Broadbeach U3A Newsletter April 2017
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa
Going for Silver
2018 will not only see the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but also the 25th Anniversary of your U3A. Broadbeach U3A has created positive ripples for our many members over the years who have enjoyed the learning and social opportunities on offer. Such an achievement should surely be marked by a couple of celebratory events. It would be great if some members could form a small group to organise these - please come forward to express your interest in helping by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Whirl
Our social activities give everyone an opportunity to meet a wider circle of our members than can be provided by individual classes and these have been fun events.
Our first social Monthly Lunch for this year, which was at Mikes Kitchen, was well attended by new and renewed members and everyone had a good time.
April's lunch will be held this time on the 3rd Friday, April 21st, as the 2nd Friday is Good Friday. The venue will be : The Lone Star Tavern - Markeri Street Mermaid Waters and an email invite will be sent out with the final details closer to that date.
The recent Coach Excursion to Mount Tamborine was postponed due to adverse weather but is being rescheduled. Members should also look out for a further Coach Excursion that is planned for Thursday 8th June, so please put this in your diary awaiting further details.
Another social and mild fitness opportunity is offered by our Walking Group that meets every Tuesday, all of the year, at 9am, for a pleasant hour long walk around Albert Park, Broadbeach Waters. All members are very welcome on any Tuesday morning.
For those interested in discussing current, light and serious topics why not join our Discussion Group and gain an insight into how others feel on the issues of the day?
Off the ground
The new Armchair Travel group is being enjoyed by all attendees. The class meets on Fridays at 10am until 11.30am in Room B2 (during the school terms) and all members are very welcome to come along and enjoy hearing and talking about the travels around this wonderful world of ours. ( cue Louis Armstrong)
We are in the very fortunate position of having a Tutor available for a card making class so if you are interested in joining this class please register this by emailing email@example.com.
As mentioned in our last newsletter there is plenty of interest in restarting a book group and we are looking for one of our members to step up to the plate to co-ordinate this. It would be great to have this up and running as an option that is so popular in many U3As.
Please volunteer by firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you getting this up and running.
A Moving Story
While our U3A office move was detailed in our last Newsletter and mapped on the website, a few members have been turning up at the old office, perhaps led astray by some out of date signs around the school. Please ensure you and your fellow members are aware that the U3A office has moved to a more convenient location at room ZB8 in Block B as detailed on the campus map on our website. The office will continue to be manned on Mondays 10am till 12am during Merrimac School terms.
The last Griffith lecture on native plants was very well received and as a follow up we have posted more detail on our website.
At your service
Our recent AGM was most interesting with our President, Marie Mooney giving a lively account of our last year and Chris Tobin, Principal of our hosting Merrimac State High School, giving us a wide-ranging insight into the school's issues, progress and notable achievements. The light refreshments were appreciated as the icing on the cake.
We are pleased to announce that the following positions have been filled for the current year :-
President: Marie Mooney
Secretary: Maggie Pernet
Treasurer: Joe Reisenberger
Vice President and Social Secretary: Robyn Tucker
Publicity Officer: John Crittenden
Webmasters: Barry Joy and Linda Crittenden
Griffith University Lecture liaison : Jo Holman
"When you drink the water, remember the spring." Chinese proverb
Our thanks go to these members who work behind the scenes to sustain our U3A that brings so much to so many. Once again we also express our gratitude to our tutors who give freely of their time and effort to share their knowledge and skills. We welcome any members who would like to put forward their ideas for tutoring new courses.
We also welcome new blood into our U3A so please play your part in encouraging over 50 year olds to join us.