The Prez’s Turn

   President: Emily Slaughter

CHRISTMAS 2021

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas everyone! The jolly season is here and as we wind down for another eventful year, there are a few reminders and thank yous that need to go out … The club has reopened and is ready to go again. A huge thank you to the committee for all that they have done in the last few weeks in making sure that we were and continue to be safe. It’s been a big few weeks!

** The annual Toy Giveaway has now been rescheduled for Monday 13th December at 4pm at the clubrooms. All members are welcome to come along and celebrate all that we have achieved during this topsy turvy year.

** The annual cleaning day is still scheduled for Saturday 18th December. We’d love to see as many members there as we can – many hands make light work. A great way to have a final cuppa and catch up before the new year. Who knows, Santa might even turn up!

** The club will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022. It’s going to be a great year, bigger and better than ever! The January supervisor roster is below.

** Finally some good news about the premises; Perrie and myself had a meeting with Suzanna Sheed this morning and she has assured us that we will be at our current premises long term. The process around formalising this will still take some time, but we can rest easy for now. Fantastic news to round out the year!

Wishing you all a safe, joyful and very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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DECEMBER 2021

Hello Everyone. Welcome to my first Prez’s Turn for 2021. What a year it’s been and we still have more to go! Firstly, I would like to thank the outgoing committee members for all their hard work in what has been a tough few years for the club. Chris Harvey, who had to take on three roles at a time this year, has been a long-serving member of the committee. Bob Beecroft has been president for three years and was particularly engaged in pursuing new premises for the club, running profitable woodshows and much more. The club is incredibly indebted for all their hard work and we wish them good health and luck in whatever they throw themselves into next.

I would also like to thank club members for supporting me to take up the opportunity to be the new president and lead the club into 2022. I am very humbled with the support I have received and will work hard to make sure that I do everything for the benefit of the club. The new committee are going to be dynamite and I thank them also for jumping on board. Don’t forget to come and say G’Day anytime. Sit and have a chat about all things wood or share your ideas for the club – my door is always open.

As we move towards the end of the year, life inevitably gets busier. Our AGM was a great success with 17 members and 2 visitors in attendance. As you may be aware, the woodshow dates have been moved several times. Due to the Macintosh Centre continuing to be used as a vaccination hub, we have had to postpone the show once again. The new dates are the 1st and 2nd October 2022. This will mean it is back in line with our normal timing, with the Award’s Night being held on 1st at the Golf Club. Write it in your diaries and lock it in!

The long-term leasing of our premises is still up in the air and as yet we still have no official word about our current location being extended into a formal longer term lease. Perrie and myself will continue to push the Department of Education to get an answer before the end of the year.

The Toy Giveaway is booked in for Monday 6th December at 7pm at the clubrooms. Whilst we have fewer toys than usual, the charities we support, are super excited to be receiving our toys once more. All members are invited to come along and participate in the handover and stay for a chat and some light refreshments.

The annual Christmas Party is on again at the Aussie Hotel on Saturday 4th December at 6:30pm. We will be in the function room upstairs and meals can be purchased off the menu from downstairs. Several awards will be presented on the night including the Tom Tacey Award and Les Baldwin Encouragement Award. The Tom Tacey Award is given to a member who has shown outstanding service to the club in many different ways. The Encouragement Award is generally presented to a member newish to the club who has shown willingness to help out where they can. A Life Membership will also be presented, a first in quite a few years. Enormous congratulations go to Vern Marven who will be receiving this award! Please check out the article on Vern in the following pages. Can’t wait to see you all there and who knows who else could be receiving an award!

Happy Woodworking

Regards – Emily Slaughter (President)

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    President: Bob Beecroft

NOVEMBER 2021

Hi everybody, well this is my last president’s report as I’m stepping down in about two weeks. If I may let’s look back on the little over three years that I have been in the chair. The first thing I introduced was the portfolio system for the committee. This has worked very well giving each committee member individual responsibilities. New member induction is another thing introduced three years ago and is working well.

In looking back over the past three years I can’t help but reflect on some of the problems we encountered. The first being the 20-year lease we had on our premises. It was ten year by ten year. In trying to take up the second ten years we found out that the lease was not worth the paper it was written on. We are now renting the clubrooms on a gentleman’s agreement. This resulted in a huge amount of work going into finding new premises. KidsTown looked very promising but after many, many hours work it was found to be too expensive. Other options have been explored over time, and in fact we still have two options that I’m currently working on, one of which looks like being the answer to our problem.

