During the past ten days we have lost two U3A Benalla members.
John Ellis, who was in the Play Reading Group and was a member of Coin Collectors and the former Armchair Traveller Group, passed away in Melbourne on November 30th. John was involved in many organisations in Benalla including Legacy, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Benalla Theatre Company. He also had many friends within the Catholic Church in Benalla. Our sympathy is extended to his wife Janice who is also a member of U3A Benalla.
Mel Jeffree passed away on 2nd December in Benalla. Mel for three years organised the music for his wife Helen’s Exercises for Fun, which has been conducted on a Monday morning since 2018. Mel always had a great smile and a few words for all the participants of Exercises for Fun, and readily joined in the frivolities of being saluted by the group as they went through the marching exercises. Due to ill health Mel has not been in charge of the music for the past 18 months. However, he did come to the Get Online lunch in October and enjoyed seeing everyone there. Our sympathy is extended to Helen on her loss of Mel.
Australian History replaces Armchair History in 2023 - "We'll range from local history through the intrusion of new settlers on original inhabitants' land, examine colonial office control of this British outpost and the myth of terra nullius We'll look at gold and democracy, but balance it with some awkward truths. Today we are still part of the struggle to share power and give all a voice."
Convenor: Terry Case 2nd and 4th Friday 2 to 4 pm U3A Room 1
Be Connected - Managing Money Online
A new course from the Be Connected team - "Not sure about managing money online? This course uses Be Connected Modules to explore banking online - paying bills, setting up a banking app, using the bank website, checking balances and statements and transferring money. We'll also look at PayPal and making online purchases. Be Connected - Managing Money Online will run for one Semester Feb - June."
Jenny Sawyer/Robyn Lukey 2nd and 3rd Monday 11.30 - 12.30 U3A Room 1
Enjoying the Internet
A course for members keen to venture beyond the basics to find out more about what the internet can offer! Targeting members already comfortable with tasks such as online subscriptions, emailing with photo attachments and managing files, there's an enormous range of possible content to explore. Members will be encouraged to contribute topics, to develop the skills covered in class during the month and to report back during a 'Pains and Gains' segment at the following class. 'Enjoying the Internet' will focus on supporting PC and laptop users; however, users of other devices are also welcome.
Convenor: Dawn Stephens 3rd Tuesday 10 am to 12 noon U3A Room 1
'In the Lap of the Gods'
This course will explain Graeco Roman religion and mythology in the context of religion as a whole and differentiate it clearly from modern religions. Convenor John Barry is keen to “infuse those attending with the same sense of joy that I had when I read my first book on Graeco-Roman mythology at the age of ten.”
Convenor: John Barry 1st Friday 2 to 4 pm U3A Room 1
Jane Austen Book Club
Can you ever get too much Jane Austen? Books, TV series, Films?
In this semester we will read Austen's 6 novels and have time for some films. Teenagers running off with soldiers, your best friend marrying a dud, your mother impossible and haughty rich men ridiculing you! Really!!! Come and discover why Regency England was very similar to today. Meets in U3A main room, unlimited numbers.
Convenor: Meg Dillon 2nd Tuesday 2 - 4 pm U3A Room 1
Are you interested in taking more interesting photographs? Do you have a device - mobile phone, tablet - or a reasonably simple camera, SLR which you would like to learn to apply new skils on? This course focuses mostly on the former, but hopefully will also help in developing confidence in using your camera, whether phone or other - to take creatively composed photographs.
Convenor: Rene Martens 4th Thursday 10 am to 12 noon U3A Room 1
Sky's the Limit
Commencing in February 2023, our new course The Sky’s the Limit has been designed for those with an interest in gliding, flying, the history of aviation, with past lives involving aircraft in some way. Sessions will include guest speakers with backgrounds in aviation and stories to tell, the occasional excursion and more. Class members will play an active role in suggesting and deciding upon topics for the monthly sessions/expeditions.
Convenor: Claire Rudolph 1st Tuesday 2 to 4pm U3A Room 1
This is an appointment only technology problem solver session one on one with either Robyn or Jenny depending on your device, Android or Apple. It will operate directly following the Be Connected classes and is available to all enrolled U3A members. Tech Advice will run for one semester, Feb - June.
Convenors: Robyn Lukey (Android devices) Jenny Sawyer (Apple Devices)
Times 2nd and 3rd Mondays 12.30 - 1pm Venue: U3A Room 2
Tech Savvy Apple - Pages
Attention Apple Device Owners! Are you interested in Word Processing using Apple's free inbuilt app, "Pages"? Once a month we'll explore Apple's alternative to Word (The orange square with the pen). This is a short course that runs for one semester, February to June.
Convenor: Jenny Sawyer Times: 2nd Wednesday 2 to 3.30pm U3A Room 1
Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument? Perhaps you have played a ukulele, guitar or banjo in the past and have always wanted to get back to playing music? The ukulele is simple to learn and lots of fun as an activity with others. Using ‘Uke3A Introduction to learning the ukulele’ as a guide you will learn how to hold, tune and play simple chords on your ukulele, with a variety of strumming patterns. You will get lots of support and will have fun learning together. Before you know it, you’ll be accompanying songs. You will need a ukulele of reasonable quality, a music stand, and a tuner.
Convenors: Heather Wallace/Dorothy Webber Mondays 12.45 to 1:45 pm Auditorium
Wise Guys Book Group
We know that a lot of our male members enjoy reading, however suspect that joining 'Let's Talk Libros' and 'Page Turners' may be rather offputting as both are currently all female groups. "The Wise Guys Book Group will cater for predominantly men's interests, with book titles drawn largely from non-fiction genres including 'Biography/Memoir', 'Exploration', Warfare', 'Spycraft', 'Mystery', 'Crime', 'Adventure', 'Politics', 'Farming' and more. Titles might include Burke and Wills by Peter Fitzsimons' a Vietnam memori, Tunnel Rats, by Jimmy Thomson; Light and Shadow, Memoirs of a Spy's Son, the biography of journalist Mark Colvin; as well as books suggested by group members as the course progresses."
Convenor - David Palmer - 4th Wednesday 2 to 4 pm, U3A Classroom 1
Also in Semester 1
Cards '500' - (previously Saturday Cards '500') will meet on the 3rd and 5th Wednesdays from 2 - 4 pm, with Doug Smith taking up over the reins as convenor.
The Demystifying Psychology Discussion Group has been added to the timetable,
Returning! Demystifying Psychology - 5-session short course
New! Wildflowers of the North East
Investment Group members with their prized awards for the group's 2022 'Selection' competitions--John (Monthly) and Nola (Long Term)
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