2008-2012

Past Program of Activities in 2012  (2008-09 & 2010 & 2011 Below)

The following is a list of the program this year:

Date Description Attended
21 Dec
Christmas function including some Aussie Christmas carols accompanied by Harrys ukulele with a BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (41 members signed the book)
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20 Dec
Walk: Mt Painter Cook. 5 of us walked. Easy-Medium social walk, 6.5Km, 1.7hrs
17 Dec
(Mon) Golf in the Country – Gundagai (Cancelled)
14 Dec
John Kemister talked about his experiences in Ross Island, Antarctica restoring huts for the NZ Antarctic Heritage Trust Also see Antarctica NZ (around 50 members attended, 42 members signed the book)
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7 Dec
John Aspley Davis well known veterinarian from Hawker gave us an intriguing talk about his life and immigration to Australia as well as his setting up of the Kippax Veterinary Hospital in 1990. He now runs his own as a Mobile Vet Surgeon ([email protected] or 0408631558) (38 members signed the book)
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6 Dec
Walk: Latham Macgregor Charnwood Flynn. 8 of us walked. Easy-Medium social walk, 8.4Km, 2.75hrs
30 Nov
An excursion to Fedra Olive Grove in Collector & Grandma’s Little Bakery. We toured the olive processing facilities & then enjoyed morning tea at Grandma’s Little Bakery (around 20 members attended)
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24 Nov
(Sat PM) Community Concert ‘Voices in the Forest‘ – Around 10 shed volunteers help Rotary with parking arrangements at the Aboretum. Around 4,400 people turned up to enjoy beautiful concert featuring Sumi Jo. We raised $1,000 towards our building fund
23 Nov
Jim Greethead talked & demonstrated his building of model engines. He also brought some basic models for us to play with. As a celebration of Ernie’s 80th birthday on 21Nov, his son put on a spit roast for all members. Jim demonstrated the capabilities of on line forums such as ModelEngineMaker.com (46 members attended, 44 signed the book)
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22 Nov
Walk: Greenhills Murrumbidgee Walk. 11 of us walked. Medium, 5.7Km, 2hrs
19 Nov
(Mon) Golf in the Country – Goulburn (Cancelled)
17 Nov
(Sat) – Rotary Trivia Night – The Shed hosted a table of 10 people at West Belconnen Leagues Club. Each person made a donation of $25 per person covering a contribution to the Polio fund and finger food
16 Nov
Terry Colhoun talked about his wartime experiences in the RAAF in Melbourne & the NT & later chasing war memories (about 45 members attended, 43 signed the book)
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10 Nov
(Sat) BBQ fund raising at Woolworths at Kippax. About 11 Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 9.45AM-5PM. We made $395 towards Shed funds
9 Nov
AGM followed by BBQ, Sausage Sizzle with Jim, Drew and Colin attending (41 members attended, 39 signed the book)
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8 Nov
Walk: Gibraltar Peak (Tidbinbilla) 7 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 3.5 hrs plus travel, 8.4Km
6 Nov
(Tues PM) Shed Melb Cup function. 19 members attended nibbling and imbibing drinkies, and watched the big race on our large overhead projector
2 Nov
John Edge talked on Electricity transmission networks with emphasis on the networks around Canberra & diversification of the supply coming into the Canberra grid (39 members signed the book)
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26 Oct
Visit to Canowindra’s Age Fishes Museum. The Shed undertook an excusion by bus and one 4WD to the Museum, a dig site and a fossil rich quarry for some sample digging (about 20 members & 5 visitors attended)
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22 Oct
Golf in the Country – The second Melba Shed Masters was held at Yass
20 Oct
(Sat AM) Shed members helped out in a working bee at Weetangera Cemetery run by Rotary and the Southwell Family
19 Oct
Ornithologist Dr Denis Saunders, former chief research scientist at CSIRO and Immediate Past President of WWF, gave talk titled “From Vermin to Endangered: The sad tale of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo” (xx members signed the book) (37 members signed the book)
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13 Oct
(Sat) BBQ fund raising – Woolworths at Kippax. 14 Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 10AM-5PM & we raised a nett $357.20. Volunteers were rostered for only one hour, we cooked 230 sausages and 6.725kg of diced onion, & we used 11 loaves of bread
12 Oct
Don Gruber spoke about his Kimberly and Tanami Desert trip with some marvellous pictures and thoughtful insights on the culture, history and developments in the NT and Northern WA (38 members signed the book)
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8 Oct
(Mon) Anglicare Shaw Possibilities held its annual family fun fair fundraiser fete on Monday 8 October from 10am to 3pm at in the carpark of their premises in Frewin Place, Scullin. About a dozen members heped out with the Ginninderra Rotary BBQ
5 Oct
We heard from Peter Tilley about his recent overseas trip to Morocco and Turkey. The we had our monthly BBQ and Sausage Sizzle (35 members signed the book)
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28 Sep
Graham Waite spoke about TADACT (Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT). As well Stuart Allan gave an overview of the Meccano program at Mt Rogers Primary School (around 30 members attended)
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27 Sep
Walk: Callum Brae NR. 8 of us walked this nice woodland area. Easy-Medium, 4.6Km, 1.5 hrs
21 Sep
Minister Joy Burch & Glen McCrea Labor Candidate for Ginninderra visited (must be an election in the wind!), plus we also had visits by Paralympian Louise Ellery and guys from Gungahlin Mens Shed plus we held a BBQ, Sausage Sizzle – Good writeup Newsletter #150 (30 members signed the book)
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14 Sep
Terry Fewtrell talked about wattle day in Australia and the significance of the wattle as a national flower (37 members signed the book)
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13 Sept
Golf in the Country – The first Melba Shed Masters was held at the Braidwood Country Club with 7 members (Harry R, Ron T, Ted T, Jim G, Allan S, Wally K, Geoff G) in inclement weather. However they enjoyed a nice lunch at the Club after a tough 9 holes
13 Sep
Walk: Pine Is South to Point Hut. 4 of us walked. Easy-Medium, 8.1Km, 2.5 hrs
7 Sep
Fri Night – 4th Anniversary Dinner was held at the Southern Cross Club Jamison with some 32 members and partners attending
7 Sep
Excursion to the Queanbeyan Museum & Dist Historical Museum was undertaken (location is 19 Farrer Place, Qbn on Kings Hwy next to Printing Museum). The Shed gave the Museum a donation of $50 after the tour (around 15 members attended)
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3 Sep
(Mon) Greenhills working bee was held with around 20 shed members assisting mainly planting 900 trees, shrubs and some grasses
31 Aug
Phil Laird to give an interesting overhead picture talk on his recent trip to Canada and Alaska. He used Scenic Tours. At Tony Capeder’s suggestion we had a minutes silence to remember the deaths of the 5 soldiers in Afganistan yesterday (43 members signed the book)
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30 Aug
Walk: Honeysuckle Ck – Booroomba Rocks. 7 of us walked on these two tracks, Medium-Hard, 6.7Km, 3.0 hrs
24 Aug
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held with varying notices and advices from members (33 members signed the book)
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17 Aug
Visit to the National Archives Excursion “Traversing Antarctica – The Australian Experience” (about 20 members attended)
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16 Aug
Walk: Lake Tuggeranong. 11 of us walked around the Lake, Easy, 6.9Km, 2.0 hrs
10 Aug
