Institute wins awards
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
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