President's Message

President’s Message August 2018

In this newsletter, we have another exciting program to interest us in the third term of 2018. I am perpetually grateful to the tutors, who give their time to provide us with new and continuing information and activities.

I find that when I have completed a course, I notice and appreciate additional facts on the subject which I would not have noticed before. So, a new book or newspaper article I read, or a TV documentary I see, is more interesting and has greater insight if I have previously taken a course on the subject. It seems to bring the issues to life. So the work of our tutors echoes through my further activities. This should not be a surprise but it is a delight.

The less formal but wide ranging discussion groups always contain at least one gem of comment which stays with me. I must confess to being nonplussed at times, that people who are more intelligent than I and whom I respect, do not always hold the same opinions that I do. How strange! Joking aside, it is this exchange of very different viewpoints which make the discussions so interesting and they open my mind to a different, perhaps more balanced view.

This term, I have been particularly enjoying Britain on Film with Paul Bywater, so bitter sweet. We are the first generation to be able to easily see our parents, their contemporaries or our younger selves on film. The past is less far away to us than to our grandparents at the same age who relied on memory alone.

Activities which are not so information focused such as Tai Chi, meditation, circle dancing, painting or art give greater enhancement to the inner being of those taking part and enhance their physical health.

As usual, we have a well-balanced mix of courses covering most aspects of intellectual and physical well-being for us in our third age. All of this, of course, is almost self evident but I try not to take it for granted. It is good sometimes to see expected things in a fresh light.

As Oliver Wendell Smith said:-

A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.

You have been warned!

Jocelyn Head (getahead@bigpond.net.au)

President

 

U3A Clarence Newsletter August 2018

U3A Clarence Newsletter January 2014 2014eadline Here

 

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TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 1: 9.30-10.25

M311

GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER

This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading.

M312

Britain on film: the 1940s and 1950s PAUL BYWATER

We will look at public information films and docu-dramas made during the 1940s and early 1950s for screening in cinemas by government departments and private producers. These will provide an insight into British life and attitudes during the war years and up to the Festival of Britain in 1951.

M313

INDIAN CUISINE (first 5 weeks) GERRY & YO FREED

Enjoy the styles and flavours of one of the great cuisines of the world. Learn to cook different dishes, and get wonderful recipes.

M314

TURNING POINTS IN THE HISTORY OF ART (last 5 weeks from 22 Oct) ANNA MELTON

A look at Art History from earliest art to contemporary. In particular, how is it affected by the historical and social context to which it belongs, what major changes take place in and why. The content will be similar to last year’s course, but taken at a more leisurely pace allowing for more audience participation and some extra content. To be continued Term 1, 2019.

M315

PAINTING FACILITATOR: MARG DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. This class is full.

M316

CRAFTY CHRISTMAS (first 5 weeks) GAYE HYND

Sharing decorating ideas for Christmas.

M317

GHOSTLY TALES OF TASMANIA (last 5 weeks from 22 Oct) JANE HALL

This is a look at Tasmanian folklore and facts about spooks, spectres and things that go bump in the night. Believe in these or not, this will look at Tasmania’s past and how the tales grew in the first place. The past 200 years are well documented and the stories are relatively intact.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 2: 10.50-11.50

M321

THE WRITERS COLIN PYEFINCH

An opportunity for those who enjoy writing (or would like to) to share their efforts in a friendly atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement.

M322

HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE ALBERT GOEDE

This course will look at the history of climate change.

M323

A VIRTUAL WALK ALONG THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY WAYNE SMITH

A virtual walk through the history of Campbell Town, Cleveland and Perth incorporating biographies of pioneers, photos of heritage properties, the first settlers, later property owners and district folklore including bushranger raids and local scandals.

M324

PAINTING MARGARET DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. New members welcome.

M325

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. It is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

M326

SEATED (CHAIR-BASED) TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Chair-based Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) aims to encourage overall health and a feeling of well-being and mindfulness.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 3: 12.00-1.00

M331

POETRY READING CHRIS BISHOP

Read poems you like and ones you remember. Recite any verses that tickle your fancy, or maybe a song or rhyme that you’ve written.

M332

KALEIDOSCOPE JANE HALL & JULIE BOTHMAN

A different speaker will speak on their own area of knowledge or interest. Subjects will be topical and presented at a readily understood level. The dates may vary for each speaker.

