U3A in danger of closing

February 21, 2018

U3A members playing cards at The Hub. The group is in danger of folding unless a new convenor or instructor can be found to take over.

When do we stop learning?

Learning is a lifelong process which keeps our brain active.
Residents of Corowa, Howlong, Rutherglen, and Wahgunyah have had the opportunity to keep learning and stimulating the brain through playing cards, scrabble, Mah-jong, discussing books and selected topics, sharing movies, even joining a walking group.
These activities have been available in Corowa through the existence of U3A.
As well as the afore mentioned there have been art classes, movies, trips to the theatre and interesting forums where local, Australian and war history, comparative religion, Shakespeare, climate change and so much more have been discussed and analysed by members of U3A.
Last year for example, David led people through early Australian History from the Aboriginal perspective.
Paul led a forum on one of Shakespeare’s play.
This was followed by a trip to a live show in Wangaratta.
These opportunities are in danger of being lost to the Corowa community for want of leadership. The current leader, President David Sloane, has been at the helm for five years and feels that ‘new blood’ is required.
It is true all organisations benefit from a turnover of executive and U3A is no exception.
What is U3A? It is a community group which aims to promote healthy ageing by creating stimulating educational, leisure and social activities.
It is a world-wide organisation providing for mainly retired members of the community – those in their ‘third age of life’.
Officially it is called University of the Third Age but fondly referred to as U3A.
It is a voluntary, self-help organisation in that by and large the activities are organised and led by members although speakers from outside the organisation are often invited to lead the forums.
The Corowa U3A currently has a home at The Hub, 44 members who love being part of the groups they have chosen to be part of and hope that someone will be keen to carry on the legacy of this great organisation.
David says it is not an onerous position as there is a dedicated committee to support the leader.
So, is there someone out there who might see it as their mission to take up the baton and make an important contribution the local communities?
If you would be interested to know more about U3A, to find out more about the leadership role or, equally important, offer your services as a convenor or instructor then David Sloane (02) 6033 3725 would like to hear from you.
The annual general meeting of Corowa-Rutherglen U3A will be held at The Hub, Corowa, at 2pm on Wednesday, March 21.
This may well be the most important meeting in the life of this U3A so far as, if a president cannot be found, then the U3A in Corowa will close.

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