Nillumbik U3A Bulletin

AGM Notice and April Bulletin

Dear <<First Name>>,

AGM on Wednesday, 19th April, 1.30-3.30pm

Note from Karen Coulston, President

The AGM is the most important meeting of the year for Nillumbik U3A members. You, the valuable members, can contribute to the running of our very valuable organisation by attending, voting for the next Committee of Management, and listening to a very interesting guest speaker, the former chief commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon.

Please come to the AGM and support our Committee of Management, enjoy the company of fellow members and feel the excitement of a Victorian icon guest speaker. See you on the 19th April at that very suitable venue, the Hurstbridge Community Hub.

Agenda from Vera Dorman, Hon Secretary

Click here for the formal agenda. In summary:

Location: Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps road, Hurstbridge.

Date: Wednesday, 19th April 2017.

Time: 1.30–3.30pm.

Agenda: includes election of all Office Bearers and Committee Members for the next 12 months.

Guest speaker: Ms Christine Nixon APM, Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.

Nominations All Executive and Committee positions will be declared vacant. Nomination and proxy forms (both available from the Office or downloaded through the links below) must be deposited with the secretary not less than 7 days (in the case of nominations) and not less than 24 hours (in the case of proxies) prior to the time for the commencement of the meeting. This can be done by either emailing the completed form or handing it in to thhe Office. Nominations may also be made from the floor during the meeting.

Click here for a downloadable nomination form (pdf).
Click here for a downloadable proxy form (pdf).

2017 Term 2 classes and enrolments

A fully up-to-date timetable for Term 2 can found on our website. Click here.

You can enrol in the Term 2 classes in any of the following ways:

If, at any time, you want to find out your current enrolment(s) or subscription status, you can do this online (on the same page as the online enrolments) by choosing 'request a status report'. You will need to enter your member number and registered email address.

Note that we have changed the start time of some of the classes on Thursday and Friday at Old Eltham Courthouse in an effort to ease the congestion at class change over. So please check the times of the existing classes that you want to attend as these may have changed.

Remember that those U3A classes where rooms are used for the class do not happen on public holidays. So, for example, Anzac Day (Tuesday, 25th April) and the Queen's Birthday (Monday, 12th June). Walking groups and library groups may be exceptions but you will need to check with the relevant tutor. Note that the Office will be closed on: Thursday, 6th April; Monday, 10th April; Thursday, 13th April; and Easter Monday, 17th April. During this time email and phone messages will be answered. The Office will re-open on Thursday, 20th April.

New classes for term 2

Adult Ballet

Tutor: Wendy Barker.
Where: St Margaret's Church Hall, 79 Pitt Street, Eltham.
When: Thursdays at 10-11am, from 4th May for 8 weeks.
Description: A structured ballet class which will be adapted to suit the needs of the class. It is recommended that participants have some knowledge of classical ballet and previous dance experience. In addition to the practical work, the class could include an introduction to one or more of the classic ballets, highlighted by an excursion to the Theatre to see a ballet production.

Scientific Objectivity

Tutor: Brian Ellis.
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse.
When: Wednesdays at 1.45-3.15pm, from 26th April for 8 weeks.
Description: Science, objectivity and truth are all under threat from what is known as 'populism'. The nature and causes of these phenomena need to be clearly understood, so that effective measures can be taken to counter them. Recent populist movements in the USA, UK, Australia, and elsewhere will be considered. Brian's approach to these questions will be that of a philosopher who has been engaged in researching and teaching philosophy of science for most of his professional life, and is now actively engaged in researching social theory.


Tutor: Kay Steventon.
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
When: Tuesdays at 10:15-11.45am, from 2nd May 2 for 6 weeks.
Description: Learn the ancient mythology and symbolism behind the images on the Spiral Tarot cards. The Spiral Tarot is an internationally known deck which was created to enhance self-knowledge and address life issues. Depending on interest the course will be on-going and will provide the basis for other Tarot decks. The Spiral deck can be purchased at the cost of $25.

