Friday, January 19, 2018

Men’s Shed offers real camaraderie

David Lee June 3, 2015
WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY… Dookie Men’s Shed Member, Gary Lawson and the other men from Dookie Men’s Shed handed over 22 possum boxes to Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Conservation Management Network Coordinator, Janice Mentiplay-Smith last week; just one of the many projects the group work together at completing for the community. Photo: Supplied.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY… Dookie Men’s Shed Member, Gary Lawson and the other men from Dookie Men’s Shed handed over 22 possum boxes to Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Conservation Management Network Coordinator, Janice Mentiplay-Smith last week; just one of the many projects the group work together at completing for the community. Photo: Supplied.

THE men of the Dookie Men’s Shed are quite something, which was shown through their latest donation of 22 possum boxes to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, but over the last two years, the group has done many things for and with the community and members are hoping to see more people join in, lend a hand and enjoy the camaraderie.
The group, which has been meeting Friday mornings at the Dookie Showground’s Jack Harker Pavilion, has completed many projects together over the years including assembling bikes for children at a local school, cut redgum sleepers to put machinery onto, carrying out maintenance works at the showgrounds such as painting chairs and resurfacing trestle tables, making condiment holders which are donated for the Dookie Show raffle, creating bat boxes, unique chopping boards made from locally sourced wood, completing private projects for members of the community including fixing cupboard doors as well as completing work with and for Landcare.
Dookie Men’s Shed Member, John Sims said, “Our group is a not-for-profit group and we belong to the Australia Men’s Shed Association. The Men’s Shed is open to all men of any age and culture. Most people think it’s an old man’s thing, but it really isn’t. It’s about the camaraderie.
“We are very grateful for the support from the Dookie Agricultural Society for allowing us to use the shed at the showgrounds. It’s hard to start if you don’t have a place to meet and this facility is great; it ticks all the boxes for us.
“The Men’s Shed was set up for men to have a yarn, socialise and to work together to complete projects. It’s not all about work though; we also have a lot of fun.
“We’d like to think that we’re leaving a small footprint and we’re proud of what we do and can say that we are part of a worthwhile group.
“Without the Men’s Shed, we’d all be doing very little at home. It’s something totally different and gives you something interesting to do.
“The Men’s Shed is so important to us all now.”
The Dookie Men’s Shed is always contactable for anybody wishing to know more about the group or to provide any materials for projects or support and can be contacted by phoning John on 5828 6469 or 0400 194 486.