April 2016 newsletter
"Yet Autumn is here like another Spring, a ministering, kindly season, healing the wounds of that too ardent love which Summer gave. " C.J.Dennis
Personally, l was getting on rather well with Summer but a change is as good as a rest and it is therefore pleasing to welcome two new members on to our Committee, Christa and Josephine.
John Crittenden ( Publicity Officer)
Linda Crittenden ( University Liaison)
Barry Joy ( Webmaster)
Marie Mooney (President)
Maggie Pernet (Secretary)
Joe Reisnberger (Treasurer)
Robyn Tucker ( Vice President and Social Secretary)
Jogging Your Memory
We have been asked to spread the word about Alzheimer’s Australia Qld’s Memory Walk and Jog fundraising event on the Gold Coast.
MEMORY WALK & JOG 2016 – GOLD COASTWHEN: Sunday 19th June
WHERE: Broadwater Parklands,
Marine Parade, Southport
Races commence: 8:45am
Prizes and presentations : 11:30am
Coffee, delicious food stalls and entertainment
For more information or to register, visit http://www.memorywalk.com.au/qld/events
U3A State Conference
As you may have noticed from our website, this U3A Conference will take place on June 2nd and 3rd at Sunshine Coast University. Anyone interested should email email@example.com. General information on the conference is available on the network website: u3aqldconference.org
If l had a hammer
The 7th May is World Croquet Day and Broadbeach Bowls Club are inviting members of the Broadbeach community to come along between 10 am and 4pm and get an introduction to mallet sport. Mallet sport is a moderate exercise with an emphasis on brain training with the strategies involved in getting through the hoop or stopping your opponent from getting through the hoop. For more information contact Maria 0418 750 232 or
Merle & Bob 55394250.
Food for thought
The guest lecturer for the next U3A lecture on Friday, 13 May 2016 at Griffith University will be Ms Shelley Roberts, Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Ms Roberts' topic will revolve around: "Malnutrition". LInda Crittenden will be supplying full details nearer the time.
A little badgering
It has been noted that not all members are wearing their badges to school campus classes. These days we all need to be security conscious and we owe it to our generous hosts to display that we are U3A members.
Reach for the stars
We are very lucky that a new member, Matthew Wallace, an experienced teacher and scientist, is offering to tutor a course for us that should be very exciting.
Volcanoes that erupt ice instead of lava, Vast lakes of liquid Methane, Gravitational waves caused by the collision of massive stars. You will see all this and more as we gather magnificent photos and videos from satellites in space and monster telescopes on the ground.
You will learn about the latest in astronomy and observe new stars in the process of forming. Matthew will guide you through the course answering your questions making learning easy.
Be amazed, join the Astronomy class.
If this is for you please email U3abroadbeach@gmail.com
Reach for your armchair
A little nearer home but no less exciting, Jo Holman and Robyn Tucker are looking to run a class entitled Armchair Travel.
This would start in Term 2, running on Friday mornings from 10 – 11.30am. The proposed format is:
1 hr WHERE TO GO: general discussion and presentation of photos on a particular topic.
Each session would target a particular zone, country or city (e.g. Scandinavia, Greek Islands, France, Peru, Prague, Bangkok). The theme would be publicised in advance so participants can prepare material. Those who have visited the area under discussion would have up to 15 minutes to tell the group about their personal experiences and share a few photos. Those who have not been to the area may contribute if they wish by doing research and providing information of general interest.
0.5 hr TRAVEL TIPS: how to do it.
This section could also be ‘themed’ in advance, with topics such as Travel Insurance, Booking Flights, What to Pack, Selecting a Cruise, Selecting a Tour Company, Going Solo, Staying Connected, and will be general discussion with participants contributing information, tips, what not to do, etc.
Anyone interested in participating in the course should email firstname.lastname@example.org and it would be helpful if they could indicate the countries of which they have or would like to have knowledge.
An apple a day
It will be of some relief to people on the large waiting list to attend iPad courses to know that these are now being rolled out. The ambition of giving everyone a chance of to attend this year has been boosted by Linda Crittenden having identified and trained some additional course leaders and assistants to run additional courses alongside her own. The new iPad tutors are Bobbie Trenchard-Smith, Cathy Griffiths and Marilyn Macfarlane. Patience is still requested of would-be participants but the cavalry is coming over the hill.
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
So why hasn't he joined the U3A?