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GENERAL ARCHIVES SPECIAL PAST EVENTS
Committee and contacts:
President: Faye Gray
Secretary: Jacqui Lee
Treasurer: Peter Stone
Webmaster: Peter Stone
to the website of the
University of the Third Age of Yarram.
The University of the Third Age is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.
U3A of Yarram aims to
* Provide opportunities for seniors of all walks of life, irrespective
of any academic or professional qualifications, for lifelong learning and
U3A operates predominantly on the basis of self-education, with tutors and volunteer co-ordinators being members of the group. A twelve-month enrollment fee entitles the member to any or all events, sessions and classes with no general extra charges. This applies to any activity anywhere and anytime in the world.
|THE 2016 NEW EXECUTIVE
Secretary Jacqui Lee, President Faye Gray, Treasurer Peter Stone
A READABLE WEBSITE
Remember, you can click on
most images to enlarge them.
|LATEST NEWS AND MEETINGS|
|And because so much
is happening - IMPORTANT NOTE
Weekly and often daily up-to-date event bulletins are sent out by Jacqui or Cynthia via email. This method is the best way to ensure you have the very latest event information.
If you do not have email, make sure you have established with Jacqui and Cynthia an alternative way of recieving up-to-date information.
TAI CHI STARTS at 11.00am 14
June at the old kindergarden in Gipps Street. Best to contact Jacqui to
book in or turn up on the day and pay $45 to Lorraine for six sessions.
NEXT TRAVEL TALK
NEXT GENERAL MEETING.
SKYWATCH LECTURES HAVE COMMENCED
- AND FINISHED.
MISSED A LECTURE SESSION?
COFFEE GROUP CHAT
It's back to the Federal Coffee Palace, Fridays, at 10.00am - except for a once-a-month out of town coffee break at 'The Bodmans' on the Hyland Way - also at 10.00am - always announced by email. .The Bodmans now has a regular date - the third Friday in each month.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY.
Our A4 2-fold brochure is out, thanks to the sterling efforts of
Brian and Jacqui Lee in particular, and the committee. Make sure you pick
up a bundle and hand them out where appropriate. You will find them in
some of the supporting shops in town. We are not having a membership drive
- it is simply a matter of letting people know what we do and if it
PASSWORD - U3A ACCOUNTS TRANSPARENCY
The Treasurer has decreed that all members should have access to
our banking password.
|SPIES BEWARE - THE F.E. TWO-BEE IS ON ITS
Did you know that back in 1918 at the tail end of the Great War, an aircraft was sent to Yarram to search for German raiders at sea and German spies on land. The aircraft was the to be famous FE2B, built in the UK and used effectively against the Red Baron of Luftwaffe fame, downing the German hero (but not killing him on this occasion). One aircraft was sent to Australia in 1917 and used by the Commonwealth Flying School in Melbourne. In April and May of 1918 it was stationed at Yarram and flown by the famous Victorian-born V.C. winner Frank McNamara on reconnaissance over Bass Strait looking for the German raider Wolf. It eventually crashed and never repaired when in private hands in 1922. In 2009 The Vintage Aviator Ltd company of New Zealand built and flew a replica (photo right) and is still operational. Our member Eric Greenaway is chair of a committee that aims to bring this very aircraft over from New Zealand for the 100th anniversary of the spy-plane's activities. The Yarram Secondary College is building a half-size replica model as part of their woodwork curricullum. If Eric can get the operational replica over from NZ, a commemmorative event will be held in Yarram which will attract many people to our wonderful area. And perhaps the YSC's model could be on permanent display at an entrance to the town. U3A of Yarram have pledged full support to Eric for such an event. It is early days but some finding has already been obtained; The Vinatage Aviator company have a precedent of displaying their replicate aircraft in Victoria at the Point Cook airshow.
For more info google 'FE2B yarram'.
This is an important project that we should all embrace.
Link on images to enlarge.
Apart from (later) Air Vice-Marshall Francis McNamara, there have been many decorated RAF fighter pilots who flew this aircraft. Who do you think is the most famous? Hint: He is fictional and you are likely to know if you are a male about my age (72)
McNamara in cockpit, at Yarram.
Now that didn't go too well. Yarram. No wonder it crashed with all those people clambering over it.
23 April 1918.
|WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED
DIGITAL LITERACY WORKSHOP - GIPPSLANDS U3As DIGITAL DISCOVERIES
|THE GREAT COURSES
- DVD LECTURES
We have started our DVD lecture series.
A History of European Art: 48 lectures each of 30 minutes.
The Great Tours: 24 lectures of thirty minutes each.
See above in LATEST NEWS AND MEETINGS for more details. The next lecture series is soon to start.
