Welcome back to Semester 2
Are you delighted to be back in class for Semester 2? Yes, we all have to wear facemasks; yes, we all have to check in with a QR Code; yes, we have had to practise social distancing, but classes have begun and will continue! We also have a number of new courses on offer, to keep our current members interested and involved, and to encourage many new members to join – and they have!
Please check out the latest courses on offer on our website here.
U3A Sunshine Coast is extremely fortunate in having a number of invaluable volunteers to staff the office. Last year after our August AGM, two of our day leaders effectively split the office manager workload, and Jennifer Strike took on the role of Office Coordinator, and Karen Martin the role of Project Officer. It is wonderful to have Jennifer and Karen, supported by the rest of their office team, to conduct all our work.
Some of you have experienced how challenging our new system was to sign up for courses this semester. I very much appreciated being able to contact the office, and have Marty Foster (pictured at left above helping a new member to enrol) help me to enrol and pay for my new courses. Marty works in the U3A Office two Fridays a month and she is the Maleny Lectures Class Captain. However, she also helps with Meals on Wheels, the Bloomhill Op shop and the Maleny Information Centre. What a gal!
How do you say “Your good health!” in Russian?
U3A Sunshine Coast has the happy knack of being able to attract new tutors – and retain them for many years. Now, after more than a decade of teaching Russian to our members, Tom Holden has decided to retire – and offers anyone interested in replacing him, much useful teaching material.
Tom Holden, now 88 years young, recalls vividly how at the annual Open Day, his students would all gather to sing Russian songs – and he immediately presented me with a stirring rendition. He said the students of German also sang, dressed in their Tyrolean hats and lederhosen. Now there’s a custom worth renewing!
Tom says Russian is wonderful, and an important language to learn. However, he still thinks that the most important contribution he’s made to U3A was with the group singing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers – listen to some examples via YouTube: music so beautiful it will make you weep. Tom says the choir consisted of the finest singers on the Sunshine Coast, and the choirmaster went on to work with the Buderim Male Choir.
Tom has had a long, varied and fascinating career with the Royal Australian Navy, rising in the ranks from Midshipman to Lieutenant Commander to Captain and it was during his Master’s degree in Law at ANU that he studied Russian.
Tom sings the praises of U3A, which he describes as “an absolutely marvelous organization, with great camaraderie between the teachers”. He is still an active member, enjoying his “Sunday Times Crossword” class.
A new Strategic Plan
We are very pleased to have members Andrea Douglas and James Fowler offer their assistance with our new Strategic Plan. Drawing on her considerable work experience, Andrea has drawn up a ‘go to’ plan, to assist the MC in their discussion and forward planning at our next meeting in August.
We will be looking for volunteers, to participate in a “Stakeholders Workshop”, representing tutors, lecturers, and members. Interested? Don’t wait to be headhunted – please send your name and your area of knowledge/interest/expertise to our Project Officer, Karen Martin: u3aprojectOfficer@u3asunshine.org.au
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