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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. 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

Georges River, looking towards Hurstville

Good news!  Classes are resuming shortly and First Semester Course Booklet is available on the sidebar.  Have a look through to see if there’s something new that interests you!

A note for your future reference :
If you are able to scan the original and attach it, attendance record forms are to be emailed to the President (spotmcleod@gmail.com)  OR mail to The President, Ian McLeod,12/37-41 Premier St, Gymea, 2227, NSW.


Monday 6 January 2020

From the President’s Desk

Well my previous message that attempted to seek out members to step forward or show interest in helping to manage the affairs of the U3A Endeavour region and keep it active was completely unsuccessful.

There was an absolute zero response!
With an active membership of approx. 600 in the region, I can’t believe there are not some members out there who could step forward and volunteer to contribute??

Since the last message on this page we have now lost our secretary. Jack has moved out of area to Adelaide.

It’s important that we get volunteers to come forward – I was a volunteer but was certainly not aware of the situation that I was about to be confronted with!

It is important that the roles undertaken as a volunteer are kept simple and unobtrusive to everything else in people’s busy lives today. Without the numbers to spread the activities amongst those who are willing to participate, the remaining members start to be loaded and it starts to become a “job”.

I do not need a “job”, I retired from that situation 6 years ago and unless things change, I like others will need to give consideration to the other options available to us.

The issue I see is that previously the committee members gave/made long term commitments and stayed on, and as the committee numbers diminished the remaining members took on some of the roles most needed. However those ones have reached or are reaching the point in their lives where they need to relax and enjoy life more!

So we need some new members, with new ideas, who would like to actively contribute to ensure that the Endeavour U3A module will continue on into the future in the same way as it has contributed to the community for the past 30 years, providing the same or better levels of activity for members to participate in.

The course leadership is strong – 50 plus courses scheduled for the first semester 2020.

Scheduled release date for the course book is the 15th January 2020. The AGM is set for the 11th March 2020

In particular the positions that are open for discussion are as follows and it would be my preference to spread the roles

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Regional Course Coordinator
  • Assistant to the Treasurer
  • Publicity Officer
  • Assistant to Publicity Officer
  • General Committee Members

I would very much appreciate that the membership give some serious thought to how they could make a contribution. I am sure that all the skills sets are out there – the membership database demonstrates that.

Please feel free to call me and discuss the options/subject.

Ian McLeod
President –U3A Endeavour Region
0433 587 567

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2020 First Semester program for Explorations in Music is available at Our Courses


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For some really interesting articles, click here to see the latest Newslink and Newsletter (2 items) :

Central Office Newsletter Feb 2020
Newslink Nvember 2019

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OTHER NEWS:   Sydney U3A income is generated primarily from membership. It is essentially the only income available to pay ongoing running and administration expenses.

We ask all leaders/class secretaries to assist by reminding attendees at courses, talks and events that membership cards should be worn and that attendance at classes is only available to financial members of Sydney U3A. Leaders/class secretaries must record membership numbers on the course attendance sheets. Membership cards contain a membership renewal date.

An easy way for members to reduce costs is to choose to receive the course book as an electronic copy rather than a hard copy – call Head Office if you’d like to help in this way.

Currently, 83.9% Endeavour Region membership have advised their email addresses

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Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 7th February 2020 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


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For information about Endeavour (Southern) U3A, contact Ian McLeod by emailing him on  spotmcleod@gmail.com