WOTZON

WOTZON 22nd November, 2021

Dear Members,

Twelve Kyneton U3A members had an enlightening visit to Ngannelong/Hanging Rock on Tuesday 9th November. The U3A class was met by Shane Caruana, the Head Ranger at Hanging Rock, who spent an hour talking about the Rock’s significance to Indigenous people and answering many lively questions from the group. A full description of the visit can be viewed HERE.

The U3A Christmas Party will be held on 10 December at the Malmsbury Reservoir, commencing at 11.30am. This is a free event for members and the Committee will provide the BBQ. Regarding the wearing of ‘silly hats’, this is not compulsory and after further discussion, there will be no prize or presentation. To assist with catering, please enrol into Course no. 2147 Christmas Function or alternatively email members@u3akyneton.org.au. Further details including directions will be advised closer to the date.

On Thursday, 2 December at 2.00pm at the Red Brick Hall there will be a free ‘MyGov and Linking Vaccination Certificate Session’ presented by Rachel Ellis of the NBN (this is a joint venture between U3A Network Victoria and the NBN). All are welcome to attend. Rachel will demonstrate how to access and safely link documentation to MyGov and Medicare. Bring along your smartphone to this session which is also for suitable those wanting to assist others. Please enrol online into Course No. 2175 or email members@u3akyneton.org.au if you would like to attend.

All courses are viewable 24/7 via the U3A website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/ where you will find dates, times and details of each individual course.  Wotzon is also able to be viewed via the U3A Website  and this can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop. Courses for this week are: French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Bushwalking, Bird Observers, Dog Walking, Lunch Club and Creative Writing.

  • The cycling group will meet at the Information Centre this week at 9.30am;
  • Coffee Club will be able to meet at Angie’s Café at 10.30am again now that restrictions have eased. 

Our next speaker for Friday@U3A will be Peter Wilson with the topic “Evaluating Art”. Peter is ex National Gallery of Victoria and, using Visual Thinking Strategies methodologies, will lead a workshop where you will participate in the exploration and discussion of a selection of artworks. You will be invited to offer your ideas and consider the views of others. No prior knowledge of art is required. Come along for some fun analysis of art and what it means.

Below is a photo taken during the informative visit to Ngannelong/Hanging Rock:

The First Nations class at Ngannelong (Hanging Rock)

WOTZON 15th November, 2021

Dear Members,


We are pleased to announce that the U3A Christmas Party will be held on 10 December. This will be a free event for members and will be held at the Malmsbury Reservoir, commencing at 11.30am.  The Committee will provide a BBQ with sausages, hamburgers, salads, desert (including vegetarian options) and water.. There will be a  theme of “silly hats” and a prize for the “silliest” . To assist with catering, please enrol into course no. 2147 Christmas Function or alternatively email members@u3akyneton.org.au.

Thank you very much to everyone for helping with the implementation of the U3A fully vaccinated policy. At re-enrolment in 2022, it will not be necessary for current members who have already had their vaccination certificates sighted again as the information will be retained in the UMAS system. New members will need to specify that they have been fully vaccinated to enrol in any course and will also need to have their certificate verified.

  • There are two cycling rides this week: Robert will meet members at the Kyneton Railway Station before 7.54am to head off to Footscray for the Williamstown Beach Ride;
    and
    Helga will Ride in Kyneton starting at the Info Centre and 10.00am
  • Coffee Club is meeting at the Barry Doyle Rotunda (weather permitting) at 10.30am until after 24 November.
  • Thankfully, the Current Affairs Tutor is back on deck and resuming this week.

Unless otherwise advised, courses for this week include:
French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi, Coffee Club, Computer Workshop, Table Tennis, Dog Walking, Current Affairs, Film Club and Creative Writing.

Our next speaker for Friday@U3A will be David Hall with the topic “The Highlights of a Visit to South America”. David retired to Daylesford in 2000, after a career in publicity and marketing. He was a founder of the Hepburn Shire U3A and remains an active member in this, his ninetieth year. His presentation will be an illustrated talk about a trip around South America in 2013, featuring experiences in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. You will see natural wonders, history and colour. Come along to join in the adventure.

Our Christmas in July was finally held last week and was lots of fun – here is a photo taken during the luncheon (thanks to Margaret Chandra).

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 8th November, 2021

Dear Members,

The Committee is meeting on Wednesday this week and planning is underway for 2022. Specific thanks go to all our tutors for their offer to assist with courses next year as there would be no U3A without them. If anyone is able to offer assistance either informally or formally please let us know.

  • We are delighted to advise that the lunch for ‘Christmas in July’ will finally go ahead on 12 November at the RSL, commencing at midday.  This is a fun event and there are 9 vacancies @$25/head, so if you would like to attend  the lunch, please email info@u3akyneton.org.au. You will need to be quick and advise by c.o.b. 9 November if you would like to join the luncheon. Payment can also be made on the day. Everyone entering the RSL will need to show proof of double vaccination and masks need to be worn unless sitting down at the table. This U3A gathering on 12 November will be instead of the regular Friday@U3A session.
  • The Music group will meet again this week after a long break due to Covid;
  • Coffee Club is meeting at the Barry Doyle Rotunda at 10.30am until after 24 November;
  • The final Poetry session for the year is on Thursday;
  • Our Creative Writing course will continue until 3 December.

Details for Course 2171, First Nations History in the Macedon Ranges are:  a visit to Ngannelong (also known as Hanging Rock) on Tuesday 9th November. Assemble at RBH at 9:30 am before meeting at Hanging Rock Reserve at 10 am for talk by Hanging Rock Ranger Shane Caruana. (There will be a cost of $10 per car.)

Unless otherwise advised, courses for this week include:
French, Mah Jong, Music, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, First Nations, History, Tai Chi, Men’s Kitchen, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Bushwalking, Dog Walking, Poetry, Book Circle, and Christmas in July.

There will be no speaker for for Friday@U3A due to the Christmas in July lunch.

Here is a photo of our cyclists enjoying a recent visit to the Chinese Cemetery (photo by Robert Rouse)

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 1st November 2021

Dear Members,

We are transitioning into the ‘Covid normal’.  Masks will still need to be worn for inside courses but are not compulsory outside, or during exercise. Our sincere thanks are extended to tutors and members who have provided their covid vaccination certificates. We have had a great response. If any member hasn’t already had their vaccination certified by U3A, now is the time to do so.

We are planning some exciting and interesting courses for 2022! Please let us know if you have any suggestions or can assist the Committee in either an informal or formal capacity, or just to have a chat.

