Ross on Wye & District

Chair’s Report

From Ross U3A Chair

Hello Members
Summer greetings to all our members, and a huge thank you for staying with us, as we navigate our way through these troubled times. I can promise you that we are adhering to government guidelines (which are a little slow in showing themselves!) and we will not be considering large group meetings until we’re given the go ahead.
In the meantime, small changes are happening within our committee.
Our constitution clearly states that committee members should be replaced after three years. This is how we bring new energy and ideas to the Ross U3A. My three- year term should have come to an end in May 2020 at our AGM. This has been delayed, due to the pandemic, and will now be held as a Virtual Committee AGM, having collated all the nominations and resolutions that you, as members, will be sending in. Jim Christie, who has recently run the German Conversation group, will be taking over as Chair at our Virtual AGM in August. I am very grateful to Jim for agreeing to get more involved, and step into my shoes.
My three years have passed SO QUICKLY – they say time passes fast when you’re enjoying yourself! And enjoy it I did! The U3A movement has so many benefits, and it has been a joy to watch our membership grow as more and more people discover our many and varied groups and come to hear our excellent speakers at the monthly meetings.
I must thank the committee, who continue in their various roles, and have given me both inspiration and support throughout
I’ll still be very much involved, in that I will continue as the Cotswold Link Rep, and be helping the Groups Secretary to set up new groups.

I look forward to seeing and chatting to you all, either at our monthly meetings in the future, or in the street/shops (with a mask on for now!).
Marilyn Reynolds (Chair)
Thank you for your support􏰆

Good afternoon!

My name is Jim Christie, and at our AGM on Monday, conducted via Zoom under Covid-19 restrictions, I took over from Marilyn as the Chair of our U3A. Like Marilyn, I have a military background. Julie and I made many homes both in the UK and abroad ‘following the flag’, and as retirement approached in 2010, we decided to take a short break from house hunting with a visit to the Wye Valley. We never left! Ten years on, it is hard to believe that we ever lived anywhere else.

Shortly after retirement, I became a member of the Ross and District U3A and joined the German Conversation Group to keep up the language which I learned whilst serving in Germany. After a couple of years, I took the Group Coordinator role, and that was my first experience of working with your Committee.