U3A Healesville

University of the Third Age

From the President

 

At last it is time to say, ‘Welcome back’. We have recently been informed,

by Yarra Ranges Shire Council, that all venues may now be used and so we

are in a position to open up the Court House for the running of courses and

other activities. In the new ‘Covid-normal’ environment there are protocols

and obligations we must all meet regarding hygiene and

numbers per venue and your committee is working through all of this so

that we are ready to commence courses on 8 February. It will involve

new routines as we enter and depart facilities. For example, course

members will be required to complete a contact tracing

register prior to each course starting, surfaces will have to be

cleaned after each course is completed, and so on.

Prior to the commencement of the year’s courses, the Course

Coordinator (George Doig) and Safety Officer (Ian Evenden) will be

briefing Course Leaders on these new routines but the responsibility is

not all theirs. These are responsibilities we must all take in order to

ensure the safety of each and every member. We must not become

complacent. We will be purchasing a supply of sanitisers, wipes and

disinfectants for the Court House, as well as making some available

for other venues including member’s homes where courses take place.

 

Please diarise the following Important Dates:

  • Registration Days: Tuesday 19- Friday 22 January (inclusive)
  • Courses resume: Monday 8 February

 

A more detailed letter will be sent to each member early in

January regarding available courses, registration times, procedures

and protocols to follow.

 

We invite you all to a “Friday at Five Get Together” on the 8th and

22nd January at 5pm, to be held in the garden at the Court House. It

will be a BYO everything function (chairs, drinks, food etc).

The Court House will not be opened, so it will be weather dependent on those

dates. We have purchased a gazebo for some shade and shelter with

thoughts for more of these activities in the future. We hope we see

many of you there and please bring a musical instrument if you play.

I am looking forward to the year and am delighted that we can now

get on with the business of enjoying each other’s company in a

stimulating environment.

 

John Pascoe