eVoice June 2020 – Digital Edition


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June 2020 Edition

Council funds printer/photocopier for U3A office

After many years, U3A Sunshine Coast’s photocopier reached its use-by date but our Grants Officer, Margaret Thomson, with Vice President John St Smith, recently applied for and received a grant from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to buy a new machine.
The new machine will be located in the Tutors’ room where it will be accessible to tutors including outside office hours.Tutors who wish to receive an introduction to the new copier should wait a few weeks until office staff return, and have a chance to familiarize themselves with the equipment.
President Glyni Cumming said the acquisition of the copier/printer would be a valuable addition to the U3A office, and that members appreciated the grant from the Council to enable its purchase.

President’s Report – June 2020
President Glyni has some important information in this month’s message to members, including a start date for back to normal attendance classes. Here are the highlights:

  • The challenge of Coronavirus
  • Our first successful grant application
  • New members join the Management Committee team
  • Date Claimers for Semester 2
  • Annual General Meeting on Saturday August 8th

Please read the President’s full report here:

Job Vacancy – U3A Facebook Editor

Our Facebook page provides relevant, interesting, entertaining and up to date information to our members but we do need another editor. So, if you enjoy taking photographs, visiting U3A classes and writing up stories, please consider volunteering to join the team, and help us build up an even stronger sense of community. Interested? then please  contact the president president@nullu3asunshine.org.au or the communication officer communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

Lecture Group back in Community Centre
The North Shore Community Centre at 701 David Low Way has eased its restrictions on numbers. The Mudjimba U3A lecture group meets there at 1pm on Thursdays and there are some vacant audience spots. New attendees are most welcome.
Please contact Brian Holliday 
bholliday47@nullgmail.com for more information (prior to attending.

Art and Entertainment Online
Alhough we have not been able to attend most of our U3A activities, there has been an amazing array of offerings from galleries, orchestras, opera, art galleries and on IView for us to indulge in online. With all these wonderful offerings along with online grocery shopping  during this  isolation period one benefit is that we have been able to hone our technology use skills.

Bike Riders show they have the Right Stuff
Richard Schoch’s bike-riding team showed what real cyclists are made of last week, with the group’s third ride back after lockdown. Antarctic temperatures – well, 4 degrees C at the start – punishing hills from Mudjimba to Port Perry and a cracking pace – well, 16kph average and 24kph downhill – had the group of 13 craving for more.
So, Captain Schoch grouped the fittest and best and they climbed Mt Coolum after the ride, when the double-shot coffees and mandatory rest period overlooking the ocean were finished.

Date Claimers for Semester 2

The biggest question for us all has been when are we going back to class? Even from this week’s announcement about easing restrictions, Queensland’s dates change by the day. However, where do we stand? It’s all about our venues: the University of the Sunshine Coast, our host, plans to reopen on July 20th in time for Semester 2. Provided we have approval from USC, we will reopen our office the week before to take registrations for courses – and Office Volunteers will be contacted to invite them back to work.

Read more in the President’s Report 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 
  • Introduce the guest speaker
  • Arrange for afternoon tea
  • Maintain an attendance list

If you can help please contact Lyn Lovell lynlovell@nullgmail.com

Buderim Discussion Group on Facebook
U3A Buderim Discussion Group is doing something different to stay connected. Anne Lyons Co-Tutor, says they aren’t ‘zoom’-ing to stay connected. “Instead, we’ve created an online “whiteboard” using Facebook, where our group can post and comment on topics.”
“On the virtual whiteboard, which is a private group page, members may post topics for discussion and add comments.”
To find out more, go to  the Facebook page to join the group or email Anne at lyonroar@nullicloud.com.

Soup n Soul Exhibition & Art Market – July 11
The Sunshine Coast Art Group’s annual exhibition and art market is going ahead, thanks to easing of COVID regulations.  Come along and meet the artists, enjoy some delicious homemade soups and grab a bargain. And how’s this for an idea…you can warm up with a bowl of delicious homemade soup and you get to keep the pottery bowl as well! 

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 July edition.
Email to: communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

John Armstrong

U3A Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs Qld 4556
07 5430 1123
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