Northern Beaches Region – Annual General Meetings

24 March 2022 – AGM

This year’s meeting was again held on 24 March at The Dutch Club, Frenchs Forest.

President Rosemary McCulloch acknowledged that there have been some difficult times over the last year with the impact of COVID and the recent floods hitting hard, necessitating lockdowns and numerous last minute changes to the Course Book programs – flexibility has been the order of the day!

The formal proceedings were straightforward; leaders and booking secretaries were thanked along with the outgoing committee. In thanking the committee, Rosemary recalled a saying she had seen recently: “Some people want it to happen; Some wish it would happen; Others make it happen” and felt this very adequately described the committee’s hard work that had helped the Northern Beaches region continue to operate during this strange time.

June Wright presided over the election of the new committee; there being only one nomination for each position all were elected unopposed.

Our guest speaker, Michelle Richmond, wowed us with her knowledge of the history of the Northern Beaches and most members present went home having learned something new about our local area.

25 March 2021 – AGM

This year’s meeting was held on Thursday 25 March at The Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest.

President Rosemary McCulloch’s report focused on 2020 and the dreadful impact caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ian Thompson was thanked for his invaluable help setting up a series of presentations via Zoom during this period. Thankfully the region has bounced back, mainly due to Northern Beaches Council opening their venues from July and allowing courses to recommence. The first and only social event held in 2020, the Spit Roast, was in October and was well attended.

The outgoing committee was thanked and welcomed back as all were elected unopposed for another year. A warm welcome was given to Sue Reeman who has joined the committee as Publicity Officer.

Our guest speaker, David Strike, gave an entertaining presentation on what he has called ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’. He amused us with memories of diving adventures and time spent living in Gibraltar, the Maldives, Borneo and Hong Kong.

One particular recollection was his first assignment at salvage diving in the Maldives island of Gan. The ‘salvage’ was for a set of a Royal Air Force sergeant’s dentures which had unfortunately dislodged and fallen into the sea. The teeth were quickly retrieved but, rather than making the job appear too easy, David spent a considerable time exploring the crystal clear waters before resurfacing.

There were also many recollections of a Royal Naval diving legend, Lt. Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, a Royal Navy frogman and diver who vanished during a reconnaissance mission for MI6 around a Soviet cruiser berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1956. A thoroughly enjoyable presentation.

2020 – AGM

Due to COVID-19 there was no face to face AGM in 2020. However, the 2020 committee was elected and the current members can be viewed here.  Let’s hope that next year’s AGM can go ahead.

13 March 2019 – AGM and 30 Year Anniversary Celebratory Lunch

The Annual General Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebratory Lunch were held on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the Long Reef Golf Club.  As usual the Club came up trumps with a wonderful meal and excellent service.

President Rosemary McCulloch welcomed close to 100 members with a special welcome to Barbara Boston, the current Sydney U3A President, and Ruth Buchanan, immediate Past President of the Northern Beaches region.  In her address the President noted the many new initiatives over the last year with the introduction of the Strolling Group, Opera and Lunch on alternate Sundays, a Craft Group, the appointment of a Welfare Officer and the Third Age Rock Orchestra to name a few.  With the exception of Mike Williams, Publicity Officer, the committee was re-elected for the 2019 year and Ruth Buchanan noted her thanks for their sterling work during the past year.

The special guest speaker was Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, Commander of the State Crime Command Criminal Groups Squad, NSW Police Force, whose humorous talk was very much enjoyed by all.

Special thanks must be given to Gaye Pringle for her excellent organisation of the event.

14 March 2018 – AGM

This year’s AGM was held on Wednesday 14 March at the Narrabeen Baptist Church.

President Rosemary thanked the outgoing committee and assistants for their excellent work during the year. She emphasised they are the unsung heroes for all the work they do quietly in the background.  Course Leaders and Course
Secretaries rated special thanks as without them we would have no U3A.

The outgoing committee was thanked for it’s marvellous work over the previous year and the 2018/19 committee elected. A special welcome was extended to a new team member, Mike Williams.  We wish them well in their continuing work for Northern Beaches U3A.

Refreshments were served following the meeting and several members enjoyed the ‘Bollywood’ dance entertainment.