Workshop makes a start on Strategic Plan Review
A recent workshop involving a cross-section of the U3A Sunshine Coast membership met to begin work on the Strategic Plan Review. The workshop, with Andrea Douglas and James Fowler as facilitators, considered important issues such as: why does U3A Sunshine Coast exist, what purpose does the organisation serve; why members join U3A and what benefits do they derive from membership, and what changes needed to be made to improve service to members?
President Glyni Cumming said, “these questions and others like it were posed at this initial review of our current Strategic Plan held at our U3A classroom at the university. Facilitators James Fowler and Andrea Douglas skillfully led some 20 participants through the morning’s workshop.
“An analysis of the diagram developed five years ago of our ‘Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats’, known as a SWOT analysis, showed we have made some very positive progress - especially considering the past couple of years we’ve had the threat of Covid 19 hanging over our heads.
“It is certainly thanks to the contribution of our office volunteers: Day Leaders, Office Coordinator Jennifer Strike and Project Officer Karen Martin, that office administration has been efficiently conducted, and we are equally fortunate to have our team of tutors who have been able to offer a variety of classes, some via an increased use of video technology, to keep members interested. And it is thanks our members, who have risen well to the challenge of paying for membership and courses via online ‘shopping carts’, attending classes and keeping up to date with U3A news via the website, e-Voice and Facebook. At a time when some U3As have closed their doors owing to Covid, we have both retained and grown our membership.”
Following the workshop, our Project Officer Karen Martin is now collating all the ideas contributed during the session, both the positive and the constructively critical, to present to the Management Committee. Their task will be to amend and update our current Strategic Plan, in its core elements of Vision, Mission, Values, Goals - and develop the strategies to take our U3A confidently forward into the next five years.
“Early in 2022, all members will be invited to contribute their ideas about the redrafted plan, in time to present to the AGM in April, President Glyni said. “However, you don’t need to wait until then, if you have ideas you wish to share, send them in, entitled “Strategic Plan 2022” to Project Officer Karen Martin: U3aProjectOfficer@u3asunshine.org.au.”
Photo: President Glyni Cumming with facilitators Andrea Douglas and James Fowler, and Project Officer Karen Martin.