M332

17/9/18

Discussion on Research

Tony Cook

24/9/18

How to Deconstruct a Newspaper

Sheila Allison

1/10/18

Share the Dignity”

Tania

8/10/18

Towards Zero Tasmanian Safety Strategy 2017-2026

Craig Hoey

15/10/18

The Healthy Brain Project Report

Menzies Centre

22/10/18

A Musician’s Journey in Time and Place

Michael Fortescue

29/10/18

Discussion of Intergenerational Research Findings

Peta Cook

5/11/18

Collecting

Lauren Carpenter (ABC Collectors)

12/11/18

A Guide Dog’s Journey to Helping People with Low Vision

Kristy Wright and Dexter (RGT)

19/11/18

Protecting your Finances

Kerri Rose and Annette Horsley (COTA)

M333

UPDATES OF THE FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY

SCIENCE PETER TAYLOR

We will look at new developments in astronomy, the discoveries and how they are continually changing and updating our views on the universe.

M334

CONTINUATION TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) will aim to:

  1. refine current technique

  2. introduce Yi Jin Jing – 12 new ‘Energy Postures’

  3. encourage continuing health, a feeling of well-being and mindfulness

M335

SPANISH SELF DIRECTED

This is a continuing course so new students should have a basic knowledge of the language.

M336

GERMAN CONVERSATION SELF DIRECTED

German conversation for German speakers wanting conversational practice. New members are welcome in the group but you need to have a reasonable grasp of the language.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 4: 1.15-2.15

M341

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING BEV CHANDLER

Line dancing for seniors or beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 1: 9.30-10.25

W311

EXTREME GEOLOGY PETER STEVENSON

W312

THE THUCYDIDES TRAP: IS WAR BETWEEN CHINA & AMERICA STEVE TOLBERT

INEVITABLE? (first 5 weeks)

Thucydides Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, the most likely outcome is war. This has happened 16 times in the last 500 years: 12 ended in war. How likely is a 13th?

W313

TRAVELLING THE SEVEN SEAS WITH BRADSHAW’S MICKEY BENEFIEL

(last 5 weeks from 24 Oct)

A continuation of a course presented in 2017. The European tourist attractions as they were, using Bradshaw’s Tourist Guide to Europe, published in March 1913. A period that would be the last of its kind. You will see the world through the eyes of people of the time, and European kings, emperors and other leaders approaching the advent of war in 1914.

W314

CHAUCER’S PEOPLE MARGARET ROSE & ROWENA MACKEOWN

The Middle Ages were turbulent times. In the fourteenth century alone, England was ravaged by war, plague, revolt and the overthrow of a king. Among the surviving records, the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer is the most vivid. But what can it tell us about the everyday lives of medieval men and women?

W315

TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTING MICHAEL WU

This class is an opportunity to learn traditional Chinese painting from a Chinese artist who works in the field. Michael is visiting from China and is offering these sessions to Clarence U3A.

W316

MAH JONG JAN CHIPMAN

Play and/or learn Mah Jong. Two hours for those who want to stay.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 2: 10.50-11.50

W321

SINGING FOR FUN BEV CHANDLER & REGAN LOVE

Choral work involving male and female singers- with a varied range of work from shows, gospel, comedy, formal etc. with performances if suitable.

W322

WHAT MAKES WESTERN MUSIC SO UNIQUE? NINA THOMAS

Why do we like some musical works and dislike others? This course looks at how Western music evolved from Egyptian through to the 20th century, and why it speaks to us logically and emotionally. We delve into the elements of music looking at melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, dynamics and how they affect us.

W323

FRENCH CLUB SELF DIRECTED

Continuing course for those participants from last term. Newcomers are welcome but some basic knowledge of the language would be preferable.

W324

SKETCHING/DRAWING SELF DIRECTED

W325

TAI CHI SELF-DIRECTED

This class is self-directed and will be following a recently purchased DVD.

W326

MAH JONG – CONTINUATION FROM SESSION 1

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 3: 12.00-1.00

W321

DNA AND YOU (A rerun) JOHN COLL

The course looks at the development of genetics and the vital role of DNA in our present and past self-images.

W332

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL MARY BOLTON & SUE PAMPLIN

The course takes us to all corners of the world. We enjoy cruises, train trips, bus tours, walking adventures, all from the comfort of our chairs at LINC.

