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Last update: 21 March 2017


 

It's all about social interaction and keeping the brain active.

 
CURRENT EVENTS         MEMBERSHIP       ABOUT US      CONTACTS......... LINKS      HUMOUR       DVD LECTURES     GENERAL ARCHIVES      SPECIAL PAST EVENTS

 
2016
Committee and contacts:

President: Faye Gray
flgray@bigpond.com

Secretary: Jacqui Lee
ble31918@bigpond.net.au

Treasurer: Peter Stone
peter@oceans.com.au

Vice-President
Vivienne Wainwright
vivwainwright@gmail.com

Publicity officer:
Brian Lee
ble31918@bigpond.net.au

Webmaster: Peter Stone

Postal address:
U3A of Yarram
352 Commercial Road, 
Yarram, Vic 3971
Australia
 

Welcome to the website of the 
University of the Third Age of Yarram. 

The University of the Third Age is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.

U3A of Yarram aims to

    * Provide opportunities for seniors of all walks of life, irrespective of any academic or professional qualifications, for lifelong learning and social activity
    * Harness the cultural diversity, life experience and knowledge of older people
    * Provide affordable self-help educational and recreational programs for mature adults
    * Foster relationships with other community organisations which have complementary or compatible aims

U3A operates predominantly on the basis of self-education, with tutors and volunteer co-ordinators being members of the group. A twelve-month enrollment fee entitles the member to any or all events, sessions and classes with no general extra charges. This applies to any activity anywhere and anytime in the world. 

THE 2017 NEW EXECUTIVE

Secretary Jacqui Lee, President Faye Gray, Treasurer Peter Stone
 
 
IMPORTANT
This website is up to date but it no longer contains immediate future events. Members are kept up to date by current email contact. Email has become the prefered choice of immediate contact as it is regularly checked by members. Our secretary is extremely diligent is keeping members up to date. No email? Thats okay, we have other means of communication. 



 
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GO TO UNI? PERHAPS YOU DID.

The University of the Third Age is hardly a substitute. Indeed, it is NOT a university, nor is it an educational institute. But it does provide knowledge and it does provide social intercourse. And it does so with humour and good grace. It is open to anyone, especially those of a 'more mature' age (okay, we are getting old!), who want to keep themselves mentally alert and physically active. We do that by social contact, physical activity and learning. Members share what knowledge we may have have, and seek knowledge from others be it in person or through DVD lecture series. We enjoy art, music, travel, and general knowledge. Members participate in whatever, or what little, they wish. There is no demand on any member, except to be sociable. 


 
 
WHAT ARE WE UP TO - AND MEETINGS
Although only a few years old, the University of the Third Age of Yarram is progressing well with interesting activities and social contact. 

WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND ENQUIRIES

Just some of our regular activities include:

MONTHLY MEETING
Second Monday on each month (where possible).
Held 11.30am at the Yarram Country Club
(southern end Commercial Road next to the bowling green.
After the meeting we have a social gathering over sandwiches and chips (who said we were a health club?), followed by a SPECIAL EVENT which could be a member talk, a more formal presentation, a specal guest speaker, or our hilarious Show and Tell. 
The Yarram Country Club is our 'home' with excellent facilities and a welcoming atmosphere. 

TRAVEL TALKS
Generally on the third Monday of each month, at 1.00pm, at the Country Club.

ART
Regular meetings, various locations depending in the medium and suitability.

MAH JONG
Weekly, on Tuesday. 

SHOW AND TELL
Where members bring along something special in the lives, something unusual, something humerous, something 'unidentified', something old, etc etc. Always great fun, and often very educational. Makes the British Antiques Roadshow look like a garage sale. 
(Mmembers please note: the unidentified device brought in at the last meeting was not a sex toy after all but has been identified as a 'Super Kegel  Pelvic Muscle Thigh Tightener'. Same thing I suppose!

TAI CHI, LOCAL WALKS, HISTORIC WALKS, EXERCISE
As available.

DVD LECTURE PRESENTATIONS
Every Tuesday, 1.99om, at the Country Club.
These have been very popular but individual topics may not a;ways be in your interest. They are extremely well presented by The Great Courses institute. In the past we have learnt about our Earth in the Skywatch series; the ancient civilisations in Greece and Turkey and what you can still see in their ruins; and a fascinating series on how people lived, from the early hominids to us 'civilised' humans.

COFFEE GROUP CHAT
Every Friday morning at 10.ooam - generally at the Federal Coffee Palace, except for a once-a-month alternative in town. 

THEATRE VISITS
Could be anywhere - to Sale, Traralgon, Foster.

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?
A (usually!) humorous account of one's life, revealling the skeletons in the cupbaord, and torrid sexual encounters. Note that heart fibulators are available at the Country Club for those who become over-excited. 

Have a look at our 
ARCHIVES PAGE  and the 
SPECIAL PAST EVENTS PAGE for events from the past.
 

PASSWORD - U3A ACCOUNTS TRANSPARENCY
The Treasurer has decreed that all members should have access to our banking password.  As no numbers should be published, the password is actually the last six digits of pi (the ratio of the circumference to the diametre of a circle). 

 

Our A4 2-fold brochure is out, thanks to the sterling efforts of Brian and Jacqui Lee in particular, and the committee. Make sure you pick up a bundle and hand them out where appropriate. You will find them in some of the supporting shops in town. We are not having a membership drive - it is simply a matter of letting people know what we do and if it
interests them, we will make them most welcome.

Click on following images for the full page.
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WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED

Travel Talk by Cythia Lang - THAILAND

Travel Talk by Peter Stone - MEETING THE RELATIVES - ORANGUTANS IN BORNEO

WHAT MAY COME UP!!!.

