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Benalla Regional U3A Workshop

Five of our committee members each attended some or all of this two-day workshop on 1st April in the company of many other representatives from North-East Victoria and Northern Metro Regions of U3A.  It was a great opportunity to see what is happening in places like Beechworth, Myrtleford, Murrindindee, Nathalia, Moreland, Euroa, Whittlesea, Banyule and Seymour and to establish new networks of support and co-operation.  Wangaratta members have come back buzzing with new ideas to freshen up, improve and integrate into our current program.

These include:-

  • new and more inclusive ways of presenting long distance online education free of charge to our members
  • tools and strategies to improve our physical activities
  • tips to assist facilitators in presenting courses that are both more enjoyable and easier for everyone to participate in, and
  • better ways of directing and managing how our organization works for the benefit of our members. 

Catching up on some of our courses

There is still time to enrol and enjoy the second-half of Term 1!

Australia Re-focused

This course casts a new and fascinating light on the effects of war on our culture and politics, using guest speakers and many first-hand accounts.

Already covered are Aboriginal people’s fight to save their land, medical and technological devices, and the American influence on shaping our desires.  Also, families of Thai-Burma Railway POWs , a local Airforce base, and the opening up of soldier settler farms.

The class recommences on May 7 with an amazing story of Berlin in 1945 on the night Allied forces bombs fell and a family home was demolished, and the migration experience of the 50s and 60s.

On May 21 we will consider the Korean War when Armistice was signed, the start and end of the Viet Nam War, and personal experiences returning home.

Upcoming themes:  June 4 education policy, post-WWII Victorian population growth, areas assisting Australia’s war preparation, and personal recollections of country school teaching.  June 18 the Afghanistan War;  physical and mental effects on servicemen and women;  and WWII experiences in North Africa, New Guinea, Rats of Tobruk, Crete and POW camps.

Understanding Religions

Have you ever wondered how and why some religions differ from others?

The answers are complex and intriguing, and this U3A Wangaratta course explores the distinctive origins and radically different teachings found across the world’s many religions, beliefs and practices.

We challenge religious stereotypes and the common belief that all religions lead to the same God.  We do this by using the lenses of history, philosophy and culture to tease apart the many richly intricate strands that make up each particular religion.

This understanding is important in today’s world of globalisation and high-speed communication that puts twenty-first century people in contact with adherents of a wide variety of world religions.

Class recommences after the school holiday break on Wednesday May 1 at 1.15 pm and every fortnight thereafter until the last class for the term on June 26.

Come for a Walk

This active group is meeting again on Tuesday 23rd April at 10 am at Kaluna Park (car park near toilets).  Come and join us for an invigorating (but not too strenuous) walk around this lovely area in the cooler Autumn weather.

Chi Gong

Want to feel healthier and happier?  Chi Gong is an ancient Chinese form of movement and breathing that seeks to restore your body to one that is more balanced, flexible and better functioning.  Our expert teacher will gently guide you in the correct movements which you can use at home and these can be performed while seated or standing.

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Talk French

This is an ongoing and popular course for beginners through to intermediate level with an emphasis on gaining the skills to understand and speak French with confidence, and learn basic grammar, in the relaxed and informal company of like-minded enthusiasts.  Contact eileen.sidell@hotmail.com.

Garden Plot

Do you love gardens and gardening?  Join this merry group of new and experienced gardeners who enjoy this interest.  Sessions are interactive with guest speakers, plant swap days, and field trips – all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Art Gallery Talks

Discover the current exhibitions and the collection at the Wangaratta Art Gallery. Staff at the gallery will enlighten members each month with a talk at the gallery. Please note there may be some flexibility with the dates.

Events

Lunch-End of the first semester
Friday 28th June
This will be held in the Grand Oaks Room (where we had Christmas lunch)

Breakfast – End of year

Friday 29th November (at this stage not sure which room this will occur as it depends on other bookings)

Annual General Meeting 2020

Wednesday 29th January, 2020
This will be held in the Maple Room as usual

Seniors Race Day
The Turf Club will let us know as soon as they have the dates