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Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the Alma Doepel DECEMBER Newsletter packed full of great tidings of joy to you and your kin with something for everyone

From all of us at the Alma Doepel, we wish you all a
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. 

Thank you for your support in 2019 and since the project began. We have raised in excess of $2m towards our $3.3m target and we thank you all for being part of that effort.

Donations to December this year have taken the project to over 75% of the fundraising target to return Alma Doepel to the water. Read more....

Since the November newsletter progress on the hull has continued at a pace. The shipwrights will finish up for the year on the 20 December and commence again mid January. We thank all our shipwrights and volunteers for an amazing 2019!

Hip hip hooray!

In this edition we bring News from the Shed, we bring you an invitation to our New Year's Eve Party. 

30 years on our Young Voyagers tell their story. Read more about their stories later in this news letter.

You can read more about the Community Bank Bunkhouse and Scholarship Program

Hearts of Oak announce sponsorship of the Alma Doepel Ship's Wheel.  Read More...

We tell you about ways you can help us raise funds to complete the project. This includes the purchase of 50 planks needed to complete the hull for which we are seeking community support. We are calling this Float the Boat

Simply by thinking about how you do your banking can help the Alma Doepel raise funds. Read more...

There is also news about Volunteer Activity going on down at the shed and we invite you all to visit us and see for yourselves the progress being made.

Alma Volunteers help out at the Docklands Community BBQ. Read more...
and other volunteers solve our waste problem to reduce impact on City of Melbourne resources. Read more....

So please enjoy the December newsletter with something for everyone. Use the links to jump to items of interest. Make your New Year Resolution to come down and see us soon - because once the project is finished, you will not see the like of this again any time soon.

Have a safe and happy Xmas - see you at the New Years Eve party maybe.

Warm regards,
The Alma Doepel Volunteer team.

News from the Shed
The Planking phase of the hull continues with the underwater planks at bow and stern to be completed before the Christmas break. Shipwrights will then continue with filling in the topsides planks on the starboard side when they return to work in January. To assist this work, the volunteers have moved scaffold from the port side to complete the scaffold deck on the starboard side so the team has a continuous walkway from bow to stern.

The central section of underwater planking on both sides will then be completed using the last batch of spotted gum planks in the shed. A new batch has been ordered and should be ready for delivery early in January.
Planking is about to close up at bow and stern
Competition between bow and stern to finish before Friday shutdown
The Gardner engines that were removed from Alma have been sold bringing in welcome funds. The engines were collected last week and shipped off for a new life in Tasmania.
The engines being made ready for removal
The engines being carefully loaded on to a truck
Recently the project received news that our rubbish collection service would no longer accept building waste such as wood, sawdust and vinyl. The cost to the project to organise a dedicated collection service would have a significant adverse impact on the restoration budget.
There is a saying "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" and that is never more true for the team restoring the Alma Doepel. Part of the restoration process requires looking many steps ahead to predict potential problems before they occur and taking the necessary timely steps to overcome.

Following this announcement, the team put their heads together and came up with this clever solution to their building waste. Everything is carefully divided up into these four bins enabling volunteers to dispose of the waste away from the precinct. 

There are now recycling and co-mingled waste bins on the wharf in addition to the domestic waste skip. This is regarded as a successful result and we remain proud of our volunteer team who are continuing to reduce our impact on CoM resources.
Please excuse the spelling!.
Last week, the Alma Doepel Supporters Club helped out at the Docklands Community Xmas BBQ at the Shed. Andrew Evans the library Community Animator organised the Xmas party and the Alma team jumped in to help run the BBQ.
Rod Alsop, Andrew Cohen and Norm Boreham pose over the sausages.
The smell of the BBQ soon had guests lining up...
A big thank you to our willing volunteers who turned up to help. I would like to thank Andrew Cohen who is the Alma undisputed BBQ Meister. The new heir apparent, Norm Boreham who took BBQ culinary skills to a whole new level. Not a single scorched sausage and each one evenly browned and to the same exacting standards. Big thank you Norm! Helping out with the handing out of snags and bread Rod Alsop, Daryl Brooks and Peter Van Duyn. Thank you guys for making the whole business run like a well oiled swiss watch. 
Lord Mayor Sally Capp delivered a welcome speech and took time out to speak with Peter Harris. Lord Mayor Sally Capp enthusiastically accepted an invitation to visit the shed one Saturday, and even offered to do a few volunteer tasks – so we might take her up on that!

Peter Harris said a few words about Alma to the assembly, and he gave a well rehearsed short summary of the work going on down at the shed. Well done Peter.
Hearts of Oak Sponsor Alma Doepel Ship's Wheel
The Worshipful Master, Bro. Rod Gillies presenting Bill Reid and Rob Vandestadt pins marking the announcement of the sponsorship
Rob Vandestadt (Alma Doepel), the Worshipful Master, Bro. Rod Gillies (Hearts of Oak) and Bill Reid (Alma Doepel) lining up for the customary photo.
Hearts of Oak Lodge is a Masonic Lodge founded by yachtsmen and dedicated to the support for both masonic and community charitable pursuits. These pursuits are a cornerstone of masonic philosophy.

