President’s Message 16 May 2021

Aloha Shed Members and Friends,

I wish to begin my term as your new President by first thanking the outgoing Board and Board members. You carried us through some very challenging times beginning with the onset of COVID-19, the shutting down of the Shed on several different occasions, extending your terms to carry us through, and the unexpected death of our President, Michael Trojan. Throughout it all, you held steadfast to uphold the Mission of the Shed by ensuring people had a safe environment to return to and to provide the much-needed social interaction to curb the loneliness and isolation, something COVID had exacerbated. You dealt with ever escalating challenges around policies, operational protocol, and just dealing with the tensions caused by a yearlong period of social isolation. For this, we (your members’) Thank You, it was not an easy run for any of you.

I want to remind everyone the Shed was organized in Nov. 2016 and Operational since January 2017. This means the Shed passed the 5-year milestone without any fanfare, However, I hope we can exercise some form of recognition in the not too distant future. The first US Shed is still operational but we have work to do ensure it becomes a permanent fixture long into the future. Our focus in 2021 will be to move the Shed closer to becoming a permanent organization so the many who follow will have a Shed to rely upon.

As we forge ahead, I want to remind everyone COVID seems to be waning, but it has not yet become a thing of the past. We will continue to exercise the safety protocols put in place by the City and County of Honolulu. I would like to appeal to you, if you have not done so already, please get the COVID shot. It has been proven to prevent serious illness should you contract the virus. It also has been said to reduce the spread of the virus. In these times of conflicting messages, I ask that you maintain exercising safe COVID practices. I know being vaccinated is a personal choice so that decision is yours alone, I only ask that if you have not received it already, please consider doing so for your health and to protect other shed members. Thank you.

I am not a history major and have little interest in revisiting things that happened in the past. We must consider the geopolitical environment of today and look toward the future. It is certain; the things accomplished to get us where we are today will not be the same things that moves the Shed forward. We need to think in terms of five years in the future, what we want the Shed(s) to be, and layout some plans to get us there.

In the coming days I will be hosting a two-day strategy session with the new Board. It is during this time we will clarify the Vision for the Shed’s Future, clarify the Mission (why we exist), and identify the top 5-7 goals that we will pursue for 2021. We will deep dive the budget and develop one that will bring these goals to fruition. This includes the board agreeing to the objectives, laying out the tactics (steps for achieving them), and developing measures (metrics) to know how we are doing at achieve the stated goals. We will communicate our efforts after concluding the session, that is, and after we have digested the information into a presentable form. Transparency is key to our success.

We cannot accomplish anything without the support of you our members and friends. So I ask that you trust the process and offer your support however and whenever you can. Doing so will ensure the organization achieves greater overall success. Not everything this new board does will match your perception of what and how to do things but again, I ask that you trust the process; it works. We will provide surveys in the future to gather your thoughts on our choices and on our performance, as well as, to learn what else we can be doing to make a great Shed experience even better.

Point to mention: Whenever you put so many people of varying backgrounds and experiences together there will be differences. However, we cannot let the difference of a few bleed over to taint the relationships being developed of the many. The Shed was founded to give senior men a place to go, to forge new beginnings and relationships after retirement. To do this, it requires adapting to the human environment, Working Together, Collaborating, and building relationships based on Integrity, Trust, and Respect. COVID exacerbated several issues where it seems as some have forgotten these basic human tenets. Foul language, focused anger, division among the members is not a tolerable behavior. Many find this behavior to be unacceptable and want the foul language, focused anger, talking behind people’s back, and those airing their grievances on line to stop. The Board cannot change the behavior of the members nor do we plan to waste any of our limited energy on the misbehavior of a few. So please stop, forgive, and let us all move forward to strengthen our relationships. We cannot become a strong organization if we have members working to tear the organization apart.

The Shed distribution lists/email system is not made available for people to air or to resolve their grievances. It is provided to communicate positive activities, seek member support, and to build a community working together to gain Shed stability. So if you are not in alignment with these principles, please stop.

It is impossible for this volunteer board to spend full time on anything and therefore will be relying on the support of the members. We will try to develop a schedule of activities that we can post on the web page for members to learn about what is happening with enough advanced notice to volunteer their time and efforts, to be involved with training, and to support community activities.

I wish to see more group and member projects that supports the community. I envision this board encouraging you, our members, to take on challenges and get involved with events in your immediate neighborhood(s). Senior projects that are one/two days in length where we can do good for your community. I am asking you now for such suggestions but realize along with your suggestion it is expected you will take on a leadership role and be involved with yours and others projects.

As you might have seen, our financial condition dictates our organization needs a better plan to Market our services and raise financial supporters. We need to build a community organization that is recognized by the City, County, and State to increase our likelihood of securing a sizeable operating grant or grants. Being successful will ensure the Shed survives long into the future. I believe we can accomplish this with your support, your networks, and your voice. This board will provide you the tools to champion our efforts that will carry the Shed long into the future.

Finally, our future may look a bit different but know you will find the old Shed is still encapsulated within the new. We need to once again find that high road and follow it in everything we do. As we strengthen this community, we will come together and make HMS a solid contributor to Honolulu so that we can ensure a long-term success for all those who will come behind us.

