Member Items

Members Items

The following sub pages (i.e. the pages on the drop down menu under heading menu Member items) provide some information on:-

  • Member announcements about members doing things, travelling, moving house, etc
  • Community Involvement about the shed and members giving help to various people or organisations, working to raise funds such at Voices in the Forest
  • Members Birthdays, Sicknesses, or Accidents
  • Remembrance of Past Members or special friends

Melba Shed – Person of the Year Award

Peter Mitchell

Many Shed members make a large contribution to our Shed but some go that little bit further. Your Committee decided some time ago to request one of our non-committee members to seek views on worthy candidates to become our ‘Shed Person of the Year’ and Peter Mitchell was commissioned to obtain a suitable plaque on which to record the result.Congratulations and well done to the very worthy members who have had their names added to the plaque:

Brain Harber member of year 2016

Brian Harber

2008-2009 Don Gruber
2009-2010 Geoff Grimmett
2010-2011 Stuart Allan
2011-2012 Phil Laird
2012-2013 Greg Hutchison
2013-2014 Harry Redfern
2014-2015 Peter Mitchell
2015-2016 Brian Harber
2016-2017 Paul McCarthy

12th Jun 2017 – Walter Blumenfeld Posthumously Awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the general Division

The late Mr Walter Michael BLUMENFELD RFD, late of Holt ACT 2615 was awarded the OAM for service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory.
Service includes: Volunteer, ACT Branch, State Emergency Service, 1979-2016; Life Member, 2006. Volunteer, ACT Branch, St John’s Ambulance Community Care, 1997-2016. Volunteer Guide, Australian War Memorial, 1994-2016; Life Member, Voluntary Guides, 2014.
Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, ACT Volunteer of the Year (Emergency Services Category), 2016. Recipient, Order of St John Service Medal, 2012.
Recipient, ACT Community Protection Medal, 2011.

26th Jan 2017 – Don Gruber awarded OAM – 28th April Don was presented with his OAM Medal by the G-G

On Friday 28 April the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented Don with his Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia at a ceremony in Government House

Video of the ceremony

The Australia Days awards included Donald Stuart Gruber being awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory. Congratulations to Don who was one of those instrumental in establishing Melba Shed as well as a member of Ginninderra Rotary Club. G-G’s Honours Lists

The reasons for Don’s award were listed as Service including:

  • Co-Founder, Melba Men’s Shed, 2008; Secretary, 2009-2013; Board Member, 2008-2014.(Ed Note. Means Committee Member)
  • Rotary Club of Ginninderra:
    • President, 2014-2015 and 2000-2001.
    • Treasurer, ‘for 4 years’.
    • Member, since 1993.
    • Served on a range of Club and Rotary District 9710 committee’s including:
      • NZ Twin Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment and Ambassadorial Scholars.
      • Established ‘Lunchtime Melodie’s in West Belconnen.
  • Volunteer, Book Fair, Lifeline Canberra, since 2006.
  • Board Member, Uniting Church Greenhills Centre, since 2010 and Convenor, Finance Committee.