U3A noosa Newsletter


 July 09 Newsletter

U3A noosa staff  
As our membership is growing with new and renewing members joining us for semester two classes and activities, we thought it time to again introduce our voluntary staff and your 2024 management committee to give you an idea of who does what. 
Liz Gleghorn – President.  Liz coordinates reception, is part of the curriculum and newsletter team and is general troubleshooter for Michell House.
Liz Hansen – Vice President. As well as back-up for the President, Liz takes care of governance, is part of the newsletter team as our resident reporter and tutors the meditation class. 
Kathie Jordan – Secretary.  A good secretary makes a committee’s job so much easier.  Kathie is that.  She is part of the newsletter team and until recently she spent many years in reception.
John Edwards – Treasurer.  John coordinates our finance team. He tutors Bridge, Backgammon and Cribbage.
Meg Oldham – Committee member who is the Tutor Co-ordinator and part of the curriculum team.  As well as arranging courses/classes and liaising with tutors, Meg facilitates the watercolour class.
Kath McKay
– Committee member who oversees workplace health and safety, and applies for general grants.  Kath tutors Reading Homer’s Odyssey.
We are all at Michell House on a regular basis so please feel free to approach any one of us with any queries, ideas or problems, or to find out a bit more about U3A noosa and more specifically, management. 

Management Committee L-R;  Liz, Kath, Lizzie, Kathie, Meg and John 


Our wonderful reception team who meet and greet you with a smile, is made up of Anitra who works Mondays and Tuesdays, Liz on Mondays, Maria on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sue on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Kim on Thursdays and Fridays and Carmel on Fridays.  They are always ready to assist and help as needed.
Lanyards are ready at reception for our new members and please, wear yours when attending all U3A noosa classes.  

Member Satisfaction Survey  

Our last U3A noosa survey, three years ago, provided many interesting views and suggestions, which have since been implemented.
We will be distributing a new survey in August and it would be much appreciated if you would take a few moments to share your current views and ideas when you receive it.

Management Committee    


Shakespeare for Groundlings – A new course starts on 15 July with tutor, Susan Roberts, presenting ‘Henry V1’.  Mondays 9.00 – 11.00am.

Acrylic Pouring with Maureen Edmonds. Tuesday 9.30-11.30am 27 August (one session only). 
Please collect materials list. 
Reading Homer’s Odyssey.  Tutor Kath McKay is conducting this reading as a follow-up of her popular course, Reading Homer’s Iliad.  Thursdays, 9.00-11.00am. Starts 18 July. 
Art Appreciation.  Alan Roberts will present more of the Impressionists as the movement develops towards post-impressionism.  Starts Tuesday 6 August, 1.30- 3.30pm.     

Course news
 Tai Chi with Peter Fisher has a change of day and time.  Now to be held on Tuesdays
Apple iPads & iPhones need more participants for this class to continue. Thursdays
Scrabble, Bridge, Cribbage and Backgammon would all welcome new participants.
Spiritual Science  (the revelations of Rudolf Steiner) welcomes new participants for Semester 2, 2024.

If you are interested in philosophy and the human journey from a soul-spiritual perspective, then this course may be for you, especially if you resonate with these two documentaries, 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGIi6GRuVs4 and

 It is a pre-requisite of joining the Spiritual Science group that you view these two documentaries.
 On Wed 24th July we shall start a new course of study; Steiner’s Leading Thoughts, which he gave in 1924.
Any queries, please contact course co-ordinator: Jonathan Anstock jonathanansstock@mac.com or phone 0404 103 662

If you join a class, please commit.  It’s very disheartening when tutors spend a lot of time preparing and presenting only to find poor attendance.  We understand that life sometimes gets in the way, but please do your tutor the courtesy of letting she or he know or advise reception if you can’t attend. Thank you.    


Friday afternoon talks

Friday 19 July.  ‘Noosa Seniors/My Aged Care’ presented by Linda Wylie and Sue Bramblebee.
Friday 26 July.  ‘Matthew Flinders – the man who gave Australia its name’ presented by Assoc Prof Kevin Alford.
Friday 16 August.  ‘Through the lens – Australian new wave films’ presented by Zana Dare.    