19/9/18

Unseen Italy and Slovenia

John Bothman

26/9/18

Wilds of Scotland

Pat Olding

3/10/18

China

Maggie McKerrbreher

10/10/18

South America

Sally O’May

17/10/18

TBA

Genevieve Atkins

24/10/18

Brazil and Colombia

Warwick Moore

31/10/18

Finland

Peter Sands

7/11/18

Norway

Pat Jeffery

14/11/18

Italy

Jude Mudaliar

21/11/18

TBA

W333

FELLOW AUSTRALIANS WHO LEAD INTERESTING AND DIFFERENT PATRICIA CORBY

LIVES

People are so interesting. I love meeting and learning about them. This term we have 10 new people to get to know – an Ashley boy turned altar boy, a migrant ABC reporter, a Tasmanian gardener and indigenous rights activist, a celebrated artist, a youth outreach worker and numerous others I have found on my discovery path. Come along and meet them!

W334

PLAY READING MICKEY BENEFIEL

If you have ever attended a play that you really liked, come and join in re-creating the sometimes hilarious, sometimes mysterious, but ALWAYS fascinating and fun masterpieces of the theatre. There will be plenty of parts for you to choose from. Something to suit every kind of capability.

W335

CIRCLE DANCING PETER SANDS & ANGELA TAMAYO

Circle dancing draws its roots from European folk dance traditions such as Balkan, Greek, Rom and Israeli dance. The music is incredibly varied, from traditional Gypsy to modern folk and classical. Circle dancing is exercise for the body and the soul, and the circle is open and welcoming. Angela will teach mainly traditional Balkan, and Peter mainly contemporary circle dances.

W336

CHESS SELF DIRECTED

The aim of this course is to introduce the game to beginners and assist in the improvement of skills for those wishing to improve their game. Above all, the aim is to enjoy this ancient game.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 4: 1.15-2.15

W341

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING 2 BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. This course is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

Most of your Wednesday set-up crew: We get the furniture unpacked and set up, the morning tea almost completely ready and the sound and visual systems going.

We would love more people to come and help, then share a hot drink with us. We meet at 8.40 a.m. outside the front door.

A Supreme Opportunity’

The Supreme Court in Salamanca has an ‘Open House Weekend’ in November and allows conducted tours. Usually the tours are booked as soon as they are advertised. One of our members, Peter Partridge, can arrange for our members to have advanced notice and therefore book early for these tours.

This year the tours are planned for Saturday 10th November and perhaps additional tours on the Sunday. There will be a list for participants to sign on the notice Board when we return in September and contact should be made through Peter by phone or email as mentioned in the notice.

If you are interested, you should act quickly.

U3A Clarence Inc

Important Dates for Sept 17 2018 to end 2019

Term 3 2018 Monday 17 September – Wednesday 21 November

Special 25th Anniversary Event – Thursday, October 4th, 10 a.m.– 3.30pm., Blundstone Arena.

Committee Meetings Mon 24 Sept 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 22 Oct 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 12 Nov 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 12 Nov
Christmas Luncheon Mon 26 Nov 12 noon Howrah Recreational Centre

**** 2019 ****

Pre- term 2019 Note: Term 1 dates have changed to allow 10 full weeks.

Newsletter Mon 21 Jan
Committee Meeting Wed 6 Feb 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Enrolment Day Wed 13 Feb 10:00-12.00 Room 6
AGM Wed 20 Feb 1.30-3.30 Room 6

Afternoon tea Guest Speaker

Revised: Term 1 2019 Monday 4 March – Wednesday 22 May

No classes Monday11 and 13 March (Public holiday week)

No classes Monday 22 April and Wednesday 24 April (Easter)

This gives 10 Mondays and 10 Wednesdays

Committee Meetings Mon 18 March 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 15 April 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 13 May 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 13 May

Term 2 2019 Monday 17 June – Wednesday 21 August

Committee Meetings Mon 24 June 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 22 July 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 12 Aug 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 12Aug

Term 3 2019 Monday 16 September – Wednesday 20 November

Committee Meetings Mon 23 Sept 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 21 Oct 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 11 Nov 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 11 Nov
Christmas Luncheon Mon 25 Nov 12 noon Howrah Recreational Centre

25th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet

The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet, for which many members submitted contributions, has been compiled by the editorial sub-committee. During a number of classes, photos were taken. At the discretion of the graphic designer who is doing the layout, some of these photos may be included in the booklet. The booklet will be launched officially at the anniversary event at Blundstone Arena on 4 October.

As there will be a limited print run of the booklet, if you would like to ensure you get a copy or copies, you may pre-order them on the order sheet that has been placed on the noticeboard in the morning tea room.

The price is $10 per copy. Please place your payment in an envelope, clearly marked with your full name and the amount enclosed, in the Booklet Box in the morning tea room.

