President's Reports to Members
- On 3rd May we celebrated the Official Opening of the shed with the Mayor, Denise Knight unveiling the commemorative plaque which was designed and made by Robert Houston. The Mayor was presented with a cutting board with a replica of the plaque engraved on the underside which was also produced by Robert. About 100 guests attended including members of Council, Chamber of Commerce, business leaders and shed members. At the completion of the ceremony our own band, The Shedders, played and entertained the visitors. Well done guys! To all shed members who helped in making the day a huge success, I thank you all.
- Drummer Tony Goninan has kindly donated his drum kit to the shed. Thankyou Tony.
- On Saturday following the opening day, we opened the shed to the community to showcase what we have. A steady stream of visitors attended and a number of the men indicated their desire to become members of the shed. We currently have 172 members with the numbers growing steadily.
- For his tireless and passionate dedication to the shed, volunteer shed manager Robert Houston has been rewarded with Life Membership of the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed. Congratulations from us all Robert.
- The grey rocking horse which has been beautifully restored by Tony and Glenn, is to be raffled to raise funds for the shed. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. If the previously raffled horse is any indication, the shed will benefit by a substantial amount.
- On Sunday 19th May from 9am – 12noon we have been invited to conduct a BBQ at IGA Boambee East. All profits will be retained by our shed. Volunteers will be requested closer to the date.
On the evening of 18th March we hosted the Sawtell Rotary Club for an inspection of the shed followed by a BBQ. There were 11 of their members attending and they were very impressed with the shed, as they had previously visited the old shed in Marcia Street.
On Tuesday following the Rotary Club visit, we hosted an informal BBQ with other sheds from our area attending. These were Bundagen, Urunga, Woolgoolga, Bellingen and Dorrigo.
The official opening of the shed will be held on Friday 3rd May with the Mayor, Denise Knight unveiling the commemorative plaque. All members are invited, but it is most important that you RSVP by 24th April as we need to know numbers for catering. You should have received an invitation by email recently.
For the three days leading up to the opening, normal activities at the shed will be restricted to allow setting up of the ceremony area. Also we will need to clean up and present the shed to the visitors in a tidy state. There will be VIP’s present and it will be beneficial for us to make an impression on them. I look forward to your cooperation in making the event a showcase for our shed.
Welcome to 2019. The year has started well with a BUNNINGS sausage sizzle and our first GARAGE SALE on Saturday 2nd February. This will be an ongoing event to be held on the first Saturday of each month. The items for sale will include items made at the shed specifically for sale and any surplus tools/equipment the shed has. All members are invited to attend the sale as the first one was well attended and a social atmosphere was evident with Dave Churchyard providing goodies from the BBQ. These two events netted approximately $2,000.
The mezzanine floor is now completed and member’s projects in progress are to be stored in the end room which has bee set-up with shelving etc to store items.
An official opening day for the shed is currently being negotiated with the events section of Coffs Harbour City Council. The event will be held in May (date to be advised) and will include the official opening and open days for the community.
The large thicknesser has been replaced by a more reliable machine with an easier operating procedure. For accreditation on the machine, please see Tom or Ken.
The Bunnings sausage sizzle day on the 1st December was very successful grossing about $2,200 with a profit of around $1,500. Good effort by all who volunteered, especially Robert who pulled it all together with only a couple of days notice from Bunnings.
The Men’s Shed Christmas Party was held on 11th December and a very enjoyable time was had by all. Thanks to Ken Howe and Ray Meyer for organizing the evening.
The AGM was held on 12th December with a good attendance with the majority of the previous committee re-elected plus a couple of new members. Congratulations to all committee members and I look forward to working with them in 2019.
Another addition to the shed is the shelter in the garden area with a BBQ area included. A great “engineering” feat by Jacko to complete the shed erection in time for the AGM sausage sizzle.
The car parking area has been marked out with 12 spaces which includes 1 disabled space. When attending the shed please park in the marked spaces.
Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy 2019.
