Federation University, Churchil Campus, 11 May 2016. 9.30am - 3.00pm
A pleasant early morning drive by chauffer Brian Lee saw your secretary and treasurer attend this seminar/workshop, the aim being "to demonstrate a range of user-friendly and affordable tecnologies that can help grow the effectiveness of course delivery to U3A members". It was a most pleasant and worthwhile day as something was gained, but not to any great extent that our small U3A group wiuld benefit. It started twenty minutes late, with a welcome by convenor John Parker from Baw Baw U3A, and then a 35 minute opening address by parlimentarian Russel Broadbent which did seem to be inappropriate at times. The seminar thus commenced at 10.36am with a presentation by Dr Nicola Johnson, "The Challenges of the Digital World", which considered the benefits of 'digital literacy'; and suggested that using technology does not make you a better teacher. There is no point in listing details of the three other presenters at the morning session, these being headed "The Digital Library", "Linking to Remote Locations", and Hearing Impairment and Recording of Presentations. All had their points of interest, although the demonstartion to link to a remore location did not go all that well - a carrier pigeon would have been faster. 
After a superb lunch, the sixty or so deligates were separted into six groups for a rotation of six mini workshops: (Use of) Tables and iPads; Elmo and Data Projection; Using Facebook; The Great Courses (the ones we use); Accessing Personal Histopry Online; PA Systems for Hearing Impaired. These intimate and hands-on presentations were very interesting and we three Yarramites gained a few interesting points and ideas. Againb, our small membership size precludes the necessity for some of the presentation ideas, but that does not mean that the knowledge of what is available was not worth while. Conversation and interaction with other U3A members was also of benefit and it is to Baw Baw U3A that we owe a measure of gratitude for convening and organising the event - and an 'unidentified sponsor'. 
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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. 

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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.


Wife of our oldest member Jim, Jeanie Kemsley's funeral service on Tuesday 3 May 2016 was quiet and intimate, attended by Jim and his extended family and dear friends. U3A was well represented. Once again we extend Jim our thougths and friendship. 

On March 22, 1885, the world's first successful gasoline (petrol)- fueled vehicle was driven at the amazing speed of nine miles an hour, in Mannheim, Germany. Since then millions of people have been killed or injured by the horse-less carriage, more than in all the wars that have occurred since then. 

The ubiquitous ‘hot-dog’ was invented in 1852 by a group of butchers in - wait for it - Frankfurt, Germany. Of course, the Americans soon took it over, renamed it with something that could be spelt easy and had no relevance -  and made it their national emblem (The eagle came later!) It is said that nearly a billion dollars a year is spent on this obesity accelerant, and not all are consumed at ‘ball-games’.  In keeping with its irrelevant name, they put ‘catsup’ on their hot-dog, which is basically feline vomit, whereas we use likewise self-describing ‘tomato sauce’. 

John O' Callaghan has offered to take two sessions of the Family History sessions, so any interested authors let us know. They will be held the last two Thursdays in October.

Bill Bodman is to arrange a visit to the house that was renovated at Tarraville, (on TV recently). Expressions of interest please. We may go as a joint venture with the Historical Society. I would love to see this house. Would you? There has been no reply communication from the owners of Woodcot Park so we are obliged to cancel this. Note: There has been an article on Woodcot Park in an edition of the Gippsland magazine. 

The internet tells us that "Circle dance, or chain dance, is a style of dance done in a circle or semicircle to musical accompaniment, such as rhythm instruments and singing." In a circle? Who would have thought!  Well, we are told that it is a delightful form of dance and exercise and with the right music is most enjoyable. Secretary Jacqui recently attended a session by a fellow U3A group and was intrigued. Jacqui is organising for a group to tell us what it is all about. We are told it is not like line dancing, nor like guadrilatrial dancing, but could be similar to the rhombus. Okay - it seems to have concepts of the barn dance, tai chi, a quadrille, and a warm-up for a delightfully gay football team. 
Hopefully we will have a Special Event scheduled in the near future. Contact secretary Jacqui is interested, or just come along to the next meeting. Want to know more - see the excellent example at

Because we enjoy our monthly Friday coffee chats at the Bodman's tea house on the Hyland Way so decided that this would be idea for a cozy mid-winter 'Christmas'. This will be held on Friday 12 noon on 22 July. Be there at 12 noon. Please conform with secretary Jacqui that you wish to come so that Janie and Robyn have an idea of catering numbers. Cost is $15 per head, with a choice of two menus. Great value in a great place. 