Pre-ordered copies can be collected at the Blundstone Arena event, after the booklet has been launched.

Any remaining copies will be available for sale on U3A days after the anniversary event.

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AIDE MEMOIRE

Note the courses you have enrolled in to give yourself a record of them.

Monday Wednesday

Session 1 Session 1
Session 2 Session 2
Session 3 Session 3
Session 4 Session 4

ENROLMENTS DUE: Wed, September 7.

Enrolling:

You can do this online (see the next page), or on paper using the enrolment form enclosed. (Note: this time it is on two sides of the sheet.) Drop it in the box at U3A, or post it.

Postal address is U3A Clarence Enrolments, PO Box 774, Rosny Park,7018.

Please speak to one of our Committee members if you would like help to enrol online, or reassurance you can do it. It really is not that hard, and while you enrol you can have a good look at our revamped website.

ENROLLING ONLINE

Enrolling online is simple, quick, cheap and environmentally friendly.

  1. Just Google U3A Clarence to get to our home page.

  2. Click on ‘Course Info’ at the top of the page to find out about the courses and enrolment.

  3. On the enrolment form click on the circle next to each course you wish to attend. If you are not attending a course during that session, click None.

  4. If two people are enrolling from the same email address, you may need to refresh the page before the second enrolment.

  5. Click submit!

  6. You should receive an email message confirming your enrolment. If you don’t, try again.

  7. Next – visit the Subscription/Membership form and complete your details. Everyone should do this if joining for the first time in the year.

NOW give yourself a pat on the back and explore the rest of the website!

N.B. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE SUBSCRIPTION/MEMBERSHIP FORM OR PAY A SUBSCRIPTION UNLESS YOU ARE JOINING FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION (membership) FEE FOR 2018

$45 PER PERSON

YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM WHETHER YOU PAY ONLINE, OR BY CHEQUE, MONEY ORDER OR CASH

Name (s) __________________________________________________

Preferred name (s) for name tag (s) _______________________________________________

Phone __________________________

Email address ________________________________

Residential address ___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________Post Code _________

Method of payment and amount paid – cheque, money order, cash or direct credit $ _______

Please make your cheque or money order payable to U3A Clarence and mail with this form to

PO Box 774 Rosny Park 7018 or hand it in at U3A.

You can pay online as follows:

MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS BY DIRECT CREDIT

Members can pay their U3A Clarence subscriptions by direct credit. Payments can be made by visiting a bank and making a deposit to our account, or by electronic funds transfer to our account. Whichever method is used to make a direct credit payment, it is essential that the following information is recorded as part of the transaction:

Account name: University of the Third Age – Clarence Inc

BSB: 067103

Account number: 10059047

Reference: Member’s first name and surname

Please note:

When making a deposit at a bank you must ensure that your reference information (first and last name) is recorded whether or not the teller asks for the details.

Please address any Subscription or Payment queries to the Treasurer, Terry Mahoney.

July 5th Excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

An intrepid group of ten explorers was conducted through the new Bond Store galleries to investigate the colonial collections. Our guide helped us see the potential of the collections and pointed out particularly interesting exhibits. One interesting aspect was the amount of material accessible if you only knew to look in the drawers underneath display cabinets. Many fascinating items are squirreled away, we discovered.

We discovered the ways early settlers saw their new world, came to record it and exploited it. The wars with the traditional owners of Tasmania were a theme of one gallery. The last gallery we examined held all sorts of interesting memorabilia from our past, including the currencies used and the way they developed. My favourite was a chair with solid metal rings for carrying poles. This chair was used to carry Lady Jane Franklin when she took breaks from walking during her epic journey to the West Coast with Governor Franklin.

Left: Snakebite antivenom created and sold by Charles Underwood in the 1800s.

Tasmania’s first one pound note – from the Colonial Galleries, TMAG.

by Anna Melton

(Newsletter Editor)

TRANSPORTED BY THE DELIGHTS OF MUSIC

by Jane Hall (Co-Coordinator for Kaleidoscope)

On Monday July 30th, our Kaleidoscope group were joined by a number of other members to attend a presentation by Frances The.

Frances is a professional musician with an orchestra based in Amsterdam. Also, she belongs to another group of musicians who play Baroque music in the manner and style it would have been presented by the composer. Frances has been invited to play in Sydney and Melbourne. Being a Tasmanian, she coupled this with a visit home to see family and friends. She kindly offered to present her renditions at U3A Clarence, Hobart and Kingston.

