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July 2020 Edition

Sally Chandler has success with Art Classes via Email

With a distinguished career as an educator, U3A Art Tutor Sally Chandler saw opportunity rather than obstruction in the current stay-at-home COVID-19 environment, and was determined to continue her ‘Watercolours: Realism to Abstraction’ classes while not being able to meet as a group.
“When this Coronavirus came along everything closed down and I thought, ‘how can I keep it going?’,” Sally said. “Zoom wasn’t quite suitable for practical art class: being able to see what people are doing, exchanging ideas, etc.” Sally decided to set her students a task each week, an art challenge, via email. They would work in their own time and in their own space to complete the task then return an image of the artwork via email, with everyone invited to comment on each other’s work.

President’s Report – July 2020
President Glyni has some important information in this month’s message to members. Here are the highlights:

  • The ongoing challenge of Coronavirus
  • Class enrolments open from July 13.
  • Annual General Meeting set for Saturday, August 8th.
  • U3A office has reopened.
  • Volunteers needed to assist at AGM.

Please read the President’s full report here:

Queens Birthday honours for USC professors

USC is celebrating two of its leaders gaining Order of Australia awards. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Hill became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to education while Professor of Nursing Jeanine Young is now a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to tertiary education, to medical research, and to nursing.

Bernadette Moore joins Management Committee

Recently appointed to the U3A-SC Management Committee, Bernadetee Moore has been asked to take on the membership portfolio banner. This is a new role in the committee so there is ongoing discussion on the duties of this role. Bernadette would appreciate hearing from members about membership matters.

Musical handchimes class to start soon
U3A is excited to have Wendy Turton tutoring a class in Handchimes at Mapleton Community Hall on Tuesdays from 10.00am to 11.30am commencing 21 July 2020. Handchimes and music will be supplied. If you are interested in in this class, you can enrol online through the U3A website www.u3asunshine.org.au Course Code 20MAT310.

Jo Evans moves on to new beginnings
Unfortunately, With the closure of our U3A office, our first paid employee, Administrative Officer Joanna Evans has moved on to other enterprises in her life. in her time with U3A-SC Jo established excellent working partnerships with the Management Committee, office volunteers and the University. She coped efficiently with many challenges, put in place sound record keeping and forward planning, and managed advertising promotions for our various projects. We wish Jo all the best in her future study and work endeavours.

Studying at home – Year 9s have their say

In a recent survey, Year 9 students commented about studying at home in Term 2 and what it meant to return to class. The responses to both questions were enlightening as were the parents’ views on the return to formal attendance classes.

Colin Maddocks joins U3A Network Queensland

Colin Maddocks, a former President of the U3A Sunshine Coast Management Committee, has been accepted as Communication Officer for the U3A Network Queensland to fill a vacancy following the resignation of one of their members after the 2019 AGM.

Noela Burton retires from her job at USC
Noela Burton, Professor Greg Hill’s secretary, has retired from her job at USC to retire. Our Secretary, Dawne Clark, said thst Noela has been so supportive of our various endeavours, such as making bookings for our venue use and following up enquiries for events like our annual Open Day. President Glyni Cumming said, “we will really miss Noela but wish her well in her retirement. Thank you Noela.”
Photo: Dawne Clark presents a farewell gift of flowers to Noela.

USC-SC celebrates its new Life Members
Our wonderful Life Members for 2020 will be honoured at the Annual General Meeting on 8th August, presented with certificates and badges. They are: John D. Cooper, Myra Timmerman, Jim Hales, Mara Miller, Ian R. Wilson and Patricia Barry. Congratulations and thank you for outstanding contributions over many years.

Seniors Week goel virtual 15 – 23 August

This year Queensland Seniors are celebrating with a range of virtual events and if allowed some physical events focussing on three main themes: Inclusion and Belonging, Connection, and Diversity. Event registrations are open now for you to register either a physical or virtual event.

Keep those story leads rolling in…
Thank you to those members who sent in story leads for this edition of eVoice. All contributions are appreciated, and please send more material for the AUgust edition.
Email to: communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

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August 2020 Edition

Mara Miller – A life that’s “Not just sun, sand and surf”

When it comes to U3A personalities, our newest Life Member, Mara Miller, now 96 years young, is in the top echelon, having served as a founding member of U3A, a vice president, office volunteer, and notably a lecturer in history and later in creative writing. Born and raised in Fiji, Mara has served U3A Sunshine Coast for many years, and is one of our best known and valued members.
Read Mara’s remarkable story here.

President’s Report – August 2020

When other U3As have found their activities curtailed or stopped, U3A-SC has managed to keep going for the entire term. A very big “thank you” to our volunteer tutors, who have been helping to keep us safe with active Covid-19 prevention plans. We also have new leaders in our office with Jennifer Strike appointed ‘Office Coordinator and Karen Martin as ‘Project Officer”.