We have a resident birdman in the shed. Tom Skinner has managed to train ‘Wilson” the pee wee to eat from his hand. Tom has a reputation with birds? I like the way Tom hold his mouth, maybe bird talk?
There has been a lot of activity getting the mezzanine completed and special thanks to all the members who have made a big effort with an expected completion in the next couple of weeks. I am a little disappointed at the response by members to help with painting etc with the bulk of the work being done by the “usual” core group of dedicated members. Thanks to Tom “put plenty paint on” Skinner for his guidance in advising the guys doing the painting.
The Essential Fire Safety Measures have recently been completed in the shed – namely fire hydrant testing, fire hose reel testing, emergency lighting, exit lighting and portable fire extinguishers. We are now ready to conduct regular fire evacuation drill and the Fire Evacuation and Drill Procedure will be made available to all members. Please read and familiarize yourself with the procedure.
Our Christmas party will be held on the 11th December. Details in this issue of the newsletter.
The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed AGM is scheduled for 10:00am on 12th December at the shed. All positions on the Management Committee will be declared vacant at the meeting and nominations are now open for all positions. Details will be sent out to members. Please support the AGM and allow us to form as strong a committee as we have had in 2018.
Dave Harnett who was a management committee member, tended his resignation from the Committee and the Shed due to personal reasons. Dave is returning to North Queensland and will join the Tully Shed. Dave contributed a great deal to the shed, particularly in the metal work area. Dave’s parting words are, “ If any of you southerners decide to brave the crocs and cane toads, there will always be a coldie in the fridge.” We wish you all the best Dave.
Coffs Men’s Shed recently made a donation to the Mental Health Unit at Coffs Harbour Hospital so that they could purchase a keyboard which member Ron Braun’s wife plays to entertain the patients. The Manager of the Mental Health Unit has thanked us for the donation of the key board to assist patients in their recovery.
Graham Miller is pleased with the progress of the gardens area. The concrete slab for the BBQ area was poured on 10th October. Some planting has taken place with more to follow. Graham is doing a great job with the landscaping and gardens.
We have recently delivered a presentation to Sawtell Rotary and we have an invitation to do a presentation to the Grandparents and kinship carers forum on 19 October 2018.
Also we have a table at Toormina Gardens on the last Friday of the month where we are able to show off our products and sell items and generally promote the shed.
On the 20th October we will be represented at Talloumbi Gardens to assist them with a drought fundraising day. Robert will be seeking assistance with this.
Finally, congratulations go to Graham Campbell who has had the honor of being made a Life Member of the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed. Graham has been a member of the shed for many years and is a stalwart worker performing many tasks. We look forward to his continued involvement.
- A big thank you to all involved in the garage sale fundraiser for our contribution to the drought relief. A great effort. As you are probably aware, our shed has partnered the Gilgandra shed and we have sent $3,000 to them which will benefit the Gilgandra district. The contribution includes $2,000 raised at the garage sale. The Gilgandra Men's Shed have resolved to include our donation as well as the Gilgandra Men's Shed in the fund known as "Gilgandra District Drought Alliance". This organisation includes representation from The Gilgandra Men's Shed, Country Women's Association, Gilgandra Lions Club and St Vincent de Paul. The group was formed with the intent that any donation could be more effectively distributed using the resources of the combined organisations. The main distribution method will be with $250 credit cards from the local Bendigo Bank. The cards are such that the proceeds can be only spent within the Gilgandra shire through EFTPOS. Application forms are available throughout the Gilgandra Township, applicants can apply for themselves as well as anonymously on behalf of a person in need. A representative committee will process the applications and make funds available to those in need.
- The shed clean-up week was very successful and it was great to see so many members roll up to help. Inroads were also made into the construction of the mezzanine. Thanks to Robert for pulling it all together and thanks to David for the culinary delights at lunch time.
- Graham Miller continues to work on the garden/landscaping and I’m sure he would welcome anyone with a “green thumb” to help out. Also items for the garden would be welcome eg shrubs etc.
- I will be out of action for about 6 weeks after shoulder replacement surgery. Hopefully I will be able to visit the shed regularly and have a cuppa.
