Special Notes

Promoting U3A at the K-Mart Arcade. If your group is asked for two volunteers to help with promotion it involves sitting at a table for one hour to hand out our information flyers to those people who stop to ask questions. 10–11am, 11–12am

Keith will do the final hour 12–1pm. Please assist if you can or contact Keith 6362 3232 to make an offer to assist. Keith has already started the roster for 2019.

WELCOME BACK. As you read through this magazine, you will notice that there are one or two changes to the program. Due to illness, Elizabeth Griffin will not be able to resume classes this term. We do wish her a speedy recovery from a recent operation, but because of her previous arrangements, cannot guarantee that her interesting history sessions will resume before 2019. Again because of illness, Charlene Sly will not be resuming Crochet classes this term. We send our best wishes to her too and look forward to seeing her before the end of the year. Members in these classes will be kept up to date.

Art Appreciation classes will resume at the Gallery, under Cecilie Knowles guidance. Would somebody like to be the Course Leader – to keep the roll book and liaise with Cecilie when necessary to pass messages on to others in the class. Those people who have already let the Course Co-ordinator know that you will be attending the July and August sessions, it will not be necessary for you to complete the enclosed Enrolment Form. Your names are already on the class list.

By now most of our members will know that the Creative Writing and Literature classes have found a home at the Ex-Services Club on Thursday where everything now seems to be working well. The main thing for everybody to remember is that the Council’s Information and Services Centre (next door to the Senior Citizens) has now closed permanently. Six parking tickets are available from the OSCC-NN (next to the sign on book in the hallway which can be used for morning or afternoon sessions and must be ‘signed in’/returned after your first session for the day – then booked out again for the afternoon session. The new system seems to be working well so far, for which we thank everybody involved with this scheme. Sometimes this might appear to be unfair, but we need to remember that there are 6 cards to be circulated between the 15 or so people who want to use one each week day.

INFORMATION DAY As usual for July, we will be holding an Information Day at the City Centre on Thursday 19th July, 9am-2pm. Not sure where our table will be, but hopefully you will find us in the alcove which was the entrance to Myers. Enclosed is an enrolment form, particularly for people who would like to join a new class or new members who would like more information about our organisation.

For our newer members, if you would like more information about any of the classes listed in this Newslink, please contact the person listed at the end of the article. That person is usually the class assistant who would also be happy to welcome you to any of our sessions.

For anybody who is reading Newslink for the first time, and would like more information, please ring the phone number above and ask for the paperwork to be posted to you or go to our website above. Unfortunately it is not possible to open our office full time, but we have most avenues for enrolling in U3A covered, so please do not hesitate to use either of these methods to enrol in our worldwide learning/friendship organisation for retirees. We also appreciate receiving suggestions for new sessions if you have a friend who would like to teach something new.

30th ANNIVERSARY. This special anniversary was mentioned several times in the past year, but after our last Committee Meeting, are closer to finalising arrangements for a lunch to be held early in April next year. That might seem to be a long way off, but the time will soon fly by because we will be looking for early photographs; volunteers to put photos on CDs, finalising guest lists and gathering stories about the early days of U3A in Orange. We were one of the first groups in the Central West NSW, just behind Forbes, Bathurst and Dubbo Groups and were instrumental in setting up the NSW U3A Network which now has 65 groups within the State, the latest being the Broken Hill Group formed last year. Unfortunately, many of our early records have been lost so if our earliest members would like to put pen to paper that would be a wonderful contribution towards the event. Would you believe we have been holding our Enrolment Days in the City Centre for more than 25 years?

2019 U3A CONFERENCE & AGM will be held in Tamworth, 10–12 April next year which will be a lot more convenient for Orange travellers. Can we fill a car?

2018 AGM. Although we did not gain any new members on to the Committee this year, it was decided that to become more efficient as a Committee, we would combine our efforts and work as a team around each position, e.g., Publicity, Advertising & Membership and Course Co-ordination & Newslink. Other groups will evolve in the near future.