Monthly Update – June 2024

Welcome to the June 2024 Monthly Update.

Who Runs Glen Eira U3A?

Volunteering is about us doing things for others and for our community. For Glen Eira U3A, it’s all about our amazing volunteers because we operate solely through the dedication of these volunteers. Look no further than our 118 tutors who volunteer to conduct our many courses, discussions or activities for you, our members. Let’s also not forget our Office Volunteers, members of Volunteering at U3A Teams and Committees who assist in running our organisation.

I believe I speak on behalf of all our members when I say thank you to all our volunteers. You are valued and I am immensely respectful of, and grateful for, you and your willingness to give your time, energy, and talents. Long may it continue.

If you are not already a volunteer but would like to know more about what this entails, please leave a message for me at Reception and I will be in touch.

Mark Rubinstein
President


Dates For Your Diary

Glen Eira U3A and Bentleigh U3A Choir Concert – 23 June, 2024 at 1.30-3.30

  • When: Sunday 23 June, 2024 at 1.30
  • Where: Glen Eira U3A, 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly (entry via Woolworths carpark off Manchester Grove)

Please come and show your support and see our tutors and members showcase their skills and enjoy afternoon tea after the concert.

Glen Eira U3A Art Exhibition & Open Days – Open to the public and all welcome

There is something of interest for everyone at Glen Eira U3A – visit during our Art Exhibition and Open Days and see what would interest you.

  • When: Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July 2024
  • Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Glen Eira U3A, 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly (entry via Woolworths carpark off Manchester Grove)
  • Art Exhibition Categories: Painting (acrylic, oil and watercolour), Clay Sculpture, Drawing, Pastel, Knitting, Macrame, and Montage
  • Art Demonstration: Art demonstration by accomplished Melbourne artist Clive Sinclair at 11.00 am on Friday 12 July 2024
  • Musician, Leo Roland John: Jazz music with gentle percussion accompaniment from 1.00-2.00 pm on Saturday 13 July 2024
  • Opening: Mayor of Glen Eira, Cr Anne-Marie Cade, will officially open the Art Exhibition at 2.00 pm on Saturday 13 July 2024.
  • Presentations: Caulfield MP, David Southwick, will present a number of Art Exhibition prizes to the winning entrants on Saturday 13 July 2024 following the official opening.
  • Refreshments: Afternoon tea will be served following the presentation of prizes.

Tutors and members who wish to submit artworks for inclusion in the Art Exhibition must register their art works (register your artwork at https://rb.gy/uk4lxk) and deliver them to the Art Room by 14 June 2024.

We are also seeking members to provide volunteer support during the Art Exhibition. This would include such things as ‘meet and greet’ visitors. If you are willing to give us some time, please contact Reception with the days and times of your availability.

Glen Eira U3A Recorder Ensemble Concert

The Glen Eira U3A Recorder Ensemble Concert, with additional guests, was held on Sunday 19 May 2024. It was very successful and the many members and friends in attendance also enjoyed afternoon tea after the concert.

If you did not get a chance to attend the concert, you can watch it on YouTube and there is a link on our website.


Course Update – Enrol Now

A reminder that Monday 10 June is the King’s birthday and a public holiday and therefore, there will be no classes on that day and the Reception/Office will be closed.

We have over 160 courses available in 2024 so check our website for courses. The homepage of our website (https://gleneirau3a.org.au) has a link to a current list of courses with availability, for example:

24CRA06: Mini Dried Flower Arranging (Wednesday; 1 day 12/6/24; 12.45-3.15)

Jinny is conducting another 1-day course after the success of the first course last month. Join Jinny for an immersive experience where you will learn the fundamentals of selecting, preserving and arranging delicate blooms into stunning compositions. From choosing the right flowers to mastering design techniques, this hands-on activity will unleash your creativity. Perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Members will need to pay $20 on the day to cover the cost of a vase, foam and flowers. Scissors and floral tape will be provided.

24SOC01: Care, Coffee and Chat (every second Monday – next session 24/6/2024; 11.30-1.00)

Are you looking for a warm and welcoming space to unwind and connect with others? Come and experience the comfort of community where every voice is valued and friendships blossom. Join our Care, Coffee and Chat group. We meet every second Monday to share stories, enjoy a good cup of coffee, and offer support in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Whether you need a listening ear, some uplifting conversation, or just a break from your daily routine, our group is here for you.

We look forward to sharing laughter, warmth and memorable moments with you!

24GAM14: Practice Bridge (Friday, weekly – 11.30-1.00)

This Course is designed for those who have completed one or more Courses in Bridge but are not yet ready for Supervised Duplicate Bridge.

The Course is a relaxed and judgement-free environment. Use your notes and discuss with the other players at your table to improve your skills. The Tutor is unable to provide advice. This Course is not for experienced Bridge players who regularly attend a Duplicate Bridge game.


Enrolment for any of our courses can be completed online at https://gleneirau3a.org.au/members/ or visit us at 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly if you do not feel confident in enrolling online.


We Miss You & Would Love Your Feedback

We have over 1000 Active members – these are members that have paid their 2024 membership fee and are attending our many courses. We also have over 1600 Inactive members who were active in previous years but have, for whatever reason, not renewed their membership and enrolled in any courses during 2024.

Our Marketing Team, while looking towards 2025, want to identify any gaps in our engagement with Inactive members, including what other courses we may consider offering to encourage a return to Glen Eira U3A.

We stay in touch with our Inactive members via this emailed News Update and other relevant emails including, later this year, emails about 2025 enrolments. Inactive members can “unsubscribe” at any time if they so choose.

If you are an Inactive member, we are particularly interested in your feedback on these issues:

  • Why did you decide not to renew your membership?
  • What would encourage you to become active again at Glen Eira U3A?

You can email your comments and responses to us.


Tova Seelig’s Generous Donation – In Action

As part of the $500 generous donation from Tova Seelig mentioned in our May News Update, we have purchased and installed hand towel and soap dispensers for the Art Room.  This has been welcomed by the many art class members.  Thank you once again Tova for your donation.A hand with paint on it

Health, Safety and Wellbeing – Some Thoughts

Our Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee, comprising volunteers from our members and Committee of Management, share information with our members in each Monthly News Update. This month, our focus is on:

Policies

Glen Eira U3A has policies covering a number of topics. These policies were recently reviewed and updated by our Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee and were then endorsed by our Committee of Management on 30 May 2024.

We ask that you review these policies and are familiar with them. They can be found on our website at https://gleneirau3a.org.au/policies

Are your member details correct?

Please take the time to review your contact details including your emergency contact details. Advise Reception of any changes and, if there are changes to your emergency contact details, we will print a revised member badge. 

Your member badge lists your emergency contact name and mobile number to allow us to quickly contact them should anything untoward occur.