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The Bathurst U3A term 2 newsletter is now available for reading.

The latest newsletter from our umbrella organisation, the NSW U3A Network is now available for reading.

Coronavirus

If you want to continue ‘learning’ while we self-isolate, the NSW U3A network have provided a link to many online resources to keep in touch. I recommend checking it out.

If you would like to continue your classes virtually (such as video-conferencing, emails, facebook-like sharing, etc) please encourage your facilitator to continue the website administrator to assist.

In line with Government Policy it has been decided to cancel all remaining classes for Term 1 and all classes for Term 2.

The Committee will make a decision re the remaining year closer to the time.

Any facilitators who wish to use telephone or video conferencing for their classes are at liberty to do so.

Many (if not most) members of the Bathurst U3A attend classes for the social aspect. With us all self-isolating (hopefully), the social aspect of our lives has been greatly reduced. This can be difficult to cope with. May we suggest that we try to keep in contact with each other to help compensate, and to make sure we are OK.

Innovation

As an example of innovation in these trying times, Manual Pro is conducting his Spanish classes online, and Jenny Maclennan is running her German classes online.

Here is how Manuel explains it: “For each class I prepare a voice or video recording which covers revision of the previous lesson, introduction to new topic and the homework to be carried out by the participants.
The information is sent out by email including files and links to voice recordings and videos to support the learning. Participants are encouraged to undertake the learning activities at the same time that we would normally have the face to face classes to continue the learning routing.
I am also investigating the possibility of using Facebook as a learning aid.”

And here is how Jenny explains it (with a lovely touch of humour): “I invited enrolled students to receive a lesson bulletin each week. They need to reply to questions about the text in German to get the next bulletin. It’s just like school! But the dog can’t eat your homework.”

Other classes now being conducted online are Crime Fiction Week 2 by Jennifer Short, and Bonsai Buddies by Dianna Baillie. Please contact your facilitator and ask her/him to contact the web admin, if you would like your class to continue online through Term 2.

Precautions

Precautions should take place to help prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

The government has issued, via their seniors website, a fact sheet for older Australians. It is well worth a read.

AGM

The AGM was conducted at the CWA hall on Wednesday March 18th. In the contested positions, the new president is Irene Hancock and the new Vice-president is Jenny Barnes.

The nomination for secretary withdrew during the meeting. Stuart Pearson, the Returning Officer, checked our constitution and verified that a secretary had to be elected. Lynette Vidler volunteered, and is the new secretary.

Miriam Ledger was re-elected as Treasurer unopposed, as was Allison Aspden as Programme Coordinator, Sally Fulton as Enrolment Officer, and Peter Winter as Publicity Officer.

The nomination for Equipment Officer was withdrawn during the meeting, and that position is currently vacant. The Venue Coordinator position is also currently vacant.

Lindsay after giving his President’s Speech, retired, and was presented with a good bottle of wine for running the Bathurst U3A for 3 years. The minutes from the previous AGM were accepted. [Pixie, at a later date, will be presented with a nice rose bush for her tireless efforts over the preceding years.]

A big thanks to Stuart Pearson for handling the Returning Officer position with aplomb, to Andrew Wells and Kay Price for collecting and tallying the votes, and to Sally Fulton for purchasing the gifts.

If interested, the agenda and nominations for the AGM can be downloaded. If you need to contact a member of the committee, you’ll find the committee members’ details on the ‘About Us‘ page.

 

Enrolments

Memberships for 2020 can be completed online, or by completing the membership form.

Similarly, Course enrolments can be completed online, or by completing the enrolment form.

Note that you must join (or rejoin) the Bathurst U3A before you can enrol in a course.


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