Jottings from the President (extract from AGM report)
During my first year as President of your U3A, I have enjoyed great support and friendship from our Management Committee members and our volunteers. They don’t have an easy task: “try working on quick sand”.
- Geoff Mayhew for getting the Mall Campus into shape and Eric Boel for his efforts in improving the Woodend Campus.
- Yvonne James, who not only tutors 3 art classes but also manages our secretariat and membership database.
- Norah Blunden (Tutors), Karen Dionysius (Volunteers), Roy Taylor (marketing assistant), Rhonda Watson (Assistant Treasurer), Estelle McCrohan (planning sub-committee).
- Thanks to Colette Albert, Jeanie Augustin and Margaret Mayhew who took on some of these tasks earlier in the year but stepped down for various reasons.
- my V.P. Anna Bradbury, who shouldered much of the burden during the year wearing several hats (Volunteers, Tutor Coordinator etc…) as well as covering for those of us gallivanting around the world. I applaud her unwavering efforts in promoting U3A by giving talks to all kinds of organisations scattered around Ipswich.
- ALL our tutors and volunteers: there is no U3A without you. You are the ones who – week after week – make U3A so vibrant and vital to our community.
I am very thankful for having such a great team to work with and relieved to see that all of you have signed up for another year of “quick sand”!
2017 has been a year of great challenges and achievements.
- I believe we have delivered on our Core Business and that is providing a wide variety of classes and activities for our members, including workshops. We held several social events all promoting U3A to new audiences: 2 fundraising theatre nights at Ipswich Little Theatre; 2 high quality writer’s events at the Ipswich Library by tutors, Philip Bradbury and Estelle McCrohan and an exhibition organised by Art Tutor Fay Steel at the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery.
- In order to meet our legal obligations in an ever-changing Not-for-profit sector, we held 2 events for tutors and volunteers including a Forum with Vickie Lucas, a trained “trainer”, who is now our new Tutors Coordinator.
- We have continued to grow reaching 357 financial members of which 141 new members (37%). In re-introducing the Associate Membership category ($10 per year), we gained new members but also lapsed members have rejoined.
- We enjoyed quality premises at the Ipswich Mall however short lived that was. It did show us what can be achieved by having most of U3A under one tent. As you read this, we would have moved into our new premises at the Glebe Road Uniting Church.
- 2017 saw U3A Ipswich join the U3A Network Qld. This has brought us benefits well beyond our expectations including halving our public liability insurance costs and also joining the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Strength in numbers pays off, no doubt. Through the Network, we secured $1000 grant from COTA [Council on the Ageing] for the “See Create Connect Expo” and also $400 toward our 2018 Open Day.
- We ventured into a partnership with the Ipswich City Council in staging the “See Create Connect Expo” during Seniors Week. We were able to impress the Council with our origination skills and manpower. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts provided by Anna Bradbury, Norid Krausz and Norah Blunden in pulling off what was a great event but also great opportunity to show-casing U3A.
2018 is upon us! I look forward to catching up with you during our Open Day on 22nd January. Our volunteer tutors are once again offering you a wide variety of classes and activities. Our success depends on your participation so come along on Open Day to meet our tutors and volunteers. If you would like to join us in running an event or volunteering in any way, please get in touch. We are always happy to receive your feedback.
Merci. Paulette Montaigne