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Monthly Newsletter from U3A Sunshine Coast

September 2020 Edition

John D. Cooper – From Rabbi to U3A Co-founder

Founding member of U3A Sunshine Coast, and one of our new Life Members, was one of the four course convenors at Tea, Talk and Tutors when more than forty 3rd Agers at Moffatt Beach joined U3A Sunshine Coast’s first mini-courses. John’s story is one of emigration, discovery and enterprise in community work, with U3A at its centre..
Read John’s remarkable story here.

President’s Report – September 2020

When other U3As have found their activities curtailed or stopped, U3A-SC has managed to keep going for the entire term. A very big “thank you” to our volunteer tutors, who have been helping to keep us safe with active Covid-19 prevention plans. We also have new leaders in our office with Jennifer Strike appointed ‘Office Coordinator and Karen Martin as ‘Project Officer”.

Please read the President’s full report here:

New course in Creative Writing

Interested in exploring creative writing? This new course (Course Code: 20WRI303) will provide the tools for you to begin a project of your own. Introducing the basics of story structure, writing styles, narrative viewpoint, characterisation, setting/place and dialogue, the course will be practical with in-class exercises and examples. To enrol or to find out more please go to the U3A website or phone the office 5430 1123.

New Vice-Chancellor is Aged Care specialist

Professor Helen Bartlett has commenced her tenure as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Professor Bartlett brings to USC extensive international experience and as a research specialist in health and aged care, Professor Bartlett’s career includes inaugural Director at the Australasian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland, the Oxford Centre for Health Care Research and Development and the Oxford Dementia Centre at Oxford Brookes University. (Photo: USC)

New discussion group chronicles the 20th Century

A new Discussion Group will examine  historical events from the 20th Century and examine their influence in shaping the world. A brief will be sent out prior to each class summarising the  events of the period and outline points for discussion and debate. Members of the class will be able to contribute to the conversation, conducted in a respectful, non-judgemental and informative manner. More details  are on the U3A website or phone the office on 5430 1123. (Course Code: 20DSG310)

USC to conduct Covid-19 Clinical Trials

If you would like to participate in upcoming COVID-19 research at  USC Clinical Trials then please register your interest now if you are over 18 years old and in generally good health. Contact USC Clinical Trials at our Sunshine Coast or Moreton Bay locations. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

Travel Chat update

The Caloundra Travel Chat group resumed in early August after the Covid shutdown, with six enjoyable presentations this term. Our new Venue in the CWA hall in Caloundra (opposite IGA & PO) has proved to be very popular indeed. Our numbers may have been restricted but our larger venue means we can all safely socially distance. Please click below to find out more about our programme. 

SLSC to conduct water-safe course for Seniors

Surf Lifesaving Sunshine Coast have developed a new program to help educate our seniors on water skills, staying safe in and around water, basic first aid, CPR and DRSABCD. There’s also swim technique for those who would like to begin lap or squad swimming or just want to fine tune their current skills.

Hand Chimes group needs music stands

The Hand Chimes group would very much like to keep meeting over the holidays and they are working to meet this request. They are also asking for assistance but way of a wood working group who could make tabletop music stands for the group. If anyone can assist the Chimes group with the music stands please contact Wendy Turton at

Lecture Series programme for Term 4

Lyn Lovell has advised the Lecture Series programme for all four venues that will be open during Term 4: Caloundra, Mudjimba, Maleny and Nambour. Please click the link below to view and download the programme.

Ian R. Wilson – Life Member via Special Delivery

Ian R. Wilson wasn’t able to attend the Annual General Meeting at North Shore Community Centre to be presented with his Life Member badge and Certificate, owing to self-isolating at home, but his badge and certificate were hand-delivered by President Glyni Cumming. Ian has had 30-year association with U3A Sunshine Coast as a Tutor in Geography and as a staunch supporter of U3A.

Lecture Group finds a new Captain

Lyn Lovell has advised that Ruth Flechtner has graciously volunteered to act as Captain. The lecture group will restart in term 4 at 1pm on Wednesdays at the CWA Hall, 17 Kalinga Street, Caloundra

The Golfer’s Dream – a Hole in One

On 3rd September at Maroochy River Golf Club U3A Golf Class Tutor Graham Whyte achieved ‘The Golfers Dream’, a hole in one on the Par 3, 12th Hole. With his 7 wood he landed the ball 3 metres beyond a green side bunker 5 metres from the hole. It released and rolled forward 5 metres into the cup. He and his partners did not realise the ball had gone into the hole.  Graham has been playing golf since 1963 and this was his first ‘Ace’. When asked what he thought about his achievement, Graham was stuck for words. All he could say was, “SURPRISED”. Congratulations Graham. .

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 October edition.
Email to:

John Armstrong

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