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

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.


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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.

U3A Bulletin No.4 Corrected

U3A Bulletin No.4 Corrected

Please note the date of the Coffee Morning on the original Bulletin No.4 published was incorrect. The correct date is 13th October as below.

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October Coffee Morning

Friday 13th October at 10 am till 12 noon
Room 9 at the College
Guest speaker: Dianne Wicks.

“If you’re not dead, you’re not done”

“This quote of Craig Groeshal’s does much to summarise my retirement philosophy. Retiring at age 65 from a career in nursing, I moved to Bengaluru India for a post-retirement adventure. Teaching English, in a school committed to educating children from local rock-quarry communities, became my career for the next two years.”

Dianne Wicks

Come along and hear Dianne share her adventure of volunteering in a foreign country, living alone as a mature-aged woman in a different culture. She will share her experience and the insights gained. Dianne has recently returned from another
visit to India.