There was some interesting discussion on how musicians need to be sleuths to discover what the composer had in mind and the style of the violin and bows – including how these were held by the musician.

Frances then played several pieces for us and we were transported for that time.

I was thrilled to be able to arrange this presentation. Also, I want to give credit to all members who attended, making this a worthwhile exercise for Frances.

Thanks also to Eileen Levett and her Tai Chi group who very kindly exchanged rooms for the session, allowing more people to attend in comfort and for our presenter to have the “best” room for acoustics.

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July 2018

President’s Message July 2018

Can you tell me where the delete winter button is? Jeanne Owens

As the dusk descends by about 5 pm on the shorter days it is time to turn on the heater, draw the curtains, put on as many clothes as possible (blow colour coordination) and curl up in a ball and hope to hibernate. It is the time for hearty broths and casseroles which are ignored in the summer (wonderful slow cooking). We can justify eating these substantial meals without guilt because we need the fuel. We always nibble more in the long boring evenings. We will worry about the new spare tire in the spring not now.

The shortest day is past and I am beginning to notice the lengthening of the days, which makes me feel more optimistic. The coldest month is August so there is a shortage of real comfort.

Wandering around the garden is a bit solemn except that the native plants come into flower. Is it my imagination that the wattle is blooming earlier each year? Cutting back the fuchsias seems a good idea and not too challenging.

My mind turns to the vegetable garden, very slowly and reluctantly. Shall I bother with pink eye potatoes this year? Have I cut back the perennial runner beans and sufficiently protected them from the frost? I need to plant strawberries again as I cleared the beds completely in autumn. What about tomatoes in October is it worth it when a neighbor grows plenty for a good price? Still it is lovely to eat tasty home grown. What about zucchini, always too much for us but nice to distribute them at 6 to 8 inches to friends and neighbours. I can do a great deal of gardening and feel quite virtuous without moving from my armchair.

Winter is also the time to look at cruise brochures to plan for the future without spending a penny (oops showing my age), moving from a chair or committing a fortune and, at the same time, quietly meditating on the wonderful trips we have made. The Freycinet Peninsular is perennially beautiful and when I think of it I am reminded of all the visiting friends and family we have taken there.

Perhaps I don’t hate winter as much as I thought

I’m sorry for what I wore when I was cold

News

Trivia afternoon

We have arranged our traditional Trivia Quiz afternoon on Thursday August 9 at the Howrah Recreational Centre 1-3pm. This is always a fun event with a pleasant afternoon tea. Cost will still be $10.

25 Anniversary Celebration

Please register for this event soon and before 31 August, because we have a final date to advise Blundstone of numbers. In response to queries I have received I have a short notice of advice about details on the next page for those going.

I also list on the next page some forthcoming events which you may be interested in.

Jocelyn

president@u3aclarence.com

Interesting events for your action

UTAS Open Day Sunday August 5th 10 am to 3pm. 17, Liverpool Street.

The UTAS Medical Science Precinct will be open to the public and will have activities to showcase medical research and technology

Festival of Bright Ideas Saturday August 18th 10 am to 5 pm. Princes Wharf 1, Hobart.

Menzies will be at Tasmania’ largest science engagement festival. Come and chat with the PhD students to learn something new and surprising about the Human body.

2018 Menzies Debate Thursday September 13th UTAS Medical precinct. 5.30 for nibbles and drinks. Debate 6 to 7.30pm

SURGERY IS THE BEST THERAPY FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

Six expert speakers all kept in line by the funny and irreverent Bernie Hobbs from ABC Science. You get to vote on the outcome.

Information and registration at Menzies Facebook page, www.menzies.uta.edu.au or reception desk 6226-7700

25th Anniversary Reminders

Seating

Seating will not be allocated. If you want to make up a group, make sure you get there early and delegate one of your group to select the table.

I think it is good to use these events to get to know new people or to catch up with others you have shared lectures with in the past but have not seen for a while.

Parking

Parking around Blundstone Arena can be a problem on a busy day so try to get there early. Drop off your passengers if necessary and park a little further away.

Arrival Time

9.30 Unless you are one of the set up crew. There is under cover waiting area at Blundstone’s Arena so you can be safe from bad weather should you arrive too early.

Buses

Buses will leave Rosny at 9.15am and Depart from Blundstone Arena at 3.30 pm.

Payment for non Members

I have been asked if it is possible for non members to pay on the day. This is not possible because we have to let Blundstone’s know the final numbers before then.

