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Enrolling for 2018 Courses. In January there will be three opportunities to enrol for 2018 courses. The biggest day will be Enrolment Day in the City Centre (hopefully near the Sun Hut) on Thursday 25th January. This day gives us another opportunity for people who would like more information about courses, to invite them to come along to the Senior Citizens Centre on Wednesday 31st January, when the Course Leaders or Class Assistants are able to outline the courses in more detail. Of course, there is always the postal option.

This year we are trialling a new method for distributing name/membership badges. They will be in a named, addressed envelope, which means that for those not picked up on Enrolment Day, or within a few weeks in their chosen class, it will easier to pop them into the post. This would mean that there will not be a new badge holder in the envelope, but will be available in the Course Leader’s folders if a new one is required. In advance we thank you for continued support with the experiment. The idea for the changes is to make everything easier to cope with at the beginning of the year. There are sure to be one or two little blips, so thank you for being patient if everything does not fall into place as we wish. Your ideas for next year would be much appreciated.

ARCHIVING DAY. Since the January date was originally advertised, there has been a change because the SCC will be booked for a whole week in January by another organisation. The new date is Monday, 15th January and the Committee looks forward to seeing you there from 10 am. Over the last few months, we have collected lots of interesting paper cuttings and photographs which need to be recorded and filed away carefully. If there are still interesting bits and pieces sitting around in your older albums or boxes not being looked at regularly, please let a member of the committee have it before 15th January.

PLEASE NOTE: New starting time for taking enrolments at the City Centre on 25th January. 9.30am

Changes to Term 1 Program. We do thank
Peter McFarland (Aust. History) Henni Moore (Beginners Bridge and Gift Cards) Di Vivers French a la Gare), Helen Williams (Friday Socials) who are retiring this year. Thank you all for your support in leading your special interest groups over many years. Enjoy your retirement. Conversation French will need to find a new name because the class will be moving from the Railway Station to the SCC – still on Tuesday morning from 9.30am. We welcome Russ Martin as the new Course Leader.

PROGRAM CHANGES. Please refer to article foot of page 2. Some courses have been cancelled and others could be/are starting later in the term/year.

COURSE LEADER FOLDER (plastic envelope). For the majority of classes, this can be picked up from the receptionist’s desk at the Community Information Centre at the beginning of your class and we ask that it be returned at the end of your session. The Committee realises that this could be awkward for some Leaders, or their Class Assistant, but it is vital that we keep all classes up to date with current and forthcoming U3A activities. The folders are collected at the end of every week and checked to make sure there are no notes from the classes (often questions answered), or if something arises during the week or needs a reminder notice. These are updated and included over the week-end so that all folders are ready for Monday morning. This year you will find a small notebook in the folder, from which pages can be torn, to leave messages for the Committee.

REMINDER we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary early in 2019, so there is still time to collect more archival material.

U3A OFFICE HOURS DURING FEBRUARY
Thank you to the people who have already put their name on the roster, but there are still a few days to fill. If you can help, please put your name on the Enrolment Form, or talk to one of the committee people on duty on Enrolment or Open Days. Better still, come along to the training day at the SCC Monday 22nd January, 10am.