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Welcome to 2021
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

Please remember if you do make contact and the message bank is on please leave your name and contact number for your call to be returned.

U3A Deniliquin Inc 2021 committee
The committee is as follows:
President – Alison Wilson;
Vice President – Helen Thompson;
Treasurer: Sue Gatacre;
Secretary: Gill Fraser;
Co-Ordinator: Helen Burnham
Publicity Officer: Gayle Beckton
Committee: Tom Oram; John Watters; Marg Donohue; Judith Smith; Airlie Circuitt; Jan Renwick

A big warm welcome to our new members and all returning members, we hope that you enjoy the classes that you are interested in.

Telephone Directory:
U3A Mobile Phone: 0499839468
Alison Wilson: 0438894339
Helen Thompson: 0408893347
Gill Fraser: 0427453256
Helen Burnham: 0400110749
Sue Gatacre: 0419536738
COVID 19 Safe Practices:
There will be wipes and hand sanitiser provided in each class.
For the well-being and health of members if you are unwell please stay home.

Deniliquin Inc

Welcome to the October newsletter.

Isn’t it great to be out of “lockdown”? Please remember that we are still to wear a mask at all times and sign in using the QR code – stay safe and be kind to one another.

As you are aware an email was sent out earlier advising members of a Bush Walk on Monday 4th October (long weekend). U3A classes resume on Tuesday 5th October. This walk now has the maximum numbers but there is a wait list.

If you wish to be placed on the list please contact Helen Burnham on 0400110749 to secure your spot. Should be a great morning.


QUIZ ANSWERS for September

Acronym NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme

No sloths cannot jump

Rotten eggs will float

Female peacock is a peahen

Your feet is the part of your body that is most likely to be bitten by a mosquito.

Message from our President Alison Wilson

Dear Members,

Following is the Code of Conduct adopted by the committee of Deniliquin U3A held in September 2021. Please read and be aware of its content. This is a difficult time for all of us so we need to be mindful of others.


Be respectful at all venues to group leaders, members and invited guests during classes, meetings and in any communication and/or correspondence following such classes or meetings at all times.

Observe confidentiality when discussing personal information about members of any class.

Breaches of member conduct will be referred to the U3A committee for corrective action.

Committee to address with member directly requesting mediation of the problem.

Failure/unwillingness to adhere to expected member conduct, can result in the member being asked to leave the organisation


Dates for your Diary

Guest Speakers:

October 22 – Jenny Fellows – Her story and the Driver Training program.

November 26 – Gail Williams – Life in the Saltbush.

Armchair Travel:

October 14 – Sam North – Trekking in Nepal

November 11 – Jy Brown – Deni Aero Club trip to South Australia

Term 4 timetable has been organised and you will find a copy with this email.

A message from Deni U3A co-ordinator.

I would like to welcome everyone back & thank them for their patience during the Covid Ups & Downs, I would really like to see the classes return to the numbers we had ‘Pre-Covid” & encourage members to come back & participate. We have been very lucky to keep our branch surviving & hang on to so many classes, hopefully the support will be there to keep them going. We particularly need more participants for the Discussion Group. – Helen Burnham.


All classes will be starting on Tuesday October 5th due to the public holiday. Which means IPads and IPhone – class will be starting on Monday 11th October, with our regular tutors, Anne, June & Jo.

Unfortunately both of the language classes that were held briefly in Term 3 will not be continuing due to the unavailability of tutors but we do thank both Brian and Helen for their short time with us and hopefully they will be available next year.

History classes will be re-starting on Thursdays 10-11am – topic – “History of Religion”.

Meditation and Optimising Health classes will be continuing until the course units have been completed. Ian will assess as to where the classes are heading.

The Walking Group is only walking on Mondays & Thursdays: 7.30 – 8.30 am.

I’m sure that whatever classes you attend you will enjoy as I think we are excited to be back out of lockdown.

Collectables Course

A four (4) week Collectables Course will be conducted by Miro Peterman.

Miro is a well-known avid collector. He will bring some interesting collectables to the classes & is encouraging participants to bring along any items that might be of interest or if they want any information or valuations. This could be a lot of fun. If you are interested in this class, could you please give Helen a call on 0400110749 for an idea of numbers.

The first class will be 12.00 – 1pm on Friday 22 October 2021.

This class will be followed by the guest speaker at 2pm and if members want to bring a sandwich, have lunch together & stay for the guest speaker.


A visit to the Historical Society has been organised for next Tuesday 5th October from 2-4pm. The cost is $5 but you can use the Discover Deni Card if you have one. There will be a cuppa available too. There is a limit of 15-20 people – please contact Sue Gatacre ASAP on 0419536738.

There is a coffee morning at the Cruizin Diner on Monday 11th October at 10.30 – please contact Sue Gatacre on 0419536738 for an indication of numbers.

Have you heard or read about the Mental Health Month – 5 in 5 Challenge.

U3A have been invited to participate by supplying photos of members taking part in the five challenges – (Connect, Be Active, Take notice, Keep learning & Help Others)

We will supply photos of willing members attending some of your classes & activities & we invite any members who are familiar with the project to put their own photos on Facebook as U3A members taking part in the challenge OR you can text photos to Helen Burnham on 0400110749 to put up.

This is a great challenge to be involved in and good publicity for U3A.

QUIZ for October

  1. On average, how many meat pies does each Australian eat in a year?
  2. In snooker, how many points is the brown ball worth?
  3. What is the only insect that can turn its head?
  4. At the time of decimalisation in 1966, how many different denominations of notes were there?
  5. Brunch was first conceived of in 1895 for what purpose?

U3A mobile phone number is 0499839468

Gayle Beckton
Publicity Officer
Deniliquin U3A