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The AGM will be held March 25 at 1:00pm at the Glebe Road Uniting Church

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The AGM is coming - March 25! Management Committee nominations close March 11

U3A Ipswich and West Moreton's Annual General Meeting will be held on March 25 at 1:00 pm at Glebe Road Uniting Church. All management committee positions will be declared vacant, and nominations are sought from members before March 11 to join the new management team and help guide our organisation forward through this year. Check the tab above for details.

Healthy Life Balance

Di Mead has changed the name of her class from Mindfulness to Healthy Life Balance This class will cover topics concerning the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of life. Some topics could be gratitude, exercise, stress management. The group will be led by the facilitator Dianne Mead but group members will be expected to contribute by leading the topic of discussion. At the beginning of the term a plan will be formulated of topics and presenters. There will always be a guided meditation at the end of each discussion. It is not compulsory to be a presenter in the class.

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Drawing with Ink Pens

Yvonne James is starting a new class: Drawing with Ink Pens. In this class we will use a variety of ink pens in order to gain confidence in using various techniques such as hatching, cross hatching, scribbling and stippling. We will then put our new knowledge and skills to use by drawing and shading a few simple projects.

Craft Dabblers Workshop

Kath Pfitzner has a new course in 2022: Craft Dabblers Workshops. A place to try new crafts, or practice ones you already know. The 2nd Friday of each month will be a chance to have a go at something different. All materials will be provided, so there will be a fee to cover their cost..But the emphasis will be on readily available, inexpensive or recycled materials, to keep this as low as possible. Suggested workshops are: candle making on 11th Feb, bath bombs and shower melts on 11th Mar and Macrame bottle totes on 8th April with discussion about future workshops.

Vinh Truong is running ‘learn to play pickleball’ sessions at Ipswich State High School at Brassall every Wednesday and Friday night 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This sport is very popular with seniors as it is easy to learn, is low stress and has low impact on the body. Click on this link to see how to play pickleball. There is also a Facebook link to a demonstration at Ipswich Social Pickleball on 30 July at 7.25am here. Vinh would like to work with U3A Ipswich and if there is interest we may try to get earlier times.

Why does your computer take so long to start up?

By Geoff, U3A Ipswich I.T. Tutor. We have all noticed that our PCs seem to be taking longer to start up these days. This is because there is so much internal housework being performed by your computer, getting itself ready, before it opens the front door to you. It's just like when you are expecting guests for lunch, and run around doing last minute tidying up. This computer housework can include checking there are no bugs crawling around (computer virus checking), ensuring the latest magazines are on the coffee table (checking for updates), straightening up the paintings and photos (refreshing the thumbnails on your home screen), getting the junk mail off the footpath and bringing in the mail (loading up your emails and sorting them out). Then finally it slides the curtains back to reveal the windows. (Think of the housekeepers depicted in Midsommer Murders). All this house tidying up, as we know, takes time and it seems cleaning our homes nowadays takes longer than ever before. It's the same with our computers, but at least we don't have to do anything except turn it on, and let the maid inside your PC run around and do her job, whilst we finish our cuppa. She takes about 5 minutes, and will not be rushed, in fact trying to help just gets in her way. Geoff will be running various Computer and Technology courses next year, in language we all can relate to and understand.

Volunteers are our lifeblood. We need your help!

Our U3A only functions by the work of volunteers. There are many roles, from minor to major, but ALL are necessary and appreciated. Even if you only have 30 minutes once a week, there is a role for you. For example, staffing our office; helping with events such as See Create Connect Expo; become a tutor – share your passion; join the management committee. We welcome your involvement, which also offers the opportunity for social engagement and fun. To become a volunteer, please contact the office and leave a message for Jill Gibson, Volunteer Coordinator, on (07) 3282 7484, or email at volunteer@u3aipswich.org.au​

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Welcome to U3A Ipswich’s online member services! 

Our online system provides the ability for members to select and enrol in any class themselves online. All members will be able to see the status of classes and make informed decisions on the spot. You’ll know if classes are open, fully subscribed, or on offer at the tutor’s discretion. You’ll know all the dates the classes operate, and each class’s  location. You can also cancel a class you enrolled in, as well as register absence apologies for classes you’ll not be able to attend. You’ll even receive an email confirming your class enrolment and details.

You’ll have instant access to all the start dates for every class of every course at every venue – all at the click of a mouse button or tap on your smart device screen!

Not confident using high tech devices? Our volunteers in the office will be able to offer assistance through the whole process.

Wishing all in our community a safe, healthy and successful year ahead