We are looking for a temporary volunteer to help with our social afternoon tea on Fridays until December. This is not a laborious undertaking and there are always lots of willing helpers. Please contact members@u3akyneton.org.au if you can assist.

Unless otherwise advised, courses this week include:
French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi, Coffee Club, Computer Workshop, Table Tennis, Dog Walking, Film Club and Friday@U3A. Please email either your tutor or  info@u3akyneton.org.au if you have any queries.

  • The Low Impact Exercise class has some spare places – come along and give it a try;
  • Tai Chi WILL be held (despite the public holiday)
  • Coffee Club will continue to meet at the Barry Doyle Rotunda at 10.30am as Angie’s Café still has number constraints;
  • Current Affairs will NOT be held this week;
  • Table Tennis has returned to the original time of 4.30pm at the Aquatic Centre. All participants will have their vaccination certificates checked upon entry to the building and masks must be worn unless playing;
  • Computer workshop is meeting this week at Len’s. Please see Len to trial the new iPad which is available free of charge to members, or email info@u3akyneton.org.au for further information;
  • The Creative Writing course is continuing until December.

 Our next speaker for Friday@U3A at 2.00pm will be Paul Marson – our China expert. Paul will be talking about AUKUS from the Chinese perspective.

Here is a photo of the table tennis group enjoying themselves (photo by Len Baker):

Roni Taubman
Secretary

WOTZON 25th October 2021

Dear Members,

Thanks to our tutors and members who have shown their Covid vaccination certificates– we now have a large portion of the U3A membership certified as double vaccinated.   This enables us to meet in a covid-safe environment. Members are always welcome to our free Friday@U3A sessions and we are now allowed to have 30 participants in the Red Brick Hall followed by afternoon tea.   

The MRSC is seeking community input to help develop a Mobility and Road Safety Strategy that will guide the implementation of road safety programs within the shire. Submissions close on 31 October.  The link to the survey can be found HERE

Council is also seeking community feedback about public toilet and barbecue facilities in the shire. Public toilets in particular are a topic that is important to us all. Community feedback will inform the development of a new Public Toilet and Barbecue Strategy to ensure access to accessible and well-maintained public toilet and barbecue facilities across the shire. Submissions close on 12 November. The link to the Public Toilet survey is HERE. The link to the barbecue facilities is HERE
 
Further information and hard copies for the above surveys can be obtained via contacting the Council by email: mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au  or by phoning 5422 0333.

Some of the Committee are attending a U3A Network Zoom session this week on ways to assist members to digitally access their vaccination certificates.

Courses this week include French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Bushwalking, Bird Observers, Dog Walking, Lunch Club and Creative Writing as well as Friday@U3A. Please email either your tutor or  info@u3akyneton.org.au if you have any queries. The entertaining Low Impact Exercise class has room for a few more to join in the fun; Cycling this week is meeting at the Information Centre at 10.30am;Table Tennis is meeting at 9.30am in the Botanical Gardens (unless otherwise advised);At long last, the LUNCH club is able to get together ;U3A has a new iPad which can be taken for a trial run for short periods by members. Please contact Len Baker or email info@u3akyneton.org.au for further information. Our next speakers for Friday@U3A at 2.00pm will be Leigh and Len Baker who will be presenting Part 2 of a fascinating series of videos about the geology of the Australian Continent, its mineral riches and the truly ancient life-forms still observable.
 
Below is a photo of “Skittle”, the newest member of our dog walking group





Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

 

WOTZON 18th October 2021

Dear Members,

Members are always welcome to our Friday@U3A sessions.  With Victorian Government restrictions easing slightly from midnight on Thursday, U3A Kyneton is able to have 30 participants in the Red Brick Hall.  If you are attending, please arrive in time for the 2.00pm start.

Thank you very much to everyone who has had their Covid vaccination certificates verified.  This enables our tutors and members to continue to meet in a Covid-safe environment. Some of the courses have already confirmed that all participants are fully vaccinated, and this is fantastic.

The Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined is now online from now until the end of the year and has some big-name stars from Victoria’s arts and entertainment world.  It’s a great way to learn something new, check out an online art exhibition or take in a film. Also, for regional Victoria, there are some live events planned from the end of October. (Click on the above link to find out further details.)

Courses this week include French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi, Men’s Kitchen-2, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Computer Workshop, Dog Walking, Current Affairs, Film Club and Creative Writing as well as Friday@U3A. Please email either your tutor or  info@u3akyneton.org.au if you have any queries.

  • Cycling this week is meeting at the Information Centre at 10.30am;
  • Table Tennis is meeting at 9.30am in the Botanical Gardens (unless otherwise advised)
  • Computer Workshop will be held this week at the Red Brick Hall at 2.30pm
  • U3A has recently received a grant for a new iPad which can be trialled for short periods by members. Please see Len Baker at Computer Workshop or email info@u3akyneton.org.au for further information

Our next topic for Friday@U3A will be John Taubman with the topic “AUKUS” – more commonly referred to as the submarine deal between the UK, the US and Australia – the cancelation of the French submarine contract and why this makes sense (or no sense).

This will look behind the media reporting and the implications for Australia and what do the US and the UK get in return.  What does Australia give up? He will try to explain the rational for the decision.

John served in the Australian Navy for over 30 years, 27 years in the submarine service with tours in both the Royal Navy and the United States Navy.

The photo below (thanks to Helen Atherton) was taken during the recent visit to “Stonefields” where everyone enjoyed the garden.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 11th OCTOBER 2021

Dear Members,

A huge thank you to all members and tutors who have responded so positively to the U3A Kyneton vaccination policy and also those who have already provided their certification to U3A: https://u3akyneton.org.au/vaccination-requirements/

Any person who attends any face-to-face activity or course organised by U3A Kyneton must be fully vaccinated.”

Recording the certification for each individual member is being entered into the UMAS database. Recording of a member’s vaccination status in the database for any new member is being developed. We are trying not to ask members multiple times to produce their certification, however, apologise in advance if this happens and ask for your patience during this implementation process. 

To assist our Tutors for the next few weeks, an email will be sent to your Tutor for each course being held during the forthcoming week listing members who have already had their certificates recorded. 

