IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE KEY DATES FOR 2018/19
Membership fee for 2019 is $25.00
From 3 December 2018: Membership renewal opens and can be paid by direct transfer to Naturaliste U3A Westpac Account number 378016, BSB: 036 123, Reference: Your Member Number. Cheques can be sent to Naturaliste U3A, PO Box 1792, Busselton 6280.
2 January 2019: New members and renewing members can also use our website/UMAS for joining.
15 January: Courses can be viewed on UMAS via our website.
15 January: Course information will be sent to Members who are not on email.
22 January: Course enrolment opens online.
6 February: (10am – 12pm): Assistance with membership/enrolment will be available at Novacare Lifestyle Village, 502 Bussell Hwy, Broadwater.
7 February (10am – 12pm): Assistance with membership/enrolment will be available at the People Place, 19/21 Kent Street, Busselton.
8 February Enrolment Day (2pm – 4pm): extra assistance with membership/enrolment will be available at The People Place, 19/21 Kent St. Busselton.
For more information contact Lorraine on 0408 127 674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
President- Naturaliste U3A Committee