U3A South Coast Members

Your support of this very important annual event of your organisation would be very much appreciated, as would your consideration of nomination for committee

Please Note 

Play Reading Group

will now commence on

Tuesday 16th February, 2021 

The German Group enjoying their 2020 Christmas meeting

Notification of 

Annual General Meeting

Historic Motor Vehicles Club

cnr Warne and Jolly Streets

Victor Harbor

 2.00pm Tuesday 16th February, 2021


Your support of this very important annual event for your organisation would be very much appreciated,

as would your consideration of

nomination for committee.


Please RSVP by 10th February, 2021 

to the Secretary


Sue Gelade


U3A South Coast Inc.

Enrolment Day

Tuesday 12th January, 2021

Lutheran Centre

21 Adelaide Road

Victor Harbor


10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Please ensure you have your completed Enrolment form with you.


 Committee Nomination

Election of Office Bearers and

Committee Members

Annual General Meeting

2.00pm Tuesday 16th February, 2021

Historical Motor Vehicles Club

cnr Warne and Jolly Streets

Victor Harbor


All management committee positions become vacant annually

please click on this button to download/view/print the U3A South Coast

nomination form.

Vale  Peter Reedman

Conversations around Art 

Cancellation of Group

After a great beginning at the first (and only) meeting, Margie has reluctantly decided that the group will not be able to continue. It is unlikely that any U3A South Coast activity will be possible before August or September at the earliest, and Margie has a solo art show to prepare for by early 2021, allowing her little or no time to put in the preparation necessary for the successful running of a discussion group.


Unfortunately this has led to the cancellation of the popular group.

We thank Margie and group members for their enthusiastic contribution.

Corona Virus 'covid 19' and U3A South Coast



Please note ~ from Tuesday 17th March 2020 all presentations are suspended for a minimum of 6 weeks. The situation will be reviewed at this time and members will be advised accordingly.



Group leaders/ co-ordinators will advise their individual members of any suspended groups, cancellations and/or new arrangements.  Please contact your Group Leader/Co-ordinator if you require further information or clarification on a partiuclar group.

Management Committee 2020

Sue Gelade, Sue Collett, Diane Donnon, Sue Warner, Ron Ritter and Rick Pocklington

Ann Chatfield ,Sue Gelade, Sue Collett

Sue,  Bill and Patricia


U3A South Coast ~ Annual General Meeting : 18th February 2020

Ann Chatfield and Ron Ritter

Secretary key handover

Colin Macdonald

Members attending the AGM

A good number of U3A South Coast members attended the annual general meeting last week, when current president Dr Sue Gelade was

re-elected for the coming year.

In her yearly report Sue emphasised the success of the organisation, highlighting some of the special events held last year including a debating evening, the Shutterbugs camera group’s exhibition at Victor Harbor Library, our new Annual Program Booklet and four new groups being added to U3A South Coast’s Program.

Sue thanked management committee members for their work and support during her first year as president.

 'I am very fortunate to have such a hard working and dedicated group of people around me.  Not only on the committee but also the group

leaders and those who assist in the background'

Sue emphasised the teamwork of U3A is what makes it so successful. 


Thank you to all of you.

Photographs with many thanks to Mrs Beth Nixon ... U3A Shutterbugs

Enrolment Day 14 January 2020

What a grand enrolment day 2020!


Our changed, larger venue at the Lutheran Centre proved a great success, plenty of space, and quicker payment line, group leaders made more accessible with info, and a chance to sit at the 'café spot' to catch up with friends new and old.  To top it off we have a bunch of new members coming into our wonderful organisation here on the South Coast.  Many, many thanks to all those who worked to make the day go well!


So welcome everyone - new members we hope you enjoy being a part of U3A, and those returning, it's great to see you still with us.  Have a great 2020 folks and I hope to catch up with many of you at the AGM on 18th February at the HMVC at 2pm.

Sue Gelade, President

Special thank you to Beth Nixon for supplying all of these wonderful photographs of our U3A South Coast volunteers.

Ellie retires ....


After a long and distinguished career as leader of the U3A Intermediate French class, Ellie Geech is sadly calling it a day. I am sure you will join us in saying a big Thank You to Ellie for all she has contributed and achieved throughout her time as a group leader.  I know her students, some of whom are long term members, will miss her very much.  I am glad to hear that many of them are joining other French classes, so will continue their love of that language engendered through Ellie’s tireless and enthusiastic delivery.

Thank you Ellie!

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South Coaster Newsletter

December 2019

Please click on the image to

download / view / read aloud or print this file

U3A South Coast Christmas Lunch ~ 2019

Over 150 U3A South Coast members enjoyed the Annual Christmas Lunch held at the Lutheran Centre, Victor Harbor on 6th December 2019.

The photos appearing in the 'picture slide show' were taken by Julie, one of our prominent members of the ever popular U3A South Coast 'Shutterbugs' photography group. 


U3A South Coast Members 'out & about'

Adelaide Hills Rendezvous

22nd, 23rd & 24th October 2019


In late October Adelaide Hills hosted their Rendezvous, an opportunity for members of other U3A groups to get to know the attractions of their locality and to experience a sample of some of the groups they offer to their own members. 

Julie Barrien, Sue Warner and I selected “Out of class” attractions and thoroughly enjoyed everything we did. We were welcomed to the Rendezvous by the Mayor of Mount Barker and our U3A hosts and enjoyed a pleasant buffet tea with an opportunity to get to know some of the Adelaide Hills members.

