Guest Speakers

The Entertainment & Events Committee are pleased to announce our SAMS Members and Partners Guest Speaker evenings. The Executive Committee has now given us the go ahead to resume our social get-togethers which will take place on the third Wednesday of each month starting from February 15, 2023.

The Guest Speaker Evenings consist of drinks commencing around 5:30pm, followed with a barbeque and salad. Cost is usually $10 per head. Wives and partners are most welcome.

Current Coordinator for Guest Speakers is Allen Marr

Rebecca Hawken

On Wednesday 20th of September, the men (and their partners) gathered at the Shed for another SAMS guest speaker night.

Of course, the evening started with the legendary SAMS barbeque dinner, but more importantly SAMS had the pleasure of inviting Rebecca Hawken as our guest speaker.

 Rebecca enthralled all those present talking about her life and experiences as an aircraft pilot – from flying out in the Australian outback to flying Boeing 777’s airliners for Virgin Airlines. The interest that Rebecca generated can be gauged not only by her talk but also the range and breadth of questions that came afterwards.

 Once again: another delightful and successful Guest Speaker night thanks to Rebecca’s talk and also the organising skill of Allen Marr and the rest of the Events and Entertainment committee.


Sam Thaiday

Our Guest speaker for the month of February was former NRL player (and all-around great guy) Sam Thaiday.
Sam visited SAMS (no pun intended) on the evening of Wednesday 15th of February and kept all the men and their
guests thoroughly informed and entertained as he spoke about his life and football career.
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Amanda Harvey

Amanda gave a 30 minute presentation showcasing some of Queensland’s iconic rail journeys, concession fares information and holiday experiences. She represents Queensland Rail Travel.

Bob Walker

Bob Walker spoke about Our Rights as Consumers / Am I entitled to a Refund? Bob is a representative from the Office of Fair Trading and has given many talks at Men’s Sheds.

Ian Therkelson

Ian gave a very entertaining and informative talk about the risks of stroke and how to best avoid experiencing one. The presentation was appreciated not only by the members but by a number of their partners who attended. Ian was ably assisted by our chairman, Neil, who acted as microphone stand for the day.

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Dr. Neville Blomeley

Our Guest Speaker for July was Dr. Neville Blomeley, a retired GP, who represented The Heart Foundation when he gave a very enjoyable and educational Heart Health Talk on Wednesday eve July 24th to SAMS members and their partners.  The topics included Eating for a Healthy Heart, Warning Signs of a Heart Attack and Life After a Heart Attack.  His knowledge and presentation were excellent with just the right amount of medical information combined with down-to-earth details that the audience could relate to.

Prior to the address members and their guests enjoyed conviviality and a wonderful BBQ meal prepared by SAMS wonderful team of cooks. Very popular was the fire pit provided by Macka2.

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(Dr Neville Blomley)

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(Some of the members enjoying the fire pit. Photo by Dennis A)

Stuart Buchanan

The guest speaker for this month was the thoroughly entertaining Stuart Buchanan.
Stuart is a Samford local who joined the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service around 1973 and he and his wife Shirley worked hard as keepers along the Queensland coast for many years.
In that time they encountered cyclones, maritime rescues, drownings, murder and intrigue. His main claim to fame is his restoration of the Bustard Head Lighthouse near the town of 1770.

His stories together with his personable delivery had the audience enthralled and laughing in equal measure.
He has written and published several books including “The Lighthouse Keepers” and “Lighthouse of Tragedy”.  Stuart kindly donated a copy of each of his books to SAMS.

Stuart Buchanan with his books
(Photo and text by Diggers)

Jan Bloc

Fun & Games in the Shed! Our Guest Speaker Night for February turned out to be something special and definitely one of the more enjoyable events in memory. Jan Bloc, better half to Dennis, used her vast scientific knowledge and experience teaching school children to entertain and educate the members and their guests. It was a night spent solving puzzles, constructing helicopters and playing with slime. The feeling after the fun and games was that we can't wait for a repeat event. Photos from the night can be viewed in the Gallery.

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(Our own Dr Karl, Jan Arnold, wowing the crowd)

Guest Speaker Nights 2022

The Entertainment & Events Committee (E & E) are pleased to announce the resumption of our SAMS Members and Partners Guest Speaker evenings.  You will recall that we had to cancel these nights due to Covid 19.  The Executive Committee has now given us the go ahead to resume our social get-togethers which will take place on the third Wednesday of each month starting from April 20th, 2022.  

The Guest Speaker Evenings consist of drinks commencing around 5:30pm, followed with a barbeque and salad.  Cost are approximately $10 per head.  

Platinum Sponsor
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Gold Sponsors
Bendigo Bank
Klepper Pty. Ltd.
Silver Sponsors
Ms. Nikki Boyd MPMs. Nikki Boyd MP

Ms Nikki Boyd, the Member for Pine Rivers, has made a substantial donation to SAMS which will go towards meeting our annual insurance costs

Phone (07) 3448 3100