Ken Ryan, President.
- Our shed has recently been involved in activities to promote the shed.
- Tom Skinner recently participated in an interview on 2AIRFM. It was an excellent interview and Tom did a great job selling the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed.
- Ray Meyer and myself did a presentation for the Senior Citizens group at Boambee East. The presentation raised a lot if interest in the operation of our shed.
- The committee has decided to make a donation to the NSW drought relief and this is being arranged in partnership with the Gilgandra Men's Shed who will use the donation in community activities. $1,000 will be donated plus the proceeds from a garage sale we will hold at the shed shortly - further details to follow.
- SMOKO "toolbox talks" will be held regularly to provide info and feedback to members.
- The kitchen area floor has been painted and it looks great, making cleaning much easier. Thanks to the members who contributed to the preparation and painting. Other floor areas will be painted as time permits.
- Graham Miller has made a lot of progress with the garden/landscaping and it is starting to take shape. Well done Graham. All you keen gardeners out there see Graham and I am sure he will find a shovel for you. The plans are to add a pergola to the garden area.
- Our old ute (1991 vintage) is showing it's age and the committee has decided to replace it with a more modern version of similar type. Let Robert or David know if you see anything suitable in the $6,000 range.
- Already July and another Newsletter has been produced with thanks to Ray Meyer. If you have any items of interest, photos etc of shed activities, please advise Ray for inclusion in the next Newsletter.
- Recently Nan and Les Cowling visited the shed and shared a cuppa at Smoko. They made a very generous donation to the shed and Nan and Les have been supporters of our Men’s shed for many years. On behalf of all our members, a big thank you to Nan and Les. Their support is greatly appreciated.
- Thanks to all members who assisted in the garage sale conducted on 23rd and 24th June. Surplus tools and other items were sold and the shed benefited by $1,000 plus.
- On Saturday 30th June we were invited to assist the Coffs Harbour Support Services with their special day at the Showground. Coffs Men’s Shed provided the sausage sizzle and thanks go to the volunteers Tom Skinner, Mick Maley, Ray Meyer and Nev Colligan.
- Lunchtime at the shed has become a popular time for using the microwave oven to heat up leftovers etc. If you have a microwave oven which you have recently retired, we can certainly use another at the shed.
- Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed. We currently have 167 financial members, a slight increase in the last month.
- At the recent Management Committee meeting the member’s fees for the 2018/19 financial year was raised and unfortunately, due to increases in insurances and operating costs, the fees for 2018/19 have been set at $50 per member. Member’s fees become due on 1st July 2018.
- We are in the progress of rationalising the tools we need to operate the shed and there will be a large number of power and hand tools which are surplus to our needs and are available for sale to members. The tools have been isolated and placed on a pallet on the shed floor. If you are interested in purchasing any of the tools, make an offer to Robert.
- On the 23rd and 24th June, we will be holding a garage sale at the shed and all surplus equipment will be offered for sale to the public. The sale will be from 8am to 1pm on each of the days and volunteers are required to assist. If you can help for an hour or two, put your name on the roster at the shed.
- Thanks to Doug Simmo, Ray Johnson and Andrew Ryan, the drawers containing hand tools have been rearranged into alphabetical order and labelled with their contents. No longer will you need to search to find the right drawer for the tool you are looking for.
- From the woodworking area it has been reported that we still have people misusing machinery. If a machine’s normal set up is altered to do a particular job, it must be returned to its normal state.
- All consultant’s reports have now been received and hopefully work will recommence on the mezzanine area in the near future.
In the near future we will be celebrating the official opening of the Shed. This will be a huge event in our Shed’s history. I believe our Shed is second to none and with the final occupancy certificate we can look forward to the completion of a wonderful facility. Finally, if any member has any suggestions or complaints etc please don’t hesitate to talk to a Committee member.
Enjoy the Shed.
