At the Sydney U3A AGM, held on 24 March, Ivy Edwards was awarded Honorary Life Membership for her work as a Northern Beaches region committee member, Newsletter Editor and Publicity Officer for a period of nine years. In her early days in these roles, Ivy revolutionised the outlook and work of our Region with the result that our membership quickly doubled and then trebled.
No U3A could ever have a more inspired Publicity Officer. Ivy was alive to all the local, state and international opportunities for publicity. Ivy’s many new projects included encouraging our Region to take an active part in the Food and Wine and Local Volunteer Festival event at Winnererremy Bay on three occasions and arranged a table manned by our members to be visible at local shopping malls.
It was through her enthusiasm and planning that we hosted a celebratory breakfast to promote the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Three eminent speakers gave their time and we hosted this event close to 1st October for three years in succession with an audience of over 100 people.