Shed Program Held During 2008-2016

2016 (2008 to 2015 are Below)

The following is a list of the past program this year

DateDescriptionAttended
30 DecChristmas / break – no Shed meeting 
23 DecWe had our final meeting with Roger reading out more letters from his great uncle Stan, Harry reciting a Christmas poem, father Christmas visiting and wishing us well, a video about the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and finishing with a BBQ & Sausage sizzle42
16 DecJohn & Patricia Howard from VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education) described the work of VISE in remote communities & properties48
9 DecMartin vander Hoek talked about Chinese Dam Construction sharing his recent experience cruising the Yangtze River during a 3 week tour of China. Terry Mether who’s family is from Finland talked about what Independence Day on 6th Dec means to his family & read out letters from his fathers service in 197-18 when Finland was fighting to preserve its independence from Russia47
2 DecSimon Cunich, Film Maker from Heirloom Films talked about his career. Simon launched a service producing films for families, to celebrate and preserve the life stories of their elders. See here46
25 NovThe was an excursion to the Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St, Hawker arriving at 10AM. Members played in small teams and were guided by a club member. There was no meeting at the Shed except for exercise classes at 8.30AM33
18 NovAnnual General Meeting was held followed by BBQ & Sausage Sizzle47
11 NovWe held a Remembrance Day Special with president Roger Amos reading out more letters from his uncle Stan Willis (Stan’s Letters #2) who went to France in WW1 & did not return. Others including Don displayed some WW2 bayonets, Stuart talk about & showed medals from his wifes family & Ray Osmotherly read out a letter from the Red Cross about his dead relative. Some poems were read out & we had a minutes silence combined with reading the ode. More details47
4 NovStuart Allan gave a talk about sailing from its earlyist around 5500BC through to modern days, as well as Australia’s participation in the Olypics. Stuart has sailed at Canberra Yacht Club in Canberra since the mid-70s & currently sails a one person Laser dinghy, an Olympic class.  He has raced at club, state, Australian & international levels, most recently in Mexico at the Laser Masters Worlds. He has also cruised yachts on east coast Australia, Tasmania, & in Turkey, Croatia, & completed transpacific crossing from Tahiti to Fiji48
27 Oct28 Shed members travelled to Wee Jasper for a conducted tour of Carey’s Cave whilst others remained at the Shed for Coffee & Chat organised by Don Gruber. The guide at the caves was Geoff who told us the history of the cave & how the various limestone formations occurred. The limestone in the area is some 400 million years old & very hard. After our tour we visited the Duck ‘n’ Fishes Café at Cooradigbee Homestead which was about 4 Km from the caves for a welcome lunch & then departed for home around 4:00pm after a great day40
20 OctDr Ravi Sood gave a talk about the three states of dense matter that exist in the Universe – white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes + BBQ & Sausage Sizzle56
14 OctClimate Change Scientist Tony Eggleton talked about Climate Change & its causes & options to ameliorate it50
7 OctTalk by James Berry & Phil Gruber from Broadcast Australia who owns & operates one of the most extensive terrestrial broadcast transmission networks in the world50
30 SepTwo representatives, Steve Curran & Grant Watt from the Red Cross talked to us about their operations, the types of work they are involved in and how their volunteers assist in so many ways36
23 Sep26 members plus Dick Stubbs (ex Space Stn employee) went on an excursion to Honeysuckle Creek and also had a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle. A few more members attended the exercise session and had coffee at the Shed early 26
16 SepPulses Day with Erica Roughton, & Ray Osmotherly described the ways in which model ships can be built, either from a kit or from scratch from a plan. Ray showed a number of slides of the painstaking work involved in building a model from scratch & some of the specialist tools that are req’d. Mike Dwyer has published a book about the experiences of many of Parkinson’s ACT members. The book is now on sale and Mike Dwyer spent a few minutes talking to us about it. Erica’s presentation was followed by a barbecue with a difference as we tried out lentil burgers & hummus although sausage sangers were available for the old timers who could not hack the alternatives46
9 SepAustralian Hearing with hearing tests  for members – Roger read out his Uncle Stan’s Letters #1 from WW1 –  Steve Mawer – showed slides of QLD cruise39
2 SepKent Brown talked Racing MGs & the various types of races & race circuits in Aust39
29 Aug(Mon night) Shed’s 8th Anniversary was held at the Raiders’ Club Belconnen with 57 members & guests attending with entertainment by Annie of the Armadillos & Tony Haley 
26 AugIn keeping with the theme of the 8th anniversary of Melba Shed, Roger Amos, Bob Salmond, Arend Bleyerveen & Tony Rogers talked about what they remembered about the time of their 8th birthday. Roger explained in his early tears they didn’t celebrate birthdays until you were 10; Bob told the story of Holland Park where the United States Army established a 3,000 bed Holland Park Military Hospital in early 1943;  Arend was born in Holland and spent his early life during the hostilities of the Second World War; Tony Rogers told a fascinating story of being strafed by fighters in the UK, evacuation to Australia with his mother during which their ship, the Rotorua, was attacked in the Caribbean; Don Gruber told of the Shed’s history. Don, a keen members of Ginninderra Rotary Club created a Rotary project to form a Men’s Shed in the Ginninderra area; Following the Shed’s visit to the National Dinosaur Museum last week, our friendly resident scientist, Dr Alex Ritchie, enlightened us further about the museum, dinosaurs, fossils, human sculls and more. He gave us a history of the establishment of the museum; To celebrate our 8th Anniversary on 29 Aug, we had a cake43
19 AugExcursion to Dinosaur Museum @ Gold Creek with 20 members. Coffee & chat was held on for those who didnt go on the excursion33
