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PO Box 550 Kilmore 3764

President: Mavis Wilcox   

                                                         Vice President: Norma Newman   

                                                         Secretary: Mark Perrott   0436331395

JULY 2021

It’s a month of celebrations all round. Two gongs in Wandong. Well done on their OAM awards for meritorious service to their community to Karen Christensen and, to Allen Hall, our editor of the Whats News. The 4th of July is a day America celebrates Independence Day. On the 5th of July 2021, U3A Kilmore and District Inc. will celebrate their own independence by moving classes into the new premises at 92 Sydney Road, Kilmore. Whilst we don’t own the building, we have been able to put our stamp on it and to make it comfortable as well as functional. Committee members have organised and undertaken the preparation which entailed lots of cleaning, as the building has not been used for some time. Interior walls have been repainted, electricity checked and a new power-board installed and approved for our safety, thanks to our very obliging Landlord. We have replaced old fluorescent tubes, a water leak was solved with a plumbers assistance; not an easy job as pipes ran under the old concrete floor of what was originally a commercial garage workshop.

Then there was the move from Skehan Place. Much like moving house, china wrapped, goods and chattels boxed, and, after the move, everything restored to cabinets and filing cupboards. Mavis, Mark, Glenda, Elaine and Cheryl, Wendy and Lorraine deserve a special mention for the hours they devoted to the project. Other members and family members helped. There is still a bit to do but if you drive down Sydney Road, you will see U3A signs on curtained windows at Number 92, opposite KFC. Labour, paint, curtains and equipment were donated from friends and businesses in Kilmore and U3A acknowledges all such gifts with gratitude.

There will be two classrooms, only one functioning to start. A small kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, plus all the things you need to make a cuppa and, if you choose, you could sit with a friend and have your lunch on the premises between classes. This social side of U3A is being encouraged. There is ample parking on site, just be careful and use the traffic lights as a right hand turn is hazardous in traffic. Ten different classes will start in the first week of July and the committee is urging all class groups to add their support and make it their home base. Yoga classes will continue to meet in the John Taylor Room at the Library as concrete floors are rather hard on muscles that are fifty plus years old. U3A is leasing this building until the JJ Clancy Reserve Community Centre is ready and this is estimated to take two years. Without No 92 we would have no home base. It is a credit to the committee for their foresight and hard work to accomplish what they have on behalf of membership.

So readers, if you want to join a friendly group and learn a few new skills, join a book club and comment on the stories you read, learn local history, take up a craft, paint or draw a picture create short stories, have a good laugh as you play carpet bowls or perhaps you have always wanted to play the recorder, then U3A is for you. There will be some groups like exercise classes, the walking group, dining out and theatre groups who will function out in the wider community, but committee is open to suggestions for other groups.

Two new groups are due to start. Serious advice on ‘Well Being and Life Style’, and lots of bonhomie with a ‘Kaffee and Klatsch ‘group, both on Mondays. There was a rumour about a discussion group on ‘Life after Farming’. We would love to hear from any farmer who could offer to lead a discus-sion group. Some members are interested in learning more about how to get the most out of Mobile Phones but we need a tutor. Perhaps you have a love of Shakespeare, or any other famous person and would like to share your knowledge? Perhaps you could teach a language sufficient to assist those who will ‘one day’ want to travel again, then use our Logo above and contact Mark, our Secretary, visit our Website -google- to see what’s offered. Come join us.

Cheers! Let’s Celebrate Dawn Barr