Courses can be held this week in accordance with masks and social distancing observed and include French, Mah Jong, Low Impact Exercise, Social Walking, Tai Chi, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Dog Walking, Current Affairs, Film Club, Creative Writing and the regular Friday@U3A.
Please note:

  • Table Tennis is currently meeting at 9.30am in the Botanical Gardens (not at the Aquatic Centre due to Covid);
  • NEW Creative Writing Course is starting on Friday at 9.30am;
  • The Computer Workshop is unable to be held this week (and can hopefully be held on 20 October);
  • Details regarding the visit to “Stonefields” on 12 October will be sent this week. (This replaces the visit to “Musk Farm” which has been sold).
    https://www.stonefieldsthefarmhouse.com/

 Full course details can be found via the website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/

Our next topic for Friday@U3A will be “Climate Emergency in the Macedon Ranges” with speakers: Councillors Jennifer Anderson and Mark Ridgeway, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

In 2017 the Council adopted a Climate Change Action Plan with an emissions reductions target of 25% by June 2021. In March 2021, in response to a motion put by Councillor Ridgeway, Council voted in favour of declaring a Climate Emergency.

Come along and find out what programs, practices and actions have already been taken and what is being planned by Council to reduce and control the impacts of climate change.

Below is a photo of our Coffee Club members enjoying some Spring sunshine.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 27th September 2021

Dear Members,

Last Friday, after extremely careful discussion and consideration, the Committee unanimously decided that in the best interests and safety of members, presenters and visitors, the following policy be instigated forthwith.

“Any person who attends any face-to-face activity or course organised by U3A Kyneton must be fully vaccinated.”

This double vaccination requirement was emailed to all members on Saturday. We apologise for any cross posting and inconvenience this may cause, however, the health and safety for U3A Kyneton members, tutors and visitors is our number one priority.

Tutors will need to view vaccination certificates of members attending their course(s). If members do not have a vaccination certificate this week (27 September 2021), verbal notification is sufficient, however, it will be compulsory to have been viewed by the week commencing 04 October 2021.

Acceptable proof of compliance is by the myGovID app. Alternatively, members can obtain a printed certificate from their provider of the vaccine, either a doctor or pharmacist.
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Courses can resume in the Red Brick Hall, provided all Covid-19 rules are adhered to with everyone wearing masks, checking in etc. There will be no gold coin donation for weekly Friday@U3A sessions. Outside courses are also resuming with masks and social distancing observed.

This week’s courses include French, Mah Jong, Social Walking, Cycling, Tai Chi (2.00pm), Men’s Kitchen-2, Coffee Club, Table Tennis, Bushwalking, Dog Walking, Book Circle and Friday@U3A. Further details can be viewed by clicking the underlined link to the U3A Kyneton website:

It is still the school holiday period, so if you have any queries, please check with either your Tutor or John, Course Coordinator, via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Our next speakers for Friday@U3A at 2.00pm will be Leigh and Len Baker who will be presenting Part 1 of a fascinating series of videos about theformation of the Australian continent, its mineral riches and the truly ancient life-forms still observable.

Here is photo of Helen, well dressed, having fun and soaking up the sunshine while playing Table Tennis in the Botanical Gardens (thanks to Robert Rouse)

Helen
Raring to go at Table Tennis in the Gardens.

WOTZON 13th September 2021

Good morning Members,

The new Committee held it’s first meeting on Friday and Peter (President) welcomed Stephen Carisbrooke and Ged Seddon to the Committee. At the meeting the Committee agreed to immediately cease the gold coin donation for the weekly Friday@U3A sessions for members.  Visitors are also always welcome and only they are asked for a small donation.

With Covid restrictions easing slightly in Regional Victoria, the Council has advised that courses can recommence in the Red Brick Hall, provided all Covid restrictions are adhered to with everyone wearing masks, checking in etc., with a maximum 20 attendees along with a presenter and 2 assistants. This is the current ruling, however please be aware that the situation may change suddenly and without much notice.

U3A Kyneton members will need to comply with all Victorian Government Covid rules.

  • The Book Circle is holding 2 additional sessions this month with the 1st on Wednesday, 15 September at 1.00pm and the 2nd on 30 October at 1.00pm.
  • Tai Chi is NOT being held this week.
  • The Table Tennis group will meet outside at the Botanical Gardens at 9.30am on 15 September (as the Aquatic Centre is not open).
  • Coffee Club can meet this week outside at the Barry Doyle Rotunda at 11am
  • The Mental Health First Aid (for older people) course will be on Thursday commencing at 9.30am.
  • All other outside Courses can be held with social distancing and mask wearing.
  • Music and Computer Workshop will also be postponed this week.

Any queries regarding courses can be directed to your Tutor or to John, Course Coordinator via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Our next speaker for Friday@U3A at 2.00pm will be Carol Douglas with the topic “Establishing an Australian Hotel in Germany”. Carol spent over 20 years in the hotel industry in Australia, overseeing five brands across all States and into New Zealand. For a sea change, she re-located to Berlin in 2008 to launch hotels in Germany, Copenhagen and Budapest. Her presentation will be about her adventures in Europe, before returning to Melbourne in 2017, where she finished her career at the Savoy on Little Collins.

Below is a photo of some daffodils taken near the Mineral Springs just outside Kyneton (with thanks to Ken and Mayzie Hants)

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 6th September 2021


Dear Members,

We are still dealing with Covid restrictions and courses have been postponed.  If the situation changes we will keep everyone up to date.  U3A will open up face to face courses as soon as is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are able to hold our Friday@U3A via Zoom where the CEO of Macedon Ranges Council will give a presentation – see details below.

The U3A Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 3 September. Thanks to all members who attended and those who gave proxies and apologies.

A new Committee was elected and is listed below. They will hold their first meeting this Friday.

PositionName
PresidentPeter Johnson
Vice-PresidentAlan Moor
TreasurerAndrew McDowall
SecretaryVeronica (Roni) Taubman
Committee MemberJohn Taubman
Committee MemberPaul Reid
Committee MemberHeather Potter
Committee MemberJan McColl
Committee MemberStephen Carisbrooke
Committee MemberGed Seddon

At the AGM The Chair proposed that the U3A Kyneton subscription be increased to $40 in 2022, and that the monetary collection for the weekly Friday@U3A sessions be abolished. 
The motion below was carried:
“MOTION AGM 06/2021: That the 2022 subscription be set at $40 with the half yearly membership to be $25.”

Next Friday@U3A we will hear from Bernie O’Sullivan, CEO, Macedon Ranges Shire Council who will speak on the topic “Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Strategic Directions”. Bernie commenced with MRSC in May this year. He is a senior executive with extensive and diverse leadership experience in the government and not for profit sectors. His presentation will be an overview of the Macedon Ranges Shire, including the demographics, our Councillors and the strategic directions being taken and designed to meet current and future contingencies.

