President’s Report December 2023

I would like to thank the Committee Members and Course Leaders for all your hard work and support during this past year. Your willingness to share your time and talent, and your generous efforts, make such a difference to the success of our U3A. It is greatly appreciated by all U3A members.


At this point in the year I would like to say a few general words about the University of the Third Age.  The first page of this booklet describes very clearly the concept, aims and guiding principles of Australia’s community based model.  The model we follow originated in Britain in the early 1980s, and is based on a ‘self-help’ model rather than people taking part in university courses.  However, the initial idea was based around university courses.  The University (Universities) of the Third Age, which originated in Toulouse, France, in 1973, ran non-accredited courses in natural sciences and humanities which were intended to benefit people in the third age (retirement age), regardless of qualifications.


Thankfully, we are fortunate to benefit from an organisation which focuses on learning as a lifelong skill, regardless of age.  We continue to share, and acquire, knowledge and skills and extend our abilities to communicate with others.  And most importantly we keep our minds and bodies as active as possible, regardless of age.  Plus have a bit of fun.


There will be an exciting new course for 2024 called ‘Living Well Matters’ which will be run by Judith Lowe, Project Manager, City of Onkaparinga.  The course is designed by older people for older people, and each topic can be attended as a stand-alone.


During the beginning of 2024 we will be looking at how many people would like to receive the course booklet via an email rather than the printed version. Hopefully this will be discussed during course times, and the Course Leaders will bring feedback to our Course Leaders meeting next term.


I would finally like to remind people that we have an excellent website,  At the address you can read more about our group, and you will find course information which is updated each term.


All the best for 2024.

Nola van Dam

December 2023