President’s Report 2019

I begin my report by thanking all of you members for your support and encouragement over the past year.


We started 2019 with a well attended meeting in February for the Presentation of Courses and activities for the Autumn Semester.


On 24 February the Seniors Festival Concert in Forbes Town Hall included in the very varied programme our own Senior Singers. A most enjoyable afternoon for which we owe our thanks to Forbes Shire Council and Neil Gilmour for organising.


Tai Chi and Senior Singers are still enthusiastically supported on Mondays. Thanks to Cheryl Shirvington and Anne Hodges for their leadership.


“Everyone has a story” in March was very interesting and enjoyed by all, both our participating members and their audiences.


Alison helped us to understand Cryptic Crosswords in April. Thank you Alison for taking on such a chore.


Starting in May was Melvyn Bragg’s series “History of the English Language” which all who attended found extremely fascinating and enlightening.


The Theatre outing to Orange in May was to see “Rent” and the October one was to see “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  As always very well organised by Trevor.  Many thanks to him.


“Cards and Scrabble” was supposed to be weekly in the Winter months but became so popular that they played right up until November and I’m sure mean to start again early in the New Year.


“A Taste of Forbes” has also become very popular. In June we visited Forbes Garden Chinese Restaurant, July the well liked Bakehouse, in August the Services Club. A return visit to the Honey Bee at the Car Museum in September was very pleasant.


Neil and I of course had 2 months away and so unfortunately missed the terrific day out in July to the Radio Telescope for the Moon landing celebrations.  We were back in time to go on the lovely day out to Abercrombie House.  Both of these events very ably organised by Evelyn Mahlo and her wee committee.  Many thanks girls.


At the General Meeting in June Judy Ellis’s very talented grandson David Shaw gave us demonstrations and histories of the Flute.

The July meeting a very useful and informative talk from Matthew Teale, Forbes Fire and Rescue Officer.


Four of our members attended Central West U3A Regional Forum in Orange in June.  This covered many subjects and they were able to share ideas concerning courses, events etc with other groups present and hope to keep connections with them in future.


Our Social days in April and October are always good for our morale if not for our figures (scrumptious teas to blame for that) Thanks again to Anne for conducting them.


Barbara Thomas gave us an insight into the lives and works of 3 less honoured famous Australians in October. Very well researched and presented Barbara.


Armchair Travel again was well supported.  Meg and Peter Schofield gave a presentation of their adventures in Antarctica.

Neil and I indulged ourselves by showing our Power Point presentations of our adventures on the Queen Elizabeth through the Panama Canal, New Orleans and UK.


Doddy was instrumental in setting up “Cooking for One” at the Neighbourhood Centre with Cheryl in November.  This was enjoyed very much by all who took part.  We thank them both earnestly for their efforts.


Before I finish I should thank most sincerely our Secretary Mary and Treasurer Trevor for their sterling work and efforts.  Also Evelyn for taking the Chair in July and August when I know she did a good job. Well done to her.

To all Committee members my most grateful thanks for your support throughout the 4 years of my tenure.

I give my best wishes to all members for your future health and happiness.  To the new executive I quote from a book I read recently:-

“Someone must always be a leader, someone to take charge, sometimes it’s a burden, sometimes a gift. Never take responsibility for granted”


Jane H Gilmour