. New Events in 2019, Semester 1

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  Since bookings opened for Semester 1 2019, the following new courses and one-off events have been  included:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)


Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses



Out and About

Saturday Seminars

Special Events

For further details about the above courses and one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, click on the course or event name.

You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. Dates for your Diary


Monday 10 June - Queen's Birthday - U3APP office closed

Saturday 15 June - Saturday Seminar - Jill Baker - The Horns (Part 1 of a Zambezi trilogy)

Friday 21 June - Tutors & Volunteers Thank You Celebration

Sunday 23 June - Out & About: South Melbourne Historical Walk 

Friday 28 June - end Term 2 / end Semester 1

Monday 15 July - start Term 3 / start Semester 2

Saturday 20 July - Saturday Seminar - Presentation by Sue Taffe - details to be advised

Saturday 17 August - Saturday Seminar - details to be advised

Friday 20 September - end Term 3

Monday 7 October - start Term 4

Saturday 12 October - Seniors Festival Saturday Seminar - date to be confirmed /details to be advised

Tuesday 5 November - Melbourne Cup Day - U3APP office closed

Saturday 16 November - Saturday Seminar - details to be advised

Friday 5 December - end Term 4 / end Semester 2


. Kevin English – 2019 National Stroke Volunteer of the Year

Stroke Foundation Volunteer of the Year awarded to Kevin English

U3A Port Phillip member Kevin English this week won the national Volunteer of the Year award from the Australian Stroke Foundation. Kevin joined U3A Port Phillip in 2012 and served as a committee member and treasurer for 2 ½ of these years. The award recognises Kevin’s contributions towards reducing the impact of stroke on the community.

Kevin was presented with this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall on 7 May 2019. Kevin suffered a debilitating haemorrhagic stroke (specifically a burst brain aneurism) 9 years ago which lead to a 6-month hospital stay and a slow but effective progressive recovery since then.

Kevin began volunteering for the Stroke Foundation six years ago and his involvement has spanned many different roles in that time. These include educating the community through StrokeSafe presentations, representing people with stroke on the Stroke Foundation Consumer Council, sharing his experience in educational videos and in media and advocating with government and the health system to improve stroke treatment and care. Kevin also represents stroke sufferers’ interests on the Stroke Clinical Network of Safer Care Victoria, the body charged with improving stroke treatment throughout Victoria.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Kevin on being named this year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Kevin has contributed countless hours to Stroke Foundation. He has influenced the charity’s core aims, to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery, on many levels” Ms McGowan said.

“Kevin is an inspiration. His experience, dedication and insights are invaluable.”

Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Stroke Awards recognise Australia’s unsung heroes of stroke. Almost 70 people were nominated for an award this year across six categories: Improving Life after Stroke, Creative, Courage, Fundraiser of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and President’s Achievement.

For more information about the 2019 Stroke Awards visit https://strokefoundation.org.au/Media-Releases/2019/05/07/05/18/2019-Stroke-Award-Winners-Announced

Some facts about stroke

A stroke happens when blood supply via arteries to the brain is interrupted. Blood flow may be interrupted or stop because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.

  • Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and is a leading cause of disability.
  • Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  • In 2017 there were more than 56,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is one stroke every nine minutes. One in six Australians will suffer a stroke during their lifetime.
  • More than 80% of strokes can be prevented through appropriate medication (e.g. to control high blood pressure) and/or other lifestyle changes.
  • In 2017 there will be more than 475,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to one million by 2050.
  • Around 30% of stroke survivors are of working age (under the age of 65).
  • 65% of stroke survivors suffer a disability which impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.

The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the major signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.

Educate your friends, children and grandchildren to recognise these signs. It could save a life.  If anyone would like to request a presentation on stroke, please contact Kevin English via the U3A office or the Stroke Foundation https://strokefoundation.org.au/What-we-do/Prevention-programs/StrokeSafe-Speakers.



. Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Train Tour

Bayside U3A would like to invite our members to join some of their members on a three day, Silo Art Trail tour from 5 to 7 August this year.

