May 2023 Update


We now find ourselves enjoying some cooler Autumnal mornings and beautiful clear days – great time to be enjoying life on the Peninsula. This is a fairly brief Newsletter, but some interesting matters are included. Also, a big ‘thank you’ for the feedback on the new look Newsletter. If you have an item you think could be included, please send me the information and any good photo (in jpeg format) and I will see if we can squeeze it in. For example, if you are a member who is running a business you think members would be interested in hearing about, we can consider your potential article.

I am also wondering if there would be any interest in a sort of Buy Swap Sell type section – let me know.


Lunches and Functions

  • The next Member’s Lunch now has approximately 35 blokes booked in to travel across to Queenscliff on 17 May to enjoy some great food and wine and a tour of the new ferry terminal. There should be some good pics to share in our next issue.
  • Our sub committee is visiting Portsea SLC this week to plan our mid year function. It is anticipated the evening will be in the form of a Cocktail Party and will be held on Wednesday 26 July – so we suggest you pencil that date in your diary. A great venue and no doubt we will put together a most enjoyable evening.
  • If golf is one of your passions – or frustrations – we have agreed to investigate the feasibility of holding a PNMSA 9 Hole Golf Comp for members and social members and their partners in October or November. The working concept is a 9 hole game (such as Ambrose) in the morning followed by presentations and then lunch at the venue. All members and social members and partners would be invited to come for the lunch so it would enable those who don’t play golf to also enjoy a social day out. We have many PNMSA members and social members who are also members of all the local golf clubs, so we will have a chat with clubs such as Portsea, Sorrento, The Dunes and Rosebud CC and see what is possible.
  • To gauge the interest – and likely numbers – can you please send me an sms message indicating your name/s for the Golf day. Graham Goudie (GG) on 0419 02 1900.

Mates day is Monday 8 May
Very active member – and last year’s Sheddie of the Year – David Bevens has advised the following information you may want to follow up:-

The sessions are free to attend when you register for the Building Mateship Showcase – google this title.

Session 1 (10am): More than mateship, helping men build deeper social connections
Featuring David Pointon and Ben Hughes for The Men’s Table and Simon Jarvis of Mentoring Men.

Session 2 (11.15am): How action builds social connection
With Wayne Kreuger of Inner Man Adventures, Lance Rogers of SOLiD MEN and Billy Beggs of Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk.

Session 3 (12.30pm): How to help a mate doing it tough
Facilitated by Glen Poole, CEO of the Australian Men’s Health Forum.

Session 4 (2pm): Social Drinking and Male Friendship
Featuring Shay Leighton of the Tough Guy Book Club and Daniel Chin of The Barstool Brothers.

Session 5 (3.30pm): Building social connection at a community level
With Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer of Relationships Australia, showcasing the Neighbours 
Every Day campaign and Kieran Brophy of Play Australia, sharing the work of the 1000 Play Street movement.
Session 1 (4pm): Mateship on the move
Featuring Mark Burns, CEO of The Man Walk and Paul Litwin, CEO of Mens Talk in WA.
Session 1 (9am): Mateship in older men
Featuring Men’s Sheds WA, Shed Happens, The Men’s Circle and TOMNET (The Older Men’s Network)

Volunteers Needed

Member Richard Holland has passed on this request:-
With the support of the Shire & Parks Victoria the following Friends groups carry out environmental & conservation work in the Sorrento area:
Friends of Sorrento Foreshore
Friends of Sullivan Bay & Western Sister
Friends of Diamond Bay
Each group meets once a month for 2 hours, to carry out the eradication of environmental & noxious weeds & planting indigenous flora.
To carry out this important work (which also mitigates the warming of our planet), we need more volunteers, so if you can help, please get in touch with Richard on 0412 429 160.

Cleansing Ceremony
Our man about town, Terry Phippen, was invited to St Joseph’s to receive a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the PNMSA because a group of members does a lot of work for the local schools. Terry also took part in the Cleansing Ceremony and supplied the pic below. Great work Terry and the team!

Repair Cafe at Rye Community House – can you help?

The Shed Men session with Kevin
Warren, coordinator extraordinaire of all things music in our PNMSA, arranged a local muso to visit last week’s rehearsal session and provided the following information.

At our weekly music rehearsal we had a visit from a local musician, Kevin Vis.
Kevin took us on his journey into the music industry and shared many interesting stories of his past.
The he sang some of his own songs and relayed the stories behind each.
We finished up with Kevin leading a jam session with everyone getting involved.
Kevin entertained and inspires us all.  He and his wife Dee play as a duo around the Peninsula.
They are known as Calmer Miles.  Worth seeing if you can.
New Project for Sorrento Bowls Club
Richard F advises that:-  from early July we have a woodworking project for the Sorrento Bowls Club. These are carriers for a set of bowls as below. We will need to build 25 of these and I have worked out a design that suits. They will be made of basic pine. I will need some volunteers to help and this will take place at Stringer Road on Tuesday afternoons [or any other time that suits].

This is an excellent opportunity for any members wanting to work with a very talented wood worker – Richard – and learn some of the skill required.

Updates on The Hangar
Your Committee has been considering various options to make The Hangar a bit more ‘fit for purpose’ – as the jargon goes. Whilst not wanting to change it’s heritage features we are now actively considering the following:-

  • looking at options for a few more comfortable chairs for casual chatting/meetings
  • ways to improve the acoustics and comfort of the building
  • we have agreed to proceed to purchase a larger screen TV for the wall and also a projector to utilize for movie nights or other events with a screen placed on the large double doors – should be an opportunity for many enjoyable sessions, especially as the movie theatre has now closed.
  • We will have a mini working bee next Thursday morning during our meeting session to move some items to The Shed @ Stringers, creating space to utilize the side rooms more effectively.


Reminder about our special Tip Time
Next Tuesday, 9 May, members and social members can can bring a car boot full of hard rubbish to The Shed @ Stringers Reserve between 12 and 1.30. All you have to do is unload your rubbish directly into the trailers there and it will be taken away at no charge – unless you wanted to leave the blokes a treat of some cake or whatever – just joking!

That’s all for now folks.