Then COVID-19! What can I say about COVID that you don’t already know. It has been a nightmare to organise the closing then opening of the club more times than one can count. The financial burden it has placed on the club is obvious, along with the lack of toy making days. Our woodshow, the 30th, we‘ve had two goes at running and are now hoping third time lucky. But the biggest effect COVID has had on the club is the lack of numbers attending the club. While this is understandable, it is disappointing to not see people enjoying the club in the numbers we were use to.

Having said all that negative stuff (I don’t mean it to be), I must say I have enjoyed my time as president. I love a challenge and in my time as president our club has seen many of those. I would like to thank the club for the opportunity to represent it and the members and I wish GV Woodworkers all the best for the future.

Emily Slaughter has put her hand up to take over and I think she will do a great job. She may be relatively new to the club (as I was when I started as Prez) but has been on the committee for around two years and proven herself to be very capable. I would implore you all to get behind her as president (and I do), however from what I hear around the traps I think the members are already well and truly behind her. However, Emily I do wish you all the best.

Keep safe, keep the chips flying, keep making wooden things, but most of all have fun.

Regards – Bob Beecroft (President)

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October 2021

Hi everyone,

Well the yoyo is riding the high or positive position again. What am I talking about? The club is once again open. For how long is anybody’s guess. I was at the club this morning (Tuesday 21st) and it was fantastic to see the club rooms full to the maximum allowed – members sitting having smoko and just enjoying each other’s company.

I think everyone is aware the Woodshow has been postponed again. ‘Third time lucky’ we will have it the first weekend in March 2022 that is the 5th & 6th of March. It was good to see that the council is happy to back our show and is happy to support us again. Fingers crossed this time it will go ahead, COVID will still have us concerned right up until the event has been run.

The Annual General Meeting this year is to be held in November and that is coming around quickly. In this newsletter, you will find our committee nomination forms. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else. This is a great club and new committee members are important to the club’s prosperity, new ideas and new people are the way the club moves forward. We are also this year looking for someone to step-up to the president’s job. I must say it is a very rewarding position.

I hear a whisper that we will being having a milling day soon, this is a great day to spend helping out with the club or even just watching, so keep your ear to the ground.   

We had a general meeting last night via zoom, live streamed on Facebook. I must say my first zoom meeting I needed a lot of help (thanks Sarge). But last night I needed none, I’m a slow learner but I’ve got there! That is what I was saying about moving forward, we need modern expertise. We were able to have the committee linked up via zoom and members look at proceedings on Facebook. Zoom is a great thing to link up with when COVID restrictions prevent face to face. Having said all that, give me face to face any time!

Ok that’s all for this month. Keep safe, keep the chips flying, and keep making wooden things

Regards – Bob Beecroft (President)

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September 2021

Hi everyone,

How is everybody doing in these hard times? Never before have we seen such a dramatic thing happen in the country we love, let alone right here in Shepp on our front door step! At the time of writing this we have 79 cases, who would have ever thought? It is having a huge effect on our town with 1/3 of people in 14-day isolation. Please hang in there, look after yourselves, we will come out of this. There are already some very good stories about people giving their time to help with food and essential deliveries.   

Looking at how COVID has affected our club, it has been quite dramatic and lasted over almost two years now. The club has been open, closed, open, closed and that has been repeated many times but the biggest dilemma has been our Woodshow. We were to have our 30th Woodshow last year in October 2020 but COVID put a stop to that. So, we decided to have it a year later in October 2021 and now COVID has just put a stop to it again! The committee had a zoom meeting last Wednesday night and made the difficult decision to postpone the Woodshow for another year to until March 2022. This will also include postponement of the Award’s Night as well. We need to find an available date in March and as soon as we do we will notify everyone.

I would now like to look back on my time as President of this fantastic woodworking club. I have been the President now for just over three years (as we have moved the annual meeting from August to November). Although I have loved the club and the responsibility of the club it has been three of the toughest years the club has seen. Let me take you back to my first year… our clubrooms, that we all thought were secure for at least another ten years, turned out to be on an illegal lease. This resulted in a huge amount of work, and in us staying in our current premises on a gentleman’s agreement. Not one to just let it be, I worked hard to find an alternative; the best of these seemed to be moving to KidsTown. This was almost a two-year project finding out details and putting proposals together (thanks Emily). At the end of a lot of hard work I not only had a large rebuff from the committee but found it was out of our reach financially, the rules and regulations would also be over the top. We are currently still very concerned about our club premises going forward.

We also moved the Woodshow in that year, not only to a new venue but the time of year was also moved. Then in 2020 COVID hit. Not only did this have a dramatic effect on the 30th Woodshow but it also created a huge amount of work to try to be compliant with ever-changing government restrictions. The club was never the same. We would open with restricted numbers and workshop restrictions, that we had to introduce, enforce, and change as time went on.

