Festive table cloths, flowers, a delicious morning tea & an engaging presentation of bush poetry by Rhonda Tallnash - an excellent way to celebrate Seniors Month!
The following article appeared in the 'Adult Learner's Week' lift out in the Ensign on 22 August.
The U3A movement is a volunteer organisation providing education, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment for retired and semi retired and semi retired members of the community.
Benalla U3A has a room within the seniors building complex, which is used every day of the week for one or more programs.
It also runs activities at the art gallery (Art Appreciation), Benalla Leisure Centre (Lifeball) and the library (eBooks and Let's Talk Books), as well as bird watching, visits to wineries in the district and garden visits.
U3A's 'Chat n Chew' activity is one of their most popular, having lunch at a different local eatery once a month.
Benalla now has 289 members, many of whom come and go through the year, after all, we are retired and holidays and family visits are an important part of life.
It is one of 109 U3A groups representing 37,000 members across Victoria.
The U3A Newsletter is delivered by email or post each month to keep the public up to date with what is happening.
Benalla U3A is happy to welcome new members.
So don't be shy, come and join in, make your retirement years full of learning and friendship, meet new people and enjoy what U3A Benalla has to offer.
U3A Benalla is a participant in the nationally funded Be Connected program. This week is Be Connected's 'Get On-Line Week', with older people being encouraged By Be Connected to '#try1thing'.
Our President, Dorothy, '#tried1thing' recently! Dorothy added her credit card to her mobile phone so she can use it when making transactions. Dorothy offered to share with us how she learnt to do this. Be Connected members brought along their devices and tried out Stocard with Dorothy's support. Bev also demonstrated the Google Home Assistant to lots of laughs.
A delicious afternoon tea was followed by a group photo - with a little time left over for work on 'Be Connected' on line learning modules assisted by our mentors.
Seniors Festival Morning Tea and Poetry Reading with U3A Benalla! Thursday 25th October 9.30 - 11.30 am
Inspired by the Patchwork group, showcasing the creativity of patchworker Heather Sloane and featuring contributions from various patchworkers' 'stashes' of materials, our eyecatching new banner now graces and enlivens the U3A Meeting Room at the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre. It is a wonderful conversation starter. Thank you so much Heather for developing such wonderful concepts in fabric for each of our groups!
The Taungurung (Daung wurrung) people occupy much of central Victoria. Our country encompasses the area between the upper reaches of the Goulburn River and it’s tributaries north of the Dividing Range. From Kilmore in the west, eastwards to Mount Beauty, Benalla in the north and south to the top of the Great Dividing Range and boundaries with adjoining Aboriginal tribes are respected in accordance with traditional laws. Traditionally, our people lived a hunter/ gatherer existence. The various clan groups migrated on a seasonal basis through their territory dependent upon the seasonal variations of weather and the availability of food.
The Taungurung people are closely affiliated with the neighboring tribes, through language, ceremonies and kinship ties. We are part of an alliance with the five adjoining tribes to form the Kulin Nation. Other members of the Kulin Nation are the Woiwurrung, Boonwurrung, Wathaurung, and Djadjawrung. The Kulin Nation group shared common dreamtime ancestors and creation stories, religious beliefs, economic and social relationships.
The Taungurung Legacy
The Taungurung people shared a common bond in moiety affiliation with the other tribes. Their world was divided into two moieties: Waang (crow) and Bundjil (wedge tail eagle). Members of the tribe identified with one or the other of these moieties and it was their moiety which determined the pattern for marriage between individuals, clans and tribes and transcended local allegiances by obliging clan members to find spouses from some distant clan of the opposite moiety, either within or outside their own wurrung (language group). The Taungurung people consisted of nine clans. The Buthera Balug was located on the Upper Goulburn, as far down as Yea and Seymour. The Look Willam roamed the area on the Campaspe River, near Kilmore. The Moomoom Gundidj lived west of the Campaspe River, and northwest of Mitchellstown. The Nattarak Balug lived on the Coliban River and upper Campaspe River while the Nira Balug ‘Cave People’ bordered the Woiwurrung at the Great Dividing Range, and lived on creeks and hills near Kilmore, Broadford, Pyalong and westward towards Mt Macedon. The Warring-Illum Balug, (Warring being the name for the Goulburn River), lived on the Upper Goulburn River, at Yea and Alexandra and the Yarran-Illam were located on the east side of the Goulburn River, below Seymour. The Yeerun-Illam-Balug inhabited the area around Benalla and the Yowung-Illam- Balug lived at Alexandra, Mansfield and the Upper Goulburn River. Sadly there are descendants of only five of those clan groups that survive today. The nomadic nature of the Taungurung people enabled the people to utilise the resources available in their vast country.