12 AugBBQ & Sausage Sizzle and Documystery  video “Maratus” with Stuart Harris talking about the discovery of his Spider43
5 AugJohn Feehan gave an incredible talk about Dung Beetles & how they have improved the quality of soils on many farms as well as significantly reducing the number of flies in many areas (43 members attended & 1 visitor)43
29 JulTalk by Greg Bayliss who is the ABC Saturday Radio Presenter & Comms Manager at Calvary Public Hospital . Also member Luke Wensing ran a Silent Auction that gave members the opportunity to bid for & buy a couple of items. $145 was raised for the Shed funds43
22 JulThe Shed undertook an excursion to the ANME (Aust Nat Museum Education) with Dr Malcolm Beazley. Located Uni of Canb (Bldg 5, Lev A). Coffee & chat held for those who stayed at the Shed. About 24 visited ANME & 9 stayed at the Shed33
15 JulRobert Messenger gave members a fascinating presentation on the history and range of typewriters since their introduction in the 1800’s – Followed by the monthly BBQ & Sausage sizzle41
8 JulSlide presentation by Bob Salmond titled ‘Putrajaya & other examples of beauty in SE Asia’.  It showed photos of exotic buildings in Putrajaya (Malaysia’s equivalent to Canberra), Singapore’s ‘Gardens by the Bay’ tourist attraction, Saigon’s ‘Floriade’ for Asian New Year, & Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year – the equivalent of Sydney’s ‘Vivid’ or Canberra’s ‘Enlighten’. Additionally Rick Causebrook organised another of the very informative NOVA presentations, this time titled ‘Making Stuff Smarter’47
1 JulMadison Kennedy & Ryan Maxwell from Dixon Advisory talked about changes to superannuation & investment options in the current environment46
24 JunExcursion to Questacon “Spiders” exhibition.  The cost for Questacon entry was $15.00, a group rate.  For those members who didn’t visit Questacon, the Shed was open for ‘Coffee & Chat’ with by Ron Thomson36
17 JunRick Causebrook showed some Nova Program Special videos & there was the monthly BBQ & Sausage sizzle45
10 JunErica Roughton spoke on Rebecca Davey’s behalf for Arthritis ACT on Arthristis & Osteoporosis. Joanna Gray also returned & handed out forms for her study50
27 MayVisit by Co-ordinator of AMSA Group 13 Jim Thornton & Neil Sperring who is keen to setup a Veterans Shed in Sth Canberra. Also Short Talks Day – Greg on Shed Web, Ray Osmotherly & Ramón Montero50
20 MayGrant Wilson from the Sleep & Lifestyle Clinic  talked on Sleep Apnoea followed by a light lunch for Laurie Power to celebrate his 80th birthday (26 May). The lunch was be organised by the Church ladies & was be in lieu of our normal sausage sizzle51
13 MayDavid Kilby talked with a “A light hearted look at his record collecting passion!”62
6 MayVisit to Hall Men’s Shed & Museum. Some members visited Hall Shed, and on arrival had morning tea, then took a tour of the Hall Museum looking at the Ginninderra & ANZAC exhibitions. Those members who remained at the Shed had coffee and chat41
22 AprPre Anzac Day – A large display of members’  World War 1 & 2 photographs & memorabilia was layed out in the shed room – Harry read out in his usual style the C.J Dennis poem “Moods of Ginger Mick” which is a sequel to “The Sentimental Bloke” – There was 20 mins of a Film Australia DVD  “Australia at War 1914-1918 – And Ray Osmotherly  introduced Margaret Wright OA who will spoke on how her relative, Alex Clingan, who  was killed at Fromelles, France in 1916, was identified using DNA comparison with Margaret’s DNA50
15 AprGoodwin Monash Shed visited, plus Rick Causebrook showed a COTA/NRMA presentation on driving issues for the elderly, Joe Micallef talked about his precision Engineering of 1926 Salmson Crankshaft & there was a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (53 members & 8 visitors attended)53
8 AprFiona Moore & Linda Roberts from Heritage ACT talked about ACT Heritage & the Canberra & Region Heritage Festival which is currently on for 201651
1 AprGreat talk by Glenn Keys (Nat Finalist in Australian of Year 2015) “Giving back; From the ADF to business to disability”49
25 MarNo Shed – Good Friday 
18 MarExcursion to the Museum of Aust Democracy at Old PH. 24 members enjoyed a tour of the Old House. About 10 others enjoyed some coffee and chatting hosted by Ron Thomson34
11 MarPre Canberra Day event organised by Mike Dwyer – “The Search for a Site”. Various members read a speech representing those involved in the debates about the choice of the site for Canberra46
4 MarKent Brown gave a talk on Stamp Collecting Methods. His passion is to collect all the stamps ever issued featuring Morris Garages or MG cars.49
26 FebTalk by Kellie Toohey UC Discipline of Sports & Exercise Science & several 4th year students from the faculty of Health50
19 FebMartin van der Hoek talked about his visits to Aust ghost towns followed by the monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle56
12 FebRod Jory talked about “Beyond Neptune. Is there life out there?”54
 5 FebLong time Canberra resident and well known journalist, Robert Messenger, talked on ‘Sporting Images’. Robert explained how cricket, horse racing, boxing, the football codes and the Olympic Games have inspired artists for over 250 years54
29 Jan
Excursion to the National Museum of Australia to visit Encounters that featured rare Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum that were collected from 1770 onwards.  Most had morning tea at the Shed before departing around 10:00am for the Museum. Ron Thomson ran a normal Shed meeting for those members unable to join the excursion  (Around 20 members went to the Museum)42
22 Jan
Pre Australia Day Trivia quizz led by Geoff Grimmett with Anzac Biscuits & Lamingtons. Harry Redfern recited Austen Tayshus’ Australiana & ‘Man from Iron Bark’, a famous poem by Australian Bush Poet Banjo Paterson (51 members attended)51
15 Jan
Bob Salmond gave a short talk on where in Turkey recent terrorist events occurred. Don Gruber gave a talk about the early history of Ginninderra in Canberra. See Track 6 (57 signed the sheets)57
8 Jan
Bob Salmond gave a talk on his recent trip to Turkey plus we had our first BBQ & Sausage Sizzle for the year (54 signed the sheets plus one new member)55
1 Jan
New Year’s Day – No Shed Meeting 