Photography for travellers with a pocket camera.

Is the printed word coming to an end? A look at books and publishing.

THE ZIMMER FRAME GPOUP.
Meets wherever. A ten week course on use and maintenance of your zimmer frame. How to get the most out of it, its use as a pedestrian aid and self-defense weapon, and pot stand when not in use.

THE 'DON'T BE DISILLUSIONED' GROUP - 
A philosophical discussion group where you can officially tell your best friend that he or she is a bleedin' idiot.
To preserve our sanity, a group discussion has been suggested to ensure that we really do learn something about the goings-on in the world. Members need to be assurred that there is more to the news than football and the ashes, Adam Goodes, political travel rosts, global warming (all our fault), why Abbott wobbles when he walks, and the latest cure for cancer, obesity, old age and flatulence. But who will lead it? 
 

DID YOU KNOW ?

Henry Ford is remembered as a great industrialist, the man who introduced the production line, the man who said that 'you can have any colour (car) so long as it's black". But he was actually a terrible businessman and his management skills deemed 'a disaster'. He made all the decisions and hired spies to make sure his managers did not make a decision on their own. In 1947 the company was going down the tubes, but then Henry died, and gradually the company rose to prominence - but it took fifteen years. 

WHO SAID IT?

"He is richest is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature".  Socrates.
[Absolute rubbish. Only a poor man could say that! We humans are a greedy lot of sods whose content is only felt when we realise we have more wealth than our neighbour. As Mark Twain said, "Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's that is".]

"Money does not make a rich man happy". Traditional.
[Again, rubbish. As an author mate of mine once said, 'If the poor knew how happy the rich are they would cut their own throats". Unfortunately, some do. ]

And on advertising. A friend of mine applied for a job with a Melbourne ad agency and was told on interview, "Your resume is full of distortions and half-truths. You start next Monday".  And if you think that commercial advertising does not really work, consider the thousands of Australians who think yogurt tastes good.  (Spiderman's comments: I recently tried frozen yogurt in a franchise in Indonesia of all places and it was truly nectar of the Gods.; better than what we can get here). 

Seen on a T-shirt in Singapore's Chinatown. 
"I don't need Google - my wife knows everything!

The things I hate - CLICK HERE.

Please note that the little tray that pops out on your computer is NOT a coffee-cup holder. I think it is to keep your small change, but mine is broken as it has a hole in the bottom. 

"If all the economists were laid end to end, they would still not reach a conclusion" - G.B.Shaw

"If all the politicians were laid end to end I wouldn't be a bit surprised". Not sure who said this.

 













 
Navigating the Website The website has been created using Netscape Composer, an old yet most reliable web-development program. The objective has been to provide a simple effective website with the aim of providing current information, archiving past events, and generally making it easy to navigate. The only sub-pages linked from this homepage are those shown at the top of this page. The website contains no java-script nor fancy roll-overs and graphics that can take up web file storage space, and delay downloads. If a loading or linking problem exists please contact the webmaster. And with the exception of this inconsequential rubbish down here, the webpages incorporate a large text font - for obvious reasons. Click on an image to enlarge it. Use the return button on your browser to return to the web page.
Some members have commented on the issue of old information being seen on the webpage. This could be because when you call up the U3A website on the internet, the previous U3A webpage may be in your internal cache (internal storeage) and that is what you are seeing. Hit the 're-load' button to force your system to access the internet, not your cache. You should do this with all webpages that are regularly updated and that you regularly access. 
Using social media to access the website Please note that this website has been designed for a modern computer monitor (screen) of nominal size 55 cm (on the diagonal) - that's 22 inches for us who have yet to convert (its only been half a century so don't rush us!). It is appreciated that some (many!) will access the site via social-media technology, eg an ipod, ipad, smart-phone. In such instances, the display may look awkward. The webmaster is trying to ensure that the display information flows in a vertical linear manner so changes will be made in the near future. Any comment - contact the webmaster
Important notice for all 
our U3A members. 
The committee and members respect the privacy of its members. Should you not wish your name and/or image to appear on this website, please advise the webmaster for immediate removal. If you have any suggestions as to how to improve the website, please email the webmaster - who could be a webmistress for all you know! If you do, it will probably be ignored but at least you have the opportunity of getting it off your chest! And please don't pinch any photos or text - they are all copyright of course but a nice email to the webmaster will usually give you satisfaction. 
Disclaimer: There has to be one doesn't there! We're working on it. Do we abdicate from any responsibility of the material contained herein? No we don't. If it is improper material, we apologise for its inclusion and will remedy the situation immediately. We accept responsibility for our deeds, and do not bleat  'it's not our fault'. Of course we can make mistakes, and if any dates or venues listed are wrong or have caused inconvenience in any way, we as a legally constitued organisation apologise. The commitee and members abide by our constitution and the legal requirements of our office. 
Webmasters dedication This website is dedicated to my mother Anna Wilhelmina Stone Robinson, affections known as Stevie, who at ninety years of age passed away peacefully in 2010. Up until just two weeks before her passing, Mum reguarly attended events at a chapter of the University of the Third Age in Perth. She was mentally as alert and intelligent as in all the years I remember her and I attribute this to her attending the U3A for many many years. There was never any small-talk with Mum - it usually centered on some aspect of science, or the arts, or geographic politics - even concepts of higher mathematics and phsyics that she absorbed so passionately. For this, I also thank and dedicate my time to the U3A organisation and all that it stands for.
Webmaster: peter@oceans.com.au