President’s Message, Feb 2020

Liz Hooper

Welcome back to U3A Nunawading for 2020! Thank you to everyone who assisted in the first week back to classes. Our numbers have increased by 5% from this time last year, so week one was even more hectic than usual. So far in 2020 we have 2020 members enrolled!

Hopefully, most members have now located their classes and everyone will have an enjoyable year of fun, friendship and learning.

Thank you to David Patston and his team for another excellent Summer School, and to all Leaders and Office Volunteers for the effort they put into running this event. The attendance figures are an indication of how much this experience is valued by our members.

Each year, the Committee of Management sets aside time for a Strategic Planning Session. This year our major focus was on the transition to the Nunawading Community Hub. The building is progressing well and, at this stage, we hope to move in mid-July during the semester break. We will continue to keep you informed along the way as soon as we know for sure. Click here for some answers to frequently asked questions about our move to the Hub and you can follow construction progress via the Whitehorse Council website https://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/nunawading-community-hub

Some Committee of Management responsibilities have been reallocated this year. Frank Baseden has taken on the role of Grants Coordinator while Valerie Donlon will be responsible for overseeing our Communications and Publicity including website, email Update, quarterly newsletter, and community events. Frank has kindly agreed to continue his key role in organising our participation in October at the Whitehorse Spring Festival and launch of Seniors Week at Federation Square.

I am delighted to announce that our former President, Valerie Donlon, was recognised with an award from the City of Whitehorse as their 2020 Citizen of the Year. A great honour and very well-deserved!

You can read more about these items in our March newsletter.

Liz Hooper (President, U3A Nunawading)