OPENING DAY SATURDAY 06 APRIL 2013
A DAY IT WAS!
Approx. 450 attended the opening of the Mount Gravatt Men's Shed on Saturday 06 April 2013.
All went well up to the start. Then as Luke Bell was about to help us to recognise the original land owners down came the rain. Guests scrambled for umbrellas, marquees or inside for the five minutes the downpour lasted.
M.C. Lance Roberts restarted proceedings inviting Local Councillor Krista Adams to the microphone. Krista who had helped considerably in getting the shed started praised the work of President Brian Wheeler and his colleagues. To build a purpose -built building within only three years and having a growing membership of nearly 200 was a significant feat.
Next speaker was Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Graham had attended the sod turning and laying of the concrete slab so he appreciated the dedication and drive of the shedders.
Similarly State Minister, Ian Walker had been interested in the development of the Shed from the start. He too spoke of his support and confidence in the Shed's future.
Then Bishop Doug Stevens, Rector of St Bartholomew's Church was asked to bless the building. In doing so Doug welcomed the formation of the Men's Shed and blessed the building and those who work in it.
Vice President Keith Samuels took the opportunity of thanking all attending. In particular he acknowledged the effort of Phil Reeves former State Minister in securing a grant of $200.00 for the construction to happen.
On stage next, Brian Wheeler asked Graham Quirk and Ian Walker to present Life Membership to those members primarily responsible for erecting the building; Bob Pope (Project Manager) Paul Land (Building Supervisor) and Keith Samuels (Building Committee)
Ian Walker and Graham Quirk unveiled the plaque and ceremoniously cut a log that was barring entry to the building. Guests began to tour through the building stopping to inspect exhibits and collect afternoon tea. Outside the choir entertained those waiting in the queue.
Also outside Kevin Schneiderwin organised the drawing of the Monster Raffle. Where possible donors of the prizes drew the lucky tickets from the barrel and the first of these was Ted Van Riel C.E.O. of Keema Cars who donated a $1000.00 voucher as first prize.
Feedback from the event has been enthusiastically offered. Members and their wives thought the rain made it memorable, yet OK, the speakers were great,the exhibits were noteworthy, the afternoon tea substantial.
There was a general feeling of success expresed and from the noise level inside it was not hard to find enthusiasm exploding all over.
Now comes the big job of programming, managing and funding. The interest and commitment is there.. let it all happen.
Photos can be seen if you click on GALLERY then PHOTO ALBUM then OPENING DAY
A 30 minute Video (DVD) will be available on 06 May 2013....$5.00