It's a corny heading but you get the drift. Eric Greenaway has suggested that we have a visit and presentation to the locality, visiting the old school (now a private home. The area one housed over thirty farms, houses and shops, and has a fascinating history. 

Get ready for more fun and fascinating stories with our show and tell. We will probably not have anoither one this year but get ready for 2016. Have you any interesting newspaper or magazines - an historic paper 'show and tell' is planned for next year. We will set this one up as a display and talk. 

PHOTOBOOKS - its on, see above. 
Do you have boxes of photographs or plastic-sleeve photo albums lying about in a cupoboard, never to be seen again? Have you thought of having a family history but don't know where to start? Are the digital photos of your memorable overseas trip lost in the electronic mire within your computer, never to be seen again? Do you have family shots of little Freddy from a baby to his disasterous 21st birthday lying about? Has Mum and Dad or any other loved one reached a milestone in their life and you want to record it? The best way to satisfy these situations is to consider a photobook - a professionally printed hardcover book of your photographs, with a glossy cover or dustjacket. A photobook will never be lost in a storeage cupboard, and will always be in reach to bring back those wonderful memories. They are easy to do, are great fun to create and will last several generations. In a few weeks U3A will announce a special introduction day to show you what can be done, how it is done, the prerequisits, the costs. And we are very pleased to advise that an arrangement has been made with one of the leading photobook printers for a substantial discount for your first book. Register your interest now with secretary Jacqui or vice-president Peter so we know how many we can expect. 

Travel talks are back on track - to be held each Monday, the week after the monthly General Meetings. Please let Jacqui know if you are prepared to give us a talk. 

The recent walk around Port Albert was fascinating and indeed, did not cover all there is to see and learn. Warren is overseas at the momnent but we hope to have another walk in late Spring. Other destinations are being considered as this was most popular. 
ALSO - recreational walks are due to start again - these are low key, slow speed, flat-land, walks that usually end up in a coffee shop to put back the kilos lost on the walk!!! Grest fun. Zimmer-frames optional, no personal scooters - that would be cheating!! 

In consideration. A committee has been formed to determine in which season it is to be held. 


WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED! (Well, in 2016 anyway),

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 1.00pm
THE NEW BURMA - Is it Safe - Where is it heading?  Peter Stone.
It's like writing one's own obituary to fill in this space, but I reckon the photos were okay and the destination interesting. No money was thrown but I guess the presentation went down well - thats for others to judge. But I don't think I inspired too many people to travel to this wonderful contry. 

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Country Club, 1.00pm, Monday 9 May 2016. 
Another wonderful presentation in this extremely interesting initive, to introduce ourselves to each other. John O'Callahan is of course well known in the community with his committments to Rotary and U3A, his concern for the land, and his exception local knowledge and research that has been transfered into several excellent local history books. John could talk for hours on his generation and that of his parents on the land at Jack River, and on the history of the prolific dairy region, but on this occassion spoke of his time as a young drummer - a very young drummer - with his Dad's band in the fifties and sixties and seventies. These were the days of family fun-fiilled dances in local halls, including many in the old Strand Hall in Yarram, now demolished. John was just ten years old when he wandered into his lounge whilst Dad was on piano and older brother on sax. The regular drummer has been posted out of town, so the 'band' was the two of thm. John picked up two sticks - yes, sticks - from the garden and kept beat on a chair much to the amusement, and later appreciation, of his young son's ability - so John was immediately integrated into the O'Callahan Band. The problem was - there were no drums/ John's Dad cut a metal drum in half, fitted a plywood 'skin' to the drum and that was that. Cymbals were makeshift also - and John has his drum 'set'. John brought in the actual drum, now surely a local history community item. Over the next fifty years John managed to upgrade to a real kit and it was only a few years ago that he sat on the throne and keep time. Of course, the band was paid for their work and young John was very pleased with the shillings that he made, but that did not lessen the work of all musicians on the land. 
Many thanks John for yet another interesting, amusing and informative talk. 



THE I-PODDERS GROUP. 10.30am, Wednesdays. Federal Coffee Palace cafe. Contact: Eric Greenaway
Learn, practice, query, enjoy - the use of ipods, iphones, galaxy tablets, smart phones, Androids and gremlins. How your smart phone can help to make a better coffee!!! 
Sessions have been temporality postponed as we have gained a lot of knowledge thanks to Eric and the session attendees. A follow up will be held in the future - to be announced. 

