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the first President's Council meeting since the election of the new Network Committee at the Redcliffe State conference was held on the Gold Coast Friday 2oth July. Hosted by U3A Twin Towns, delegates were present from the U3As at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, North Gold Coast, Twin Towns and Redlands. Gail Bonser, Secretary of U3A Twin Towns is now the new President of Network Queensland. Discussion on the day ranged from recruiting tutors and finding suitable venues to investigating suitable management systems to dispute resolution and code of conduct.

Does U3A participation improve wellbeing?
U3A Brisbane Management Committee member Dr Martin Bridgstock, a well-qualified academic researcher, has written a paper entitled The Impact of Universities of the Third Age upon the Health and Welfare of their Membership. The paper sets out to examine whether Universities of the Third Age benefit the health and welfare of their members.The overall conclusion is that the activities promoted by Universities of the Third Age are strongly beneficial to the physical health and the cognitive health and wellbeing of their members. Feel free to download and use this paper that Martin has generously made available to all U3As.


U3A Granite Belt manned a float in the local Apple & Grape Festival held recently in Stanthorpe.

President of U3A Granite Belt, Julie Barnes says:
"This was an amazing team effort to put the float together. New friendships were formed and new skills learnt by those who helped create the float. The U3A Ukulele Group, The Graniteers, entertained the crowd".

Well done from the team at U3A Granite Belt.

President's Council meets in Ipswich

A President's Council "Road Show" meeting was hosted by U3A Ipswich on the 21st March and was attended by representatives from the U3As of Ipswich, Brisbane and Scenic Rim regions.
Attending the meeting were: President Paulette Montaigne & VP Anna Bradbury of Ipswich - President Andy Fechner & Secretary Yvonne Berry of Beaudesert - President Marcia Shipman & Secretary Ann Tilbury of Boonah - President Delle Daniels & VP Di Wood of Tamborine Mountain along with President Greg Doolan of Brisbane.
Attending from Network were President Julie Porteous, VP Greg Doolan, Secretary Iris Murray with Committee members Gail Bonser, Andy Fechner & Julie Barnes.
Apologies were received from Marilyn Wagland, VP of Brisbane, Maria Licence, Network Treasurer & Fleur Grainger, Committee member.
The meeting covered a wide range of subjects including tutor recruitment, good governance, the NDIS, dispute resolution & record keeping and, of course, a great deal of networking.
Also visiting was the Deputy Mayor of Ipswich, Wayne Wendt who addressed the gathering and was keen to show his support for the U3A movement in the city of Ipswich.
Thanks also to the other committee members of Ipswich who catered for the day with a delicious morning tea and lunch.

Grants Writing Workshop, Brisbane
Grants writing is something every U3A should be aware of so, with this in mind, Network Queensland recently conducted a Grants Writing workshop. Facilitator, Lisa Nardone, who writes grants professionally, described the "tricks of the trade" of this source of funding for not for profit organisations such as U3A.
The workshop was attended by U3As from as far away as Cairns and the Fraser Coast and was hosted by U3A Brisbane in their Adelaide Street rooms.
Early next month, another workshop will be held in Townsville for North Queensland U3As and this will focus on Good Governance. Lisa's notes are available through the following link:

Simple steps for strong submissions

U3A Alliance of Australia meeting in Melbourne

Network Queensland President, Julie Porteous, attended a U3AAA (Alliance of Australia) meeting, hosted by Network Victoria at their offices in Queen Street, Melbourne on 28 March. In attendance were delegates from NSW, SA, ACT, Vic, Qld & U3A Online.  Discussion centred around the U3A Alliance of Australia Vision and updating the Memorandum of Understanding between all member States.

Lifelong Participation through Digital Technology

"Lifelong Participation through Digital Technology" is a research project conducted by Claire Mason and associates of the CSIRO. This comprehensive research document has been compiled  to show how technology in all its forms can assist in connecting people in their mature years, who a relatively new to the digital age, to technology that will enrich  their senior years.
to read the full research report, please click on the following link:
CSIRO Research

Good Governance Workshop, Townsville
In the latest of an informative series of events being held across Queensland, a workshop on Good Governance for U3A committees was recently hosted by U3A Townsville. This workshop and one recently held in Brisbane on grants writing, were funded by the 2016 DSS Volunteer Grants which also allowed travel support to regional U3As as distant as Mackay, Cairns and the Atherton Tableland.
Presented by Leisa Donlan, an expert in good governance, this was a really informative and interesting session and was appreciated by all who attended on the day. Copies of Leisa's notes are available through the following links:

Excellent committees

Secrets to a successful U3A


                      President Julie reports to U3A Australian Alliance
Read the recent report by president Julie Porteous to the U3A Australian Alliance this month.

                                                           Website resources

The network offers the opportunity to share information and resources to assist new and existing U3A groups in tutoring and administration. In particular we offer assistance in information technology. For details of information packages go to Teaching Computing

A National Logo

The Alliance has recognized the need for one single logo to identify U3A in Australia. The adoption of a single logo assists in marketing across all of Australia. After considerable discussion, on designs all networks voted on the choice of a national logo for U3A in Australia.  Whilst it is not mandatory all U3A are encouraged to use the national logo in addition to their own .  

To download the logo, right click on the image and save it to your computer.