Monthly News – November 2023

Welcome to the November 2023 monthly newsletter.

The AGM and our new Glen Eira U3A President and Committee

On Thursday 19 October 2023, we held our AGM. Mark Rubinstein was elected as our new President and the following members were elected to the Committee of Management for 2023/2024.

PresidentMark Rubinstein
Vice PresidentDavid Collier
SecretaryJoe Pasmanik
TreasurerTony Todd
Course CoordinatorAnne-Margaret Healy
Ordinary MembersHilary Friedland
 Scott Gordon
 Cheryl Rubinstein
 Richard Salomon
 Del Wood

The AGM was followed by a presentation by Wayne Denereux from the Moorabbin Air Museum and then a member lunch with Badger’s Buskers entertaining the members present.


Glen Eira U3A Open Day 

We held our Glen Eira U3A Open Day on Thursday 26 October 2023. Our Open Day, a way to show prospective members what we have to offer, also showcased several of our course offerings and, thanks to our tutors, these included: 

  • A Choir Performance (tutor: Valerie Suhr)
  • Painting Self-Help (tutor: Ancita Beale)
  • Mah Jong (tutor: Adele Lipson)
  • Advanced French for Fluent Speakers (tutors: Charles and May Farah)
  • Knitting Circle (tutor: Diane Shonberg)
  • Spanish Beginner Demo: how to order drinks in Spanish (tutor: Becca Wilkins)

Thank you to all who assisted in making both the AGM and Open Day successful events.


Senior Digital Literacy Training – are you interested?

Do you have a good knowledge and skills with computers, smart phones or iPad/Tablets, know how to use emails and search engines and would be interested in attending training to then conduct courses for our members? If the answer is yes, then this training will interest you.

Glen Eira U3A is working with the Glen Eira City Council to develop a Senior Digital Literacy Program for our members. We are looking for potential tutors who would attend “train the trainer” sessions in November/December 2023 and then be available to offer this course to our members in 2024.

The focus of the course will be “Going Online For Your Everyday Activities”. Topics will include:

  • Understanding and using a search engine
  • Online security and privacy
  • Conducting some of your everyday activities online, e.g. linking to Medicare 
  • How to pay Council services online
  • Paying your utilities online
  • Banking online

If you are interested in attending training and to then conduct courses for our members in 2024, please let the Course Coordinator know by 13 November 2023. Send an email to courses@gleneirau3a.org.au.


2024 Courses – When can I enrol for 2024 courses? 

We have a draft 2024 Course Catalogue on our website. Go to: gleneirau3a.org.au/courses and click on the 2024 Course Catalogue. The Catalogue will be updated periodically as new courses are added.

Enrolments for 2024 courses will start at 9.00am on Wednesday 17 January 2024.

We will let all our members know further enrolment details in the near future. When enrolments start on 17 January, enrolment can be completed online at gleneirau3a.org.au/members and we will also provide assisted enrolment at the same time, onsite at 1151 Glen Huntly Road, for those members who do not feel confident in registering and enrolling online.

  • In the first week of enrolments, enrolments will initially be limited to 4 courses (not more than one of which may be from each of the categories of Art, Dance, Exercise, Games and Languages).
  • The limited enrolment period will continue for one week from 17 January until Wednesday 24 January 2024 at which time additional enrolments will be possible, to include a total of 5 long (full year) courses with no restriction as to categories and multiple short courses.

The membership fee for 2024 will be $70.00. This fee is due no more than 7 days after first enrolling. You can pay your annual membership fee via credit card, EFT, PayPal, cash, or cheque.


Glen Eira U3A Choir Concert

Our Glen Eira U3A Choir and Bentleigh U3A Choir will hold a joint Choir Concert on Saturday 25 November 2023 at 2.00pm. It will be held in the Green Rooms at our U3A venue at 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly.

Please come and support our Choir. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.


Glen Eira City Council – “Share your thoughts on future priorities”

The Council wants to hear your views so they strike the right balance. They want you to tell them which Council services are most important to you and how they can best fund the services you value most. Asking these questions under the banner Our Priorities, Our Future is important to help them plan and budget for providing high-quality services now and into the future.

To capture your thoughts, the Council has launched an important community survey. It’s just five questions plus some info about you, and only takes a few minutes. 

Visit the Council website to participate.


Member Lunch

The next monthly members lunch, and last for 2023, will be held on Friday 17 November at 12.00. Although intended primarily for members attending class at the Glen Huntly campus on that day, all members are welcome to attend. The lunches provide an excellent opportunity to meet and socialise with your fellow members.


Garden Club

The gardening club continues to come out once a month to look after our garden. If you would like to help, please come and join us for our regular session in the garden on the third Friday of the month – our next date will be Friday 17 November from 9.00 am to 11.30.


Message from our new President

I’m very pleased to have been elected as President of Glen Eira U3A and I look forward to working with the new committee.  As we set our priorities for the year ahead, I’m keen to hear ideas from members regarding opportunities and issues you’d like us to focus on.  You’re welcome to contact me in person when I’m at the U3A premises or via email at: president@gleneirau3a.org.au.

Warm regards,
Mark Rubinstein