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eVoice Newsletter - May 2023

Dear {name}

This edition of e-Voice contains my report on the recent U3A Network Queensland State Conference held in Rockhampton May 8 -11. Please take the time to read this report on an outstanding Network Conference:

President's Report on Network State Conference

As the conference this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of U3A, the Management Committee offered generous subsidies to Life Members and 25-year members to attend. Two Life Members took advantage of that offer, and both Jim Hales and John D. Cooper made positive contributions to the conference, with Jim Hales presenting a history of the Network in Queensland.

Presenter and Social Photos may be viewed here

Online Member Survey

Our online Member Survey has now been released and I do encourage all to take 20 minutes of their time to complete it. It is the result of many hours of work, with our consultant, Andrea Douglas, following on our initial planning to work with UniSC’s Dr. Peter Innes to complete the questionnaire. Collating the survey and presenting the evidence will help us to plan the future direction of our organisation, but the work will incur a significant cost. Please make that worthwhile by completing the survey. If you did not receive the email with the survey link, here it is again:

Online Member Survey Link

New Committee Appointments

At our first post AGM Management Committee meeting on Friday, Communication Officer John Armstrong stepped up to the position of Vice-President. As our Equipment Officer John Saint Smith has been unable to drive following an operation, new member Ian McKaskill was given the job of inspecting the state of the table tennis tables at Kawana Community Hall, and he presented his recommendation for the purchase of new tables, which was approved. The tables are a very expensive outlay; however, players will recover their cost over 5 years with a slight increase in venue fees. The old tables are now available for sale to table tennis players and other members. If you would like to follow this up, please contact Tutor Allan Blackburn on 0409 932 229.

Also at our MC meeting, we invited Tony Evans, who had volunteered his assistance at the AGM, although too late for a nomination, to attend the meeting to tell us about himself and what he has to offer. The meeting agreed that Tony would be an excellent addition to the team and subsequently voted for him to join the management committee to occupy the last place. Tony will be able to assist with meeting minutes, and also has expertise in website technology. You will be able to read about Tony on our webpage.

Frayda Myers Cooper Bursary

A most pleasant duty recently was to attend UniSC’s annual presentation of awards at the Innovation Centre. Every year we give the Frayda Myers Cooper bursary to a student who has achieved the highest results in their study of Australian Literature EGL205: Imagined Homelands. This year, the bursary went to Ellen Nesbitt, for her critique of Henry Lawson’s “The Drover’s Wife”, with a topic entitled “Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife is best read as a challenge to the original text by Henry Lawson”.

Ellen is pictured above with President Glyni Cumming.

U3A Choir Needs Musicians

The U3A Choir urgently needs to fill three positions in the choir: Choir Conductor, Conductor’s Relief and Accompanist’s Relief.
"These positions are urgent required especially if the U3A wants the choir to continue in the future," says
Choir Secretary Jill Markwell.  "We have about 40 very keen choir members but we have not as yet resumed our concerts."
The positions do require some experience. If you are able to help please contact Jill by email to

Classes in Term 2

I trust you are all enjoying your classes for Term 2. As the challenge of “Yoga for Osteoarthritis” had finished, I rapidly found another class to replace it and am appreciating Dr. Steve Smith’s fascinating “History of Medicine” – and an extra plus – refreshments provided during the break!

Final Word

Tutors, please actively encourage your students to complete the Member Survey – it’s due in one week’s time. Also, we are currently planning our second annual Tutors meeting – if you have any topics for discussion, please let me know.


Glyni Cumming
Glyni Cumming
U3A Sunshine Coast
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