Shed Program Held During 2015

The following is a list of the past program this year

DateDescriptionAttended
25 DecChristmas Day – No Shed meeting
 
18 DecMembers talked about their remembrances of their early Christmas’s, Santa (aka harry Redfern) visited and a BBQ & Sausage sizzle was enjoyed (58 signed the sheet)58
17 DecThu Walk: CCT – Frith Rd Black Mtn North Section, 4 walked, Medium-Hard, 6.7Km 
11 DecCollette & Peter McCardle gave a talk about the The Camino (Around 60 people attended, 51 members & 3 guests signed the book)55
 4 Dec23 members visited the ACT Fire Brigade Museum in Forrest. The museum was in the old Forrest Fire Station (Cnr of Empire Cct & Fitzroy St, Forrest). The Shed was open for those who didn’t go (38 members signed the book with 23 going to the Museum)38
3 DecThu Walk: CCT – AWM – NPH Section, 4 walked, Easy-Medium, 7.4Km 
28 NovAnnual Dinner with Partners at Labor Club (Was not held this year as planned)
 
27 NovMembers’ talks & BBQ. Luke Wensing talked about his SA bike ride & Alex presented some of Pope CT cartoons & Greg demonstrated the website & some planned improvements (41 signed the book)41
21 Nov(Sat) 10 Members helped Rotary with Parking and assisting visitors at the Voices in the Forest concert at the Aboretum 
20 Nov27 of us met at Shed by 9.10AM and we went to early coffee at Poppy’s Cafe before going to AWM with Ian Forster. 29 members took Ian’s tour of the WW1 galleries. Barry led others at the Shed as usual. We also had 5 members participate in the annual golf tournament at Gungahlin Lakes (33 signed the book, 27 went to the AWM & 6 were at the Shed)35
19 NovThu Walk: Big Hole, 9 walked, Easy-Medium, 3.6-3.8Km 
13 NovCan the Tram talk with Max Flint & John Smith presenting their arguments against building it at the moment (56 attended, 45 signed the sheets)56
6 NovAGM & Sausage Sizzle (47 signed the sheets)46
5 NovThu Walk: CCT – Isaacs – Monash, 4 walked, Medium-Hard, 13.8Km 
3 NovMelb Cup. We celebrated at the Shed commencing around 1:30pm. Many brought a small plate of food ie, sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes, cheese & biscuits, chips etc & some refreshments & shared over coffee or a drink until race time is 3pm arrived15
30 OctMembers’ Talks by Terry Mether, Ray Osmotherly and Alex Ritchie. Terry’s talk was supported by two interesting videos which he used to demonstrated why men will never be able to understand women. Alex showed some pictures of the visit to the Tulip Top farm (37 signed the sheets)37
23 OctJohn Grubb from Beekeepers Association of the ACT gave an interesting talk on keeping bees and their hives (45 attended, 42 signed the sheets)45
16 OctTalk on Taiwan was given by Mr Andy Liu, Deputy Executive Director in charge of Parliamentary Liaison at the Taiwanese Embassy. Some members went to lunch after at a Chinese restaurant (50 members attended, 43 signed the sheets)50
9 OctFrank Brady – Integrated Living talked about monitoring the aged who have some chronic issues (42 signed the sheets)42
8 OctThu Walk: CCT – John Knight Pl – Frith Rd (Black Mtn), 5 walked, Medium, 9.3Km 
2 OctVisit to the Tulip Top Gardens   A meeting also occurred at the Shed (14 members went to the Gardens, 20 were at the Shed, 33 signed the sheets)
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25 SepDean Hemana & Tom Percival from Capital Metro talked about the planned light rail system for Canberra (42 members attended, 40 signed the sheets)42
24 SepThu Walk: London Bridge to Homestead & Queanbeyan River- Googong, 8 walked, Medium-Hard, 13.2Km 
18 SepBob & Nessie Garven spoke about “Fire Chaplaincy’ on Salvation Army work with fire brigades” followed by the monthly sausage sizzle (40 members signed the sheets)40
11 SepBob Miller gave a great slide talk titled ‘Out of the Dust’ about Archaeology in Greece & the Middle East’ with emphasis on the Australian dig site at Pella, Jordan (53 members signed the sheets)53
10 SepThu Walk: London Bridge to Homestead & Queanbeyan River- Googong, 8 walked, Medium, 8.3Km 
4 SepWe had an excursion to the Woodworks Museum at Bungendore and then lunch the Loaded Dog Hotel at Tarago,  co-ordinated by Brian Wells.  There was a meeting at the Shed for those that didn’t go (22 members went on the excursion and 17 met at the shed)
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28 AugWe had talks by Ric Causebrook called ‘Carbon Capture and Storage’ about the geology of pumping CO2 back into the ground &  Ramón Montero about ’28 Years in Chile”where he came from and where he spent most of his working like on the police  (55 members signed the sheets)55
27 AugThu Walk: CCT – Goorooyaroo to Majura Section. 6 walked, Medium, 11.9Km 
21 AugSausage Sizzle & BBQ and Robert Turner of Dixon Advisory talked about their services (52 members signed the sheets)52
14 Aug15 members visited the  Canberra Glassworks guided by Trevor Lewis. A further 26 members stayed at the Shed and were hear from Glenn Vermuelen, of Access Comms. President Laurie presided over the meeting, and asked John Machin to introduce the guest speaker. John recently had a “captioned telephone” installed at his home, hence the interest in this. Glenn spent an hour telling us about the captioned telephone, how it works, & what it costs41
13 AugThu Walk: Campbell, Mt Pleasant Memorials. 9 walked, Easy-Medium, 9.2Km  
7 AugWe had our normal meeting first followed a concert by Sing Australia Belconnen Group in the Church Hall) (54 signed the sheets, 59 attended)59
31 JulDion Russell from the AIS, a past Olympian walker, spoke very well about AIS history, activities & facilities. Dion is currently Head of Performance Operations, AIS & Chairman, Athletics Aust National Selection Committee (36 signed the sheets)36
30 JulThu Walk: Mt Taylor. 6 walked, Medium-Hard, 5.4Km 
24 JulWe had a talk & demonstration by Brian Alabaster from St John’s Ambulance & Wally Blumenfeld about CPR and use of a defibrillator. We all had some trials at doing CPR on dummies at 100 compressions per minute with 30 compressions then two breathes. (39 signed the sheets, 42 attended)42
17 JulSausage Sizzle & BBQ, preceded by a short talk by Mike Dwyer on Parkinson’s & PACT’s Big Fund Raising Event for 2015: A Walk in the Park event next month & talk by Chris O’Rorke (Raiders Fan Engagement and Group Experiences) about the Raiders & a short talk about his life by Ramón Montero (45 signed the sheets)45
16 JulThu Walk: Bonner Forde Circuit. 14 walked, Medium, 9.2Km 
10 JulWe had a talk by David Shaw about his voluntary work with the National Zoo & Aquarium. Interesting to find out that they are now some 25 hectares & they have three lodges (each with 2 bedrooms) to hire that have windows straight onto wild life enclosures (42 signed the sheets)42
3 JulWe had a presentation by Ms Andreja Horvat of the Slovenian Embassy & First Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia on “Slovenian history & tourism & industry” with initially at 9.30 a Honey Breakfast. We also heard from Mateja Koštrica, daughter of Jožica Koštrica of the Slovenian Embassy and a student at nearby St Francis Xavier College in Florey about the Honey Breakfast and John Grubb of the Beekeepers Assocn of the ACT gave an overview of bees & beekeeping. The first European bees, Apis Mellifera were introduced to Australia on the convict ship Isabella in 1822  (57 signed the sheets) 57
2 JulThu Walk: Giralang Circuit. 7 walked, Easy-Medium, 8.9Km 
26 JunWe planned to have a talk by the Ambulance Service but they didn’t show. Instead we had some jokes and Laurie read out stories from Bob Greeney about his trip through NT and WA (49 signed the sheets)49
