This month we welcome three new members, Pratik Talati, Ed Turner, and Justin Hams, please introduce yourselves and make them feel at home when you meet them. This brings our band of merry wood butchers to 59.
Our Saturday morning experiment is still ongoing although there has been a fall-off in numbers of late. This is probably more due to seasonal factors than lack of interest. For the moment we will keep persevering into next year and see what happens.
Our Christmas Toy event went well as I understand it, I was unable to attend, unfortunately. The “Chappies” were very happy and took all that was offered. Big thanks to John Schoonbeek for his supreme effort in supplying the bulk of our offerings, of course, his elves (imps?) Jimmy Craggs, Ron Kirkpatrick, Barrie Heyen and Max Fraser etc were also heavily involved in the painting side of things. Thanks a lot fellas
Our extended Patio is proceeding at a pace with Rob Smith welding the railing on a temporary basis due to caution with the fire bans. This allowed the Shade Sail man to do his thing with a very nice result
Enjoying Smoko outside for a change
The endless saga of Justin Grants Dolls House construction has finally come to an end and Liz Cowan has gratefully received it with profuse thanks to Justin, along with (more importantly) a substantial donation. Well done Justin.
Our annual survey has come to a close, and the electronic version has been a huge success with only a few paper entries, thanks to Farid for setting that up. No matter how it is entered, the information is invaluable for keeping us on the straight and narrow (with only a bit of wobbling) I will tabulate the results and publish them to you all minus any identity giveaways. Critical commentators can expect a visit from my large Samoan friends who I accidentally released your names and addresses to.
Similarly, the survey for our awards are closed and the results placed in a sealed envelope and lodged with the Reserve Bank of Australia only to be opened at our Christmas Party, or earlier in the case of bribes to any member of the executive – exciting isn’t it
Our EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale) machine has arrived and is running hot with use. Hope to get a few of you trained up before the next Sausage Sizzle to see if the stories are true about extra sales!! I must say it is very easy to use.
The next item on our agenda will take place on Tuesday 17th December which is our “deep” clean day. Each year we shut down work at the shed for the day and give the place and equipment a thorough cleaning. This will also be the last day the shed opens for the year. I expect this is a huge mistake forewarning you as I fear none of you will turn up to help!! I am anticipating we will open again on the 21st January 2020. (given I have 2020 vision – Boom! Boom!)
Of course, we meet again on Thursday the 19th for our Christmas Party, if you haven’t paid up for your other half or halves yet (and why not?) its $30.00pp (members are free) Please do so before the day. You can do this by paying with:
We are very flexible
Not sure if everyone saw the excellent article written by Keith Fraser in the TM News, if not there is a reproduction of it attached. Thanks for that Keith.
Warren has been labouring away on the Honour Board which is to contain all the names of past and present members collated by Keith. This is quite a big task and our thanks go to you both for taking it on
So that’s your lot, if I don’t see you before, a Very Merry Xmas and a Safe New Year to you and your families
Steve Pinder – President
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