The online registration form has information regarding electronic payment. Cheques should be payable to U3A Clarence and posted to Box 774, Rosny Park 7018. Cash will be accepted in an envelope clearly marked with the amount ($35 per person), the name of the person attending and their contact details.

Final Point Make sure you enjoy the day.

June 2018

President’s Message June 2018
Old Age is the most unexpected thing that can happen to anyone

This is so true.  I was at a family gathering recently and was amazed that the little tots I remember are now handsome and beautiful teenagers. How did that happen?  I used to feel sorry for my grandparents sitting quietly in a corner and seemingly missing out on all the chat.  Now I really enjoy sitting in the corner and keeping an eye on all the activity.

When I married I could not imagine being 30 let alone over 70.  We just cannot comprehend that this will happens.  All of us look at our friends or partners and the mirror and are amazed at the changes which have crept over us all.   However, no one told me that it is possible to enjoy older age so much.  Of course we are a bit creaky but we can truly enjoy a new baby’s laughter and a toddler’s unfailing energy at play.  We fully appreciate the passing seasons and the beautiful views we have in Tasmania.

As teenagers we worried about personal characteristics we considered as shortcomings without realizing our young perfection.  Now I understand that my friends with their experience imprinted faces are truly beautiful.  Teenagers and babies are exquisitely ravishing beyond description.

Another advantage is that people help you.  At 50 we become invisible (women especially) in queues.  Now as elders we often receive attention and help.

Don’t give up your dreams
Just sleep longer

Jocelyn
president@u3aclarence.com

News
TMAG Outings
We have arranged two conducted tours of TMAG’s special collections. I can recommend their café for morning tea and they have fabulous sandwiches.  There will be booking sheets for names and more details on the notice board in Room 6.  Cost is $5.
Thursday July 5th 10.30 to 11.30        Colonial History Galleries
Thursday July 19th10.30 to 11.30       Tasmanian Earth and Life, Thylacine, Islands to Ice
As a coincidence, there is also a special exhibition of the work of Lola Green, the first Aboriginal to be named a National Living Treasure.  She is a shell necklace artist and exhibits the traditional art of indigenous women of Tasmania’s Flinders Island and Cape Barren.  Well worth a diversion at the end of your tour.
Quiz afternoon
Thursday August 9 at the Howrah Recreational Centre 1-3pm.  This is always a fun event and a pleasant afternoon tea. Cost will still be $10.
Anniversary Booklet
Proudly supported by Clarence City Council’s Community Grants Scheme

Clarence City Council has given us a generous Community Grant to offset some of the costs of publication of our Anniversary Booklet.  This will allow us to sell the booklet for $10.
You have until 30 June to submit your pithy paragraph, pertinent poem or piece of punchy prose to be included.  Email contributions to Patricia Corby ppatriciacorby@gmail.com   A box for entries is on the table in room 6.  Details are on our notice board in room 6.

President’s Message May 2018

 

A helping hand

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Babies, of course, need constant care. As we grow we pride ourselves on our competence and independence but still help is welcomed at times (including old ladies being helped across the street by boy scouts, even if they don’t want to go!)

There is an Arab saying to the following effect: “Do not thank me for the assistance or gift I give you, instead do a favour for 7 other people.” The size of the assistance is immaterial; it is expected to be in line with the resources of the giver and the need of the recipient. Thus it may be a pat on the back for commiseration, helping carry a parcel or a major undertaking on the assister’s behalf. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all follow this proverb?

Members of U3A contribute to our organisation as members or past members of the committee, part of the set up crew, washer uppers and morning tea volunteers and in many other ways. This year we seem to have a small army of people helping with the anniversary celebrations in some way or another.

Many of our members also volunteer for charitable organisations or are on committees for other organisations. Of course many of us care for older or sick family members. We often assist our children to bring up our grandchildren and give them our support where possible.

Sometimes all the help needed is a sympathetic smile, a listening ear, a hug or offering the help we are able to give. We respect their refusal of help accepting that this may not be what is needed.

The good wishes of friends and acquaintances can be a good support. When I was ill last year our Committee did most of my work for months. But I was surprised by the boost that the good wishes of all of you made to my getting through the days.

I joined U3A for the lectures and activities and still that is the prime reason I attend, but I am proud to be a colleague of such caring and helpful people as we have in our membership.

Jocelyn Head

Honorary President of U3A Clarence

President’s Message February 2018

 

Welcome back to our Summer Term 2018

U3A Clarence has been providing quality lectures and other activities to Clarence residents and beyond since 1993.  This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary in October.