At the moment, this is planned as a Zoom presentation and a link to the meeting will be sent on Thursday afternoon.  In the event of a Regional Covid opening up next week, we shall be at the Red Brick Hall. As numbers there will be limited to twenty, please register if you plan to attend at the RBH.

In (optimistic) anticipation that outdoor activities may soon be permitted, here is a photo of some of our ‘table tennis group’ having fun playing in the Kyneton Botanical Gardens

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

Wotzon 30th August 2021

Dear Members

As we are still in Covid Lockdown, courses have been postponed for another week. However, there are several online courses available online for Adult Learners Week (1-8 September). Information can be found on the website https://adultlearnersweek.org/.
 Annual General MeetingThe U3A Kyneton Annual General meeting will be held on 03 September 2021 at 2.00pm via ZOOM.

Information for Zoom etiquette for the AGM can be found HERE.

An invitation to the Friday Zoom meeting is below and the link will also be emailed on Thursday afternoon. You can join either by Zoom or by telephone.

Please register for the AGM by logging into our UMAS database and enrolling into course no. 2129, by emailing members@u3akyneton.org.au or by calling 5422 2552. Many thanks to those who have already enrolled or sent their apology.

U3A Kyneton Host is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Friday, 03 September at 2.00p.m.
To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84316802427?pwd=eWt2cEZscmRuTWJTMW96b3UxM0Ivdz09

Meeting ID: 843 1680 2427
Passcode: 266738
Phone: 03 7018 2005

Nominations, Proxies and items for the Agenda should be completed and received 24 hours prior to the commencement of the AGM.

As previously distributed, documents for the AGM are again available via the links below (text underlined). Notice of MeetingAgendaAnnual Report (by the President)Financial Statements (by the Treasurer)Minutes of the 2020 Annual General MeetingProxy FormNomination FormAs Spring is almost upon us, below is a photo of some of our beautiful local daffodils (photo by Heather Potter)

 
 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 23rd August 2021

 Dear Members

U3A Kyneton has an exciting new course – a Creative Writing group!
This is for anyone who enjoys or aspires to write. All types of writing interests are welcome: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir or journal. The course is initially for 4 weeks (at no charge) with weekly meetings to explore creativity, find inspiration, and ways to improve. Each session will involve a check-in and will start with a mini-lesson or discussion on an aspect of writing. Members can work on the topic of the week or are welcome to work on another piece of writing.  Enrolments are now open for Course No. 2173 which is due to start on Friday, 06 September at 9.30-11.30 a.m. at the Red Brick Hall.

As U3A along with Regional Victoria is in lockdown again our courses are restricted this week. Let’s all try to ‘phone a friend’ or touch base frequently with family to check they are ok.

  • There will be a Zoom Coffee Club meeting on Wednesday, 25 August at 11.00 a.m. and we can discuss ‘how everybody is managing’. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and some cake to join in. All are welcome to attend and the link to the ZOOM is below:

U3A Kyneton Host is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting at 11a.m. on 25 August. To Join the Zoom Meeting follow the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87097937719?pwd=b0YxbnBFYWVTL09ma3FiWmZqRHBhQT09

Meeting ID: 870 9793 7719
Passcode: 013131

  • Our regular Friday@U3A will also be held via Zoom this week and a link to the meeting will be emailed 24 hours beforehand.  The topic will be an 11 minute presentation “The disarming case to act right now on Climate Change” by Greta Thunberg (2018). This will leave time for a discussion afterwards.

Our AGM will be on Friday, 03 September via Zoom (unless otherwise advised). So that we can ascertain the numbers for the AGM, could members please register your attendance at the AGM, Course 2129. You will need your membership number and password to log in, however, there are help links to assist if you have forgotten either of these.  Additionally, an email can be sent to info@u3akyneton.org.au to register. 

Please also check out the U3A Tutors Information page via the website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/tutor-introductions/ which has recently been established (with thanks to Heather Potter).

Below is a photo of our U3A Poetry group with “members bedazzled by a Margaret Atwood poem” (with thanks to Robert Rouse)

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 16th August 2021

 Dear Members

We extend a huge welcome to those who have recently joined U3A.

Courses can be held in the Red Brick Hall with Covid restrictions observed. The numbers in the building are currently limited to 20, QR check-in and/or registration is required, and masks need to be worn. Covid restrictions can change at short notice. Outdoor courses can also be held with members wearing masks. We are endeavouring to keep up to date with course information, but if you have any queries please get in touch with your tutor or contact us via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

  • The U3A Kyneton Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled to 03 September. Documentation will be re-distributed on 20 August;
  • Our new members and tutors afternoon tea will now be on 08 September;
  • The Christmas in July luncheon is currently on hold with a date to be advised;
  • The International Folk Dance course will NOT be held this week.
  • Tai Chi will resume classes at a start time of 1.30p.m. this week. Masks will need to be worn inside and all Covid restrictions complied with.

U3A Kyneton has applied for and received a grant from U3A Network Victoria for the purchase of an iPad and internet connection.  This is now available for members to borrow for one month periods as a ‘try before you buy’ scheme. To register your interest, please enrol in course 2172 ‘iPad Loan’ and you will be wait listed. The Tutor (Len) will then allocate the device as appropriate.  If you intend to take up this opportunity you might also consider enrolling in course 2105 “Computer Workshop’.

We are aware that some emails from info@u3akyneton.org.au are ending up in the ‘Junk/Spam’ folder. This seems to mainly be those with a ‘Bigpond’ email address. If you do not receive the weekly Wotzon or other emails from your Tutor, please check the ‘Junk/Spam’ folder to see if it is there.

The next Friday@U3A session at 2.00p.m. at the Red Brick Hall will be presented by Ian and Glenn Braybrook with the topic ‘Major Thomas Mitchell’s 1836 Australia Felix Expedition’. Local historians, Ian and Glenn Braybrook, authors of the recently published (2019) regional History – The Land We Love – will talk about Mitchell’s expedition and his report about Central and Western Victoria and how that led to “the biggest and most rapid land grab” in Australian history. 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON UPDATE, 10th August 2021

Dear Members

Another day and another Covid rule change in Victoria! 

As restrictions are easing at 11.59p.m. tonight, courses will be run in accordance with the 4 sq. metre rule and masks worn by everyone inside and outside. Please check our U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/.

Please check with your tutors if you are unsure about any specific course.

The Annual General Meeting will NOT be held this Friday.

Our Friday@U3ATHIS WEEK at 2.00p.m. (August 13) will be at the Red Brick Hall with Ted Talk session.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 9th August 2021

 Dear Members,


U3A Kyneton, like the rest of Victoria, is enduring another Covid Lockdown.

