It has been some time since the previous edition of eVoice but the dreaded Covid has laid me low for several weeks, this despite two vaccinations and my first booster shot. Covid itself had me ‘in thrall’ for about three days but the recurrence of shingles was extraordinarily painful.
Please read through other posts on this eVoice edition for further news.
Post-AGM Committee Business
Much has happened in our U3A Sunshine Coast calendar since the AGM. Your ‘new’ committee has been working hard on a number of enterprises. First up, John Armstrong and I met with our Strategic Plan facilitator, Andrea Douglas to start planning a questionnaire for our members to complete. Feedback from such a questionnaire will help us with implementing the 5-year Strategic Plan, and at the recent Tutors gathering, Pauline du Rietz who tutors in Novel Writing, offered to assist with this endeavour.
Tutors’ Reference Group
Congratulations to our Tutor and Course Coordinator Wayne Curran for organising and conducting our first half-yearly Tutors’ meeting. About 50 tutors came out on a cold and wet evening to meet each other, share ideas, and enjoy a hot supper.
This session was a trailblazer, and we hope for some feedback to guide the planning of further biannual meetings. Linking in with our 5-year Strategic Plan, those tutors present were given the Terms of Reference document and the Application Form if they showed interest in joining the new Tutor Reference Group. To be a member of the ‘TRG’ will not be onerous, it requires a willingness to meet on a level playing field and discuss issues of concern and proposals that benefit our tutors, and then give feedback to the Management Committee.
Please consider applying to join this group. On our website you can download the Application Form and the Terms of Reference document . You are asked to show that your connections with U3A Sunshine Coast are wider than your own group, by having two tutors from different groups to support you, and also provide 50 words to support your application.
Code of Conduct Revisions
We have also put time and effort into revising our Code of Conduct, which is an essential document to guide our behavior and treatment of each other in this fine organisation. We’ve added a Breaches and Consequences section to bring it in line with our formal Complaints Policy.
On a few occasions now I’ve had to implement Stage 1 – that is, to contact personally the member who has breached the Code of Conduct. I can assure you that it takes no little amount of courage to do so, and I can understand why a few of our members have in the past just asked for their money back and left us. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, please ask for support.
Tutor Tom Holden Returns
It’s pleasing to see that a great U3A supporter, Tom Holden has returned to our tutors’ fold, after taking a break, and is once again offering the study of the Russian language. While Russia is currently the world’s least favourite place, wouldn’t it be handy to learn how to say “despicable you” in Russian? Tom runs the course at his own home, and makes the content very interesting by including lively discussion on Russian culture.
While studying with Tom, you might like to draw him out on the details of his long, varied and fascinating career. As well as being a barrister-at-law, he also rose through the ranks from Midshipman to Lieutenant Commander and then to Captain with the Royal Australian Navy. It was during his Master’s degree studies in Public International Law at ANU that Tom stepped out of his comfort zone to study Russian.
On a Fun Note
Our students are out and about the town: Joanna Teazis’ Belly dancers (pictured above) performed up at Rangecare Flaxton on Sunday morning, and again at a Meta Kitchen luncheon, with members of the Theosophical Society raising funds for ‘Jimmy’s Village School’ in Cambodia. (If you’re ever looking for a sweet charity to send funds to, this one will truly inspire.)
Also, thanks to our Jazz Appreciation tutor, Jules Verity, her U3A students enjoyed front row seats at this month’s Jazz and Blues Collective show, with the Mark Pradella band at Millwell Road Community Centre.
U3A Sunshine Coast
Photos: Joanna Teazis’ Belly dancers (top) performed up at Rangecare Flaxton.
Tutors attend a get-together at Kawana Surf Club to discuss a Tutor Reference Group.
Members of Jules Verity’s Jazz Appreciation Group.