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Monthly Newsletter from U3A Sunshine Coast

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

John Armstrong

U3A Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs Qld 4556
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