Nillumbik U3A Bulletin

March Bulletin

Dear <<First Name>>,

Volunteering survey

We are inviting all members to consider how they may be able to volunteer their time to help our organisation. Click here to complete our short volunteering survey online.

If you don't like filling in online forms but are happy filling in paper ones, you can click here to download the form - print it out, complete it and then submit it to the Office. Finally, note that the survey is the same as that on the back of the revised membership form so members who have joined for the first time in 2017 needn't complete the survey.

Our President, Karen Coulston, writes: "As Nillumbik U3A enters another year of learning, activities and friendship, the Committee of Management would like to invite all members to consider how they may be able to volunteer their time, skills and passions to enrich our valuable organisation. With this in mind, this link will take you to a survey that we hope all members will complete. This information will then help greatly in offering more courses and activities, facilitating communications and supporting the volunteers who are already hard at work on your behalf. Not everyone is free to volunteer, or perhaps not on a regular basis, and that is fine. If you are a volunteer already, please indicate the area(s) where you can offer your help. As we now have almost 500 members, there are some roles where extra help has become a priority, particularly Tutors, Marketing and Publicity organisers ,and Event Organisers (social and guest speakers). With thanks to all our current volunteers, and welcome to new ones."

Extending the Office hours

The Office is currently open Monday and Thursday during term times, 10am-midday, at the Old Eltham Courthouse. You can also contact them by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email.

We would like extend our services to Members and Tutors by opening the Office for an additional day each week. To do this, however, we will require 3 new, permanent volunteers who are able to contribute up to half a day a week to join the current Office team of 7. An ability to type, plus confidence in using a computer, is necessary. With appropriate training, it is anticipated that the new volunteers will be up and running by Term 3. If interested, or for further details, contact either Val Harrop (0490 453560) or Maree Papworth (0419 759508).

The Office is also trialling a 'reception desk'. This will require 3 additional, permanent volunteers for up to half a day a week each. No computer work is involved. If interested, or for further details, contact Rosemary Aitken (0419 759508).

Did you know we have a book swap at the Old Eltham Court House?

The book swap is currently undergoing a revitalisation and we would like your input. What would you like to be included? When do you want access? Please come along for a coffee and chat to see what books we have, donate a book, swap a book or share your ideas. (the image is courtesy of ClipartFest)

When: Tuesday, 14th March, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Old Eltham Court House.

Some new possible classes

Spiral tarot: 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 could be on-going and provide the basis for other Tarot decks. Students would need to buy, or have, a Spiral Tarot card deck which will be used in the lessons (cost $25). To register your interest, contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email.

Adult ballet: U3A member Wendy Barker is offering to conduct a structured ballet class and will adapt it 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. Wendy has danced professionally overseas for many years before commencing teaching. We need six starters to get a class organised. To register your interest, contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email.

Chess: U3A Darebin has a chess group that is looking for new players. They meet every Tuesday from 2 to 4.30pm at East Preston Senior Citizens, Donald Street. Beginners are welcome. To register your interest, contact U3A Darebin by email.

Some new class leaders needed

The two classes we get most requests for are Dining Out and Discussion/ Current Affairs, and both of these now have waiting lists. Would anyone be willing to lead a second group for either of these subjects? The Dining Out class simply requires someone to organise a social activity once a month, and the existing class leaders (Sheila and Lesley) will be available as mentors. The Discussion Group requires facilitation skills to guide the discussions. If interested, contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email.

Mission Songs Project - explore the musical journey of Indigenous music with Jessie Lloyd, on Friday, 24th March

Jessie Lloyd will present a rare collection of early Indigenous contemporary songs that shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world. Jessie will connect traditional with contemporary to reveal the continuation of oral cultural practices into the 21st century. They will also have the Mullum Mullum Aboriginal Choir singing and a Welcome to Country. Click here to watch and listen to Jessie on Youtube. Hosted by the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group, together with The Boite.

When: Friday, 24th March, 7pm for 7.30pm.
Where: St. Margaret’s Church, 79-81 Pitt Street, Eltham.
Cost: $15 per person; $10 student/concession; $45 family (2 adults, 2 children); children under 12 free.
Bookings: Trybooking.
More information: contact Jan Aitken by phone (0409 435245) or go to the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group website.

The making of a string quartet - presented by Zoe Knighton on Thursday, 16th March

In our February bulletin, we discussed this upcoming presentation by Zoe Knighton, the founding cellist of the highly acclaimed Flinders Quartet. Well, there are apparently still tickets available.

When: Thursday, 16th March, 10.45am-12.15pm.
Where: Hurstbridge Hub.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email

Free concerts at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)

A lunchtime series of 30 minute concerts. Classical or Jazz works, performed in ensembles or solo, by Year 7-9 students from VCASS. These free concerts are being run in conjunction with their ticketed evening concerts (for more information on their ticketed concerts, to visit an 'open classroom' in action, or to organise a visit by a group, please contact Kim Beissel by email). Visiting groups can also combined the concerts with an excursion to the city, gardens or other attractions in the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

When: Thursdays, 11:50am-12:20pm - 30th March, 1st June, 22nd June, 27th July, 24th August, 21st September, 26th October and 30th November.
Where: VCASS Recital Room, 57 Miles Street, Southbank (near the corner of Sturt & Miles).
Cost: free.
Bookings: contact Kim Beissel by email

The Syncopators at Monsalvat on Sunday, 26th February

A good time was had by all. Here's a photo.

Want to volunteer for a vision research progam?

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne are looking for volunteers with healthy eyes (aged 60+) or glaucoma (any age) to be part of a research program assessing changes in visual function with age. Testing will be conducted at the University of Melbourne, Parkville. Volunteers will be given a small gift voucher to contribute to travel expenses incurred in attending. The studies are approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee. To register your interest, contact Prof Allison McKendrick by phone (9035 9979) or email, giving your name, phone number and email address.

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Office: Old Eltham Courthouse
Cnr Main Rd & Brougham St, Eltham
Tel: 0468 300 764
Mail: PO Box 852 Eltham 3095

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