Our first outing was to “The Cedars” in Hahndorf, the home of Hans Heysen and his family for many years.  Hans and his wife Sallie purchased The Cedars in 1912 and Hans commissioned his purpose built studio in the grounds of his beautiful home all of which has been preserved as his family left it and we enjoyed a very informative tour through the house, the studio and the gardens. 

Fairly early next morning we arrived on time for our tour of the Laratinga Wetlands.  This is a created wetland, constructed in 1999 to further filter and treat the Mount Barker waste water and it is becoming increasingly important as a destination for local and transitory bird and wildlife.  We spent a lovely morning, strolling around amongst the pleasing scenery and spotting wildlife with the help of our experienced guide.

Local lunch was followed by a trip to The Tickle Tank, a unique garden and home located in Mount Barker, aptly named as it is an old tank converted into a home.  Potter and sculptor Irene Stone transformed a sloping 450 square metre block with a 50 thousand gallon concrete water tank buried in the centre into her home. The beautiful garden that Irene has created over the years is a delight, filled with beautiful cottage garden style plants and enterprising garden ornaments and seats that Irene has fashioned herself from recycled items. Lovely afternoon, delightful hostess and tasty afternoon tea. 

Our last visit of the Rendezvous was to Sophie’s Patch.  Sophie  Thomson has always been a gardener and has spent her life creating, working in and talking about her gardens.  Her latest project is her 3 acre property just outside Mount Barker where, over the past 10 years she has created a sustainable organic garden for her family, which not only includes five children but also dogs, cats, geese, chooks and ducks.  What an interesting lady, our tour was hosted by Sophie herself and her knowledge of anything and everything related to the cultivation of anything green was just remarkable. 

This was the last of our excursions

and we all made our way back

home with happy memories of

our few days in and around

Hahndorf and Mount Barker.

U3A South Coast 'Connects

End of Year lunch held at the lovely McCracken Country Club 'Bistro'.

U3A South Coast ~ Volunteers Lunch 12th September 2019


Nearly 50 volunteers from The University of the Third Age (U3A) South Coast gathered at the Goolwa Hotel on Thursday, September 12th for a thank you luncheon.

President Dr Sue Gelade said she was proud of the group's quality and variety.

'U3A is only as good as the quality of the courses its members can offer. We presently have seven different language groups teaching French, Italian, German and even Latin, plus five book groups, three music appreciation groups, gardening, photography, philosophy, history and lots of others,' Dr Gelade said.

U3A is an organisation designed for people generally over 50 years, retired or not working full-time.

Its aim is to offer a combination of opportunities to study, create and socialise, which contributes greatly to members' overall health and well-being.

Dr Gelade thanked the volunteers for their work and dedication to the organisation.

'Older people have had busy lives and now finally have the time to spend on themselves', she said.

'South Coast U3A currently has around 400 members, which proves you are never too old to engage with learning at an informal level and have fun in the process.'

U3A South Coast ~ Leaders Meeting July 2019

U3A South Coast ~ Shutterbugs Photography Group wish to thank the Friends of the Victor Harbor Library and staff for their invaluable assistance to help make this event possible.

Please note amended Exhibiton dates which are now

5th to 15th August 2019.

Meet Sue ~ our new U3A South Coast President for 2019 and 2020

Sue has been a member of U3A since arriving on the South Coast around 4 years ago, following a move with her husband Julian Moore, from the Adelaide Hills to the much more equitable climate we enjoy.  Finally a happy retiree, Sue joined the French for Fun class as an introuduction to the organisation, and is still there - but says that despite a number of visits to France, her immense struggle with verbs and their tenses remains !

Being an avid gardener with a passion for gardening and growing anything from trees to tomatoes and in between, it was not a difficult decision to start up a Garden Group for U3A, based on the style of one Sue has belonged to for many years in the hills.  The U3A South Coast Group has become so successful (lots of gardeners around) that it now has a waiting list and we are looking for someone to start another group !

Sue is also a volunteer with the Cittaslow Community Garden at Goolwa, where mostly vegetables are grown and are supplied to the local kindy parents and to 'Grow Free' stalls around the town.  She was an active firefighter with CFS for 10 years and during that time had the satisfaction of becoming involved with the Garden Recovery Project that helped many affected householders remake their gardens following the devastation of the Eden Valley and Sampson Flat bushfires.

Sue had worked in a variety of industries and roles before becoming a late starter at University and going on to a career in academia and professional development.  Through this she became an enthusiastic advocate for lifelong learning and the idea of mature learners being given opportunities to enjoy and participate in learning, whatever their age and whether for its own sake, or to achieve specific qualifications, but is should always be fun and it's rarely ever too late.

Dancing the Day Away

On Sunday 31st March, 2019, in excess of 30 enthusiastic Line Dancers attended the first 'Down Memory Lane' social, held by our very own U3A Line Dancing Group.

Dancing to such wonderful songs as Red Hot Salsa, Rock around the Clock, Mamma Mia and Summer Holiday, as well as many country favourites, including Grandma's Feather Bed, Boot Scootin Boogie and I Walk the Line, the group had an exhilarating and memborable afternoon full of fun, laughter and friendship.  It really was an afternoon to remember.

Congratulations to Shirley, our Leader, who is simply amazing and an inspiration to all of us.

U3A South Coast serving ....

Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and the South Coast over 50's community.

Photography credit with thanks to :

Beth Nixon ~ Julie Barrien ~ Lea Brooks & all the other wonderful contributors from  U3A  groups.

Thank you to our generous Sponsors for their support of U3A South Coast

Postal address    P.O. Box 580, Victor Harbor.  SA  5211                            Email address     u3afleurieu@gmail.com

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