David Wild the SunSmart Services Coordinator with the Cancer Council ACT, gave an illuminating talk about protecting ourselves from the effects of UV radiation More  (34 members signed the book)
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4 Aug
(Sat) – YMCA Garage Sale Yarralumla – The Shed did not be run the BBQ on this date, however we will try to run the next one in Oct
3 Aug
Clive Gesling spoke about the recent WWII Bomber Command reunion in London. Great writeup in Newsletter #143. Also special visitor to the Shed was Bryce Peddie, who was carrying an official replica of the original torch that was used for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Also President Harry Redfern arranged for Ron Thomson to present a cheque for $1000.00 to our Treasurer, being the proceeds from a lot of good work by a number of our members who participated in towing rubbish away from the Rotary Trash and Treasure site in Jamison, over a number of weeks (30 members signed the book)
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2 Aug
Walk: Kambah Pool to Red Rocks, plus McQuoids Hill. 8 of us walked to these sites, Easy-Medium, 8.5Km, 3.0 hrs
27 Jul
Linda Kwong, the Education Officer from ACT NoWaste spoke with great passion about recycling and the do’s and don’ts of what goes in the recycling bin. More information at NoWaste (31 members attended, 30 signed the book)
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20 Jul
Lynn Pascoe from Covenant Care Hospice spoke about the availability of day care hospice services and their need for volunteer help at Jamison.The winners of the Harrys Wine raffle bottles were: Doug Crawford, Robert Maiden, Greg Hutchison. The wine bag winners were Drew McDonald and Laurie Power. We also held our monthly sausage sizzle (Around 30 members attended, 28 signed the book)
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19 Jul
Walk: Gungahlin Pond – Percival Hill. (Peter Davis Memorial Walk) 12 of us walked, Easy, 6.4Km, 2.0 hrs
13 Jul
Rob Graham gave and interesting talk on aircraft safety showing several videos including an Airbus 310 video reconstruction based on the flight data recorder. The winners of the Harrys Wine raffle bottles were: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Doug Crawford (29 members attended, 26 signed the book)
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6 Jul
Doug Gillespie from the ACT Public Trustee’s Office spoke about Enduring Power of Attorneys and Wills.  The winners of the Harrys Wine raffle bottles were: Keith Sinderberry, Robert Mair, Clarrie Hockley (31 members signed the book)
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5 Jul
Walk: Goorooyarroo NR Extended Walk. 7 of us walked to Goorro and Old Joe Hills, Medium-Hard, 10.1Km, 3.2 hrs
29 Jun
Lanyon Tour ($5 cost each person) Some 20 Shed members visited Lanyon and enjoyed an excellent tour of the homestead and gardens followed by lunch at the Lanyon Café
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22 Jun
Harry Williams gave a talk on wine based on his extensive experience in the wine industry as a wholesaler. He is particularly strong on Grant Burge but has had extensive experience with a wide range of wines (36 members signed the book)
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21 Jun
Walk: Shepherds Lookout to Molonglo River – Uriarra Loop return. 8 of us walked down to the Molonglo, across it and on to the Murrumbidgee. Medium walk of 9.0Km, 3.0 Hours
15 Jun
The monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held (around 35 members attended, 31 signed the book) Also we manned the Bunnings BBQ at Belconnen from 9.00AM until 4.35PM and raised $747 for the Shed extensions (12 different members took part in 4 crews varying from 4-5 members each)
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8 Jun
Tom Dawes & Howard Kemp from Civic Financial planning spoke on the 2012 budget changes as they effected retirees and superannuation (38 members signed the book)
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7 Jun
Walk: Oakey Hill – Woden. 6 of us undertook this walk which included visiting the Propeller art piece on Yarra Glen. It was Easy-Medium, 7.2Km, 2.5 hrs
2 Jun
(Sat) YMCA Garage Sale This was cancelled due to the inclement weather
1 Jun
Bowling Day at Belconnen Bowling Club at Hawker attended by about 30 members – Location Map
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25 May
Peter Tilley talked about his trip to Cuba and the US (37 members signed the book)
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24 May
Walk: Mt Ainslie from North side. 7 of us did this walk which was Medium-Hard, 5.7Km, 2.5 hrs
18 May
We held our monthly BBQ and Sausage Sizzle. The days highlight was judging of Terry’s pumpkin challenge, with the winner, Bob Salmond (41 members signed the book).
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11 May
Martin van der Hoek talked about his trip on the Otago Rail Trail in NZ. Writeup of the details in Newsletter #131. Tom Davies from orbost Shed also visited and told us about the fire of Jan 2012 and activities to return their Shed to full working condition (44 members signed the book)
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10 May
Walk: Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Melba Fields – Florey – Lake Ginn West – Ginninderra Ck. 6 of us walked from Melba Playing Fields through Florey and around part of the Lake, Easy-medium, 2.0 hrs, 8.2Km
4 May
Alan Tongue, former Raiders’ captain talked about his life and approach to rugby league (around 40 members attended, 36 signed the book).  Jennifer Thompson from Engaging Solutions visited our Shed on 3rd May 2012 accompanying David Livingstone and Harry Enright. She was undertaking a digital storytelling project
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27 Apr
Excursion and tour of Captain’s Flat by Elizabeth Estberg, and lunch (around 20 members attended)
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26 Apr
Walk: Diplomatic & Old Canberra (Stirling Park – Westlake). 7 of us walked around this interesting area. Easy, 6.5Km, 2 hrs
20 Apr
New North Belconnen Uniting Church Minister, Rev Tim Jensen gave an enlightening talk about where he grew up and the things that influenced him during his life before he moved to Canberra. Ken Harris from Scottsdale Mens Shed in Tasmania gave us an inspiring overview of how their shed has developed over the last 10 years and saved several members from possible suicide (around 40 members attended, 37 signed the book)
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16 Apr
(Mon) Greenhills working bee was held with around 13 shed members assisting
14 Apr
(Sat) YMCA Garage Sale Yarralumla. Shed volunteers helped set up the sale and clear up after, as well as running the BBQ. We raised around $183 thnaks to Don, Jim and Drew on the BBQ
13 Apr
Brad Pillans (President of the Geological Society of Australia (GSA)) gave a talk on the planned Canberra National Rock Garden near the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and close to the aboretum. (32 members signed the book) See
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6 Apr
Good Friday – No meeting
5 Apr
Walk: Urambi Hill & Stone Wall. 6 of us met at the Shed or Kambah and walked 8.5Km up Urambi Hill and down to the Tuggeranong Stone Wall. Medium, 3 hrs
31 Mar
(Sat) Apple Day at Loriendale Orchard
30 Mar
PM – members help the setting up for Apple day
30 Mar
Ian Foster, volunteer from the Australian War Memorial talked about the uniqueness of the memorial and the volunteers as well as the history of the Australian Flag (40 members signed the book)
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23 Mar
Talk by Bill Cole (Funeral Director) about how he got into the business and some interesting aspects of funerals in the ACT (35 members signed the book)
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16 Mar
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held (around 30 members attended, 26 signed the book)
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15 Mar
