By John Pascoe
It goes without saying that 2020 was a challenging year for us all. Notwithstanding that, many of
our courses continued by one means or another and for that I am grateful to the many course
leaders who showed great creativity and energy in finding ways to keep in touch with their
members. While the Court House has stood empty for most of the year, our activities have
continued and our membership has remained stable – and that is a tribute to all. I am delighted
that nearly every course run in 2020 will continue in 2021 as well as a couple of new courses. We
are a resilient lot and our future looks strong!
Your committee has worked hard to ensure that we commence 2021 on 8 February and I want to
thank Barbara Woods (Vice President and Membership Officer), Rebecca Doig (Secretary), Bill
Woods (Treasurer), George Doig (Course Coordinator), Bob Willis (Website and Data Base
Manager), Gianna Esposito (Marketing and Promotions), Ian Evenden (Safety Officer) and
Wendy Veitch (Newsletter and Court House Hire) for all that they have done to get us to this point
and ensure a smooth and Covid-Safe commencement to the year.
While much remains the same as in previous years, there are clearly a number of changes that
have to be followed to ensure safety in how we manage our courses. New procedures need to be
followed. The health and well-being of each member is paramount, hence social distancing
during courses, sanitising as we enter buildings, maintaining a Covid-safe register of attendance
and deep cleaning after classes will be a necessary part of 2021.
I am excited about the prospect of 2021 and I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as
possible over the course of the year. George Doig has collaborated with Course Leaders to put
together an interesting and rewarding program for you. We also plan to offer a number of
opportunities for socialising beyond the courses.
Finally, I also encourage you to check our website (www.healesvilleu3a.org.au) for the most up to
date information about courses and activities. Bob Willis has done a great deal of work in
maintaining the website as well as setting up ‘UMAS for Members’ which allows the website to be
readily accessed on a smart phone. It allows portability and also uses large icons on the
homepage for accessing information.
Bill Woods said recently when thanking Bev Gilbert for her tireless work as Secretary over the
last three years that she ‘embodied the sense of community’ that is central to U3A Healesville.
We live in a wonderful part of Victoria; we are a fortunate community. Enjoy each other’s
company in 2021 and may we grow together through our learning.
- GET SMART WITH TECHNOLOGY
- GUITAR (Beginners)
- HIT THE ROAD TOURING
- KNIT WITS
- MOVE IT OR LOSE IT
- MY MUSIC
- PARTNER DANCING (no partner required)
- RECORDER FOR ALL
- SOCIAL ISSUES LEARNING CIRCLE
- THE GREAT TOURS: ENGLAND SCOTLAND WALES
- WALKING WITH POLES