MAH-JONG has 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. 
Note: times amnd venmue may change but secretary Jacqui is keeping us up to date. 

Walk or shuffle around the delightful streets of downtown Yarra. Wonderful communication with other members and exercise to boot. Zimmer frames optional! Staring again 18 August, see above.
Walks  are resuming after Easter - however - the next HISTORICAL FEATURE WALK is scheduled for April with renown artist and local historian, Warren Curry and will be a discovery tour of historic Port Albert. 

Learn how to give Warren Curry and Jeffrey Smart a run for their money. 
Regular talks and outings planned to get us through the winter.  Just looking for a bigger venue - looking at the Historical Society rooms!  Will probably be Tuesday or Wednesdays afternoons. Okay, you know who Warren Curry is, but if you don't know who Jeffrey Smart is you had better come along to the art class. The new  Pavilion at the Football ground has a huge space on ground level, with every need met, plenty of windows and large round tables. The small group already has shown some great art work developing. 

A recent Art class at the new Pavilion; one of Jaqui Lee's fine paintings. (Click to expand).

Get a Kaffeen Kick and solve the problems of the world with great coffee and conversation, regularly each Friday at 10am at the appropriately named Federal Coffee Palace. And once a month we go to "Janie's" , at the Bodman homestead on the Hyland Highway. 

Contact Cynthia Lang or Peter Stone
It is appreciated that most people don't want to leave beautiful down Yarram and district but its nice to get away for a while! Have you been absent without leave? We'd like to hear about it. Next speaker please!

Makes the British Antiques Roadshow look like a garage sale. Hope to start in June. Have you something special and interesting that you can show and talk about. Baby Albums would not be appropriate even though some may be antiques. 
We've set a date fir the first one. It will be held as a Monthly Talk after the meeting on 13 April at the Yarram Country Club. The talk - more of a group discussion we hope - will start at 1.30 after our regular lunch. Vice-President Peter Stone will explain the format of future "I'll Show You Mine' presentations and bring along a few interesting items to get the ball rolling. Dates and times will be then set for future 'shows'. First presentation held, interesting items presented - Robbie the Robot, Mr Potato Head, two items from the Hoi An treasure, and a coronation cup of 1937 from the period of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother). Many thanks to Peter Stone and Gerry Stuart for their excellent presentatiuons. It brought back a few wonderful memories. Do you have something to 'show and tell'. Contact our secretary and express your interst. You do not have to say what your item is - keep it a surprise for the day. The next session will be announced soon. 

Tutor Eric Greenaway leading the most
informative I-Ploddrs group learning how 
to use a smart phone

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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?" 
"No thanks, mate", I replied jovially. Pat, pat, stoke, pat - like the rhythm of playing a harmonica! 
"You would be pleased sir to be putting up your hands," my bomb-checker requested, as I caught the eye of the security supervisor, another Indian with a jovial complection - if one could imagine so in a gentleman from the sub-continent. 
"If I do that, my pants will fall down," I replied honestly.
As quick as a flash, the supervisor said, "Oh, very good sir, we have camera, we take picture and put on Youtube". 
We both burst out laughing, he at his own humour and I at his quick repartee. Thank heaven for a security person with a wonderful sense of humour. 

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
I should take the opportunity to thank Brian for all the behind-the-scenes work he does for U3A of Yarram.

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. 


First one up 13 July 1.00pm, Country Club. Tales of the Orient. +++ Held +++
Vice-President Peter Stone started the 'Who Do You Think I Am' with a fascinating presentation on the first fifteen years of his life, initially living in Singapore as a toddler of father who was a government administrator in the British colonial government. Suprisingly, Peter became a 'latch-key kid' and spent most of his leisure time on the streets of Singapore with his Malay and Chinese mates. Peter spoke of the colonial administration, the social status and the culture of a multi-cultural population that they did not govern. Murder was an every-day affair, but Peter and his Australian (white) family felt very safe, except when Singapore neared indepenance from Britian. His fatherr died in office in 1959 ending a close-relationship with Singapore. 
MONTHLY TALK A new innovation - the Monthly Talk. It has been suggested that the topic of our regular presention after our monthly meeting be extended to cover any theme or subject. In the past, the previous two talks have been on a travel destination, presented by the Travel Group. In the future this time slot, of 1,30pm on the second Monday of each month (unless advised otherwise) will be on any manner of subject (which of course could still be travel related). Being a special event, U3A members are encouraged to bring along a friend or two, and it will also be open to the public through local advertising. Maybe we can attract a few more members this way. The popular Travel Group will convene at another time - to be announced. The first of the 'Monthly Talks' will be by Peter Stone, at the first Show and Tell session. 

