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U3AAT Annual General Meeting (re-posted 18 Mar 2017)

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd April at 2pm in Room 22.  All members are invited to attend, have your say and vote!  We are all volunteers and we would love to see some new faces.  You don’t have to go onto the Committee, just helping in areas when needed is always very welcome.


Email addresses (posted 19 Mar 2017)

We currently have over 50 members for whom we do not have email addresses. It is so much easier, quicker and cheaper to communicate course changes, outings and events, newsletters and the like using email rather than via post or phone call. If you don’t have a computer or email address, that is ok. If you have been receiving posted newsletters and do have an email address, could you please let us know. Also please inform us if your email changes.


More new talks on website (posted 18 March 2017)

Special Presentation for Friday Forum 4th August – Myuran Sukumaran’s Art see details under Community Category

Music of South & Latin America on 9th August under Music


The date for the April Classical Music session has been changed (posted 17 March 2017)

Due to Herman being away on 20th April, we are moving the April Classical Music session forward 1 week to Thursday, 13th April still at 2pm at the Uniting Church.


Three new talks on the website (posted 15 March 2017)

Google is your Friend under Computers

Connection Through Embroidery under Crafts

Social Bridge under Cards, Games & Puzzles


Music program for Thursday 16th March 2pm at the Uniting Church Atherton (posted 9 Mar 2017)

On the program, a Virtual performance of the first half of THE YOUNG RUSSIANS concert at the  Sydney Opera House on 1st March.
Hailed as “THE pianist of Now and the Future”, 24 yrs young Daniil Trifonov makes his Australian Debut with a performance of the rarely performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no1.
As a boy Trifonov was considered to be THE Russian Wunderkind and became the first pianist ever to win First Prize and Gold Medal in 2 of the most prestigious Piano competition, the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in the same year, he was just 20.

The Opera House event opens with Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, followed by the Rachmaninov Concerto and ending with Shostakovich First Symphony.


Tassie Talk deferred (posted 9 Mar 2017)

We are arranging a new date for the Travelling Around Tassie talk with David Jones which was to be on Thursday 30th March.  David will now be away on that date so we will re-schedule the talk and advise a new date later.


Internet now available in Room 22 (posted 7 Mar 2017)

A wireless router has now been installed in Room 22. It is capable of hosting 20 simultaneous connections at once and is much faster than the NBN. All presenters are encouraged to make use of this facility, for example, showing locations on Google Earth. Ask Jane or Alf for assistance if required.


March Newsletter now available (posted 7 Mar 2017)

The latest newsletter from our master editor Geoff Errey is now available. Look under Newsletters. This edition contains photos from our highly successful Open Day as well as other gems and upcoming events.


Room 22 Housekeeping (posted 7 Mar 2017)

We have been a little slack in informing new members (and reminding old ones) where the toilets etc are in relation to our main lecture room. To find the toilets, exit Room 22, turn half RIGHT and the toilets are in the end of the building you are facing. Walk up the ramp on the other side of this building and the toilets are directly in front of you.

In case of an emergency evacuation, exit Room 22 and turn half LEFT. There is an old basketball court down the slope and beside Robert Street. Assemble there and the course presenter or any committee member present will hopefully do a head count and await instructions from the authorities.

If the electricity is off, more than likely the switches have tripped. The switchboard is in the bike club room next door. We have a key to this room. Presenters and committee members should familiarise themselves as to the whereabouts of this key and the combination to get to it.


Two new Book Clubs for U3A (posted 18 Feb 2017)

Monday Book Club 2pm-4pm starting Monday, 3rd April and Happy Bookers on Tuesdays from Tuesday 28th March at 1pm-3pm.  All in Room 22.  All details under Literature section.  Numbers are limited so enrol with Jane to be confirmed in the groups.


Cairns U3A courses (posted 2nd Feb 2017)

The U3A is a world-wide phenomenon and as members of U3AAT, you are welcome to attend courses at any of them. The nearest to us is in Cairns. It has over 500 members and its own building at at 129 Mulgrave Road. It also has a new web site, which is listed under “Links to other sites”. You may be interested in attending some of its classes. We are also endeavouring to exchange lecturers and I have been helping Cairns develop its new web site.

Note that Cairns charges $3 to attend its courses, whereas most of ours are free.


Courses with U3A Online (posted 2nd Feb 2017)

U3A Online is an individual, independent and autonomous U3A that offers courses and many other useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated. Courses are open to all older people and disabled younger people anywhere in the world. All that’s needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills. Some courses have a leader and others are completed individually. For further details and how to enrol, visit the non-U3AAT Activities under Courses.


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