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Weekly Message - 22nd May
Last week although we had no guest speaker, a robust discussion on quite a few topics was held. The ideas and comments will be considered by next year’s board.
A special thank you to Rob Caldwell for organising the BBQ in the Mall, and to all who helped on the day. We netted $600 which will be put to great use. These days are always a good opportunity to put the face of Rotary in front of the public.
Bev Hook is in hospital recuperating from her operation – get well soon Bev and we look forward to seeing you back at our meetings. Please remember that our next meeting on Monday 22nd is NOT AT MAGPIES, but at the Men’s Shed at Thornleigh – 33A Sefton Rd (Council/SES Depot). David Webster is organising food for the meeting, members to pay on the night.
Next Tuesday is an important board meeting – one where we allocate donations from our yearly funds. Members please notify details of suitable projects to Bill before then.
Lynne and I, with 6 others, will be attending the Rotary Club of Berowra’s 40th Birthday celebrations on 27th May at Berowra RSL. If anyone else wishes to join us, please notify asap.
Our Pride of Workmanship night is not far away and we still require nominees for the award. At present we have 2 confirmed, 2 probable plus the Hornsby Police nominee. Nomination forms are on the website – please fill one in if you know of a worthy candidate.
Yours in Rotary
About Men's Shed
The Shed covers five woodworking groups: toy making, furniture/cabinet making, woodturning, wood carving and pyrography and has an extensive range of woodworking machines and hand tools for use by members.
Members can choose to work on their own projects or participate in our toy or shed projects. Some members come for the social aspects associated with a like-minded group, or to learn, improve and hone their woodworking skills. No prior woodworking skills are required and members can learn from skilled supervisors and access the knowledge of other members of the Shed and our Library.Woodturning
Membership is open to both men and women of all ages over 14, subject to the individual’s capacity to accept verbal and written instruction and to work safely with machinery, which if used incorrectly can be dangerous. Safety procedures are in place both for your own protection and the protection of members.
For those approaching retirement as well as those already retired, the Shed provides a social outlet that many lose when they retire from the permanent workforce. Members’ wives and partners support the existence of the Shed and its aims and objectives, because it provides an enjoyable social and rewarding activity outside the home.
The Shed last year distributed more than 300 toys to charities and has done so for many years. As well as toys, Shed members have been involved in the construction of specialised furniture and equipment for hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and other local and regional organisations.
Whilst the Shed membership consists of mainly retirees, there are a significant number of young and working members.
While the Shed receives commission for non-Shed work, members are not permitted to use the Shed’s resources for the purposes of commercial activities.