With over 250 enthusiastic members and up to thirty activities on offer, U3A Benalla and District's volunteer office bearers, convenors and tutors develop and implement a range of satisfying, stimulating and healthy courses and activities for retirees.
Established in 1988, Benalla and District U3A is the second largest U3A group in North East Victoria.
Following in the traditions of the worldwide U3A movement, Benalla and District's U3A is a voluntary community organisation. It provides opportunities for learning for Benalla's older people enabling them to keep mentally and physically active and alert.
The term “University” is used in the original sense of an association or community of teachers and scholars united in the pursuit of knowledge. Unlike most other Universities, U3A does not involve exams!
The “Third Age”, which follows the “First Age” of childhood and formal education and the “Second Age” of working life, is one of active retirement, where a wide range of interests are pursued to enhance the self-image and well-being of older persons.
U3A courses and activities are run 'pro bono' by volunteer members of U3A. This reciprocity provides rich opportunities for the transmission of knowledge and skills which benefits members and tutors alike.
In early July 2017 U3A Benalla and District moved from its home in W4 at the Benalla Flexible Learning Centre to its new meeting room at the Benalla Seniors Community Centre in Fawckner Drive. The entry to the U3A meeting room is by the side entrance of the centre.
Management and administration
The Annual General Meeting of Benalla and District U3A is held every year in March. This year the Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 in Room W4 Benalla Flexible Learning Centre, Barkly Street, Benalla 10 am. Dorothy Webber has taken on the second year of Terry Case's second term as President; Corrie Witlox is completing the second of Bill Parris's term as Treasurer and Bill has taken on the role of Vice President. Geraldine McCorkell was elected Secretary and Judith Borthwick Publicity Officer.
The Executive Committee of U3A Benalla and District meets monthly, making decisions and taking them to the rest of the group. There are several sub-committees - including Administration; Finance; Computers Technology and Equipment; Accommodation and Programs.
Regional meetings of 16 to 18 U3A groups spreading from Kilmore to Nathalia, Mansfield to Wodonga are held twice a year, usually in Benalla. (Link to - 2016's Regional meeting report from Regional Representative Gail Peters (Cobram U3A))
U3A North East Region meeting - Benalla, June 2016
Benalla U3A is an active member of the U3A Network Victoria. Benalla delegates Margaret Jenkins attends quarterly meetings in Melbourne then reports back to the Executive Committee..
The most recent Biennial conference of the Network was held in Melbourne in August 2015. (Link to conference attendee Bev Lee's notes from the conference). The next conference is coming up on the 4th and 5th September 2017.
Judith Borthwick and Geraldine McCorkell attended the Network's annual Course Co-ordinators conference 'The Power of Evaluation and Feedback' in late 2016 . (Link to Geraldine McCorkell's report).
State U3A Networks have formed an national alliance to share common concerns, an alliance which may well develop into a national peak body over time. State Networks have annual conferences which representatives from other states attend.
There is also a U3A Asia Pacific International Alliance which has a regional conference of U3A--the most recent locally held conference was held in Brisbane in May 2015. (Link to conference presentations).