NB Committee

Northern Beaches u3a Committee 2023

Back row, left to right: Ann Hardiman, Katy O’Brien, Jill Porteous, Pamela Egan, Gaye Pringle,
Tricia Haines, Brenda Fuller
Front row, left to right: David Tuckerman, Kerrie Sanders (President), Olivia Kesby, Runa Schmidt-Muller

Kerrie Sanders President
Olivia Kesby Secretary
David Tuckerman Treasurer
Runa Schmidt-Muller Course Coordinator                                      .
Gaye Pringle Welfare Officer
Ann Hardiman Catering Officer
Tricia Haines Database Administrator and Newsletter Distributor
Brenda Fuller Website Editor and Newsletter Editor
Pamela Egan Publicity Officer
Jill Porteous
Katy O’Brien
Activity Officers
Non-Committee roles:
Alan Bateman Course Book Editor
Pamela Acott Yellow Pamphlet Editor

Venue Coordinators

Eve Lane Avalon Recreation Centre
Sandra Orton Balgowlah: Club Totem
Peter Nixon Belrose Bowling Club
Beth Robertson Forestville RSL Club                       .
John Watt Frenchs Forest: Lionel Watts Community Centre
John Peters Frenchs Forest: The Dutch Club
Marcia Andrews Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Barbara Larkin Narrabeen North: Narrabeen Baptist Church
Marcia Andrews Narrabeen: Tramshed Arts and Community Centre
Helen Howes Newport Community Centre
Colleen Russell Newport: Pittwater Presbyterian Church                   .
Runa Schmidt-Muller North Curl Curl Community Centre

Annual General Meetings

The 2023 AGM took place on Monday 27 March at The Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest – a big thank you to the approximately 70 members who attended. We were delighted to welcome Sydney u3a President, Jennifer Waldron, who chaired the meeting and later outlined the way forward for the upcoming year.

Prior to reporting on activities that have taken place over the last year, Secretary Olivia Kesby acknowledged ex-President Rosemary McCulloch’s tremendous contribution to the region over ten years. The report on 2022 activities was followed by the Treasurer’s report, presented by David Tuckerman.

The outgoing committee was thanked for their work during 2022 and the new committee welcomed on board.
Thank you to Ian Thompson for looking after the Returning Officer duties. The big news of the day was, of course, the election of a new President, Kerrie Sanders.
Congratulations Kerrie, and we wish you well as you take over this big role.

At the end of the formalities Brenda Fuller was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the President for her considerable contribution to Northern Beaches u3a.

‘Only optimism can help with climate change’ was the title of Peter Nixon’s address.
Peter cited many initiatives around the world where organisations and individuals are taking positive action to help combat the effects of climate change.
At the end of Peter’s talk there was definitely an air of optimism in the room!

Thank you, Peter, for your very interesting and thought provoking talk.

Reports from previous years’ AGMs can be viewed here.

Honorary Life Membership Awards

Each year any of the Sydney u3a regions can nominate members for an Honorary Life Membership. These awards are approved by the Sydney u3a Board of Management and granted to members who have contributed enormously to the running of his/her region. You may be interested to read about the Northern Beaches region members who have received such an award over recent years.  Read more …..