Welcome to The Cardinia Men’s Shed
Cardinia Men’s Shed believes in supporting members of our community; we do this in a number of ways and through different organisations. Like all Men’s Sheds we started as a support network for men in the community. Since its beginning in 2012, Cardinia Men’s Shed has grown from 10 members to now having over 50.
Its purpose is to support primarily, the older males in the community by providing and involving them in a variety of activities.It is hoped this will have a positive affect on their health and provide them with support should they suffer health issues. In addition we mentor youth through programs like “The Couch Project” and on Thursdays our woodwork classes at the shed are open to women who really want to hone in on their skills.
The shed is very community minded seeking to assist where they are able. We also have guest speakers come in on a regular basis to discuss important topics like health and senior services, as well as areas of expertise.
The Shed also offers other opportunities such as day trips to places where our members have shown sufficient interest, this includes Men’s Sheds in other areas.
Cardinia Men’s Shed Executive
President: Geoff Fluck
Geoff started his adult working as a sign writer after completing a five year apprenticeship before changing over to electro mechanical servicing. He then opened his office equipment business in Ferntree Gully which he operated for twenty seven years until retirement. Married for over 59 years to Glenda they have two adult children and two dogs. Geoff enjoys making wooden trucks, model railways, landscape painting and being a member of Cardinia Men’s Shed.
Vice President: Roger Barnett
Born in the UK Roger came to Australia in 1979 on a round the world trip and stayed. A keen sportsman he represented Warwickshire in both Rugby Union and Cricket at the U15 level. After requiring a knee reconstruction in the early eighties he took up golf which he enjoyed socially. His working life has been in Sales in mainly plumbing related industries, after an illness which left him in a wheel chair and on crutches and no longer able to work full time. His son encouraged him to get out and meet new people and this led to him joining the shed in 2014. He credits his volunteering with giving him the motivation to help others in the community.
Secretary: Ken Hordern
Born in Richmond, Victoria the youngest of three boys his parents moved the family to Mt Evelyn in 1951. His father built the house which is where Ken learnt a lot of his woodworking skills. Ken attended Lilydale High School before moving onto RMIT to study Mechanical Engineering. At the completion of his studies Ken began working for Metro Ice in North Melbourne which was later taken over by Mayne Nickless. His next major employment move took him to Transit Engineering in Bayswater who were truck chassis engineers. I worked for them for twenty five years until my retirement in 2010. Ken moved to Pakenham in 2014 with wife Viv, between them they five children and twelve grandchildren.
Treasurer: Stuart Dennis
Stuart was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland before migrating to Australia aged six then moving back to N. Ireland at fifteen. A couple of years later the family decided to move back to Australia but Stuart now seventeen decided he would do things differently signing up with P & O as a steward. His journey to Australia was punctuated with various jobs, a waiter in France, a waiter in Cairo Egypt, a tour guide in India before working on another ship for eighteen months before finally getting to Australia. Stuart worked in retail before seeing an opportunity to start his own textile business. Stuart lived in Mooroolbark at this time when a cousin arrived from Ireland and informed him he had a half brother living in Perth. Stuart and his wife went over to see him before moving to Perth for a couple of years before moving back to Mooroolbark. In retirement Stuart moved to Philip Island before moving to Pakenham. Stuart has been featured in the Washington Post in an article about Men’s Sheds in Australia.