Walk: Ginninderra Ck – Goodwin Hill – Charnwood. 9 of us walked 8Km around this area & also visited the Charnwood Community Gdn. Easy-Medium social , 2.5 hrs
9 Mar
Three Shed Member Speakers: Eric Carle talked about his experiences as a commercial fisherman; Bob Salmond talked about his trip to Holland and Scandinavia; Brian Wells talked about some of the scams he has come across in his interesting career (34 members signed the book)
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2 Mar
Excellent presentation by Don Gruber on the Newnes Oil Shale ruins and history of them as a result of a visit by the Secret Men’s Business last year. Interesting to learn that Darwin visited the Wolgan Valley (around 40 members attended, 34 signed the book) – Info on Newnes – Some info on CaperteeVa/GlenDavis
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24 Feb
29 of us visited the Canberra Museum to see and have tours of the King O’Malley Exhibition and Old Bones New Insights Exhibition in the North Building at Civic Square
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17 Feb
Talk by Meredith Hunter and Shane Rattenbury from the ACT Greens. A range of questions on plastic bags, bike racks on buses, etc were asked. Pres Harry instigated a process of nominating who could ask the next question as you see at say the Press Club (around 35 members attended, 27 signed the book)
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16 Feb
Walk: Farrer Ridge – Mt Wanniassa. 8 of us walked 4.4Km around Farrer Ridge and over Mt Waniassa. Medium scenic walk with some climbs, 1.75 hrs
10 Feb
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held (around 35 members attended – 30 signed the book). We started with announcements including the option of helping with a new Meccano group at Charnwood/Dunlop school, plus we sang some songs from a Shed Song Book
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4 Feb
(Sat) YMCA Garage Sale Yarralumla. Shed volunteers helped set up the sale and clear up after, as well as running the BBQ. We raised around $133
3 Feb
Pat & Warwick Wright from the Friends of National Botanic Gardens gave an exciting talk about “Who is the smartest – plants or animals?” I think the inference was that plants overall are smarter (around 36 members attended)
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2 Feb
Walk: ANU Acton Walk. 14 of us (including 3 wives) walked 7.9Km around Acton and the ANU and visited some 46 art sites, plus had coffee at the Purple Pickle Cafe. Easy-medium walk, 3.5 hrs total
27 Jan
Behind the Scenes tour of the National Library, including a tour of Treasures gallery (around 28 members attended)
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20 Jan
Dr Chris Peters CEO of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry spoke about his role in fostering industry growth in the ACT and the role of the chamber in the aftermath of 2003 bushfires. He also spoke about his personal battle with pancreatic cancer. We wish him all the best with this battle (35 members attended & signed the book)
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19 Jan
Walk: Parliament Houses Gardens. 11 of us walked around the gardens and has coffee at the National Library cafe. Easy 5.7Km, 2.5 hrs total
13 Jan
Restart for 2012 – BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held (around 41 members attended, 39 signed the book and David Alcock from Lane Cove attended as a visitor)
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6 Jan
No meeting

 

Past Program of Activities in 2011

The following is a list of the program this year:

Date Description Attended
30 Dec
No meeting
24 Dec
At the North Belconnen Uniting Church there was a ‘Carols under fairy lights’ with a free BBQ from 6:30pm with carols commencing at 7:30pm – 4 Shed members manned the BBQ. Harry R and wife, Phil, Don, Geoff, Steve and Greg (Sweetapple – the “bagpipe man”) attended to carols
23 Dec
The Christmas BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held with many bringing extra plates to complement the BBQ. In fact too much came that many went home with full arms! We initially had reports on cycling, walking, the meccano and bowls activities. John Burrowes reported on attending the Tuggeranong Shed Christmas lunch. Max Huntington reported on his experiences at Koorabri in the Brindabella Valley during the storms on late Nov 2011. Trevor Oddy started discussion on having an alternative meeting on those occasions people wish to come the the Shed but can’t go on an excursion. Trevor has volunteered to help run such occasions. (48 members signed the book including two new members attended)
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22 Dec
Walk: Jamison Aranda Cook. 9 of us walked through Aranda and Cook and finished with coffee and milk shakes at the Southern Cross Club. Easy 5.7Km, 1.5 hrs walking
16 Dec
Denis McDermott, former AFP senior officer gave a talk about his service including his experiences in the peacekeeping operations in the Solomons and East Timor (around 40 members attended, 38 signed the book)
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9 Dec
Visit to the Australian Archives Office. We left Melba Shed at 9.30AM and visited the Archives located in the old East Block Building from 10AM-12PM. Most of us failed the dictation test (and will be deported!) Mitch also learnt how to search for his father. Thanks to the NAA staff for their tours and to Stuart Allan for organising it. (22 members attended)
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8 Dec
Walk: Anzac Pde & Reid. 10 of us walked from AWM down Anzac Pde, into St John’s Church and cemetery, and through historic parts of Reid. Easy, 5.5Km, 2.5 hrs
3 Dec
YMCA Garage Sale Yarralumla. Shed volunteers helped set up the sale and clear up after, as well as running the BBQ. The $241 raised will help Melba Shed with future activities such as the Shed extension
2 Dec
The Shed had a talk about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices’ by Gill Golley, COTA (around 40 members attended, 34 signed the book)
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26 Nov
(Sat: night) Rotary Trivia night. Rotary held another trivia night at West Belconnen leagues Club and Melba Shed hosted a table. The event helped Rotary raise funds for the world-wide eradication of polio. Our Shed was represented by about ten members and partners at the event. This was a great night out enjoyed by all and particularly by Alex Ritchie, Jim Grenfell and Laurie Power’s table which managed to come equal first only to be pushed into second place in the tie breaker
25 Nov
The AGM was held at which a new committee was elected including a new President, Harry Redfern and Vice-President, and a BBQ and Sausage Sizzle also held. (around 38 members attended, 38 signed the book)
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24 Nov
Walk: Mulligans Flat North NR. 8 of us walked through this hilly NR to Oak Hill. 7.0Km 3 hrs. Medium walk
18 Nov
This week we had an interesting talk by Alan Evans, Director NRMA, supported by Ron Collins, ACT Corporate Affairs & Regional Policy Specialist. See details. (around 40 members attended, 38 signed the book)
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12 Nov
(Sat) 10 Shedders (organised by Don Gruber) helped Rotary with parking arrangements for 1,500 cars at the Aboretum for the Inaugural Community Concert ‘Voices in the Forest’ from 4pm to 7.30pm. This helped raise $1,000 for the Shed and will be used on the extensions
11 Nov
(Fri) The Shed went on an excursion and walk to Yankee Hat. We left the Shed around 8.45AM and were back by 3.00PM. Of the 20 members who went 16 walked out to Yankee Hat paintings leaving around 10.45AM and returning by 12.45PM. The other 4 members stayed at the car park and picnic area and prepared a BBQ lunch. For walk and overall details see Walks Held page
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4 Nov
Talk by Sen. Gary Humphries (Lib) for ACT on current issues relevant to ACT community, including men’s physical & mental health. (around 35 members attended, 34 signed the book)
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1 Nov