The Committee is holding its meeting today via Zoom. All other courses scheduled for this week are suspended. This includes the Annual General Meeting which will be rescheduled to a later date.

The lockdown is impacting us all, so please reach out to anyone you might know who needs assistance.

In the meantime, our U3A Facebook page is open to all members and provides a way to communicate (albeit small).  Just click on the underlined text to see the our (private) Facebook page 

U3A will recommence courses, both inside and outside, as soon as possible. Here is a photo taken earlier in the year of our cyclists relaxing after a hard ride!

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 2nd August 2021


Hello Members,

Once again, courses can be held in the Red Brick Hall.  All Covid restrictions need to be observed and this advice may change at short notice. The number in the building is currently limited to 20, QR check-in and/or written registration is required, and masks need to be worn.

  • The U3A Kyneton Annual General Meeting notice was distributed last week . If you did not receive your copy, please contact members@u3akyneton.org.au;
  • The Christmas in July luncheon will be rescheduled;
  • Our new members and tutors afternoon tea will now be held on 08 September;
  • A bookcase (kindly donated by Mary Hildebrandt) has been placed in the Red Brick Hall and starts our U3A Library. If you have any books that others may want to read, bring them along to share.  Feel free to browse the bookcase and see if there is a something interesting to read

COURSES THIS WEEK:

  • There will be NO Tai Chi this week. It will recommence next week on 10 August;
  • All other courses are running normally with Covid restrictions and masks to be worn for both inside and outside activities – further course information can always be found via our website https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/.
  • There is 1 spare place in the Mental Health 1st Aid course (2131) which commences on Thursday. This is a 4 week course being held on 5, 12 & 26 August and 02 September (no session on 19 August). To receive accreditation you will need to attend the 4 sessions. Please contact info@u3akyneton.org.au if you are interested in doing this course.

John Taubman gave a presentation last Friday about his experience of fighting fires in the Blue Mountains in 2013. Below is a photo of a house that was saved.

Our next Friday@U3A on August 6 at the Red Brick Hall commencing at 2.00p.m., Leigh and Len Baker will be presenting Part 1 of a fascinating series of videos about the formation of the Australian continent, its mineral riches and the truly ancient life-forms still observable

Our U3A Facebook page is open to all members.  Just click on the underlined text to see the latest Facebook news.

Roni Taubman
Secretary

WOTZON 26th July 2021

Dear Members,

U3A Kyneton, is still in Covid Lockdown, as is the rest of the Victoria. Courses scheduled for Monday and Tuesday this week have been suspended, however, if several restrictions end before the end of the week, further advice will be provided.

Our next Friday@U3A presentation (30 July) will be by John Taubman with the topic a firefighter’s perspective of “Fighting fires in the Blue Mountains”. In mid-October 2013 a number of destructive fires affected several communities including the Blue Mountains. More than 200 homes were destroyed however thousands more were saved due to the work of firefighters.

Hopefully we will be able to meet in the Red Brick Hall on Friday, however, if this is not possible, John will present this via Zoom and a link to the meeting will be emailed on Thursday afternoon.

In the meantime, checkout information about some of our our talented Tutors  HERE  🌞 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 19th July 2021

Dear Members,

U3A Kyneton, like the rest of Victoria, is in the middle of a Covid Lockdown – again ☹️ 

All courses scheduled for this week are suspended, however, if the lockdown ends before the end of the week, further advice may be provided. The Christmas in July luncheon (23rd July) has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Courses postponed for this week are: International Folk Dancing
French
Mah Jong
Low Impact Exercise
Social Walking
Cycling
Tai Chi
Coffee Club
Table Tennis
Bushwalking
Bird Observers
Lunch Club
Christmas in July
Friday@U3A
Our next Friday afternoon speaker will be held next week,30th July at 2.00p.m. and will be John Taubman with the topic a firefighter’s perspective of ‘fighting fires in the Blue Mountains’.

In the meantime let’s keep our fingers crossed the lockdown will end soon and please keep safe.  🤞 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 12th July 2021

Dear Members,

U3A Kyneton courses are resuming after a short Semester break and we extend a big welcome back to everyone, especially to new members.

COVID restrictions in Victoria have eased at last which means we are currently able to use the Red Brick Hall again without masks. It is still important to use the QR code/sign in sheet for contact tracing.

The Committee is holding its monthly meeting this morning. The U3A Kyneton Annual General Meeting is in August.  Our membership is growing and consequently we are asking for expressions of interest from an additional 2 interested people to join the Committee.  Please contact info@u3akyneton.org.au if you would like further information. The Committee always welcomes fresh ideas and suggestions.

On Tuesday, 13 JulyFirst Nations in the Macedon Ranges (Course 2171) will depart Kyneton Station at 8.32am to visit the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum.

The International Folk Dancing(Course 2165) is re-commencing on 19 July at the Red Brick Hall – so find and polish up those dancing shoes at the back of the cupboard to join in the fun. 

A Christmas in July (Course 2146) luncheon will be held on 23 July at the Kyneton RSL at 12.00p.m. at a cost of $25.  The Menu will consist of garlic bread, a choice of either Fish or Roast and a selection of 2 desserts. Drinks are available at bar prices. All are welcome to attend this social luncheon. Enrolments are necessary and can be registered online or via info@u3akyneton.org.au. (Please also advise any dietary requirements.)

This lunch will replace the regular Friday@U3A presentation on 23 July.

All other regular courses are running as per usual this week as is the Friday@U3A afternoon session. Details of dates and times of courses are accessible 24/7 on our website via https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/. You can view and enrol in classes from the website and also check the next scheduled date of any particular course. Please contact us if you need assistance with viewing and enrolling into courses – friendly assistance is available from a real person.

We extend a HUGE thankyou to all our Tutors as without their continual commitment U3A would not exist.

Thank you very much to Mary Hildebrandt for her donation of a Bookcase which will enable our book-swap library to begin in the Red Brick Hall. This will be a library to Swap/Read – Books you may have read and are no longer wanted that can be placed in the bookcase for others to read and in return you are then able to take a book that you have not yet read.

The next Friday@U3A presentation (16 July) will be by John Taubman with the topic a firefighter’s perspective of “Fighting fires in the Blue Mountains”. In mid-October 2013 a number of destructive fires affected several communities including the Blue Mountains. More than 200 homes were destroyed however thousands more were saved due to the work of firefighters. The afternoon will start at 2.00pm at the Red Brick Hall followed by afternoon tea.  All members and guests are very welcome to come attend.