19 JunWe had a Turkish morning tea provided by Committee from Turkish Resturant at Charnwood & then a presentation by Ms Gulseren Celik , Deputy Chief of Mission at the Turkish Embassy (51 signed the sheets, 54 attended)54
12 JunWe had some poems from Brian Harber & short talk on his history by Terry Mether with Soup Kitchen from 11.30AM replacing our normal sausage sizzle (about 45 attended, 41 signed the sheets). We also celebrated John Cannings 80th birtday45
5 JunGerry Elias from St Francis Xavier High School, Florey came & gave us a great presentation on RoboCup Junior Soccer played with student built autonomous robots  He demonstrated a couple on units one built using a 3D laser printer & the other made from parts and designed circuitry. 35 schools in the ACT are involved (47 signed the sheets)47
4 JuneThu Walk: Goorooyaroo NR. 9 walked, Medium-Hard, 12.8Km, 4 hrs 
29 MayMembers’ Talks Day: Talk by Luke Wensing about his Charity bike rides raising fund for Royal Flying Doctor Service ; Talk by Alex Ritchie about his visits to MONA & the Wall of Wonders in Tasmania (50 signed the sheets, 53 attended)53
22 MayThere was a 4WD Excursion to Bulls Head in the Brindabellas. In addition some members stayed at the Shed and led by Wal Cooper listened to Luke Wensing talk about charity bike rides (20 members went on the excursion and 18 members attended the coffee & chat, 38 signed the sheets)38
21 MayThu Walk: Cotter Caves, Mines and Dam. 8 walked, Medium, 8.4Km, 3 hrs 
15 MayMelissa Aveyard a StrokeSafe Ambassador from the National Stroke Foundation talked to us from personal experience.  She woke up one morning and couldn’t walk properly, she couldn’t feel her left hand side, it felt like the worst pins and needles she had ever experienced. By the time Melissa went to hospital she could no longer walk.  Her talk told us of her experience and focussed on how to identify that someone has suffered a stroke and what you need to do to assist them More info (49 members signed the sheets)49
8 MayWe had a great talk by Mandy Nyhof, Audiologist and Practice Manager for Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre on hearing issues (around 44 members attended, 43 signed the sheets)44
7 MayThu Walk: Little Mulligans Flat to North Camp Site on CCT. 8 walked, Medium, 8Km, 3 hrs 
1 MayJason Goodison from Capital Medical Supplies at Mitchell demonstrated use of the defibrillator we have just purchased for the Shed. Unfortunately the National Stroke Foundation Stroke safe ambassador did not turn up, so we had short talks from several members (53 members signed the book)53
24 AprWe had another Gunfire Breakfast organised by Ron Thomson. This was an early start with coffee/tea at 9:00am followed by breakfast at 9:30am with bacon & egg sandwiches cooked by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin. We also welcomed back guest speaker Ian Foster, a volunteer guide from the Australian War Memorial, who talked about the origins of the Anzac commemorations. ACT Minister Yvette Berry also attended (around 48 members attended plus guests, 44 signed the book)48
23 AprThu Walk: Hospital Ck Hut Namadgi. 8 walked, Medium, 12.4Km, 4.25 hrs incl breaks 
17 AprThis was to be a 4WD Excursion to Bulls Head in the Brindabellas for a BBQ lunch. However the weather was quite wet so it was thought a visit to a museum might be better. However members decided to go to the Raiders Belconnen club for coffee & chat. Those who went to the Shed for another coffee & chat mulled around for a while but were denied coffee as the kitchen was unavailable as its being refurbished. (Around 20 members went to the club & a further 15 or so came to the Shed)35
 10 AprMrs Norlaila (‘Nill’) Kyrgios gave a talk about tennis & her son, new sensation Nick Kyrgios (50 members signed the book, 55 attended) 55
9 AprThu Walk: Lake Tuggeranong Oxley Hill. 7 walked, Easy – Medium, 8.3Km, 2.75 hrs 
3 AprEaster Friday – No meeting 
27 MarDavid Maxwell from Riverview gave an interesting talk about the planned West Belconnen housing development that spans across the border & down to the Murrumbidgee River (45 members signed the book)45
26 MarThu Walk: Bruce – CIT – Gossan Hill – UC. 7 walked, Easy – Medium, 9.2Km, 3 hrs, Coffee at Seasalt, Bruce 
23 Mar(Mon) Greenhills Working Bee was held with 12 members attending and 4 from Forrest Shed 
 20 MarMarch Sausage Sizzle & BBQ with short talks before by Harry Redfern & Alex Ritchie (60 signed the book) 60
 13 MarRoyal Flying Doctor talk by Ian Fraser. Also selected members  stepped up & told us 10 minutes about themselves, their background, etc (42 signed the book)42
12 MarThu Walk: Anzac Pde & Reid. 7 walked, Easy, 6.8Km, 3.5hrs. Coffee at Poppys at the AWM  
6 MarExcursion to Snowy Hydro Southcare Base. We left from the Shed at 10:45 to start a tour of the Snowy Hydro base at 11.30AM. The Shed gave Snowy Hydro a $100 donation. There was a roundtable discussion of various issues for those who did not attend the  excursion (Around 23 members attended the excursion & 20 were at the Shed)  (43 signed the book)43
27 FebAn excursion to Errols place to see his model railway display named North Rocks Branch Line & his extensive workshop. Others met at Shed under auspices of Ron Thomson coffee & chat (34 members attended with 27 on the excursion and 7 at the Shed) 34
26 FebThu Walk: Black Mountain. 7 walked, Medium, 7.8Km, 2.5hrs. Coffee at the new Two Before Ten coffee shop.  
20 FebFebruary Sausage Sizzle & BBQ preceded by ‘Where were you when various infamous events occurred’ (51 members signed the book, 54 attended)54
 13 FebEric Sadlowski talked about a 2012 trip with his family over two months & 13,000km trip passing through 12 African countries in an overland truck  (43 members signed the book)43
12 Feb
Thu Walk: Mt Rogers Charnwood. 6 walked, Medium, 9.4Km, 2.25hrs 
6 Feb
Prof Rod Jory talked about ‘The Big Bang’. It was preceded by Tomato Tasting at 9:30am (42 members signed the book)
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30 Jan
Paul handed the President a further $157 collected from member coffee contributions at Black Pepper. Shed Member Peter McArdle gave a talk on ‘Statistics and Immigration’ with emphasis on different groups migrating & the numbers of visa overstays versus the Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) also known as “Boat People” (54 members signed the book, 61 attended including one visitor accompanied by his spouse – not counted)
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29 Jan
Thu Walk: Gossan Hill Bruce Ridge. 6 walked, Medium, 8.8Km, 3hrs 
23 Jan
Harry Redfern gave an illuminating talk about his involvement with the Asian Cup training task & Greg Hutchison gave a slide presentation on The Tasmanian Overland Track & Bruny Island (47 members signed the book, 53 attended including 5 from VSA)53
16 Jan
An excursion to Narrabundah with local historian Alan Foskett. They also visited a friend of Roger’s who made home made canons and restored vintage cars. Others met at Shed under auspices of Bob Greeney for coffee & chat. We heard a little about Greg’s family connection to Bruny Island & John Canning talked extensively about his early career just after WW11 where he trained and worked for the British government & learnt to speak, read and think Russian (39 members attended in all with 18-20 on the excursion and 20 at the Shed)39
 15 Jan
Thu Walk: Lake Ginn Florey Evatt. 6 walked, Easy-Medium, 9.4Km, 2.5hrs 
9 Jan
Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with short talk by Don Rowland about ‘Marble Machines.  Also a surprise visit by Mike Munk’s daughter Amy & Graham Brennan who sang  three renditions from their newly released Country & Western album ‘Journey To New Beginnings’ (54 members signed the book)
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2 Jan
No Shed Meeting 