I wonder if the small group who initiated our organisation realised how successful it would be and that it would grow to well over 300 members. Truly from small things large things grow (to coin a phrase!).

On the theme of growing, it is apparently possible to grow new brain cell whatever age we are.  Learning something new or enjoying new activities is apparently all it takes.

This is just as well.  I seem to have lost quite a few as I can tell from the time I spend wandering from room to room looking for something I have just put down.

So while we are sitting in lectures, learning new routines in line dancing, scheming new strategies in Mah Jong or drawing a new scene we can perhaps, if we try really hard, feel our brains expanding.  I doubt it but it is an amusing thought.

Information about current activities and courses for this term can be found in the Newsletter on this website.  Once again our course programmer, Carol Rossendell and our volunteer Tutors have provided an exciting program. My only difficulty is that there is almost always more than one lecture or event, which I would like to attend, at the same time spot.  It requires much brain cell activity on my part to choose one.

You may just take one activity each term or three on each morning of Monday and Wednesday. It is entirely up to you depending, upon your interest and available time.

Another aspect of a healthy brain at any age is to have a good social circle. We join together at 10.30 am for a cup of tea or coffee in room 6 at the library where lectures are held. Here we can discus ideas raised in our lectures or just chat with old or new friends.  I look forward to seeing you there

I welcome both continuing and new members

Jocelyn Head
President U3A Clarence

President’s Message September 2017

 

Welcome back to our Spring Term 2017

We are starting our spring program. As well as our usual activities some members will be heading to Shene and others look forward to tours of TMAG.

At the end of the term we will be celebrating our Christmas Luncheon on Monday 27th November.

I often find it amusing that I can still be surprised by the variations in the weather and deceived by one warm day into thinking winter has finished. Saturday 2 September was a lovely warm and sunny day and we had morning tea sitting on a friend’s porch. The rest of the week brought me back to winter. As Charles Dickens said in Great Expectations: “spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade”.

Spring cleaning is best left until next year when it will again be considered. I have always avoided herculean efforts to clean the whole house in one burst.

Ah, but spring in the garden is a different matter! Daffodils, hyacinths, flowering rosemary and magnolias lift our spirits. Annuals planted adjoining the Clarence Council Chambers and the verges around the Hobart Roundabout give a lovely splash of colour. I appreciate them because my resident wallabies and rabbits just think I plant annuals as their spring greens.

We have been fortunate to be visited by over two dozen Black Mountain Yellow Tailed Cockatoos recently. We used to see them occasionally in twos or threes and only in the coldest winter weather. They are very partial to Banksia cones; they eat the seeds from the cones but also, for some reason, cut off the last couple of feet from the branches. Admittedly I intended to prune the Banksia this year but they have reduced an eight foot high shrub to a six foot straggly mess. The other tragedy is that they have eaten all the flower buds on the adjacent magnolia which previously bloomed every year since planted by my sister in 1977.

In addition the rosellas eat the buds on my flowering cherry. So we will have little in the way of spring blooms this year. It is just as well that I have a sense of humour.

We are lucky with our birds, not only these big cockatoos and rosellas, but also butcher birds, magpies, native hens, plovers, sulphur crested cockatoos, galahs and the charming native noisy miners. These are like a tribe of jealous fish wives constantly trying to ward off intruders and claim the garden for their own.

The harm they do to my plans for the garden is offset by the delight of their company.

Hoping you find much to enjoy in our program this term and, hopefully, some warm weather.

Jocelyn Head
President U3A Clarence

President’s Message August 2017

 

Update to Members – August 2017

The original concept of U3A was to extend the intellectual learning life of older individuals.  U3A Clarence does indeed provide intellectual stimulation with a varied program of lectures.

There are no defined age requirements but is usually for those 50 to 55 and older.  All are welcome regardless of interests and backgrounds.

Like other universities we also enjoy social activities, art and physical exercise sessions. Unlike universities for the young there are no exams.  Nor are there any competitive components, except perhaps in Mah-jong.  We get together to exercise our minds and bodies at entirely our own pace, just cooperation, enjoyment and mutual support.

Our varied activities cover lectures and discussion groups on geography, science, history, art and issues of topical interest.

For our physical wellbeing we have Tai Chi, line dancing and art and language courses.

As we enter spring and the days grow longer it is easier to take part in the activities of U3A Clarence.

Our autumn program is now available and is as varied as usual.  I am sure there is something of interest for both long term members and newcomers.

New members receive a warm and comfortable welcome.  You may choose to simply attend the sessions you are interested in.  But we hope you will join us for morning tea.

