The February newsletter has been added to the Newsletter page. We are trialing Mailchimp as a platform for producing and distributing the newsletter and while that side of the process is manageable providing the print version for our non email member is more challenging. When we review the ‘effort for result ratio’ we may return to the tried and proven use of Publisher and email for circulation.
All our programs are now up and running all with Activity Leaders and sufficient participants.
Registrations have been a bit slower this year but that is to be expected with the COVID situation.
Although the 2021 Strathalbyn U3A year might be starting in subdued mode, given the ever present spectre of COVID 19, planning is moving forward to provide an engaging program for our members.
The committee has examined our activities in the light of COVID requirements regarding social distancing and sanitising and with the positive support of our members we feel confident that we can proceed safely.
New to our program line up is a catch all “Let’s get together” where we have gathered up a range of activities open to all our members and their families and friends. We plan to add events as the ideas are presented. Confirmed dates are
Tuesday 20th April for a ‘Come and Try” Flourishing on the Fleurieu activity;
Tuesday 18th May – Cardiovascular Health Presentation;
Tuesday 15th June Living with Arthritis.
We are delighted to have the support of the Strath Neighbourhood Centre at 6 Parker Avenue to assist with collecting our registrations and as a venue for some of our activities.
The cold of winter seems to increase the discomfort felt by arthritis sufferers.
Arthritis South Australia will be running a session for Strathalbyn U3A members and their friends which will provide an overview of arthritis and osteoporosis and steps we can take to improve our bone health.
As the third school term begins Strathalbyn U3A is starting up quite a few of our activities.
The revised program has been added to our “Program” page and as far as possible members have been advised.
Some activities, in particular those where Social Distancing cannot be guaranteed, will not resume.
We are fortunate that our region has not been impacted by the Corona Virus but vigilance and correct adherence to the sanitising and Social Distancing protocols are still vital for our continued good health.
Social Isolation has an upside as it provides uninterrupted time to create, achieve, complete, ponder and review any number of activities that we may not have otherwise done.
Our most recent newsletter for May 2020 (found on the Newsletter page of this site) illustrates how some of our groups have overcome the restrictions created by Social Isolation to continue their U3A activities.
Eventually life will return to some semblance of normal and we will emerge wiser and more caring about the importance of human interaction and socialising as well as experiencing again the pleasure of sharing a coffee at the local cafe.
As restrictions are lifted the committee will begin the process of restoring access to activities and venues.
Registrations for 2020 have been very brisk and as a result some of our activities have reached capacity.
However as the year progresses vacancies will occur so please register your interest in being on a waiting list and in the meantime there are interesting alternatives to keep you entertained. Alternatively, if there is a lot of interest, we may be able to start up new groups.
Book Club 1 – full
Book Club 2 – Full
Walking for Fun – Full
Walk Aerobics – full
Chi Kung – full
Italian – full
Cryptic Crosswords – full – a second course may be scheduled later in the year depending on demand.