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Obtaining low cost hardware and software for your U3A

by Mel Llewellyn, Eastlakes U3A Connecting Up Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to unleash the power of not-for-profits by providing a variety of information, products, resources and programs. Connecting Up manages technology donation programs of companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, Symantec, SAP and many more to qualified not-forprofit organisations in Australia, To

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U3A and your LGA

by Barrie Brennan, Tamworth U3A Does your U3A have a good relationship with your local Council? How might this change as a result of potential amalgamations. Barrie Brennan of Tamworth U3A ponders the issues. My comments following are the result of my observations about the role of Local Government Councils. The observations result from my

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Sharing the Load

by Aileen Harland, Liaison Officer, Wollongong U3A It’s always a problem. Organizers seeking to put on a variety of courses face a huge strain in finding the human resources to maintain a vibrant, challenging program. Often it can seem that there are never enough people willing and able to carry out the research and deliver

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Scams

Your Life Choices and Telstra websites Fake Emails According to the latest Kaspersky Lab statistics, 73.3 per cent of emails sent worldwide are spam. The vast majority of these spam emails are created to scam you of your hard-earned money. Scammers are becoming more cunning than ever before with how they create scams and the

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Bequests to U3A

by Allan Haggarty U3A has made a real difference to the lives of many retirees. At the end of a term, knowing that classes would be in recess for some time, one of my U3A’s members said that he wouldn’t know what he’d do without U3A. And one of my U3A’s classes doesn’t stop during

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Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute tours

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is delighted to extend an invitation to you and your members to come and meet their world leading scientists and see first-hand the ground breaking research that they are doing. Through heart surgery, Dr Victor Chang was able to save hundreds of lives, but he knew that through research,

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Gill Walker’s Marketing Ideas

Gill Walker, who had a background in advertising and spoke on marketing to older adults, told us that 3 million Australians were born before 1946 and 86% of them are retired. 70% have been to Bunnings in the last 3 months which might encourage U3As to hold a sausage sizzle to recruit new members. 75%

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COTA

by Ian Day, Chief Executive Officer Council on the Ageing (NSW) Inc. More than one in every three people in NSW is aged over 50. As such, this group is highly significant in electoral, employment and market terms, but this impact is often not understood and in some cases not even considered. COTA NSW’s role, above

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Profile of the Network

by Jean de Hosson WHAT a wonderful response was made to our recent NSW Members’ Survey! 62 Surveys were dispatched and 59 were completed and returned. The Network Secretary, while kept busy, is absolutely thrilled with our members’ cooperation and willingness to be of help. Naturally, not all the information has been collated but here are

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How to get newsworthy photos

Edited by Claire Eglinton from an article in the newsletter of Lower North U3A, SA. News media is becoming a much more visual affair than it was years ago. Conditioned by decades of television watching, we expect more from newspapers than the old style column after column of newsprint. We expect to see photographs illustrating

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Course leaders – finding, servicing and rewarding convenors

by Frank Jennings This article is a summary of the main points made in the workshop on this topic, led by Fran Tarbox of Kempsey-Macleay alley U3A, at the 2012 Port Macquarie Network Conference. While every U3A operates in a different way, often depending on membership size, different methods of administration, and venues available, some of

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Brain articles

by Julie Henry Your Brain Matters is Alzheimer’s Australia’s NEW brain health program, designed to help Australians live a brain healthy life. We have also developed an App to assist in monitoring your brain health. Available for Android and Apple smart phones, download BrainyApp today to help you on your way to a brain healthy lifestyle.

