THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
Never stop learning......
As we roll into December, I am focussed on the fact that the end of my four-year term as President of U3A, Tamborine Mountain Inc., as specified in our constitution, is no more than 3 to 4 months away.
Come the next Annual General Meeting, I will be handing over to a new President, in the sure knowledge that U3A members are supportive and keen to continue the good work of the early committees of volunteers who have steered our organisation to its current strong position.
Frequently, the Vice President steps into the President's position, but that will not happen this time. Our current Vice President has willingly extended herself to the very limits of her health to keep us on track, stimulated and inspired.
I am reaching out to you, the members, to consider taking on one of these positions or encouraging someone you know who would carry the flag. It is very satisfying to work with other like-minded volunteers who are open to new ideas and activities. This is how we have grown, and how, I feel confident, we will continue to grow. We know that there are many of you among our members who have the capability and the enthusiasm to step up to ensure that our organisation continues to flourish.
We welcome your offers/suggestions.
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
- To operate a learning association which requires no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees are awarded.
- To provide programs of learning and social activities which offer stimulation and development to persons in the 3rd age of their lives.
- To create an environment which is conducive to the social interaction of members.
- To exchange ideas and resources with other U3A groups, both in Australia and overseas.
- 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.
Incorporation No: IA36025
ABN: 62 810 959 624
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