South Solihull U3A
Report from the Chair for 2018/19
This report is not intended to give you a blow by blow account of our activities during the year but to highlight the range of activities that we have on offer within our U3A and the excellent speakers we have at our Core Meetings.
SSU3A is vibrant and friendly because of the members who take part and particularly those who invest a lot of time and effort in planning and carrying out our various activities. Never forget that this is your U3A and only as good as its members make it.
The U3A is called the University of the 3rd Age suggesting that although we have reached a, possibly, less energetic period in our lives we can still learn many new skills and give of ourselves for our benefit and others in the Club. People can contribute in many different ways.
Those of you who attend our Core Meetings know that we have had a range of speakers from Matthew Baggott talking about his experiences as a Police Commissioner and how his faith affects his everyday life, to Ruth Lowe taking us on a trip down memory lane with her talk on Mary Quant and the 60’s. We also had a wonderful talk on Birmingham Cathedral and its progression from a Parish Church to the place of worship and influence it is today. These core meetings cover a range of speakers and activities and are a chance for us all to make social connections over a cuppa and a biscuit, with Prosecco making an appearance on special occasions! In that context I must thank Liz Orton and Diane O’Connor for co-ordinating the volunteers who come forward to help out. However, we need more of you. It’s fun to get involved; meet other members – please sign up. A special thank you also goes to the team of people who set up the sound and projector system and put out the chairs for each meeting. Thank you.
Our U3A would not function without the inspiration and commitment provided by the people who take responsibility for the various interest groups. Their role is to co-ordinate the activities within their groups from Bridge to Local History with Play-reading and Art Appreciation along the way. They do a wonderful job but they are supposed to co-ordinate not, “do it all” and they need you. During our meeting with co-ordinators many ideas were put forward to improve and develop our U3A. Members will have the opportunity to get involved later in the year.
And that brings me, finally, to your Committee. This is definitely a question of “last but not least”. They assemble every month to bring their ideas and commitment to making SSU3A the happy, informative place that you enjoy. Several members of our Committee have a dual role as Co-ordinators and committee members. During the year we have welcomed more of our co-ordinators to our Committee meetings. They have given valuable insight into the organisation of their group and highlighted good practice and some concerns. This has certainly been interesting and valuable for the Committee and we hope for the co-ordinators as well. Anyone who wishes to visit and see how we operate is welcome to come along, put please give us notice so that we can get extra biscuits.
We hope that you continue to enjoy SSU3A and that the introduction of our Learning not Lonely programme after the AGM will enhance your enjoyment during 2019/20.
Very best wishes to you all.