Shed Program Held During 2014

The following is a list of the past program this year

DateDescriptionAttended
26 DecNo Shed Meeting 
19 DecMark Tunningley from ACT Video Club gave a talk on making videos. He uses Corel Video Studio for editing video. Jim Grenfell also talked about provision of new brochures and updating web site about emergency procedures for people. We also celebrated with our Christmas BBQ (48 members signed the book, 54 attended) 54
18 DecThu Walk: MacGregor & Ginninderra Ck. 10 walked in total, Medium, 9.0Km, 2.5hrs 
12 DecChris Kimball gave a talk about growing up in North West Belco as well as some of his career as presenter of the ABC’s ACT 7.30 Fri report  (63 members signed the book)63
5 DecWe had staff (Kathryn Shaw, Ash Chandra) from Canberra High School bring Arts and Technology Showcase Winner, Jesse Staines for his reception of a $50 cheque for winning this years Showcase award, also Margo Saunders, Freelance Health Policy Researcher gave a talk on The Challenges of Preventative Mens Health, & finally Meg Richens & Michael Nurmi from Kippax Uniting Care talked about their Mower Shed & their future plans (48 members signed the book)48
4 DecThu Walk: Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Melba Shed – Florey – Lake Ginn -Ginninderra Ck. 6 walked in total, Medium, 10.6Km, 2.75hrs 
 30 Nov (Sun) 9 Shed members helped with parking etc at the Voices in the Forest Concert at the Aboretum. $1,000 was raised for the Shed 
28 NovProf Rod Jory gave a  talk title ”All aboard, let’s go to Mars”. Was an interesting talk about the solar system & its planets (51 members signed the book)51
 24-26 Nov(Mon-Wed) Excursion to Griffith – 14 people (7 couples) travelled to Griffith in individual vehicles. Most stayed at the Kidman Way Motel.  Wal Cooper organised a visit to his brother-in-law’s farm that make prunes using hi tech equipment and an orange juice factory. They also visited a historic Italian hermit’s cane with a great view. Was a great trip. Griffith was a comfortable 5.5hr drive via Temora 
21 NovMonthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held at the Shed (42 members signed the book)42
20 NovThu Walk: Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin. 7 walked in total, Easy-Medium, 11.6Km, 3hrs (Leader Drew) 
14 NovEric Sadlowski gave an interesting talk about India by motorbike (55 members signed the book)55
7 NovAGM & November Sausage Sizzle was held (57 members signed the book)57
 6 NovThu Walk: North Evatt. 11 of us walked in total, Easy-Medium, ~9Km, 2.5 hrs (Leader Drew) 
4 Nov(Tue) The Shed hosted Melbourne Cup day event with members bringing a small plate of goodies and drinks and watching the big event on the OHP (around 20 members attended) 
31 OctWayne Jeffs ex Administrator of Jervis Bay (JBT) talked about Australian Territories and the history of Jervis Bay. We were interested to learn that JBT is not part of the ACT. Peter Herbert also gave us a talk about safe driving. We also viewed a 26 min video of the 1956 Ampol Around Australia Trial (51 members signed the book)51
27 Oct(Mon) Spring Working Bee at Greenhills – 12 Melba Shed Members undertook light gardening and cleaning up activities 
24 OctAllan Taylor (from Hillston) gave an interesting talk about his participation and winning in the 1954 Ampol Trial with driver Wilf Murrell (64 members (including 3 visitors) signed the book)64
23 OctThu Walk: Mt Ainslie from Nth Side. 9 of us walked. Medium, 9.6Km, 2.5 hrs (Leader Drew) 
17 OctAs the Narrabundah trip was deferred we met at Shed as usual for coffee, chats etc. Harry gave an intertesting expose on his early days of teaching in the bush near Albury. Alex also played a video on on Danny Macaskill’s amazing mountain biking on the Isle of Skye (50 members signed the book)50
10 OctBarry Howe gave a talk on Canberra’s land planning with an emphasis on Belconnen. We also had a minutes silence for member Tom McDonald who passed away this week (47 members signed the book)47
9 OctThu Walk: Mulligans Flat. 12 of us walked, Medium, 11.1Km, 3.25 hrs 
3 OctSteve Sweet of the ACT Prostate Cancer Support Group talked about prostate cancer and Scott Fischer, Alice Downing & their lecturer, Lyn Brown from the University of Canberra will gave us a talk about nutrition and appropriate amounts of each food group for our needs (51 members signed the book)51
 26 Sep Ray Nelson gave a talk titled Cyclones, Shipwrecks, kidnapping and Invasion of Arnhem Land relating to the sinking of the sketch Douglas Mawson in a tropical cyclone in 1923 (see) We were also graced with a visit from Wayne Hood of the Plantagenet Shed at Mt Barker, 50Km north of Albany WA (54 members signed the book) 54
 19 SepIt was our Short Talks & BBQ day. Wal Cooper gave an interesting insight into the city of Griffith in the Riverina and is planning a trip there for Shed members in late Nov. Roger Amos whilst on a boat cruise in Germany in 2013 had the opportunity to visit the Audi Museum at Ingolstadt, a city in Bavaria. He gave a detailed talk about Audi & its early history. There is an amazing amount of detail in Newsletter #248 (42 members signed the book)42
12 SepWe had short combined talks about sports commentating by Phil Lynch and Tim Gavel (48 members attended, 44 signed the book)48
11 Sep
Thu Walk: Curtin. 9 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 9.9Km, 2.75 hrs 
5 SepEvan Tully talked about his family’s early days in Canberra when his mothers family (Camerons) came to Duntroon in 1838-39 and his living at Cook most of his life as well as attending Ainslie Primary, Grammar and Uni New England. John Arundel talked about 18 pounders in WW1 and his finding the fuse of a shell near Bullecourt and brought it in to show us (43 members signed the book)43
29 AugFri 7PM – Birthday Dinner was held with spouses/partners/friends at the Labor Club Belconnen. We had a special presentation by the Tuggeranong Ukulele Group (TUGS) & Greg gave a short talk on history of the Shed (51 people attended and a umungous 27 from the band) 
29 AugGreg Hutchison gave a short overview on the Shed’s early history with a few photos on the occasion of the Shed’s 6th Birthday – There was also a great performance by the Mt Rogers Primary School Band in the Church Hall (45 members signed the book)45
28 AugThu Walk: Woodstock NR. 8 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 9.6Km, 4 hrs 
22 AugThe Shed went on an excursion to Lake Bathurst Museum. We departed about 9.40AM and reached the Museum by 10.50AM taking around 88Km. The best route is via Macs Reef Road. Right into Bungendore Road. Left into Tarago Road at the first Roundabout at Bungendore. Then left into Braidwood Road at Tarago, then 6kms. There was a $10 per head entry fee. The Museum is small but contains a large array of old paraphernalia about railway history, anything associated about Bathurst & Lake Bathurst as well as interesting details about the nearby WWII fuel storage tanks. Its owned by Colin & Jan Dennett. See this site about Lake Bathurst and its history and this one specifically about the Museum with a short video with directions. We also visited the historic old St John’s Anglican Church & cemetery (1860) just north of the Museum and Roslea Cafe. Afterwards around one quarter had lunch at the Roselea cafe (where everything is home made) and the rest at the Loaded Dog Hotel in Tarago. We all made it back by about 2.45PM. Bob Greeney & Ron Thomson managed the Shed opening (main activity 16 members signed the book & 12 attended the Shed) This is a handout on the WWII Underground Fuel Tanks16 + 12
 15 AugMonthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with talks by Alex Ritchie titled Aust Buried Treasures emphasising great fossil discovery at the 3 main opal sites & Geoff Miller gave a slide presentation on a ship trip to Antartica in 2011 (40 members signed the book) Presentations available here40
 14 AugThu Walk: Centenary Trail – Hall to Mulligans Flat. 12 of us walked, 16.7Km, Medium-Hard, 5 hrs 
8 Aug
Jim Grenfell gave a talk about Emergency Response its planning co-ordination and issues of relevance to individuals (38 members attended, 36 signed the book)38
1 Aug
Guest Speaker Prof Jeff Brownrigg gave a talk titled Great War Memories & examined the sorts of stories emerging from communities all over Australia and in particular the escapades of one Gallipoli veteran ‘Tom Skeyhill’ (42 members signed the book)42
31 Jul
Thu Walk: The Pinnacle – Weetangera Cemetery. 10 of us walked, 6.8Km, Easy-Medium, 2.5 hrs 
25 Jul
The Shed went on an excursion to Goulburn Brewery, leaving around 10AM to get to the brewery by 11AM opening time. We took the self guided tour complete with free tastings @ $12.50. The brewery is very historic and designed by Francis Greenway and currently owned by Michael O’Halloran. Its on the Bungonia Road out of Goulburn. The brewery is part of the Bradley Grange complex 17 members had lunch at the Grange and 8 members ate at the Roses Cafe in central Goulburn (25 members attended, 18 members signed the book))
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18 Jul
