Group Conveners Role
Some General Thoughts
- Let us be frank, on becoming a Convener you will enjoy it. Chepstow U3A is forward looking and supportive and we all value the work Conveners do.
- Our advice from the start is not to do everything yourself. You are there to manage the group and organise its members so that it runs as smoothly as possible. You don’t have to be an expert in the subject of the Group. Some Conveners are (which is why they started the Group) but most aren't.
- Ask someone to co-convene so you have someone to step in if you are not available.
- Appoint a treasurer (if appropriate) to collect any money and liaise with the U3A Treasurer, or ask others to take responsibility for the room bookings (if appropriate), or to update your web page.
- Please make a special effort to help new members. We hear sometimes of how isolated and even nervous a new member can feel.
- There is an annual meeting for all Conveners and it is important for all to attend to be updated in any changes and above all to have a supportive discussion about how we are doing. A lot of good ideas have come from these meetings and you get the chance to meet other Conveners, discuss any problems, and you get a free lunch!
- Groups are asked to do the teas at monthly meetings on a rota basis. As there are over 70 groups and about 10 monthly meetings per year this will only happen once every few years.
- Any financial transactions must be in line with our financial requirements. If you hire premises for your meetings or arrange outings then you (or your group treasurer) must talk to the U3A Treasurer before any arrangements are made.
- Don't use your own Bank Account for handling U3A money.
- If your first meeting is in a hall we will pay the rent for the first meeting.
Communicating with your Members using Beacon
- You will need to communicate with your members and to do this you must use our Beacon system - this is simply a database of each of our member’s name, address, telephone number and email addresses.
- It is maintained by the Membership Secretary but you have access to it for your members.
- Beacon Help will supply you with a Beacon login ID and Beacon Group set up and we will follow this up with appropriate training as necessary.
- Do not set up a circulation list on your own PC as this will contravene Date Protection regulations.
- You will also a have page of your own on our Web Site. Again you will be given details of how you can update this yourself or ask our web master to do it for you.
Non Members on U3A Group Activities
Generally only U3A members are allowed on our activities but there are exceptions so click on Non Members on Group Activities to see the details.
|Useful Contacts||Convener Liaison Team||for all Activity Group queries|
|Web Master||for Web Site training and general queries about the web site|
|Beacon Team||for Beacon training and general queries about Beacon|
|Treasurer||for all Financial queries|
|Membership||for all Membership queries|
There are lots of other things that you will need to know as you settle into the role but help will always be available. If you are not sure who to contact, start with Convener Liaison Team.
Ideas for a Group Framework to be put on Group Page of Web Site
Chepstow U3A Widgets Group
You may wish to specify some of the following: (not all may be appropriate)
|Visits Organiser||Jo Trip||159753|
|Web Page||Irene Spider||2486258|
|Match Organiser||Fred Sports||741258|
|Every Thursday||10.00 am||Methodist Hall|
|Subscriptions||£2.00||collected at each meeting|
|or Subscriptions||£10.00||collected quarterly|
- Payment for visits will be collected in advance and are generally non refundable
- The progress of the group will be reviewed every 6 months