2023 President’s Report

2023 Canning Community Computer Club President’s Report

Don Buchanan – Canning Community Computer Club President

Dear Members,

I am pleased to report another successful year for our club, affectionately known as the “Canning Community Chit Chat Coffee and Cake Club.”  As we gather today, one thing remains certain: we can still indulge in cream biscuits with our coffee! With a committee of twenty-five plus members, our success is a testament to the power of collaboration and friendship. Our club’s foundation is built on camaraderie rather than profits, with a steadfast focus on supporting one another and giving back to our local community.

Looking forward, it is essential to reflect on our past and acknowledge the trailblazers who set the stage for our club’s existence. In 2009, Eddie Holmes, alongside David Carlton and Aussie Osborne, founded the ‘Canning Men’s Shed Inc.’  This humble beginning began in a space generously provided by the Baptist Church in Shelley, at a nominal cost of $1000 per year. The ‘Canning Men’s Shed’ was one of Western Australia’s earliest successful Men’s Sheds.

Our workshop may not have been spacious, and it shrank even further when Eddie decided to transform part of it into a tearoom, a place where members could unwind and chat. Eddie passionately believed that ‘bigger is not always better.’  He advocated for maximizing our existing assets, minimizing costs, and ensuring that our members took breaks for a cup of tea. Sometimes, this meant powering down the workshop for 30 minutes at 10 am.

Eddie envisioned the shed as a small local hub. In line with his vision, we formed a music group, a gardening group, and, with Eddie’s encouragement, initiated the computer club, meeting both during the day and in the evening. After a decade, the ‘Canning Men’s Shed’ faced challenges with local council regulations and was forced to relocate.

In the wake of the ‘Canning Men’s Shed Inc.’ closure, the members decided to incorporate the ‘Canning Community Computer Club’ and the ‘Canning Community Men’s Shed.’  I am certain that if Eddie were with us today, he would take pride in our club’s journey. He would be here, offering his encouragement, engaging in heartfelt conversations, and sharing a cup of tea.

The recent closure of the ‘Canning Community Men’s Shed’ would have undoubtedly disheartened Eddie. This serves as a reminder that thinking big is not always the best approach. It underscores the importance of cherishing our history, acknowledging the present, and planning for the future.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our members for their invaluable contributions, which have propelled our club to success. Our future hinges on our ability to attract new, younger members, who will carry our legacy forward. Today, I want to take a moment to express our appreciation for John and Gary, our two newest members, who exemplify the positive impact younger members can have. John brings his website expertise, while Gary contributes his technical skills. We need more young members like them.

In closing, we are not just a club; we are a family—a family of friends who come together to support one another and give back to our local community. To illustrate our journey, the following links contain copies of the first two newsletters, written over 14 years ago.

June 2008 Canning Menshed Project Newsletter

June 2009 Canning Mens’ Shed Newsletter

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to the Canning Community Computer Club. Together, we look forward to a bright future filled with friendship, learning, and community engagement.

Don Buchanan

President, Canning Community Computer Club Inc.


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