We held our monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with a pre-talk about Parkinsons by Mike Dywer (President Parkinsons Support Group) & the Sing Australia Blokes Choir, led by Jerry Tipping was held at the Belconnen Bowling Club, Hawker, as parking would have been difficult at Melba owing to the funeral of Lyn Davis at the North Belconnen Church. (33 members attended, 30 signed the book)
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17 Jul
Thu Walk: Gungahlin Hill – Gungaderra NR. 8 of us walked, 5.2Km, Easy-Medium, 1.5 hrs 
11 Jul
Today we had a short Talks Day with several members (Greg Hutchison, Brian Taylor and Mike Dwyer) giving short talks including an overview of the Shed Web page on the screen, interesting things made at home to a Shakespeare play used as the basis for some Australian shed modified Shakespearean verse (46 members signed the book)
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4 Jul
Shed Auction for things brought by members & David Ruthven for auction. Our auctioneer was Denis Waters from the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin. We raised $383 (40 members signed the book)
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3 Jul
Thu Walk: City Art Walk. 6 of us walked, 5Km, Easy, 3 hrs total 
27 Jun
Trivia Day was held with Don Gruber as Trivia master. We had 8 tables of members battling it out for supremacy (41 members signed the book)
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20 Jun
Martin van der Hoek gave an excellent slide & video presentation on his Sri Lanka Motorcycle Tour during April 2014 with Phil Laird & 2 others (53 members signed the book)
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19 Jun
Thu Walk: Orroral Heritage Trail (Namadgi) & De Salis Cemetery. 11 of us walked: De Salis 2.9Km, Easy; Orroral 6.9Km, Medium, 3.5 hrs 
6 Jun
Visit to the Wesleyan Church Parkwood with a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (hosted by Jim Grace of the Southwell Family Society) Jim gave and overview of the history of the Southwells and the church. Well organised by Don Gruber with catering support by Bob Salmond & Drew McDonald (35 members signed the book, 36 attended)
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6 Jun
Ron Burns (Sports Commission) gave a talk titled “Sport – An insider’s view” (47 members signed the book)
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5 Jun
Thu Walk: Mt Majura via Majura Stone Wall. 6 of us walked, 9.5 Km, Medium-Hard, 3.25 hrs 
30 May
Chris Bourke MLA for Ginninderra visited & talked about his background & also about Reconciliation Week & relevant issues facing indigenous Australians (51 members signed the book)
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23 May
Fiona Hedges from Yass gave us an interesting presentation on she and her husband’s trip in a WWII Ford vehicle through Europe to Normandy to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the D Day landings (44 members signed the book)
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22 May
Thu Walk: Oakey Hill – Woden. 7 of us walked, Medium, 9.5Km, 3 hrs walking, coffee at Woden Plaza 
16 May
Bob Salmond gave and overview of travelling by train in Japan & we had our monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (46 members signed the book)
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9 May
Richard Navakas, Principal of HillRoss Financial Services gave an overview of the world’s financial status & impacts on our own local markets. Bob Salmond also spoke with numerous slides on his career with the RAAF starting with his training class at Point Cook in 1964 (47 signed the book)
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8 May
Thu Walk: Granite Tors – Namadgi. 9 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs walking, 3 hours overall plus travel 
5 May
(Mon) Greenhills Working Bee was held at Greenhills from 9.30-12.30. 18 Shed members participated 
3 May
((Sat) Rotary Trivia Night was held. Several Shed members attended 
2 May
We had The Great Melba Shed “Parliamentary Debate” overseen by our very own Sergeant-at-Arms (39 signed the book)
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25 Apr
We had a late Gunfire Bacon & Egg Breakfast from 9.30AM cooked by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin, & then listened to War Memorial volunteer Ian Foster talk about the meaning of Anzac day & how its commemoration has changed over the years (49 members attended, 47 signed the book)
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24 Apr
Thu Walk: Aranda Bushland. 11 of us walked, Medium, 5.2Km, 1.5 hrs walking 
18 Apr
Good Friday – No meeting 
11 Apr
Ravi Sood gave an informative talk on how GPS’s work (47 members signed the book)
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4 Apr
Dr Nick Abel CSIRO gave a talk on Climate Change and its impact scaring the pants off most of us. Dr Chris Bourke Member for Ginninderra also visited us (47 members attended, 46 signed the book) Powerpoint presentation on the Shed’s Google Drive cloud location
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28 Mar
Ten Minute Talk Day, Short presentations by members Don Rowland (spoke to us of his long-term interest in the art of marquetry), Harry Williams (appreciation of “the wonders of Australia”), Ron Thomson (spoke of his trip to Canada and the United States in May-June 2011) & Brian Taylor (spoke to us about some of the projects he has undertaken at his house such as a bread/pizza oven he has built from scratch) Colin Bradford also visited and Bob Salmond outline liability insurance for members (47 members signed the book)
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21 Mar
Martin van der Hoek gave a photo presentation of his motorbike riding tour in Vietnam in Nov-Dec 2011. 3 including Martin did a tour from Siagon to Hanoi, on 150cc psuedo Harley bikes with a guide from Vietnam Riders. Typically they did around 250Km per day and stayed in very expensive $12 a night hotels (49 members signed the book)
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14 Mar
Excursion & BBQ at Lowden Park in Tallanganda State Forest. 28 of us in 7 vehicles left the Shed about 9.40AM and reached Lowden about 11AM. We then inspected the water wheel and some of the relics and a few walked some of the short walks. After a BBQ we headed back and arrived at the Shed by around 2.15PM. (28 members attended) See also Lowden Waterwheel
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13 Mar
Thu Walk: Red Hill South. 8 of us walked, Medium, 6.5 Km, 2.5 hrs incl coffee stop 
7 Mar
Brian Heath (COTA’s Housing Options Officer) gave an overview on downsizing into retirement accommodation. He mentioned a range of options & issues. We will get him back to better explain the options and the new rules from 1 Jul 2014. We were also graced with a visit fom an old member, Colin Wales (58 members attended, 53 signed the book)
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28 Feb
Excursion to Tidbinbilla Tracking Station with coffee at the café (24 members attended)
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27 Feb
Thu Walk: Kama & Molonglo NRs. 7 of us walked, Medium 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs 
21 Feb
BBQ & Sausage Sizzle held – At Mike Dwyer’s suggestioned we held a Tomato Tasting during our Sausage Sizzle. Bob Salmond turned 70 and was celebrated and he brought along wine and ice cream (50 members signed the book)
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14 Feb
Steve Fielding gave a talk about Red Wine appreciation entitled “An Unending Dialogue about fine wine” (48 members signed the book)
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13 Feb
Thu Walk: Dunlop Grasslands. 8 of us walked, Easy, 7.7Km, 2.4 hrs 
7 Feb
Eric Sadlowski gave an interesting talk on his Aug 2013 Postie Bike Challenge from Hobart to Alice Springs that covered 3,300Km and took 10 days on a Honda CT-110. We also discussed options for annual fees, levies or continuing with current contributions model plus maybe donation bin (51 members signed the book)
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31 Jan
We visited Charnwood Fire Station & the SES in Belconnen which is at the back of Egan Court, where Project Lighting is located (32 members attended)
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30 Jan
Thu Walk: Murrumbidgee River Sth Uriarra Crossing. 4 of us walked. Easy-Medium, 6.8Km, 1hr 40min 
24 Jan
We had ‘Loud Shirt Day’ where Geoff Grimmett won the bottle of wine with the most elaborate shirt. We also hosted Phil Lynch Former TV Sports Presenter who gave us an overview of his life history & recent activities with AusAid (58 attended, 48 members signed the book)
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17 Jan
Jack Waterford Ediitor at Large of the Canberra Times spoke to us for 1.5 hours on his early life, health support work with aboriginals in the NT and his experiences with the Canberra Times (49 members signed the book)
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16 Jan
Thu Walk: Little Black Mountain. 7 of us walked. Easy-Medium, 5.2Km, 1.5 hrs 
10 Jan
The first BBQ & Sausage Sizzle for 2014 was held (around 47 members attended, 44 signed the book)
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3 Jan
No Shed Meeting 

