With International Women’s Day celebrations, our monthly Forums and a U3A Social Committee, the Hub is taking on a whole new aspect as members enjoy new opportunities to socialise. None of this would be possible, of course, if we did not have Council monitors checking the vaccination status of everyone entering the Hub each day.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day last month provided a welcome opportunity for celebration at the Hub with cupcakes, and tea and coffee available to members who made the most of the chance to socialise. It was wonderful to see so many of them wearing purple, green and white in recognition of the day. Thanks to June MacDonald for her initiative, and Elsie Mutton, Valerie Donlon, Paulina Chong for their contribution, and everyone who participated in this vibrant occasion.
Four O’Clock Forums
The enthusiastic response of members to our programs of Four O‘clock Forums is very pleasing. The Forums are held from 4pm – 5pm on the last Wednesday of the month and offer members an excellent opportunity of hearing from outside speakers on a wide range of topics.
There are still some seats available at our Forum to be held on Wednesday 27 April – Journey to the Toilet with Mark Balla. This TED Talker has led an extraordinary life but on a trip to India Mark made an unexpected discovery that was to turn his understanding of our world upside down. You can enrol in our Forums online or at the Reception Desk.
Treatment of Council staff
This is a friendly reminder that the Victorian Government still requires all people attending the Hub to check in and show proof of their double vaccination status.
Council staff cannot admit anyone on the basis that they were at the Hub last week – everyone must have this certification with them when entering the Hub, either on their phone or in print form, as community centres are being audited on this.
In performing their duties, Council staff must be treated with respect at all times. Disappointingly, we are receiving regular reports that Council staff are experiencing increased verbal and physical abuse. Should this continue, we have been advised that any member behaving unacceptably will not be permitted to return to the Hub.
That said, the vast majority of U3A members are doing the right thing and Council are very appreciative of all who come through the doors smiling. We understand that the whole process is an inconvenience, but unfortunately this is the only way we are allowed to operate at the Hub for the time being.
It is wonderful seeing the Hub busy and thriving as more people return to activities. We look forward to more social events in the coming weeks and months.
If you are at the Hub this Tuesday or Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm, you will have the opportunity to meet Social Committee members and enjoy a cuppa, a hot cross bun and an Easter egg to celebrate the end of our first full term at the Hub.
Please note that Term 1 ends on Friday 8 April and Term 2 begins on Tuesday 26 April.
Liz Hooper, President
on behalf of the Committee of Management