Strong demand for new U3A presenters By JAMIE KRONBORG
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. org.au/location/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 energy with U3A secretary David Wood (left), vice-president Pat Docking, committee member Linda Barter and local U3A members.