TERRIFIC TRIO: Foundation members (from left) Margo Campbell, Mary Lems and Sylvia Gradwell take centre stage at U3A Twin Towns’ 25th anniversary celebration.
TERRIFIC TRIO: Foundation members (from left) Margo Campbell, Mary Lems and Sylvia Gradwell take centre stage at U3A Twin Towns’ 25th anniversary celebration. Yvonne Gardiner

Dancers entertain on 25th birthday

U3A Twin Towns' members showed off their new-found dancing skills at a 25th birthday celebration on June 24.

This branch of U3A boasts 300 members and caters for both Gold Coast and Tweed residents.

Its birthday party was held at the Tom Atkin Hall, Tugun.

Mary Ludwig, of Banora Point, picked up a 20-year service award at the event.

Branch president Robyn Clark said Mary tutored in yoga, light exercise, and movement to music classes.

"Mary has been doing so much for U3A.

"She's always been a supporter," Robyn said.

Mary refused to give her age, saying: "I've been 68 for a few years now, and I'm not moving further."

She moved from Townsville before joining U3A Twin Towns.

"I had been doing fitness work and yoga there," she said.

"I had to have an interest, to continue with my work, so I found U3A within two weeks."

Publicity officer Ruth Voss says, with U3A, "you can be a tutor in one class and a member in another".

"We have academic classes but you don't sit exams," she said.

"You don't get stale in life."

Classes held 25 years ago - such as computing, mah-jong, German, yoga, French, tap dancing, oil painting, Italian and poetry - are still part of the curriculum.


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