In closing, I wish to thank the new board members for their dedication and the time it will take to shift the framework of the first ever US Men’s Shed into a stable entity for years to come. It is within us to lead into the future with empathy, compassion, and Aloha. Thank you for your ideas and continued support.

Cutting Board Class a Huge Success!

Aloha everyone:

Many thanks to Bob Speer and Keith Zeilinger for organizing the recently held cutting board class.  It was a great success!  

Not only did the students end up with a great work of art, but they learned about wood grades and types, how use various wood working tools, how to finish a wood cutting board, working together, and making friendships.  It was a great activity from every level.

Click the link below for a few photos of the class in action.

Shed Expands Open Days

Aloha everyone:

The Shed is expanding it’s hours of operation.  As of November 4, 2020, the Shed will be open Sunday to Saturday, 9AM – 2PM (or possibly longer if activity warrants).  In accordance to the COVID-19 guidelines, everyone must wear a face mask, no more than 5 people per group and all groups must remain socially distanced at 6′ apart.

See you at the Shed!

Recognizing a great supporter of the Honolulu Mens Shed

Dwight Min, owner of Min Plastics, has been a great supporter of the Honolulu Mens Shed. Dwight donated a commercial grade laser printer which will soon be installed in the Shed along with a long list of other tools, motors and ductwork. The laser printer will be a great addition to the shed.

Jonathon Okabe made the absolutely gorgeous paddle from native koa and Bob Jewell engraved the plaque. Big Mahalo to Dwight from everyone at the Shed!!!

The Board of Directors of the Honolulu Mens Shed met Friday, August 14, and have made the following decision:

Because of the increased numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, the increased community risk, and to comply with the directives and guidelines put forth by both the governments of the City of Honolulu and state of Hawaii, the Honolulu Mens Shed will be closed to all activity starting 12M, Sunday, August 16, 2020.

This was not a decision that was easily made.  The Board felt that it is in the best interest for the safety of our membership.

The closing will be reviewed periodically to determine if the Shed closing should remain in effect and under what conditions the Shed could reopen.

Please, everyone, stay safe.

Shed to open, Saturday, May 30, 2020

Aloha everyone!

Now that the state and city governments have allowed a gradual return to normal life (if there is such a thing), the Honolulu Mens Shed will open this Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Of course there will be rules and guidelines that must be followed.  A sign-in sheet and limited use policy that everyone must sign and date upon visiting the Shed will be provided.

Please keep in mind that most of our members are in a risk demographic and that following the guidelines is meant to keep everyone, ourselves, our families and or fellow Shed members, safe and healthy.  

The Board of Directors of the Honolulu Mens Shed thanks you for your patience and cooperation.  This is new to all of us and your understanding for the glitches that may occur as we try to navigate the “new normal” is greatly appreciated.

See you at the Shed!

Michael Trojan

President, Honolulu Mens Shed

Annual Meeting, July 25, 2020

Aloha members of the Honolulu Mens Shed:
According to Article IV of the current By Laws for the Honolulu Mens Shed, it is required that the Shed hold an annual meeting when a report to the membership of current financials, status of operations and the election of officers and directors.  The announcement of the meeting must be made 60 days prior to the date of the meeting.  This year’s meeting is scheduled for July 25, 2020 and this email is to serve as the 60 days notice for that meeting.

The Honolulu Men’s Shed Board requests your presence and participation in this important event as the Shed continues to improve serving the needs of its membership.  Hopefully, depending on the COVID-19 guidelines in place on the meeting date, we will also try to schedule a Sausage Sizzle.

Our Board and Officers serve for a one year term and the by-laws allow those wanting to serve another one year term to be placed on the ballot.  The meeting will also provide the opportunity for other shed members’ to join and serve on the board.  Members will be considered to be those who have paid their dues for the 2020 membership year.

More details on the meeting including a proxy form will be emailed to you at a later time.  Please know that in order to have an official meeting, a quorum of more than 50% of the members must be met.  The quorum can be met either with members physically present or present by proxy (i.e. those present + available proxies = >50%).

Mahalo!

Michael

Michael J. Trojan
President, Honolulu Mens Shed
www.HonoluluMensShed.org

Tai Chi!

Aloha everyone:

While we’re in Stay-at-Home mode, Randy Wong has offered his Tai Chi expertise to the Honolulu Mens Shed via Zoom each Tuesday and Saturday monring at 8AM.  Join us!  It’s a great way to exercise, get grounded and learn something new. Be there or be square!

See you there!

Michael

Bored with being home? The UK sheds solved the problem by creating an internet radio show. Check the links and see how the Honolulu Mens Shed spread the word about the first shed in the USA.

Aloha:

With most sheds closed all over the world, a couple of the sheds in the UK have started a radio broadcast via the internet.  They contacted me and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed as part of the international outreach.  Of course I said “yes”. 

Check here:  https://www.hugofox.com/community/shed-happens—even-if-you-re-self-isolating-17757/3—8th-april-2020/

I was contacted by the producers and via Zoom I was interviewed for the show.  Check the first part of the interview here:

Check the second part of the interview here:

Doing the interview was awsome and it was great way to spread the word about the first shed in the USA!

Michael