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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 and second semester programs (2017) for Explorations in Music and the second semester program for Gems of the Silver Screen are available at Our Courses. To look up recent newsletters, go to Newsletters and for earlier articles, Past Events. The latest newsletter can also be found on the sidebar along with the current course book and list of committee members.

News from our Region

The end of the year is near. Remember to send me your final reports for Reports from our Courses for the December update so new and old members can see what your group does when they enrol in courses in mid-January.
Also make sure that you have marked November 30 in your diary for our AGM. We choose the new committee which will decide on the direction of our region next year, enjoy some excellent entertainment and share stories over the committee’s special morning tea. (See below.)
Remember to visit Reports from our Courses now and catch up on what our members did during October.

Carols for Christmas

Leader of Music for Fun group Henry Collins advises that there will be three final sessions on Wednesdays 8 November, 22 November and 13 December in the School of Arts Theatrette from 10:00 to 12:00 featuring Australian Carols. The carols and other songs will be sung at the final session on 13 December. Christmas cheer will be provided! Come and join in the Christmas spirit!
The group has a keyboard. Is there a volunteer among the members who would play it for us? Email Henry on henryhenrycollins@yahoo.com.au

Bob Dylan: Disturber of the peace

Liz Peters talks about Bob Dylan

Last month we might have described Bob Dylan as a singer-songwriter but now we know him as much more than that. The October presentation The Times they are A-Changing was a big success, with some 90 people attending. Thanks to our speaker, Liz Peters, for providing us with an insight into the man, his life and his genius, and playing several recordings of his songs, sung by him and by others.
Over his long career, begun even at school, Bob Dylan has been a prolific songwriter, writer and artist, using his earlier work to champion the civil rights and anti-war movements.
He wrote his first big hit Blowin’ in the Wind at age 21 in the early 1960’s. Thirty years later, when Bob Dylan met Pope John Paul II after performing in Italy, the Pope used this song as the theme of one of his sermons.
Dylan has been something of a chameleon, changing his style of music several times over the years, from folk to rock and, at one time, evangelical. As Bill Clinton said, ‘Bob Dylan has never aimed to please. He’s disturbed the peace and discomforted the powerful.’
No doubt the powerful messages contained in his work, as well as the causes Bob Dylan believed in and helped promote, contributed to his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Of his win, he said he had never stopped to consider whether his songs were ‘literature’.
Sue MacDonald

A crowd for Liz Peters’ lecture on Bob Dylan

Welcome to members, new and old

Remember that Endeavour U3A region is holding a welcome to new members and, of course, to all our old members on Thursday, November 30 at 10.00 for 10.15. You will hear Robert Englund speak about Coincidences & Memories (remember his excellent talk on Shakespeare last year?) and hear Poetry Group members, Yvonne Tracey, Ruth Morgan, Ann O’Connor and Liz Peters presenting work from their two groups. After you will share a yummy morning tea provided by the committee. We shall also hold our annual AGM. We hope that some of you are planning to join the committee for 2018 so you may help decide on the direction our region takes over the next year.

Ring our secretary, Thelma King, at PH: 9525 1580 if you want to learn more. No pressure is put on those present to nominate for membership but, of course, we hope, if you haven’t been on committee before, you will seriously think about it.

Put the Event in your diary

Endeavour (Southern) Region’s AGM and Welcome to New Members (and old): Thursday, November 30 at 10.00 for 10.30 at the Cronulla School of Arts, Upstairs Theatrette. Contact Thelma King Ph: 9525 1580 to obtain nomination forms. New committee members very welcome.

Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 1st December, 2017 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


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