Tues: Melb Cup: The Shed was open from 2PM for members to share in watching the Melbourne Cup. Around 20 members attended with some nibblies and bubbly vino watching the race on the projector
28 Oct
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held with 39 members signed the book. We were updated on the injuries to Stuart Allan and made aware of the need for volunteers for the Aboretum event on 12th Nov
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27 Oct PM
(Thurs 2PM) 20 Shed members visited the ABC studios at Dickson. We visited the TV studios and were welcomed by ACT Director, Liz McGrath, and Andrea Ho (ABC Local Radio and Online Manager) for a tour of the ABC radio studios
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27 Oct AM
Walk: Harcourt Hill – Gold Creek.. 10 of us walked up Harcourt Hill and back to Gold Creek through Nicholls.. Easy-Medium 5.5Km. 2.0 hrs
21 Oct
The Shed had a talk from Terry Griffiths, President of the Canberra Model Aircraft Club on Model Aircraft. Information here (around 33 members attended)
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14 Oct
The Shed went on an excursion to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and had ranger guided tour of the sanctuary. Later there was a sausage sizzle lunch at Webbs Green picnic area. In the sanctuary lots of birds were seen including a brolga, a couple of bower birds and a pair of currawongs titillating one another and then doing it. The guys left the shed around 8.30AM and were back around 3PM, after also viewing progress on the Cotter Dam. There was a $6.50 Park entry fee per vehicle for seniors (19 members attended) Pictures from Alex Ritchie
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13 Oct
Walk: Kama NR. 10 of us walked down to the Molonglo River and back. Medium, 5.9 Km, 2.0 hrs
8 Oct
YMCA Garage Sale Yarralumla. Shed volunteers helped set up the sale and clear up after, as well as running the BBQ. $212 was raised for Melba Shed to assist with future activities
7 Oct
Dr Ian Sykes on his return visit talked about mens health with an emphasis on cholesterol levels. He also handed out a NZ Cardiovascular Risk Calculator from the NPS Ltd. See more here. We also had Harry provided a recital of “Clancy of the Overflow” (around 32 members attended, 30 members signed the book)
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30 Sep
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held (around 35 members attended, 34 members signed the book)
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23 Sep
ALP Federal Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh MP gave a talk on an issue that he has also written about in his book Disconnected” – the erosion and decline in our Australian community and social interaction. Andrew outlined and explained some of the major shifts he saw in social trends, particularly since WW11. More details in Newsletter No 101 (39 members signed the book)
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16 Sep
The Shed visited the ACT Woodcraft Guild at Kambah. (around 20 members attended) Location map is here
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15 Sep
Walk: West Macgregor. 10 of us walked along the horse trail and back though West Macgregor. Easy, 7.8 Km, flat, 2.5 hrs
9 Sep
Simone Doherty, Executive Officer, Pegasus gave an interesting overview of their activities for Riding for the Disabled. They currently have 16 horses and ponies helping around 100 disabled riders per week. It costs something lie $3,000 per year to feed, care and provide masseur facilities for each horse. They are at Pegasus Farm, 119 Drake Brockman Drive, Holt ACT 2615. (around 39 members attended, 33 signed thye book)
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5 Sep
(Mon) Greenhills working bee was held with around 16 shed members assisting
2 Sep
David Jones from the ACT Electric Vehicles Association gave an interesting talk on Electric Vehicles and their future (around 40 members attended) See more on the Activities 2011 page
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1 Sep
Walk: Black Mountain. 6 of us walked from Aranda to Black Mountain top and back. Medium-Hard walk 6.7Km, 2.25 hrs
27 Aug
The Shed’s 3rd anniversary Dinner was held on Sat night at Master So restaurant in Kippax with 24 members and guests attending a $25 per head banquet dinner
26 Aug
The Shed’s 3rd Anniversary BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held with around 35 members attending. Challenging poetic entertainment was provided by our in-house poets and jokists Peter Mitchell and Jim Grenfell, supported by Laurie Power (34 signed the book)
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19 Aug
The Shed undertook an excursion to Gundaroo organised by Don Gruber. We started with coffee at the Cork St Cafe and had a talk about Gundaroo by Jenny Thorne of the Gundaroo old Store. We then had a short tour of the main village visiting her store and old workshops behind. This included some amazing old machinery and an old 1951 Jaguar XK140. We then visited the Royal Hotel and looked at the new purpose built slat building for their Grazing Restaurant. We walked back past the Gundaroo Colonial Inn. Several of us has lunch (mostly piizzas) in the Cork St Cafe (27 members attended) Don provided some instructions Instructions & Quizz
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12 Aug
Craig Dowling Manager, Client Solutions, Identity & Government Services, Australia Post gave an excellent talk (around 30 members attended, 26 signed the book)
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6 Aug
We helped at the Sat YMCA Garage Sale at Yarralumla plus ran their Sausage Sizzle. $186 was raised at the sausage sizzle
5 Aug
Det Sgt Jason Kennedy gave such an interesting and riveting talk on road safety issues in the ACT that we had to defer listening to Denis McDermott (34 members signed the book)
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4 Aug
Walk: Palmerville – Percival Hill. 8 of us walked from Palmerville to Percival Hill and back. Medium walk 6.8Km, 2.25 hrs
29 Jul
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held. John Burrowes took order for Shed hats and T-shirts (around 35 members attended, 34 sigbed the book)
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22 Jul
The Shed went on an excursion to the National Film and Sound Archive (around 30 members attended)
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21 Jul
Walk: Hall Village Circular Walk (Peter Davis Memorial walk) 34 of us did this walk around the village. Easy 4.7Km, 1.5 hours
15 Jul
Trevor Oddy talked about special problems that face people with disabilities – Phil Laird demonstrate the new iPad 2 and an Acer Iconia tablets (37 members signed the book)
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8 Jul
Dr Alex Ritchie gave an interesting presnetation on ‘Fishing with a hammer’. He covered hios early life searching for fossils ariund the world and lastly at Canowindra and setting up the “Age of Fishes Museum” (42 members attended, 35 signed the book)
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7 Jul
Walk: Lake Burley Griffin East Basin. 11 of us walked around this part of the lake. Easy-Medium 11.5Km, 3 hours
1 Jul
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held (around 34 members attended)
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24 Jun
The Shed went on a tour of the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre (ACT’s sewerage farm) (24 members attended)
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23 Jun
Walk: Dunlop Grasslands NR. 11 of us walked around this grassy reserve. Easy, 6.7Km, 2.0 hours, fairly flat
17 Jun
The Shed held a morning tea to farewell to Rev Colin Bradford who retires on 30th June (around 33 members attended, 30 signed the book)
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10 Jun
Dan Steiner, President of the Woodcraft Guild of the ACT, gave a talk about what the guild does. (around 40 members attended, 34 signed the book)
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9 Jun
