by Patricia Corby
U3A State-wide meetings are held around every 6 months and with invitations to all current U3A groups to attend. The meetings are in Campbell Town, the last on March 1st, 2017 and attended by myself and Carol Rossendel representing Clarence. The main aim is to share ideas, knowledge, resources and current activities under taken by each group with the whole group, it is a great way to support each other and to pick up new ideas.
Do you know how many U3As there are in Tasmania and where?
In the South, together with Clarence we have:
Tasman which meets mostly at Nubeena. A small club currently in partnership with the local Neighbourhood House.
Hobart on the western Shore and which meet at the Philip smith Centre on the Glebe. Hobart is a large club and runs a 4 day a week program and also a Summer school to which they welcome attendees from other U3As.
Kingborough which meets in the old Kingston primary school and also has some sessions at westwinds, Woodbridge.
Glenorchy, the youngest of the southern U3As having started in 2007, meets in a block of the Cosgrove High School.
Cygnet begun in 1991 and growing in recent activity and creative ideas, they do great garden tours!
In the North there is:
Launceston School for Seniors which runs in U3A style and is an affiliate U3A with an extensive program.
Tamar Valley which started in 2013 and offers a range of options from coffee and chats, various weekly courses and one off talks.
Meander Valley which meets in different venues such as Deloraine and Westbury to ensure access for all members across the valley, began in 2012 and operates with 4 terms.
Port Sorell started in May 2014 and operating on 5 days quickly grew with members coming from across the areas of Hawley Beach, Shearwater, Port Sorell etc.
Wynyard which started in 2015 and offers courses on 3 days but takes a longish winter break.
Kentish, the ‘baby’ of our U3As only having started courses in 2017 and operates in the Sheffield area.
What a lot of activity! Why not check out the various Websites and see what your colleagues are doing?