December 2017 Sheddie

                                 1  DECEMBER  2017

                  Introducing the “The Sheddie” - your fast track source to what’s up with Nelson Menzshed Inc.

This edition in short   * NCC offers workshop premises to Menzshed ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­* Offers of support flood in to support proposed new premises * Reminder of upcoming MNI Members meeting - Amalgamation of Nelson City Menzsheds proposed * A&P show organisers have the best smokos * Workbox Update

Nelson City Council offers Workshop to Nelson/Whakatū Menzsheds

Yes folks its official ! We said we would let you know first as soon as there was something concrete on the table ……so here we go! Check out those photos above. We have been offered a comprehensive workshop and office /social facilities suite by the NCC. At their full council meeting this week Council decided to offer Nelson Menzsheds  a workshop/office space /social rooms based at the Reliance Engineering building on Rocks Road, Port Nelson. Matt Walters the Community Services Advisor did a great job of presenting  our case,  after working closely with representatives from both city Menzsheds to find a best case solution.  The MNI committee believe it is the ideal next step for us as an organisation to gain the use of these premises and you will have an opportunity to express your views at an upcoming MNI Members Meeting (our first for the year) . Further to the offer of premises NCC has also committed $10,000 to support the move into the Reliance building and setting it up.  There are conditions attached though, the main one being that the offer is only been made to an Amalgamated central city Menzshed organisation. For further information read the meeting information article and reminder of members meeting  below.             

Offers of support flooding in to support new Workshop Initiative.

In the last 24 hours we have had three supporting offers of help to set up the hew workshop premises so momentum is quickly building to turn a vision into a reality. We have had the offer of a brand new pool table, (already acquired)  a major donation of  engineering tools and equipment, and an anonymous donor has offered to pay the first years rent. Pretty awesome really!

MNI Members Meeting. Also background details of the NCC workshop premises offer and Amalgamation proposal.

REMINDER of MEETING : NMI MEMBERS MEETING  9.00AM FRIDAY 15TH December MNI HQ (and shared breakfast option beginning 8.15am )

Nb. See also a separate “formal notice of meeting” and proposed Amalgamation  motion to be considered at the meeting detailed in a separate email sent out by MNI secretary Rod Schmidt

The MNI committee would like to know what you think about developments as members, so we have called a meeting to all share our thoughts and make a decision about accepting the NCC offer. The most important point to note is that the offer is conditional on amalgamation of the two central Nelson Menzsheds and your committee has been in discussions with Menzshed Wakatu as to how this could come about. The MNI committee (and MZW committee) see no insurmountable barriers to this happening.  Rather, to the contrary ,we’re seeing considerable positives and advantages from a merger occurring between the two organisations. The committee  are unanimous  in our recommendation that amalgamation takes place, considering the huge benefits associated

        Some obvious benefits from an amalgamation of the two central city sheds

1.       We are able to take up the offer of the Reliance building ,lease and have a workshop.

2.       We also gain office space and great social spaces as well.

3.       We obtain the allocated NCC grant of $10,000 to assist with workshop set up

4.       We combine the human, financial and  physical resources under one organisation.

5.       Our membership grows as a result.

6.       There are no competing elements between Sheds for resources and no double ups.

7.       We present a unified and clearly identifiable profile in the local community.

Our agenda will be as follows

1.       A presentation recapping on the process that has presented this opportunity for us.

2.       Clarification of the proposal to offer a workshop space to us  -  What is been offered?

3.       Discussion and decision on a merger of the two sheds

4.       Specific discussion of the motion recommending Amalgamation and a vote.

 We are combining this meeting with Our first Xmas celebration event – so if you would like to join us for breakfast at the earlier time of 8.15am (please bring along one of the items listed – small pac sausages /small box of hash browns / half a doz eggs/ small pac of bacon / ½ dozen fresh rolls / bag of mushrooms / we can have a good old cook up before the meeting . Complimentary tea / coffee will be provided.

A&P Show organisers provide best Smoko stops in town

MNI VP Wayne Logan reported back to the committee on our working bee to help set up for this years A&P show. We weren’t large in numbers but we made a real dent in the work prep. needed to set up fences for the various displays. The help was appreciated by the organisers and those that went this year will probably volunteer next year on the strength of the food and refreshments provided – Simply Outstanding !!! Both morning tea and lunch – good old fashioned country hospitality.