Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

U3A Keeps Minds Active; Range of Activities Shows Learning at Leisure Is Learning for Pleasure

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

U3A Keeps Minds Active; Range of Activities Shows Learning at Leisure Is Learning for Pleasure

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Cherith Weis

Gracemere

cherrypink.151@

bigpond.com

IT HAS to be the largest seniors organisation in the region.

And the Rockhampton and District University of the Third Age takes in a huge area, including Gracemere and Bouldercombe.

The U3A also has to be the largest group of its kind in Queensland.

While the Rockhampton membership sits about a healthy 360 and started in 1987; the Bundaberg U3A boasts 1300 members and Toowoomba numbers about 1000.

The local U3A boasts a C[pounds sterling]pool of skillsC[yen] assisting members to keep minds and bodies active.

Membership starts from age 50 at a cost of $15 and U3A offers a range of educational courses and interest groups catering for those in the C[pounds sterling]third ageC[yen].

Keeping minds active and joining in self-paced activities is what this organisation is all about.

Members are given a chance to share their knowledge in various groups and are encouraged to C[pounds sterling]get out there and mixC[yen].

Since 1987, the Rockhampton and District U3A motto has been C[pounds sterling]learning at leisure is learning for pleasureC[yen].

The local U3A organises a host of activities for members for a very low cost and in many cases at no cost.

If members join classes that require materials, such as the embroidery group, a small cost applies.

Many activities are enjoyed by members and if members of the community have a decent voice, the choir is always looking for more members, including men.

The verse speaking group known as In Voice is back on its feet and also welcomes newcomers.

The choir and In Voice groups entertain at various functions throughout the year.

ThereCOs also tai chi; the Jacana bushdancers; an astronomy group; photography; travel; current affairs discussion group; exercise and arts groups.

A host of other groups and courses provides everything under the sun for U3A members.

Guest speakers from a diverse field feature at monthly meetings at the North Rockhampton venue.

The first meeting for 2013 will be held on Monday, February 4, at the Frenchville Sports Club. …

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