I am pleased to report that this year has started to appear like normal again. So we need to encourage the members who have not joined us this year to come back. Membership is down around 30% and if this continues the committee will have to reconsider the annual membership levy.
Earlier this year we applied for a grant from the Clarence City Council, and we have received a phone call informing me that U3A Clarence was successful and will receive $1,500 towards upgrading our aged laptop computers. Your committee would like to try more applications for grants where appropriate.
I coordinate the Singalong Group on Monday. This year a new format has been introduced where no printed song lyrics are required (no piles of sheets to cart about), and no extra cost. The paticipants attending are having a great time, but numbers are down compared to pre-covid times. Pre-covid attendance in room 1 was so large that we have now moved to room 6, so if you are interested, join us in Term 2. It’s a great space with a large TV displaying the words.
I would also like to request members consider joining a great and competent committee next year. I have completed my 3 years so we are at least looking for a new President!
President, U3A Clarence