This tour has been designed for those who are interested in art, travel, history and seeing the countryside. For those who would prefer not to drive themselves, this is the ideal way to visit the Mallee-Wimmera in comfort and view these famous works of art, whilst enjoying the company of other U3A members. This promises to be a very informative and enjoyable trip.

Taking into account the needs of many members of U3A who may be solo travelers, there are a limited number of single accommodation places available.

Further information for your members can be obtained at the following web-site Wimmera- Mallee Silo Art Tour

You can view the brochure detailing the itinerary here Wimmera-Mallee Silo Tour Brochure 2 page

Deb Stephenson - Bayside U3A

. VALE Ian Spalding

VALE Ian Spalding

Ian Spalding, U3APP member, died peacefully on the morning of 7 April 2019.  Ian was married to Barbara, who was the U3APP Office Coordinator for many years.

Ian came to Melbourne from rural Victoria, where his father had a Stock & Station Agency.  Ian graduated as a teacher and taught in Melbourne schools until he met Barbara and they married.

Ian’s second career was in International Aid & Community Development.  He also had a lifelong commitment to Australia’s First Peoples and travelled to many indigenous communities where long lasting friendships were built.

In retirement, Ian and Barbara joined U3APP where their combined contribution was significant.

Gentle, courteous, and always supportive, Ian was a loving husband to Barbara and loving father to Rebecca, Harriet, and Ellen.  As a loyal, and staunch friend, Ian will be sadly missed by so many.

José Simsa

. How to stop U3APP emails going into the Spam folder in gmail mailboxes

Recently, we have discovered that a large number of our U3APP emails are ending up in people's spam folders and hence are going unread. This is particularly the case for anyone with a gmail email address.
If you have a gmail address, please check your spam folder for our emails. Please also tell all your U3APP friends about this problem as this e-Bulletin might also go into their spam folders. Click here for instructions on how to tell gmail to not send U3APP emails into the spam folder.

. Notes of the OV meeting 20 March 2019

U3APP Office Volunteers Meeting

Wednesday 20 March 2019 at Mary Kehoe Centre, 3.30pm

Present:  Pauline Amos (Chair), Graham Gosling (President U3APP), Sunny Acreman, Rosie Attard, Margo Anderson, Kevin Barry, Lois Best, Fay Bock, Lu Craven, Karen English, Jennifer Fall, Cheryl Freeman, Ann Gibson, Bev Fryer, Marion Lock, Meredith Mancini, Merren Pemberton, Margaret Smith, Diana Stock, Desleigh Kent (for first part of meeting)

Apologies: Margaret Byron, Branko Colavizza, Helen Donnellan, Robyn Foy, Heather Hamilton, Barbara Hill, Jill O’Keefe, Vicki Radcliffe, Eamon Rooney, Jan Weaver

Welcome and Thank You

Graham Gosling welcomed everyone to the gathering, stressing the key importance of all the work done from the office desk and the value of the personal contacts which OVs establish with members.

Graham presented Desleigh Kent with a book voucher from the Committee of Management in appreciation for over five years of service in organising the desk roster.   As well, flowers and chocolates were given to Desleigh by Bev on behalf of the whole OVs team.

Introduction to the IT Checklist

Karen English introduced a two-page checklist which identifies the IT skills that OVs need to have.  Everyone at the meeting was invited to take two copies and complete the tick-boxes.  One copy is to be kept for personal reference, the other returned to the office – this will be a useful guide to Karen and Meredith when they are doing one-on-one coaching of OVs in second term.  The checklist covers a number of topics:  Emails; Using the U3APP website as a member; Membership tasks; Class/event tasks.

It also draws attention to things that OVs should NOT do!  Importantly, except for one-off events and excursions, do not put anyone directly into a course yourself.  Instead, encourage a member to log in personally (with your help if necessary) and do their own class registrations/withdrawals etc.  If help really is needed, you can send an email giving the details to [email protected]

See the checklist here .

The IT ‘back end’

Karen demonstrated how all the data from the electronic rolls is now aggregated into a single spreadsheet devised by Hugh Serjeant.  This gives the Enrolment Team/ITEM an overview of who is missing classes without apologising, and makes it easier to actively manage the many waitlists.  A copy of the presentation is available here.  The lesson for all OVs is to make sure that apologies are promptly recorded, whether they come to you from a member in person, by phone or via email.  It’s also important to delete emailed apologies after they have been safely entered into the Lenovo tablets.

