1/11/2018: Welcome to our WordPress blog site. The weblog site is under continuous development and designed to provide a platform to reflect the wishes and emerging format for our activities and projects. Shed Members and Visitors are encouraged to browse frequently to view and post comment/replies on progress and offer constructive editorial suggestions. In particular the Webmaster invites comment and suggestion for the rotational content of the Header Theme images above, currently portraying Australian historical, topical, wildlife and memorabilia. Ensuing conversation with some Members has already uncovered some interesting hobbies, and pursuits of an historical interest. For example, the motor bike passions of our early lives, was apparently a pastime that many of us enjoyed. Each of the foregoing matters gives opportunity to publish a suitable header montage.
After due diligence and public debate, DMSI was officially formed and duly registered in August 2018 and has a core membership of 24 Members, growing frequently. We are fully accredited as an AMSA & QMSA Member, and the latest Shed of 26 in the Brisbane City Council area. Our ambition is to encourage local area male residents to visit and share their comradeship and vision with like-minded others. Our fully incorporated status and wholly owned web domain defines our independence from any other controlling influence and supports an open membership policy to all local residents who seek the fraternal elements of a true Aussie Shed. Most weeks now record ad hoc visits from Donors with tools and timber and local Seniors with suitable chores for our Members to involve with – from small building renovations, to furniture restoration and metal construction. The primary workshop area is constantly being expanded and altered to suit the emerging interests of Members.
The page entitled “WEEKLY DRILL” records random weekly events, projects, thoughts, ideas and matters of unfolding interest. Click open the page link above in the Header Bar. You can download printable copies to your personal printer.
Our physical location is at the Community Hall, behind and below the southern end of St. Michael’s Church, 250 Banks Street, Dorrington, accessed by vehicle through the main carpark, and down the corner ramp to ample parking. The large community hall where we now meet, also
offers a sub-floor area of over 120 m2 that is under planned development for workshop activities that might be expected at a traditional Australian Men’s Shed. Structural plans have been formulated and permanent enclosure of most of the sub floor area is slowly happening to accommodate wood & metal working activities, modelling hobbies, general handyman projects, fund raising projects and materials storage. A Shed Captain is in charge of all design layouts and machinery placements to ensure safe working practices. During our formative times, we meet on-site each Tuesday and Friday morning at 0900 until 1300 ($2.00 gold coin weekly contribution), holding a barbecue lunch on the last Friday of the month, ($5.00 for a beer, banger and bun). On Friday 14th December we held our 1st Christmas Shed Dinner at which 27 Members, wives, partners & friends attended. See “SOCIAL” (hotlink below) for smart photos taken at the Alderley Arms Hotel. On Saturday 9th March 2019, the Brisbane Archbishop was welcomed to meet the Committee & Members for an information session on our progress, ambitions and the Men’s Shed movement in Brisbane generally. Christmas in July Shed Dinner on 27th was successfully attended by 32 Members & Guests.
The Committee has resolved to encourage Members to participate in social activities; typically Open Debate, Pool, Darts, Cards, Nostalgia reflections, and the construction of a simple, easily mounted Possum Box, offered for public sale at $47.00, for essential funds raising. Other passive activities are under regular review. Illustrated below is our latest “Miracle Worm Farm” test project. Members can produce this artistic rendition using any style of decoration with public appeal. Original art forms are encouraged. “Stubby Cubby” dispensers are also proving popular (shown in production at page footer). $37. each at Shed Door.
The “Miracle Worm Farm” Project is underway after some prototype experimentation. 3 sizes will eventually be offered to keen local gardeners who wish to improve soil quality, into the garden bed directly, or into large or small planter pots. The production entails considerable hand painting and imaginative freestyle decoration. Involved also is a wood lathing of the stopper tops, using recycled wood. We’re planning to expand the painting bees, into a sit down, group activity exercise. So if you fancy some old-fashioned Australian blokey camaraderie, story telling, a game of 500, or challenge pool OR if you can paint, nail, glue, assemble and sandpaper plywood panels, then please join us. Membership is $50 annually each October 1st with a pro rata deduction ($5.00 per month thereafter). Your subscription includes a proportional amount for AMSA Group Insurance, which is renewed annually each 28th February. A new Policy Schedule is available to view, which includes personal injury, revised theft & burglary cover and $40M public liability. All Members are encouraged to acquaint themselves with Policy Conditions.
A Member can by choice enter the weblog site and participate in “blogging” which means that a fresh Comment can be posted (your email is not disclosed) OR you can ‘thread’ to an existing comment and participate in a topical commentary within an existing conversation. To join in the blogging click any comment shown under ‘Recent Comments’ right hand side, or click any hotlink below shown in blue highlights, Open Forum OR The Journey Begins OR SOCIAL
Any page accepts Comments and Replies. Click a choice open and toggle between the three. Please signify your interest to the Editor to be registered as a Subscriber (email required).
ROGER WEBB LATHE VIDEOS: Most importantly this site will open up to multiple page topics that cover all interests and moreover permit photos of activities and develop instructional video links to You Tube, Picasa and others as our fast moving electronic world develops. Feel free to verbalise suggestions and editorial content to a Committee Member or the Webmaster when you catch up on a Friday, or submit any ideas by email.
Shed Members are invited by the Committee to assist in the pursuit of the many Financial Grants that are open throughout the year. Initial progress is being made for the application of Projects and Tools Grants, but focus and application for any qualified online Grants Applications is vital for any new shed under formation. All assistance will be greatly welcomed, particularly in the obtaining of official quotes from vendors and materials suppliers. Any and all suggested opportunities to connect with as yet, unknown Grant Donors, will be useful. There are few limitations for our vision and foresight on future development. The Community Hall sub floor area has undergone repairs to the structural support columns damaged by water seepage and the security enclosure is at lock-up stage.
Dorrington Men’s Shed Inc. has full Membership of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA101397) and Group Insurance under the AMSA Group Policy has been effected, providing adequate public and personal coverage. The Insurance Policy Schedule is available on request. We are also in the process of QMSA membership application, our State body, ensuring regular updates of Men’s Sheds interest in Queensland.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is the federally backed governing body for over 1,000 Men’s Sheds throughout Australia and offers wide support and updated information to AMSA Members. The linked website hereto, takes a reader to a very informative platform dealing with many aspects and locations of local Sheds. The DMSI Committee recommends that Members browse the AMSA site regularly for news and updates of Men’s Sheds nationally and locally (via QMSA Newsletters). Please contact us direct for any information about joining DMSI and our planned activities.
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