Mar 082021

Our marketing activities

This blog summarises some of our marketing activities over the past few years.

Here is a video which covers many of the classes that we offer.

Jan 112022

From now until 25th January, we have a display in the window of the Diamond Valley Community Support (DVCS) shop at Shop 378a, Level 3, Greensborough Plaza.

Oct 252021

Here it is.

Thanks to Judy Vizzari for choosing, and then purchasing, the marquee.

If you ever want to use the marquee for a U3A event, contact the Office.

May 072021

On the afternoon of 7th May, we had an information stall in Eltham Town Square manned by Cathy Romeo and Judy Vizzari. U3A members Leanne Ipsen, Jan Aitken and Sue Bowles joined them to paint and draw and enjoyed the interest of the passing public. Their artwork, and Leanne’s painting in particular, were focal points which contributed to a general interest in our organisation.

Dec 102020

On 10th December, we had an information display in Eltham Town Square accompanied by live jazz music by U3A members Janet Vague and Tony Lee.

Janet Vague and Tony Lee
entertaining the crowd
Cathy Romeo and Rachel Brak
at our information stand
Our friends from Eltham Mens Shed
Mar 012020

We had a table at the 2020 Healthy and Active Ageing Expo at Eltham High School (first picture).

We were one of around 50 tables at the event (second picture).

And some of us took part in the belly dancing session (third picture)!

Thanks to Gail Clayton for organising. Thanks also to Alan Clayton, Barbara Owen, Colleen Gardner, Gayle Considine, Joy Barham, Kay Bichard, Laraine Hussey, Pam Kemeys, Rex Paine and Yvonne Torrico for staffing our table.


Oct 082019

We would like to have more members from Diamond Creek. We would also like to make more use of the Diamond Creek Senior Citizens building. To help progress both objects, we organised a ‘mini expo’ at the Senior Citizens building, showcasing some of our classes and open to the public. Lesley Wing Jan again: “The event enabled some tutors and class members to explain, demonstrate and/or share what they do in their classes or activities. It was our first attempt at this type of event but the buzz in the venue was energising and some of our members enrolled in other classes as a result of seeing what is offered. We also had a few new people join. Thanks to everyone who contributed.





Oct 012019

Throughout October, we had a promotional display in a glass cabinet at Diamond Valley Library in Greensborough.

We also had an information table on 7th and 10th October at the Discover On the Green Expo in Greensborough Plaza.

And we had a marquee at the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair on 14th September.

The hope is that these sorts of activities help to increase the community’s awareness of us – our purpose, activities and role in the community – as well as seeking out possible tutors and members. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Gail Clayton writes in: “As part of the Seniors Festival, a display has been set up at the Diamond Valley Library. Many thanks to Gayle Considine for helping with the set up. The display will be there for the month and, hopefully, may encourage new members to join.

Lesley Wing Jan writes in: “Our information marquee at the Diamond Creek Fair went well. The weather was perfect. We handed out lots of brochures and pamphlets. We did a lot of talking! 16 people signed up to receive our monthly bulletins. Thanks to Pam Kemeys for organising the roster, to John Stuyfbergen for lending us his gazebo, and to Alan Clayton, Gail Clayton, Gayle Considine, Jessie Apted, Judy Dauth, June Downs, Patricia Butcher, Sabi Buehler and Sonia Gatti for manning the marquee.

Aug 252019

Although we didn’t have our own stall at this year’s Wattle Festival, some of our members manned the Council’s Positive Ageing stall. The picture right is of Gail Clayton and Sabi Buehler together with the Council’s Positive Ageing Officer, Katie Camilleri.

Aug 012019

Thanks to Gayle and Mark Considine for making these blocks for our future promotional activities.

Nov 112018

We had a marquee at the 2018 Eltham Rotary Festival.

Thanks to Gail Clayton for taking the lead in organising. Thanks also to Ann Douglas, Bronwyn Porter, Dianne Parslow, Eril Burgess, Gail Deeth, Guy Palmer, Helen Warden, June Downs, Lesley Wing Jan, Norman Wilson, Pam Kemeys, Peter Coutts, Rosemary Aitken, Suzanne McNally and Trish Weller for manning the stand.

Aug 262018

By Lesley Wing Jan

Did you know that it is ten years since Hurstbridge resident, Sabi Buehler, began the process of establishing Nillumbik U3A? She was joined by Laraine Hussey (who took on the role of Secretary), Colleen Gardener, Donna Kilgour, Doug Rutherford, Jill Holmes, John O’Connor, Suzanne Hay, and (a little later) Brian McLean. The first classes began in 2008 at the Community Centre in Hurstbridge.

To celebrate ten years of our organisation, we ran an information stall at the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival . The stall was set up in the Hurstbridge Community Hub.

This was the first outing for our new promotional video produced by Judy Vizzari (thanks, Judy!), which ran all day on a loop and showcased some of the courses on offer. We were able to display posters about our activities and chatted to the many visitors about our U3A.

We were determined to capture the interest of as many folk as possible so one brave, creative member (Gail Clayton) donned a sandwich board and eye-catching wig and wandered around the festival area. She certainly was noticed and she distributed our new brochure designed by Henry Haszler (thanks, Henry!).

At noon, we sang ‘happy birthday’ and a cake was cut. It was fitting to celebrate the birthday at Hurstbridge Hub because that was where the initial meeting to start Nillumbik U3A took place (then called Hurstbridge Community Centre).