyable social and rewarding activity outside the home.
The Shed last year distributed more than 300 toys to charities and has done so for many years. As well as toys, Shed members have been involved in the construction of specialised furniture and equipment for hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and other local and regional organisations.
Whilst the Shed membership consists of mainly retirees, there are a significant number of young and working members.
While the Shed receives commission for non-Shed work, members are not permitted to use the Shed’s resources for the purposes of commercial activities.