President’s Message – October 2020

Dear Members,

It’s countdown now until the end of an extraordinary year. Congratulations to everyone for keeping up their good spirits and let’s hope we can stay safe in the New Year.

While we are wrapping up this year’s activities, we are already forward planning for 2021, so we include several date claimers.

Enjoy a good read!

A Formal Welcome to our Office Coordinator and Project Officer:

At our October Management Committee meeting, we welcomed our Office Coordinator, Jennifer Strike and our Project Officer, Karen Martin and presented them with their new name badges (pictured above). Both Jennifer and Karen have taken their new titles in their stride, drawing on their business experience to provide our organization with a sterling voluntary service.

Pickleball Welcome Day a success!

Congratulations to the Pickleball tutors who organized a well-attended and interesting welcome day on October 10th, with new players trying their hand at the world’s fastest growing sport. Our Treasurer Evonne Walker, who distributed freshly printed U3A promotional flyers, said, “The day was very well run, friendly and lively. It made you want to join!” which it did, with about 20 new members signing up.

Fascinating Lectures continue…

Last Thursday’s Mudjimba lecture by Gwynn Jarrott on Kazakhstan “On the Silk Roads we found gold (and bronze)” was totally impressive.

A natural raconteur, Gwynn accompanied his easy flow of ideas with an effective and interesting PowerPoint. Gwynn’s partner Sigrid was occasionally asked to contribute, and presented some alternative reflections from the feminine perspective.

Gwynn’s lecture continued with the exploration of the Silk Roads, with the intriguing title, ‘Mongolia – in search of eagles and dragons’.

Lending a Helping Hand:

Of notice this last semester is how much care our tutors take of us, and our equipment, especially now when we must take extra care to avoid any potential spread of Corona Virus. Setting up tables and chairs, then cleaning and taking everything down again is a big job; however, it’s made much easier when everyone helps.

Please take the time to help set up or take down in your class. Even the most hard-working tutor doesn’t want to be left to do the job all by themselves at the end of a lecture or meeting or game.

Date Claimer: Annual Tutors & Volunteers Luncheon Saturday November 28th:

Our next calendar event will be the Annual Tutors & Volunteers Luncheon, our way of thanking those people whose efforts keep our organization running, and this is an event especially worth celebrating after such a challenging year.

Apart from several specially invited guests, who have achieved 25 years of membership in 2020, all our Tutors, Lecturers, and Volunteers from every area, will be receiving an invitation soon, via email or post. For those able to accept, we look forward to welcoming you at Kawana Surf Club from noon on Saturday November 28.

Date Claimer: U3A Sunshine Coast Open Day 2021:

All returning Tutors and any Tutors offering new courses in Semester 1 2021 are invited to book a stall site, before the end of term, and preferably by the end of November so they can show off their course at our annual Open Day, scheduled for Saturday January 9th 2021 at the USC Innovation Centre.

Copies of our updated Members Booklet will be made available for new members signing up on the day. Members renewing their membership can also ask for a copy from the office.

New courses already in planning for 2021:

We are so fortunate to have excellent volunteers on our Management Committee. Wayne Curran, our Tutor & Course Coordinator, has the knack of finding new and interesting courses to keep our organisation alive and fresh and we are already in planning for 2021, when we can look forward to new opportunities for learning.

Marie Farr, visual artist and a former teaching colleague from the Capricorn Coast, is now a volunteer tour guide with the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Marie will be leading an intriguing fortnightly discussion group entitled “Art is for All”.

Members will be encouraged to share their own emotional responses and ideas about artists and art visuals previously selected for consideration.

Volunteers needed to join our Communication Team:

Do you enjoy meeting new people, finding out what they have on offer for our U3A or following up news stories?

We are looking for a couple of journalists to assist our Facebook and e-Voice editors. You don’t have to be a brilliant writer as your copy will be proofread by the editors, but you enjoy following up leads, asking questions, taking notes, and snapping photos. Interested? Contact our Communication Officer John Armstrong at:

How can we develop our relationship with Retirement Complexes on the Sunshine Coast?

According to Google, there are now 126 Retirement Living and Retirement Villages on the Sunshine Coast.

Many of our members are living very happily in these complexes, and we are fortunate to have access to some as venues for our activities.

Indeed, our Strategic Plan calls for us to ‘develop and maintain relationships with village owners/retirement village managers and initiate learning and social opportunities.’

So what do your retirement complexes have to offer you? And how can U3A Sunshine Coast link in to their activities or could they link in to U3A Sunshine Coast? In other words, what can we do for each other?

Issues like this will become part of the discussion when we reschedule our Covid-cancelled Strategic Plan Review early in 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the Review discussion, please ask the office for a copy of our Strategic Objectives:

Long term Date Claimer: I Age Well Expo 2021:

Organiser Tanya Dave will be making up for this year’s lost opportunity by booking the Nambour Show-grounds for Sunday August 5th 2021, and U3A will be given an entire hall to use, from 8.30am to 3 pm!

What an opportunity to showcase our wonderful organisation to the wider public – and plenty of advance notice to think about performances from our tap dancers, ukulele bands, and choirs…