Upper North Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of the Upper North Region was held on Monday 13 November at Turramurra Uniting Church. President, Grahame Marr, opened the meeting and welcomed the 50 or so members who attended to what was to be a very enjoyable and lively AGM.

The President reported on the year’s activities and thanked the outgoing committee for all their work throughout 2017. He also thanked Gerald Sabel (who though not on the committee) provides much needed expertise. A big thank you was extended to Course Co-ordinators, Venue Co-ordinators, Leaders and presenters.

Grahame introduced Sydney U3A President, Barbara Boston, who reported on operations at Central Office and also described the delights and difficulties of her role. Di Ekert, Sydney VP Education, spoke enthusiastically about the value of education and how she enjoyed the challenges of her job at U3A. Ian Thompson, Sydney VP and Course Book Editor, described the process of the overall production of the course book and how the number of courses is growing every year – 340 in 2018.

Upper North Treasurer, Josie Lead, reported on the region’s healthy financial position. As Josie is not standing for the committee in 2018, Grahame Marr gave her a special thank you for all her hard work in the role in 2017.

Pauline Holbrook, UNR Course Book Co-ordinator, described the pleasure and sometimes pain of her role as book co-ordinator and gave a preview of some of the courses which will be available in 2018.

At this point, UNR Events Manager, Claudine Parr, read out an amusing poem about the trials and tribulations of being a member of a committee.

It was then the turn of Margot Taverne to perform her role as returning officer. The following people were nominated and duly elected as the new Upper North committee:

Grahame Marr, President

Jane Cooper, Treasurer

Marilyn Pryor, Secretary

Claudine Parr, Events officer

Barbara Sabel, Statistician

Sue Shaw, Publicity officer, newsletter and web editor

Pauline Holbrook, Course co-ordinator

Graeme Marshall, Equipment and assets officer

Roslyn Markham, Committee member and venue co-ordinator

Alan Barge, Committee member and past president

Margot also read out a poem she had written about her thoughts on U3A membership.

Course leader Dawn Nettheim gave an enthusiastic short lecture on the new music course she will be teaching next year and Phil Pryor spoke about his course ‘Truth in History’ in which he gives witty lectures on misconceptions in history.

The committee was then thanked by an audience member.

With the conclusion of the formal business, Josie Lead (who had learnt to play the ukulele through U3A) and Maria Faen gave a wonderful performance of ‘Hallelujah’.

It was then on to lunch with a musical accompaniment by Phil Pryor on the saxophone. Grahame thanked all those on the committee who had helped prepare the lunch, especially Marilyn Pryor and Claudine Parr.