President's Message November 2019


We are now at the end of our successful 2019 and looking forward to the Christmas break. It is also the last term of my tenure as President of U3A Clarence.

During each and every term day of activities the success of our organisation rests on the help provided by many of our members.

The work of the set up crew makes sure that when our lecturers arrive the rooms are prepared for them and us to start on time and with ease. Their work also means that the morning tea is set up and ready for us to relax for a few minutes to chat to friends. Getting up early enough to start the set up at 8.50 is I think a remarkable gift they give to the U3A Clarence organisation and us as members.

Our lecturers and facilitators give us their time in each session but also untold hours of preparation. These people of course are the heart of U3A Clarence. They are the very point of our gathering together. I am continually amazed at the range and depth of the content of lectures and the extent of our other activities.

At morning tea another group of people wait on us to pour out the tea or coffee and do the washing up and more of us help to clear up the room ready for the next session.

Some of the activities of our volunteers are not obvious because they occur at times other than Mondays and Wednesdays, perhaps in the holiday breaks. Committee members also work in the background to ensure the smooth running of our organisation.

We are very fortunate that all of these members care about our aims and pitch in to help. I am sure that you appreciate their efforts as I do.

On a personal level I have been supported in many ways by many of our members. Your advice, goodwill, appreciation, and support have made my presidency a pleasure. In addition you laugh at all my jokes.

Thank you all very much.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude” AA Milne

Wishing you all an enjoyable and restful break

Jocelyn  Head

President, U3A Clarence