This term we look forward to a trip to Shene House for 5 October.  We will also be visiting the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for a talk by their staff.  Finally we are looking forward to our end of year Christmas luncheon on 27 November.

So enrol in classes for stimulation and join us in meeting like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Jocelyn Head
President

Update to Members first term 2017

 

Update to Members first term 2017

Well first term is over and it’s true to say that it’s been challenging one for you new Committee. Unfortunately Jocelyn our President had a lengthy spell in hospital and on your behalf I wish her a speedy recovery. We also have had a number of resignations for various reasons .  A copy of the current Committee structure is attached here.

However we have a group of new enthusiastic Committee Members who together with some experienced members have met the challenges that 2017 has presented us with. Find out more about your committee members by checking out their bios on our website.

I hope you all enjoyed Term 1 We offered a mix of established programs and some new ones. I particularly enjoyed the Discussion Group sessions which were well facilitated by Carol Rossendell, We certainly covered some diverse subjects and I found it stimulating to hear fellow member’s views on different topics.

We welcomed a number of new members to U3A Clarence in first term and to those people we hope you not only enjoyed the Program but found us friendly and welcoming

The Program for Term two is out now and looks to be a very interesting mix to suit all tastes. It’s now over to you to make your selections and send in your enrolment.

In Term two we are planning a fun filled Trivia afternoon on Thurs July 20 to be held at the Howrah Recreation Centre (see attached flyer) Please come along and support this function, Even if you not a trivia expert you will enjoy the social side of things and of course the afternoon tea

Finally a thank you to my fellow committee members, to all our dedicated Tutors and class representatives, to the set up crews for all their early morning work, to the dedicated morning tea group and to you the members for your ongoing support.
Looking forward to seeing you in term 2

Chris Bishop
Vice President

January 2017

Jane HallPresident’s Message

 

 

Happy New Year to all our visitors to this site.   May 2017 bring joy and good health to all.

This will be my final message for our web site. In February I hand over the reins to a new President who will, I am certain, carry U3A Clarence onto newer and better heights.

As always I encourage you to peruse our program and if you are not already a member please give serious consideration to coming along and joining us. We offer something to feed the mind and the body and the social butterfly inside. I believe strongly that we are meeting the needs of almost everyone and our only criterion for joining is retirement or semi-retirement from the work force. There is no age limit, though most of our programs are aimed at the over 50s and our annual membership fee is very reasonable at $45 per annum.

Also, despite our title, there are no academic criteria to meet for joining nor are there any tests, assessments or exams. This is learning for the sake of learning! It is designed to be enjoyable and interactive.

Coming up we have an Enrolment session on February 15th between 10 and 12, you can register and pay your membership fee at the same time if you want.

Then on Wednesday February 22nd between 1.30 and 3.30 we are holding our A.G.M., offering afternoon tea and having a guest speaker.

This year I have invited Chris Downs, Cartoonist to come along and talk with us. I gave him a broad theme of “the development of a political cartoon”. I am looking forward to hearing Chris.

I want to thank every member of U3A Clarence for the support I have had over the last three years as your President. I feel honoured to have filled the role and I believe I am leaving a strong organisation for the next President.

Kind Regards

Jane Hall

January 2017

November 2016

Jane HallPresident’s Message

 

This, my final term as President of U3A Clarence, has presented a very mixed bag of events.

Sadly, many of us joined the sick lists, either because of acute illness or because of surgery. I am discovering that the older we get the more replacement parts we seem to need, be they heart valves, blood vessels or joints. I am sincerely wishing all the best for future health for all those who have been ill this term.

As occasionally happens, we are losing a couple of highly respected and valued members as they move to live in warmer climes “overseas”. They leave us at the end of our term, hopefully we won’t lose touch with them.

As usually happens, we are gaining so many new and enthusiastic new members. This means we continue to be a large and happy ‘family’ of people all devoted to the idea of learning something new – whether it be intellectual or practical – and to making new friends, leading a fulfilling and full life in other words.

I look at our programs and the planning already underway for next year and I am reassured that we continue to offer something to meet the needs of a very broad range of people.

My thanks for the smooth running of our group must, as usual go to the very supportive Committee members, to our set up and clean up crews who prepare the rooms for classes and put them back when we are done, to our morning tea ladies who ensure a hot drink and a nibble is there for all to enjoy in a very sociable environment and to our tutors who continue to present very high standard classes.

Please look through our site, look at what we offer, follow the registration and enrolment instructions and come and join us next year. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Jane Hall

President.