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U3A Clarence Committee Members

Len Spaans


After 30 years as an Engineer working in SA, Vic, NSW, NT, WA and Qld, I took early retirement in 1992 when together with my wife Gay and her sister Gillian, we formed a company and bought a motel in Townsville.

We moved to Tasmania in 2005 and after 16 years residing in Fern Tree and Battery Point we feel we have found our home.

I was the newsletter editor for the Sunshine Coast U3A before coming to Tasmania.

Sue Storr


Sue retired from teaching in 2010 (mainly teaching Home Economic/Foods in grades 7 – 10) and she joined Clarence U3A in the August of that year.  Sue has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Her interests include long walks, cooking and reading.

She also works as a volunteer one day a week at her local Vinnies Shop in Sorell.

Sue and her husband, Geoff, run a small commercial apricot orchard on their land at Penna.


Terry Mahoney


Terry graduated as an engineer with post-grad degrees in public and business admin.

He has been involved in many large construction projects and an engineering consultancy. His interests include military history, political and business processes and golf.

Terry has been a member of U3A Clarence since its inception in 1993.


Margaret Collis


Margaret is Hobart born and bred, is a former teacher, and has 2 sons-in-law, 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

She has rejoined the committee after an absence of several years. Her hobbies include puzzles of all kinds and gardening.

She is involved as volunteer in refugee resettlement and is an active church member.


Beth Jeffrey

Social Convenor

Retired in 2018 after 53 Years in the Hairdressing Industry starting when just 15 years of age. Married to John , three children and two of the best Grandchildren one could ask for.

Beth loves gardening and Travel.



Carol Rossendell


Carol recently retired from TAFE in Hobart after 11 years as Teacher in OHS. She now enjoying home renovations, learning to garden and reading trashy novels.

Carol has a B Sc (Hons) 1972 (chemistry, maths, physics majors) from UQ, and M Safety Sc 1994 from UNSW.

After graduating worked as a tutor in chemistry for 4 years, she then worked in the oil industry for 15 years as a chemist, technical services coordinator and national Manager Occupational Health and Environment.

Carol then moved on to consult in OHS, first with NSCA then on herown for 13 years. She has worked around Australia and overseas (India and USA) and has done substantial work for Sydney and Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in OHS.


Mary Bolton

Pastoral Care

Mary has lived in Tasmania all her life-most of it on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

She attended Lindisfarne Primary Schools, Rose Bay High and Hobart High School.

After training at Hobart Teacher’s College she taught for many years with the Education Department. During this time she taught mainly in the early childhood area, with some years working in special education.

U3A seemed a natural progression after returning 5 years ago.

Mary has 2 married sons and one grandson.

She enjoys reading, being with friends and participating in quiz teams.

Anna Melton

General Member

Qualifying with a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) in 1982 I soon realised the role of teacher librarian was the one for me.  I qualified and worked in that field for over twenty-five years and taught Primary school for a few.  I still do some relief teaching.

I am a keen reader, mostly of non-fiction now.  I enjoy preparing topics and teaching at U3A.  I have travelled in Asia, Europe and most recently the Caucasus and Istanbul.  I would love to do more!  My husband and I have worked in Timor Leste and for a couple of years in the U.K. and Alice Springs – wonderful opportunities for new experiences.

I enjoy singing and was part of Tasmanian Chorale for many years.  I am singing with the St David’s Cathedral Choir.  I enjoy taking classes and visiting my gym, walking my dog and gardening.  Over the last few years I have become quite involved with helping run the Combined Charities Christmas Card and Gift Shop close to Christmas, and representing Leprosy Mission there.

My main role on the Committee is as the Newsletter Editor.  Contributions members provide, be they photos, short stories or poems, bring our newsletters to life.


Jocelyn Head

General Member

Jocelyn is married to Allan and they have two children and six grandchildren who live on the mainland. She retired from the public service longer ago than she cares to remember.

She is enjoying U3A and considers that it is one of the best things she has done in retirement.

A compulsive reader over a wide range of fiction and nonfiction she finds that the only disadvantage to U3A is the proximity to the library, the source of such interesting reading triggered by the course content which she has enjoyed.


Vicki Paterson


Clarence City Council
We'd like to thank Clarence City Council for their support via a Community Support Grant.