Easter Closure

Hi All

The shed will be closed over the Easter break, normal sessions will resume on Friday 9th April:

Friday 9th April – 9am to 1pm

Saturday 10th April – 10am to 4pm

Best wishes for the break and if travelling please drive safely.

The VoSS Thursday classes will continue as usual.

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Men’s Shed Re-Opening

Following the announcement by the Victorian Government that restrictions will be lifted at 11.59pm tonight we have received notification from the Victorian Men’s Shed Association that we are permitted to re-open our sheds.

Therefore, the Dorcas Street shed will re-open at 9am on Friday 19/02/21 and regular scheduled Friday and Saturday sessions will continue.

Members are reminded of the conditions of entry that apply:

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Sheds (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Wear a fitted face mask at all times while indoors
  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Have their temperature checked by one of the on-duty supervisors,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Hopefully, we will be able to continue in 2021 without any further interruptions.

Please remember to stay safe, follow the rules and respect your fellow shed member.

Re-Opening 2021 Update

Opening Sessions

The re-opening for 2021 has changed slightly, we will now re-open at 10am on Saturday 30 January, with scheduled sessions for 2021 being:

Fridays

9am to 1pm

Saturdays

10am to 4.00pm

Cleanup Thanks

Thanks to the following members who gave their time during the break to assist with the shed clean up and maintenance:

Barry Bevan, Tony Donohue, Peter Wood, Justin Gates, Roger Joyce, Peter Greenacre, John Stirling, Tim Smith, Ian Cessford, David Radtke, Peter King, Tony Mitchell, Michael Zeeng, Coral-lee Keep, Jason Curran, Chris Kennard, Dermot Avon

Special mention and thanks to Rod Hall who put together the work schedule and organised the volunteer members. It is important for the health and safety of all members that the shed be kept in a clean and tidy state at all times.

You can assist by ensuring you:

  • Returning all tools to their correct storage position after you have finished using them.
  • Sweeping up any dust, off cuts etc as you are working.
  • Using scrap timber under your material if you are drilling on a work bench.
  • Using cover sheets if you are painting – on the work benches, floors or external paving.
  • Keeping your workstation area clean.
  • Storing any personal items, work in progress in the designated storage area.
  • Wiping down your workstation with the disinfectant provided after you have finished.
  • Helping to clean the floors, equipment, machines etc at the end of each session.

Storage

Due to restricted space, we do not have unlimited storage available for members personal items. During the break the external storage area behind the shed was extended, additional shelving was installed, and the area has been weather proofed. Thanks to:

  • Rod Hall and Tim Smith who fabricated the new steel shelving at our Port Melbourne Shed and installed on site.
  • Jason Curran who built and installed the end wall and doorway.

This is the only space available for members to store personal items and items should be clearly labelled and dated.

Internal storage is not available in the workshop or front meeting room. These areas need to be kept free of any incumbrance as we will be conducting activities with other community groups during the year.

Pergola

Unfortunately, we have encountered an unforeseen delay with the construction of the new pergola and as a temporary measure we will be using a non-permanent gazebo which will provide space for our three portable work benches (six workstations). If you are working in this area, please be aware of any possible noise issues for our neighbours who are located close by. If you feel there will be an issue with noise (routers, saws etc) please ask a supervisor if you can be re-located inside the shed.

Projects

We have a backlog of community projects to be completed, so if you are interested in helping out with these please email your details to Rod ( rodhall690@gmail.com ) who will arrange to put you in contact with a project leader.

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Shed (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Wearing of face masks is optional,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Supervisors

We are still looking for members to assist with supervisory duties at our sessions, if you are interested please have a chat with either Rod (0409 055 885) or Bob (0417 067 319) who are happy to explain the requirements of these roles.

Once again, please remain alert to the health and safety requirements in the shed so all members can enjoy a safe and accident free 2021.

Please free to contact me or any other Committee Members should you have any questions

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Port Phillip Men’s Shed

December / January Close / Open

Clean Up Day

Saturday 19 December 9am to 1pm

Saturday 19 December will be the last day we open for 2020 and is dedicated to cleaning up the shed and storage areas. As advised earlier any personal items or materials still stored in the workshop or meeting room will either be relocated to the expanded storage area (if correctly labelled and dated) or will be disposed of. Please ensure you have labelled any items you wish to keep.

We need members to assist with the cleaning and tidying up of all areas.