The new shed is now pretty well up and running. Most of the machines are now connected to the power and we can now focus on getting back into business. The jobs are rolling in and we need to get cracking to build up our finances to fund further developments and machine upgrades. It is well worth commenting on the sterling efforts put in by a handful of faithful shedders over this last few weeks. To those of you who have bent your backs to get things set up I give a hearty thank you. You are awesome! I was absent for quite a bit of the time during May but each time I came to the shed great changes were evident and lots of our precious stuff has been sorted and sent to the tip. The guy at the tip was amazed at the amount of stuff we got rid of.
Your committee has held its first meeting in the new shed and we are already planning projects to settle things in. Our webmaster Ray Meyer has accepted an invitation to formally join the committee. He has a wealth of admin and business experience and is going to look at our methods to see if they can be streamlined to assist Tom and David in the office.
It is of some concern already that Tom and David are being swamped for time to time, even though we still don’t have a phone or internet connection and probably won’t for some time. We will need to again implement the structure we started at the old shed to spread the load, with people directing enquiries to the suitable person instead of just to the managers. I will review all this over the next month and we may need some more volunteers. As part of the ongoing plans for the shed, the committee has decided proceed with a number of grant applications.
1. A grant from Coffs Council to complete the upstairs mezzanine floor with three rooms, metal stairs, disabled chair lift and metal balustrade, plus a female toilet. This will have a budget around $70,000 if successful.
2. A grant to establish the paint shop area. We are proposing to build a room similar in size to the new office and install a 4mt filter wall system at a cost of around $11,000. The total budget will be for about $17,000. Part of the grant will be for 2 dust scrubbers to be hung from the roof near the machine area to filter any airborne dust from the air. I understand these units are very affective. Sanding and prep will be completed over some vacuum sanding tables to minimise local dust.
Personal cupboard space.
Because we do not have space to allow all members to have a cupboard or draw to store personal stuff on site it has been decided that this practice from the old shed will not be available now. Locks have been removed from all doors and drawers around benches. If you had personal stuff in a cupboard or draw best come and collect it ASAP.
The car hoist we had has been sold to a guy from Armidale in the last few days. Money from this sale is going to be allocated to getting our shipping containers finally on site and repaired ready for timber storage in the back yard.
Goals for the next few weeks.
1. Organise and establish the storeroom next to engineering.
2. Clear out finished jobs from the kitchen area and set up more tables for meal times.
3. Connect power to the benches.
4. Collect/install racks and a table currently being stored by Ken Howe.
5. Install the containers in the back yard.
6. Mount defibrillator to sick room wall when delivered along with new first aid box.
Shed membership runs out at the end of the month. Membership fee $40 is due from 1st July 2017. All members will be asked to fill in a fresh membership form with complete contact details so our files can be updated. Quite a few emails have changed and not all members are being kept informed.
26th June 2017
We have won a grant of $37,300 to complete the framing, stairs and upstairs toilet.
We can start very soon on these projects. Watch this space. Some helping hands may be needed.
As of Thursday 4th May, a large amount of material, tools, cupboards, work benches have been delivered to Howard Street. This has been achieved with a lot of effort by several of our members who have unselfishly used their private transport together with our Men’s Shed ute.
The mezzanine at the old shed has been cleared and the showground storage was also cleared on time.
The kitchen, toilets and disabled toilet areas are complete except for painting. The office area has been erected and in the process of being completed.
Most of the work benches and associated cupboards are now in place and the set-up of the storeroom and machine shop is progressing.
Most significantly, the very heavy machines (large band saw, metal lathe, heavy wood lathe, large thicknesser and panel saw) were moved by the generosity of Tom at Barry Smith Engineering. (Thanks to Ron Braun) Tom supplied the truck with hyab and some of his staff and they picked up and delivered all these item in about 2 hours. Some of us “old fellas” watched and wondered – I’m sure we could not have moved them as quickly and efficiently as Tom and his men.
Power is currently being connected to the work bench area and our solar power system is delivering close to its rated 10Kw.
On behalf of the committee, I would like to give a great big thankyou to all involved in the ongoing move.
We still have a way to go and hopefully the new shed is fully operational in 3-4 weeks.