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.
Annual General Meeting
Historic Motor Vehicles Club
cnr Warne and Jolly Streets
2.00pm Tuesday 18th February, 2020
followed by Afternoon Tea
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, 2020
to the Secretary, Ann Chatfield
U3A South Coast Inc.
Tuesday 14th January, 2020
21 Adelaide Road
10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Please ensure you have your completed Enrolment form with you.
Election of Office Bearers and
Annual General Meeting
2.00pm Tuesday 18th February, 2020
Historical Motor Vehicles Club
cnr Warne and Jolly Streets
All management committee positions become vacant annually
5.00pm Monday 10th February, 2020
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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!
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.
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 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 Annual General Meeting ~ 13th February, 2019
(left to right)
Elizabeth Caldicott - past President, Sue Collett, Lea Brooks, Sue Gelade - President 2019, Ann Chatfield,
Ron Ritter and Martin Lindsell
On Wednesday 13th February, 2019 the South Coast U3A held its Annual General Meeting in the HMVC rooms in Encounter Bay. As a result of the elections the following members were appointed to become the Management Committee. President Elizabeth Caldicott, Secretary Anne Chatfield, Treasurer Sue Collett,
Vice President Sue Gelade and three Community members Martin Lindsell, Lea Brooks and Ron Ritter. In the Presidents annual report Elizabeth thanked the many volunteers who have continued to give their time and efforts to maintain and expand the wide range of activities South Coast U3A has to offer. With a total membership last year over 400 and steadily increasing community interest we look forward to welcoming more new members to share in our group courses and one-off presentation lectures.
The U3A philosophy is to provide opportunities for life-long learning, aimed particularly towards members of our community who have reached, or are nearing retirement age and who are seeking mental stimulation to keep their aging brains alert while at the same time finding friendly social contact with like-minded people.
(left to right)
Cathy Walsh, Julian Moore, Joan Mount and John Jackson.