Walk: Mt Taylor. 9 of us walked around and up and over Mt taylor. Medium,4.5Km, 1.5 hours, 150m climb
4 Jun
Around a dozen Shed members helped at the YMCA Garage Sale at Yarralumla setting up and cleaning up after, as well as running BBQ from 7AM-1PM. $176.65 was raised for the Shed. Ted was supreme as chef as usual
3 Jun
Doug Poulter gave talk on his experieces with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) (around 30 members attended, 28 signed the book)
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27 May
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle. Several members brought up interesting issues. Alex Ritchie brought up his involvement with the “Age of Fisges Museum” at Canowindra. Gordon Parsons advised of his brother’s unfortunate death whilst hiking in Hawaii some time ago. (around 35 members attended & signed the book)
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26 May
Walk: Ginninderra Ck Melba Evatt. 12 of us walked to St Pauls historic church & cemetery site and also along Ginninderra Ck.. Easy 6Km, 2 hours
20 May
Lawn Bowls excursion with Harry Redford at the Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St, Hawker (parking was from Walhallow St) (around 30 members attended)
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13 May
Our enigmatic Jim Grenfell gave a talk on emergency response teams and his experiences with Red Cross in this area (around 30 members attended, 27 signed the book)
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12 May
Walk: Red Hill. 7 of us walked around the hill. Some great views, some climbing. Medium 6.0Km, 2 hrs on trails. Saw the largest grey roo any of us have seen
7 May
Excursion to Temora flying day Saturday 7 May – eighteen members travelled to Temora (about 200Km NW of Canberra) to visit the Temora Aviation Museum and watch the flying display. We left the Shed at 7:30am and travelled by car to Temora returning to Canberra after the show completed, arriving home about 6:30pm. Read the write up in Newsletter#081
6 May
Michael Mulgrew gave an interesting talk on his experiences of a world trade negotiator (31 members signed the book)
31
29 Apr
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle was held. Harry Redfern‟s gave a brilliant rendition of the Man from Ironbark‟ – a Banjo Patterson classic (around 25 members attended, 31 signed the book)
31
28 Apr
Walk: Ginninderra Ck to Charnwood. 6 of us walked along Ginninderra Ck to Umbagong Park axe grooves then to Charnwood for coffee at Maccas, returning though Flynn. Easy 6.2Km, 2.3 Hours
22 Apr
Easter Friday (no Shed)
18 Apr
Greenhills working bee was held with 18 shed members assisting
15 Apr
An Open Forum was held. Brian Carle gave an interesting personal expose on his involvement with making cars less polluting and car engines more efficient whilst working in Sydney and in Canberra. Two prominent shed members, Terry and Steve presented their largest butternut pumkins, with Steve having the largest! (30 members signed the book). Pictures
30
14 Apr
Walk: Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin. 9 of us walked around the lake stopping for coffee at the Portrait Gallery. Easy, flat, 7.8Km, 3.0hrs
8 Apr
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (Power Lawrence and Peter Tilley were was on the plate cooking the snags!) (around 30 members attended, 25 signed the book)
30
2 Apr
Around a dozen shed members helped with the YMCA Garage Sale at Yarralumla 7AM-1PM including setting up and cleaning up after as well as running BBQ. The Shed raised around $198 towards its funds
1 Apr
Loriendale Orchard setup – Around 10 shed members helped Geoff with the setup
1 Apr
Bob Wagg, Wally Kulesza and Steve Mawers gave slide presentations on their recent trips to New Zealand (35 members attended, 22 signed the book)
35
26 Mar
4 members helped out the Rotary Club of Ginninderra in running the BBQ at the Charnie Carnie between 11:00am to 6:00pm at the Christian Life Centre Oval, Cnr Cartwright and Lhotsky Street in Charnwood
26 Mar
10 members assisted Careers ACT through Rotary in cleaning up the yard of a disadvantaged Latham family. Pictures
25 Mar
About 24 members went on the excursion to Lake Burley Griffin and the BBQ on Springbank Island. A boat was used to ferry members from the Southern Cross Yacht Club to the Island. Several members then add the opportunity to do some sailing. Pictures
24
24 Mar
Walk: Isaac’s Ridge. 8 of us walked up, along and around the ridge. Easy/Medium 6.8Km on FTs. There was a steep climb. 2 hrs walking
18 Mar
Marie Falconer from Carers ACT gave an overview of her organisation and the issues they face (around 30 members attended, 28 signed the book)
30
11 Mar
Lynton Jaques gave an interesting talk on Australia’s Natural Resources (40 members attended, 31 signed the book)
40
10 Mar
Walk: Ginninderra Ck to Charnwood. This walk was postponed due to wet weather
4 Mar
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (28 members attended)
28
25 Feb
Wally’s 6 piece Band, Second Movement, played for the shed and friends at the Belconnen Bowling Club, Hawker (32 members & wives attended). See Activities 2011 page
32
24 Feb
Walk: Molonglo Gorge. 12 of us drove to Molonglo Gorge and walked along the gorge to Blue Tiles picnic area and returned. Medium 6.6km Molonglo. Strenous 3 hrs
18 Feb
Visit to Royal Australian Mint (around 25 members attended)
25
11 Feb
Edith Shaw gave a talk on various disability support services she provides through their organisation Shaw Possibilities at Scullin. Also Alastair Crombie and Phil Ruston from hall Shed attended and advised us about their facilities and options to work together. Laurie Power is our shed contact in this endeavour (around 30 members and guests attended, 25 signed the book)
30
10 Feb
Walk: Gossan Hill. 9 of us walked east from Jamison then over bridge across Belconnen Way and around Gossans Hill and back with coffee at SC Club. Easy 6Km fairly flat
5 Feb
We helped at the YMCA Garage Sale at Yarralumla plus ran their Sausage Sizzle. Around 9 members helped out and raised around $230 net for the Shed
4 Feb
We had a our monthly BBQ and Sausage Sizzle with 26 members attending. Beforehand we were entertained with a rendition of popular tunes sung by the local Sing Australia Blokes group with 19 of their members for 30min (20 members signed the book)
26
28 Jan
23 members visited the National Arboretum in a 23 seater bus ably driven by Don. We were shown around by the curator Adam Burgess & his assistant Lynette Marsh. We visited the hilltop above the Himalayan Cedar plantation where there is a large metal art piece that proclaims the famous phrase of Dorothea Mackellar’s “Wide brown land”
23
27 Jan
Walk: Yarralumla – Govt House. 6 of us started at 8.30AM from Yarralumla nursery and walked passed Westbourne Woods to Govt House. We then had coffee at Yarra Gallery & The Oaks Brasserie. Easy, reasonably flat, 3.3Km, 1.5 Hours
21 Jan
Robyn Beetham a Vice president of Uni of the 3rd Age (U3A) in the ACT gave an overview of what its all about (about 23 members attended & signed the book) See U3A ACT
23
14 Jan
Gary Watson gave an interesting presentation on his trips to both the Artic and Antarctic (around 36 members attended, 31 signed the book)
36
13 Jan
Walk: Mt Rogers. 5 of us started from shed through Flynn up to Mt Rogers, around the top and back through Melba. Medium 6.6Km, 2 Hours. We had coffee at shed afterwards. One member cycled before walking
7 Jan
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle with some views expressed by Peter Hatfield and Ernie Brand (around 28 members attended, 26 members signed the book)
28

Past Program of Activities in 2010

The following is a list of the program this year:

Date Description Attended
31 Dec
No meeting
24 Dec
No meeting
17 Dec
Some discussion ensued regarding various suggestions for a Shed logo followed by a Christmas BBQ Party (around 35 members and 2 guests attended, 34 members signed the book)
35
16 Dec
Walk: Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin. Deferred due to inclement weather. To be rescheduled.
