July 2020 Newsletter
- President's Report
- From the Manager's Desk
- Shed back to (almost) normal
- Another generous donation
- Job Vacancy
- Treasurer position Filled
- On the mend
- 2020 ~ 2021 Membership Fees
- Upcoming Working Bee
- Blunt and broken tools
- Pat Conaghan visit
- Garage Sale - August 1st
- Ozemite Bandit
- Mezzanine Upgrade
- Deceased Estate Sale
- Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed
Our shed is finally getting back to some normality. The shut down has been a great loss to the members, both socially and mentally.
The main objects of the shed relate to men’s health and well- being. These aims have been thrown into disarray by the simple fact we could not meet. While I fully support our State Government in their decisions it has been a blow to our shed.
We need to follow the guidelines given to us. While they are a little ambiguous at times, good common sense is the key. It is vital we record our attendance at the shed. The arrival and departure times. Names need to be written legibly. If a member contracts the virus, we need to know who has been in contact with that member.
While we are now opening to a normal situation please, where possible keep your social distancing. Use the provided hand cleanser. Do not take unnecessary risks. This crisis is not over.
Out of all situations some benefits can come to the fore. Ken Ryan and myself have had the time to organise our work load. We have around 50 jobs in the pipeline, some dating back a while. It is not as daunting as first thought as a few of these jobs are small. I am hoping with a little help, some of our members will be able to step out of their comfort zones and do these jobs.
We have to thank our Federal and State Governments for financial support to make further improvements to our shed. Our new dust extractor is working well, thanks to a Federal Government grant. We have a DA into the Coffs Harbour City Council to change the usage of the mezzanine area. A grant from the State Government has enabled us to plan these changes.
Pat Conaghan, our Federal member, told us at a recent visit, our shed is the best in his electorate. His belief is the objects of Men’s Sheds is vital to the community.
We have received another very generous donation from Nan and Les Cowling. The financial support they have given to our shed leaves me in awe. Thank you Nan and Les.
The support from local businesses also has to be acknowledged. It is a credit to Coffs Harbour as a whole that our Men’s Shed is one that sets an example, as to what can be achieved by people with a combined belief in something vital to the community.
It is my hope that in the near future we will be able to expand the activities at the shed. Art and computer programmes are some ideas put forward.
I would like to thank our members for the support given to me. Without that support my position would be unbearable.
President Tom Skinner
From the Manager's Desk
The Shed is now fully operational, it will be great to see members return to the shed.
We have a Covid plan in place which includes:
- Sign in station at the door with a mandatory Covid form to be completed before entry. Please don't come if you have symptoms or have been in contact with a person with Covid or been to a hotspot. All this is covered in the form.
- 4m square area per person in the Shed
- 1.5m social distancing.
- 1.Submit a job sheet form before commencement.
- 2.Pay $10 per job (as a guide), $30 without a job sheet. Covers consumables, maintenance and replacement of equipment.
- 3.Pay for materials eg. wood, hinges, handles etc.
Shed back to (almost) normal
Another generous donation
Photo taken at last years Official opening
Two of our greatest benefactors, Nan and Les Cowling have donated Another $5,000 on July 9th this year. This generous couple have consistently donated large sums to the shed over the years, as they believe we are one of the worthiest causes in the district.
Thank you from all the shedders.
Advanced Metal Industries in Orlando Street is looking for a part time employess to cut and connect timber and attach the new frame to a pallet. The end result being a box to transport custom frames to clients. Photos below show the beginnings of a frame, and a finished box.
If you are interested contact Brendan Drum on 6652 6955.
Treasurer position Filled
Shed member Garth Howard has put his hand up to help as the new Treasurer. The learning curve for Admin Bandit (Accountancy Software) is not too hard, and recent updates have allowed a better workflow of invoices and cash flow.
On the mend
2020 ~ 2021 Membership Fees
Payment due by 31st August.
Upcoming Working Bee
Blunt and broken tools
Pat Conaghan visit
Garage Sale - August 1st
Deceased Estate Sale
Tools and items of interest to shedders are available for private sale by contacting Ann on 0418 606 709.
The items are located in Urunga.
"CE" Mechpro (gas & gasless) wire welder - $90
"Pilot" Air Compressor - $40
Ryobi Planer Thicknesser - $30
GMC Table Saw - $20
Triton Workcentre - $20
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.