Why am I bringing all this up? Because after three years I’m calling time on my presidency. I’m worn out and need to step aside and let someone else have a go. I will not be standing for President at our annual meeting in November. I would like to thank the club for the experience and wish the club all the best in the future.

Keep safe, keep the chips flying and keep making wooden things.

Regards – Bob Beecroft (President)

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August 2021

Hi everyone,

Writing this report feels a bit like ‘Deja vu’. Once again due to the ongoing COVID situation we find ourselves in another lockdown, which has halted all club activities, and has now been extended beyond the initial 5-day duration. How this situation actually plays out and how it might affect our future activities is anyone’s guess but at the moment we need to stay positive, do the right thing and hope that we can get back to some sort of normal as soon as possible.

As our 30th Woodshow and Inaugural Awards Night draw closer, we need to be mindful of the precarious nature of the situation we are in. Raffle tickets have been printed and rosters for staffing the selling sites have been drawn up. I ask that you all make yourselves aware of when you are rostered on and make sure that if for any reason, you are unable to make it on your rostered time, you arrange a swap with another member. Of course, the selling of tickets at arranged sites has been cancelled for the time being. As in previous years, our raffle has always been an important part of our fundraising but with our finances taking a bit of a hit over the last 12 months it becomes even more important to support the raffle. So, when you receive your book of tickets please make every effort to sell them and return the butts to the club once we reopen. To date, I can report that ticket sales have started well, and I would like to thank those members who have already had a turn at the selling sites.

Regarding our Awards Night, it is encouraging to be getting nominations from other Woodworking Clubs and all members are asked to give some thought to who they might like to nominate from our club. Details regarding the nomination process will be provided very soon. Len has also received a number of positive responses from demonstrators who have been invited to take part in our Wood Show.

During this time of lockdown, I would ask all members to check their emails, the club website and Facebook for any changes to workshop times, meeting times and for the recommencement of raffle ticket stalls. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our committee members.

On Saturday 3rd July, Len, Perrie, Vern and myself staffed a club stand at the local Fibre and Wood Show. Whilst fairly quiet, it was a good opportunity to display and sell some of our member’s creations as well as a couple of toys.  

Due to the cold weather and dwindling attendances at our night-time sessions, the committee have decided to reduce the number of evening sessions by 1 to Wednesday’s nights only. At least until such time the weather improves and demand from members to attend evening sessions increases. It is the view of the committee that it is not viable to run the workshop sessions for one or two attendees.

In finishing this report, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Bryan ‘Finno’ Finlayson and convey our deepest condolences to Alison and the family. Bryan was a much-valued member of the club since 1987, whom served on the committee for many years and supported many club endeavours. He will be greatly missed. RIP Finno.

With any luck by the time the next President’s Report is due, we will be back in the workshop and Bob will be back!

Regards – Chris Harvey (Vice President)

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July 2021

Hi everyone,

Writing this report feels a bit like ‘Deja vu’. Once again due to the ongoing COVID situation we find ourselves in another lockdown, which has halted all club activates, and has now been extended beyond the initial 5-day duration. How this situation actually plays out and how it might affect our future activities is anyone’s guess but at the moment we need to stay positive, do the right thing and hope that we can get back to some sort of normal as soon as possible.

As our 30th Woodshow and Inaugural Awards Night draw closer, we need to be mindful of the precarious nature of the situation we are in. Raffle tickets have been printed and rosters for staffing the selling sites have been drawn up. I ask that you all make yourselves aware of when you are rostered on and make sure that if for any reason, you are unable to make it on your rostered time, you arrange a swap with another member. Of course, the selling of tickets at arranged sites has been cancelled for the time being. As in previous years, our raffle has always been an important part of our fundraising but with our finances taking a bit of a hit over the last 12 months it becomes even more important to support the raffle. So, when you receive your book of tickets please make every effort to sell them and return the butts to the club once we reopen. To date, I can report that ticket sales have started well, and I would like to thank those members who have already had a turn at the selling sites.

Regarding our Awards Night, it is encouraging to be getting nominations from other Woodworking Clubs and all members are asked to give some thought to who they might like to nominate from our club. Details regarding the nomination process will be provided very soon. Len has also received a number of positive responses from demonstrators who have been invited to take part in our Wood Show.

During this time of lockdown, I would ask all members to check their emails, the club website and Facebook for any changes to workshop times, meeting times and for the recommencement of raffle ticket stalls. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our committee members.

