President’s Page

June 2021


June 2021

Hello members,I hope you are all going to have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you in Term 3. This email is to advise you of new classes, new times etc.

Don’t forget our Sign On day for Term 3 is on Tuesday 6 July, 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Indoor Bowls Hall, 35 Graham Street Gympie.

There will be cash or EFTPOS for your convenience, or, if you prefer, you can pay by direct credit to our account at
Bendigo Bank:
BSB 633000
ACC NO 156399636


1.  Creative Writing Workshop – a 5-week course commencing on Friday, 16 July from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Gympie Art Gallery, 39 Nash Street Gympie.

Over 5 weeks, we will work through the stages of producing a creative work of fiction, from the concept through to development, including mood, the opening, building the story, and the ending. We will also learn how to give and receive constructive criticism, and finally how to edit and polish our finished story.
The tutor, Trudy Graham, will be at the sign-on day to take your registration. Remember, because of COVID rules, at this venue we cannot take more than six participants.

2.  Memoir Writing – commencing on Wednesday, 14 July from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Sherwood Hall, Avenues, 37 Red Hill Road Gympie. This class will be held every 2nd and 4th week of the month during Term 3.

Tutor Lani Roberts: The course offers practical and achievable steps to get you started or to polish your existing work. Classes will include simple step-by-step processes, ideas and techniques to help structure your thoughts, recall memories or improve your writing style. We’ll also do fun and thought-provoking writing exercises, share our stories, have a few laughs, and encourage each other’s writing journey.

3.  Social Pickleball – commencing on Thursday, 15 July from 9.30am to 11.00am at the Kandanga Tennis Club, 1 Pine Street, Kandanga.

Pickleball is a real sport and really fun! Think of it as table tennis, meets tennis, meets badminton. Played on a small court, simple rules, under arm action, light weight bat and ball: means anyone from school-aged children to elderly retirees can enjoy the game of pickleball.

The tutor, Margaret Gillett has invited interested parties to join her at the Kandanga Tennis Club on Tuesday, 29 June and 6 July from 8.00am to 10.00am to either play a game of Pickleball for $3.00 or to watch the game being played.


1.  Conversation Group (formerly known as Chit Chat) – will be continuing to meet at the Gunabul Homestead, 9 Power Road Gympie, however, they will be now meeting from 10.30am to 11.45am. The first meeting will be held on Monday, 19 July 2021 and then continue to meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday during Term 3.

Share this opportunity to come along and contribute to friendly and informative conversation on a range of contemporary topics. You can contribute your views and opinions, and perhaps broaden your thinking, over coffee or tea, in an enjoyable and non-judgmental atmosphere.

History – is sometimes call the “pastness of the past”—the ways people in distant ages constructed their lives—involves a sense of beauty and excitement, and ultimately another perspective on human life and society.
This term, the class will be researching the ancient Roman city, Pompeii located at the base of Mount Vesuvius.

Painting Class – is now a HOUSE class so please contact the Class Coordinator on 0490 757 458.

Widgee Board Games – are still being held at the Widgee Memorial Hall on every 2nd Thursday of the month during Term 3 however, the games are now starting from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.


Coffee with Friends – 9.30am, last weekday of the month during Term 3 at the Rusty Rails Café, Gympie Station, Tozer St, Gympie

Tuesday Lunch – 12.30pm, every Tuesday during Term 3 at the Phoenix Hotel, 29 Red Hill Rd, Gympie.  Enjoy a meal with friends from their Seniors Home Style Classics menu.

Class times and venues will all appear on the Term 3 Class & Activities Schedule – available soon on our website.

COVID restrictions are liable to change at short notice, but we hope it won’t impact too much on us here in the Gympie Region. As always, if you are not well please stay at home. Look after yourselves.




April 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new committee members. I haven’t had a chance to welcome you before, circumstances stopped me coming to our last meeting. I sincerely hope that you are enjoying your new roles.

Regretfully, Beryl has had to resign because of ill health. At the moment, Mary is doing the secretary’s job, but we need someone else to take this over. If any of you feel you are able to do this, please put your hand up. It is a big job, but I’m sure it would be very satisfying.

I must commend Lindy on her first newsletter, great job Lindy, I look forward to many more.

As we go into Term 2, I wish all of you happy committee days.

I have written on our Facebook page that our sign on day will be on the 13th April, so hopefully I can say at this time that we have had a very successful couple of hours. Thanks to all who helped out.

We have had a very good offer from Avenues regarding our classes. So far, we need another 11/2 hours to get this offer. If you know any class that would like to move to Avenues, get in touch with Denice.

As members of the executive staff, sometimes decisions have to be made on the spur of the moment. When these decisions are made, sometimes the decision maker cops flak. They are always made with more than one member of the executive committee making them. It doesn’t mean the rest of you have been ignored, the decision was made for the best for U3A, not personal grounds.

So next month is the state conference in Stanthorpe. I must say I am looking forward to it, and a bit apprehensive at the same time. Thank you, Lindy, for stepping up as my ‘partner in crime’ so to speak, and thanks Denice for stepping back and allowing her to take your place.  Let’s all aspire to have a great term 2.




March 2021

Hello Members,

As we come to the end of a very successful Term 1, I wish you all a safe and happy Easter break. If you are travelling, take care and keep up with the new COVID requirements. As I write this, it seems that we may have lockdown again in the near future. We can do this people, just be aware of where you are and, if you are unwell, stay home.

For next term, which starts on 19 April, we will have a Sign on Day on Tuesday, 13 April from 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm. For full details see Treasurer’s Report below.

The benefits of great communication are well known, so your committee has added a Contact Us form on our website to be used by current and potential new members. Please use this form to communicate with U3A Gympie committee members.

I have also requested that a ‘feedback email’ be set up for my personal use. So if you are happy with U3A Gympie, please tell your friends. If not, please direct your feedback to me at to allow me the opportunity to address the problem. Our group can only improve with honest feedback, and helpful suggestions for improvement are always welcome. This and other new email addresses will be listed in the Contact Us page on our website

The U3A Network QLD State Conference is coming up in May, with Lindy Bell and myself attending. It will be our first U3A conference, so a bit excited and a bit wary about it. But I’m sure we will muddle our way through it.

That’s all from me, see you next term.