In this report:
– Return to U3A classes and activities 2021
– 2021 AGM
– Photography and Video Competition
– Farewell to Val Matthews
– U3A Network Queensland State Conference and AGM
– U3A Code of Conduct
– Management Committee succession planning.
It has been wonderful to return to U3A classes in Term 1 2021 and see how happy everyone is to be back using both their minds and bodies in mental and physical classes – and having fun at the same time. Our new tutors seem to be enjoying their classes as well. Let’s remember to support them, by turning up on time for enrolled classes, making a positive contribution, and maintaining Covid-safe practices. The threat seems minimal at present but that’s only thanks to the implementation of strong Covid-safe practices.
Now that Open Day is done and dusted, what’s our next big project? Why our April AGM of course! And if you’re wondering what’s happened to the calendar year, remember last year, the AGM was postponed to August. Sunshine Coast University has already agreed to allow us the use of Lecture Theatre 7 on April 17th , and we have invited our Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett to be our guest speaker. As a gerontologist, Professor Bartlett will have a very good understanding of her audience having established the Australasian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland! It will also be the opportunity to present Life Memberships and we have received two very worthy nominations for 2021, for Ernie Bennett and Ann Main. Also, if any members have motions for discussion or voting on at AGM 2021, these will need to be emailed to email@example.com by Friday March 12.
We are delighted to announce that this year we are running a Photography and Video Competition. Our aim is to obtain some excellent material for promoting U3A Sunshine Coast to new retirees. Full details are available in this edition of eVoice.
Vice-President John St. Smith and former President Jim Hales both represented us to farewell Val Matthews, former U3A Sunshine Coast President for 2004-2006. Val’s contribution to our organisation was significant, as she supported the establishment of the University of the Sunshine Coast and successfully lobbied for the provision of our current U3A office and lecture room on the USC campus, Val also led the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of U3A on the Sunshine Coast.
This year’s U3A Network Qld State Conference and Annual General Meeting is being hosted this year by the U3A Granite Belt on Wednesday 12th May and Thursday 13th May 2021 and conference registrations are now open. The Management Committee has again decided to pay for the conference registrations of the first 10 interested members who apply.
This is usually a very interesting experience, so do go on line at www.u3aqldconference.org/ and check out the conference details. Members interested in attending can apply to the firstname.lastname@example.org
Our organisation has a wonderful Code of Conduct, which tells us all how to treat each other, with words, like “participating in a friendly and positive way”, and “Treating everyone with respect and courtesy and without harassment, bullying or intimidation” and, “Avoiding all forms of discriminatory behaviour in regard to nationality, ethnicity, gender,
sexuality, culture, religion, age and mental or physical disability.”
We gentle men and women who have reached an age of maturity should not need any reminding to play nicely…
We are fortunate to have a strong team of Management Committee members who each pull their weight and who work together towards consensus, to make the best decisions for the organisation. However, succession planning is part of our commitment to encourage new members to join the team. We are looking for an ex-officio Minutes Secretary, and a Business Development Officer (formerly known as our Grants Officer) and a Membership Officer, especially a person with a caring nature, who would enjoy creating a special connection with members, and following up any concerns or issues. If you feel you are just such a person, I would love to meet with you to discuss the role.
I hope you continue to have an excellent year with U3A Sunshine Coast. Stay safe, and if you have any queries or concerns, please write to our office at email@example.com or call on 54301123 during office hours, 9am to 12 noon Mondays to Fridays.
President U3A Sunshine Coast
Photo: Mary Ann Wright with Treasurer Evonne Walker at the luncheon to mark the retirement of office day leaders and office volunteers.