Public Concert
Our Happy Singers are performing on Tuesday 30 July, 10.30-11.30am in the Catholic Church Hall, so come along and bring your friends.  Choirmaster, Jonathan Anstock will lead them through a repertoire of popular music and songs that will delight you. 
Tickets $5.00 cash at the door.  Be early to get your seat.
Proceeds will go towards making a recording of their wonderful voices for us all to enjoy.    

Photo of the week

This photo was taken at “The Yard” on one of the Photography Location Days.

The original looks nothing like this picture, as the brief for the day was Flowers and this is a “Negative” option
You can learn tips and tricks in the Photography Class that can turn an ordinary picture into something more interesting or even a work of art. We have a location day every second Monday and review our pictures in class the following week. Lunch and or coffee are always part of our social day.

Join us for fun, learning and social outings.  

Photography for fun meets Mondays 10.00-11.30am.

Photo by the author Gail Attard.


  Colour & Chat  

New friendships have been formed and hidden talents have been revealed and we look forward to continuing to explore new projects to colour and experimenting with new techniques after the mid-year break.
  The members who have been attending  Colour & Chat all agree it has been huge success; thanks to the efforts of our tutor Sue. We showed our appreciation to her with thank you gifts to celebrate the end of semester.

Thank you Sue!

L-R Jan, Ann, Liz, Sue, Jude, Sarah and Sandy

Sharing the room with the Colour & Chat are the Open Art Studio members.  David, Kaye and Meg.
New people are welcome at any time. 

 Introducing Our U3A Volunteers
 U3A operates solely with volunteers. Each newsletter we are featuring one of our volunteers with some fun questions which might help you get to know what they do and who they are.


Name:  Meg Oldham  

Position:  Tutor Co-ordinator

I organise all classes, co-ordinating with the volunteer tutors.

(Ed: The tutor co-ordinator administers scheduling and operational elements of all courses:
their review/approval and suitability. Meg has been in this role for many years.)
Q1. What class at U3A do you (or would you) most like to attend?
        Watercolour (which I am Coordinator); Military History (or any Class by Alan        
        Roberts); iPad/iPhone;
        Friday Open Studio for my Acrylic Painting
Q2. Do you have a nickname?
        Hope not!
Q3. What is the most adventurous thing you have done in life?
        Lived in 3 different Countries
Q4. What is your go-to karaoke song?
      No idea. I have never been to karaoke but I do like to sing along to my favourite albums when I’m  working in my kitchen.
 Q5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
       Cure Childhood Cancer
Q6.  If you could invite three people to dinner (living or passed), who would you choose?    Kevin Costner; Maria Callas; Ricky Gevais
Q7. Is there something about your role here at U3A that you would like to share with the members?
        That I enjoy meeting so many nice people       

Calling new tutors

  Would you, as a member of U3A noosa, like to become a tutor? Do you have a hobby or interest that you’d like to share?  You do not have to be an experienced tutor , just be interested and able to articulate your subject.  It could be anything.  It could be a course/class say for 4, 6, 8, or even more weeks, or even a school term or semester. You have that choice.
If you are interested, and would like to contact me, Meg Oldham, Tutor Coordinator, on 0439 653 426 or meg_oldham@hotmail.com I’m really keen to hear from you – just a chat – no obligation – just throw ideas around.  U3A noosa, as you know, has such a diverse variety of courses and tutors, why not make us even more interesting!
Many thanks, Meg Oldham, Tutor Coordinator.    

  Noosa Libraries offers community stuff that members may be interested in and their current lineup includes classes such as  –  Beginners Craft, Colouring and Conversation, and a new Living Well Noosa class, Core Balance and Yoga. https://libraryevents.noosa.qld.gov.au/
Both Noosa and Cooroy Libraries offer courses and you can find out more about these and what’s on offer at   https://www.libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au/whats-on/
The libraries will also feature Naidoc Week   7 – 14 July with an array of displays, sessions, stories, screenings and a talk by Nikki Mottram, author of ‘Killarney’.


  Read all about it   Grateful thanks to those who contributed the news items above – they’re just what we need to make the monthly newsletter lively and informative. Can we remind everyone that the newsletter team is always on the look-out for interesting items to include in the monthly round-up of what’s happening at U3A noosa. Classes might consider nominating someone to be responsible for supplying the editor with news of their group. Please email items for inclusion to susanmilne3@gmail.com or talk to Liz Hansen, our reporter on the spot at Michell House 0448 822 277.   
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