Shed Program Held During 2013

The following is a list of the program in this year:

DateDescriptionAttended
27 Dec
No Shed Meeting 
20 Dec
Christmas Party and BBQ was held. Some frivolity and jokes were also shared (56 members attended. 51 members signed the book)
56
19 Dec
Walk: Black Mountain – Aranda Frost Hollow – Cork Oak Plantation, 7 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 6.3Km, 2 hrs 
13 Dec
John Miller from Miller Health gave a talk on How to look after your back. See newsletter #211 for details. John’s free eBook ‘Welcome to the Fit and Health Way of Life‘. Trevor Oddy also gave a talk on growing tomatoes and pumpkins (52 members signed the book)
52
6 Dec
Sue Aylen from Belconnen Community Services based at Kippax talked to us about services provided by BCS (44 members signed the book)
44
5 Dec
Walk: Red Hill, 8 of us walked, Medium , 7.7Km, 2,5 Hrs 
29 Nov
The Shed visited the Mapping our World (Terra Incognita to Australia) exhibition at the National Library of Australia at 11am for a 30 min tour (around 22 members attended)
22
23 Nov
(Sat) Voices In The Forest – 15-20 shed volunteers helped Rotary with parking arrangements at the Aboretum. Around 4,500 people turned up to enjoy the proceedings. We raised $1,000 towards Shed funds 
22 Nov
John Canning gave an excellent talk about “Shakespeare and the Dark Lady”. Read details in Newsletter#208 (35 members signed the book)
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21 Nov
Walk: One Tree Hill on Centenary Trail from Hall, 12 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 10.2Km, 3 hrs 
15 Nov
John Saxon gave an illuminating talk about Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station and its role in the moon landings (48 members signed the book) See here
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8 Nov
The 5th AGM & BBQ & Monthly sausage sizzle was held at the Shed (53 members signed the book)
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7 Nov
Walk: Molonglo Gorge, 8 of us walked, Medium-Hard , 7Km, 2.7 hours 
5 Nov
(Tue) Melba Shed held a Melbourne Cup afternoon at the Shed from 2PM. Apparently Ted won everything! (15 members attended) 
1 Nov
Dr Ian Howie-Willis spoke to the Shed about St John Ambulance to whom he was historical advisor for 34 years (40 members signed the book)
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25 Oct
The Shed went on an excursion to London Bridge (Googong) & optional easy walk to London Bridge Arch. We met at 9AM & drove via Royalla & Burra arriving about 10AM. Many members went on a walk down to London Bridge whilst some stayed to setup the BBQ & lunch. It was an excellent trip with beaut weather, & an easy walk to the arch & its small caves. On return to the picnic area there was a good BBQ (25 members attended)
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24 Oct
Walk: Mt Ainslie Quarries, 10 of us walked, Medium, 5.4Km, 1.75 hrs 
18 Oct
The Shed held its 5th Anniversary Luncheon & Official Opening of the Shed Extension. We were honoured with attendances of Bernie Rees (“the builder”), MLAs Yvette Berry & Mary Porter, our co-sponsors, the North Belconnen Uniting Church (Greg Ewers), as well Greenhills (Peter Badowski & Colin Greef) & Rotary members to help us celebrate. Bernie was presented with and engraved wooden box provided by Laurie Power with memorial photos of his work on the shed extension on the inside cover. We had organised for Ron Quarmby Spit-Roast Specialists to cater for us & our guests. At the end there was special entertainment provided by the Tuggeranong Ukulele Quintet minus 1. Finally three Shed members, Ted Tregillgas, Calum Reid & Harry Williams spoke elegantly & sincerely about ‘What the Shed Means to Me’. John Mulrine provided the PA sound equipment for the Celebration. This was so successful that the Shed will proceed with acquiring a permanent PA system (45 members attended along with 15 guests) Full details in Newsletter #203
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18 Oct
Yvette Berry, Ginninderra MLA visited the Shed and showed members on the screen how to use the Fix My Street web pages on Canberra Connect. We sucessfully used our loudspeaker system donated by John Mulrine (47 members signed the book)
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11 Oct
The regular BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held (45 members signed the book)
45
10 Oct
Walk: Mt Majura Dams, 6 of us walked, Easy-Medium , 6.1Km. Note that the London Bridge walk was deferred due to fire ban & closing of Googong Foreshores 
4 Oct
Peter Hawker, of the Traditional Boat Squandron, gave an inspirational talk about his 2000/02 around the world yachting journey interspersed with some amazing photo slides. His trip took 3.5 years and covered 45,000 nautical miles in a 43ft long 12ft wide homemade yacht built on his Burra property. It took 5 years and 15,000 manhours to build (37 members signed the book) Some pictures of Peter’s boats
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27 Sep
Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held at the Shed (42 members signed the book)
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26 Sep
Walk: Kambah Pool – Murrumbidgee Lookout, 7 of us walked, Medium, 8.4Km, 3 hrs (should have been 7Km) 
23 Sep
(Mon) Greenhills Community Working Bee was held. Members met at The Shed at 09:00 & travelled to Greenhills to begin work at 09:30. Included planting & garden work to add to work done at previous working bees. Morning tea & lunch provided. About 18 members participated 
20 Sep
Tim Gavel, sports commentator for 666 ABC since 1988 gave an interesting talk about his life in radio throughout Australia & some of his experiences at Olympic Games & other sporting events. He also informed about his family adopting 3 children from overseas & the travails of having a child in competitve swimming (around 52 members attended, 50 signed the book)
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13 Sep
The Shed went on an excursion to Woodlawn Bioreactor at Tarago. The Woodlawn Bioreactor is owned by the French company Veolia Environnement & was previously an open-cut mine producing copper, lead & zinc. The bioreactor is believed to be the largest of its type in the world. About 20 members went to lunch at the Tarago Hotel. On the way home several members stopped off at the Bungendore Woodworks (27 members attended at Woodlawn with around 20 also having lunch at Tarago)
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12 Sep
Walk: Orroral Ridge – Legoland (Namdagi), 8 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 4.2Km, 2 hrs walking 
6 Sep
Matt Friend from ACTEW Water gave an interesting talk about the dams and water infastructure. Bob Salmond showed pictures from a Wendy Wu China trip he did to mainly the Sichuan province & especially to Jiuzhaiga National park (Nine Village Valley) and Chengdu the capital city (35 members signed the book)
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30 Aug
Fri-Sun 30th Aug-1 Sep 2013 – Canberra Timber & Working with Wood Show – EPIC – Several members helped man the AMSA exhibit promoting individual Canberra & district Men’s Sheds, & the Shed movement as a whole 
30 Aug
Three shed members gave slide travel talks. Wally talked about his trip on the “Dawn Princess” from Sydney to Airlie Beach to Port Dougls to Darwin to Broome to Lombok to Perth. Ron talked about his trip to Italy & Croatia with some great slides of Sorento, Venice, Florence, Chinati, Rapallo and Portofino. Peter Wilson talked about his trip to St Petersburg & Moscow. St Petersburg has 200 museums & 80 theatres. The Moscow subway looks like a museum! (34 members signed the book)
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29 Aug
Walk: Cooleman Ridge – Mt Arawang, 6 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 8.2Km, 3 hrs 
23 Aug
The Shed went on an excursion to National Arboretum & Bonsai Centre. We were guided by Irene Davies starting outside on the northern deck. It was soon decided that we were going to receive the talk from the inside we went to the restaurant part & Irene was able to point out some of the different forests & attractions. She gave a history of the Arboretum. In 2004, after the fires & because the area was part of the National Open Space System and as there were other Arboreta around, (Cork, Himalayan pine, pencil pine) it was decided to build the National Arboretum on the site. Work started in 2005 on the 100 gardens. (16 members attended)
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16 Aug
(Fri) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. This was held from 7.30AM to 3PM with about 12 members participating. The Shed raised a net amount of $588 
16 Aug
The regular BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held (30 members signed the book)
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15 Aug
Walk: Hall Village Circular Walk, 9 of us walked, Easy, 4.5Km, 1.5Hrs 
9 Aug
As the guest speaker couldn’t make it this was a special session with several members bringing some items of their personal hobbies & sharing their experiences. Alex Ritchie, Steve Mawer, Ray Nelson and Lawrie Power talked about their hobbies. Covered pyrography, mineral specimen collecting, bird boxes and ornamental boxes (29 members signed the book)
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2 Aug
Dr Ravi Sood gave a talk titled ” X-Rayted Heavenly Bodies” (35 members signed the book)
35
1 Aug
Walk: Mt Taylor, 6 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 6.3Km, 2hrs 
26 Jul
The usual monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with special talk by Alex Ritchie about his visit with Sir David Attenborough to the Canowindra ‘Age of Fishes’ Museum, and visit by local Labor member Yvette Berry (36 members signed the book)
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19 Jul
Australian War Memorial Excursion. We gathered there for another excellent 1.5 hour tour of the facility provided by guide Ian Foster. Most of us congregated in the Landing Place cafe for coffee afterwards (21 members attended)
21
19 Jul
(Fri) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. This was cancelled on Thur by co-ordinator Ron Thomson due to the bad weather expected on Friday; which did indeed occur 
18 Jul
Walk: Ginninderra Ck – Umbagong Park (Peter Davis Memorial Walk), 10 of us walked, Easy, 7.3Km. 2.5 hrs 
12 Jul
We had our normal coffee and chat followed by a number of short impromptu timed talks by several Shed Members (Laurie Power, Ron Thomson, Bob Greeney, Steve Mawer, Rick Causebrook & Tim Jensen), in our newly completed extension. The talks were chosen by the member picking up a piece of paer with a randon topic on it. We also thanked Bernie Rees and Phil Laird for thier greta work on the extension plus all the other helpers (37 members signed the book)
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5 Jul
Billy Williams (aka ‘Nana Kwame Kyi II’ – Ghanaian ‘stool’ name) former Australian High Commissioner to Ghana gave talk about his experiences in West Africa (39 members signed the book)
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4 Jul
Walk: Nursery Swamp (Namadgi). 6 of us walked, Medium. 9.4Km 
28 Jun
We had an interesting talk by Robert Turner on superannuation changes & SMSF facilities that can be offered by Dixon Advisory (34 members signed the book)
