John Crisp and Aileen Clifford at the U3A Social Dancing in the Maryborough Girl Guides Hall in North Street. Photo: Karleila Thomsen / Fraser Coast Chronicle
John Crisp and Aileen Clifford at the U3A Social Dancing in the Maryborough Girl Guides Hall in North Street. Photo: Karleila Thomsen / Fraser Coast Chronicle Karleila Thomsen FRA311011dancin

Join U3A Maryborough for fun opportunities

ARE you looking for something to do with your leisure time?

U3A offers the opportunity to attend activities with like-minded people.

Classes are run by volunteer tutors and presently include exercises, tai chi (various groups), yoga, history, cards, bridge, line dancing, creative writing, musical keyboards, recorder group, mah jong, social dancing, sing-a-long and relaxation/wellbeing.

A wide range of other classes are available to members at Hervey Bay and Howard with whom U3A Maryborough have a reciprocal arrangement.

Members are always looking for willing tutors and new classes, so if you have something to offer, please get in touch.

Cost is kept to a minimum to allow greater access for members.

Most activities are held at the Senior Citizens Hall, 333 Alice St, Maryborough where brochures and information can be obtained.

What is U3A? U3A is the University of the Third Age, which is the age of active retirement, coming after the age of youth and work and homemaking.

University is a loose term – there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams!

U3A requires no prior learning and is for retired or semi-retired persons over 50.

The emphasis is on having fun while learning or enjoying leisure pursuits.

U3A groups in Australia are autonomous, managed by the members themselves and the only restriction to the curriculum is the expertise of tutors available within the community.

The U3A movement had its beginnings in Toulouse, France in 1972. 

This quickly spread around the world; the first Australian U3A was established in Melbourne in 1984 and soon caught on in other communities in Australia.

In Queensland the first U3As were in the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in 1986.

The first meeting of Maryborough U3A was held March 26, 1990. 

Of course a lot still had to be done including finding tutors, setting the courses, writing the constitution.

It is still growing and changing as the needs arise.

Volunteer tutors are the backbone of the group and continue to donate their time to members.

Thanks must go to Donna Suter who had the foresight to ensure the establishment of this wonderful organisation and she has passed her enthusiasm for U3A on to many others who have been active for over 20 years.

Now in 2016 it is still flourishing, so come along and see if it is for you.

For further information contact Pat Dorland on 0417 632 596.


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