U3A Kyneton Membership badges will be available to collect from 1.30p.m. on Friday at the Red Brick Hall.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON School Holidays 28th June – 11th July

There is no WOTZON for 26th June and the 3rd of July as the school holidays are on and U3A classes are generally having a break unless your tutor has opted to continue with your classes.

WOTZON 21st JUNE 2012

Dear Members,

U3A Kyneton is delighted to advise that we are now able to hold courses again in the Red Brick Hall and utilise other indoor locations.  Victorian Government Covid restrictions will need to be maintained.
Courses for this week are as outlined on the U3A Kyneton website – CLICK HERE to view this week’s Calendar.
A suggestion has been made to start up a book-swap mini library to be placed at the entrance foyer of the Red Brick Hall.  If anyone has a bookshelf available please contact John Taubman, Course Coordinator via info@u3akyneton.org.au

A luncheon to celebrate “Christmas in July” will be held at the RSL on 23 July and is open for enrolments. All are welcome and the cost is $25. (Please also advise any dietary requirements.) John can also be contacted regarding the luncheon.

U3A Kyneton is taking a Semester break over the school holiday period.  There will be no weekly Wotzon on 28 June or 05 July. After this week, the next Friday@U3A session is scheduled for 16 July.

Several courses run throughout the school holidays (28 June – 09 July) however some take a break during this time. Please check with your tutor to see whether any particular course is continuing or stopping during this period.  

Below is a photo of the Bushwalking Group above the Coliban Water Channel.

This coming Friday@U3A (25 June) will be Helen Synnot with the topic “My Double Lung Transplant”. Helen is the Practice Nurse at Campaspe Family Practice. She will talk about the diagnosis that let to her double lung transplant, its psychological impact and her ongoing regime of medication and health management.  The afternoon commences at 2.00p.m. at the Red Brick Hall.  Members and friends from all-round the Macedon Ranges are welcome to attend.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 14th May 2021

Dear Members,

Our thoughts are with everyone who sustained damage during Wednesday night’s storm.

Below is information for this week’s U3A Courses:

  • Courses will not be held in the Red Brick Hall until (hopefully) this coming Friday. The Committee is meeting this morning to discuss the current status;
  • Outdoor groups can meet provided there are no more than a maximum of 20. Face masks must be carried and worn when physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained;
  • Some retail is open with a density of 1 person per 4 sqm. Check-in upon entry and use the QR code. Below is some information regarding this week’s courses.
  • French will NOT be held on Monday due to the Public Holiday
  • Mah Jong will NOT be held on Monday;
  • Coffee Club can meet outside on Wednesday at the Barry Doyle Rotunda (weather permitting)
  • The Low Impact Exercise class will restart on Monday, 21 June at 2.00p.m.
    Please always check for up to date information from your Tutor.

Peter Tammer has kindly offered U3A Kyneton members an electronic copy of his ebook PDF of the eBook“Poles Apart”, the Search for Truth in Cinema.  If anyone would like a copy please contact info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Our next Friday@U3A speaker is Daryl Raggatt with the topic “McDonald’s Secret Business Techniques”. Daryl is a Fellow of the Australian Insurance Institute and a former lecturer in Finance at Melbourne and Swinburne Universities. In 2019 he retired from a career advising on asset finance for corporate, retail, industrial, rural and commercial clients. His presentation will be about the golden rules for successfully financing and managing a small business, with McDonald’s secret business techniques as the case study.
Come along and learn how to become even richer than you are! 

At the moment we are planning this Friday@U3A meeting to be at the Red Brick Hall, however, should this change, members will be notified via email. 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 7th June 2021



Dear Members
 
U3A Kyneton must abide by the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe regulations and, regrettably, this will impinge on some courses this week.

  • The Red Brick Hall has been closed by the Council, so no courses can be held there until further notice;
  • Outdoor groups can meet provided there are no more than a maximum of 10 people. Face masks must be carried and are required to be worn when physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained;
  • Some retail is open with a density of 1 person per 4 sqm. Check-in upon entry using the QR code is mandatory. Courses held in an appropriate indoor setting can still take place.

Below is some information regarding this week’s courses.
Please always check for up to date information from your Tutor.
 
Monday

  • International Folk Dancing has been cancelled with another 4-week session planned to commence after the school holidays;
  • Intermediate French will be held in the Grist Bakery;
  • Mah Jong will not be held;
  • Low Impact Exercise will not be held;

Tuesday

  • The Social Walking Group is meeting (weather permitting);
  • Cycling can meet as a group;
  • Tai Chi – please check with your Tutor for arrangements.

Wednesday

  • Men’s Kitchen – please check with your tutor for arrangements;
  • Coffee Club is cancelled this week (the café advises that only 6 people can meet in the back room);
  • Advanced and Travel French will be held in the Grist Bakery;
  • Computer Workshop is cancelled;
  • New members afternoon tea will be rescheduled to a later date;
  • Table Tennis will not be held as the Aquatic Centre is closed.

Thursday

  • Bushwalking will meet as usual
  • Dog Walking can take place in the Botanical Gardens;
  • Current Affairs is cancelled;
  • Poetry is taking place outside in the courtyard of Harper Lee Café (weather permitting);
  • Book Circle is cancelled (the next meeting is on 08 July);
  • Film Club is cancelled until July.

Friday

  • Propaganda – The Dark Art has regrettably been cancelled and will be rescheduled for 2022;
  • Friday@U3A will be held via ZOOM – details below. 

  • Last Friday an informative Zoom session was provided by Peter Tammer about “Frank Hurley in Antarctica” – here is a photograph of the ship “Endurance” on the Antarctic ice.
  • Our next Friday@U3A ZOOM meeting will be Helen Synnot with the topic “My Double Lung Transplant”. Helen is the Practice Nurse at Campaspe Family Practice, Kyneton. She will talk about the diagnosis that led to her transplant, its psychological impact and her ongoing regime of medication and health management since then.
  • A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting and members can click on the link provided to access the meeting via a smart phone, tablet or computer. U3A Kyneton can communicate with members to connect, regardless of the pandemic restrictions – our Zoom account has been renewed this week to enable sessions to take place.  If anyone has questions about joining a Zoom meeting, please let us know – HELP is available. 
  • Keep safe and warm this week.
  •  
  • Roni Taubman
  • Secretary
  • 5422 2552
 

WOTZON 31st May

Goodmorning Members,

  • As previously advised and due to the Victorian Government’s snap Lockdown, U3A Kyneton has suspended courses until further notice. This is inclusive of all classes and also the proposed afternoon tea for new members. We wish we had better news, however, as further advice becomes available we will keep everyone informed regarding specific course arrangements;
  • The GOOD NEWS is that next Friday@U3A will be held via ZOOM so read on to find out the details;
  • The U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/ will be amended as the situation changes.
  • Here is a photo taken during the International Folk Dance session last week which was lots of FUN and hopefully this will re-commence next week.
  • Also, our Bird Observers enjoyed a great outing last week as can be seen below – searching for that elusive bird….
  • Our next Friday@U3A speaker (via Zoom) is Peter Tammer with the topic “Frank Hurley in Antarctica“. Prior to retirement Peter taught film at the Victorian College of the Arts. This presentation is about the legendary Australian pioneering photographer and cinematographer, Frank Hurley, in Antarctica with Sir Ernest Shackleton, on the ill-fated expedition of the Endurance between 1914 – 1917. This is an epic story of hardship and endurance.