A list of the email addresses most useful to OVs will be posted on the office notice-board.  Look for it!

The Roster & New OVs

New roster coordinator Giovanna Ranoldo introduced herself, thanking everyone for their cooperation in making the roster work.  She emphasised how much U3APP relies on a steady and helpful presence during office hours, and also the fun and satisfaction OVs get in helping as part of a team.  At present there are a couple of spots during the month which have been tricky to fill, so if any OVs can recommend likely new team members from their own classes, please let Giovanna know.  (The new members’ welcome on 22 March may bring up a few names.)

If you are unable to meet your roster commitment, please do your very best to arrange a swap with another team member or tap into the emergency list.  OVs can add Giovanna’s number to their phone contact lists – she can be reached on 0400 853 907.  Importantly, don’t forget to alert her well ahead of time if you will be away on holidays.

New Phone System

A new phone (landline) incorporating an answering machine and extra handset is now on the office desk and we hope will improve the experience of taking inward calls.  However, when you are making outgoing calls, please use the U3APP mobile phone as our plan allows for unlimited local calls.

Other things

If you realise that we are running low on any stationery items, just write your request in the exercise book on the shelving behind the desk.

Name tags are important, so please wear your own and if members come into the office without one don’t hesitate to remind them to do the same.  It is both a courtesy to others at U3APP and a safeguard in case of accident or illness while the person is at MKC.


The meeting closed at 5pm

. Art Appreciation class visit NSW Art Gallery

On Friday 22nd February, nine members of various U3APP art classes met at the AGNSW in Sydney under the organisation of our art historian/tutor Diana Stock. The purpose was to view the extraordinary collection of Impressionist and other works by influential figures of modern art on loan from the State Hermitage Collection in St Petersburg, Russia. Click here for the full report and photos of the event.

. U3APP Seniors Festival Events Report

U3APP Seniors Festival 2018

This year’s U3APP ‘s Senior Festival opened on 13thOctober with the Saturday Seminar address from the Hon Dr Kay Patterson, the Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Australian Human Rights Commission. Dr Patterson spoke with passion about her long time commitment to issues affecting older members of our community and how her current role has been for her a “perfect fit”.  She generously gave her time and more to stay on and chat with the 70 plus members of the audience.

Numbers visiting the Art Exhibition were up on last year and the newly painted hall with hanging rails was almost as picture perfect as the Artworks. Watercolour, Artworks, Chinese Ink Painting and Life Drawing were all well represented. The group of artists who work outside of the U3APP

were again represented and pleased to see their work on show.  Thank you to Di Gameson, Lea Levy and Shirley Armstrong for hanging this impressive exhibition.  Thanks also to Diana Stock for toasting the artists and their work at the Concert

The Festival Concert on Thursday 18thwas most successful with the Choir and Allsorts performing both separately and together to a full house.  We enjoyed a selection of classical and quasi-classical music, pop, Gilbert and Sullivan, folk and traditional music.  Thanks to Claire Keech and her catering team for providing the “sumptuous” afternoon tea to which we have become accustomed

Report by Kate Anderson

Photos by Barry McIntosh

On Sunday 21 October, at the "Port Phillip Writes" event, many U3APP members were honoured with Seniors' Writing Awards. Among those whose entries were read out were Jan Harper, Lois Best, Bob Croker, Wendy Butler and Roderick Waller. Award winners included Jan Harper, Toni Ladanyi, Peter Thorne, Lois Best and Bob Croker. Another of Lois's pieces was Highly Commended, as were pieces from Wendy Butler and Alex Njoo. Authors permitting, we will post their poems, fiction and non-fiction stories in our Writers' Showcase.

Congratulations also go to member Lesley Greagg, instigator of the writers competition and one of the judges, and to Kate Anderson, also on the judging panel. And just in case you think this gave U3APP members an advantage, entries are anonymous when they are judged. Lastly, congratulations to Pat Ryan, whose work with our two Writers Groups has inspired many of our members to enter the competition.

Report by Helen Vorrath