A note from the President
It is interesting to note a couple of interesting anniversaries in 2021.
The public interest meetings to start a Men’s Shed in Gladstone were held back in mid 2011 and we still have many members from that time who can look back proudly on what they have started. What that group started now gives men the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing through participation as a means of connecting with others and increasing self-esteem by contributing to the community. Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions, many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being, unfortunately they are the ones also missing out on Shed benefits. Becoming a member of the Gladstone Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned friendship and importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a chat or dig in and work on a project.
Our other anniversary is on the 3rd March we have had our utility for 4 years provided by a grant from the Calliope Community Bank, which trades as the Bendigo Bank at Calliope. Not only does having a vehicle provide much value to our Shed in helping us collect materials, deliver items to the community and of course do the necessary trips to the council tip, but it has been a conduit in a very valuable two-way relationship with the Bendigo Bank over those 4 years. The same organisation has now taken over the Bendigo Bank at Kin Kora and not only do we endorse their products and services from experience, but we welcome any opportunity to continue showing our support to their expanding business ventures.
To wrap up, when you retire without a plan for how you’ll spend your days, you can easily start to feel “underfoot” at home, bored, even depressed. It’s a predicament that we are certain that Gladstone Men’s Shed members do not find themselves over the 10 years since the Shed’s formation.