U3A Bulletin No.31

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.November Coffee Morning

Friday 8th November 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Tea/Coffee/Food in kitchen area

10:30 am Guest Speaker in room 9

19th Century Paddle Steamers of the Murray River

Presented by David Spurr

I am a native of Albury but spent much of my working life in Sydney as a Geography teacher and school administrator. On retiring at the end of 2001 I returned to live on the Border. I returned to University study and completed a degree in Cultural Heritage Science at Charles Sturt University. My research in that instance involved assessing the attitudes towards and knowledge of local cultural heritage in Albury. Subsequent to that I became involved in History at Latrobe where I am currently undertaking a research degree.

My current research, which I will discuss at your Coffee Morning, involves the Paddle Steamer trade to and in the Upper Murray (Echuca & Moama to Albury Wodonga) in the middle of the 19th Century. I am attempting to show how the steamer business began as a link in an international colonial trading system that took on local characteristics as a response to the particular biophysical and socio-political circumstances of this part of the world. I look at the origins of the trade, its operation upstream to Albury-Wodonga and its eventual demise as the railways took over. I will put an emphasis on the Albury-Wodonga end of the business.

 

U3A Bulletin No.30

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.October Coffee Morning

Friday 11th October 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:30 am Guest Speaker in room 9

Reporting for a Regional Newspaper

Presented by Ellen Ebsary

I grew up on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, and studied at the University of the Sunshine Coast. My degree was a Bachelor of Journalism which involved placements at the local newspaper and projects with the ABC. As part of a minor in development studies, I also spent 6 weeks in Indonesia as a communications intern for an NGO.

Upon finishing my degree in 2015, I began applying for jobs. While I applied for a cadetship with Newscorp’s Courier Mail and almost had an interview with the NT News (it’s a long story), my preference was to work with Fairfax Media or the ABC as those media companies aligned better with my values. The Border Mail editor interviewed me via phone in October 2015 and I was lucky to be employed.

During my time since at The Border Mail, I have focussed mainly on issues of advocacy, reporting on elder abuse and other health issues. I researched and prepared a freedom of information request into the state of the Mt Buffalo Chalet and uncovered how an insurance payment received by the government was poorly spent, which I consider to be one of my greatest achievements so far.

U3A Bulletin No.28

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.September Coffee Morning

Friday 13th September 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:30 am Guest Speaker in room 9

Recording our own Personal and Family History

Presented by Uta Wiltshire

Uta Wiltshire retired 18 years ago after 32 years in the Public Service and has lived an active community life. Her involvements include Secretary/Treasurer of Wodonga Historical Society, previously member of Wodonga Show Society, and previously treasurer of Ladies Auxiliary Wodonga Show Society.

She has set up and administered Facebook pages and websites for the Historical Society and Show Society.

In 2018 she was awarded Wodonga’s Citizen of the Year. She will expand on her Australia Day speech talking about the importance of recording our own personal and family history.

U3A Bulletin No.27

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.August Coffee Morning

Friday 9th August 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

9:30 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:00 am Performance in room 9

The Importance of Being Earnest (Act II and III)

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Presented by the U3A Play Reading Group – Directed by Helen Casey.

A fun time was had by all as we were entertained by the group’s radio play rendition of Act I of this theatre classic at the last Coffee Morning.

The reading was so popular that the audience requested that Acts II & III be performed as well. This will happen at this August coffee morning.

 

 

 

 

 

U3A Bulletin No.25

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.June Coffee Morning

Friday 14th June 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:30 am Performance in room 9

The Importance of Being Earnest (Act 1)

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Members of the U3A Play Reading Group plan to present Act I as a radio play. But there will be some visual props!

Luckily the play (by Oscar Wilde) is high farce set in the late Victorian era. So if they ham it up it may be a very high farce!

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The play is full of classic one liners such as:

“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.”

“I don’t like novels that end happily. They depress me so much”

The play should take about 40 minutes

 

U3A Bulletin No.24

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May Coffee Morning

Friday 10th May 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:30 am Guest Speaker: Tim Huggins

Topic: Powers of Attorney, Appointment of Enduring Guardians , Wills and Medical Treatment Powers.

Tim HugginsTim Huggins is a partner in Skinner and Associates Albury. Tim has been a solicitor since 1986 and admitted to practice in both Victoria and NSW . Like all solicitors in Albury/Wodonga can act in both jurisdictions.

Tim is experienced in most areas of the law. Amongst the many topics for discussion, are Powers of Attorney, Appointment of Enduring Guardians , Wills and Medical Treatment Powers.

U3A Bulletin No.23

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March Coffee Morning & AGM

Friday 8th March 2019

at Albury Wodonga Community College

10:00 am Food & Tea/Coffee in kitchen area

10:30 am Annual General Meeting

11:00 am (approx.) Guest Speaker: Karen Knight

Karen is the National Manager for the Australian College of Higher Education. She will be speaking about the AWCC building program.

 

 

 

U3A Bulletin No.22

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February Coffee Morning

Friday 8th February 2019

10:00 am for  10:30 am

at Albury Wodonga Community College

Road Safety for Seniors

Speaker: Diana Johnston (RACV)

The presentation covers the following areas:

  • Driving and road safety tips for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
  • The importance of choosing a safe vehicle.
  • The importance of being fit to drive.
  • The impact of health and medications on driving
  • Information about alternative transport options.
  • How to plan for future mobility.

The presentation will include a PowerPoint presentation, screening of video clips, and some group discussion.

U3A Bulletin No.19

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October Coffee Morning

Friday 12th October 2018 at 10:30 am

Information Session

As part of Wodonga’s Senior Celebrations 2018 Program:

We invite you to come and hear our take on active retirement, positive ageing and mental and social health. Discover how to keep an active mind in retirement.

Room 9
Albury-Wodonga Community College
63 High Street, Wodonga, VIC 3690.

For more information phone 0499 895 117.

 

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

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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.