On Friday 16th March seventy members enjoyed a Spring/St Patrick's Day party. Some members almost had tears running down their cheeks as about twelve of us were instructed in a few moves of Irish dancing! We had a Irish-themed quiz and a member of the committee had a stand-up spot with Irish jokes, all in the best possible taste, of course.
Croydon committee members are busy learning about the new data regulations. Two have completed an on-line training and three will be attending a national training next month. We are looking at our systems and our methods of communication, so that although being retired volunteers, we are keeping abreast of developments.
Members are entitled to so much apart from what Croydon U3A has to offer. The Network Study days are brilliant and the newish (established in October 2017), free, monthly National U3A Newsletter is easy to access and we in Croydon have already featured. The March edition is out now and includes a YouTube video of our Chair Yoga Group!
Visit www.u3a.org.uk/about/newsletter or click on the link to sign up for it.
If you are thinking of joining or are a member already but are short of time to go to Interest Groups or you find it hard to get out, the Virtual U3A may be for you. Once a member you can join this world wide U3A community for only £12 pa. Do you have trouble sleeping? The Virtual U3A gives you the opportunity to chat over hot chocolate to members at the other side of the world at 2am. You can join any number of virtual groups and pursue your interests and learn new ones any time you want, such as in the evenings or at the weekends. Click on the link.
New members always bring much experience and expertise to the organisation to enhance and develop it. If an Interest Group you are looking for isn't there, it's time to talk to us. We will help you find some like-minded members to form a new group. We can help with start up costs, venue hire, advice and support and the National Office has a number of subject advisers. U3As are run by the members for the members. There is no set list of groups - it's whatever the members want for themselves. Come along, be radical in retirement.
You are welcome to attend one of our General Monthly Meetings as a visitor before you take the plunge and sign up.
We hope to see you soon.
Best Wishes to all