February 2017 News Letter
“Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.”
There's no doubt these Greeks are on to something. Shame about their economy.
Here we are with a new U3A year before us. It will be as good as we members make it.
Give the Web a Spin?
Our website should be your first port of call for information on Broadbeach U3A as we strive to include up to date information on term dates, courses, course tutors and recent newsletters. Go to www.u3abroadbeach.com or search in google for U3A Broadbeach
The guest lecturer for the next U3A lecture to be held on Friday, 3 March 2017 at Griffith University will be Professor Catherine Pickering, Academic Staff, Griffith School of Environment. Prof Pickering's topic is "groNATIVE and why growing native plants is good for conservation and making our gardens stunning."
This one looks a gripper so look out for Jo Holman's letter next week giving further details.
On The Move
The U3A office has moved to a more convenient location at room ZB8 in Block B. Take a look at the campus map on our website. Did l not say it is very useful? The office will continue to be manned 10am till 12am during Merrimac School terms.
The timetable on the U3A website/ your course tutor should let you know the location, day and time of your course(s).
Lest We Forget
The Annual General Meeting will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday 23rd March in the Hospitality Room of Merrimac State High School. All members are welcome and light refreshments will be provided-so please come. Full details were given in the January Newsletter (see that website again!) including the nomination process for Committee members. For your convenience a nomination form is attached to this newsletter. We are keen to welcome new blood onto the Committee so please do not hesitate to put yourself forward to help shape our U3A for the future. We need nomination forms at least 2 weeks before the AGM.
Wanted by the Police?
We have been approached by no less a body than The Gold Coast District Crime Prevention Unit as to whether any of our members would like to apply to become Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) contributing to the safety and security of the community by working on duties complementing the responsibilities of the Queensland Police Service. Typically VIPs advise communities on Home Personal and Business Security and Road Safety and attend major community events putting in a minimum of 4 hours per week. For further information please contact Arthur Jones by emailing Jones.Arthur@police.qld.gov.au.
Bring on the Motley
"Share your knowledge.
It’s a way to achieve immortality." Dalai Lama (1357-1419)
Frankly l think Dalai was over-promising here but there is no doubt our tutors gain a lot of satisfaction from leading our courses.
Have you knowledge or a skill that you could share with your fellow U3A members? Why not become a course tutor and help extend our range of opportunities?
To be honest some courses need only a Coordinator rather than a Tutor to get them up and running. For example a number of existing and new members would like to see a Book Club up and running again. Nor does a Book Club necessitate a classroom: it in a tavern or a coffee shop. It just needs someone to step forward to coordinate this i.e. setting up dates, time and location of classes and act as a contact point - no Masters Degree in Literature is required! Will some one please volunteer? Just email U3A Broadbeach at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you take things forward.
Similarly it has been mooted that with a Coordinator volunteering we could set up classes in such subjects as Card Making, Scrabble and Photography.
This is your U3A and we want to provide the maximum of exciting learning opportunities. Can you help us expand our activities?
Lunches and Excursions
Stand by for forthcoming emails on the most enjoyable events that Robyn is conjuring for 2017. Lunches are from midday on the 2nd Friday of each month and are at interesting, affordable and varied locations with suitable parking, spacious dining areas and are a wonderful social opportunity to meet other U3A members that you might not otherwise meet. The first of 4 exciting excursions this year is scheduled for Thursday 30th March and so you might like to put this in your diary in advance of further details being available.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
You are invited to a launch by Peter Meggitt (U3A Broadbeach member) of his book entitled “Songs of a Poet Lorikeet”, an autobiography of 60 poems about life on the Gold Coast, beach and bush, history, humour, politics, romance and travel written between 1966 and 2016, many of which have been already published elsewhere or performed on the Gold Coast.
The launch will be held at 68 Kallay Street Miami on SUNDAY 12 MARCH at 2.00pm. Champagne and nibbles will be provided but please bring your own drinks. Entertainment will be provided with poetry reading and in addition the U3A Broadbeach Choir has also been invited to perform a few songs. You will have a chance to meet other local and visiting book lovers from a variety of backgrounds.For any further information please either email Peter at email@example.com or ring him on 0434291422. He would like to know who is coming to help with catering arrangements so please let him know if you will be attending.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." John F.Kennedy
Let's make 2017 a year when you look to contribute to your U3A as much as you gain from it.
Will you become a tutor or coordinator? Will you support the AGM, excursions and lunches? Have you friends that would enjoy what we offer and/or have a skill or knowledge that they might share with us?
"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." Bruce Lee
John Crittenden, Publicity Officer