APRIL COMMITTEE MEETING:  11.30am, Monday 13 April 2015, Yarram Country Club, Commercial Road.
Followed by lunch (optional of course), and the first session of Show and Tell. 
A very succesful meeting with about twenty members.
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U3A is pleased to join in mutual cooperation and interests with the Yarram and District Historic Historical Society. Members of U3A are cordially invited to visit their premises at the old Butter Factory (at the north end of town opposite Murray-Goulburn) at 1.30pm on Monday 4 May for an interesting presentation and to see the facilities of the group. The gathering is open to the public so bring a friend. 

Visiting artists are creating a work about Yarram & want to hear from you!
Members are invited, indeed encouraged, to come along and contribute to this wonderful innovative and imaginative project. You will be asked - what do you think of living in Yarram. I'm sure we all have something to say about this, and hopefully all ofd it is positive.   FRIDAY 22nd May 10.30 am-12.00. Yarram Club Hotel Dining room
Free coffee/tea. Scones extra.  **** HELD - Thankyou Peter and Jessica at the Yarram Club Hotel for their kind hospitality. 
Next step: Artists will create a work ”Can you see what we see?”
This will be a multi-media walking trail in Yarram, inviting us to see our hometown from a new perspective!
SUNDAY 31 st May at 11.00 and 2.00pm. Free! 
Walking trail bookings & meeting point information: 0434 981 787 
Enquiries:  Jenny Davies 5185 1233     A Regional Arts Victoria Project *** HELD ***
U3A participated well in this imaginative event, with Vice-President Peter being coerest (okay, dragged screamin') to be the Town Crier - which was performed in the old traditional 'hear ye, hear ye' manner before the septagenarian donned a baseball cap backwards and did a rather hilarious routine in modern rapp. Fortunately for Peter, no photographs were taken!

THEATRE VISIT. We have a final list; Annette Mcleod, Vale and Frank Baggley, Faye Gray, Sue Hopkins Anne Kingchurch, Mollie Cook, Jean Robinson, Jacqui lee, Cynthia Lang, Driver, Robert Lang. This amounts to one bus load. Bus carries 11. If you no longer wish to come please let us know, but these members were first on the list. IF INTERESTED THEN GET BACK TO US SOON!  So block booking can be updated. Cynthia  tel. 51832286. Jacqui 51826793. Have a few people who would like to join us, but unless we get a cancellation will have to car pool. There will be another theatre visit later in the year we hope and also a lunchtime session. 
Payment due by:  13th April. Or unless otherwise advised before then. Telephone and ask for “Block booking for U3A” and give details. Or see a committee member for other methods. 
Enjoyed by all members. Vale gave a report and we agreed the variety and range of his performance made it all worthwhile, we appreciated the loan of the bus from the Country Club, and the safe driving skills of Robert Lang. It was a brilliant night of entertainment.
TRAVEL TALK by Annette McLeod at on the Monday 24th August. 
An excellent talk by Annette. Anybody else out there wanting to share their travel tales. 

POETRY - at the library on 5 September. Details from the library, or from Cynthia. A competition which should be fun. More later.

After the general meeting on Monday 10 August, and after sandwiches, our Show and Tell session went exceptionally well with a dozen very interesting items brought in by eight members. These were all interesting, and some quite amazing: a ‘mouse friendly' mouse trap (can you imagine in it - it catches a mouse humanely and without harming it - and then you can kill it with a hammer, or whatever!!!); old newspapers (one announcing the departure of Lt. James Cook for some unknown distant land); two-century-old glassware raised from an old (obviously) shipwreck, aboriginal art, beautiful old glass (trophy-ware I think it is called), and china,  magnificent antique postcards and souveniers, a marble head, polished rock items, scrimshaw - all with wonderful stories. We will have many more of these, so consider some interesting item in your possession - it certainly does not have to be an antique. (The mouse-trap was made of plastic so very recent - but the hammer could be antique of you wish!). 

Next Wednesday we be will be attending the Historical Society - 29th at  Hopefully Bill Bodman will show us round, but this is always an interesting place to wander through. All welcome ($3 'donation') Come  along and see the wonderful collection.