10 Dec
Bill Handke of the Myna Bird Support group gave an excellent talk on controlling Myna Birds and brought along a real cage used in their capture (around 30 members and 2 guests attended). Greg took possession of the cage and made a $50 donation towards its costs. Hopefully it can be used by other members in due course
30
4 Dec
Several shed members attended another YMCA Garage Sale at Yarralumla setting up, clearing down and running the Sausage Sizzle. Around $190 was raised for the Shed. Ted was prominent again on the hotplates with Geoff managing the BBQ
3 Dec
Alex Goodieson and Peter Cole (from the Model Boat Club of the ACT) gave an interesting talk about model boat building and operation (30 members attended)
30
2 Dec
Walk: Mt Ainslie from north side. 4 of us started at 9AM from Hackett CP. It was a lot easier walk than from the war memorial side, although a little muddy and wet at times. Medium walk of 5.6km, 2.25 hrs. We adjourned back to Hackett shops for coffee
26 Nov
Peter Tilley gave an interesting talk on home gardening and interesting horticultural issues (30 members attended)  30
23-25 Nov
The Shed undertook a trip to Orbost Mens Shed (3 days, 2 nights) via mini bus and 2 vehicles. 18 members attended in total. Departure was around 7.30AM on the Tues. Pictures More details on the Activities held page
19 Nov
The AGM was held with the election of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, three committee members and acceptance of the President’s report, treasurer’s report and last years’ minutes. A BBQ and sausage sizzle was held after (32 members attended). Pictures  32
18 Nov
Walk: Aranda Bushland & Cork Plantation. 10 of us walked from Aranda through the Frost Hollow Walk to the Snow Gums area of Aranda Bushlands and then on to the Cork Plantation adjacent to the National Aboretum. We adjourned back to the Southern Cross Club Jamison after for coffee. Easy 5.5 Km, 2 1/2 hrs
12 Nov
The Shed went on a guided visit to the National Botanic Gardens which started at 10.30AM. Members had to pay $4 each to pay for the guides. Members broke into three groups. One group looked more particularly at the Mallee Scrub section and the Rainforest walk. They learnt that Australia only has true tropical Rainforest covering about 0.1% of its land mass, with the biggest concentrations in Queensland. (17 members attended)  17
11 Nov
Walk: Gungahlin Hill – Gungaderra NR. 5 of us started walking from Gungahlin Hill on Barton Highway. We went to the Trig and then across to a couple of features in Gungaderra NR. The hill (GN44) just east of Gungahlin Hill we renamed “Poon Hill” in honour of Richard Poon. It was an easy 4.5Km stroll, but took 2 1/4 hrs. Several of us adjourned to the Soccer Club for coffee
5 Nov
Denis Waters, President of Ginninderra Rotary gave a talk on Disaster Economics. Part of Dennis’ work at Geoscience Australia is to assess the likely cost to the nation of natural disasters and possible natural disasters. In this we learnt that mining is only 7% of Australia’s $1.1 trillion overall production. (28 members attended)  28
4 Nov
Walk: The Pinnacle & Weetangera Cemetery. 7 of us started from Dungowan St, Hawker walking to the Pinnacle (709m) as well as to visit the historic Cemetery. We adjourned for coffee at Jamison afterwards. Easy walk 6.1Km, 2 hrs led by Don Gruber
2 Nov
10 members attended a special Melbourne Cup function that started at 2PM to watch the big race on TV and enjoy comradarie, coffee, soft drinks etc. There were a couple of sweeps with Geoff winning all the loot. Jimbo could not stop popping champers! Organised ably by Don
1-2 Nov
There was a special working bee at Greenhills with 14 members attending on Monday and a 5 on Tues. Greenhills has found that the Shed members have helped so much that they have donated $600 to the Shed. Details on the Activities Held 2010 page
29 Oct
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (around 30+ members attended). We had a special guest, Ralph Southwell, visit us and tell us a little about the work of the Canberra Men’s Centre  30
22 Oct
Reeta Sidu from ATO Education program gave an interesting presentation on tax issues for seniors. This included issues of capital gains, particularly if you have a rental property (28 members attended)  28
15 Oct
Visit to National Arboretum was deferred due to the weather. As an alternative 16 members went on a visit to the National Museum  16
14 Oct
Walk: Mt Painter- 3 of us walked from Jamison south to Mt Painter also visiting the Cook memorial and the Rosebud Cottage.. Easy-med walk of 6.6 km taking 2 hrs to be led by Don Gruber
11 Oct
Around a dozen Shed members attended a working bee plus had lunch at Greenhills near the Cotter. Pictures
9 Oct
Several Shed members attended the YMCA Garage Sale and helped setup and also ran the Sausage Sizzle to raisearound $225 for the Shed. Pictures
8 Oct
The Shed visited the Canberra Railway Museum at Kingston and had a guided tour by Bob Parker of the Aust Railway Historic Society (24 members attended). Pictures  24
7 Oct
Walk: Mulligan Flat NR – 6 of us walked from from Mulligans Flat car park, in Forde around this reserve following the bird trail. We took 3 hours 20 minutes for the easy 8.1Km stroll with several stops at the Woolshed and lake
1 Oct
Phil Laird gave a slide presentation on the SMB’s trip to Mungo and up the Darling back in June this year (around 33 members attended)  33
30 Sep
Walk: Cooleman Ridge- 5 of us walked from Rivett down this long ridge to Mt Arawang and back via Niblo Hill and Cooleman Trig hill. Medium, 8Km and 3 hours
24 Sep
BBQ and a Sausage Sizzle was held. A good bunch of members attended as well a Peter Davis’s wife Lynne who made a donation to the Shed  (around 25 members attended estimated)   25
20 Sep
Walk: Deeks Forest Park to Misery Hill- 5 of us walked 10Km from Deeks FP Carpark to Misery Hill and then down to Misery Point and back. Medium ( was part of a P Davis walk)
17 Sep
The Shed visited to Geoscience Australia at Symonston and viewed a range of their facilities (19 members attended)  19
13 Sep
Walk: Shepherds Lookout – 7 of us walked from Stockdill Drive West Belconnen to Shepherds Lookout and down to Molonglo and Murrumbidgeee Rivers and back. About 5.5Km and 2 Hours
10 Sep
Scott McAlister from Paterson’s Stockbroking (6120 2201, email: [email protected]) gave an overview of the stockmarket and an insight into some investment stragtegies including taking up the WOW buyback for those in SMSF’s. Several members from Kangara Waters attended to see how a Men’s Shed can be run (around 30 members and guests attended)  30
6 Sep
5 of use walked along Ginninderra Ck through Umbagong District Park to Macgregor then to Bel Paese Cafe, Kippax for coffee. About 7.5Km and 2 hrs
4 Sep
2nd Anniversary dinner was held successfully at 7.00pm at Master So Kitchen at Kippax with around 28 members and guests attending. Details of the restaurant at the Master So Kitchen (Chinese Restaurant). Pictures of the dinner
3 Sep
Don Gruber gave an interesting talk on the history of Ginnindera and Belconnen Districts to around 30 members and visitors. See map view of Weetangera Cemetery  30
2 Sep
Mt Majura: 7 of us walked from Hackett climbing to top of Mt Majura and winding our way back down, 9Km, 3 hrs. Medium walk but quite a stiff climb to Majura, especially the last part after Sheep Camp junction. Scenery and views were great. Morning tea at the AirServices radar station on the top. We met at car park on Kellaway St, Hackett (via Phillip Ave) at 10AM and at the shed at 9.30AM
27 Aug
Second Anniversary of the Shed BBQ and Sausage Sizzle (attended by around 28 members). John Arundel gave an interesting expose on his life and times and his involvement with the NLA Newspapers (Trove) project  28
23 Aug
3 members, Jim, Peter M and Greg did a nice easy walk around Lake Ginninderra of 6.7Km and 2 hrs from west side CP partaking of coffee at Black Pepper. Unfortunately we lost Wally ar the beginning (he went to the wrong place!)
