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.
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.
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.
It is with sadness we inform our membership that John Wroe died peacefully at home on 28 September 2018
Vale John Wroe
John and his wife Chris joined U3APP in February, 2012. John took the office of Treasurer in March of that year, a position he held for the next 3 years. He was also an enthusiastic and talented participant in the Art Group. In addition, John presented a 6-week course in first term 2017, “How Mineral Deposits Form”. In this, he drew on his background in scientific exploration in geology, a profession that took John, Chris and their family to many interesting and challenging places in the world.
John had a quiet but steely determination in tackling problems. It was not unusual to hear his voice from the floor of the office while tackling an issue with cables and the internet. A little later, John would be delivering the Finance Report at CoM, and be wielding a brush at Art the next day. All of this would happen with his customary smile, warm manner, and soft voice.
John and Chris made their home available for the Executive meetings and once business was attended to, their hospitality gave us the opportunity to relax.
One of nature’s gentlemen, John will be sadly missed in the corridors of MKC, and more particularly by those of us who came to know and love the truly wonderful and genuine, John Wroe.
(With thanks to José Simsa for this obituary to John)
A representative from Healthcare Australia left a brochure about its new home care division in the U3APP Office. Below is an extract from the brochure, but you can also pop into the Office and ask to see the entire brochure.
Healthcare Australia is excited to announce the launch of its new home care division, HCA Home. Healthcare Australia have been leaders in healthcare for the past 45 years specializing in providing qualified nurses and support workers throughout Australia.
We provide in-Home Support services using Commonwealth aged care funding or self-funded services throughout Australia.
HCA Home is dedicated to assisting ageing people to remain living in their own home. We can assist with those everyday tasks that sometimes can be difficult for the elderly living at home. These services include nursing, personal care and hygiene, overnight assistance, medication support, in-home respite, meal-time assistance and pet care.
HCA Home is happy to offer free information sessions on aged care services or speak individually to anyone who might need some more assistance.
How can we help?
At HCA Home, we understand aged care can be confusing and just finding a place to start can seem overwhelming. You’re not alone, we’re here to guide and support you through every step.
We’ll do our best to cater your needs whilst making the most out of your funding arrangements. We offer a wide range of Services including
Thirty-two members and others were entertained by Barry’s recollection of a five-month long circumnavigation of Australia by Subaru Forester, highlighted by his on and off-road experiences in the far north. A portfolio of photographs accompanied the talk.
Crocodiles, flooded river crossings and bulldust galore interspersed with time spent completing the third of an Australian dynastic trilogy of adventure novels which span the First, Second and a potential Third World War.
Barry’s easygoing style made for an entertaining afternoon, re-igniting this writer’s desire to see more of our country. A great deal of interest was also shown in his self-published novels.
A study of the Yarra delta from the 1850s to today.
Presented by Margaret Bride and Janet Bolitho
An enthusiastic audience of 50 including several visiting members of the Port Phillip Historical & Preservation Society listened to a detailed talk based on a study of the development and realignment of the Yarra, its impact on the Sandridge, Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend precincts and on the economy of Melbourne.
Janet Bolitho and Margaret Bride co-ordinated this project for the PMH&PS with a generous endowment from the Auty family, descendants of the original settlers of Port Melbourne, the family of WFE Liardet.
The landscape of Port Melbourne has been hugely changed by human intervention since white settlement. The shape and the course of the Yarra River have been changed, the swampy terrain is now covered with roads and other hard surfaces, and there is a new landmass at the mouth of the river. Through a series of maps and aerial photographs, “Mapping Port Melbourne” graphically presented these changes that were planned, some discarded and others implemented, and their effect on Melbourne’s ports.
An active Q&A ensued with recollections of life in the 1930s and 40s and discussions on future developments of our ports to enable the receipt and discharge of goods into the second half of the 21st century.
Our IT guru, Helen Vorrath, explains why the move to our new electronic roll-cards will reduce the workload of our wonderful office and IT volunteers:-
"When I first started thinking about automating U3APP processes, I was convinced that the one thing I would never try to automate was the course roll-cards. What could be easier than ticking off your name on a piece of paper?
The answer to that is nothing. But the new electronic roll system that we are introducing this coming Semester is nearly as easy for you to use. But people are still asking, quite reasonably, why bother?
So here are the reasons why:
We need to collect attendance statistics (to support grant applications, see which course are the most successful, etc). At the end of Semester, some poor soul had the tedious task of trying to enter all those messy ticks and crosses from the paper rolls into a spreadsheet.
We are actively managing the Waitlists, so we need to know who’s dropped out of a class so that we can put someone from the Waitlist in. With electronic rolls and electronic options for apology and cancellation, Karen English’s ITEM team can do course management without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
We can keep accurate electronic rolls for courses which are run somewhere other than Mary Kehoe, and these rolls are accessible from anywhere. No one has to collect or return a roll card.
So when someone hands you a cute little tablet instead of a paper card when you come to classes next Semester, we hope you will enjoy marking yourself present electronically.
Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney
This is a booklet which has been made available by the office of the Commissioner for Senior Victorians. More information about the booklet and how/where to obtain copies can be found in the Commissioner’s email, reprinted here:-
" On 22 June 2017, I was pleased to launch a new publication Your voice – Trust your choice - Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney. In my capacity as the Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, listening to the stories of some senior Victorians, I saw a need for additional information to assist people to understand the significance of enduring powers of attorney and the potential for misuse.
Your voice – Trust your choice is a practical guide to help older Victorians to safely appoint a Power of Attorney. An enduring power of attorney is where you give someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf. The majority of enduring powers of attorney work well. Unfortunately, in some cases, family members, carers or friends abuse their authority as power of attorney and take advantage of that authority. This is one of the most devastating forms of elder abuse.
The booklet includes helpful tips, case studies, and sample wording to encourage older people to safely decide upon an enduring power of attorney. It is a companion booklet to Office of the Public Advocate’s Taking Control: a guide for making enduring powers of attorney. In particular, this guide will assist older people to minimise the risk of abuse when appointing an enduring power of attorney, so that:
· it captures their wishes about decisions that are made on their behalf
· ensures that the right people are involved in decisions that are made on their behalf.