Our ancestors had an intimate knowledge of their environment and were able to sustain the ecology of the each region and exploit the food available. A staple plant food was the mirniong (yam daisy) which provided a reliable source of carbohydrate. Other plants such as the bracken fern (food and medicine), the tree fern, kangaroo apple and cherry ballart were a valuable food source and can still be seen growing on Taungurung country today. Wangnarra (stringybark) was used to construct yilam (shelters) or to weave benak (baskets). Fibrous plants, such as buarth (tussock grass) were produced burrt-tean (twine) for garrt-girrk (nets) while other tree species were utilised for their timber to fashion malgarr (shields), gudjerrun (clubs), wangim (boomerangs), darnuk (water carriers) and gurrong (canoes). The rich resources of the permanent rivers, creeks and tributaries and associated floodplains enabled the Taungurung to have an abundance of fish and other wildlife. Fish were speared and trapped while water birds netted and the mirrm (kangaroo), gorbil (koala), and barraimal (emu) provided nourishing food. The pelts from the walert (native possum) were sewn together to form googarra ( cloak ) ideal for the often cold and wet conditions. Plants such as kurrajong provided fibers to weave garrt-girrk (nets) for harvesting the nutritious deberer (Bogong moth) in the summer. Taungurung would travel south during the deberer season and head northwards when the weather cooled.
When Europeans first settled the region in the early 1800s, the area was already occupied by Aboriginal people. From that time, life for the Taungurung people in central Victoria changed dramatically and was severely disrupted by the early establishment and expansion of European settlement. Traditional society broke down with the first settlers arrival and soon after, Aboriginal mortality rates soared as a result of introduced diseases, denial of access to traditional foods and medicines and conflict. At various times, Aboriginal settlements were established in the area by missionaries and governments at Michellstown, Acheron and Coranderrk however despite relative success were eventually dissolved through various government policies. The Taungurung and other members of Kulin Nation were deeply impacted by the dictates of the various government assimilation and integration policies. Today, the descendants of the Taungurung form a strong and vibrant community. Descendents of five of the original clan groups meet regularly at Camp Jungai—an ancestral ceremonial site. Elders assist with the instruction of younger generations in culture, history, and language and furthering of their knowledge and appreciation of their heritage as the rightful custodians of the Taungurung lands in Central Victoria.
Evidence of the Taungurung can be found in many places throughout Taungurung Country. Scar trees, rock shelters, rock art and even place names all indicate that we have been in this part of Victoria for thousands of years. While travelling through Taungurung lands you will be aware of the following towns. All these towns have a Taungurung origin. Benalla—benalta=big waterhole Delatite—Delotite, wife of Beeolite, clan head of the Yowung-illam-balluk clan, Murrindindi—murrumdoorandi = place of mists, mountain Trawool—trawalla = wild water, Nagambie—nogamby = lagoon.
Many Taungurung people still live on their country and participate widely in the community as cultural heritage advisors, land management officers, artists and educationalist and are a ready source of knowledge concerning the Taungurung people from central are of Victoria.
We are pleased to welcome you to our country—to enjoy the landscapes, the flora and fauna. The Taungurung will continue to care for this country and welcome those who share a similar respect.
Taungurung - A Brief History by Loraine Padgham
Originally Published in Taungurung Times http://taungurung.net/2011/04/taungurung_a_brief_history.html
Benalla & District
Anzac Commemorative Committee
Invites you to
A Concert of Songs
Celebrating 100 years since the end of the Great War
performed by Benalla Theatre Company and the U3A Choir
11 November 2018
2.30 pm Benalla Town Hall
Nunn Street, Benalla
An Ecumenical Church Service
to commemorate 100 Years since the end of the Great War
and to honour those who have served in
all of Australia's wars
11 November 2018
7.30pm St Joseph's Catholic Church
Arundel Street, Benalla
Light Supper to Follow
An Exhibition of Memorabilia
from the Great War
to commemorate 100 years since the end of that War
24th October to 12 November
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Learning Centre
Fawckner Drive, Benalla
Open During Library hours
Following a successful session on Advanced Care Planning in October 2017 and requests from members, U3A Benalla is offering a single session course, Advanced Care Planning 2, on Friday 30 November between 9.30 am and 12 noon in the U3A Room at the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre.
