. New Courses and One-off Events in Semester 2 2019

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  Bookings are open for Semester 2, 2019, and the following new courses, repeat courses and one-off events have been included so far:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)

COURSES

Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses

One Week Course

ONE-OFF EVENTS

Out and About

Saturday Seminars

Seniors Festival

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

2019

Friday 23 August (runs until 11 October) - Awash With Colour Art Show - opening night

Friday 20 September - end Term 3

Monday 7 October - start Term 4

Saturday 12 October - The Seniors Festival Community Forum:  Are Victoria and the City of Port Phillip ageing well?

Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 October: 2:00-4:00pm Seniors Festival Art Exhibition 

Wednesday 16 October 2:00-4:30pm Seniors Festival Concert for Choir, Ukulele and French in Songs

Thursday 17 October: 2:00-4:30pm Seniors Festival Concert for Recorder, Allsorts and All That Jazz

Friday 1 November - start of U3APP financial year and membership renewals open for 2020

Tuesday 5 November - Melbourne Cup Day - U3APP office closed

Thursday 14 November - Out & About: Tour and talk at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Saturday 16 November - Saturday Seminar - Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) 

Saturday 23 November - Out & About: The Worker's Port Phillip History Walk

Saturday 30 November - U3APP AGM and Christmas Party

Wednesday 4 December - Out & About: Punting on the Lake

Friday 6 December - end Term 4 / end Semester 2

 

. U3APP Policies & Procedures updated

As part of the U3APP Strategic Plan, the U3APP Policies & Procedures manual has been updated to include 4.8 Environmental Policy.

To view the updated manual, click here.

. Awash With Colour – Art Show

The U3APP Art Show invites you to its Opening Night on Friday 23 August from 7pm - 9pm, at the South Melbourne Community Centre, corner Ferrars Place & Park St.  The show features the work of more than twenty artists including watercolour, mixed media and drawings.  Wine and cheese will be served and works will be available for purchase (cash or card).

You can view the flyer for this event by clicking here

. Farewell Colin Jones

Farewell Colin Jones - compiled by Diane Boyle from comments by Colin's class members, and with thanks to Mac for his photo of Colin

Colin led the Tales of the Sea course for over 10 years at U3APP.  His topics were wide-ranging from naval battles in every sea over the centuries, to histories of the Victorian Navy, ship construction, exploration of Australia by sea, even a series of talks about the Hornblower books.  His extraordinary knowledge also gave us talks on the Melbourne cable cars and blimps.  His talks were full of interest as he was a good story-teller and had a twinkling sense of humour.  His passion for history and for ships shone through.  He brought to class many an interesting book, including several of the over seven books he wrote, and vast numbers of pictures of ships and maps.  He loved songs such as sea shanties and Gilbert & Sullivan, parts of which he would sing to us from time to time.

Many of his class members returned year after year to listen to the fabulous tales Colin had to tell.  He had an encyclopaedic mind filled with anecdotes that kept the class of Tales of the Sea enthralled.

A celebration of his life was held at the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club at which his wife Robyn read an obituary which Colin had written for himself prior to his death.

Tales of the Sea class - written by Jill Hearman

When I was on duty in the office I always looked forward to Colin’s visits on Thursday afternoons when he came in to run his class. He was always so cheery and obviously enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge about ships and the sea.

I admired him enormously for continuing to teach despite his ongoing cancer treatments.

We have lost a born teacher and a delightful man in Colin Jones.

 

. Report on the Tutors and Volunteers Celebration

On Friday 21 June 2019, the annual U3APP Tutors and Volunteers celebration was held at the Mary Kehoe centre to thank all the volunteers for all the hard work and time that they freely give to U3APP. The event was a huge success with over 40 tutors and volunteers enjoying a time to relax and meet each other. Pam Caven, Deputy President thanked everyone for their contributions to U3APP which help to make our U3A such a success. Thanks also to our catering team for a superb afternoon tea. Also a big thank you goes to Barry MacIntosh and Aziza Khamlichi who kindly photographed the event. Some of their fantastic photos are attached here.

. 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.

 

 

. 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.

. Protecting yourself from financial elder abuse

Dear Members

This is about protecting yourself from financial elder abuse.

On Saturday the 13th October your U3APP hosted a most informative speaker – the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO. Her speech outlined the role of the Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.

In her speech she made many valuable points and informed us that the CBA has in June this year launched a guide on how seniors can protect themselves from financial abuse. The guide is called “CBA Safe and Savvy”. To get the guide you do not have to be a Commonwealth Bank customer, it is apparently available at CBA branches. I have just discovered that the guide is also on line at “cba safe and savvy” or here.

We strongly recommend you avail yourself of this information.

With best wishes your Committee of Management,

 

Renate Mattiske

President