From the President

It’s a pleasure to socialise again

We ended Term 1 with Easter celebrations and the Social Club will be treating us to coffee and cake in the last week of this term. We’ve had a number of well-attended Four O’clock Forums and in the second week of the upcoming holidays members will enjoy our first ever Christmas in July lunch at the Hub.

Many of you have already bought your tickets for the Christmas in July lunch, which the Social Committee is hosting on Tuesday 5 July. Please ask at the reception desk for tickets – $40 each. Remember we don’t take cash. You can read more details about the lunch in the Social Committee’s article in this newsletter.

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Happy National Volunteers Week!

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is on 16 – 22 May 2022. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together.

Many of you may have noticed groups of us enjoying a tasty lunch in the Hub foyer over the past couple of weeks. Duty Committee Members (Valerie, Frank, Colin, June, Gary, Athalie, Judith, Marlene, Terry and myself) were hosting our valued teams of Reception Desk Volunteers as a way of thanking them for the work they do for U3A Nunawading. The service they provide enables us to be far more responsive to our 2,000+ members than we could ever do without them.

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Settling in to a brighter year

It’s great to see our wide range of classes settling in as members get better acquainted. Our 2022 program of Four O’clock Forums is also underway with a great talk by the Director of our Royal Botanic Gardens late last month, and a new Social Committee has been formed with the brief to give members the opportunity to once again enjoy the social side of their U3A membership.

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Welcome to Term 1

It was wonderful to see so many happy faces returning to classes earlier this month. The last couple of weeks have been very busy preparing for our 2022 U3A year with Reception Desk Volunteers and Class Leaders attending their annual Information Sessions. Along with the Committee of Management, these are the key people who keep the wheels turning at U3A Nunawading.

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Outlook is very positive for 2022

The outlook for U3A Nunawading in 2022 is looking very positive! We had over 1,500 enrolments in the first week with many classes already full. Our members are clearly excited to be back, and new members are eager to join. Welcome to you all!
Last week was party time where we thanked our hard workers and many classes held their own end-of-year celebrations.

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Thanks for keeping the wheels turning!

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has kept the wheels turning at U3A Nunawading during the latest lockdowns! Many Class Leaders and other support people have given their time generously moving outside of their comfort zone to keep in touch with their class mostly by Zoom, but also via email. It’s a credit to everyone how well we have all learnt to master aspects of technology that were completely unknown to us just two years ago.

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President’s Message

I am delighted to announce that Bert Lopes has been recognised for his outstanding work at U3A Nunawading over a period of years with a 2021 Chisholm Community Award.

We are all looking forward to returning to the Hub and as soon as we hear from Whitehorse Council, we will advise you immediately …

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Seniors Festival Online as we move to opening up

As we enter our seventh week of lockdown I hope you are keeping well and staying connected in whatever way you can. The sooner we reach our vaccination milestones the sooner we can all get back to seeing each other at U3A.

Despite COVID restrictions there are lots of special activities planned for October’s Seniors Festival…

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