What’s Happening

  • New Social Group
  • Artwork by U3A Students
  • U3A Online
  • Funding News
  • U3A Receives Mayoral Award
  • Our Latest Newsletter (link)
  • Membership form (link)
  • Timetable for 2016 (link)

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New U3A Chat Group

Friday 3 June 9.30am to 11.30am. 

We are trialing a new activity with a social/educational slant in response to members wanting to have more social contact with other members. No prior registration required; just come along.  Our resident Coffee Van, 2TallCoffees, will be on site as of 9:40 am. Prices vary from $4.00 upwards.

Our inaugural speaker for the U3A Chat Group will be Juanita Lynam of Quensland University of Technology. Juanita is a Honours Student and will talk about QUT’s current study into Predicting Seniors’ continuing participation in group exercise. U3A members will be encouraged to take part in this study.

So come along and meet other members in this informal, social setting.

Artwork by U3A Students

Our talented artists led by tutor Fay Steel, who takes the Art Class on Friday mornings, have very kindly donated their beautiful work to adorn the bare walls of our Woodend Centre. Some paintings are the work of Yvonne James who is tutor for the Portrait Drawing Classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Yvonne also collected and attached the paintings.

Here are some of the works of art and if you haven’t taken the time to look at them as you breeze through the rooms to attend your classes, please do so. It’s well worth it.

Gallery Room 1 Gallery Corridor 2 Gallery Corridor 1

U3A Online

If, for any reason, you are unable to get to any of our over 40 classes a week, and if you have your own computer and access to the internet, here is an alternative: U3A Online.

U3A Online is an individual, independent and autonomous U3A. You cannot sign up for any local U3As through this website.

U3A Online is the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. All that’s needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills.

For more information visit: www.u3aonline.org.au

Funding News

Shayne Neumann and Di Dickinson.or-400x400Our U3A has been swept along by three levels of government assistance, lately. The City Council provided the Woodend Centre, along with air conditioning and other renovations. The Queensland Gambling Community Benefit Fund provided financial support for new office equipment and now … the Commonwealth Government is providing a huge boost to our organisation – a grant of $9,785!

On 13th March 2016, Shayne Neumann, pictured with our President, Di Dickinson, announced that the Ipswich U3A had secured the grant of $9,785. Three classrooms will be fitted out with folding tables, more comfortable chairs and audio-visual equipment. Other items are also on our “wish-list”, such as an electronic whiteboard, PA system and large fans, will also be investigated. The committee is determined to maximise the use of this generous grant and will be spending a lot of time making the most effective purchases.

When Mayor Pisasale officially opened our new campus in October 2015 at the Woodend Nature Centre, Shayne Neumann, MP (Member for Blair) was also our guest. With his encouragement and support, we submitted a grant application to the Stronger Communities Programme, managed by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Our application for this grant was made even stronger by highlighting the invaluable in-kind contributions from the City of Ipswich as well as the hundreds of volunteer hours provided by our tutors and volunteers.

Shayne Neumann’s press release announced:

The SCP funding will enable U3A to offer over 40 free weekly educational and recreational activities at its Woodend Learning Centre, providing a venue for 32 tutors to share their experience.

I was pleased to lend my support to the local independent community assessment panel’s positive recommendation of U3A Ipswich and West Moreton’s SCP application. I congratulate U3A Ipswich and West Moreton on their application and I look forward to visiting their Woodend Learning Centre when the fit out is complete.

Mayoral Award for Ipswich & West Morton U3A

Medallion presentation 1.2016

At the end of last year we received a letter from the ICC inviting us to attend the 2016 City of Ipswich Australia Day Awards, to be held at the Civic Centre on the 23rd of January. We weren’t just invited to attend as guests, but as recipients of one of the awards. Our invitation was for three committee members and Eric Boel, Yvonne James and Paulette Montaigne went as our representatives.

Each Ipswich Councilor was able to allocate up to ten awards, in a variety of categories, to deserving citizens and/or organisations. We found ourselves in the privileged position of being nominated for and receiving the prestigious mayoral award.

On a hot January afternoon Paulette, Yvonne and Eric arrived at the venue, which fielded a virtual “Who’s Who” of Ipswich. After observing many happy award recipients take to the stage, it was eventually U3A’s turn to partake in the chain of handshakes and congratulations. In front of a packed auditorium they proudly accepted a bronze medallion, conferred on our organisation by the Mayor himself, signifying his interest in and appreciation of all that we stand for and offer at U3A. The inscription reads “Recognising your contribution to the prosperity of the Ipswich community.”

This award wasn’t for our achievements during the previous 12 months, or even during the past 10 years, but since the inception of our group 21 years ago. We can give ourselves a collective pat on the back.

Although only three committee members were invited to be special guests, and to subsequently accept the award, they did so on behalf of each and every member who has ever volunteered over the past 21 years. The fact that our organisation is still in existence (read that as “alive and kicking”) is, in itself, a testament to the many hundreds of people who not only believed in its inherent worth, but gave freely of their own time to ensure its continuity.

Medallion Stand.original-400x400The problem of how to best display the medallion was solved by Colin James, husband of Yvonne. He has made a beautifully crafted, free standing case, displaying it from either side. Many thanks, Colin, it looks fabulous and is on permanent display at the Woodend Centre. We also received ten smaller, coin-sized copies which will be displayed in the near future.


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Membership Forms

2016 Membership forms – CLICK ON THIS LINK.

Timetable for Term 2, 2016

http://www.u3aipswich.org.au/courses-and-timetable/– CLICK ON THIS LINK.