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Jan - Feb 2012 News


Official Opening of Shed by Mayor

Friday 17 February 2012 was a red letter day for the St George Men’s Shed. The Grand opening by His Worship the mayor of Hurstville, Councillor Steve McMahon, with Members of Parliament, Mark Coure and Daryl Melham and Hurstville Councillors Bill Pickering, Anne Wagstaff and Nancy Liu and a crowd of about sixty members, sponsors and friends all lending their support.
Opening the Shed was not easy, because obstructing the Entrance was the dreaded fiery Dragon. Brave is hardly the word for the mayor. Armed with only a small battery powered Jigsaw, St George Steve McMahon attacked the Dragon and after a prolonged and dangerous struggle cut his head right off. The crowd cheered as the mayor held the head above his head. I counted the mayors fingers after the moment
of danger was past and found that he still had all his fingers. The dreaded St George Dragon was dead and the crowd was able to came into the Shed to see the wonders of art and handcraft by the men of the Shed displayed with well justified honour and pride.

Life Membership Presentations

Athol Day, the Shed President had the honour of bestowing Life Membership Certificates on two outstanding members of the St George Men’s Shed on the day of our official Opening.
The first was to John Benson, an 81 year old member of the Shed, who has donated all of his valuable life’s collection of beautiful woodworking tools to the St George Men’s Shed. His collection included a table saw, two routers, a drop saw, a bench grinder, power plane, hand plane, a beautiful set of precision ground chisels, storage shelving and a wide range of other power and hand tools. He valued them so highly, he wanted them to have a good home and be appreciated. We will look after them and use them well. Thank you John.
John Benson seen on the right holding his well deserved Life Membership Certificate.
The second Life Membership was to Dr Klaus Stelter, our founding benefactor and St George Men’s Shed Patron, seen on the top of the next page.
After years of negotiation with Councils and Community groups in search of a suitable shed, Dr Stelter convinced the St George Division of General Practice to allow the rear of their leased medical premises at 32 The Avenue, Hurstville, to be used for a Men’s Shed. With Dt Stelter’s energy and support, the St George Men’s Shed has been a runaway success. In August 2011, seeing the need for tools and workbenches, Klaus made a few phone calls, found donors, hired a small truck and he with Snowy Atkinson, went out and collected them. The President of the St George Men’s Shed found it difficult to find the right words to convey the men’s profound thanks and gratitude to Klaus. Just saying thank you Klaus is not enough. We honour you today for the fine man you are.
After receiving his Life Membership Certificate, Dr Klaus Stelter speaks a few words of support and encouragement to the St George Men’s Shed. Here is a good doctor, whose actions speak even louder than his words.

Daryl Melham Federal MP Speaks

Seen here scratching his head, but he is not looking for words. Mr Melham spoke in forthright manner in support of Men’s Sheds, and assured continued funding by the Federal Labour Government. Daryl sat between Pat Murray, the Shed Secretary, and Audrey Day, the President’s wife, and was good company on the day. Thanks for your support Daryl Melham

Mark Coure Speaks at Opening

State Member of Parliament Mark Coure is a well known supporter of local community endeavours, and this was not his first visit to our Shed. Mark visited us soon after our inception about September 2011, at the invita- tion of Dr Klaus Stelter. Mark knows the difficulties faced by nacent community organisations, and has agreed to fund our Shed to the extent of $ 2,500 in the next two weeks. That offer of funding is a great relief to the St George Men’s Shed Board of Management.
Several of our Shed members voted for Mark Coure in the State election, and it seems that their confidence has been well placed. Here is a man who helps local community groups. Thanks for your highly valued support Mark.
People Seen at the Opening
Councillor Anne Wagstaff, tennis star Ken Owen, Councillor Nancy Liu and Emeritus Mayor Councillor Bill Pickering, all great Men’s Shed supporters.
Sun Shines on the Crowd
First Shed of our Own
This Shed cake was made and presented to us by Geoff Harris’ daughter Ruth. It was cut by Councillor Nancy Liu and was enjoyed thoroughly by the men, with a cuppa.
This Shed cake was a work of art and a pity to cut. Thank you Ruth. You are an artist and a very kind friend to the Shed.
At the left, Councillor Nancy Liu cuts the Shed Cake, while below the two Chefs, Ber- nie and Brian check out the tucker. Good work men. The cocktail frankfurts with tomato sauce, which Councillor Bill Picker- ing and I tasted were delicious.

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