Ems Valley

Message from the Chairman

Incredibly 7 months have flown by since I was elected as your Chairman in May. I am pleased to say that I have had great support from the Committee in keeping our U3A moving forward and I have been much gratified by the many messages of support from members.
The success of our U3A is heavily dependant on our wonderful team of group leaders who continue to provide us all with fun learning in convivial company.
We continue to grow and our membership is now over 440, a significant rise over the past 2 or 3 years.
Over the past few months we have had a New Members coffee morning, a Group Leaders Social and our Christmas Party. About 20 new members came to the New Members coffee morning and I hope they are finding groups they can join. We had a good turnout for the group leaders social which was great fun with some stimulating conversation. Our Christmas Party was a great success with over 100 members present.The Chichester College students worked really hard to provide us with a superb lunch which was enjoyed by all. We hope to go to the College again next Christmas.
Our speakers at the monthly meetings have been varied and interesting. We had Colin Chambers talking about his life whilst a Chaplain on Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was there, member Peter Goldfarb gave a talk about "Medicine why one size does not fit all" and Brian Gledhill talking about Cardinal Richelieu.
I am keen that our website and newsletter are more widely read and we are working to make these more interesting to members. The next Newsletter has recently been added to the Website and has more reports from Groups as to their activities. The aim is to give us all an insight into what the groups have done recently and to make the Newsletter more enjoyable.
I am always pleased to have feedback from you so please let me know what you think. Also I am thinking about new things such as simple quizzes, fun articles from members and spot the object in the Newsletter with a small prize for the winner. Any other suitable suggestions would be welcomed. These will be discussed at our next Committee meeting.
Our next monthly meeting is in January when we will have Ian Smith talking to us about his life as a flight engineer on Concorde. This promises to be a most interesting subject.
There is much to look forward to and I wish you all a happy New Year.

Richard