On Saturday 3rd July, Len, Perrie, Vern and myself staffed a club stand at the local Fibre and Wood Show. Whilst fairly quiet, it was a good opportunity to display and sell some of our member’s creations as well as a couple of toys.

Due to the cold weather and dwindling attendances at our night-time sessions, the committee have decided to reduce the number of evening sessions by 1 to Wednesday nights only. At least until such time the weather improves and demand from members to attend evening sessions increases. It is the view of the committee that it is not viable to run the workshop sessions for one or two attendees.

In finishing this report, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Bryan ‘Finno’ Finlayson and convey our deepest condolences to Alison and the family. Bryan was a much-valued member of the club since 1987, whom served on the committee for many years and supported many club endeavours. He will be greatly missed. RIP Finno.

With any luck by the time the next President’s Report is due, we will be back in the workshop and Bob will be back!

Regards – Chris Harvey (Vice President)

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16/06/2021

Hi Everybody. As some of you may or may not be aware, our President Bob, has taken off to the west for about two months, hence I am writing the President’s Report for the time being. We all wish Bob and Denise a great holiday and a well-deserved rest, as Bob has been putting in a lot of time on behalf of the club in the organising of; our 30th Woodshow; our Awards Night; and efforts to secure club premises into the future.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this report we are suffering through another interruption to our club activities courtesy of COVID-19! Despite this, behind the scenes the committee continue to work hard organising the Woodshow and Awards Night, whilst keeping our fingers crossed that the work will not be in vain due to any further virus out breaks.

In view of the current COVID situation, with the reopening of the club again, all members are asked to continue to be vigilant regarding the taking and recording of our temperatures, practising social distancing as much as possible and wearing a mask when inside.

For those members who have attended the club prior to the latest lock down you may have witnessed a number of members involved in making the prizes for our raffle. The blackwood table is well underway and I would like to thank the members involved with this project and also Helen Smith, Geoff Baker, Vern Marven and Don McCrabb for their donations to our raffle (I do hope I haven’t left anyone out). With our woodshow being held on the 2nd and 3rd October 2021, all members are encouraged to be available to get involved with the show as there are many and varied tasks that need to be allocated to members for the show to be a success. I know that our woodshow organiser, Len Taylor, would love to hear from you if you are willing and able to help out at the show. Our woodshow is a vital part of our club’s continuing success in providing such great facilities for our members.

It has been brought to the attention of the committee that members under the age of 15 are being allowed to use certain pieces of club equipment in contravention of club rules. These rules are made for the safety of us all and it is incumbent particularly on all supervisors, but general members as well, that safe practices are followed at all times. All supervisors are asked to ensure that they are familiar with what is permissible and what is not.

It has been great to see the club reopened on Saturday 12th June, for members to continue creating their master pieces! Looking forward to seeing you all at the workshop in the near future and remember at this stage we will be holding our general meeting on Monday 21st June, at 7.30 pm. All members are welcome.

Any further changes to club activities will be communicated to all members via email, club website and the club Facebook page.

Regards – Chris Harvey (Vice-President)

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May 2021

Hi Everybody

In writing this report every month I must admit sometimes I struggle to find newsworthy info to fill the page, that is certainly not the case this month.

We had a meeting with council re our wood show venue, thinking I would be in for some tuff negations. To my very pleasant surprise the council was very supportive. Without going into the boring details, the McIntosh centre is properly not going to be available due of cause to the building being used for covid injections and will linger on a lot longer than was planed.  Council has offered their support for us to move our wood show to the big, huge, shed on the eastern side of the show grounds.  The committee had a meeting on sight in the big shed. Without actually measuring it, it looked like we would fit in there 2 ½ times. We put some deep thought into what we could do with the excess space, keeping in mind this is a very big celebration year being the show’s 30th. It took us about a week to come up with the idea, but what we have decided to do is to use the space as a kids play area. Mini golf, soccer darts, quoits, handball targets, and so on.

The major thing about all this is we need to have a big 30-year celebration that looks like a professional justifiable event, and not like a teeny event in an enormous venue. The support from council will I think be significant, as they have asked us to write a wish list and they will support us with what they can. A lot of work and planning to come yet but it is looking quite positive.

I would like to give a big thank you to the Benalla woodies club. They have given us two big cypress logs for the wood show carving of Ned Kelly (one for practise one for the Demo). Thanks guys very much appreciated.

I may not have said much about the awards night that we will be running on the Saturday night of the show. I think you are all aware that this new event is to be opened to all woodies clubs across Victoria. We are about to send info and registration forms to all clubs. I’m concentrating on phoning all clubs to fill them in on the program and answer any questions they may have. Although at the time of writing this I have only spoken to 10 or 15 clubs, the feedback has been quite positive.