At the General Meeting on Monday 9 May, it was decided that we would continue our excellent lecture series with a course in either A History of European Art, or The Great Tours: Greece, Turkey, Athens to Instanbul.One of these series would he held at 2.00pm on a Tuesday at the Country Club - that is, after the Skywatch session. Members will/have received an email seeking their preference from these two excellent series, after which a start date will be announced. Members can thus attend one or both sessions on a totally diffeent topic on the same day. Please make your choice and respond to Jacqui's email.
This new lecture series will start at 2.00pm on Tuesday June 21. (Not
June 24 as per Jacqui's email). Which series? - to be advised.
|WHATS COMING UP - and see the
long term schedule below.
AT THE BODMAN'S.
A POW-WOW AT HIAWATHA
SHOW AND TELL
PHOTOBOOKS - its
on, see above.
SPRING FAIR ?
|DID YOU KNOW
Henry Ford is remembered as a great industrialist, the man who introduced the production line, the man who said that 'you can have any colour (car) so long as it's black". But he was actually a terrible businessman and his management skills deemed 'a disaster'. He made all the decisions and hired spies to make sure his managers did not make a decision on their own. In 1947 the company was going down the tubes, but then Henry died, and gradually the company rose to prominence - but it took fifteen years.
WHO SAID IT?
"He is richest
is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature".
not make a rich man happy". Traditional.
And on advertising. A friend of mine applied for a job with a Melbourne ad agency and was told on interview, "Your resume is full of distortions and half-truths. You start next Monday". And if you think that commercial advertising does not really work, consider the thousands of Australians who think yogurt tastes good.
|2016 LONG TERM PROJECTED EVENTS CALENDAR
The dates shown may not be final. All
definate dates will be announced by email and this website within two months
of the event - if possible. Long term events may change if something new
comes up - this will give you a guide as to what is going to happen. If
you have any specific interest in these events and want to make a comment
or contribute in some way, please let Secretary Jacqui know. Most events
are held at the Yarram Country Club - other venues will be announced as
General Meetings are at 11.00am; Special
Events soon after at 1.00pm (or 1.30pm if advised).
Please note once again that events beyond the following
month can change - indeed must change - as more members contribute or interesting
guests are invited. Contact any committee member to offer or make a suggestion.
GROUP. 10.30am, Wednesdays. Federal Coffee Palace cafe. Contact: Eric
two sessions, one for beginners - every Tuesday at the Country Club (unless
otherwise advised), at 10.30am. Proficient players, those who know the
difference between a tile and a tuba, might like to join the games in the
main room at The Hub on Thursdays between 1 and 4pm. These events are ongoing
unless a public holiday. Please note that this is not gender exclusive
and is for males also; there is no such thing as Pah-Jong.
THE WALKERS GROUP.
THE ART GROUP.
COFFEE AND CAKE
THE TRAVEL GROUP.
THE ZIMMER FRAME
THE 'DON'T BE
Tutor Eric Greenaway leading the most
informative I-Ploddrs group learning how
to use a smart phone
|THE THINGS I HATE - CLICK HERE.|
|WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED!
Bettina will tell us something
about a destination that is rarely visited by Aussies, and is this sure
to be very interesting indeed - the land of calypso, costumer and Castro
- Cuba. Don't miss it. Yarram Country Club 20 June, 1.00pm.
TRAVEL TALES MONDAY 18 APRIL. Country Club
WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Country Club, 1.00pm, Monday
9 May 2016.
|BIKE GROUP ?
Anyone interested in forming a U3A bike group please contact Secretary Jacqui.
HI-TECH I-PAD THINGYS - some members have shown an interest in how to consume every minute of their wakeing day by tweeting and surfing and facebooking and in other technical ways of throwing their life away - not like reading this website though! If you want to know how your device works, contact Eric Greenaway or Secretary Jacqui or Event Co-ordinator Cynthia - or ask your kid. EVENT STARTED 4 APRIL 2016
SPECIAL EVENT after the April
meeting is another popular SHOW AND TELL. So members, check your drawers
(I'll rephrase that) - see what old and interesting things you may have
accumulated over the years and bring them along. They do not have to be
antiques, although most things in our drawers are generally old and disfunctional
items - so bring then along.
MEDITATION AND COUNTRY PICNIC
HISTORICAL SOCIETY VISIT
WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?
MEETING July 13th 2015 at the
Country Club, 11.30am.
I'LL SHOW YOU MINE IF YOU SHOW
ME YOURS - THE SHOW AND TELL GROUP
"You are never too old to learn - unless it's the clarinet or an iPod"
In discussing interest in forming
a music appreciaton group, members should be aware
that the modern music called rapp is not prefixed with a 'c'.
