. 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

. VALE JOHN WROE

It is with sadness we inform our membership that John Wroe died peacefully at home on 28 September 2018

Vale John Wroe

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)

New Policy on Extended Planned Leave

A new policy has been approved by the U3APP Committee of Management after consultation with tutors, course coordinators, office managers and the IT team. Its aim is to allow maximum access to courses which are most in demand.

In brief, when a member gives notice of extended leave for five or more consecutive weeks from weekly courses – or three or more from fortnightly courses or two or more from monthly courses– that vacated place will be offered to the first person on the waitlist, and the person who is going away will in turn be moved to the top of the waitlist for that course.  These modifications will only affect courses which have a waitlist and the tutor will be consulted to make sure that the move is appropriate.

You will be interested to know that our enrolment team has been able to move more than 150 people off waitlists and into courses in the first semester of this year, so we anticipate that a member will be able to return to class soon after their extended leave.

This policy comes into effect immediately.   Click here to read a fuller version.

 

Staying Safe on the Internet

Noble Works greeting card

For those who attended the recent course on Staying Safe on the Internet, and for those who missed it, you can download the slides from the talk. They contain many useful links to other websites.

One of the issues covered in the course was the problem of choosing and remembering passwords. I rather liked this solution (see picture right).

Another issue covered was avoiding scams. We have received a communication from Consumer Affairs Victoria urging U3APP to alert all our members to the dangers of scams.

For more information from CAV, here are the links:

The benefits of the new electronic roll-cards – Helen Vorrath

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.

Helen Vorrath - IT"

Parking

U3APP currently receives 20 parking permits each year. We are in negotiation with the Council to either change the parking restrictions in the area or to issue us with more permits, but there is no guarantee we will succeed in changing anything. With our membership growing, this means permits will always be in short supply.

We are therefore requesting that our more able-bodied members consider those less mobile by parking in one of the nearby unrestricted parking areas, so that permits will be available for those who need them most. There is unrestricted parking a block away in Boyd Street, and a little further away in Wright Street and Richardson Street.

Please help if you can - if you don't use a parking permit you will benefit from both the extra exercise and the good karma!

No More Bills! Mary Kehoe energy efficiency

Working in conjunction with the City of Port Phillip Sustainability Team, the U3A Community Carbon Cops have delivered an amazing set of results for the energy efficiency project they started in late 2013 at the Mary Kehoe Community Centre.  The highlights include:

  • The first energy positive public building in the City of Port Phillip - now generating 110% of its energy needs.
  • A reduction of energy consumption of 42%.
  • And best of all: no more electricty bills, this stunning change will provide Council with at least $2,300 in revenue each year instead of the expected $4,700 in electricty changes.  This is a $7,000 turnaround.

If you would like to get some help with reducing utility bills at your house, feel free to contact Brett Hedger at the City of Port Phillip on 9209 6780 or by email using [email protected].