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15-16th Sep 2018 – Ray Osmotherly is involved in organising the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society annual exhibition on 15, 16 September. This year, non- members who have made models are being invited to exhibit them. If you know someone who may like to exhibit a model, put them in touch with Ray (sec[email protected])

29th Jun 2018 – Volunteers wanted for curries for 29 June – Ron Thomson has several volunteers to provide food for the Curry & Soup morning on 29 June. He still needs a couple more curries & volunteers to help out on the morning. Call Ron (0478 167 717) if you can make a curry or assist him & the others

21st Jun 2018 – Shed member Ted Kell is joining the 2018 CEO Sleepout on Thursday 21 June 2018. Ted needs your help! You can do this by donating to the Vinnies 2018 CEO Sleepout by clicking here. Every dollar the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises helps provide crucial assistance to people experiencing homelessness, with the aim of breaking the cycle of homelessness. In 2018, the reality is that whilst we should celebrate all that we have achieved together, we must also remember that so much more still needs to be done

15th Jun 2018 –  Defibrillators (AEDs) & If  someone is fitted with either an implanted defibrillator or a pacemaker – Paul McCarthy reported that the pads for the Shed’s defibrillator are out of date and so have to be replaced. The Cyclers have agreed to pay for the new pads from the “coffee card” kitty. The Shed’s first aid kit & defibrillator are both at the back of the main room, the former in the small cupboard attached to the wall & the latter on top of the cupboard under the “AED” sign (AED is “Automatic External Defibrillator”). If anyone needs to find a defibrillator in an emergency they are always identified by the “AED” sign, similar to the one on the left. Ideally, someone trained in the AED’s operation should use it. However, in an emergency an untrained person can apply the AED by switching it on & then following the instructions provided by the AED itself  |  Frank O’Rourke asked whether or not someone fitted with either an implanted defibrillator or a pacemaker should have an external defibrillator applied to them, even if they are unresponsive. The answer from a paramedic is that anyone who is unresponsive & not breathing may be shocked with a defibrillator, even if they have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator (the AED itself will determine if a shock is required). The fact that the person is unresponsive shows that their implanted equipment has not successfully dealt with their problem. Such implants are on the upper part of the chest, usually on the left-hand side but are occasionally on the right. Before applying the defibrillator pads, the operator should check that the patient does not have anything such as a pacemaker or a defibrillator implanted on their right-hand side. If something appears to be implanted on the right-hand side of the chest then the defibrillator pad for that side should be attached to the person’s back, just below the top of the right shoulder, rather than in its usual position. Once the pads are both attached then the normal procedure for using a defibrillator is followed.  For further information see  this US site  or Australian First Aid advice

15th Jun 2018 –  Over the last few weeks Shed members donated a number of cans of food each Friday. Recently these were handed over to Uniting Care at Kippax  for appropriate distribution to those in need

Donald Stuart Gruber

Don Gruber

12th Jun 2018 – Passing of Don Gruber – It’s with much sadness the Shed advises of the passing of Don Gruber our Shed’s founder, tireless supporter, mentor and a great personal friend to many of us

8th Jun 2018 – Bikes looking for a good home – Luke Wensing has two bikes from a deceased estate and he is looking for a good home for them (they need to be exercised regularly). They are FREE to a Shedder – See Luke if you are interested in a test ride. Bikes are: Giant Prodigy 3×7 gears. upright, 700c, cross hybrid, suited to cafe rides, one service would probably be needed to ensure long enjoyment.  (PS many of the group ride bikes of lesser quality). Size…considered large; Giant Cadex, size 55. Carbon fibre tubes, Campagnolo gears, brakes and handlebars, nice rims, ultra lightweight; probably used as a triathlon bike, needs a service, in good nick. (would have been around $2K when new as a serious investment).

