A note from the President
Wow, almost 6 months of my term as president gone already. The shed has been busy enough and hopefully we have been keeping the social side active as well. Our Open Day and Garage Sale was a success by my standards, we raised over $1,000 for the Shed and even more importantly the community turned up in good numbers.
The end-of-year earning from the cruise ship markets have dropped off, but we need to recognise their total over the last 3 years and at least from the multiple markets in 6 weeks, the total for that period will still be good. After 3 ships in the first 3 months of 2020 it could be a long time before we see another cruise ship at Gladstone.
We are a well funded Shed and as the year comes to a close, the Management Committee are certainly looking at value adding ways to return the profits to members either through new equipment or new activities. In addition we have been successful with some grants which in 2020 will see us providing free First Aid Certificate training on the first Monday in February and a Bush Picnic up at Ubobo for Queensland Day in June.
Thanks must be extended to Dave Moore who has acted as our sole coordinator for much of the year, but also thanks to Ron Jackson and Mal Ford for backing up Dave as much as they can. Next we will be losing Mal for a short period to the great care of the medical world, we all extend our best wishes and will want you back in our Shed as good as ever very soon. One of our founding members with great woodwork skills, Jim McBryde, is also having some health issues and cannot attend the Shed, we are thinking of you Jim and hope some of the members can pop in to visit you.