I arrived in Australia in 2007 from the UK, having pursued careers in management consultancy and political research, and moved to Nillumbik in 2012. Since joining U3A, I have taught a variety of subjects (history of art, veggie growing, evolutionary theory, website development and quantum mechanics), before joining the Committee in 2016. I am active in the local food movement, including being webmaster of Local Food Connect and Sustainable Gardening Australia.
I retired in 2015 after a lifetime working in education as an ESL /literacy teacher, administrator and, finally, executive officer at La Trobe University. Arriving in Melbourne from South Australia in 1991, my husband and I chose to live in Lower Plenty among the trees and birds. We enjoy travelling and being grandparents. I work in the U3A office, help with the bookswap and participate in a bookgroup and Tai Chi.
"I accepted this role as I think that Nillumbik U3A offers so much to the community. To have such a range of good tutors with interesting classes warrants any assistance I can give." Rosemary is an Eltham resident who has been a member of U3A Nillumbik for six years. During that time she has undertaken varied courses including The Story of Air, The History of World War 2, French, Finance, Opera, Modern Art History, Philosophy and Computers. She is also a member of the Reception Team.
"I really enjoy the challenges, camaraderie and mental stimulation that the various classes offer and, to show my appreciation, have volunteered to help where needed. Taking on the Secretary role will be another kind of challenge but one I'm confident of managing with the help and goodwill of the rest of the committee." Cath lives in Montmorency. She is a relatively new member of Nillumbik U3A as she joined only last year, but since then she has participated in a number of classes including Tai Chi and History and assisted in Reception. This year she is focussing on Opera and the Walking Group.
"I accepted the role of Treasurer as I have enjoyed my involvement with Nillumbik U3A and benefitted from attending many classes and I wish to give something back. I would like to see the U3A continue to play an important role in the community and hopefully expand the range of classes on offer." Pam, who joined our U3A in 2011, lives in Wattle Glen. She has a broad range of interests, amongst them history and the arts, mahjong, mind games and bush walking and lists 18 courses she has undertaken. Pam even finds time to coordinate the Third Tuesday Film Discussion Group and to help in Reception – a very busy lady.
"I want to help Nillumbik U3A to grow and provide increasing opportunities for educational, physical, cultural and social activities. I want to work closely with interested U3A members to raise the profile of our organisation so that its purpose and activities are widely recognised across the Nillumbik Shire." Lesley, who lives in Briar Hill, has been a member of Nillumbik U3A for five years. During that time, she has participated in Greek Literature, Book Discussion and Poetry classes, Life Writing and a trial course in Strength Training. She also says that "Sheila Rogers and I started the Dine-Out Group and have only just stepped aside from organising the monthly Dine-Out experiences."
"I decided to nominate for the committee because I believed that I could contribute positively to the development of Nillumbik U3A. I would like to see the organisation obtain better office facilities in particular and better facilities for classes generally. I would also like to see growth in both numbers and in the breadth and diversity of courses offered." Ken lives in Briar Hill. He has been a member for four years and, during that time, has participated actively, both as a Mahjong for Beginners Class Coordinator and student, and as a member of the Walking, Technology and Dine-Out groups.
"I have found U3A to be a wonderful way to meet people and a great means of learning many interesting subjects. I accepted the role of a committee member because I wish to help in the running of an organisation that has given so much to me." June was a member of U3A Dubbo in New South Wales before moving to Greensborough in 2015. She joined our U3A at the beginning of 2016. Since then she has undertaken Recorder, French Conversation, Spanish for Travellers, Intermediate Spanish and Cryptic Crosswords courses.
"When the opportunity arose, I enrolled in Nillumbik U3A as I wanted to give back to my local community. I have some thoughts on how some operations could be tweaked and more promotion of our U3A to encourage more prospective members. I look forward to helping however I can be of assistance." Gail, who lives in Eltham, has been involved with Manningham U3A since 2008 and assisted with office duty, catering and admin as well as tutoring English for Adult Migrants. She joined Nillumbik U3A in 2015 as it is closer to her home and has since accumulated a long list of studies including Meditation, Mindfulness, Armchair Theatre, Cryptic Crossword, Dining-Out, Film Appreciation and Handwriting courses as well as participating in the Walking Group.