Hello Fellow members of U3A Clarance

This message is to update you on the latest steps we, the committee, are taking to keep you safe. Term 2 will likely go the same way as Term 1 because of the limited number of people that can meet in the library from May 18th and still follow the social distancing guidelines. Even if we were desperate to start by the Governments stage 2 date of the 15th June and allowing 20 people to congregate, only some classes could start if the library allows us to use their full allocation. This will not happen.

The committee is planning another meeting on the 22nd June to review the ever changing situation. We are conscious of our membership demographic and if there is the slightest chance of exposing us to COVID-19 hazards we will likely cancel Term 3 as well.

This leads us to talk about membership payments. Options are next year’s membership will be at a reduced fee or no fees for continuing membership. We will also attempt to replicate next year’s program from this year provided the tutors and instructors are available and agree.

Now I realize that a lot of have been housebound and think you have missed out on that important exercise that we need. So I have included the following to make you feel better and less guilty of watching too much television.


Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose co-ordination so they would drop things, requiring them to bend, reach and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature, requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it's God's will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.


And finally for all the long suffering men out there:  

Thoughts and prayers go out to all the married men who’ve spent months telling the wife 

“I’ll do that when I have the time”

Yours sincerely,  

Len Spaans 

President, U3A Clarence