President's Report for the AGM
In closing I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year,
Comments from members
“It is truly heartbreaking to think of the immense value that the Shed brings to the community. It's unfortunate that the Shed has been broken into not just once, but twice within the span of two weeks.
“This is a pretty low act, breaking into the premises of a community group established by men for the support of men and the wanton vandalism is disappointing to say the least” President Chris Hansen.
“The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed has over 150 active members at present and being a not-for-profit organisation, the loss of any money affects the operation of the Shed which is essentially there for the health and well being of men. Ken Ryan
The Coffs Coast Business Awards are certainly one of the biggest events on the business calendar in this region and a great way to showcase our Men’s Shed.
The shed had an article published in the News Of The Area edition on Friday 24th November which included a special lift-out to celebrate the Business Awards.
The Shed was represented by 4 members plus our Patron, Warren Skinner at the awards night on 25th November. Unfortunately, we we didn't win, however with 350 guests at the function, the Shed’s exposure was worth the effort.
Thanks to Brendan Walsh who assisted in putting the submission together.
The above photo is of the Shed’s representatives at the presentation night.
If you can lend some expertise, please front up and let it be known at the Office.
Using Fixed Machinery
These records must be kept up to date because the insurance company can refuse compensation claims for injury. They have the right to request access to these records in processing claims.
Brian asked Robert for a refresher in using the thicknesser. Brian doesn't use this machine very often and welcomed some tips from Robert.
Report any problems with equipment to the Office so that it can be attended to.
Please don't attempt repairs or major adjustments without consulting the maintenance crew or the Office. Well meaning individuals have unwittingly caused the maintenance team major headaches.
Always use the metal detector before cutting/thicknessing any second hand timber.
Cost to open the Shed door
Yearly Fixed Costs
Remember to sign in and out, it allows the committee to monitor usage and safety officers to check off members in the case of emergencies including mandatory fire drills.
Job Sheets MUST be filled in and filed with the Office before you start any work at the Shed. This is a common sense rule so that the Shed managers know what is happening in the Shed.
2023 has seen the introduction of members meetings as an initiative to encourage members to take in active interest in the management of the Shed.
The agenda is organised so that current events and issues are discussed and members are asked for feedback and comments.
The Committee is open to all members to become involved in the management and day to day running of the Shed. All members are encouraged to take on an active role.
Tool Box meetings are held at morning tea during the week following the committee meeting (2nd Thursday monthly) to give feedback to members.
Free member luncheons have been well received and will continue to be provided every month, on the 3rd Tuesday, as an initiative to promote social interaction away from the tools. These luncheons are subsidised by Woolworths and Dominos Pizzas. Meals will alternate between sausages and pizza.
Card players euchre/500/crib are being played by an increasing number of members during breaks. All are welcome to take part whether you are a novice or an experienced player.
What Is The Main Ingredient of WD-40?
"Water Displacement #40". The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Then try it on your stove-top. It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters.
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewellery chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terracotta garden pots from oxidising.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida 's favourite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favourite use in the state of New York , it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
Ben Hall (9 May 1837 – 5 May 1865)
He was shot dead by police in May 1865 at Goobang Creek.
Ben Hall was born on 9 May 1837, at Maitland, New South Wales, Australia (though an 1865 newspaper report, possibly incorrectly, named the Clift family owned Breeza Station near Breeza as his birthplace).
Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn attack policemen guarding the Gundagai Mail, 1865
During the summer of 1861–62, his wife Biddy left with their young son Henry to live with a young police officer named James Taylor. They moved to Humbug Creek, near Lake Cowal, well away from Hall.
Hall and several others were arrested in July, but once again the police were unable to gain enough evidence to formally charge him. He was released about the end of August. However, he and his partner at Sandy Creek faced mounting legal costs and were forced to transfer the lease of the property to John Wilson, a Forbes publican.
New Management 2023 (voluntary)
President: Chris Hansen
Vice President: Robert Houston
Secretary: Tony Winter
Treasurer: Garth Howard
Assistant Secretary: Chris Hansen
Assistant Treasurer: Ken Ryan
GENERAL COMMITTEEDavid Churchyard
Shed Managers & Office Administration:David Churchyard
Health & Welfare Officers:
Metalwork / Engineering:
Equipment Maintenance:Ken Ryan
Music Group - The Shedmen:
Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed
The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed wishes to thank all our supporters, both large and small,
for their ongoing support and generous donations of time and money.