For many years the Lodge funded a scholarship for young sailors, to encourage the pursuit of excellence and offer opportunities for young people to do as well as they can.  They see the Alma Doepel Ocean Youth Foundation as something they would be keen to support both now and in the future. At their recent "Ladies in the South" Social Evening at the Bayside Masonic Centre in Gardenvale - the Lodge formally announced the sponsorship of the Alma Doepel Ship's Wheel.

The Worshipful Master, Bro. Rod Gillies said that “Supporting the Alma Doepel ticks all the boxes for Hearts of Oak and for Freemasonry
  • It is a sailing ship
  • Its purpose is to provide Youth Training courses that challenge and develop young people
  • It makes good men and women better
Donation Update
Donations for December to date have taken the project to over 75% of the fundraising target to return Alma Doepel to the water. This includes a significant contribution from a long term supporter the Vera Moore Foundation and separately substantial donations from Chris Holliday and Jost Kaiser. We also received a number of Plank donations following the Adopt a Plank appeal in the November newsletter, which is really pleasing. We thank all our supporters for their generous contributions as we work towards raising the remaining 25% of the funds required to return Alma to water in 2020.
Young Voyagers Tell Their Story
We have collected a series of case studies, with the help of our past voyagers, to relay their stories of the positive, ongoing impact of their experiences on board the Alma Doepel.

You can read these case studies by clicking on the Alma case study link below:


With thanks to Lauraine McDonald who gave her time to compile these wonderful case studies.
Finish the Hull and Float the Boat
Help Float the Boat... we are over 2/3rds of the way to complete the planking!!

We are going to complete the hull of the Alma Doepel and return her to the water in 2020! After this she will be refitted with many already restored components required to enable her to re-commence her important Youth Sail Training program.

Help us get Alma Doepel floating.
You can adopt a plank. 
We have ordered the final 50 planks to complete the hull and we are seeking your support.
Adopt a Plank Today
Or you can join our Crowd Funding Campaign. 
Donate to Alma Crowd Funding
It's a week before Xmas and all through the land .........
a gift of a donation is a gift well planned.......
To purchase one of these Wish Cards for Christmas
go to the Alma Doepel on line store

CLICK the Button
Community Bank Bunkhouse and Scholarship Program
Over the past few months, we've invited all the Community Banks in Victoria to be part of youth development scholarship program that starts with adopting a bunk for youth voyagers in Alma Doepel's Bunkhouse.

We're currently in discussion with various Community Banks across the state to form partnerships which will continue into youth development scholarships in the future.
We are excited to partner with these branches to support youth from their community and we encourage you to support the branches that have already adopted bunks:
Murrumbeena, Hurstbridge & Districts, Doreen & Mernda, Kinglake, Diamond Creek and Eltham & District Community Bank Branches.

We are excited to partner with these branches to support youth from their community and we encourage you to support these branches. We're hoping to have all 36 bunks adopted by Community Banks.
Alma Doepel New year's Eve Party
Gather your friends and join the Alma team as we celebrate a successful 2019 and welcome in 2020 the year we Float the Boat!

Book your tickets now:

Order in some wine and bring it along to the Shed, or enjoy at home with friends for all occasions! WINE LINK 
Merchandise and the Museum at the Shed
Norm Boreham, Zoe, Glenda, Robyn, Tim and the usual Tuesday crew of guys (Tom, Rod, Bill and Colin) are making themselves available to have the Museum/Visitors Centre open every week day. With the success of previous calls for Visitor Centre volunteers - in 2020 we will be open for at least Noon to 2pm Monday to Friday with full site tours available on Tuesdays & Thursdays. With a bit more help we can be open every weekday, so,  if you are outgoing and would like to be a tour guide on Monday, Wednesday or Friday please email Norm Boreham at 
If you want to order up on Caps, Shirts, Pens, Books of Gift Cards or any other merchandise go to the Alma Shop by clicking this link - ALMA SHOP . Alternatively email Norm your shopping list, and if you are in Melbourne area - he will arrange delivery for an extra $5.00
Through the Strategic Partnership set up between Alma Doepel and AWA Alliance Bank, this month we received over $3000 from the bank simply by Alma Doepel supporters using AWA for their banking.

If you are considering a mortgage, loan or changing your bank, here is an opportunity for you to help Alma reach her restoration target by considering AWA Alliance Bank for your banking needs.

For more details click here

AWA Alliance Bank Website
Another Alma Milestone....
Join the Alma Doepel Supporters Club today

Click on this link to download an ADSC Application Form  
Remember, join up for 5 years, and you only pay for 4!
Next step is to fill the form out and follow easy payment instructions.
You can email to me your completed form or send to the PO Box indicated.

Every dollar raised goes towards the restoration.
See you on board the Alma Doepel Supporters Club!
Donate Today
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