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

 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:

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
2017-2018 Paul Taylor – Paul has been a great and willing contributor for many years. He arrives early each Friday morning and assists with the morning tea, the setting up of the meeting room, arrangement of name cards, clearing up, washing up etc
2018-2019 Ian Cameron – Ian joined Melba Shed back in March 2011 and since that time has donated, set up and each Friday has managed our excellent audio system


Peter Michell with 2011 Member of the Year Award
Brain Harber member of year 2016
Brian Harber accepting member of the year award
Ian Cameron Member of Year 2018-19
Ian Cameron Member of Year 2019
Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor Member of Year 2018

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
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 2017 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.

Remembrance Don Gruber – Donald Stuart Gruber (12 Oct 1948 – 3 Jun 2018)

It’s with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Don Gruber our Shed’s founder, tireless supporter, mentor & a great personal friend to many of us. Don passed away on 3 June following a three & a half year battle with cancer. During the last month his health had deteriorated rapidly. Don’s ten year contribution to Melba Shed was just one of his community focused activities. He worked tirelessly for Rotary, Lifeline and Greenhills. His enthusiasm and tenacity to ensure the success of all his community activities were appreciated by all who have known him. We have indeed lost a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s wife Betty and sons Scott & Phil. Don’s funeral was held at Norwood Park Crematorium on Tuesday 12 June 2018. Afterwards a well catered for wake was held at Melba Shed where a large
gathering of those who knew Don gathered. Don was instrumental in starting off the monthly Lunch-Time Melodies. Gininderra Rotary has donated $1,000 in Don’s memory so that the performers at Lunch-Time Melodies can be paid an allowance for their efforts.

8th Jun 2018 Meeting – Harry’s Poem Re Don
The day’s proceedings commenced with a minute’s silence to remember our founder Don, who sadly passed away on 3 June. Harry Redfern then read out the following poem that he had composed in Don’s honour. What Did Don Do?

Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016Album of pictures containing Don Grubers on other Shed Activities  2009 – 2017

Donald Stuart Gruber
Don Gruber

19th Jan 2020 – Farewell – Rev Tim Jensen


Tim has been a wonderful supporter of the Shed during the past eight years or so that he has been at North Belconnen Uniting Church, Melba. Now he is moving on to some new, very different challenges. He will be the “resident” Minister for Saltbush–Uniting the Scattered Community, which seeks to encourage and connect smaller Uniting Christian communities that do not have a resident Minister. Tim will be located near Lismore but his responsibilities will cover a massive area between Lismore, Armidale and out west of Bourke. He will work partly through gatherings in remote localities and partly through online means (Skype etc).  Tim said he had enjoyed his time at Melba. He highlighted the way in which tragedy, such as the current bushfires, can result in communities connecting more with each other. He also emphasised that it is OK for people to have different opinions and to express them but it is also necessary for everyone involved to be respectful of others’ views. The President expressed the Shed’s thanks for Tim’s support over the past 8 years & wished him well for his future endeavours. His last service was on 19 January.

Rev Tim Jensen