-Men's Shed Vernon- Hands, Hearts & Minds Sept. 9th, 2019

Our Mission: We Build Meaning & Wellness into Men's Lives By Engaging Hands, Hearts & Minds.

Hearts: We Did Some Visiting:


Men's Shed Vernon (MSV) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Vernon office have teamed up in a three year collaboration. MSV has now become a volunteer program of CMHA Vernon.

What Changes?

Men's Shed Vernon will be better equipped to deliver well being services and information to our guys. That is our mission, after all.

We will be able to accept donations and issue receipts according to CRA rules through CMHA.

CMHA will provide administration services and guidance. This gives our donors confidence in the integrity of our best practices.

What Stays The Same?

Men's Shed Vernon will continue to be an autonomous group of guys driven by our Mission and Vision Statements. That is the very essential ingredient that made us an attractive partner for CMHA in the first place. Keep on doing what you're doing guys!

Maker Space Update:

Ray represented MSV at a recent meeting at Community Futures North Okanagan, where a consultant briefed a number of interested non profit groups on the possibilities for an Innovation center and Maker Space facility that could house groups like ours. Their findings show that the support base for such a facility exists in Vernon. The business plan is to follow soon...

We had some visitors

Bill brought his friend Perry from Ft. St. John to check out The Shed. Matt R also paid us a visit to see if Men's Shed Vernon would be a good base for his projects. Thanks for stopping in, guys. We hope to see more of you.

Hands: We Got Some Stuff Done!

Not For Profit: Gazebo Project Update

Thanks for the use of your trailer, Harry K.

Once at site, the roof system, and hoisted in place with the generous co-operation of a picker arm truck from our friends at Elephant Storage.

Then it was just a matter of sheathing the roof, and attaching the precut metal cladding...

Kal Rotary Fall Cleanup at Highway 97 Lookout

Six of our MSV guys were on hand to help out our Kal Rotary friends for the semi annual cleanup at the lookout over Kal Lake, just south of town. Well done guys!

We built items for sale and for self:

"You can't do it like that...let me help".

Phil R should have known he was in trouble there and then. He brought in a rickety antique table for a "bit of tightening and glue".

Well, the next thing you knew, in less time than it takes to number the pieces, mallets were flying, and there was only an old pile of sticks left. No problem, Phil. It'll be better than new when you're done!

A little drilling here...

A little (okay, a lot) of gluing there...

A couple of new dowels fresh from Dave A's lathe.

Add a dash of advice, and...

Another Men's Shed masterpiece in the making. Can't wait to see it!

Dave A and Tom M were busy making items for sale at Christmas

Christmas angels and nativity scene puzzles in the making.

What are your ideas for a Christmas craft? My wife wants a large 1.2m high star with embedded lights to hang from our deck rail.

Jerry J is looking into local craft fairs where we can exhibit this winter. Thanks, Jerry!

Phil R's Pickleball Project Update

Phil worked with our guys to build three podium boxes for their club's big tournament.

The tournament was a success, and a reminder to all of us to have some vigorous exercise in our routines.

Turns out, that Phil got to USE the podium as well as build it.

Phil had one more hurdle after the tournament was over. The club wanted the boxes to be nesting for storage. A little tweaking was required.

The icing on the cake was the generous donation to Men's Shed Vernon for our efforts. Outstanding, Phil!

Minds - Staying Involved

Important MSV Dates:

Lemon Twist Skiff - Epilogue

Putting a wrap on a project is important. Closure allows us to move on to the next chapter, as in sailing after building.

Lemon Twist made it home just in time to be a motorboat for our visiting grandson and his parents. They like it.


I spent several days rigging it as a sailboat.

Then...I took my "Brown Eyed Girl" for a sail on Kal Lake. She liked it too! Then...

I got to sail it a couple of times myself. There was a nice 8 knot breeze this week, and I got to see how Lemon Twist Performs.


Oh Yeah... back to closure. I made a Spark record of the whole build process for posterity, ...and to remind me to think twice before I do THAT again! It's called "First Mate Skiff Build - 7 Months In 7 Minutes".

That's A Wrap!

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

A bit of transparency for all our sakes:

I am a survivor of prostate cancer for seven years. As a result, I got to meet my four year old grandson, move to Vernon, and build boats. It's one are of my life where I'm happy to be a PSA "Zero" once a year. Feel free to talk to me any time you want to know more about how strongly I care that you get to try these funny lines on your doctor regularly. The alternative is NOT humorous. I'm getting kinda fond of you guys, and would like to see us all stick around.
Drop me a note if you would like to add a friend, (or delete) a name to our newsletter mailing list. We won't share it. rverlage@gmail.com
One thing that we WILL share is some quality time, some stories, and some projects when we meet. Don't forget to tell other guys about what's happening at "The Shed"..

We're Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9AM - 1PM @ Elephant Storage - 6136 Okanagan Ave. Come and check us out!

Created By
Raymond Verlage


Created with images by Daniel Olah - "untitled image" • Pablo Heimplatz - "untitled image" • Oskars Sylwan - "untitled image" • Manasvita S - "untitled image" • Melinda Gimpel - "untitled image" Kal Lookout photo: Infotek.ca Catalina 27 - Boatboss.com String on finger - Zapier.com