"If all the economists were laid end to end, they would still not reach a conclusion" - G.B.Shaw
"If all the politicians were laid end to end I wouldn't be a bit surprised". - Not sure who said this, probably Peta Credlin.
|COMPUTER LEARNING BOOKS
The Wileys Publishing company have put ut a series of excellent books that are directed at the "older and Wiser' generation, that is, US, and have named the series as such.The books are endorsed by the U3A (of the UK). There are thousands of books on the market, all telling us how to use opur computers, ipods, ipads, smart phones and coffee perculators. Some are hard-core manuals which are hard to read for the computer illiterate, others not so. The 'for Dummies' series is a well-named tongue-in-cheek series that is well accepted. The Wiley's series is aimed at 'the over 50s'. How they define the intelligence of this demographic group I have no idea but the one book I have seen seems quite useful. I gather some (maybe all) are written in the UK, which is better than some of the drivel that comes out of the USA with their often 'folksy' and annoying style. Member Gerry Stuart has one, and he put it on to me.
I deal with a book supply company in Australia called called Fishpond; I've never had a problem with them. Enter:
You could also go direct to the publisher:
This is not an endorsement, simply a suggestion.
|Please note that the little tray that pops out on your computer is NOT a coffee-cup holder. I think it is to keep your small change, but mine is broken as it has a hole in the bottom.|
|LOCAL U3A TATTLE
I (Peter Stone) have a pacemaker - so what! doesn't
everyone in U3A? I rarely have a problem with airport security, except
in Perth as it turns out. It started out badly with a caucasian security
man not making it too clear if he wanted me to remove my shoes and belt
- he did. On bypassing the detection booth, I entered the cleared zone
where fortunately the miserable white-fellow had disappeared. Everyone
else in security was Indian. "Good morning sir, you would be standing here
please. I will give you a pat - do you want a private room?"
Member John O'Callahan's last work has just been released. He has contributed significantly with a section of local history the that celebrates (and is named thus) Port Albert 175, 1841-2016. Copies will be available at the Port Albert maritime museum after the launch of the book by local artist Warren Curry on 20th February.
Member Eric Greeaway has attended a Rotary conference at which a speaker spoke on social media and the use thereof. She suggested to the (generally senior) Rotarians that we oldies need to get used to people playing on their ipods and ipads, and being interested at the dinner party with a smart-phone call. No we don't!!! Why should we tolerate the rudeness of someone suddenly taking a mobile phone call whilst you are talking to them, or when you are in a convivial group discussion, or attending a lecture session, or simply participating in any U3A activity. It is rude and anti-social. Imagine if I pulled out a daily newspaper and started to read it whilst attending a U3A talk!!. As Eric has said, it is not the social media technology that is to blame - it is the users and their attitude. Eric by the way runs our excellent I-podders group where we learn how to appropriately use the social media technology.
Brian Lee, husband of Secretary Jacqui, has won the Abstract
division for his excellent painting of Blue Times, in the Easter Tarra
Festival Art Show. Congratulations Brian. See http://yarrampa.customer.netspace.net.au/people-brian-lee.htm
|USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ACCESS THIS WEBSITE
Please note that this website has been designed for a modern computer monitor (screen) of nominal size 55 cm (on the diagonal) - that's 22 inches for us who have yet to convert (its only been half a century so don't rush us!). It is appreciated that some (many!) will access the site via social-media technology, eg an ipod, ipad, smart-phone. In such instances, the display may look awkward. The webmaster is trying to ensure that the display information flows in a vertical linear manner so changes will be made in the near future. Any comment - contact the webmaster.
USE OF THIS WEBSITE
Some members have commented on the issue of old information being seen on the webpage. This could be because when you call up the U3A website on the internet, the previous U3A webpage may be in your internal cache (internal storeage) and that is what you are seeing. Hit the 're-load' button to force your system to access the internet, not your cache. You should do this with all webpages that are regularly updated and that you regularly access.
|Navigating the Website||The website has been created
using Netscape Composer, an old yet most reliable web-development program.
The objective has been to provide a simple effective website with the aim
of providing current information, archiving past events, and generally
making it easy to navigate. The only sub-pages linked from this homepage
are those shown at the top of this page. The website contains no java-script
nor fancy roll-overs and graphics that can take up web file storage space,
and delay downloads. If a loading or linking problem exists please contact
the webmaster. And with the exception of this inconsequential rubbish down
here, the webpages incorporate a large text font - for obvious reasons.
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|Webmasters dedication||This website is dedicated to my mother Anna Wilhelmina Stone Robinson, affections known as Stevie, who at ninety years of age passed away peacefully in 2010. Up until just two weeks before her passing, Mum reguarly attended events at a chapter of the University of the Third Age in Perth. She was mentally as alert and intelligent as in all the years I remember her and I attribute this to her attending the U3A for many many years. There was never any small-talk with Mum - it usually centered on some aspect of science, or the arts, or geographic politics - even concepts of higher mathematics and phsyics that she absorbed so passionately. For this, I also thank and dedicate my time to the U3A organisation and all that it stands for.|