There are a number of major events and some pressing issues that U3A SC needs to address in 2021, ones requiring some input from members. Here are the ones being planned at present.
I Age Well Expo 2021:
Several key enterprises had to be set aside this year, such as our annual Trivia afternoon, and the I Age Well Expo. However, the news is that the Expo will return bigger and better in August 2021. Nambour Show Grounds will be the venue, and we have been offered the use of an entire hall, to promote both courses and various performing classes, like International Dances and Ukulele and Hand Chimes.
The Strategic Plan Mid-term Review 2021:
It seems churlish to blame the Covid 19 virus that we managed to keep at bay on the borders of our state, on the postponing of such a major undertaking as the Strategic Plan Mid-term Review. However, with the best will in the world, it was impossible to go ahead with planning. It will again be the hot topic in the New Year of 2021, and again, we will be looking for enthusiastic participants to give us their energy, their enthusiasm, and their ideas for U3A Sunshine Coast’s future developments.
To Hub or not to Hub 2021:
Our former Grants Officer, Margaret Thomson, put a considerable amount of energy into exploring the concept of a U3A Hub based in Caloundra. Under Covid limitations, Communication Officer John Armstrong is developing this idea into an online hub.
An emerging issue is that it may be time to consider separating into smaller groups, like Noosa, for example a Northern and a Southern U3A Sunshine Coast.
Just within our own Management Committee, we are very much more aware of the expense and time involved in travelling to meetings.
Life Memberships for our AGM 2021:
At our postponed AGM in August, we ratified our first 6, of only 25 possible Life Members, Ian R. Wilson, Jim Hales, John D. Cooper, Mara Miller, Patricia Barry, and Myra Timmerman. If you have someone in mind, a favourite long time tutor or volunteer, whom you believe has contributed outstanding service to the organisation, you have until February to 2021 to nominate them. Life Membership nomination forms are available on our U3A website and again, awards will be presented at April’s proposed AGM.
Photo credit: I Age Well website at iagewell.com.au/