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BEAUDESERT U3A Inc © Beaudesert U3A inc March 2011

Beaudesert U3A Inc was established in March 2011, the first courses starting that month.

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ABN 88 945 460 759

Contact address:

Beaudesert U3A Inc
P.O. Box 561
Beaudesert, Qld, 4285

Email: u3abeaudesert@gmail.com

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Office Bearers:

Andy Fechner

Vice President
Lise Leatherbarrow

Yvonne Berry

Helen Atkinson

Committee members:

Course Co-ordinator
Tina Jones

Membership Secretary
Michele Goucher

Assistant Membership Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
Stuart Gearey

Publicity Officer
Cheryl Folley

Yvonne Berry

George Evans

Assistant Webmaster
Peter Venz

Social Activities Facilitator
Di Johnson

Facebook Co-ordinator
Debbie Pratt

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Term 1 starts 27th January 2021 and finishes 1st April 2021.

Queensland School Term Dates for 2021 can be found on the Contents Page.

Next Committee Meeting
Friday 30th April 2021. 09.30am Venue 12/61-85 Brisbane St (RSL Sub Branch Upstairs).

Important Notices

U3A Network
The official (New) U3A Network website is up and running with a link to Network News, the home page of the website and also Facebook:

click here to go to U3A State Web Network News

click here to go to U3A State Web Site

Click here to go to U3A State Website Facebook Page

Click here to go to Brisbane U3A Web Site

Next Social Lunch Outing

The next Social luncheon is being held at The Gables opposite Tullamore Way.
Numbers are limited so please reply quickly to reserve your place(s). Spouses and friends welcome.
RSVP to Di ASAP Email - candyroxy1946@gmail.com Phone/text - 0468 849 448

Kerri Cryer from Town Cryer Media has kindly allowed us access to the Tamborine Bulletin. Click here to see photos of our last Social luncheon

New Groups and Recessions
A number of new groups have started, due to seasonal changes, some have gone into recess and some restarted. For more information, please go to current Courses button at the top of this page.

Click here for Mount Tamborine April Newsletter and Courses

Beaudesert Tennis Club Some of our members belong to the local Beaudesert Tennis Club. By reciprocal arrangement and for the benefit of members, we have agreed to a link between our Web Sites click here to go to Beaudesert Tennis Club Web Site


The University of the Third Age is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars and artists, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

The overall aim of Beaudesert U3A Inc. is to provide the members with both the stimulus of mental and physical activity and the satisfaction of a continuing contribution to society. It will enable them to take up new interests and to extend old ones. It will offer the joy of learning for the sake of learning: it will open up new horizons for them - unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications, and it will do so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of the members. It is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

Beaudesert U3A promotes the joy of learning for the sake of learning, and seeks to open up new horizons for its members unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications. It does so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of members.

The history of U3A and how they operate is on this page.

Beaudesert U3A Monthly Luncheon

Beaudesert Friday Monthly luncheon was held at the Jimboomba House Restaurant Jimboomba on the 10th April and was attended by thirty four members, some were partners and friends.
A number of people thought they had waited too long for service, but it was thought that service was delayed in order to serve everyone as a group. However, once served, the food was hot, fresh, good quantity and value for money. (Ed)

The food and the service at Jimboomba House Restaurant was excellent. Nothing was any trouble for the staff who had to work extremely hard. I would be happy to recommend this place any time.

(Di Johnson Social Activities Facilitator)

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Photos Tina Jones
Tutor Co-ordinator

Are you a ukulele player able to pass on skills?

If you are an experienced ukulele player with the confidence to tutor others, Beaudesert U3A has an interesting possibility for you.

We are keen to offer our members a musical opportunity for 2021 and are aware that some of them might be keen to learn ukulele.
We’ve called for expressions of interest from members but we also need a volunteer tutor.

The aim would be to have fun, not to become professional musicians!

For insurance purposes, we would prefer any new volunteer to become a member of U3A. All our courses are run by volunteers who are competent in many different fields. The proposed class would be held in the early afternoon on Thursdays. If you wish to help, please ring the courses coordinator Tina on 0418 780 861 or email u3abeaudesert@gmail.com.

Cheryl Folley
Publicity Officer

New volunteers to join U3A committee

Beaudesert U3A has added three new committee members to help with the range of voluntary duties needed as the organization expands. With the resignation of one member, that brings the total committee number to 12.
“Everyone has a specific job as well as contributing to all decisions,” said newly re-elected president Andy Fechner at the U3A annual general meeting recently.
“Stuart Gearey is our new assistant treasurer and Peter Venz takes on a role contributing to the group’s website. In addition, Debbie Pratt becomes the new Facebook editor, replacing Carol Castles who is retiring to give full attention to her duties as the president of the Beaudesert RSL sub-branch.

“This past Year of COVID may have been the year that changed the way we live,” he said, “but it was also the year that saw a continued growth in local numbers in U3A both during the lockdown and recently. We were able to perform better than most other branches of U3A in Queensland with a combination of email, online activities and regular newsletters featuring contributions by many members.

“I look forward to another year of growth with the enthusiastic and passionate support of both the committee and our tutors and facilitators of courses,” he said.

More than 50 members attended the agm at the RSL function room and stayed for afternoon tea, many taking the opportunity to speak to the Scenic Rim Division 4 councillor Michael Enright, who conducted the election of office bearers. All nominations for committee positions were accepted unopposed.

Cheryl Folley
Publicity Officer

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Photos Tina Jones
Tutor Co-ordinator

A double opportunity in two related courses

When it comes to recording family history for the next generation, U3A Beaudesert can offer a chance to combine two current courses - scrap-booking plus calligraphy (or “beautiful writing,” as the ancient Greeks knew it).
Our scrap-booking tutor Anita Mahon started attending the calligraphy course last year when she realised how valuable it would be to enhance her scrap booking classes with hand-done script. She has now started her own students on a challenging project, to construct an album from raw materials and then to fill it with their own stories.

Independently, a new member of our calligraphy class, Lorraine Henderson, came to the same conclusion from a different angle.
“I’ve collected calligraphy tools for something like 30 years with the idea that someday I would use them,” says Lorraine. “Now I have started on making family albums for all eight of my children and step-children and realise how the two go hand-in -hand.”

Our new calligraphy tutor Robyn Vines will be mentoring Lorraine and any other interested students as they discover various fonts and applications for their proposed albums.

Anyone interested should contact Anita on 0408 452 584 or Robyn on 0439 721 325.

Scrapbooking classes are held on the second Monday morning of each month and calligraphy on the first and third Friday afternoons of the month. (And of course, students may wish to follow just one path with either subject).

Anita Anit Robyn and Lorraine Robyn

Cheryl Folley
Publicity Officer

Last Update 11th April 2021.

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