    Everyone is welcome to join the online ZOOM and a link to the meeting will be distributed via email, so watch out for the email 24 hours beforehand so you can join in this informative session. There’s no need to have a Zoom account, just follow the link with details on how to join the meeting.

    U3A Kyneton will continue to utilise whatever avenue is available to communicate with members and to connect, regardless of the pandemic restrictions. 

    Roni Taubman
    Secretary
    5422 2552

WOTZON 24th May 2021

Dear Members,

  • The U3A Kyneton ‘Propaganda – The Dark Art’ course commences on Friday at 10.00am for 5 weeks. Where did it start, who were some of the experts and where is it going?
  • Computer workshop is being held THIS week (instead of last week) so bring along whatever device you have for some hands-on problem-solving;
  • The 1st Low Impact Exercise 8-week class starts today, 2.30pm at the Xist Gym, Rear/49 Mollison St., Kyneton (laneway off Simpson St.) – come along to try it out;
  • The U3A Kyneton ‘Lunch Club’ is also meeting this week where members can enjoy good quality food at reasonable prices;
  • Our ‘Bird Observers‘ will also be out and about this week;
  • All other regular courses are continuing as normal. Further details can be found via the U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/.  If you need assistance on how to view and enrol in courses please contact us.

The following forthcoming events information has been received from Doug McIver (with thanks):  

  • The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is presenting ‘Ken Murray,Trio Agogo and Friends’ on 26 May. Further information and booking details can be found via their Facebook page HERE
  • In June there is a FREE event, presented by Cathouse Players Inc., of the play ‘Blithe Spirit’ – A beloved classic by perennial playwright and wit Noel Coward. This will be held at the Kyneton Masonic Centre on 18-20 June and 25-27 June. Full details can be found HERE 

Our next Friday@U3A speaker is Helen Synnot with the topic “My Double Lung Transplant”. Helen is the Practice Nurse at Campaspe Family Practice. She will talk about the diagnosis that led to her double lung transplant; its psychological impact and her ongoing regime of medication and health management since then.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 17th May 2021

Good morning Members,

Now that details of courses are available via the website, Wotzon is not listing every course that occurs for the coming week. Information about current activities, new courses and changes to regular courses will be set out in the weekly email. Details of the next Friday@U3A weekly speaker will also be advised.

  • Computer Workshop will NOT be held this week and has been rescheduled to 26 May;
  • International Folk Dancing starts today, 10.00am at the Red Brick Hall;
  • Current Affairs and Film Club sessions are also happening this week;
  • A new 8-week low impact exercise class is starting next week on Monday afternoons – If you’re looking for more FUN than a WORKOUT, this 30-minute class is for you and can be tailored to suit individual levels… come along to try it out;
  • Members who joined in 2020 and 2021 will soon receive an invitation to a ‘welcome to U3A Kyneton’ afternoon tea.

All other regular courses are being held as normal.  Please remember that anyone is able to attend a session as a trial before formally joining U3A or enrolling into a course. 

Full details about courses can be accessed via the website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/. If you need any assistance or have any queries, please email info@u3akyneton.org.au – there is a ‘real person’ who can help you to navigate the system which is sometimes frustrating!

Even though the cold weather is upon us, last week was warm and sunny.  Below is a photo of the Poetry group enjoying their class in the sunshine.

Our next Friday@U3A speaker is John Shaw with the topic ‘A look at the history of Woodend and why it is so different to the other towns in the region’. John is a long-time Woodend resident and U3A member. He will take us through the history of Woodend, looking at how that history has resulted in a unique and highly individual town. He will explore and explain how that history has generated characteristics and features that make Woodend different.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 10th May 2021

Good morning Members,

  • The U3A Kyneton Committee is meeting today. Please let us know if any particular subject needs to be raised at any meeting.  A ‘Welcome’ Morning Tea for new members will be announced soon.
  • Our fun-filled exercise class last week had everyone chasing balloons around the room!! There are still a few spaces left for anyone who might like to join in;
  • The Music course is held monthly at a private home – come along and enjoy some mainly classical music of all sorts and eras;
  • Men’s Kitchen is being held this week (and was recently featured in the Midland Express);
  • Our Poetry group is also meeting to discuss the Australian Poet, Kate Llewellyn;
  • The final Photography session is on Thursday, so we look forward to receiving lots of photos for Wotzon from those who are now photographic ‘experts’;
  • International Folk Dancing starts next Monday, 17 May, for 4 weeks at the Red Brick Hall at 10.00-11.30am. If you know someone who might like to join the dance group for a session, that would be ok and the tutor has agreed to take $2.50 for the one-off visitor. If you attended the recent introductory session, you will now need to re-enrol into the course (or advise if help is needed to do so).

You can view further information about courses, dates and times  via the U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/ and our Facebook page can be accessed HERE

Several Tutors and some members of the Committee attended a First Aid course last week.  Here is a photo of our U3A Kyneton President in action! Another course is being planned for next Semester.

Our next Friday@U3A speaker is Dr. Graeme Davison AO, Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor. His core areas of interest are Australian cities, national identity, public history and family history. Taking his book ‘The Rise and fall of Marvellous Melbourne’, as the theme, he will talk about the history of Melbourne from the 1850’s gold rushes through to the boom and bust of the late C19, with some reflections on Melbourne’s recent history.

All are welcome and friends can also come along to the U3A Kyneton regular 2pm Friday sessions at the Red Brick Hall, 23 Yaldwyn Street West, Kyneton. Also, please remember anyone is able to attend a session of any course as a trial before formally enrolling.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 3rd May 2021


Hello Members

  • The introduction to International Folk Dancing is taking place on Monday;
  • Our final session of the First Australians in the Macedon Ranges is this week;
  • Several members of the Committee and Tutors are attending a First Aid course on Tuesday;
  • Computer Workshop, Current Affairs and Film Club are scheduled for this week;
  • The next U3A Poetry group is on 13 May;
  • All other long and short courses are continuing.

