The second course being considered for 2024 is French Conversation. Our German group has thrived under Horst Gunther, which makes us think that a French conversation group could be worthwhile. We have a probable Convenor for this group, and more information will be available later in the year.
The third course we are investigating for 2024, Pickleball, was prompted by Judy Amery, who attended a recent ‘come and try day’ in Benalla. Pickleball can be played either indoors or outdoors on a court similar to a badminton court. It is flexible in numbers with groups of 4, 8 or 12 for doubles. Singles can also be played.
The Committee are interested to hear about any other ideas for new groups in 2024.
It is envisaged that the U3A office will be open half a day a week, as from early January 2024. There will be a roster which we hope will be filled not only by members of the committee, but also other U3A members. Some training will be available on policies and procedures, equipment and so on. The value of having the office open is that members of the public can ask about our programs, get a tour of the building and obtain membership forms. If you are interested in helping with this opening of the office, please contact me on 5762 6944.
We have applied for a Get Online Week grant from the Good Things Foundation. We are planning on holding a BBQ on Wednesday 18th October at 12 noon, and hopefully enjoying lunch on the veranda of the Benalla Seniors Centre. More details in our next Newsletter.
U3A Benalla have been notified that we have been granted a speaking slot at the meeting of Benalla Rural City Council on 28 August. This will allow us to make our argument for an increase in the number of meeting rooms available at the Benalla Senior and Community Centre in Fawckner Drive. We are well aware that we have very limited capacity available in these rooms for future increase in programs.