U3A Deniliquin Inc

Learning for life




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Officebearers for 2018.

President                                                   Alison Wilson                                          58813194

Vice President                                        Helen Thompson                                  0408893347

Secretary                                                   Gill Fraser                                                  0427453256

Treasurer                                                   Sue Gatacre                                              58816338

Programme Co-Ordinator               Helen Burnham                                     0400110749

Publicity Officer                                                      Gayle Beckton                                        0488002286

Committee Members:

Airlie Circuitt; Marge Donohue; Carol David; Jan Renwick and Barb Summers

TERM 1                   5 February – 13 April 2018

                  TERM 2                   1 May – 6 July 2018

                  TERM 3                   24 July – 28 September 2018

                  TERM 4                   15 October – 19 December 2018


What are the aims of the U3A?

  • To encourage and enable mature people to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience
  • To demonstrate the benefits and enjoyment to be gained in learning throughout life
  • To celebrate the capabilities and potential of older people and their value to society
  • To provide a creative use for leisure time
  • To establish and maintain educational, cultural and physical programmes
  • To promote and further the concept and adoption of U3A in the general community and municipality

Why should I join a U3A?

  • Learning should not stop as we get older.
  • The U3A provides social, intellectual and physical stimulation for mature aged people
  • Courses are designed to be enjoyable as well as stimulating
  • Our courses reflect the needs and abilities of our membership
  • U3A gives you the opportunity to learn something that you have always intended to learn but have not had the time to pursue

How does the U3A operate in Deniliquin?

  • Deniliquin U3A is made up of mature aged people who either want to continue learning or being active, or who wish to teach others what they know
  • A Committee of management is elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting
  • Tutors and other leaders are volunteers
  • Members are encouraged to become active participants in the activities
  • All administration is undertaken by volunteer members
  • An Enrolment Day is held each year so members/new members can enrol in activities of their choice


Welcome to the March Newsletter.


Laughs and fun were the name of the game in the Scattergories group recently which saw a large number of people in attendance followed by the Discussion Group.



The History Group will continue meeting on Thursdays from 10 – 11 am until the end of Term 1. The short course on Aspects of the European War – World War 2 has been thought provoking and such an interesting topic, and well received by all in attendance. Due to the popularity and interest that has been shown by all who attended, this course will continue until the end of the term. The next topic will be Aspects of the History of the United States.

The Meditation Class which is currently held on Tuesdays from 10 am to 11 am is operating with limited numbers. Irene Duffey (tutor) is offering to run this class on either a Monday or Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm if people are interested. Please contact Irene direct on 0407240189 to register your interest. If people are still wanting the Tuesday class then she will maintain this class.



For security reasons the need to change the key system has been discussed with Intereach/committee members and Tutors. The keys are to be collected and returned to the front desk at Intereach at the end of classes for the day. There will be NO keys hanging on the back of the filing cabinet. The attendance book (Black) will be left in the filing cabinet each day.

Our guest speaker for the month of February was Denise Thomas who provided the group with an update on the RAAF WW2 Training School in Deniliquin. Denise as always had much to tell us and displayed a lot of photographs and letters that have been donated/lent to their committee for the project. There will be an Exhibition at the Peppin Heritage Centre from 28/03/18 to 26/04/18 commemorating the Flying School at Deniliquin – something not to be missed.


Don’t forget our Guest Speaker for the month of March is Ms Terri Bootsman, Exercise Physiologist who will be speaking on Health and Wellness and Ageing Well on Wednesday 28 March from 2 – 3 pm.


Also “Pathways to Deniliquin” will start in April. This will focus on interesting guests telling us how they came to be now living in Deniliquin, their careers, family history, their life and community involvement. At 11 am on Thursday 5th April our first guest speaker will be Sue Monamy (retired dentist), we look forward to welcoming Sue.

SENIORS WEEK this year is being held from 04/04/18 to 15/04/18.

In conjunction with Intereach U3A will be holding a Movie Screening on FRIDAY 6th April at 2pm at Intereach. The movie is yet to be announced, popcorn and icecreams will be provided. Further information will be forthcoming so please keep an eye out on the notice board in the U3A room for future updates.


The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third ‘age’ of life. It is commonly referred to as U3A. Wikipedia


Gayle Beckton

Publicity Officer