The Black Death

Tutor: Jane Davies.
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse.
When: Thursdays at 11:30am-1pm, from 27th April for 5 weeks.
Description: In 1348, a ship sailed into Genoa harbour, many of the crew quite ill. It tied up to the quay but when authorities realised how really ill the crew were they insisted the ship leave immediately. Alas too late. Silently down the ship's ropes, rats left the ship and spread the deadly bubonic plague. In just a few years it had killed close to 70 million people throughout Europe. It returned regularly, each time with devastating consequences, changing the course of people's lives and European history.

The Crusades

Tutor: Jane Davies.
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse.
When: Thursdays at 11:30am-1pm, from 1st June for 5 weeks.
Description: By the end of the 11th century, Western Europe was a significant power, though it still lagged far behind other Mediterranean civilisations such as that of the Byzantine Empire & the Islamic empire of the Middle East & North Africa. In 1095, the Byzantine emperor Alexius sent envoys to Pope Urban II asking for mercenary troops from the West to help confront the expanding Turkish empire. The Pope promised knights of Europe forgiveness of their sins if they 'joined up'. Many did so. The Crusades lasted for three centuries with massive loss of life but in the process transformed western life as well as the face of the Middle East.

Life-changing Events in History

This is not a new class but the subject matter varies from term to term. Term 2 will start with Hinduism, which will be followed by such topis as Innovations That Have Changed the World, and Medical Discoveries & Breakthroughs.


The Jazz class will run a monthly 'Jazz by The Green' concert on the last Friday of each month with a variety of Jazz bands. The next 'Jazz By The Green' function will be held on Friday, 28th April, featuring the New Melbourne Jazz Band, and bookings can be made through TryBooking.

Dining out - second group?

We have had about 10 people register for a second dining out group. The existing one meets for dinner on the last Wednesday of the month. A second group could decide to meet on the second week of a month and do either lunch or dinner, the choice being be up to those involved. We need to have one or two people take on the coordination of the group to get it started and growing. If you think you could take on some organising (our other dining organisers can give you plenty of advice to get started), please let the Office know by phone (0468 300764).

Term 1 classes that have now ceased

The following single term classes are now finished:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation for Everyday Life.
  • Energy and its Environmental Issues.
  • Walking in the steps of the Emperor Hadrian.
  • Digital Photo Editing.
  • Meditation.

Jazz returns to Monsalvat

On 26th February, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band walked into the Victor Studios in New York and recorded the very first recognised jazz recording of Livery Stable Blues. Exactly one hundred years later to the day, in the Barn Gallery at Montsalvat, the Syncopators, in front of a packed audience of 200 people, launched their new album The Pearls. Funding for the hire of the Gallery came from an anonymous donor from the Jazz Appreciation Class of U3A Nillumbik. The event was the brainchild of the originator and producer of the jazz festivals held at Montsalvat from 1988 through to 1995, Mal Harrop.

When car-parking problems arose at Montsalvat, Mal took the festival into the city and named it the Marvellous Melbourne Jazz Festival. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, which continues to this day, owes its beginnings to those earlier festivals run by Mal, as does the Wangaratta festival. In welcoming the audience to the Syncopators concert, Mal’s co-tutor in the Jazz Appreciation class, John Crichton, spoke of Mal’s legacy and his desire to bring live jazz back into the north east of Melbourne.

The next 'Jazz By The Green' function will be held on Friday, 28th April, featuring the New Melbourne Jazz Band. Bookings can be made through TryBooking.

Interested in volunteering as a ‘Community Visitor’?

The Office of the Public Advocate is looking for people in the Nillumbik area to volunteer as Community Visitors. These are unique volunteer positions which are official Victorian Governor in Council appointments. Community Visitors protect the human rights of people with disabilities by visiting accommodation facilities and monitoring and reporting on the adequacy of services provided. Training and reimbursement of expenses are provided. To learn more about this volunteering opportunity, contact the OPA Volunteer Coordinator by phone (1300 309337) or email.
Office: Old Eltham Courthouse
Cnr Main Rd & Brougham St, Eltham
Tel: 0468 300 764
Mail: PO Box 852 Eltham 3095

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