December 2021 Newsletter
Here it comes again. “Christmas”
When I was young it seemed to take a lifetime to arrive. At my current age it seems to come 4 times a year.
From now on everyone who wants something done, will need it by Christmas. Even though they have had 11 months to get organised! “Oh gosh we need this in 30 days.”
This is a scenario everyone in business has experienced. One year, we virtually walked out the back door of holiday units, as the first guests walked in the front door.
You would think as a volunteer organisation these events would not occur. Where is the problem? Not a problem at all. As volunteers we are prepared to go that little bit further.
We have learnt over the years that giving is not drudgery, but an absolute pleasure.
To see a smile on someone’s face when they realise you have taken that little extra step to help them.
I did a small job at the shed the other day. I enjoyed doing it. When the owner came to pick it up, I was so moved. He was choked up with emotions. His thanks to me were more than I ever expected, and more valuable than money.
Please take time to sit back and reflect on our shed. Not what you get from it. But what you can achieve by giving your time and skills. Giving your time and skills to help someone, someone who may not have the necessary financial support or ability to approach business for help.
The Government, Federal, State and Local along with businesses and local people understand the importance of our Shed.
My aim as President is to have all members doing the best job they can. I don’t care if you have 10 goes at something. If after a week, you come to me and say. “This was my first attempt. This is my 8th. What do you think?
I wish to thank all members for the support they have given to me over this year.
Although Ken Ryan has not said as much, I think he would like a President with the computer skills of a 5 year old. Not a 76 year old. Thank you, Ken.
I take this opportunity to wish all our members a “Very Happy and Safe Christmas”
May your families be blessed with love and a hope for the greatest new year anyone could have.
Yes, our muso membership keeps growing and now we have twelve regular mad musicians. Our most recent additions have been Warren Glover who plays pedal steel guitar, guitar, banjo, trumpet, harmonica as well as knocking out a song or two, also George Gordon who also sings, plays guitar, banjo and other
instruments I am sure we have not heard as yet and then there is Derek Bruce who is a fiddle, guitar, mandolin player and sings as well. So we have a good assortment of talented musicians.
It is always good to have members come up to our jamming sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays to just sit in and enjoy the entertainment. We appreciate your involvement and the support that this gives us.
Remember if you or someone you know would like to be part of a band and sing a song just come up and have a go. We are there to support all and have fun at the same time. You will be surprised how good musicians can make you sound great.
Our group recently received a grant from the Park Beach Bowling Club of $2,500.00 and with the Shed allocating a further $1,500.00 we were able to complete our purchase of an electric drum set and fold back speakers. The boys are over the moon and a big thank you to everyone.
At great expense to the organisers, The Shedmen have been booked to provide entertainment at our Christmas party on the 16th December so hope to see you all there.
Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs
Doug and his team have been working hard in receiving donated items, evaluating, preparing items for sale, pricing and running the first Saturday of the month garage sales.
These sale days have become our other major fund raiser at the Shed.
Members are stepping up, to help at the Friday setup before the sale, in increasing numbers. The sale day also has seen up to 20 members coming along to help and have a chance to mingle and get to know other shed members.
A big thank you to Doug and his helpers in organising and running this important function. The Shed will be putting on a BBQ and refreshments on the Friday and Saturday as a thank you to members.
And a special mention for Brian Franklin who tests and tags all the electrical equipment so that we are able to sell it. Brian is a long term member and committee member who also takes care of all our electrical needs. Without his commitment to the Shed we would be in a very different situation.
Member Profile: Don Langley
His kids by this time had moved to Coffs Harbour, so Don and Isabel in 2008 decided to relocate to be closer to them. They moved into a retirement village. Don was keen to use his skills, so along with other men, he tried to set up a men’s shed at the village but after pressure from female residents wanting to join etc, they gave up.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed
The agenda for the meeting is as follows: –
2. Acceptance of minutes from last AGM 11 December 2020
3. Presidents Report.
4. Treasurers Report and Financial Statement.
5. Election of office bearers and ordinary management committee members.
6. General Business
2022 Committee Positions
2. signed by two members and
3. accompanied by the signature of the candidate and
4. must be delivered to the secretary at the Shed at least seven days before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting.
Member Orientation And Induction
The process currently includes the following:
• Conditions of Participation
• Site Induction
• General Safe Work Procedures
• Fire and Evacuation Procedures
• “Golden Rules” as posted on the tea room wall
New members are asked to sign a form confirming they have undertaken the above process. This form is filed in that member’s folder in the Office.
If there are any existing members who feel they could benefit from an update in any of these areas, feel free to book a refresher through the Office.
Competency to use equipment
The following process has been developed to meet our responsibilities. All members have a Competency Form kept in their individual file. This form aims to record that each member has been instructed, and has displayed competency, in the safe operation and use of the equipment.
New members are inducted in the following basic equipment: the bandsaw, drill press, drop saw and disc sander/linisher. The assessor’s name and the date are recorded against each item of equipment.
There are a further 30 items listed on the form and all members are required to display competency in the safe operation and use of each of these before they can legally operate them.
N.B. When new pieces of equipment are purchased, members are required to undergo this process for this new machine before they can legally operate it.
If you wish to update your competency form for an item of equipment, you need to book a time with an assessor through the Office.
Existing members often need to be reminded because they genuinely forget at the start of a job.
The following procedure is mandatory before any work is commenced regardless of whether it is your own materials or not.
• Obtain a job sheet from the Office
• Complete with a brief (plan), materials being used or required and consumables to be used.
• Return to the Office for costing and filing.
• On completion, front up to the Office and pay.
N.B. All jobs have a minimum $10 fee. Why? We have one of the best Men’s Sheds in Australia. It has been calculated that it costs $200 a day to maintain the quality and functionality of our facilities, this includes paying for insurances, Government fees, maintenance and replacement of plant and equipment and the purchase of consumables, as well as new plant and equipment.
The Shed therefore has to make money to keep the doors open. Thanks to the efforts of members, garage sales and client jobs are our main sources of income.
We do actively seek donations and grants from the government and the community; these are usually tied to specific projects, such as the construction and fit out of the mezzanine.
Donations of timber etc are also sold to members if surplus to the Shed’s needs at approximately 50% of the purchase cost from a retail store.
Your help in keeping this area habitable would be greatly appreciated.
The donation box next to the ‘sign on’ sheet is for your contribution towards the supply of tea, coffee, milk, sugar, etc.
Again thanks to those who organize these supplies and keep the urn filled and functional.
Our aim is to keep these areas habitable, so your aim is appreciated!
The mezzanine level will have its occupation certificate any day now, so we will have rooms available for interest groups to use. A very popular addition to date has been the music group.
If you are keen to set up and run an interest group for members, please come forward and let the Office know so it can be forwarded to the committee for consideration.
Use of equipment
Since I’m on a roll, there is a need to remind some members that this isn’t their garage.
The simple rule for the Shed is to leave the equipment and work space as you would like to find it.
What does that mean?
• Every piece of equipment has a home (if you don’t know ask around)
• Ensure the equipment is left on its default settings (no surprises for the next person)
• Clean up after yourself including the bench and the floor
• Report any problems with the equipment to the Office (so it can be fixed or replaced, it’s not about blaming or shaming)
• If you are not sure or can’t remember how to use equipment; (ask around)
Be Covid Safe
COVID-19 IS STILL OUT THERE!
Remember, it's your health Also that is at risk.
The many uses of WD-40
President: Tom Skinner
Vice President: Ken Ryan
Secretary: Tony Winter
Treasurer: Garth Howard
Assistant Secretary: Warren Sanger
Assistant Treasurer: Ken Ryan
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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.