May 072022

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.

Jul 162023

We had another two articles published in the latest edition of the Roundabout community newspaper, which is circulated around Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill, Smiths Gully, St Andrews and Wattle Glen.

Thanks to Val Sandeman for once again making this happen.

May 012023

We are currently aiming to have an article about Nillumbik U3A in every edition of the Round-about community newspaper, which is circulated around Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill, Smiths Gully and St Andrews. Well, in the last edition (April-May), we had two such articles! Click the images below to read. Thanks to Val Sandeman for organising.

Mar 142023

 On 5th March, we had a stall at the Eltham Rotary Festival. There was lots of interest from the public in our activities. Thanks to Dace Fitton, Diane Fitzmaurice, Jenni Bull, Judy Lynch, Kathy Allan, Rosemary Francis, Sophie Skenderis, Sue Bailey, Trish Weller and Violeta Georgievska for staffing the stall. Thanks to Les Smith and Mark Connell for putting up and taking down the marquee. And thanks to Cath Bauman for organising everything.

Dec 112022

On Sunday, 11th December, we partnered with both Allwood House and Hurstbridge Men’s Shed to create an afternoon of fun at Allwood House in Hurstbridge.

Our activities included:

  • Our information marquee (see left hand photo below).
  • Some live painting en plein air (aka in the open air) to entertain the adults.
  • The Pie Face game to entertain the children (see right hand photo below).


The Pie Face game was a major success with the children but it needed someone to break the ice. Cue Leanne Ipsen. Watch a video of Leanne playing the Pie Face game.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help with the event. This includes Anne Rohrer, Barbara Knell, Heather Cobham, Jeff Norfolk, Jenn Palmer, Judy Vizzari, Karen Redrup, Kay Bichard, Mark Connell, Pam Kemeys, Teresa Mancino and Violeta Gorgievska.

Jun 292022

 On Wednesday, 29th June, we, along with a number of other Nillumbik community groups, had an information stall at OMNI’s Get on with life event. 100+ people attended the event, including many U3A members. Thanks to Judy Vizzari and Martin Winfield for staffing our stall, and to Huguette de Rycke for the photos.

Jun 172022

On 17th June, we had an information stall in Eltham Village. Thanks to Cath Bauman, Pam Kemeys, Trish Weller and Judy Vizarri for staffing the stall.

Apr 092022

In their first home game of the 2022 season, the Eltham Panthers footy team beat Diamond Creek by 79 points to 42.

We had an information stall next to the Pavilion.

Thanks to Larraine Hussey and Noel Butterfield for staffing the stall, Les Smith and Mark Connell for assisting mantle/dis-mantle the marquee, Huguette De Rycke for the photos, and Judy Vizzari for organising us.

Apr 022022

On Saturday, 2nd April, we had an information stall outside of Coles.

Diane Fitzmaurice, Giselle Buller, Kay Bichard, Laraine Hussey, Martin Winfield and Sabi Buehler staffed the stall; Janet Vague and Tony Lee provided the musical entertainment; Huguette De Rycke took the photos below; and Judy Vizzari organised everything.


Note that the two people in the lefthand photo – Sabi Buehler and Laraine Hussey – were our first ever President and Secretary, all the way back in 2008. Read Sabi’s article about the early years of Nillumbik U3A.

Mar 122022

On Saturday, 12th March, we had an information stall on Weir Street.

Cathy Mann, Gail Clayton, Helen Warden, Ian Coulter, Larraine Hussey and Yvonne Torrico manned the stall.

Janet Vague sang, Tony Lee played clarinet, Huguette De Rycke took the photos below and Judy Vizzari organised everything.


Feb 062022

Our information stall was at Eltham Village on Friday, 4th February and at Hurstbridge Market on Sunday, 6th February.

Thanks to Barbara Owen, Carole Meade, Cheryl Winstanley, Dave Chambers, Diane Fitzmaurice, Gail Clayton, Jean Kelabora, Karen Coulston, Kathy Agius, Laraine Hussey, Les Rhys-Jones, Pam Kemeys, Pat Rhys-Jones, Ros Camera, Stuart Winstanley, Sue Dawson and Trish Weller for taking turns in staffing the stall.

Thanks also to Gillian Essex and Tony Hatters (aka G&T), who provided live music entertainment for the whole market on our behalf.

And, finally, thanks to Judy Vizzari for organising everything.


Jan 252022

Betwqeen 11th and 25th January, we had 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 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).