Well it took a bit longer than the first four containers, but #5 was finally sealed up and sent down to the good people at Quaama.
To celebrate its arrival they had a Grand Opening BBQ, catering for people from miles around, some from way down over the Victorian Border.
That’s how much reach our Community Service has, and when you consider that it cost WCMS nothing except a bit of time and effort, you have to appreciate just what the impact on these remote communities our involvement has.
We thought it such a good idea that we presented a case to widen the scope of the project to AMSA, but alas it has fallen on deaf ears.
Undaunted, Container for Good #6 is now on site and waiting to be filled up with quality metal and woodworking tools, garden tools, furniture, especially storage, and other useful items. We understand that the Quaama connection has funding for another two containers, a total of eight container’s worth of unwanted items that would probably have ended up in landfill that have instead ended up being recycled and reused by very grateful people.
On Thursday 16 December 2021, Thirty-seven members were treated to a hot roast turkey and hot glazed ham lunch with all the trimmings.
The Committee would like to thank all members for attending and making the lunch a resounding success. It was great to see lots of ‘old’ members and many new members all enjoying the occasion and each others company.
While the plate loads of food were being savoured and despatched to the interior, our President, Allan Booth, recapped the year’s activities that have helped so many people on so many levels. He also briefed us on the latest news from or Peak Body, The Australian Men’s Shed Association. He brought his address to a close with the announcement that the ‘Pud’ and custard was waiting in the kitchen for anyone who fancied capping of the excellent meal.
As the organiser, Brian would like to say a special thank-you to his fellow Committee members who did such a great job, not just on the day but the weeks leading up to the lunch. And, of course to all other members who were happy to pitch in and do their bit.
Shoulder to Shoulder – that’s the spirit of the WCMS.
Today, twelve month’s of hard work by the workshop boys paid off with a very successful pop-up shop held at Cooleman Court shopping centre.
Cooleman Court Management have been exceeding good to us as an organisation and today was no different. They supplied us with the floor space, brand new display cabinets and chairs and some pre-sales day advertising.
We also had another windfall when one of our members, Bruce McKenzie supplied us with a large quantity of superbly made wooden toys. These, along with the latest timber reindeer, DJ Cats and picnic tables, were snapped up off the tables by delighted customers, so much so that pre-orders had to be taken for some items to be built and supplied by us before Christmas..
To quote Allan Booth :
There is no other word for it our stand at Coolo was an outstanding success that achieved a very pleasing level of sales. This will certainly add to our budget for the coming year and enable further programs and development to take place. A big thank you to all involved, the challenge now is to prepare product for sale on the 7 December. We already have over twenty orders for reindeer. I am sure all present will acknowledge that the donation by Bruce of toys for sale was a major contributor to our success. Thank you all, for your contributions.
Don’t forget, we have another sale day at Cooleman Court on Tuesday the 7th December, so it will be busy time in the workshop between now and then, all offers of help gratefully accepted!
November 6 was the date for our first BBQ at Bunning for some time. We were blessed with a dry day and plenty of customers happy to buy a snag or two and support our Shed.
We had a good crew turnout for both the morning and afternoon shifts and thanks goto everyone who helped. Members are reminded that these Bunnings BBQ form a huge part of our fundraising for the year and every endeavour must be made to ensure that Bunnings are happy with the way we conduct ourselves and are happy to continue having us back.
Well, finally, Covid related restriction were eased enough for the Weston Creek Men’s Shed to hold its delayed Annual General Meeting.
Our Secretary, Cliff Frost, who would have normally chaired the meeting was unavoidably called down to Melbourne to attend to family matters. Fortunately, John Webster, Member member of the outgoing committee graciously accepted the challenge to act as fill-in chairman, and did a terrific job. Our thanks to John for doing this at such short notice.
As per the agenda various reports were reported on and were well received by the members present, with all being duly moved and passed without question.
Prior to the major business of the day, the Committee elections, the outgoing President, Allan Booth, thanks all the current committee members, and those who had served on the committee at various times during the year, for their services to the well being f the WCMS
The chairman then declared all positions of the committee vacant and an election was held to fill the now vacant positions. As there was only one nomination for each of the positions, and in accordance with the Rules of the Shed, a motion was put from the floor that they all be elected unopposed. The motion was carried unanimously.
These are the results, and thus your new committee for 2021/2022
Vice-President & Public Officer
The vacant member position will be discussed at the first committee meeting and will be filled from the list of volunteers who expressed an interest after the event.
After a couple of false starts due to weather and restrictions, a few of the members were able to meet up near the Shed , in a totally social distanced and health regulation compliant way, of course. The two groups strung out along a socially distanced line and faced off, firing muffins and insults at each other for an hour or so.
What a relief just to be able to see the others and hear their voices, listen up as each one told their tale of survival: jobs done, jobs avoided, the woulda-coulda-shoulda been dones.
We would all like to say that if you’re reading this and doing it tough during this restricted time of our lives, pick up the phone and call someone for a yak just to relieve the tension. You are not alone!
Allan restated that while the Shed itself was closed, members could still arrange through him to access hardware that they might need to finish a project such as screws, nails, timber, paint etc. A Call and Collect service if you like.
Last week, the fourth container in the series of Containers For Good that the Weston Creek Men’s Shed have been filling up with useful workshop and household items, was sealed up and sent to Quaama, where it was gratefully received by the organisers.
They sent us the following email in recognition of WCMS involvement:
Dear Allan and fellow Weston Creek Men’s shed Members,
On behalf of the whole Quaama community, thank you for your continuing efforts to collect and send goods down to us.
A huge thank you from our community for the latest container load of ‘stuff’. The items you send are going to a much wider area than just Quaama. We also have regular attendees from as far afield as Tathra and Yowrie.
News of the arrival of the fourth load drew such an attendance that the majority of the goods were dispersed in a single opening. The Quaama Tennis Club ask me to thank you for their ”new” BBQ and we continue to enjoy our lunches cooked on the new Quaama Hall BBQ. We coincide new openings to occur at the same time as we have our Monthly markets at the hall.
There has been a great cooperative spirit as to who gets what and how they will get things home. Several attendees with utes/trailers have offered to deliver for others. The dispersal committee decided that the very fine aluminium storage box is going to a young man who lost all his business tools of trade in the fires and will be of great use to him on his new ute.
Delivery of your items has catalysed a wider goods exchange with the container partially being refilled with local goods excess to need, thus furthering reuse of otherwise unwanted ‘stuff’. Addition of a fire pit on these colder winter openings has created a new community gathering point.
Sooo.. as long as you fine people have the energy to continue sending us goods we will be glad to distribute them to the wider community here. Many burned out households are only just beginning to be able to return to their properties and so are only now thinking what items they might need.
Big virtual covid safe hugs from all of us at Quaama xxxy
To celebrate Men’s Health Week, members of your Executive Committee demonstrated their cooking skills by serving healthy food to members.
Terry Hourigan cooked up a chicken and vegetable soup and served it in china bowls rescued from Salvos and Vinnies. Our new Secretary, Cliff, cooked up a delicious Zucchini slice and freshly cooked vegetable pikelets topped out with a fruit plate of apple, pear and banana. And not to be outdone your President delegated his contribution to his wife who prepared a platter of delicious sandwiches.
Following the healthy lunch Nutrition Australia made a presentation on nutrition and healthy eating. The presentation by students from Canberra University was informative and well received by members in attendance. For more information about healthy eating see: www.eatforhealth.gov.au