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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. 2018 Second Semester programs for Gems of the Silver Screen and Explorations in Music is 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

Early Christmas Bush at Joseph Banks Native Garden, Kareela

Highlights from the Endeavour Region AGM, held on 29 October were :

  • Introduction of New President and New Publicity Officer
  • Long-serving leaders retiring
  • A U3A winner in poetry section of the recent Council Literary Competition
  • Several new courses offered in 2019
  • Delicious morning tea!

And, of course, a busy time of year, Christmas, will be along shortly.  Keep happy, healthy and safe, and see you next year!


AGM News

Attending members at the AGM were introduced to our new President, Ian McLeod, and our new Publicity Officer, Glen Lenertz. Other committee members for the year ahead are detailed on the Committee sidebar, see top left of this home page.

Mention was made of all the good new courses offered this year, and the very successful Fifth Tuesday lectures, which included Les Miller on ‘My 15 months on Ice’, Anita Saviane’s talk on ‘Travelling Dangerously and Telling the Tale’, and Gillian Lewis from the ANMM about William Bligh. The ongoing contribution from the leaders and secretaries of our longstanding courses is always appreciated.

Ted Watson, Regional Coordinator, reported that Semester 1.2019 will offer 53 courses with 19 conducted at the School of Arts, demonstrating the invaluable part the Cronulla School of Arts plays in our operation. There are a number of new courses and some courses where there have been changes to leader and secretary.

Three talented members of our poetry groups presented a selection of their poems.

Special mention to Ann O’Connor of the Creative Writing group in Gymea for winning the prestigious poetry award in a poetry competition conducted by the Shire Council. Ann won the award granted for the best poem written by a local Shire member. Her poem was entitled ‘The Last Wave’. This and the other poems will be reproduced in Course Reports as they become available to the editor.

New Courses available in 2019 will be detailed as a heading in Our Courses shortly, so keep an eye out for the details when next year’s brochure is available

Retiring Members :
Barry and Lorraine Hughes and Beryl Davis, of the ‘Aspects of Australian History’ course, are all retiring, after many years of wonderful service to U3A. Mary Small and Margaret Durie are taking on the leadership roles of that course.
Betty Buchanan is retiring as leader of the ‘Discussion Group’ at the South Hurstville library after 23 years of unremitting commitment to this course. She will continue as a member of the group with Denis Paulin taking over the leadership role.
Frank Davis, who ran the Creative Writing group in Gymea successfully for many years, is retiring. New leader is Ann O’Connor

Eleven leaders spoke about their courses, past successes and future expectations.

The feeling was of a keen and enthusiastic committee to take us into our 30th Year in 2019. As a voluntary organisation we make a great contribution in providing social activity and intellectual stimulation to 700 seniors and retirees in the Sutherland Shire and St George District.
Then followed a delicious morning tea and a chance for further talking.


Suite 2, Level 10 St Martin’s Tower
31 Market Sydney.
Corner of York and Market Streets, opp the QVB
Telephone : 9267 9056

Other contact details : email : mail@sydneyu3a.org – web : www.sydneyu3a.org

Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 1st February 2019 at 10.00am
in the Activity 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 Glen Lenertz by phoning 0409 259 226 or emailing her at Glenice1010@gmail.com