From the Course Admin team

Photo: Reception Desk Volunteer Annette Samuels checking course availability using the new computer

Term 2 is now drawing to a close. We have quite a few new courses starting up in Terms 3 and 4 – some are listed at the bottom of this article while you will find Terms 3 and 4 computer classes in a separate article in this newsletter. If you want to know whether there is room in a class, we now have a “spare” computer at Reception where you can check for yourself – read on for details.

2025 planning

As Term 2 draws to a close the Course Admin team gets ready to start planning for 2025. If you or someone you know would like to share their knowledge with other like-minded members of the community, now is a good time to let us know. All you need to do is email: or leave a message with one of our Reception Desk Volunteers and we will follow up with them.

2025 Summer School

Planning for our Summer School 2025 will begin shortly. If you would like to join the Summer School team to be part of the planning and preparation for Summer School please contact Summer School Coordinator Athalie Edis, email:

Car parking

It was disappointing to hear that several of you have received a parking fine.

The Hub management has managed to get the two permit signs removed from the six parking bays in the Esdale Street and Springvale Road area of the car park. Please make sure you continue to read the signs carefully and do not park in the Springvale Road car park without a current 2024 permit pass.

If for some reason you were given a one-day pass for either parking area, you need to destroy it at the end of the day it was issued. Do not alter the date as this will not validate the pass, and may lead to a parking fine.

Illness

This is the time of year when colds and flu, not to mention COVID-19 abound. Our Committee of Management has revised the COVID-19 advice to members to include advice on colds and flu as well. You can find this statement on our website under About us > Constitution, Policies and Forms.

Garden

You may have noticed there is not a lot happening in the community garden at the moment. There are also three rather large pots filled with soil sitting beside the garden bed waiting for our gardeners to transfer the plants they wish to keep. The City of Whitehorse Garden Department workers are going to empty the garden bed and refill it with new soil. Our garden group will then transfer the plants back into the garden. The garden will take on a new look with a section for herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Ambulance Victoria

The Committee of Management and some of our leaders attended a session run by Ambulance Victoria. This covered how to identify a cardiac arrest, how to perform CPR using the latest techniques, and how to use a Defibrillator (though normally Hub staff will use it). Those who attended came away feeling more confident in how to immediately deal with a cardiac arrest whilst awaiting the Ambulance.

Old news

Whilst looking for some information, I needed to trawl through some old newsletters. What a time consumer this proved to be. I came across an interview that was done with me when I retired as President in 2003.

I was asked “What were my thoughts and visions for U3A Nunawading?”

Answer. “To make sure that U3A Nunawading confirmed its place in the community as a well-run, professional volunteer organisation, whilst at the same time maintaining a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Also continue to work with the City of Whitehorse management team on the concept of all classes being held in the one complex.”

It is now 2024, has this been achieved? I believe it has.

Special presentation

Several members have asked if I could do a talk on my trip to Antarctica and Patagonia.

I have convinced my daughter who I travelled with to help with a presentation. It will be run as a forum similar to those run last year. If you would like to attend, the session is:

  • 24ANT: Antarctica: Wednesday 14 August. Studio 2, 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

You can enrol online or fill in an orange form at the Reception Desk.

New computer for members at Reception Desk

You may have noticed a new computer on the side Reception Desk next to the Attendance Folders box.

This computer is available for all members and prospective members to check the availability of a place before requesting to be added to a class. Unlike the Course Booklets, which quickly get out of date, the information on the public website on this computer is always up to date, as it links to our central membership and courses system.

This computer is not a secure one, so don’t login to your account here – its use is only to view courses on our public website. There is a laminated “Cheat Sheet” next to the computer and also a one-page handout you can take with you. Our Duty Committee person or Reception Desk Volunteers can show you how to look up courses if you need assistance.

New classes Term 3

  • 24ART003: Acrylic Painting for Beginners. Wednesday 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Terms 3 & 4. Leader Liana Gardner.
  • 24ART026: Digital Art. Monday 10.45 am to 12 noon, 15 July to 16 September, Term 3. Leader Paul Maguire.
  • 24ART083: Picture Framing 5. Tuesday 9.30 am to 11.30 am, 16 July – 30 July. Leader Michael Chan.
  • 24ART097: Quick lessons on photography. Friday 11.15 am to 12.45 pm, 19 July – 2 August. Leader Vicki Wilson.
  • 24CRA013: Bonsai Workshop Term 3. Friday 1.30 to 3.00 pm, 2 August – 9 August. Leader Victor Byrdy.
  • 24CRA039: Macrame for beginners. Friday 9.30 am to 11.00 am, Term 3. Leader Jane Xu.
  • 24EXES13: Lawn Bowls an Introduction Term 3. Thursday 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm, 18 July – 19 September. Leader John Blasetti.
  • 24HUM031: Keep your Brain Active. Terms 3 & 4. Tuesday 9.30 am to 11.00 am. Leader Tom Edwards.
  • 24HUM059: Pathways to Inner Self. Wednesday 2.45 pm to 4.00 pm, Term 3. Leader Keerti Baxi.
  • 24GAM014: Cryptic Crosswords Terms 3 & 4. Tuesday 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. Leader Shane Sexton. This class is a build-on from the class held in Terms 1 & 2.
  • 24MUS048: Ukulele Jam Session class. Wednesday 12.45 pm to 1.45 pm. Leader Jasmine Teen. BYO Ukelele, music stand and a folder to collect your song sheets.

Elsie Mutton OAM
Course Administrator


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