The Shedder Newsletter – February 2017
Welcome to a New Year of shedding; 2017 is set to bring many new initiatives and exciting events.
This year marks ten years since the foundations were laid for the Australian Men’s Shed Association, with the organisation formally registered on 22 January 2007. The same year also hosted the Manly Men’s Shed Conference — where the first working committee of AMSA was established. At the time it was estimated that there were less than 100 Men’s Sheds in operation nationally. Ten years later there are now 987 Men’s Sheds from across Australia registered with AMSA and over 700 more Men’s Sheds operating worldwide.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, in partnership with our Parliamentary Bipartisan Friendship Group Friends of Men’s Sheds we will hold Men’s Shed Week beginning Monday 25 September and wrapping up at our National Men’s Shed Conference on Sunday 1 October.
Our 7th National Men’s Shed Conference will be held at the Mantra on View Hotel, Surfers Paradise. The conference theme Onwards and Upwards—Share. Talk. Discover., marks a new era in our conferences. As Men’s Sheds have evolved, so has our premier event which will focus on learning and sharing and will cover a wide range of relevant subjects for current Men’s Shed operations and management. Start planning ahead so you can lock in the dates, we look forward to seeing you there.
The growth of the Men’s Shed movement is nothing short of a phenomenon. As this year marks my 11th year of involvement in Men’s Sheds, reflecting back on our brief but successful past not only evokes some nostalgic memories but also makes me realise the true privilege of watching this movement grow from conception to where we are today. This also applies for AMSA staff members Liz MacDonald and Gary Green, who have been involved in Men’s Sheds well prior to 2006.
Our AMSA team is very passionate about Men’s Sheds, and about growing and increasing our capacity to provide second-to-none programs and services to Men’s Sheds. So on that note, I would like to introduce you to Emma Avery—our newest team member. Emma has taken on the role of Communications and Relationships Manager and is a valuable asset to our organisation. Emma will have a great deal of contact with shedders over the coming year as she will be coordinating our events and distributing communications to you all. Make sure you give her a warm shed welcome when you meet her.
All of us at AMSA are looking forward to a successful year supporting the growth and development of sheds all around Australia—and beyond!
Yours in shedding,