We will not be having our usual sit-down BBQ this year but will be providing a BBQ brunch for members, family and friends from 11am to 1pm.

Re-Open

Saturday 16 January 2021 10am

The shed will re-open for 2021 on the above time and day. During the break there will be some changes made to the layout of the machinery and equipment in the shed and members will need to familiarise themselves with these changes.

Regular Friday sessions (9am to 1pm) and Saturday session (10am to 4pm) will recommence and are open to all members (women and men). Shed closures due to public holidays etc will be advised as they are about to occur.

Projects

Project Assistance

We currently have several interesting projects on our list and need volunteers to work on.

AGM Notice – 16 Nov 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association Incorporated will be held on Monday 16 November 2020, 7.30pm using Zoom online conferencing. Please refer to the attached AGM Notice and agenda.

All members are welcome to join. Zoom laptop/phone login details will be issued before the meeting.

Members may also submit a proxy voting form if they wish to vote but cannot attend the AGM – refer attached proxy voting form.

Members will be aware that our shed is run by a committee and all members are encouraged to consider joining the committee in an office bearer position (President; Secretary or Treasurer) or as a general committee member. New committee members not only bring new ideas to the sheds’ operations and vision, but also provide a break for those who have been on the committee for some time. Attached is a committee nomination form should you wish to nominate.

Our current secretary, Tony Donohue is planning to step down from the committee after the AGM. Any member wishing to discuss nominating for Secretary can contact Bob Small or Tony Donohue for more information. A role description for Secretary is also attached.

Other meeting documents to be presented at the meeting will be issued in due course.

Any questions, completed forms or meeting apologies should be emailed/mailed/hand to Tony Donohue, secretary@ppmsa.org.au

Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association Incorporated was held at 6.30pm, Monday 11 November 2019 at SPUC Head Office meeting room, 317-329 Dorcas St., South Melbourne. 20 members and guests attended.

Bob Small, President delivered his president’s report for the period 1/7/2018 – 30/6/2019 (refer attachment below). Bob referred to our continuing membership growth; strong financial position and our ongoing support for local communities. He also acknowledged the continuing accommodation support from Southport Uniting Care and National Storage. Bob also focussed on our current safety record and the need for all members to be fully aware of their own and other members safety at all times.

The meeting endorsed our current fee structure of:

  • $20 joining fee
  • $40 annual membership fee

Regarding committee elections, there being no contested positions re-endorsed Bob Small (President); Tony Donohue (secretary) and the continuing election of Rod Hall (Workshop Manager), John Stirling, Barry Bevan and Peter Harkin as committee members. In addition two new committee members Peter King and Bill Tsialtas were also elected.

Bob especially thanked Justin Gates (Treasurer) and Stephen Ingrouille (Membership) who are stepping down from the committee for their invaluable support over a number of years. The role of Treasurer is currently vacant.

Any questions regarding the AGM should be directed to PPMSA Secretary,  Tony Donohue, secretary@ppmsa.org.au  

PPMSA President’s Report 2018-19

New Table Saw

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Rod (workshop manager). Frans and Tim assembling our new SawStop table saw, which has a number of new operational and safety features.

We will be providing supervisor and member training on this new saw once assembly and testing is complete.

The new saw was purchased utilising a grant received from the Australian Government, Dept. of Social Services.

Festool Plunge Saw & Guide Rail System

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Michael and Miguel constructing a bench using our new Festool plunge saw and guide rail system. This system allows timber edges to be cut, which are free of splinting, damage or burn marks. The system is quick to setup and use.

Members keen to use this system can review the following Youtube link:

This system was purchased utilising a grant received from the South Melbourne Community Chest.

Excellent Workmanship From The Shed

We recently had an enquiry from a Port Melbourne resident regarding making a custom designed  cabinet to complement their existing furniture.

The detail and finish required a level of skill and expertise much finer than our usual projects and Tim Smith put his hand up to take on the challenge. After a “meeting of the minds” with Peter Greenacre the two of them decided on the best way to produce the required result – the cabinet had a  20 degree angle on the front edging.

The finished article was excellent and the resident was extremely happy with the result:

“Thank you Bob and Tim for organising and building of our bespoked cabinet. It is just as we imagined and perfectly crafted.

Thanks again

John & Elaine Folino“

In appreciation John made a $100 donation to the Shed.

Great craftsmanship and an excellent result Tim (“with a little help from his friends”).