Strong de­mand for new U3A pre­sen­ters By JAMIE KRON­BORG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THE call by Mount Beauty’s Alpine U3A for new pre­sen­ters who could help to de­liver its course pro­gram is tes­ta­ment to strong de­mand from older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity for learn­ing, skills and knowl­edge shar­ing.

Mem­ber Fay Ma­son and ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor Ju­dith Falle said the 165-strong mem­ber­ship of the U3A branch reg­u­larly took part in a wide range of cour­ses, which are largely in­for­mal and in which par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary.

“On the first Fri­day of ev­ery month we have a cof­fee morn­ing with a guest speaker and the Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Hall is in­vari­ably full,” Ms Ma­son said.

“There is a lot go­ing on and we need to get more in­for­ma­tion out into the com­mu­nity about what we do.

“We’re also look­ing for pre­sen­ters and speak­ers with in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge to share that our mem­bers will be keen to hear.”

Alpine U3A’s cur­rent pro­gram across each week in­cludes lan­guages – with begin­ner and ad­vanced French and, later, Ger­man of­fered on Mon­day.

Begin­ner Ital­ian is of­fered on Fri­day.

There’s a weekly cur­rent af­fairs and world is­sues dis­cus­sion group on Mon­day and a gen­tle ex­er­cise group.

Alpine U3A also of­fers ta­ble ten­nis, mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion, mah jong and begin­ner and ad­vanced Pi­lates on Tues­day and a writ­ing group once a fort­night and a film ev­ery month.

On Thurs­day there’s a craft group, belly danc­ing and chess and games, and phi­los­o­phy study on Fri­day.

“We also have three dif­fer­ent walk­ing groups – pole, flat and bush­walk­ing,” Ms Ma­son said.

“That’s pole walk­ing – not pole danc­ing.”

The pole walk­ing group meets on Tues­day for its walk, bush walk­ers on Wed­nes­day and the flat walk­ing group on Thurs­day.

“I re­tired two years ago and then you think ‘What am I go­ing to do?’” Ms Ma­son said.

“But U3A has been amaz­ing – it’s been a life­saver for me and a fan­tas­tic way to meet new peo­ple.”

For in­for­ma­tion about Alpine U3A go to https://www.u3aon­line.­ca­tion/alpine-u3a-inc.

SKILLS AND LEARN­ING: The speaker at Alpine U3A’s monthly dis­cus­sion in Mount Beauty on Fri­day was Geo­science Aus­tralia for­mer deputy di­rec­tor Trevor Pow­ell (se­cond from right), who talked about the many as­pects of Aus­tralia’s move to­wards re­new­able...

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