President’s Report – April/May 2021
Dear Members. In this report I cover a range of happenings of interest to members:
the Annual General Meeting held on April 17th, our participation in Lifestyle 55+ Expo in August, our Photography & Video Competition, Jim Hales retirement as our Facebook page administrator, and the U3A Network State Conference in Stanthorpe in May.
U3A AGM 2021
Our AGM held on April 17th was small but successful, and I again thank the USC for the provision of Lecture Theatre 7 for our use. It was lovely to have Dr. Eva-Marie Seeto, Director of the Office of Engagement, there as a ‘trouble-shooter’ to ensure a smooth running of the morning.
I also thank all the volunteers who helped on the day, those who turned up early to help set up, then assist with registrations, serve morning tea – and stay on to tidy up afterwards. These champions were Di Aspinall, Maaike Mills and Geoff Bailey, who again made us delicious sausage rolls; Allan and June Blackburn, Lesya Roden and Ann McNeil. Their photos are included with all the photos from the AGM here.
We welcomed two of our bursary awardees, Leo Wiles and Abbey Abdul who came along to inspire us with their stories about how their funds will really help to assist them in their studies. We were fortunate to have already met our third student, Amy Stephenson, currently on her student placement, when she drove down from her home at Hervey Bay to attend our March MC committee meeting.
Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor of USC presented an informative speech backed by an interesting PowerPoint presentation, drawing on her students’ Ph.D. research into future directions for our age demographic. We have asked Professor Bartlett if we may make use of this information when we initiate our new Strategic Plan for 2022.
We awarded long time member Ann Main with a Life Membership and reaffirmed Ernie Bennett’s, received back in 2009.
This year’s Annual Report as presented to the AGM is available online here, and you can order your own hard copy by contacting the U3A Office.
Date Claimer! Lifestyle 55+ Expo Thursday August 5th 2021
U3A Sunshine Coast has again been invited to showcase our wonderful organisation at this year’s Lifestyle 55+ Expo, with an inspiring theme, “Re-imagine Ageing. Re-imagine the possibilities”.
Do check out the Expo’s promotional video on Iagewell.com.au – and see if you can recognise some of our members in the photos featured from 2019.
Although last year’s Expo was postponed owing to Covid 19 restrictions, organiser Tanya Dave (pictured) has embarked on an ambitious project for this year, with a full day at the Nambour Showgrounds on Thursday August 5th, from 9am to 3.30pm. And our U3A is being offered the use of the entire pavilion area underneath the grandstand!
We shall be inviting any interested tutors to chat to prospective members about their own courses on the day. We will also be able to present some live performances on a stage nearby, and lively groups, such belly dancing, choir, – or even table tennis, will be asked to ‘step up’.
Photography & Video Competition
Now the Lifestyle 55+ Expo will give us a great opportunity to promote to a wider audience. It’s still surprising when people on the Sunshine Coast aged 50 plus say they have never heard of U3A.
So we would love to have a range of new photos on display, to showcase the best of what our organisation has to offer.
We need you to take photos, to enter our Photography & Video competition running until June, and send your entries to our Project Officer: u3aprojectOfficer@u3asunshine.org.au
So let’s make the merry month of May a time to capture memorable moments. Please take your phones and cameras along to your weekly class, snap some happy shots, and send them in!
Our Facebook page
Jim Hales, former MC member and foundation member of our Queensland Network created our U3A Sunshine Coast Facebook page in September 2016. Since then, he has been pleased to see it grow to ‘reach’ over 1000 people and have over 600 followers. Anyone who has a Facebook page knows how pleasant it is when people ‘like’ what we’ve posted. U3A is no different, except our page is a vital platform to share current information that concerns and interests our demographic.
Jim says he is sad to resign from his role as Administrator, as “we have made this a vital part of our communications network”. However, he has asked our Editor Judy Wells to step up to take his place. She will join President Glyni Cumming as a co-administrator of the page. Judy has already shown her considerable talents in this area, sourcing and posting a variety of interesting stories and independently supplying excellent photos. We are fortunate she has been willing to take on this administrative role.
Photo: Judy Wells and Jim Hales at the recent AGM.
U3A Network State Conference
A number of U3A Sunshine Coast representatives are packing their winter woolies in readiness for this year’s U3A Network Qld State Conference, coming up soon on Wednesday 12th May and Thursday 13th May 2021.
U3A Granite Belt, in Stanthorpe, will be our hosts for the two-day conference, with delegates from U3As throughout Queensland and interstate.
Former president Colin Maddocks is already a member of the Network committee, and our current Communications Officer, John Armstrong, will be sworn in as their new Vice-President.
Our new Life Member, and regular conference attendee Ann Main will also attend, and she will present an informative report on her return.