President’s Page

Forgot to mention in the last email, that if you are attending the AGM on the 4th March, could you please let us know for catering and for recording details for COVID purposes.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
You can tell your tutor or any committee member if you are attending
Thank you
Evie

Hello everyone,
Welcome to 2021, to returning members and new members, I hope your time with U3A will be fun and meaningful. For new members, a big hello and welcome to a new experience of learning. I realise this email is rather long, but most of the stuff is important. Please read to the end.

2021 started off with a bang at our open day in January, held at the Bowling Club at Southside. Thank you everyone once again for your help, we couldnt have succeeded without you.

We are in the process of getting together a croquet class. To join this class, you will have to have your own mallet, although their will be a few for try and buy. More on this later when the details are sorted out.  

We have had an overwhelming response to our classes this year. Here is a list of classes that are full and those that can take more people.
FULL CLASSES OR THOSE WITH WAITING LISTS
AQUA  EXERCISES
IT CLASSES ARE FULL
LIFE WRITING

CLASSES THAT CAN TAKE MORE MEMBERS
GERMAN – 3
RETRO JUKEBOX – 5-6
PAINTING – 2-3 
TAI CHI – Beginners – 3  Advanced – 3
LINE DANCING – 9 with adjusted times
All other classes are able to take more members
All classes back to normal venues from 22nd February

At the moment, we are having a campaign to encourage those of you with any skills, to think about having a classf anything that might be of interest. If you have skills at anything, be it knitting, sewing crochet  writing, playing an instrument, anything at all, get in contact with Denice, our class coordinator, and give her your thoughts. We would love to have you on board.

The same if you are attending a class, and feel you could help out your tutor, let your tutor know you are available as a helper. All tutors volunteer their time, so please if you can help, you will find it very rewarding

CHANGE OF VENUES FOR SOME CLASSES
Below are times and changes for some classes:
HISTORY – 15TH FEB-SCOUTS HALL
GERMAN –  15TH FEB – HOUSE
CRAFT – 18TH FEB – INDOOR BOWLS
2ND MAHJONG GROUP – WEDNESDAY 2-4 SCOUTS HALL
LIFE WRITING –  12TH AND 19TH FEB – 12.30 – 2.30 SCOUTS HALL
BOOK ENDS –  11TH FEB GCP
BOOK MARKS –  17TH FEB GCP
CHAT GROUP – CONTINUING GUNABEL HOMESTEAD
ALL IT CLASSES CANCELLED 24TH FEB, DUE TO OPEN DAY AT SCU

The AGM will be held on THURSDAY 4TH MARCH, 2-4 PM AT GYMPIE BOWLS CLUB SOUTHSIDE. All positions will be declared vacant, and nominations forms are available on the website….some tutors may have forms as well, Proxy forms are also available on the website.
Positions that are available”
PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
CLASS COORDINATOR
PUBLICITY OFFICER
NEWS EDITOR
ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER X 3
Please consider joining or volunteering for a position.

The annual U3A Conference is being held in Stanthorpe, 12th and 13th May. This is open to all members of U3A and all are invited to attend. More information is available on the website. Some of the committee will be going so if any members would like to attend, car pooling can be arranged

Now I would like to appeal to all those people who have scraps of wool, or unused wool and can crochet. Our former president, Susan Hayes had an idea for ‘Trees on Mary’. She suggested we crochet birds and have them around and in the tree. I personally love the idea, so if any of you can crochet, and would like to contribute,  send me an email, and we might even get together once a week and crochet lots of little budgerigars….I will have a pattern available for those who would like to join in. 
Certainly hope I havent bored you all to tears, but thanks for reading
regards
Evie

PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2021

Hello Members,

Here’s to 2021 being a much better year than the confinements of 2020 brought us. Of course, we still have social distancing, hand sanitizing, and hygiene standards that have become the norm, but the most important thing, is if you are unwell, please stay at home. We can’t be too careful at our age.

U3A Gympie got off to a rousing start at our Open Day in January. After a somewhat jumbled start, things soon settled down and we had a very successful day. Of course, this couldn’t have happened without the dedicated committee, our tutors and volunteers who manned the tables, and the people from Gympie Bowls Club who helped us out with arranging the tables etc. Thank you so much to all of you. Your efforts were very much appreciated.

A big welcome to our new members, here’s to an enjoyable time and new friendships on your U3A journey. And it goes without saying, a huge welcome to our returning members, I look forward to catching up with you.

At the Open Day, I picked up a cushion, I think it was from the book club table. If this is yours, let me know, so it can be returned to you.

The committee have recently hired a storage shed for the equipment U3A has gathered over the years. If you have any stock of U3A, could you please let a committee member know and they can arrange for pick up or delivery from you.

Our AGM will be held on the Thursday, 4th March at Gympie Bowls Club, Southside starting at .2:00pm. All positions will be vacant and a new committee elected. We will be needing a new secretary, a publicity officer and ordinary committee members. If any of you out there feel you would make a difference, please think about putting your hand up. As I said, all positions will be vacant, so get a nomination form from a committee member and join us.  Have a great term 1.

Evie

President