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PO Box 550 Kilmore 3764

President: Rupert Hussey  0402606287

                                                         Vice President: Dawn Barr  0428564674

                                                         Secretary: Mark Perrott  0436331395

JULY 2020

U3A Kilmore is still in recess. I last reported that some groups were set to restart classes but the flare up of the Covid19 virus in Victoria has curtailed this and at the last committee meeting, it was agreed to wait another month until after the school holidays then review the situation. Convenors and Tutors have mixed feelings but because of the age demographic of U3A members, it was agreed to wait in the interests of everybody’s health and safety.

Many members are missing the socialisation that goes with class meetings. Convenors are making phone calls or sending emails to keep touch with and provide a sounding board for frustrated and lonely members. Those whose interests are in the Arts, such as the Recorder Group, The writers, Artists and Gardeners are fortunate in that they can still pursue their interest at home. Even those who walk for exercise can still meet as a group provided they conform to social distancing though some admit that they choose to walk so they can end up at a café for coffee and this is now either out of bounds or the venue is closed so some have chosen not to participate until things improve.

Readers will understand the frustration felt by the carpet bowlers who have to sanitise the bowls after each bowl so that virus contact it not transferred from hand to hand. Yesterday’s Treasures examine Antiques and spraying precious items with alcohol sanitiser is not considered good practise. Most of the craft groups meet in private homes and find that lounge rooms do not allow for social distancing of their groups so they too are in recess.

Some shire venues have reopened for use but the guidelines are so strict, and rightly so, that it becomes daunting for convenors of classes who are responsible for supervising and seeing that those guidelines are met. These include strict hand washing before classes, sanitising of tables and chairs, no cushions on chairs. Each room has been measured and numbers set for occupancy to enforce the social distancing measures, at the end of the class time, these facilities will need to be sanitised again using either washable cloths or disposable paper toweling and gloves.

Strict lists of people attending need to be kept in case someone starts to show symptoms of the Virus and so other attendees can be notified that they may be at risk.

It all seems like hard work and takes the shine away from what are essentially social groups. I have not heard one note of complaint but many of disappointment and many of praise and support for the U3A committee and the Shire for the steps they are taking in the interest of their vulnerable members. At our last count Kilmore U3A had 185 enrolled members.

Let’s hope statistics settle again and the cold weather disappears bringing sunny days and hope.

Dawn Barr