We have decided to relax some of the covid restrictions in compliance with government regulations. No longer do you have to come in the front door only, enter the kitchen through the toy department, chairs can now be moved around. We would still like you to take and record your temperature. I certainly hope you all feel comfortably coming to the club in this covid life we are living in. Why not come to our next general meeting 10/5/21 at 7:30. If you just want to wander in and do some woodwork because it is what you enjoy but you don’t have a job to do for your self, then we will have a job for you. We are covid compliant and are trying very hard to make our club an enjoyable place to be.

Keep safe, keep the chips flying, and keep making wooden things

Regards Bob

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March 2021

 Hi Everybody,

What a great morning we had at the club, morning tea with Viv Parry. Viv a past treasurer, committee member, and foundation member, now almost blind came up to the club for morning tea. The idea was sparked when I had a conversation with Viv’s daughter. We then invited a number of those early members to join us at the club for morning tea. I must say this led to a fantastic morning, to see a big smile on all faces was very satisfying, and something I feel is important to the club. We must always look to the future and how to improve things at the club, but we should never loose sight of the past, those that established and built our club to what it is today.    

After talking about that great positive I need to make you aware of a negative. Some low life is trying to scam us. Some of the committee have been receiving emails from the president asking them to pay for things. The treasure was asked to pay a $4,500.00 bill, other committee have been asked to pay for cards and so on. Let me make it very clear this president will never ask any of you to pay for anything out of the ordinary. So if you get a scammer posing as me, ignore it, it is not me.

Numbers have been down for some time now and believe me it is starting to take its financial toll. So, I need to talk about you and your part in enjoying this club of ours. Simply IT’S TIME, it’s time to get back to the club, it’s time to get back to making something in wood, it’s time to get back to seeing all those woodies friends, it’s time to get back to those monthly meetings and see what is happening at the club, and most of all it’s Time, to get life back to as normal as we can, even with covid restrictions just start enjoying life as we knew it. So come on get your face back to the club and just enjoy. Our great club is on a financially sound footing, however that has been calculated on the numbers we had coming to the club. The answer is simple.WE NEED YOU

Ok back to the positive. The planning for our wood show is exiting some of the things we think we can initiate will be fantastic. I think it will be the biggest and best we have ever seen. More info in the next news letter, or if you have a question or 2 why not come to our next general meeting 15/3/21 7:30 at the club

Keep safe, keep the chips flying, and keep making wooden things

Regards Bob

“A Call out to members.” Catherine Zealey (our Toy coordinator) is going to do more study for her employment. This means she will not have the time to be on the committee as toy coordinator. Therefore the club is looking for a new committee member to look after our toys. if you have the time, and would like to become involved please give me a ring. Catherine tells me, she would only be too happy  to help out as much as she can. Even if you would like to talk about the position give me a ring 0417 141 382.

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February 2021

Well we have already had our covid hick up for 2021. lets face it, it had nothing to do with country Victoria. Don’t get me wrong covid is still a real thing and we are running the club in a covid safe manner. Having said that lets look at the positive of “2021” I must say I’m quite keen even excited about what is going to happen this year. before that, I need to talk about you and your part in enjoying this club of ours. Simply IT’S TIME, it’s time to get back to the club, it’s time to get back to making something in wood, it’s time to get back to seeing all those woodies friends, it’s time to get back to those monthly meetings and see what is happening at the club, and most of all it’s Time, to get life back to as normal as we can, even with covid restrictions just start enjoying life as we knew it. So come on get your face back to the club and just enjoy.

Ok back to why I’m excited about the year ahead, firstly just being back to a near normal club. No booking in, smoko back in the smoko room, no covid supervisor, the club running as close to normal as possible. Club demos / get togethers, the north east gathering at the forefront of these. The planning for our wood show has commenced and I think it will be the biggest and best we have ever seen. Why? Well after a year of covid lockup it will be great to give people enjoyment. For the first time we will be putting on an awards night, this is still in the very early stage of planning but what I can tell you is we will be inviting every club across Victoria to nominate there people for an award (provided they fit the criteria). We will have several new demonstrators. A draw card is seen as something we need, we discussed several things including a big name turner, chainsaw carver and more. What we decided is that I will carve a life size Ned Kelly with a range of Arbotech carving tools, this is to be with the support of Arbotech. There is a lot happening in this area and a lot of work to be done to pull it off. But it is dead set exiting to think late in the year we are going to be the woodie centre of Victoria.

So, in closing I just want to say,

Keep safe, keep the chips flying, and keep making wooden things.
Bob