***TOPICAL TALK THIS FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER: Stripes in the Forest

Naturaliste U3A Annual General Meeting was held on 26 OCTOBER 2018

 Naturaliste U3A President’s Report 2018

Consolidated Financial Report FY 2017-18

Click HERE for updated Committee Members Profiles

NATURALISTE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (Inc.) was formed in 2009 in the Busselton – Dunsborough area. We are a ‘University’ in that we are like-minded people who enjoy learning and meeting together to participate in courses and other activities. We are of the ‘Third Age’ in that we are semi or fully retired with the time to enjoy learning, exploring new interests and meeting new people. We welcome all potential members to our vibrant and diverse community of learners in ‘the prime of life’.

We share our skills, interests and enthusiasms and appreciate the contribution that every current and new member brings to the mix … read more.

JOINING AND ENROLLING

CLICK HERE TO JOIN, RENEW MEMBERSHIP AND ENROL IN COURSES

If you need assistance with any of the above you can call Lorraine on 0408 127 674 or email: admin@u3anaturaliste.com.au

Semester Two commenced on 16 July 2018

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR 2018: You can sort courses in various ways by clicking on column headings which are underlined (e.g. Course, Day ….). You can filter by the Parent Code (e.g. EXE: Exercise Courses). You can find out more information about the course by clicking on the Course name or Course Code. 

RENEWING MEMBERS: You will need your Member Number and Password or Email address and Password and follow the instructions. If you have forgotten your password it can be emailed to you – click on I have forgotten my password from the login menu. You can update your details and then go to ‘Pay Membership’.  Then print out the invoice and keep a copy. You will need to go out of U-MAS to your online bank account to transfer $25.00 to Naturaliste U3A’s account (BSB  is 036 123 & Account Number is 378016). Please use your Member Number as the bank reference. Alternatively membership can be paid by cheque to Naturaliste U3A, PO Box 1792, Busselton, 6280.  Once the funds are received your membership will be validated by the Treasurer. Note that there is no capacity to at present to pay through a Payment Gateway such as PayPal or Credit Card.  If you need assistance to renew your membership, please email: admin@u3anaturaliste.com.au.  

 

NEW MEMBERS: CLICK HERE and then select Login. Next click the second dot point in the ‘Login instructions…’ box from the login menu – ‘Joining Members’ click ‘I would like to join’ and follow the instructions. Once you have entered your details click on ‘Pay Membership’ and then print out the invoice and keep a copy. You will need to go out of U-MAS to your online bank account to transfer $25.00 to Naturaliste U3A’s account (BSB  is 036 123 & Account Number is 378016).Please use your Member Number as the bank reference. Alternatively membership can be paid by cheque to Naturaliste U3A, PO Box 1792, Busselton, 6280. Once the funds are received your membership will be validated by the Treasurer. Note that there is no capacity at present to pay through a Payment Gateway such as PayPal or Credit Card. If you need assistance to renew your membership, please email admin@u3anaturaliste.com.au.  

Please note, to avoid confusion, U3A Online is a completely separate group from ours. It offers online courses, and we have put a link to them for your interest, BUT you cannot enrol in our courses through them, or vice versa.

About Membership

We currently pay $25 membership fee per calendar year which entitles a member to seek enrolment in up to five courses in both Semesters 1 and 2.
Most courses have a maximum capacity and if there is over-enrolment people will be wait-listed. Often a negotiation process is employed to endeavour to meet the needs of as many people as possible. 

Course Leaders

The backbone of any U3A group is its Course Leaders. These people give freely of their time to present courses exploring their interests and expertise with members who are keen to learn something new, or who may want to enrich what is already an interest. These courses – some of which may be a year long, others just a few weeks – offer a range of topics and activities that allow participants to interact in a stimulating environment. Naturaliste U3A has been fortunate to have leaders who offer a wide range of courses throughout the year, ranging from those looking at environmental issues, art for pleasure, learning new languages, various forms of writing, Mah Jongg, journeys into self-discovery, Book Club – the list goes on. Leaders are starting to find that interest in their courses is ongoing, even after they are formally finished, with a number of participants excited about following up their course with informal gatherings and discussions.

Management of Naturaliste University of the Third Age Inc.

A management committee is elected for the succeeding year at our Annual General Meeting in October. Written nominations for the positions are required to be submitted to the Secretary in advance of the meeting.

The Management Committee for 2018/2019

  • President: Joan Parke
  • Vice-President and Course Coordinator: Gwyn Cracknell
  • Secretary: Lorraine Watts
  • Treasurer: Chris Masterman
  • Member: Cathy Oldman
  • Member: Dawn Atherton
  • Member and System Administrator: Don Wright

Volunteers

As with all groups, volunteers are a very important part of the successful running of our U3A. They carry out many of the day-to-day tasks involved in the running of meetings, provision of refreshments, arranging publicity, producing the newsletter and the numerous chores that lessen the load for the committee members and course leaders.

Joining Naturaliste U3A gives you the opportunity and an outlet to develop new interests – a vital thing for us as we start leaving the workforce and have more time to do all those things put aside for ‘when we retire’, or are semi-retired. It gives a starting point for making contact with people who have similar interests – especially important for those who have recently moved to our area. It can have a considerable social spin-off as members have the opportunity to make new acquaintances and develop friendships.

Apart from our courses we have several meetings per year which feature a guest speaker (‘Topical Talks’) as well as our Annual General Meeting. The Committee is always interested in finding out the needs of our members so that we can continue to develop as an interesting, stimulating and vibrant U3A group.

Newsletter (The Crier)

Editors are Gwyn Cracknell and Joan Parke. To see current and earlier editions of Naturaliste U3A’s newsletter, The Crier, click HERE. We encourage our members to contribute to the newsletter and for newcomers it is a great source of information about what is happening at the grassroots level.This is especially helpful for members who are new to the area.

History

Naturaliste University of the Third Age (Inc.) was formed in 2009  in the Busselton – Dunsborough area.We are a ‘University’ in that we are like-minded people who enjoy learning and meeting together to participate in courses and other activities.We are of the ‘Third Age’ in that we are semi or fully retired with the time to enjoy learning, exploring new interests and meeting new people.We welcome all potential members to our vibrant and diverse community of learners in ‘the prime of life’.

We share our skills, interests and enthusiasms and appreciate the contribution that every current and new member brings to the mix.

Apart from our many diverse courses we offer additional opportunities to socialise and increase our knowledge such as our Topical Talks’ held regularly throughout the year on a range of topics, each with a guest speaker.

Naturaliste U3A always strives to maintain the quality of the experience we can provide for our members and the Naturaliste U3A Committee welcomes feedback on any aspect of your involvement from your experience on joining and enrolling in your chosen courses to what made you decide to join Naturaliste U3A.

Warmest regards

Joan Parke

President- Naturaliste U3A Committee