Please read the President’s full report here:

U3A-SC Annual Report released

The Annual Report for U3A Sunshine Coast was released at the recent Annual General Meeting. The report highights both the challenges and achievements during 2019/20. A PDF copy of the report may be viewed and downloaded here.

Captain needed for U3A Lectures Caloundra

U3A Lectures Caloundra urgently need a new Captain. These are the duties of the Captain:
• Telephone an already arranged speaker beforehand
• Transport equipment to and from the venue 
• Arrange set up and take down of chairs and tables
• Arrange audio-visual assistance and introduce the guest speaker
• Arrange for afternoon tea & maintain an attendance list

If you can help please contact Lyn Lovell lynlovell@nullgmail.com or 0421 853 007

Wanted: Ukulele for a good cause

Does any U3A member have a ukulele that they no longer play and would like to donate it to a good cause? A resident of a local nursing home in his fifties, would value having his own ukulele. He was an accomplished guitarist who developed Parkinson’s Disease at a relatively young age and has been housed in aged care for a number of years. Recently, he was loaned a ukulele that he found much easier to play but the instrument has to be returned to its owner. If anyone reading this article owns, or knows of someone who has a ukulele that they would be willing to donate, please contact Wayne Curran on 0419 669 131 or waymaur1@nullbigpond.com.
The generosity of such a donation would be very much appreciated.

Vacancies in Devil’s Playground discussion group

The Devils’ Playground discussion group has several vacancies just now. They are transitioning from an e-class to real attendance meetings, finally. The Devils love taboo, impolite and radical discussion. Each week they have a set topic, and every person gets to present their ideas. Here are some topics they haven’t got to yet: 

  • Did humans need slavery to get civilised?
  • If selective breeding improves cattle, dogs and corn, what’s wrong with eugenic breeding for humans?
  • What’s our problem with nudity?

Meetings Thursdays at 1.30pm. Enrol on the U3A website.

USC grateful for U3A’s $2000 bursary donation

Russell Ousley, Director of USC’s Development Office has officially thanked U3A-SC for the $2000 donation to the USC Study Support Bursary at USC. “Thanks to you, students with financial need are receiving assistance so they can continue their studies,” Mr Ousley said. “Importantly, you are also enabling bursary recipients to achieve their best, which is critical for their future success and for our community. I am confident that these individuals will forever remember the difference that was made for them and consider how they too can make a difference for someone one day.”

Office volunteer wanted for U3A office

If you are able to volunteer some time once per fortnight to work in our U3A office on the USC campus at Sippy Downs, we would like to hear from you. If you have basic office skills and could devote three hours each fortnight on a Wednesday, Karen Martin would appreciate your working with her answering U3A member enquiries.
For more information please contact: Karen Martin kmar2062@nullbigpond.net.au

Annual General Meeting a success
About 40 members attended this year’s AGM at the North Shore Community Centre, postponed from April. Members were pleased to hear about activities, classes and events during the challenges presented during COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Photos taken at the AGM may be viewed here.

Activities locally for over-50s
Lively50Plus is a directory of events, classes and activities for over-50s people who want to be active and participate in a range of pursuits that add to their quality of life. Here’s a link to the diretory-style website listing current and future activities.

Bursary Award winners show their appreciation

Our three students who received this years Student Bursary Awards were thankful for the financial assistance that U3A provided them through the bursaries. Caitlyn Hockam attended the Annual General Meeting and spoke eloquently about her studies, her ambitions and what the award meant to her. 

The Golfer’s Dream – a Hole in One

On 3rd September at Maroochy River Golf Club U3A Golf Class Tutor Graham Whyte achieved ‘The Golfers Dream’, a hole in one on the Par 3, 12th Hole. With his 7 wood he landed the ball 3 metres beyond a green side bunker 5 metres from the hole. It released and rolled forward 5 metres into the cup. He and his partners did not realise the ball had gone into the hole.  Graham has been playing golf since 1963 and this was his first ‘Ace’. When asked what he thought about his achievement, Graham was stuck for words. All he could say was, “SURPRISED”. Congratulations Graham. .

Keep those story leads rolling in…
Thank you to those members who sent in story leads for this edition of eVoice. All contributions are appreciated, and please send more material for the September edition.
Email to: communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

John Armstrong
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September eVoice

 

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September 2020 Edition

John D. Cooper – From Rabbi to U3A Co-founder

Founding member of U3A Sunshine Coast, and one of our new Life Members, was one of the four course convenors at Tea, Talk and Tutors when more than forty 3rd Agers at Moffatt Beach joined U3A Sunshine Coast’s first mini-courses. John’s story is one of emigration, discovery and enterprise in community work, with U3A at its centre..
Read John’s remarkable story here.