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Network Resource Library

by Editor The Resource Library is a collection of course materials which can be used by any U3A organisation for the benefit of its members. Additionally, any individual may find the resources of interest for their own benefit. You can access the Library and its resources from the Network website then click onto the Resource

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Local Government & Positive Ageing Policies

by Editor September is the time for Local Government elections, and now is the time to start thinking about how well your Council looks after its older citizens, and U3A. The Workshop Staying Associated – Dealing with Local Government conducted at the 2012 Network Conference by Ron Browne and Ainslie Lamb, drew on the experience

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A Guide for New Committee Members

by Editor The aims and objectives of the Network are: To provide information, advice and relevant services to member U3As, and to encourage their involvement in the wider community, while recognizing their autonomy; To encourage co-operation and networking between member U3As, and as far as practicable, with other U3A organizations in Australia and internationally; To

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About Your Constitution

by Allan Haggerty Following changes to Associations Incorporation legislation and Regulations last year, many U3As are updating their current Constitutions to comply with the changes. The changes generally provide more flexibility for smaller incorporated associations, enabling such matters as postal voting, simplifying accounting procedures, and clarifying committee roles and responsibilities. A new Model Constitution has been

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Risk Management

by Allan Haggarty Risk Management, or managing risk is about minimising danger. It is, of course, impossible to eliminate it. Two simple examples are not to cross the road against a red light and not to change a light globe before switching off the light. Common sense? Yes, but as one gets older, one can be

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How to Deal with Difficult U3Aers

by Graeme Eggins THE problem of “difficult” members is a question that comes up from time to time in U3A committee meetings but is rarely publicly discussed. Yet anyone who has been a U3A member for more than a couple of years has encountered members who are hard to handle. Of course, we all have to

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Is Untutored Teaching Worth Trying?

by Editor IF you can’t get more tutors, consider alternative teaching methods such as group learning, aka study circles. Experience shows that people gathering to study a subject in which they all have a common interest can be very rewarding. U3A Online courses (see separate story) and U3A Network’s resource library are readily available for

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U3A’s face challenge attracting new tutors

by Dr Lydia Hebestreit Attracting new tutors is one of the constant challenges facing U3A committee around the nation – and the world. Everybody agrees that good presenters are an essential part of any U3A’s continued success. A survey of Presidents of U3As in Victoria by Dr Lydia Hebestreit (see April NewsLink) showed that 55% of

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Report from a Survey of U3A members

by Dr Lydia Hebestreit AUSTRALIAN members believe U3A makes a significant and positive difference to their lives. That said, if you want U3A to grow, committees must promote it vigorously because many active retirees know nothing about the movement. And, if you want more men to join, you could consider appointing more males to roles where

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How to get new committee people

From U3A Conference HOW do we deal with members‘ lack of enthusiasm for committee positions? How to train people to be confident to take on committee roles? These were two of the most discussed questions raised by Dubbo U3A President Colin Jones when he chaired two Q&A sessions at the annual conference. All delegates agreed

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Promote Yourself

From U3A Conference PUBLICITY and promotion are essential to help spread the word about U3A in general and your U3A in particular. The aim is to gain new members while making the wider community more supportive of the achievements of the U3A movement. And what makes people join U3A? Bathurst U3A (NSW) asked members to

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Financial Tips

From U3A Conference MANY U3A committees face extra financial challenges this year. The global downturn threatens retirement incomes while operating costs, specially venue hire, are rising. In recent months a number of U3As have been forced to move classes from low cost – sometimes free – premises to new, more expensive venues. For example, U3A

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Ageing Well

by Huffington Post Gerontologists at the Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, have been following a group of older people for several decades. (Baltimore Longitudinal Study) The results show that our personalities really don’t change much over time. So if someday someone says you’re a mean-spirited old coot, you were probably that

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Ageing Myths

by Research Team in USA A comprehensive study on ageing, conducted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, (a philanthropic institution in the USA) supports the notion that lifestyle choices are the key to healthy ageing. In their book, Successful Aging, John W. Rowe, M.D. and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D discuss the results

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Separating the U3A baby from the bathwater

by Mel Davies We cannot avoid change, we cannot foresee all of it, we can only hope to direct and control some of it. Some change is inevitable and indeed necessary if U3A is to survive. So what might be changed and what must be retained? What is the true nature of U3A? We should,

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