34
21 Jun
We had a Rotary ShelterBox presentation by Fred Fawke and the regular BBQ and sausage sizzle was held (35 members signed the book)
35
20 Jun
Walk: Mt Ainslie Circumnavigation. 7 of us walked, Medium. 10.8Km 
14 Jun
Captain Nigel Roden from Salvation Army Red Shield Defence Services spoke to us about his career as a Sallyman with the Army, including east Timor and more recently his time at Duntroon where he is based with his wife. The Salvos are classified as “Philanthropic” within Defence along with the Red Cross, YMCA and RSL, etc. Nigel showed us his converted Landcruiser that contains all sorts of drinks, hot and cold, that he takes around and offers to diggers training or on exercises. Nigel is also a trained “barista” ((around 42 members attended, 35 members signed the book) Army site about Nigel
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9 Jun
(Sun) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. Members ran the BBQ from 7.30AM to 4PM. It was an outstanding success thanks to all the volunteers on the day and specially to Geoff Grimmett who organised the event. Keith Sinderberry reports that takings were some $1,985 and expenses were around $500 giving us a profit of over $1,485. 
7 Jun
Noel Bentley talked to us on meditation and life. He has practiced meditation since the 1970’s and now tries to meditate twice a day for 30 mins each time (33 members signed the book) Noel also runs meditation sessions in the local prison as well as other places. If anyone is keen to be part of a Shed meditation group, Noel has further offered to help establish such a group and to meet regularly with Members. If any Shed member is prepared to co-ordinate or would like to be part of a Shed Meditation Group please advise any Committee Member and we’ll make the arrangements with Noel. Contacts 0427 170 780, 6257 6719 email: nlbentle@iinet.net.au
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6 Jun
Walk: Fishing Gap & Hanging Rock, Tidbinbilla. 5 of us walked. Medium, 8.7 Km, 2.5 hrs 
31 May
Dr Peter Radoll Assistant Professor Information Systems at the Uni of Canberra talked about his aboriginal background and about Reconciliation (around 47 members attended, 42 members signed the book)
47
24 May
This Friday the Shed helf its monthly Sausage Sizzle but this time it was at the Belconnen Bowls Club premises at Beetaloo Street, Hawker. We met as usual at 9.30-10:00am at the Shed and departed about 10:30am for the Bowling Club. Members had to park in the parking area between the existing car park and the Melba-Copland High School to allow for a funeral of a well respected Church member (around 30 members attended, 26 members signed the book)
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23 May
Walk: Rendezvous Ck (Namadgi). 6 of us walked. Medium, 14.2Km, 4.45 hrs 
17 May
(Fri) – BBQ fund raising at Bunnings Belconnen. Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 9.00AM to 4PM for a 3 hour shift. We raised about a net $572. The Bunnings BBQ grossed $726.55 with expenses of $154.00 leaving cash to bank of $572.55. Thanks to some twelve Shed volunteers, we sold approx 270 sausage sandwiches & about 30 cans of drink. Well done – was good result for a Friday BBQ. 
17 May
Historian Alan Fosket talked about the post-second world war II settlement around Narrabundah etc and the issues involved (29 members signed the book)
29
10 May
We had an excursion to the Gubur Dhaura, Ochre quarry site, Franklin TAMS Link – Adrian Brown from the Ngunnawal Caring for Country Ranger and the Chair of Murumbung Yurung Murra in the ACT Parks & Conservation Service told us about the area and demonstrated some traditional tool making activities. Adrian was extremely interesting and anyone else considering such an event should certainly sign up for his services (22 members attended)
22
9 May
Walk: Bruce-O’Connor Ridge- 6 of us walked, Easy-Medium , 4.7Km, 1.5 hrs 
3 May
Brian Taylor’s son Stephen Taylor, a new wine producer, gave a talk about beer making (36 members signed the book)
36
26 Apr
Professor Jeff Brownrigg Associate Professor Cultural Heritage from Uni Canberra gave us an exceptional talk about the life & times of Henry Lawson & related stories on the influence of the Irish in Oz. He even read quite a few of Lawson’s poems as well as leading us in trying to sing some of them. New member Henry Satrapa of Higgins joined us (41 members signed the book)
41
25 Apr
Walk: Square Rock (Namadgi). 14 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 10.3Km, 3 hrs, 122Km return drive 
19 Apr
Alex Ritchie talked about the Geological Wonders of Central Australia including Gosses Bluff, Uluru, Olgas & Chambers Pillar Reserve (38 members signed the book)
38
15 Apr
(Mon) Working Bee at Greenhills Centre – 14 members attended and spread a mulch over the gardens, painted cabins & laid railway sleepers around the front entrance car park 
12 Apr
We held the monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle, preceeded by a special DVD “Spirit-Ed” presented by Terry Mether (44 members signed the book)
44
11 Apr
Walk: National Arboretum. 12 of us walked. Medium, 4.7Km, 2.0 hrs 
5 Apr
Bob Winnell from the Village Building Coy talked to us about his history, his passion for affordable housing, and his ideas for light rail to Gungahlin supported by denser housing along the route (37 members signed the book)
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29 Mar
Good Friday – No Meeting 
28 Mar
Walk: Tuggeranong Hill. 4 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 4.2Km, 1.5 hrs 
22 Mar
We visited the Gallery of Australian Design at 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, to see the exhibition CAPITheticAL where town planners, urban designers, architects and students consider how Canberra might be modified to accommodate the concerns of the future (Around 20 members attended)
20
15 Mar
Ron Thomson gave us a very interesting talk about bonsai (tree in tray) its history, how to start and maintain plants, and the tools, pots, soil and fertiliser to keep them thriving (29 members signed the book)
29
14 Mar
Walk: North Lyneham Woodland. 7 of us walked led by Drew McDonald. Easy-Medium, 6Km, 1.52hrs 
8 Mar
Bowling intro session at Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St Hawker folowed by a barbecue (Around 35 members attended)
35
1 Mar
Di Shogren from COTA spoke about ‘Beyond Maturity Blues’; aimed at increasing understanding of stress, anxiety and depression. Ernie also advised members that he sold his house so his move to Woy Woy is under way (around 45 members attended)
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22 Feb
The Shed undertook an excursion and BBQ to Cotter dam. We arrived about 10AM and went up the short 1Km return track to view the nearly completed dam. A lot of historic and informative signs were along the route of the track. We then BBQ’s in the pagoda at the picnic grounds (36 members signed the book, 37 attended)
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15 Feb
Ian Warden from the Canberra Times gave a talk around his melodrama “The Battle of the Sites” bring planned for St John’s Church in late Feb/March. He was interesting especially his nuances about the debate that ragged in the end between Dalgetty and Yass-Canberra as the choice for the Federal capital (49 members signed the book)
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14 Feb
Walk: Gold Ck -Gungahlin Pond – Percival Hill. 12 of us walked, Medium, 9.3Km, 2.5hrs 
8 Feb
Bob Salmond gave an overview of the way that Chinese is spoken and the old and new ways of Romanising their language. He also provided an overview of some of the places he has visited. Likewise Wally provided slides and commentary on the places he visted in his short 5 day stop. We were amazed by the number of local ladies who wished to be photographed with Wally (44 members signed the book)
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1 Feb
Ray Nelson spoke about his intimate knowledge about how Boomerangs fly; why some do not return and some do. The thing that gives the boomerangs their lift are the flutes you get on one side, which then allows them better curves and more mass and thus better killing ability. Real boomerangs do not return and are used for hunting and fighting. These sort can fly up to 150m and can be lethal at 100m. (43 members signed the book)
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31 Jan
Walk: 5 of us walked, 5Km, Medium-Hard, 2.0hr 
25 Jan
David Kilby visited the Shed and spoke about his background as teacher and then his hosting and music experiences with the ABC. He also entertained us with his diverse collection of LPs (53 members attended, 52 members signed the book)
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18 Jan
We attended a Leggo organ demonstration in the Church at 10.24AM followed by BBQ, Sausage Sizzle at 11.20AM. There 3 new members & visitors and we received a great overview of the organ’s history (49 members signed the book)
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17 Jan
Walk: Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Lake Ginniderra plus Uni Canberra. 5 of us walked. Easy-Medium social walk, 9.0Km, 2.75hrs including breaks 
14 Jan
(Mon) Golf in the Country – Cowra (Cancelled) 
11 Jan
Due to the bushfire crisis Fiona Hedges of Yass couldn’t attend and thus we had a general meeting with several members talking about items of interest. This included Ray Nelson talking about his planning to move to a new house before they turned 70, Laurie Power talking about the burning of his house in Duffy in 2003, and Aren Bkyerveen talking about his time in Holland during WWII (39 members signed the book) Write ups of the talks are in Newsletter #164
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6 Jan
(Sun) BBQ fund raising at Bunnings Belconnen. Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 9.00AM to 4PM. We raised $1,453 net for the Shed funds (around 20 volunteers were there)  Video 

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

The following is a list of the program this year:

DateDescriptionAttended
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 (jad@tpg.com.au 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:

DateDescriptionAttended
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)
30
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)
34
24 Jun
The Shed went on a tour of the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre (ACT’s sewerage farm) (24 members attended)
24
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)
40
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)
30
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)
30
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)
30
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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Past Program of Activities in 2010

The following is a list of the program this year:

DateDescriptionAttended
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)
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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: smcalister@psl.com.au) 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:

DateDescriptionAttended
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)