U3A Bulletin No.18

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September Coffee Morning

Friday 14th September 2018

10:30 a.m. Room 9 AWCC

Speakers: Peter de Koeyer (CEO) and Ann O’Grady (Business Development Officer)

Topic: Westmont Aged Care Services

Peter-de-Koeyer Ann-OGrady

In their own words, “Westmont Aged Care Services Ltd is a community based not- for-profit organisation which is dedicated to providing aged, community care and lifestyle options to the people of our region with respect, dignity and choice.

Located at 265 Baranduda Boulevard Westmont offers an array of lifestyle option ranging from 24/7 residential aged care (including a 15 bed memory assisted unit), assisted living apartments and independent living villas.

Westmont Community Care has been operating since 2010 and has grown to provide services to more than 1,800 members of our community. These services provide clients with the help they need to remain living in their own homes for as long as they choose”. Peter will provide an overview of Westmont (including Residential, Assisted Living  Apartments and Independent Living Villas) and the services they provide and Ann will provide information on Community Care, Meals on Wheels and the services they can provide.


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August Coffee Morning

Friday 10th August 2018

10 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. Room 9 AWCC

Speaker: John McQuilton

Topic: Battlefield Study Tours

John McQuilton

John McQuilton was born in Yackandandah’s Bush Nursing Hospital (at a date he no longer cares to recall). He attended the Kiewa Valley Consolidated School in Tangambalanga and Wodonga High School before taking his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne.

Before 1991, he taught at the University of Melbourne, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), the Flinders University of South Australia, the University of New South Wales, served as the Assistant General Editor (Reference) of the Bicentennial History Project and worked in the History Section of the Australian War Memorial. In 1991, he took up a lectureship at the University of Wollongong.

Apart from a session as the Visiting O’Connor Chair in Geography at Colgate University in upstate New York, he worked at UoW until his retirement in 2016. The subjects he taught included nineteenth century Australian history, Australian Studies, Modern World  History, Australians and War, the American West, Film and History, and War and Society.

During his time at UoW, he led nine study tours of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Three of his publications examine the history of the North East from European settlement to the end of the Great War. He has a son who is currently living in London.

Battlefield Study Tours

John McQuilton led nine study tours to the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front for undergraduate students at the University of Wollongong. In this talk, he outlines how the subject was run and the impact it had on the students. For the majority, it was an eye-opener. They had to come to grips with different cultures, and they discovered that what they thought they ‘knew’ could be challenged by visiting the places where the history they had studied took place.

U3A Bulletin No.16

U3A Bulletin No.16

Course Updates

Term 3 commences on 30th July 2018.

Europeans II is no longer being offered in 2018

Mindfulness Meditation – As this is being offered as a new class for Term 3 it is important that you enrol at the AWCC Office.

Basic Economic Concepts will be going ahead in Term 4.

Community Sing-A-Long is also happening in Term 4.

Building works are still in progress at the College. You can no longer access the building via the door near Room 9. Room 4 in the Cracknell building is being used as a site office so two classes have been reallocated to different rooms.

New Courses

  • Dying to Know: A discussion circle based on the ground breaking work and book of Dr Michael Newton, PHD. He was a practicing Clinical Psychologist and Master Hypnotherapist and his research has taken place over 35 years on 7000 clients, which resulted in a profound study of the spirit world. Internationally acclaimed as the spiritual pioneer of our time this information has been recognised as having no comparison with any existing literature on the spirit world, it’s laws and processes. Initially his first book “Journey of Souls” will be the theme for our discussion group and will take approximately 15 weeks to complete. More…
  • Aspects of English Poetry: Following a roughly chronological development this course examines various linguistic devices used in English poetry, drawn from past and contemporary poets. Participants will be challenged to attempt some writing of their own. Some session topics include: Saga and Story, Poetry and Song, Romanticism and The Self, War and Chaos and Australian Voices. A more detailed course outline is available from the U3A Office. More…

U3A Bulletin No.14

U3A Bulletin No.14

U3A Semester 2, 2018 Update


Conversations in Wodonga: This class was due to commence on July 30th but will not begin until August 6th. Topics for next term: Terrorism, Inequality, Investments and Ethics, Humour and Philosophy and Peter Singer. There are a few spaces available so if interested, please enrol at the AWCC office.


Mindfulness Meditation will continue in Term 3 for existing members. Any new members will need to enrol in the class at the AWCC Office.

Europeans: This class will not run in Term 3 but will recommence in Term 4. Any new members interested however will need to enrol.


International Relations 1 will continue throughout the rest of the year.

The Great War 1914-1918 As it Happened and The Great War – Legacies and Consequences will not be continuing during Semester 2. These will be offered again in 2019.


International Relations 2 will continue in Term 3 but will not be offered in Term 4.

Basic Concepts in Economics: A new course for anyone who is interested in how the economy works, Eddie Voogt is running this Economics course in Term 4. An outline of the topics is available at both the U3A office and the AWCC office. If interested please enrol at the AWCC office. Coordinator: Eddie Voogt; Venue: AWCC; Day/Time: Thursday 1pm – 3pm; Starting: Term 4, October 11th.


Community Sing-a-Long: A new course Helen Milbourne has organised a musician to run fun, old times sing-a-long sessions Term 4 on Friday afternoons (times yet to be determined). Song books will be provided and Peter is a dynamic musician who will use his musical instruments to lead the Sing-a-Long. Please register your expression of interest at the U3A office or email u3a@awcc.edu.au

Healthy and Wise Program will begin on August 3rd until September 21st (Term 3). It will run from 10.30 -12.30. Although the class is now full you may still place your name on a waiting list at the AWCC office in case someone withdraws in the meantime.

(This Bulletin: per Members Update for Semester 2, 4 June 2018).


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June Coffee Morning
Friday 8th June
10 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. Room 9

Change of Speaker

Due to illness Nick Gadd from the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) will not be speaking on the institution’s role.

Instead Mike Fuery of Ambulance Victoria will speak on Changes to the Ambulance Service in the last 35 years. Also he will talk about defibrillation and triple zero calls.


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June Coffee Morning
Friday 8th June
10 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. Room 9
Speaker : Nick Gadd
“Role of the Victorian Law Reform
Commission (VLRC)”

The Guest Speaker will be Nick Gadd from the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC), who will be speaking on the institution’s role. Nick will explain the recent recommendations regarding funeral and burial instructions, which at present are decided by the executor, a cause of major family disputes, and will discuss developments in Guardianship, where the law has recently changed in relation to powers of attorney and people’s wishes for medical care when they are no longer able to make their own decision.

Nick GaddNick Gadd is the communication manager of the  Victorian Law Reform Commission, the central law reform agency in Victoria. He has worked at the Commission for five years and is responsible for publications and media liaison as well as community education. His talk will cover the role of the VLRC and reasons why laws need to be reformed. He will discuss three recent projects of the VLRC: medicinal cannabis, funeral and burial instructions, and neighborhood tree disputes.