U3A noosa Newsletter


April 03 Newsletter

AGM report
Thank you to those members who attended the AGM on 15 March, the minutes of which can now be viewed at reception and on the website.

The Management Committee now comprises:

President – Liz Gleghorn
Vice President – Liz Hansen
Secretary – Kathie Jordan
Treasurer – John Edwards
Committee members – Meg Oldham; Kath McKay

There are still vacancies for Management Committee members so if you feel you would like to join, please contact reception.

Management Committee    

Please clean up after class
  New to U3A noosa? If so, perhaps you are not aware that everyone involved in running the organisation is a volunteer … receptionists, management committee members, tutors, those who organise the courses and many more. That means everyone – newcomers and those who have been members for many years – is responsible for keeping the premises clean and tidy.

There is no team of cleaners arriving at the end of the day to wash up dirty dishes and cutlery left in sinks, to return chairs to their proper position in classrooms, to empty overflowing bins or to do the many other chores that arise daily.

We would ask everyone to clean up after themselves, to wash and dry dishes, for example, and replace them where they were found. Please be respectful of those people who volunteer their time at Michell House and make their job a little easier. 

Beginners’ watercolour. Tutor: Sharon Whitecross. Thursdays, 1pm-3pm.
11 April to 16 May.

Basic Self-Defence. Tutor: Ray Page. Thursdays, 12noon-12.30pm.
2 May to 30 May.

Shakespeare for Groundlings. Tutor: Susan Roberts. Mondays, 9am-11am.
8 April to 17 June.

Classes that would welcome new members include Solo and Beginners Cryptic Crosswords.

Register your interest in all the above classes at reception.    


Friday afternoon talks
  Friday 19 April. This is your life … how to get your memoir published. Presenter: Alison Simpson. Learn how to write a memoir, perhaps to be read only by you and your family, or one to be published with the aim of reaching a much larger audience.

Sunshine Coast-based ghost writer and author Alison Simpson explains.

All talks start at 1.30pm in the Auditorium. Afternoon tea is served.

Once upon a time …
  Not all those who joined our recent bus trip to Brisbane to see the Fairy Tales exhibition at GOMA were quite sure what to expect. But on the homeward journey, everyone agreed the show was a fascinating, sometimes dark, delve into the world of Make Believe, spanning centuries and genres, featuring exhibits as varied as a Swarovski crystal Cinderella slipper, paintings from Charles Blackman’s iconic Alice in Wonderland series, Patricia Piccinini’s sinister sculptures and so much more. (Fairy Tales ends on 28 April.)

There will be more of u3A’s popular trips to see Brisbane art exhibitions in coming months, so watch for further details.           

Savvy Seniors
  Relationships Australia, in association with Noosa Seniors, is running a program of six sessions aimed at enhancing relationships in later life.

Open to those aged 60 plus (50 plus for First Nations People) who want to improve relationships with partners, adult children, friends, neighbours etc, the topics covered will include understanding emotions and how they can impact on relationships, the importance of effective communication, maintaining boundaries and having crucial conversations.

The program is free and takes place at 11 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am until 8 May. Places are limited; to book call Noosa Seniors on (07) 5329 6175.


Famous first lines

  Here are the first lines of 10 literary classics. Can you name the novels they come from?  Answers at the end of the newsletter.

1 Call me Ishmael.
2 I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
3 Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
4 It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
5 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
6 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
7 Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
8 Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
9 You better not never tell nobody but God.
10 It was love at first sight.     Digitally connected
  U3A noosa members are invited to participate in a series of 10 Zoom sessions being presented by U3A Network Victoria on new technologies.

The sessions will cover a range of topics such as how to stay safe online, what is AI?,
health solutions in a digital world and many more. The sessions will take place on the third Wednesday of each month and the topics for this month (17 April at 10am) are Advancements in connectivity, home network connection and 5G networks.
  To register for one or all sessions go to the link below and follow the instructions:
https://u3aqld.au/living-life-digital-age/     Sweet surprises

Erika Furchtmann
  Recently Francoise, a member of the Thursday morning German conversation group, brought a brown paper package to class, concealing something that she had found in an op shop. The rest of the class had to guess what the package contained by asking questions to which Francoise could only answer Ja or Nein.

Eventually we worked out that it was a book of German nursery rhymes. Our tutors, Heidi and Kurt Becker, immediately launched into a spirited version of a favourite nursery rhyme, closely followed by Erika Furchtmann, a former group leader, who surprised us all by singing a whole series of rhymes from her childhood.

Then it was Erika’s turn to be surprised when she was presented with a cake and a song to celebrate her 88th birthday. Happy birthday Erika – Alles Gute zum Geburtstag.

Report by Jacky Martin     Painting fun

Four members from the Intermediate Watercolour class attended an acrylic pouring class and we had such fun as you can see from our smiles.  Meg Oldham     Read all about it
  Can we remind everyone that the newsletter team is always keen to hear about members’ comings and goings, class outings and events, special celebrations, achievements, adventures, new directions, even hot gossip! Classes might consider nominating someone to be responsible for contacting the editor with news of their group. Please email items for inclusion to susanmilne3@gmail.com or call Susan on 0407 451 164.   Answers to Famous First Lines
1 Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
2 I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
3 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
4 Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
5 Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
6 A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
7 Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
8 Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
9 The Colour Purple (Alice Walker)
10 Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)     Copyright © 2024 U3A noosa, All rights reserved.
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