January 2017 Newsletter
A happy 2017 to all our members and l trust you are sticking to your resolutions. I was going to open with a rather grand quote from Anton Chekhov: -
"Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.”
But, for me a least, l think this one from George Clooney has more resonance:-
"You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.”
Anyway l hope you learn something below about our U3A's plans for your education and learning for this year. No doubt the wisdom bit will follow.
A big thank you to Robyn for masterminding another very enjoyable Christmas lunch.
With the Choir in good voice and food in quality and abundance it is no wonder that this event is becoming better supported each year. Make sure you don't miss out in 2017.
U3A Office Relocation
We will be advised in the near future of the new location of our office within Merrimac State High School and this will be published on our website with the campus map duly revised.
U3A Term Dates
Term 1: Monday, February 20th- Friday, March 31st
Term 2: Tuesday, April 18th-Friday June 23rd
Term 3: Monday, July 10th- Friday, September 15th
Term 4: Tuesday, October 3rd-Friday, December 1
U3A Classes- starting February 20th
As ever we will need to be patient regarding class allocation as we are unable to give an exact place for the various classes until after school has commenced and has been going for a couple of weeks. The school administration has to house their own pupils first and then we fit into the blank spaces left behind. We are looking to publish the new U3A time table on our website at u3abroadbeach.com. As soon as this becomes available.
It is anticipated that most of the classes will be held at the same time as last year and also in the same place but we will bring to your attention any changes.
Students of all classes which are held "off campus" should contact their tutor to check on arrangements if they have not heard from him / her a week before the U3A term commences.
Sign On Day
If you have not yet enrolled for this year you are welcome to attend the Sign On Day being held in the Hospitality Room of Merrimac State High School 10 am till noon on Friday 3rd February.
But once a year
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 commencing at 10.30 am. All members are welcome -so please come. Here is your chance to learn how your U3A is progressing and to get to know current and prospective Committee members. All positions are to be declared vacant and existing members who wish to continue to serve and any other members who would like to be part of the running of their U3A should nominate themselves or get a friend to nominate them before Wednesday 15th March. Nomination forms will be available from the U3A office.
Griffith Lectures 2017
We have the dates for the lecture programme Griffith University puts on for Gold Coast U3A's and nearer the time we will be able to advise you of the topics. These have always been very informative and enjoyable.
Please note that the lecture published originally on the website for Friday, 1 September will now be Friday, 8 September due to the 1st being the Gold Coast Show Holiday.
The meeting venue will continue to be The Leneen Forde Chancellery Building (G34_1.05/1.06) and the schedule will also remain unchanged:
2:00pm Tea, Coffee, Biscuits
2:15pm Lecture will commence
3:00pm Question time
3:15pm End of session
One of our committee members, Josephine Holman, has kindly offered to take up the mantle as our Griffith Liaison Officer and she will ensure you are kept in the picture.
A Matter of Psychology
Please note that there will be no psychology classes in the first semester of 2017.
Card Play will now cover both Samba and Five Hundred.
Are you getting your 50 dollars worth?
How about trying something new this year? Your fifty dollars entitles you to most classes free of charge and as mentioned in our last newsletter there are new classes starting Armchair Travel, Kinesiology and Arabic.
As Walt Disney said:-
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Give it a go