Rickmansworth & District

Chairs Report

CHAIRS REPORT FROM THE BULLETIN FOR January, February and March 2020

I hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas.

Rickmansworth U3A certainly finished the old year in celebration. During November we held our Festival Quiz in the newly refurbished Church Hall, when a good time was had by all, we even enjoyed a sing-song.

This was followed by the AGM with entertainment from our Play Reading Group who gave an excellent performance in their play entitled ‘A Murder in the U3A’.

An enjoyable Christmas Lunch was held this year at West Herts Golf Club and the RU3A Christmas activities ended with a coach trip, on a wet and windy night, to admire the twinkling beauty of angels strung across the streets in London. Thanks to all who worked hard to provide us with the opportunity to get together and enjoy ourselves at these festivities.

2020 will be the year Rickmansworth U3A celebrate their 20th Anniversary. We have a membership of 421, who have the opportunity of taking part in any of the 66 study groups. If some should be full, then this is not a problem as we will just start a new one, we would also like to see new groups.

2020 is the year when we will see the introduction of an annual U3A day (the word ‘university’ is no longer being used, from now on we are just plain U3A). The first national U3A Day will take place across the country on Wednesday 3 June 2020. Your U3A will be working with local U3As, so watch out for information and requests for ideas and support in various activities.

Now on to membership renewal - Frances Chater, our Membership Secretary, and Harry Temmink, our new Hon. Treasurer, are working to introduce simpler ways in renewing and paying for your membership. In 2020, if you have an email this is how you will be invited to renew your membership. If you do not have email you will have received your renewal documents through the post as usual. To pay for your 2020 membership we are introducing payment by debit card at the first RELAX & LEARN event on Tuesday, 28th January, or, if you are not able to make this date, there is also an opportunity at the Thursday meeting on 13th February. The option of paying by cheque is still available. You will find all information on your renewal form sent by email or post.

RELAX & LEARN EVENTS are being introduced each month in place of one of the meetings with a speaker. January/February/March 2020 TUESDAY meetings are RELAX & LEARN EVENTS. These will be followed by RELAX & LEARN EVENTS in April/May/June 2020 THURSDAY meetings.

So let’s give it a try. Let’s get together - MEET PEOPLE & HAVE FUN. LET’S GO BACK TO BEING ONE RICKMANSWORTH U3A; not Tuesday and Thursday members. For more information please see the RELAX & LEARN EVENT section above.

How lucky we are to have the opportunity to go on our brilliant RU3A outings and holidays.
Thanks to all the leaders who spend so much of their time organising these successful events.
2020 will be the last year Margaret and Michele will be organising our annual, overseas holidays. If we are going to continue in 2021 it is essential we find members to take over NOW as it is necessary to book holidays well in advance. We have a couple who have come forward, but need one or two more to help with the organisation. Our thanks to Margaret & Michele for their time and talents in arranging our great holidays.

Our Committee will be meeting throughout the year and we welcome new member Andrew Hicks, who has joined the Rickmansworth U3A Committee, also Harry Temmink who is our new Hon. Treasurer following on from Mary Quinn who has completed her 6 year term.

My thanks go to your committee who have put up with me at meetings during the past year,
But, most of all my thanks go to you, the membership for re-electing me as your Chairman, for all you do and for your support.

Wishing you all a very HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
Jean Paddick