A few days later we had our Christmas lunch at the King River Café in Oxley. It was as though we had wound the clock back to 2019, with seventy-two members attending. The food was delicious and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Last month we told you about the new courses that are being offered in 2023. These include “The Sky’s the Limit” with Claire Rudolph, “The Wise Guy’s Book Group” with David Palmer, “Ukes4Fun” with Heather Wallace, “The Jane Austen Book Club” with Meg Dillon, “Photography” with Rene Martens, and a Tech Savvy Help Group with Jenny Sawyer and Robyn Lukey.
This month we can confirm the offer of another two new groups for 2023. They are
“In the Lap of the Gods” with John Barry This course in Graeco Roman Religion and Mythology will explain Graeco Roman mythology in the context of religion as a whole and differentiate it clearly from modern religions. John 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.”
“Enjoying the Internet” with Dawn Stephens A course for members keen to venture beyond the basics to find out more about what the internet can offer! Targeting PC and laptop users already comfortable with tasks such as online forms, emailing with attachments and managing files, there’s an enormous range of possible content to explore. Members will be encouraged to contribute topics for the menu on offer and to practise the skills covered during the month. While not a ‘hands on’ course, devices may be brought to class to refer to.
My thanks to the Program Committee consisting of Geraldine McCorkell, Len Jeffers, Bev Lee, Dorothy Webber and myself who have spent four sessions putting together the timetable for 2023. We are really looking forward to all the new groups together with the continuing groups. Without Classroom 2 at the Benalla Senior’s Centre, we would not have been able to fit all the activities into the timetable.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the Convenors of two groups which are not continuing in 2023. Carolyn Sims has been Convenor of Meditation since 2019, Brian Harker who has been Convenor of The News: Fact or Fiction since 2020. I would also like to thank Heather Wallace, who initiated and has now handed over the reins of Cards ‘500’ to Doug Smith, and Glen Chessells, who has co-convened Easy Walks for the past two years. Thank you also to members who stepped up during the year to co-convene groups, write newsletter reports, prepare presentations and take on other roles, including Lin Ryan, Joy Shirley, John Ellis, Janet Gourley, Jane Rushworth, Pat Treleaven, Shirley Swallow, Dorothy Webber, Heather Wallace, Bev Thornell and many others. I would like to thank you all for the effort you have made with your groups.