The session is designed to continue the conversation with professionals regarding pre determined care options, enabling people to better communicate their wishes with family and allied professionals. The course is being offered in conjunction with Damian Feehan, Funeral Director, N.J.Todd; Brendan Smith, Smith Dosser Accountants; and Benalla Health’s Palliative Care and Loss and Grief Counselling services.
Enquiries regarding the session may be made by contacting Margaret Walshe on 5762 3906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can fit all or part of 12 - 2 pm on Friday into your busy U3A calendar and can walk a full or half circuit of the lake, you might like to support the Walk & Wake Up to Dementia fundraising walk around Lake Benalla to help raise awareness of dementia.
Start/finish registration in the Botanical Gardens - Cost: $5 per person or $20 per team of 2 - 5 people. Stands in the registration area will contain information about dementia: what may help prevent it, how to communicate with people living with dementia. The event will raise funds for Cooinda and Alzheimers Australia.
A BBQ will form part of the event.
Cost: $5 per person or $20 per team of 2 - 5 people.
Contact: 03 5762 3300
Age-Friendly Benalla is a project between Cooinda, Hume Primary Care Partnership and Benalla Rural City Council supporting people over 55 years of age in Benalla and surrounding districts.
One of the Community projects supported by Age-Friendly Benalla is a Benalla Community Transport Forum which will be held on Tuesday 4th September in the Pat Claridge Room at the Benalla Library. Topics will include Community Transport Options and a Wellness and Reablement Plan. RSVP to Julie on 03 5721 3045 or email@example.com
Other projects supported by Age-Friendly Benalla to be held in September 2018 include the Goorambat and District Community Dinner/BBQ as well as the Wake Up to Dementia Walk which will be held on 21st September 2018.
On 4th October the Benalla Rural City Council are holding a Benalla Unpacked Bus Tour of Benalla and some surrounding districts. Please contact Sheree Brown on 5760 2600 to book your place as the first bus tour was booked out. Also in October Benalla Wide Action Community will be holding a High Tea.
There will be a Wisdom and Experience show case of older people’s art between 8th and 30th October at North East Artisans as well as a Woodies Exhibition and Open Day in October. A free Seniors Festival Concert – Rubber Soul--which is a Beatles tribute, is scheduled for 19th October at BPACC with a Come and Try event sponsored by Bookspace being held on the 23rd October.
Further information on any of these events may be obtained from Fiona MacPhee the Age-Friendly Benalla Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
U3A Rep on AFB Steering Committee
If you have time available in the last week of the month, have efficient word processing and internet skills and an interest in developing or maintaining skills in working on websites, please consider joining our ‘Media Team’.
While a number of people are now able to back up as Newsletter Editor if required, we urgently need a volunteer prepared to train and work as a back-up person uploading newsletter reports and photos and updating the U3A Calendar for the website.
If you are interested, please contact Bev on 5762 8171
Along with the decision to change the publication detail to the upcoming month, after trialling a copy deadline of 28th day of the month for two months,we've decided upon a new deadline - the 25th day of the month at midday.
This provides the newsletter/website team with the time needed to prepare and carefully edit the newsletter and put upcoming dates mentioned in the newsletter reports into the website calendar and 'What's On' page.
The extra days will mean we will be able to publish the newsletter in a more timely way for the upcoming month.
As a general rule the only groups likely to fall on or after the 25th are Wine Appreciation and Garden Appreciation - these groups generally provide details of their next two to three months excursions in each newsletter report.
Lorraine Knox would like to thank her many friends in U3A for their support, cards messages and phone calls on the passing of her husband, Henry. “It was really appreciated and meant a lot to us all. Many, many thanks. Lorraine.”
Swanpool Art Festival 2018 & 'SCRAP' - the Swanpool Community Recycled Art Prize - 4th to 19th August 2018
The Swanpool Community Development Association is moving on from their successful involvement in the Bald Archy Touring Exhibition to deliver their own exhibition and art prize in 2018.
