In early April Geraldine and I attended the North East Regional meeting which was held by Zoom. We heard about some interesting online courses which can be considered for 2024. We reported our 10% increase in membership for 2023, and found that a 3% increase was deemed acceptable by Melbourne branches. Our latest membership is 371 which is very satisfying.
During the last fortnight a device has been installed in our photocopier so that we now have the facility to copy straight from a USB which can be inserted into the photocopier. This should assist several Convenors in preparing material for their groups.
We are investigating having someone from the Committee available to members in the U3A office half a day a week. Next month we should have more details available.
Following discussion with Cr Danny Claridge at our AGM, U3A were encouraged to submit a Submission to Benalla Rural City Council concerning the development of the Fawckner Drive Precinct area. U3A have requested that land directly behind the current Benalla Senior’s building be set aside for future development of extra rooms for U3A and other senior activities. We have also asked that our request for extra rooms be placed on the Council Plan for consideration when Federal or State Government funds are available.
We have received a request from Carer Gateway to publicise their activities to support people who are caring for a person who has a disability, illness, addiction, mental health problem or who is frail due to age in Benalla. Whilst we are aware that many U3A members have caring responsibilities in their family, space in our newsletter does not allow the publication of all their articles. However, Carer Gateway can be contacted on www.carergateway.gov.au or on 1800 422 737
We have been asked to publicise members recently elected to the U3A Benalla Committee. The following form your committee.
President: Margaret Jenkins; Secretary Geraldine McCorkell; Treasurer Neville Gibb; Vice President: Anne Nelson; Immediate past president: Dorothy Webber; Membership Secretary Len Jeffers; Newsletter Editor: Heather Wallace; Publicity Officer: David Palmer; Assistant Treasurer: Corrie Witlox; Committee members: Lorraine Knox, Nicole McFarlane, Julie McNeill.
Hope you have all enjoyed the wonderful weather in late April for our U3A activities.