Saturday, June 4, 2016

AMSA sent us an Email with an invitiation to take advantage of the BBQ Plumbing Plus would be hosting to aid a local Men's Shed raise funds. The participating store in our area 
Eagles Plumbing at Long Jetty

They were to provide everything  but asked us to have a few members organise the cooking etc. & others to answer any questions the Tradies may have about the Men's Shed Movement.
We are to eventually receive all the funds raised. There was also a CAROMA promotion attached to the program where for every toilet suite sold in the months of  May to 30th June a donation of $5 would be sent directly to AMSA. Although the Tradies were in a hurry to pickup their supplies & get to site at 6.30am we managed to raise around $400. 

We sincerely thank Eagles Plumbing for their generiosity & enthusiasm in this fund raiser.  

And not forgetting the contribution of our volunteers 
Graham Craike - John Innis - Clive Tubnor - Robert Colet  
 Peter Crabbe -Chris Hendley

Clive, John & Graham with an early starter

Come on fellas you've only served one customer

What's Graham doing........SUPERVISING!
Mission Australia pre-school at Tumbi Umbi, asked if we would be interested in making a Mud Kitchen for their playground. Nowdays pre-schools are being encouraged to opt for natural wood products 
& to educate children in the outdoors wherever possible. 
One of our newer members Jim Dickason, reckoned it would be a bit of a challenge for him so he opted to have a go at making one. The rustic effect is all the go with this type of thing, so we supplied it in the rough  (with no chance of splinters of course) un-painted.
The results of his efforts are below
Nice one Jim

Ross Jenkins went on the Postman's Riverboat Cruise up the Hawkesbury River recently & brought in some information for the boys to read. 
After much interest & some phone calls it was decided by the members to go on this excursion before if became too cold to enjoy. Members were informed that this outing could include women so most of the boys brought their wives along too. 
We wanted to go on a day the Shed was not open and it was suggested 30th May would be the best day for all. 
There were 23 members and wives supposed to be going but, Ray Thompson contacted the dreaded virus going around & Andrew being Andrew, forgot the date so the number was cut to 19.
It turned out to be a most enjoyable day, the weather was excellent & the narration (by the Captain) of the area was outstanding. Most of us never knew there was so much history and activity in the area from the late 1800's.

A map of the tour including return journey

The public wharf at Brooklyn

The beast we cruised on

Some of the Members & wives down stairs after enjoying lunch

 The President of Milson Island & his sub-ordinate waiting for the mail.