With around 300 enthusiastic members and over forty 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 16th March 2022 in the Seniors Auditorium of the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre, Benalla. Guest Speaker Ms Rosie Koop, Executive Officer of Benalla's Tomorrow Today Foundation, conducted the election of office bearers.
The Executive Committee of U3A Benalla and District meets monthly, making decisions and taking them to the rest of the group. Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday from 1.30 to 3.30 pm in the U3A Meeting Room.
Executive Committee 2022 - Back row: Len Jeffers (Membership Officer), Heather Wallace (Newsletter Editor), Corrie Witlox, Ann Nelson (Vice President), Deb Goodrich, David Palmer (Publicity Officer), Neville Gibb (Treasurer). Front: Dorothy Webber (Immediate Past President), Margaret Jenkins (President), Geraldine McCorkell (Secretary), Lorraine Knox (Welfare Officer). Absent: Terry Case.
Benalla U3A is an active member of U3A Network Victoria. Benalla delegate Geraldine McCorkell reports back to the Executive Committee. Executive members also network with other U3A's at regional meetings and via Zoom meetings.
Gallery - including 2021 U3A Benalla AGM; Opening of Upgrade to Seniors Community Centre; U3A Library Display Seniors Week 2017