Friday, 31 October 2014

Here are the boys from the Mens shed Patrick on the left George in front Don at back Barry (Baz) Mens shed and Friends of the lighthouse little bloke in front and of course our very own Dodgey (Roger purveyor of print and all things architectural and club blogster)  Don't the boys look happy!!
The Caloundra Men's Shed boys have done a brilliant job so far their work is fabulous and they certainly get in there and get the job done.
What we do with these things?????

Oh OK now we get it we use them on that big thing behind us Duh!!

The boys from the Men's Shed have been busy helping the Friends of The Caloundra Lighthouse.

Their week has been fraught with some technical hitches e.g. blowing up a couple of angle grinders.........................Boys will be boys!!

Always a good idea to read instructions first or you could come unstuck or stuck as was the case with mixing a recipe of epoxy - yikes!!!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014


28th October - Vocational Visit to NASKAM

Milling around
Camera tester - wonder how mine rates?
Bernie welcomed all to NASKAM

Merv used up all of the short time available with every minor detail of his many makeups
around Australia, starting in Adelaide at the Inner Wheel Conference.  He made it back to the Coast for an Ambulance meeting and related the story of Mary Christmas, who donated $110,000 to the Ambulance over a number of years before moving to a nursing home in Toowoomba.  The Communications centre in Maroochydore is finished.  Finally there was a RYDA meeting where Neville noted we picked up the “best RYDA venue” award.  The Global Grant for work in the Solomans submitted in association with Cal Pac & Sydney Cove clubs was knocked back due to some technicality with the solar cells fitting in with their water & sanitation agenda - it is now being revised for another shot

President's Report
Sorry - no time available
Maks Maksan, owner of NASKAM (Maksan spelt backwards) welcomed us and introduced Natalie who would help out with the tours.

NASKAM is an “overnight success” with a very long night stretching back to 1986.

They started with alarms & monitors, then did patrols, then not.  They concentrate on alarm/camera installation and monitoring.  They view the crime rate much like doctors view disease - not necessarily happy with it, but acknowledge it does bring business.

Technology is changing fast, with good video now on your smartphone.  Some discussion around problems at Christmas with overstocked premises and Santa Claus running amok.

NASKAM operates around Australia,
but the nature of the business does not need a capital city location.

Bernie thanked Maks and Natalie for our visit

Nerve centre
So glad we were in that double locked room because
 there was a very shady character wandering around the premises

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

20th October Meeting - Robert Menzies - Author

Next meeting is at NASKAM, 5 Production Ave

Iain welcomed “not Sir” Robert Menzies
There were no other guests

Iain proposed a toast to Jim Adam, our Past President who died on the 17th October 2011 on Rotary service in the Solomon Islands

International Toast
Norm proposed a toast to RC Tevere in Rome.
Chartered in 1924, and first in Italy

Bruce, Heidi, Ron

Gerry had three in Darwin
then there was RYDA & the Ride to Work BBQ
Alan & Roger met the Men’s Shed guys at the Signal Station
for a pre meeting prior to starting work next week

President's Report
Bob Gerry & Rudy back
Trifecta tickets to do, RYDA x2 was successful
BBQ - six people to help

It was our 60th anniversary on the 12th Oct - cheer! cheer!
Men’s Shed - Church of Christ has land opposite Meridian State College -
eight hectare with tenanted house & sheds, future aged care use
MOI maybe
Air Museum option would be approx two years off
Zonta & Cal Pac doing “Rise” project for battered women
Dinner at UQ International House

Pam Introduced Robert
She had “pages and pages” of stuff about him
which she wisely kept to herself
But she did mention a number of books and website
Not only does Bob share the name of our former Prime Minister, but also his 5th Dec birthdate (same as Ann too)

Bob thanked Pam and proceeded to tell of his journey as a writer
He had been a teacher at Knox Grammar in Sydney where he famously told Hugh Jackman he wouldn’t be an actor as he had “no talent”
He ended up down and out in Britain where he witnessed an assault on another park bench user, and when helped by police were hauled over the coals for using the names Harold Wilson and Robert Peel - Bob’s pseudonym
(Sir Robert Menzies was a big name in London at the time)
Turns out “Roy” did it for a laugh
Bob’s night in the cell with Roy proved most inspirational
and started his writing career

The only obstacle for an eagle in flight is the air, but air is also the thing which holds it up
Moral - we need challenges to be our best

Bob also talked about his latest books, with a signing after the meeting

Iain thanked Bob for his most informative talk

Sergeant Noel allowed Judy to be temporary Sergeant for Pauline's special day

synchronising watches?

Monday, 20 October 2014


Alan & Carolyn's house sorting Melbourne Cup Tickets and we were rewarded with good food & wine and great company
Alan 'Head Cook'

Noel & Jeff 'Master Chefs'

Olive  'H & S'

Prez Deb was a bit hungry

Refills anyone 'bring it on'

Job well done all

Monday, 13 October 2014

14th October Meeting at Queensland Air Museum

QAM President Cameron Elmes
Our tour guide Peter Asher
Chopper Taylor
Visitor Don Ritchie
"Photo caption of the month" competition for October
send your entries c/o the Sergeant
Deb Says"….NO!!!!……..I’m not doing “Turn Back Time”"

Make it snappy
Ian makes a new friend
Don't get this seat - the audio doesn't work
John at the pointy end
Stand back!
Expansion plans