On Wednesday 22nd of July 16 members met in the Gardens near the Art Gallery for lunch, chats & laughter. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny winter’s day. It was agreed we need to do it again, so are looking forward to meeting together in the gardens on a Wine Appreciation day (4th Wednesday) after the Stage 3 reductions announced on Sunday 2 August are lifted.
Photos: Bev Lee and Heather Wallace
It has been wonderful to observe the way in which a group of convenors and committee members have taken on the challenge to learn how to use Zoom during the Covid break.
From early ‘play’ with lots of rehearsals emerged an advertised session on Zoom for convenors; liaison with U3A Network Victoria and subsequent involvement with a regional mentor; now regular Zoom classes in Demystifying Psychology; Investment and Sustainability and regular Committee meetings.
Learning to use zoom has involved a learning experience for most if not all of the members involved. All in the space of a few months! Congratulations to all involved.
At a recent Zoom Committee Meeting it was decided that it is now time for all U3A participants to take the opportunity to catch up with one another, so it is proposed to have lunch with our U3A friends in the gardens next to the Art Gallery on WEDNESDAY 22 JULY at 12.00 noon.
U3A members are asked to ‘BYO’ lunch, tea/coffee/beverages, chair, cushion, rug if cold and make the most of this wonderful opportunity to discuss what we have been doing during our time away from attending U3A activities. This will depend on numbers that can gather, and of course, the WEATHER.
If you are looking to be part of this activity, please contact Heather Wallace on 0418 353 244, if possible by Sunday July 19th.
Ken Whan was a man for the people. He had a very full life working with many groups both on Council and in industry, but he never forgot the community itself, being there to offer advice and general support when needed. He was very approachable, had a listening ear and provided encouragement where necessary.
Ken was an active member of U3A, with a sense of humour and a hint of cynicism. His input into the activities he attended was always welcome.
Ken served on the Benalla Shire Council (and was Shire President from 1991-1994), and Delatite Shire (and was Delatite Mayor in 2000). As a Councillor, Ken believed in Local Government and the need to develop more accessible lines of communication between residents and council.
Not only was Ken involved in U3A he had many and varied interests in Benalla and was associated with the Benalla Library, Friends of BPACC, Friends of the Art Gallery and Warby Ranges Landcare.
His list of achievements was also very impressive – being a member of the United Dairy Farmers Vic (1961-985); Save Mokoan Committee; Elder and chairman of Benalla Uniting Church Parish; Historical Society Secretary; Mens Probus member. These are only a few of his achievements over the years.
Ken was one of the very few Councillors who worked with the then Management of Winton Motor Raceway when they approached the State Government for the rezoning of the Planning Amendment for the Raceway and surrounds, ensuring the future of the circuit and the benefits that it brings to the Benalla Rural City.
Ken will be greatly missed by the Benalla community and especially by the long list of friends and acquaintances he has been associated with over the years.
Ken had time for everyone – we will miss his friendly smile and quick wit.
Our condolences to Val, who has supported him for many years, and the Whan family.
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