President’s Report – September 2020

When other U3As have found their activities curtailed or stopped, U3A-SC has managed to keep going for the entire term. A very big “thank you” to our volunteer tutors, who have been helping to keep us safe with active Covid-19 prevention plans. We also have new leaders in our office with Jennifer Strike appointed ‘Office Coordinator and Karen Martin as ‘Project Officer”.

Please read the President’s full report here:

New course in Creative Writing

Interested in exploring creative writing? This new course (Course Code: 20WRI303) will provide the tools for you to begin a project of your own. Introducing the basics of story structure, writing styles, narrative viewpoint, characterisation, setting/place and dialogue, the course will be practical with in-class exercises and examples. To enrol or to find out more please go to the U3A website u3asunshine.org.au or phone the office 5430 1123.

New Vice-Chancellor is Aged Care specialist

Professor Helen Bartlett has commenced her tenure as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Professor Bartlett brings to USC extensive international experience and as a research specialist in health and aged care, Professor Bartlett’s career includes inaugural Director at the Australasian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland, the Oxford Centre for Health Care Research and Development and the Oxford Dementia Centre at Oxford Brookes University. (Photo: USC)

New discussion group chronicles the 20th Century

A new Discussion Group will examine  historical events from the 20th Century and examine their influence in shaping the world. A brief will be sent out prior to each class summarising the  events of the period and outline points for discussion and debate. Members of the class will be able to contribute to the conversation, conducted in a respectful, non-judgemental and informative manner. More details  are on the U3A website u3asunshine.org.au or phone the office on 5430 1123. (Course Code: 20DSG310)

USC to conduct Covid-19 Clinical Trials

If you would like to participate in upcoming COVID-19 research at  USC Clinical Trials then please register your interest now if you are over 18 years old and in generally good health. Contact USC Clinical Trials at our Sunshine Coast or Moreton Bay locations. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

Travel Chat update

The Caloundra Travel Chat group resumed in early August after the Covid shutdown, with six enjoyable presentations this term. Our new Venue in the CWA hall in Caloundra (opposite IGA & PO) has proved to be very popular indeed. Our numbers may have been restricted but our larger venue means we can all safely socially distance. Please click below to find out more about our programme. 

SLSC to conduct water-safe course for Seniors

Surf Lifesaving Sunshine Coast have developed a new program to help educate our seniors on water skills, staying safe in and around water, basic first aid, CPR and DRSABCD. There’s also swim technique for those who would like to begin lap or squad swimming or just want to fine tune their current skills.

Hand Chimes group needs music stands

The Hand Chimes group would very much like to keep meeting over the holidays and they are working to meet this request. They are also asking for assistance but way of a wood working group who could make tabletop music stands for the group. If anyone can assist the Chimes group with the music stands please contact Wendy Turton at wrturton@nullhotmail.com.

Lecture Series programme for Term 4

Lyn Lovell has advised the Lecture Series programme for all four venues that will be open during Term 4: Caloundra, Mudjimba, Maleny and Nambour. Please click the link below to view and download the programme.

Ian R. Wilson – Life Member via Special Delivery

Ian R. Wilson wasn’t able to attend the Annual General Meeting at North Shore Community Centre to be presented with his Life Member badge and Certificate, owing to self-isolating at home, but his badge and certificate were hand-delivered by President Glyni Cumming. Ian has had 30-year association with U3A Sunshine Coast as a Tutor in Geography and as a staunch supporter of U3A.

Lecture Group finds a new Captain

Lyn Lovell has advised that Ruth Flechtner has graciously volunteered to act as Captain. The lecture group will restart in term 4 at 1pm on Wednesdays at the CWA Hall, 17 Kalinga Street, Caloundra

The Golfer’s Dream – a Hole in One

On 3rd September at Maroochy River Golf Club U3A Golf Class Tutor Graham Whyte achieved ‘The Golfers Dream’, a hole in one on the Par 3, 12th Hole. With his 7 wood he landed the ball 3 metres beyond a green side bunker 5 metres from the hole. It released and rolled forward 5 metres into the cup. He and his partners did not realise the ball had gone into the hole.  Graham has been playing golf since 1963 and this was his first ‘Ace’. When asked what he thought about his achievement, Graham was stuck for words. All he could say was, “SURPRISED”. Congratulations Graham. .

Keep those story leads rolling in…
Thank you to those members who sent in story leads for this edition of eVoice. All contributions are appreciated, and please send more material for the October edition.
Email to: communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

John Armstrong
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U3A Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs Qld 4556
07 5430 1123
u3aoffice@nullu3asunshine.org.au
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