1st June 2018 – Erik Boddeus, the Executive Manager of Retirement Living at Goodwin Aged Care Services presented about the attributes of Retirement Villages versus Residential Aged Care Facilities. He was also assisted by Liz Ley, Independent Living Unit Sales Officer & Laura Reading, Marketing Coordinator. Details

11th May 2018 – Ian Peters from Diabetes Australia NSW & ACT talked about Diabetes & the massive impact it is having on the health of Australians. Ian handed out numerous NDSS Information Fact Sheets. These can all be accessed by clicking on this link

NBN Node



Typical Pillar

Updated May 2018 – 23 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. Most of West Belconnen except some isolated pockets can now connect to the NBN. They are now working on most of East Belconnen to install the NBN. You can check when your suburb is ready on this map or check you address here. Checking on the address seems to give more up to date info than the map. You can see a special Google map that shows all the Nodes & Pillars for the Scullin NBN FSA. If you zoom in you can see the location of the nearest pillar and node to your place.  For more information on NBN aspects

28 Mar 2018 – Shed members Rick Causebrook and Peter Wilson attended a Men’s Shed Forum conducted by Nicole Lawder MLA, Member for Brindabella, on 28 March. There were a number of key points discussed and a suggested action plan was formulated. See here for notes and pictures

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

AMSA’s Autumn edition of its Newsletter ‘The Shedder’

23 Feb 2018 – Bob Greeney advised that he requires the assistance of a volunteer to help out with Meccano at Macgregor Primary on Wed afternoons. Contact Bob 6258 4152 or 0407 737 131 or [email protected] 5 Feb 2018 – Bob Greeney is looking for more volunteers for the Meccano Group.  For details see this page Activities and then contact Bob.

5 Feb 2018 – M​embers are requested to think about any presentations to members that the Shed could organise​.   If you know of any interesting speakers or know of topics that Shed members might be interested in, or would like to do a presentation yourself, please give the details to Roger Amos or Rick Causebrook

16th Dec 2017 – The Green Bin Program & Bulky Waste Collection Services

16th Dec 2017 – List of Services and Businesses that offer Senior Card Holders Discounts

8th Dec 2017 – Aoife Berenger from Care Inc gave members an overview of Discounted energy from ACTEWAGL -Click on this line to see details

Calvary Care

We Need You

4th Aug 2017 – Peter Harvey Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Calvary Haydon Retirement Community visited the Shed & sought volunteers to help with various tasks including driving a 20 seat bus for various trips & outings. Click link to see the pic of the details

Sending out emails from Melba Shed – Note this is aimed at the Committee & others who send out emails from the Shed Email account or even their own Email

Viewing Shed Google Photos Albums – The Pictures TAB at the top of the web site will take you to an archive site for Picasa which will still show any albums uploaded from Picasa desktop in some strange order. Click on this for more info on Using & Managing Google Photos

Living Item for Shed Members (ie Pension Issues, Passes, Discounts, Health, etc)

30th Jun 2017 – Securing IDs – One member advised us to look at securing our IDs & bank accounts. People can also get a free credit check one a year and also check with ID Care to secure their own ID data. Tel 1300 432 273. Info on Credit Reports & Bans Also info from The Office of the Aust Info Commissioner 

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

Member & Friends Information

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after

Yin Yoga – North Belco Uniting Church – Every Tue evening 7.30-8.30PM – Enjoy benefits of Yoga – Gentle stretching, fully qualified instructor, Judith, flexible commitments (no RSVPs), $5 per evening. These 1 hour classes are a great way to take time out & enjoy some gentle & invigorating floor exercises, set against some relaxing music or poetry. Arrive 10 minutes early if you can. No RSVP is needed & there is no commitment to long-term attendance. An enjoyable way to give yourself some breathing space in your busy week & develop your core strengths via safe, stressfree exercises for all levels of fitness. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, cushion & light blanket with you

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – It meets in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 if they have friends, family or neighbours, men or women, who would benefit from the day centre activities or whose families / carers would benefit from respite by those they care for accessing NBDC sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-2pm)

Echidna MtAinslie Sep12

Echidna Mt Ainslie

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

3rd April 2018 – Spanner in the Work – AMSA’s Newsletter on Mens Health Issues – covering Mens Health Week 11-17 June, etc

Prostmate – Doug Crawford provided this link to Prostmate. They provide online advice and support about prostate issues. To get support you need to sign up but its free. This then allows you to connect and talk to professional nurses about prostate problems. The site is provided by Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Urologist Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is involved in this site and an associated Health Clinic for Men

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