20 Aug
Mark Carmody from the ABC gave a riveting talk about his like gardening at the Lodge and elsewhere and doing the Weather for the ABC. Is it true he wear shorts under that coat. You should have come to find out! (around 35 members attended) Pictures here  35
19 Aug
This walk was deferred due to the weather (Mulligans Flat NR – 8Km from Forde CP. Nice flat walk around Bird Trail)
13 Aug
Tom Daws from Civic Financial Planning gave an interesting talk on the financial environment and things we can do to protect us in the future, as well as our adult children (28 members attended)  28
9 Aug
Walk at Goorooyarroo of 8.4Km from Horsepark Drive to Old Joe Hill via Border marker X4. (5 members and visitor attended)
7 Aug
Several Shed members attended the YMCA Garage Sale and ran the Sausage Sizzle to raise $236 for the Shed
6 Aug
Assoc. Prof. Ravi Sood talked again on stratospheric ballooning with emphasise on his more recent exploits during 2010 (around 30 members attended)  30
5 Aug
Walk at Bruce-OConnor Ridge of 5.9Km from AIS along 4WD and bike paths. Relatively easy (5 members attended)
30 Jul
We had a short talk by Singh on Sikkism followed by a BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (27 members attended)  27
23 Jul
Visited the Aust Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), 82 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon (21 members attended)  21
22 Jul
Walk at Mt Ainslie up the memorial track and back around the east past the quarry (10 members attended)
16 Jul
Bill Caddey from the National Heart Foundation with Don gave an excellent presentation on looking after ones heart (around 27 members attended)  27
9 Jul
Mike Zizzler CEO of Lifeline ACT gave us a presentation on the functions of Lifeline in the ACT. Quite striking to hear that last year 14 people died on our roads while reported suicides were 40, yet the roads gets most of the government funding. (around 27 members attended)  27
8 Jul
Walk at Black Mountain around Forest Trail (10 members attended)
2 Jul
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle with discussion on members who were sick and directions of the shed (around 25 members attended)  25
25 June
Visited Waroonga Woodcrafts, Murumbateman with Jim Reid (around 25 members attended)  25
18 June
Rudi Schneider, City Ranger gave a presentation on the dangers of syringes and needles and the correct method of of collecting and disposing. (20 members attended)  20
11 June
Interesting talk by Colin Bradford to 23 members concerning his trips last year to Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Dubai  23
4 June
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle with discussion by a couple of members (around 25 members attended)  25
28 May
Tour of the CSIRO Discovery Centre commencing 10.30AM. An excellent tour of the centre. 21 members who attended learnt that Sunflower Oil is best for cooking, followed by Canola and then Olive Oil (21 members attended)  21
21 May
Computing for Dummies. Phil Laird gave a riveting presentation on the history of desktop microcomputers, Windows, as well as his password manager Roboform and the in and outs of Google Earth and Oziexplorer (around 30 members attended)  25
14 May
Presentation by Geoff Grimmett on his trip to Jordan and Syria (around 32 members attended a long session of 200 interesting slides)  32
7 May
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle with discussion by a couple of members (around 25 members attended)  25
3 May
There was a community working bee at Greenhills. 5 members attended and received morning tea and lunch
30 Apr
Visit to Namadji, Bendora area with Graham Scully and ranger Christian Ward.This was an all day event starting from Melba 9.30AM and returned about 5PM. We visited Bulls Head, Bendora Arboretum and Mt Franklin area (26 members and visitors attended and travelled to the area in 6 vehicles)  26
27-28 April
First Aid Training organised by Geoff Grimmett. Five shed members attended
23 Apr
Petty Officer Anthony Blowfield from the Navy at ADFA gave us an excellent overview of the Anzac tradition as well as some interesting excerpts from his career on ships and patrol boats (around 22 members attended)  22
16 Apr
Bob Wagg gave a talk on the history of Tasmania (around 30 members attended) Presos on Activities 2010 page  30
9 Apr
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle and discussion by several members (around 30 members attended)  30
2 Apr
Good Friday (Easter) No Shed Meeting
26 Mar
Keith Grieve gave a talk on the hsitory of rabbits in Australia and their infestation and control (25 members attended)  25
19 Mar
Bob Peake, AirServices Australia – Air Traffic Control Systems here and abroad (32 members attended)  32
12 Mar
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle. Ralph Southwell – Canberra Mens Centre – led discussion on counselling (25 members attended)  25
5 Mar
Roger Kilham – Presented on healthcare in an ageing society (23 members attended)  23
26 Feb
Peter Guild from Lions Club of Canberra and Prostate Cancer Foundation talked on prostate issues (28 members attended)  28
19 Feb
Visit by Boorowa Den members with visit to Rob Wooleys premises to see his vintage cars, a BBQ, and a visit to War Memorial Annex at Mitchell (around 25 members attended and 13 Boorowa members)  25
12 Feb
Ray Edmonson talked about National Film and Sound Archive (around 20 members attended)  20
5 Feb
Talk by Colin Booth of Patersons Stockbrokers (34 members attended)  34
29 Jan
Presentation by Peter Mitchell on his 4WD trip across Australia (around 31 members attended)  31
22 Jan
National Youth Science Forum – discussion and overview by Barry Howe on the forum (around 22 members attended)  22
15 Jan
BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (around 22 members attended)  22

Past Program of Activities in 2008-09

The following is a list of the program this year:

Date Description Attended
2009
18 Dec
Christmas function – BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (Noted 34 members attended)  34
11 Dec
National Portrait Gallery Visit – Guided Tour (around 16 members attended) 16
4 Dec
Presentation by 4WD members on their July trip to Broken Hill and Mungo Nat Pk (Jim Grenfell & Greg Hutchison) (25 signed the book) 25
27 Nov
Talk on men’s health issues by Dr Ian Sykes (18 signed the book) 18
20 Nov
Melba Shed Incorporated Annual General Meeting, followed by BBQ, Sausage Sizzle (25 signed the book) 25
13 Nov
Diana Shogren, from the COTA/Beyond Blue “Beyond Maturity Blues” program talked on ways to identify and prevent depression and support those with depression, with an emphasis on men (16 signed the book) (Noted 22 attended) 22
6 Nov
Visited Namadgi with host Graham Scully of Kosciusko Huts fame (9AM started, returned by 5PM) (22 attended)  22
30 Oct
