Ron Topp, President, Pakenham and District U.3.A.
Annual Fee $30. Totally Volunteer.
160 Members and rising rapidly
2005 23 Subjects as follows:-
Scrabble, Current Affairs, Geology, Literature, Poetry Reading, Writers
Group, Italian, Kings and Queens of England, Medieval History, Gardening,
We put on many extra courses during the year and those to be presented this year are :- Digital Story Telling, How to make a Clock on a C.D., Convert your L.P,s and Tapes to C.D in MP3
What I like best. The fellowship the lack of grumbles and mature age people not talking about their medication, and the amazing life stories of the members.
My Personal message. Keep Learning, widen your horizons, don't resist change, do embrace younger people if they wish to join, redefine the U.3.A. boundaries to be as inclusive of all things where ever you can Carry your age with dignity and pride, be an example rather than a grumpy old fool.
We have a GREAT U.3.A. and the learning aspects together with the ability to relieve social isolation in this rural area is wonderful and we daily see examples of mature age people doing great stuff. We have an old house(grandly called U3A. House) we call home and enjoy very much.