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Have a look at what is happening in the Endeavour (Southern) region of Sydney U3A, which meets in the St George area and Sutherland Shire !

For news on current classes, go to Our Courses or Reports from our Courses. The first program (2018) for Explorations in Music and the second semester program for Gems of the Silver Screen are available at Our Courses. To look up the most recent newsletter, go to the sidebar on this page or Newsletters and for earlier articles, Past Events. The current course book and list of committee members can also be found on the sidebar on this page.

News from our Region

Summer Sunrise, Oyster Bay

It’s 2018! and a new year for learning, fun, friendship, and interesting Fifth Tuesday Lectures.

The new Course Brochure will be out soon, with details of old favourites and plenty of new courses on offer. You can also access it on line at sydneyU3A.org. Bookings and enquiries are only available after the booklet comes out so be sure to follow up quickly for the best chance of success.


This is my first ever solo update. Keep your course reports coming in, and please be gentle with me! Thanks Bronwyn, for your excellent training and notes.
Sue MacDonald

2018 Sutherland Shire Australia Day Awards

Endeavour U3A was a nominee for the Sutherland Shire Australia Day Community Organisation awards. Denis Paulin, our vice-president, and Bronwyn Haddock attended the mayoral reception for the nominees on December 7. It was inspiring to meet so many people dedicated to their community. We were proud when Denis received a certificate of appreciation for all our organisation does for older people in our area.
The winner of the community award was Relay for Life. However, although there can only be one winner in any category, every organisation and individual represented there deserved recognition.

Carols for Christmas

Music for Fun is all about the joys of music and song and improving your singing through voice and breathing exercises. You can even pick up some song-writing skills. Next year we’re having weekly sessions – details will be in the 2018 Semester 1 booklet.

See the poem in Reports from our Courses about why you should join.


This year’s regional AGM was held Thursday, 30 November 2017. This is our annual opportunity to review the year’s events and achievements, and for social chit-chat and exchange of ideas. It’s a warm, friendly and happy-to-see-new-people kind of place. The morning tea was pretty good too.
Entertainment followed the official part of the proceedings. Liz Peters (from Creative Writing) read a selection of Ann O’Connor’s work and Yvonne Tracey (from Writing Creatively), read some poems by Ruth Morgan. Liz Peters and Ann O’Connor paid tribute to Frank Davis who has done such a sterling job for so long leading the Creative Writing group at Gymea.
Several course leaders, both existing and future, then reported on their courses.
We next heard our guest speaker, Robert Englund, speak on the topic of Coincidence and Memories. It was, as usual, an interesting and entertaining talk. See the link below to read it for yourself.
Members then mingled over the morning tea.
If you want to actively contribute to your U3A by volunteering to join the committee, why not give it a go. You can join any time through the year. Mary Small says, after just a short time on the committee, she has found it’s fun and rewarding.

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Robert Englund’s talk on Coincidence and Memories. Click here.

Ann O’Connor’s poem Wrong Way. Click here.

Peter H Tincanman’s poem Tincanman. Click here.

Ann O’Connor’s poem Good Advice. Click here.

New courses and old

In 2018, we have a number of new courses and changes to old favourites.
For those who love reading, Mary Small is beginning a course titled Come, Share a Book. A maximum of 10 participants will read their own choice of book for discussion by class members. History lovers will welcome a new course entitled 20th Century Australian Adventurers, Explorers and Aeronauts while film buffs will be excited to know that Robert Englund is continuing his exploration of classic films with Humphrey Bogart – His Life and Films. Henry Collins is inviting all those who love to discuss to a new group called Open Minds.
Interesting Issues Around Science will continue to run talks by experts in their field. This semester, Helen Maynard-Casely will speak on Journeying to the Centre of the Planets, Peter Wong on Laboratory Waste-Management and Geoff Paul on Changes in Obstetrics over the last 50 Years.
A special thanks to new leaders who are taking over groups: Liz Peters will now lead Poetry for Pleasure while Ann O’Connor will take on Creative Writing.
Remember to book your courses mid-January when the new course book comes out. It will be published on the Sydney U3A website and in print.

Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 10.00am
in the supper room at Cronulla School of Arts, Cronulla.  All members are welcome to attend.

Endeavour Region Links

Click on one of the following links to take you to:


  1. Our Courses
  2. Reports from our Courses
  3. Our Newsletters
  4. Past Events


If you wish to make a suggestion including any corrections, provide feedback or supply material for this website, please contact Sue MacDonald at suzannemacdonald99@gmail.com or phone 9528 8179.

For information about Endeavour (Southern) U3A, contact Margaret Kingston by phoning 9522 9868 or emailing her at m.kingston1@bigpond.com