'SCRAP - Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize' is ‘Swanpool’s fabulous, fearsome, funny and frolicking art challenge to Australian artists in the use of recycled materials’ Commencing with a Gala Opening on Friday 3rd August, it will continue at Swanpool Memorial Hall alongside community exhibitions by Benalla Camera Club (at the Swanpool Bowls Club) from Saturday 4th August to Sunday 19th August 2018.
Swanpool's catering team will again provide delicious morning and afternoon teas, and light and main lunches. See you there!
There is a Suicide Prevention session at Benalla Bowls Club on Thursday, June 14 from 10am till 2pm. T
his session is aimed at the older members of the community and topics include: What do I Do, What do I Say.
Please ring Dorothy on 0412263071 or 57622116 if you wish to attend as numbers are required for catering purposes.
Two new activities will be conducted during the 2nd Semester –
The first activity is HOT TOPICS – 3rd Friday of the Month – 1.30pm to 3.30pm – the Convenors are Carole Marple and Joan Laing.
Do you enjoy discussing current affairs? In today’s world of disasters with half-baked solutions we feel that we all have some of the solutions to these problems and yet we have no outlet for our views. Well, we have now! It is called ‘Hot Topics’ and will cover topics ranging from Reality Television to the Uluru Statement, from Climate Change to Tabloid Journalism, from Euthanasia to the Newstart allowance. Topics discussed will be wide ranging, but there will always be a topic set for a chaired discussion and you will get a chance to prepare your thoughts for the next session. Come along, It will be great to get things ‘off your chest’.
The second activity is BE CONNECTED which is an Australian Government initiative to help people make the most out of being online. We will be going through some online learning modules to give you better skills when using the internet.
Be Connected will run during Semester II and include two short courses; one for Apple Users and another for Android users
The Be Connected Course for Apple users will be held at 1:30pm - 3:30pm on Wednesdays 18th July, 1st and 15th August
The Be Connected Course for Android users will be held at .1:30pm - 3:30pm on Wednesdays 29th August, 5th September and 19th September
To Be Connected online can mean:
· Talking to family and friends who live far away
· Keeping up to date with what’s happening in your community
· Shopping online safely and securely
· Following interests and hobbies online
This year saw the commencement of a long awaited ‘hands on’ music group with the introduction of the Recorder Group. We would like to thank the family of Stella Wharton for their donation of a truly wonderful collection of recorders of different sizes and tones.
We would also like to thank Judith Borthwick for donating two recorders played by her sons many years ago.
Two training days for convenors to learn to use the equipment in the meeting room will be held on the Tuesday 4th May & Wednesday 23 May 1.30 - 3.30 pm.
Contact Dorothy for further information 5762 2116.
The Annual General Meeting of U3A Benalla Inc. was held on Wednesday 21st March 2018 prior to Meet and Mingle. Extensions of the terms of eligible office bearers and the positions of Treasurer (Neville Gibb), Publicity Officer (Cheryl Turner) and a general member (Heather Wallace, also new Newsletter Editor) were decided upon.
Dorothy Webber's report for the AGM is available on the President's page - click here.
There have been some 'tweaks' to the timetable:
Tech Savvy Projects - now in three subgroups 2nd and 4th Tuesdays - ‘Family History Projects’ 1.30 to 3 pm; ‘Other Projects’ 3 pm to 4.30 pm. 4th Thursday 1 to 2.30 pm 'E-Shed; projects (before Tech Savvy Talks' cafe discussion group).
Recorder Group - change of time to 12 to 1 pm on 1st Wednesday (from 12.15-1.15 pm)
Playreading Group - change of time to 9.30 am to 12 midday on 1st Wednesday
Travel Club - change of name to Travel Group.
Tech Savvy Talks café discussion group –venue change from Rustik to ‘The Northo’ 3 pm 4th Thurs.
Please note that Wednesday 25 April is Anzac Day. Wine Appreciation is meeting as usual on Anzac Day, with a trip to Pfeiffer Wines, but Recorder Group is not meeting. Check 'What’s On' in the newsletter or keep an eye of the calendar on this website for last minute updates.
Louise Doddrell, pictured above with life member John Avery, was presented with a life membership at Wine Appreciation's 21st Anniversary. The event was celebrated at Gracebrook Winery, with many members present to recognize and celebrate Louise's contribution as founding convenor of the Wine Appreciation Group in 1997 to 2013.
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