In­sti­tute wins awards

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Get some bar­gains at the Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute Op Shop from vol­un­teers Ilga Wil­lis, Gle­nis Hage­man and Lyn Tan­ner.

The Nagam­bie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute has been a com­mu­nity-owned hall for more than a cen­tury, pro­vid­ing a venue for com­mu­nity events, pub­lic, pri­vate and fam­ily gath­er­ings, but it now needs more com­mu­nity sup­port to keep it a mul­ti­pur­pose hall that the town can utilise into the fu­ture.

Im­prove­ments have been car­ried out un­der the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee of man­age­ment struc­ture over the years, and they have worked hard to make this a modern fa­cil­ity.

There is a need for more fundrais­ing to help with some works on the stage area and to make the kitchen more user friendly.

Two award cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented at the Me­chan­ics’ In­sti­tutes of Aus­tralia Na­tional Con­fer­ence last month, which Gle­nis Hage­man at­tended on be­half of the Nagam­bie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute.

The Fur­phy and Sons award was for the In­sti­tute for the best restora­tion pro­ject build­ing or ar­ti­fact, and the sec­ond award was for Nagam­bie Op Shop, for the best use ei­ther of a pri­vate or com­mer­cial en­tity of a Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute build­ing.

The Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute com­mit­tee are call­ing for sup­port from within the com­mu­nity to help them in var­i­ous ways.

One way would be for lo­cals to be­come a mem­ber of the In­sti­tute (not a com­mit­tee per­son) who could be called upon for new ideas, or sup­port of ideas be­ing con­sid­ered by the com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee would wel­come any feed­back or ideas they can look at for the fu­ture of the hall or how to en­cour­age lo­cals, or com­mu­nity, school, sport­ing groups or or­gan­i­sa­tions to use the com­mu­nity hall more.

An­other way to help is to join the Op Shop vol­un­teer team, and help pro­vide a vi­tal source of funds to­wards the up­keep of the hall.

Con­tact Chris An­ders, Von­nie Deer­ing or Lyn Tan­ner on the com­mit­tee to find out or sug­gest ideas to sup­port the cause.

The an­nual meet­ing was held on Novem­ber 22 and the new com­mit­tee of man­age­ment is Chris An­ders (pres­i­dent), Lyn Tan­ner (vice-pres­i­dent), Von­nie Deer­ing (sec­re­tary), and Co­ral Pater­son (trea­surer).

Christ­mas is only a few weeks away, and the Nagam­bie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute Op Shop has Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and plenty of bar­gains for sale at rea­son­able prices.

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors are in­vited to go along and see what’s on of­fer on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days from 9 am to 2 pm, or Fri­days and Satur­days from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Op Shop is one of the main sources of funds raised to keep the hall run­ning and avail­able for com­mu­nity use.

Con­tact Von­nie Deer­ing for de­tails on how you can sup­port this valu­able com­mu­nity as­set, by phon­ing 0428 866 643 or email von­nie.deer­[email protected]­pond.com

— Diane Grant

Christ­mas is com­ing:

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