Presentation on financial planning by Tom Dawes of Civic Financial Planning (16 signed the book) 16
23 Oct
Experiences of a Kokoda track walker by Brian Cole (13 signed the book) 13
16 Oct
Working Bee plus lunch at Greenhills
9 Oct
Ramblings on Laser sailing and travelling in Canadian maritimes by Stuart Allan (11 signed the book)  11
2 Oct
Presentation by Peter Tilley on his trip to South America from 2002 (Nil signed) (guess that about 20 attended) 20
25 Sep
BBQ, sausage sizzle (Nil signed, around 20 attended) 20
18 Sep
Clarrie Hockley presented on ‘The Expedition of Lewis and Clark” across USA in 1804-1806 (16 signed the book) (Noted 23 attended)  23
11 Sep
Presentation on Vintage Cars by Rob Woolley (16 signed the book)  16
4 Sep
Visit to Boorowa Men’s Den, Boorowa town and local farm (full day trip) (14 members attended)  14
28 Aug
Anniversary dinner at 7:00pm at the Fortune Cookie Restaurant, Melba
28 Aug
Celebration of our first year of operation of Melba Shed with sausage sizzle (21 signed the book)  21
21 Aug
Presentation by Peter Hatfield on the history and politics of Nauru (18 signed the book) 18
14 Aug
Rev Colin Bradford provided his thoughts on the Shed and the role of the Church today (10 signed the book)  10
7 Aug
Visited Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House with guided tour from Robert Hawke  20
31 July
Rev Gordon Ramsay talked about Kippax Uniting Care which is an organisation formed to assist Belconnen residents in times of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness (12 signed the book) (Noted that 16 attended)  16
24 July
Sausage sizzle preceded by morning tea and short member profiles from Ken Baker and Paul Zarb (11 signed the book) 11
17 July
Glenn Klein from Centrelink – Presented on tax and social security issues and benefits for seniors (19 signed the book)  19
10 July
Paul Flint,  Executive Director of COTA (Council on the Ageing). Presented on ageing issues for the ACT (3 signed the book)
3 July
Visit to War Memorial. Interesting guided tour from Chris Honnan, a volunteer guide (4 signed the book) (Noted around 20 members attended)  20
26 June
BBQ, sausage sizzle (14 signed the book) 14
19 June
Haydn Burgess, Greening Australia about their efforts in and around the ACT (11 signed the book) 11
12 June
Don Gruber talked about his recent trip to the US, Canada, Britain and Ghana (16 signed the book) 16
5 June
Greg Hutchison gave a slide show on recent bushwalking experiences on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track from Yass to Tumbarumba and the Great North Walk between Sydney and Yarramalong (Wyong) (17 signed the book) 17
29 May
Dr Peter Coppin, Director of CSIRO’s Wind Energy Research Unit. Presentation on alternative energy sources and climate change (Nil signed the book, but about 25 attended)  25
22 May
Visit to Queanbeyan Printing Museum. Hosted by Bill Woods (a previous owner of the Queanbeyan Age) (about 20 members attended)
20
15 May
Ernie Brand demonstrated his creation of timer-controlled sensor driveway lighting. Plus a sausage sizzle (13 signed the book)
13
8 May
Paul Zarb. Presentation on bee-keeping (9 signed the book)
9
1 May
Dale Budd. Presentation on VFTs around the world and history of Australian attempts at getting a VFT (18 signed the book)
18
24 April
Presentations: Keran Niquet from Probus; Vic Robertson from the Vietnam Veteran’s Federation (at Page) (21 signed the book)
21
20 April
Working bee at Greenhills, near the Cotter (monday morning activity)
17 April
4WD trip to Mt Coree in Canberra’s South West (9AM start) (17 attended)
17
3 April
Wayne Evans, CEO, Snowy Hydro SouthCare, presented on SouthCare and the exploits of its helicopter activities (20 signed the book) (noted 21 attended)
21
27 March
David Ross and his wife Christine spoke on Canberra gardening tips (14 signed the book)
14
20 March
Jason Medcalf leading all singing Beatles songs followed by a sausage sizzle (15 signed the book) (Note: It was Colin Wales last meeting before going to Melbourne)
15
13 March
Rob Woolley spoke about his trip through some the very scenic Western Australian National Parks in a motor home (18 signed the book)
18
6 March
Prof. Ravi Sood talked on his work using large balloons to carry some two tonnes 40km into the stratosphere (15 signed the book)
15
27 Feb
John Grant spoke of experiences as a student and teacher in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Northern Territory (10 signed the book)
10
21 Feb
YMCA Garage Sale Sausage Sizzle
20 Feb
Barry Howe spoke on his knowledge and experiences into Rotary (16 signed the book)
16
13 Feb
Ian Foster, volunteer guide, War Memorial talked about the Memorial, its displays and about the people who visit it (14 signed the book)
14
6 Feb
Peter Croker (woodcraft guild) spoke about and then demonstrated hand tool sharpening (16 signed the book)
16
30 Jan
Keith Sinderberry, Colin Wales and Warwick Conn spoke about themselves. Keith and Warwick were farmers in their former lives and Col turned out to be a little bit of a lot of things including ambulance officer and electrical linesman (13 signed the book)
13
23 Jan
Bob Greeney, Belconnen Rotary Club. Presentation on the history of broadcasting and the advent of digital radio (19 signed the book)
19
16 Jan
Weekly get together and establishment of a Committee (14 signed the book)
14
9 Jan 09
John Mulrine, ACT Video Camera Club. Presentation on video cameras.and video making (17 signed the book)
17
2008
12 Dec 08
Christmas sausage sizzle (11 signed the book, but around 20 members attended)
20
5 Dec 08
Continuing work on Lifeline Trolleys (8 signed the book)
8
28 Nov 08
John O’Neill of TADACT (Technical Aid to the Disabled) gave a talk (14 signed the book)
14
21 Nov 08
Our first project building a prototype Lifeline book trolley (8 signed the book)
8
14 Nov 08
Meeting where Phil Laird brought along an old computer to pull to pieces and examine (6 signed the book)
6
7 Nov 08
Coffee and Chat and discussion on Lifeline Trolley project feasibility (0 signed the book)
31 Oct 08
BBQ & Sausage Sizzle and Ken Hogan with his engraving tool (4 signed the book)
4
24 Oct 08
Meeting (10 signed the book)
10
10 Oct 08
Meeting (9 signed the book)
9
3 Oct 08
Meeting (7 signed the book)
7
26 Sep 08
Meeting (7 signed the book)
7
12 Sep 08
Meeting (7 signed the book)
7
5 Sep 08
Meeting (10 signed the book)
10
29 Aug 08
Official Opening day including Jon Stanhope, Rob Woolley (Rotary), Colin Bradford (Minister), Monica Garrett (Rotary), Helen Jackson (Ginn Rotary), Ken Hogan, Colin Wales, Don, Phil, Stuart (first date in the original sign on book) Scanned view of the log book for this meeting
5
22 Aug 08
Early pre opening meeting (this date needs confirmation)
15 Aug 08
Early pre opening meeting (this date needs confirmation)
8 Aug 08
First meeting (was advertised on flyers that were distributed around the area)