Never stop learning......

November is the 11th month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the seasonal equivalent of May in the opposite hemisphere. For us, it is Spring - a time for new beginnings, a time for renewal and a time to enjoy the riotous flowering all around us. As I drive or walk around our mountain, I see the results of the months of extra time people have put into their gardens. It is stunning.

There is a sense of renewal in our small organisation, too, as we revive what has been forced into remission, and plan for ways that we can move forward, looking at courses that can be re-started, and new ones that we can add to our offerings.

In this Newsletter, read about Singing for Joy and Italian and Microbiology and think about adding to the ideas that some of our members have put forward. There'll be more movies, possible trips together to events not otherwise available to us, explorations of the ideas of others like those expressed by Fritjof Capra in the Tao of Physics, more physical activities such as water aerobics and a closer look at various forms of life on our mountain, with a focus on birds, frogs and perhaps even moths and butterflies.

Please talk to the committee. Tell us what you want and very importantly what you are willing to offer yourself.

Delle Daniels

University of the 3rd Age (U3A)

A volunteer association for retirees and the mature aged.

U3A conducts courses and operates without reference to qualifications, examinations or awards.

Learn --- Enjoy mental stimulation

Teach --- Share your knowledge/skills

Socialise --- Make friends and relax

What does U3A stand for?

U3A is "University of the Third Age". The term "University" is used in the original sense of the word - of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge.

"Third Age" refers to the life period of active retirement, which follows the first age of childhood and formal education and the second age of working life.

"The University shall consist of a body of persons who undertakes to learn and to help others to learn. Those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach".

Dr Peter Laslett, Co-founder of U3A Britain

Objectives of U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc

  1. To operate a learning association which requires no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees are awarded.
  2. To provide programs of learning and social activities which offer stimulation and development to persons in the 3rd age of their lives.
  3. To create an environment which is conducive to the social interaction of members.
  4. To exchange ideas and resources with other U3A groups, both in Australia and overseas.
  5. To do all such things which support the attainment of the above objectives. 

U3A - A Brief History

U3A is an international movement which has spread from France since 1973. The Cambridge UK (1981) model changed from the original university concept to one where members themselves are the teachers. This model was adopted in Australia, the first being in Melbourne in 1984. U3A Sunshine Coast and Brisbane were established in 1986. There are now over 30 U3As in Queensland and more than 200 Australia-wide with many thousands ofmembers.

In July 2007, 27 members of U3A Jimboomba, residents of Tamborine Mountain, agreed to form the local branch. In January 2008 the group was officially incorporated with the Office of Fair Trading as U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc. The first Annual General Meeting was held in April 2008.

The membership elects a small group of people each year to form the Management Committee. All members are encouraged to nominate for the committee positions at the Annual General Meeting.

The Friends of the Committee are members who are willing and able to assist as needed, without the commitment of being on the committee.  

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