Upper North AGM


Despite a severe storm which hit Sydney on the previous night, over 75 attended the Upper North Showcase and Welcome to New Members held on 10 February at Turramurra Uniting Church.

President, Grahame Marr opened the proceeding by thanking everyone for attending and then gave a brief summary of U3A’s aims and objectives, and plans for the future.

Grahame then introduced a number of course leaders who described what students can expect from their courses this semester.

First cab off the rank was Margaret McDonell who is leading a brand new ‘non-fiction book club’ called “The slightly messy non-fiction club’. Margaret explained that the ‘slightly messy’ refers to the fact that the club’s choice of books to study will be flexible, encompassing a variety of genres, including, science, travel, history and current affairs.

Margaret explaining about the ‘slightly messy non-fiction book club’



It was then Mariana Stecker’s turn to describe what students can expect from the French conversation class she will be holding at Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre.

Grahame then introduced the ever popular presenter Howard Ferrer. Howard started his talk with a discussion on the health benefits of music saying that, among other things, it aided relaxation. This semester Howard will include the topic of light opera, the great American songbook and classic tunes that have become pop icons.

Howard illustrates his talks with video clips and played a sample of the video material he will be using, including a very amusing film clip on the impact of the ‘Beatles and the great British invasion’ on the music scene in the US in the 1960s.

Howard concluded his talk by switching hats to that of science course convenor and presenting a preview of some of the lectures that audiences will be offered at the St Ives Science Group.


Howard Ferrer

Laurie Facer then approached the podium to speak about his series of talks he will give on thought provoking philosophical/psychological/sociological matters. He will discuss such subjects as ‘Is there such a thing as an authentic society’.


Laurie Facer



Grahame introduced the final course leader as ‘Mr Museum’. As this name suggests Stewart Reed is an expert on all things museums.

He discussed the types of lectures he will be giving this semester.

The last speaker and before a delicious afternoon tea was served, Stuart Cumming gave a demonstration of how to book courses online (the system is currently been piloted on selected courses).



Stuart Cummings demonstrated how to use the new online booking system


The audience mingling during afternoon tea.




A big thanks to all the committee members who worked so hard to make the event a success.

Pictured is the newest member of the committee, Heather Lakiss.




Also thanks to:
Phil Pryor who provided the music.
Steve Shaw for taking the photos.
Gerald Sabel for providing support for the AV.