Terry Batt is a famous artist with an amazing CV. He had offered to come to Yarram and speak with us. The vejnue will be the rooms of the Yarram Historical Society which are at the northern end of twon, opposite Murray Goulburn.  Tome 11.00am; date proposed is Friday 4 September but this is to be confirmed. A light lunch is proposed. The event is open not only to all members of course, but also to anyone else in the community. Contact secretary Jacqui. **** Unfortunately did did not go ahead as Terry had to cancel for family reasons. ****

A a very special event - Noni Hazelhurst is in a one woman show called 'Mother' on Friday 24th July at 8pm in Sale at the John Leslie Theatre in the Entertainment Centre. . If you would like to book ring 51443388 which is the booking office number. To be close to other members anything near row C12. is OK. Sadly as its Friday evening we will not be asking for the bus, so car pooling is an option. I will not be attending this time but Annette and several others are booking. It should be a memorable show. 

Coming up next Monday 27 July. 1.30pm, at the Country Club - Eric Greenaway has experienced a marvelllous trip along the remote and rarely visited north-west coast of Australia. Note: This was postponed from ast Monday when Eric was unavailable.
This will start on 16 November with V.P. Peter Stone giving a presentation pn the remarkable islands of Tanna and Espiritu Santo in the archipelago of Vanuatu. This 'local' Pacific destination is often overlooked for a near-Australia destination with sun, sand and whatever you please! Let Peter take you to the top of an active volcano and peer down into the molten sprays that shoot high into the air; or down beneath the surface on the world's largest accessible shipwreck. Visit a village where each year a young man is elected to visit our Queen Elizabeth who needs personal companionship because 'her prince' is getting old and no longer capable of functioning. Visit Champagne Beach, arguably the finest in the Pacific. All these place are not 'off-beaten-track' and can be visited by any one of us. What I mean is, us oldies can make it! 

We have a block of ten seats booked for the Gladys Knight performance on the 27th (Tuesday) of October at Sale. Cost will be 20 dollars each. Car pool leaving at 9,30 from the car park at the club.  Seats already taken are Jean Robinson, Heather Hall, Brian Lee, Jacqui Lee, Faye Gray, Daisy and John Southerland, Mollie Cook.  ( To be confirmed Annette Mc Leod---one  more seat in this block available, first come first served. We have Row E 15- 24, anyone else can book privately of course and I was informed row H is available. again a good spot to view the show.

John O' Callaghan has offered to take two sessions of the Family History sessions, so any interested authors let us know. They will be held the last two Thursdays in October.
Well known local and author John O'Callahan, who claims not to be an historian but his wonderful achievements dispute this, wishes to encourage other to tell their own stories. He is not suggestion the hard road to a family history, but just your own stories of life, wherever that may have been, no matter what you have done. Maybe it's time for a few skeltons to be released from the proverbial cupboard. Yor live is interesting, especially to your children and their children, and if not documented, the past is lost. Modern life has eliminated the time of oral histories - now we need to put them to pen or keyboard. The first session will be held in the Yarram Library on the first Thirsday in June, that is the 4th of June, starting at 2.00pm This will probably be a short session just to see what the demand is. Watch this space. 
This is going well with several sessions held. As the sessions have started and participants are writing their memoirs, there will not be a regular weekly meeting - but anyone can join in at any time. 

The executive are organising a sesion at the Health Service to advise us on appropiate exercises. It is not an excercise session so no bending required - just an important health session on what we could, and should, do to maintain our health. Date to be advised. 
Exercise is still being discussed with John Southgate to confirm date with Physio. Possible times and dates: Monday 28th  September, or  October 19th also a Monday. Times 11.00AM. We need to fill in health forms before session if possible. Awaiting confirmation for this important new venture.

Our executive for 2015/16: President Cynthia Lang, Secretary Jacqui Lee, Treasurer Jean Robinson.
Committee and contacts:
President: Cynthia Lang

Vice-President: Peter Stone

Secretary: Jacqui Lee

Treasurer: Jean Robinson

Postal address:
352 Commercial Road, 
Yarram, Vic 3971

The web address (URL) for the U3A of Yarram  is
If you Google 'u3a of yarram'  you may get the old website of
Sorry for the inconvenience but the original u3ayarram webpage was not for us and has been discontinued. In the meantime, Google may not have 'listed' u3aofyarram so make sure you open the correct webpage by entering -
Of course, if you are reading this, you probably know what has happened!
Removed 15 February 2016 - issue resolved.