Newsletter August 2020


“Let Learning Enrich Our Lives”

Hello U3A Members,

Once again I do not have a lot of news to report, except that the committee has had a meeting on the constitution, amendments to be up dated to be in line with today’s requirements . Ideally the proposed constitution would be put to the members at the AGM, but who knows when we will be able to meet as a large group, so the amended Constitution will remain a work in progress for some time.

We are still enjoying Tai chi every Monday in the Uniting Church hall from 10a.m .to 11a.m. Croquet continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9.20am- to be there by 9a.m. However, the committee has decided to put any U3A activities on hold until we are sure we can meet safely as a large group. There may be a chance of having some small group activities and we will keep you informed

Hoping everyone is keeping happy and occupied.

Cheers for now from your President.



Mamma Mia. The Orange Theatre Company has cancelled the production of Mamma Mia that had been rescheduled for the 24th October. They are attempting to slot it in for 2021?? If you had already paid for this production you will find a cheque in this letter with the refund.

Membership. At the recent meeting of the Management Committee it was decided, that due to the COVID-19 situation, to continue sending mail outs to all members registered in 2019. If you have not paid membership fees for 2020 and definitely plan on remaining as a member of the College then the $15 fee would be greatly appreciated as the organisation has ongoing expenses. If you definitely know that you no longer wish to continue as a member of the College please contact Trevor on 68511801 (leave a message if not answered) or 0438205519 so that you name can be removed from the mailing list.



Your Email Address Reminder

Further to the previous newsletter re members email address, prompted a good response, for which Thanks. Of the approximately 200 members we now have 77 known contacts, which may or may not be accurate. This has potential cost saving in postage. If there are more who would like to commit to this list please communicate by sending an email to

Zoom meeting

Anyone who would like to try / participate in a zoom session please let me know,   whether or not you have been involved previously. To say “it is easy” is always the catch-cry statement of those who have had experience or knowledge of something.

The lack of social contact during this Covid 19 isolation makes the effort of installing the zoom app on your device extremely beneficial. There is a need for many people to get their lives back to some degree of normality. We are social animals and crave company.

Zoom Tricks and Tips

  • Whatever you would wear to normal U3A gathering
  • To look your best use head-on natural light. Harsh light from behind darkens your face, you are harder to see and it can irritate others.
  • To avoid triple chins and nostril shots, make sure webcam is eye level or higher.
  • Be punctual and check settings ahead of time.

To test your settings go to



Thanks to Judy Ellis for contributing this tongue-in-cheek addition to our general knowledge.


You may not know this but many nonliving things have a gender.

Zip-lock bags are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

Copiers are Female, because once turned off, it takes a switch for then to warm up again. It’s an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.

 A Tyre is Male, because it goes bald and it’s often over inflated.

A Hot Air Balloon is Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there is the hot air part.

Sponges are Female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

An Hourglass is Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

A Hammer is Male, because it hasn’t changed much over the last five 5,000 years, but it’s handy to have around.

A Remote Control is Female. You thought it would be male didn’t you?  But consider this – it gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying




Another member, who chooses to remain anonymous, has contributed her typically wise and whimsical take on the Corona Crisis.


What an “annus horribilis” as her Majesty once said

When she had her personal issues weighing heavily on her head.

And so this year, with droughts, fires, floods, tornados, to name a few, and now this terrible virus

Which is turning the world upside down and affecting all of us.

The unseen enemy, creeping like a thief in the night

As it wages its war in this bloodless and weaponless fight.

Our leaders of authority are doing a fantastic job in this battle through uncharted waters

To govern and protect their nations’ sons and daughters,

Whilst receiving a string of criticism of the things in hindsight

That shouldn’t or should have been done to alleviate our plight.

Our poor Prime Minister maybe rues the day of his “miracle” election

But’s been showing great strength and fortitude against the barrage of rejection.

So, let’s keep our accusations till later, and let the back-biting stop

As we do our best for recovery to make Australia come out on top.

All praise to everyone “out there”, as they keep the cogs turning:

Medicos, Foodies, Police and Institutes of Learning.

Simply incredible is modern technology as the world changes to going “on line”

With work, studies, and wonderfully innovative things people are doing at this trying time.

And how the milk of human kindness is flowing in so many different ways

As people in all walks of life are coming forward to help lighten our days.

So, let’s “hang in there” and God Bless us all as we fight this battle together

And “ride the waves” through the turbulence and stormy weather.

We’ve time to think outside the square with our imagination

Of ways to live this “new normal” we’re adopting throughout the nation.

Here’s hoping it won’t be to long before we’ll be out and about

And be able to remember our lives before the toilet paper drought.

A- Nonnie-Mouse


  Wilma Hepburn contributed the following piece, giving us much food for thought. Thank you Wilma.




                Take time to THINK…                                                     Take time to PLAY…
It is the source of power.                                     It is the secret of perpetual youth.


                Take time to READ…                                                       Take time to PRAY…
It is the fountain of wisdom.                                          It is the greatest power on earth.


                Take time to LOVE &                                                       Take time to BE FRIENDLY…
                     BE LOVED…                                                               It is the road to happiness
It is a God-given privilege.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


                Take time to LAUGH…                                                   Take time to GIVE
It is the music of the soul.                                       It is too short a day to be selfish

Take time to WORK…                                                     Take time to DO CHARITY

        It is the price of success                                                          It is the key to heaven.





One of the positive things that has come out of this dreadful pandemic we are experiencing is the ability of so many to find joy in the simplest of things – things that, at another time we might have taken for granted. Julia Baird, writer and TV presenter expressed it beautifully in her article in Saturday’s Herald – “Alchemy for glum times”.  She writes of “tiny miracles”, and at this time of the year there are so many of these – snowflakes peeping through their green grassy protectors; hyacinth bulbs making their way up through the earth, (needing daily inspections to check on their progress); violets; so many more. And then the beauty of the wider countryside, blessed by the beautiful rain we have been enjoying. What really struck me in the article was the joy of words! The three examples Julia gave were “petrichor” (the smell of a broken drought), “susurrus” (the sound of the wind whispering, rustling), and “apricity” (the feeling of sun warming cold skin on a winter’s day). ! Another joy I have re-discovered is the kindness of strangers. I recently went on a road trip and was overwhelmed by the kindness of people I met – in Brewarrina friends of a friend welcomed me into their home and took me to places I would never have found on my own, including the Mission where their grandparents had been born, and two “canoe trees” on the side of the beautiful Barwon River. In Lightening Ridge I heard of a couple who had a hydroponic garden. I phoned them, confessing that I was no gardener but was interested in what they were doing in such an arid area – they too welcomed me and shared their knowledge, sending me on my way with tomatoes that actually tasted like tomatoes!


Who knows when we will be able to meet again as a group. Neil is happy to share his expertise in helping those of us game enough to try Zoom, which would be a wonderful, fun way of keeping in touch. If Zoom is not for you, how about passing on any ideas or words that have taken your fancy you would like to share for our next Newsletter. Email or send to our PO Box or phone Mary on 0403211064.


We received an email about the Lambing Flat Writing Competition, which is held in conjunction with the National Cherry Festival, Young. The writing categories are for poetry and short story. Entry fee for adults is $5.00 and free for school children. For more information contact Joan Dwyer 02 6382 2614. Applications close 16th October 2020, which gives those of you with a literary bent time to get writing!


Keep safe and well, and your eyes and ears open for who knows what wondrous experience!