Due to the interest in learning Italian we have had to move the group to larger accommodation so as of 7th March 2018 the venue will be the Catholic Church Hall in Chapel Street.
Registrations for the year have been steady and all but a few groups have started.
There has been a slight delay for “Out in the Shed” as the final setting up of the new Shed on Milnes Road is still being carried out. The wait will be worthwhile as the facilities are looking good.
Now that the AGM and registrations have been completed it is time for groups to swing into action for the year.
Just in case your calendar is not filled with activities Recorder has returned to the program and will be held on the first and third Thursdays at the Anglican Church Hall on East Tce. Details on the program page.
For those who find Japanese, French and Italian not enough we are exploring the option of adding Mandarin to the list. Send us an email if you are interested.
2018 = 365 days to fill with interesting activities!
The program is now here on the website so it is time to take out the brand new diary and decide which of our activities can be included to help make your year interesting and rewarding.
Important dates for the start of 2018
January – All month there will be a display featuring our U3A activities in the showcase at the entrance of the Strathalbyn Library which is open 9 – 5 Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.
January 31st (Wednesday) – a stall in the IGA Mall in Dawson Street is planned to share information and to take early registrations. 10am – 2pm.
February 2nd (Friday) – AGM in the Senior Citizens Hall 2 – 4pm. Afternoon provided and registrations will be accepted.
February 5th (Monday) – Registration Day in the Strathalbyn Library Reading (Coleman Tce) 9.30 – 12.30
2018 Programs will be available from mid January on this website.
Our committee members have already commenced promoting the U3A Strathalbyn program for 2017 with a stand at the Strathalbyn Monthly Market. We will be back at the Lions Quarterly Market on 29th January with programs and joining forms ready to receive registrations. The fee of $40 remains unchanged.
The AGM will be held at the Strathalbyn Senior Citizens Hall on Parker Avenue from 2pm on Monday 3rd February and registration day will be Monday 6th February in the reading room of the library.
The 2017 Program and Joining form are available on this website along with a reasonably detailed outline of each of the subjects on offer.
What a privilege it is to have Dr Don Hopgood AO share his thoughts on some of the books he has read and enjoyed. The four sessions spread over four weeks during winter stretched our brains while tickling our funny bones and reviving our memories.
The books which he shared ranged from ‘Shadow of the Thylacine’ to ‘Duke the Life of Duke Ellington’, ‘The Dreyfus Affair’ – a political scandal not a romantic entanglement to ‘One Summer America 1927’ the story of Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic and William Dampier’s contributions as “a pirate of exquisite mind”.
Discussion ranged from the mapping of the stars by Herschel, to the discovery of the earliest complete gospels in the Sinai Desert by middle-aged Scottish twin sisters and Tim Flannery’s suggestions for ameliorating the effects of Global Warming.
Don provided us with comprehensive notes on each of his sessions with publication details should we wish to read them for ourselves.
Spring is in the air which means the end of the year is rushing headlong towards us.
Changes to the Program and forthcoming events are detailed in the August Newsletter which is available here on the website. Points to note are:
Our end of year celebratory lunch will be held at the Wine House on December 7th
A Quiz night is to be held on 10th September and another on 12th November. Strathalbyn U3A members and their partners and friends are welcome to join our table. Contact Norma (details in the newsletter).
The next 5th Wednesday Morning Tea will be held on 31st August at the Strath Neighbourhood Centre – all welcome 10am – 11.30.
The second of the Cryptic Crossword sessions will be held on Tuesday 30th August.
The annual Strathalbyn Craft Fair provided an excellent opportunity to mount an exhibition of U3A activities.
A colourful display by the Social Art Group, healthy herb plants from the Hands on Gardening group, attractive handmade cards for sale and items relevant to many of our activities provided a visual invitation to visitors to the fair to stop and chat about U3A.
The AGM and Registration day are done and now it is time to get started on the year’s learning, sharing and having fun.
Most activities still have vacancies and it is never too late to start.
Unfortunately we have had to suspend the offer of Creative Writing but with a bit of lateral thinking and hopefully the offer of a new presenter it will go back into the program soon.
The new equipment purchased with the aid of a grant from U3A SA will be installed in the Strath Neighbourhood Centre ready for the first groups to use. We also have a collection box at the centre where members can pick up or drop items such as registration forms, name badges, newsletters etc.