Chairperson Report: Annual General Meeting, November 27, 2017.
A little more than 12 months ago Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde invited Cheryl Larcombe and I for a coffee and a chat! A U3A for the Central Coast was the agenda item and it was agreed to give it a go.
Fast forward to November 27 2017.We have 137 members, are incorporated and financial, have run two semesters with more than 50 different courses delivered by 33 tutors, a website and social media presence all supported by a hardworking and dedicated committee.
We received great support early on from the discussions we had with a number of neighbouring U3A’s with a particular mention to Warren and Anne from Port Sorell. Like a number of Tasmanian U3A’s we are members of the U3A Network NSW Inc.; this provides us with access to the insurance we need and has helped us in the establishment of our website and on line enrolment facility. (The latter with great support from Daryl Connelly at Switch Tasmania and Mervyn Mitchell from Wynyard U3A)
Our community is fortunate to have many willing and talented people prepared to offer our members such a wide variety of courses. Our tutors put considerable thought and effort into the preparation and delivery of their courses. They volunteer their time, this is an important contribution to the social and educational fabric of this community, our tutors should be proud of the service they are providing. (a list of our 2017 tutors is attached)
Tutors, courses, venues and a semester program don’t just appear and I think all members of our current committee would agree our programs team do an amazing job. Managing our membership database, compiling “class lists”, communication, finance and general administration work to support the organisation and ultimately the delivery of courses to members make up the bulk of the remaining work undertaken by the committee. It’s a small team who have played a really important role in getting us well established in our first year of operation.
A number of our committee are planning to continue and that continuity will be important. We do need however to add to this group, it makes good sense to build the capacity of our organisation and tap into the expertise we know exists in our community.
The Ulverstone Apex Club’s plan to redevelop Apex House and offer it as a community resource for other not for profit community organisations represents a wonderful opportunity to have a much needed, accessible and safe administrative base. This should enable us to improve so many administrative tasks that we currently do from different homes, computers and folders etc!
2018 will provides all of us with the challenge and the opportunity to consolidate the establishment of a vibrant U3A within the Central Coast community. The mission is a simple and important one: U3A Central Coast aims to be a key community resource for those over 50 years of age, enabling its members to be engaged in activities that provide opportunities to learn for pleasure with friendship.
Chairperson, U3A Central Coast Tas.
On behalf of 2017 Committee members (Nov 2017) Sue Ewing, Pam Spratt, Jan Hammersley, Jan Bonde, Max Cole, Janene Hodgkinson, Ken McKenzie (Public Officer), Bunty Jackson (Secretary), Maggie Aldhamland, Norma Raspin, Drew Thomas, Gaye Aitken (Treasurer), Cheryl Larcombe (Deputy Chair)
2017 Tutors – U3A Central Coast Tas. (THANKYOU!!)