AWARD WINNER: Hervey Bay U3A vice-president Alison Taylor and Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour, a U3A patron, present writing competition winner Sue Phelps with her award.
AWARD WINNER: Hervey Bay U3A vice-president Alison Taylor and Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour, a U3A patron, present writing competition winner Sue Phelps with her award.

Group guide: Wide Bay

U3A

Hervey Bay

CONNECTING Seniors to Lifelong Learning. Have you ever heard the phrase "I'm retired but I've never been busier in my life, I don't know how I found the time to go to work”?

These are people who have discovered the joy of being involved in an activity that stimulates their mind. Research has shown that keeping the brain active, doing interesting things and making new friends are important for helping older people maximise their chances of continued independence into the future, so change your life today and learn something new for the sheer pleasure.

A great way to achieve this is to join University of the Third Age. Whether you are "Lusting for languages” or "Hysterical about history” this is the organisation that will fulfil all your needs.

Founded in Toulouse, France in 1972 and in Queensland since 1986, U3A is demonstrably making a very substantial contribution to society by helping its members to remain healthy and active for longer, thus lessening the strain on our already overstretched health system.

University of the Third Age or U3A aims to provide programs of learning for mature people who are in complete or partial retirement, in the third age of their lives, under a broad philosophy of "lifelong learning”.

Hervey Bay U3A was founded 20 years ago and from that time has offered courses that are many and varied. A full list of current courses is available on the U3A Hervey Bay website, www.u3aherveybay.org. In 2018 members enjoyed programs such as Creative Writing, Conversational Spanish, The Share Market, Introduction to Philosophy and much, much more. Classes are usually around two hours long and the emphasis is on friendly, fun learning. Most tutors are drawn from the membership and give their time and energy to share their knowledge and skills with the members. The organisation is always trying to expand the list of courses on offer. If anyone wishes to volunteer as a tutor and pass on their knowledge then they can contact the course co-ordinator by phoning 0431579870.

Recently U3A, Hervey Bay held a writing competition, Whale Tales, which was open to all residents of the Fraser Coast and members of U3As statewide. Many entries were received and judged by author Trudy Graham of the Sunshine Coast. First prize winner was Sue Phelps who wrote of her travels in Namibia. The competition will be held again in 2019. U3A Hervey Bay will have an information stand at Stockland Shopping Centre on Thursday, January 17 and 31. Members will be on hand to tell interested people what will be on offer in 2019.

U3A always welcomes new members. Sign-on day is Tuesday, February 5 from 10am-noon at Hervey Bay RSL. Come along and have a chat to our members and tutors and see if there is something which interests you. If you want more information about courses, phone 0431 366 264 or go to u3aherveybay.net.

Kallum Ireland, Jackie Sherwood (MS) and Jess Cullen at the Hervey Bay MS Group December meeting.
Kallum Ireland, Jackie Sherwood (MS) and Jess Cullen at the Hervey Bay MS Group December meeting.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

THE Hervey Bay and Maryborough Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets on the first Friday of each month on the Deck at the Hervey Bay RSL at 10am for a coffee and a chat. We welcome in a new year of monthly meetings with one and possibly two new members to join our ranks. Natalie Walsh, community engagement manager for MS Queensland, will be our guest and is keen to meet and familiarise herself with our group as we are to meet her and hear any news she has about MS advances. Kallum (physiotherapist) and Jess (massage therapist) from Physikal Health Services attended our last meeting and Kallum spoke in depth and knowledge of the NDIS which some of our members have already accessed. For more information, phone Bev on (07) 4128 2692 or email bev_cornwell11 @outlook.com.

VIEW CLUBS

Fraser Coast

WE ENJOYED a great selection of Christmas songs at our last luncheon meeting to end a wonderful year of fun and friendship. 2019 will start with our AGM on Thursday, February 7 starting 11.30am at the clubhouse. Visitors are always most welcome so come along and join us. Phone Ros on (07) 4128 0993 to book a place or for more information.

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Hervey Bay VIEW Club members said goodbye to Coral at their Christmas luncheon. Pictured are (left) Pam Dougan, Coral Gerny, andJan Foxall.
Hervey Bay VIEW Club members Pam Dougan and Jan Foxall wish Coral Garny (centre) farewell.

Gympie

EACH Christmas the Gympie VIEW club members donate gifts for the children at the Gympie Women's Refuge. The VIEW Club is the largest community sponsor of The Smith Family Learning for Life Students. The Gympie club supports three students. VIEW continues to make a difference to the lives of financially disadvantaged children's education. VIEW members raise over $1 million annually for The Smith Family, nationally sponsoring more than 1300 students, and participate in fundraising initiatives such as the annual Toy and Book Appeal and Joy Spreaders Charity Gifts.

Gympie VIEW club and the associated sewing group
Gympie VIEW club and the associated sewing group Frayed Edges presented Meals on Wheels with over 100 placemats for their clients. The placemats were made by club members (from left) Kathy O'Meara, Elwyn Elms, Ian Groundwater (Meals on Wheels), Christine Holzhauer (Frayed Edges), Wendy Ireland, Barbara Cameron, Lyn Hill, Joan Stewart and Carol Tonagh. Picasa

Hervey Bay

OUR meetings and luncheon are always the second Monday of each month at the club house, Tooth St, Pialba, from 10.30am and usually includes a guest speaker. Monthly socials are on the fourth Monday at various venues from 9.30am.

Our last meeting for the year was very well attended with a fun-filled morning of jovial festive interaction between members and the drawing of the many raffles ending with the secret Santa surprises before we all enjoyed the special Christmas luncheon severed by the club house.

It was with regret that we all said goodbye to Coral Gerny who has worked at the club as long as we have been having our meetings there and she knew us all so well right down to how many of us had our coffee, we will miss her.

We meet again in February and our first social will be our annual Thanksgiving Service in the old church at the Hervey Bay Museum.

New or interested ladies are always welcome to join our fun and friendly club. Contact details with Mary on (07) 4128 3908.