Upper North AGM 2019

Grahame Marr, President, opened the meeting by warmly welcoming the large crowd. He also acknowledged the attendance of Barbara Boston, President of U3A Sydney.

The meeting started with the confirmation of the minutes of the 2018 AGM. This was followed by a report of the year’s activities and the Treasurer’s report by Grahame Marr (in the place of Jane Cooper who was unable to attend).

He thanked the outgoing committee for all their work throughout 2019. A big thank you was extended to Course Co-ordinators, Venue Coordinators, Leaders and Presenters.

He also thanked Gerald Sabel for providing ongoing IT support.

Stuart Cumming, U3A’s IT spokesman, gave a short presentation on a pilot being conducted to develop an on-line course booking system. He said that the pilot (on a sample number of courses) had gone well and that, in the near future, the system would be used for the booking of all courses. Stuart explained that members will be able to use MyU3A to access the on-line booking system.

Following Stuart’s demonstration was the election of office bearers for the Upper North committee led by life member Margot Taverne acting as Returning Officer. The following people were duly elected:

Grahame Marr, President;

Marjorie Perry, Vice President, Venue Coordinator and Assistant Course Book Coordinator;

Jane Cooper, Treasurer;

Marilyn Pryor, Secretary;

Claudine Parr, Events Officer;

Barbara Sabel, Statistician;

Sue Shaw, Publicity Officer,  Newsletter and Web Editor;

Pauline Holbrook, Course Book Editor and Course Co-ordinator;

Graeme Marshall, Equipment and Assets Officer;

Vicki Davies, Venue Convenor.

Heather Lakiss (new committee member).

The first guest speaker of the day was future energy needs expert Martin Thomas who gave a very thought-provoking and insightful talk on the topic of Nuclear Energy, entitled ‘Gift of God or Invention of the Devil’.

Eloquent speaker and organiser of the popular Australian History course Garry Smith described how his interest in genealogy began when he started to research the history of his own family. He also outlined what lectures had been planned for next year’s Australian History sessions.

The final speaker was the irrepressible Nola Bramble. Nola never fails to entertain with her presentations on ‘Travelling Ladies’. She told the audience that so far she has researched and given presentations on 100 ladies from the Victorian and Edwardian era who travelled to exotic locations at a time when it was rare for women to travel unaccompanied. She gave a short but fascinating introduction to one of the ladies she will discuss next term.

The meeting closed with General Business and then a delicious afternoon tea was served.

A big thank you to all the committee members who made the afternoon a success, especially Marilyn Pryor and Claudine Parr who organised the catering. Thanks also to Phil Pryor for providing the delightful music at the event and Steve Shaw for taking the photographs.