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Chairman’s Corner

Sue Knowles

Chair’s Spring Blog

Well if this is the Winter in Guernsey there is no need to leave Guernsey in search of the sun for sure.

Learning for Living 2019 is now established, but we have yet to receive any feedback on your stories or anecdotes on how life with the Guernsey U3A has enlightened your life; Email U3a News. The stories can be anonymous but so many members have told us how the U3A has changed their lives it would be good to share with other members.

Renewals are now completed well done to our very busy and very competent Membership team who have processed over 700+ members renewals. Wow that is some task.

We also have 44 new Members since January, so word is still getting out there that U3A Guernsey is the place to be.

It is now coming up to the Nominations time for the Executive Committee at the AGM on Wednesday 29th May at St Sampsons High School at 2.30pm. The forms for Nominations will be sent out on 12th April and need to be back by 26th April to Judy (Secretary), likewise if any members have a question or query for the Executive Committee, it needs to be in writing before 26th April 2019.

Several of the Executives will be standing down as they have ‘served’ their 3 fun years as Officers these are myself, Judy, Pauline & Pat, Lesley has also decided not to stand for re-election in 2019.

The Execs willing to stand again are: Alan, Ian, Garry, Kathy, Gill, Jane, & Di.

Judy & I are happy to remain on the Committee but not in the same roles.

Looking forward to receiving an enthusiastic response from members wishing to help.

Jane (Interest Group Coordinator) has already visited several of your groups both to introduce herself and ensure you are happy convenors. She has also participated in several groups and has a pulled muscle, learnt to draw a daffodil and is now a fully committed Bridge player and Wine expert. Well done that lady.

Socially we had the Horse Racing on 17th January, which was well attended with special performance with the Ostrich race, Also entertaining talk from Dennis Burns at the Styx Centre who regaled us with his Gadoc experiences. February Lunch at Wellington Boot was as ever good food and good company.

An Introduction to Yoga for the Third Age, with Olivia Chesney, was well attended at the beginning of February as part of the Speakers events, and an informative tea and talk from Gary Vaudin on ‘What happens when someone dies’

March Social, we visited the Mallard Cinema to watch Fisherman’s Friends and had everyone humming Sea Shanties on leaving after an entertaining afternoon.

As we move into longer days we are also increasing our activities, beginning with an introduction to Padel at the Tennis Centre at Longcamps, which will be an Introduction by Rob West to this exciting fast growing sport for all ages, on Tuesday 9th April at 10.30am, Come along and join in or just watch over a Coffee; see Newsflash or Website for more detail.

In May we have a Mini Golf Morning at Oatlands which includes a light lunch. Teams of four, or we just pop along. We could pitch groups against groups or just a leisurely game between friends. You will be able to have a snack Lunch from Oaty & Joeys if you wish.
Let Kathy know if you wish to join in the fun. Email U3a Social

Next Coffee morning Tuesday 2th April at Rovers Activity Centre 10-11.30am.