Here is a photo of some members out and about during last week’s First Australians in the Macedon Ranges course

Last Friday’s U3A, Chris Dixon gave us a most informative and interactive session explaining the strategies of managing a team of large muscular horses.  All were intrigued to view the heavy hardware used.

WOTZON is being distributed early each Monday morning. Everyone can now view the courses available from the U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/

Our next Friday@U3A speaker will be John Taubman with the topic “KRI Nanggala (402)”, the Indonesian submarine that sank (with all hands) on 21st April 2021. John spent 27 years in the Australian submarine service, with command of two submarines and spent extensive periods in the very waters where the Indonesian submarine was lost. He will assess what we know, what we don’t know and give educated guesses about what might really have happened. He will talk about the facts, the fiction and why you should be careful of media reporting. Gain an insight into a tragic disaster and the subsequent politics, posturing and lies of the new age of “Fake News”.

All members are welcome so please invite your friends to the U3A Kyneton regular 2pm Friday sessions.

Don’t forget to check out the U3A Kyneton Facebook page, co-operative of retired people who share many educational, creative and leisure activities. The Facebook page is a private group (only members can see who’s in the group and what they post) and open to anyone who is retired or no longer working full time in the Macedon Ranges area of Victoria. 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 26 April

 HelloMembers,

The regular WOTZON email is now being distributed early on Monday mornings and accessible via smart phones and tablets as well as computers. The link from the U3A Kyneton website to the full description of current courses is https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/ Instructions on how to view and enrol in courses from this website can be found HERE.  U3A Kyneton courses can be viewed from the website 24 hours a day.

  • The Australian History course has finished;
  • The sessions on Photography are continuing on Thursday afternoons;
  • An Introductory session to International Folk Dancing will be held on 03 May at the Red Brick Hall at 10.00am – it is free and open to all. Please invite friends to come along to this fun-filled activity. A further course on International Folk Dancing will commence on 17 May at a cost of $10;
  • Another 4 week fun-filled low impact exercise class has commenced so come along and give it a go.

Below is a photo taken this week of members enjoying the First Nations History in the Macedon Ranges. Despite the rain, everyone enjoyed the most informative session.

Our next Friday@u3a afternoon speaker will be Chris Dixon with the topic “Less whip with More Wit”. Australian farmers have long been faced with the challenge of producing crops with the minimum of manpower. Until the early twentieth century the solution was one person driving a team of large muscular horses. Often that person had to combine controlling the horses with operating a big complex implement. Chris will explore and explain the strategies and devices used to get all members of the team working in unison. Some of the hardware used will be on display and audience participation will be part of the enjoyment of this truly unique Kyneton U3A activity.

All members are welcome as are your friends, so come along to the U3A Kyneton our Friday sessions at 2.00p.m. at the Red Brick Hall.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 19th April 2021

Dear Members,

  • The course on Art (Acrylic Painting) starts this Friday;
  • The sessions on Photography are continuing for the next 4 weeks;
  • An Introductory session to International Folk Dancing will be held on 03 May – it is FREE and open to all. Feel free to invite friends to come along to this fun filled activity (participants for this session don’t have to be U3A members). A course on International Folk Dancing will commence on 17 May at a cost of $10;
  • There are currently some spaces available in a weekly Low Impact Exercise class;
  • All Friday@U3A afternoon sessions take place weekly at 2.00p.m. at the Red Brick Hall and details about invited speakers are advertised weekly in Wotzon. Friends are also welcome to attend and there is no need to register beforehand. This is followed by a social afternoon tea.

The Red Brick Hall has been found unlocked several times in the last few weeks and the cupboards open with equipment exposed. It is up to all members and tutors to ensure that the building is left secure, is also safe and tidy, so please could everyone assist their Tutor to make sure any equipment used is locked away and the building secured.

The link from the U3A Kyneton website to the full description of current courses is:https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/ Instructions on how to view and enrol in courses from this website can be found HERE.   If you are enrolled in a course and away or unable to attend, please notify your Tutor.  Steps on how to record your absence can be accessed HERE.

If anyone is having difficulty logging into the U3A Kyneton membership system or enrolling in courses, please send an email to members@u3akyneton.org.au or call 5422 2552.

Our next Friday@u3a afternoon speaker will be Angela Jackson who will talk about her terrifying (but exciting) first-hand experience in 1972 on the Cypriot owned “SAGEORGE” which was shipwrecked off Koufonisi Point, SE Crete.  All members are welcome and friends can also be invited along to attend.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 12 April 2021


Dear Members,
U3A Kyneton’s “Wotzon” will be distributed regularly to members each Monday morning (instead of Sunday afternoon).

U3A Kyneton courses have resumed after the Easter break. ‘Welcome’ to our new members and ‘Welcome Back’ those who have recently re-joined.

Although we are all enjoying reduced restrictions in Victoria, please remember to observe social distancing and utilise the hand sanitiser and cleaning supplies when in the Red Brick Hall.

  • The monthly Music session is on Monday at 2.00p.m.;
  • The First Nations History in the Macedon Ranges is starting this week. Participants will meet outside the Red Brick Hall at 10.00a.m. on Tuesday;
  • Australian History is continuing on Wednesday at 10.00a.m.;
  • The 2nd session of Men’s Kitchen-1 is also on Wednesday;
  • Current Affairs is meeting on Thursday at 10.00a.m.;
  • The Photography course commences on Thursday at 2.00p.m.;
  • There will be NO Film Club this week;
  • All other regular courses are running.

The link from the U3A Kyneton website to the full description of current courses is: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/Please scroll down the page to view this website for details regarding each specific course. Details about U3A each week’s courses can be accessed at any time from a smart phone, tablet, laptop or stand-alone computer.  An information session on how to view courses for ‘this week’ and ‘next week’ will be held on Friday,16 April in the Red Brick Hall at 2.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.  All are welcome and there is no need to register. 

If anyone is having difficulty logging into the U3A Kyneton membership system or enrolling in courses, assistance can also be provided on 16 April.

Following any medical incident, an Incident Report Form needs to be completed.  Tutors have been notified and additional forms can be located in the folder at the back of the Covid-Safe Plan in the Red Brick Hall.

Our next Friday afternoon speaker will be on 23 April at 2.00p.m. and will be about a 1st hand shipwreck experience off the island of Crete in 1972 – with further information in the next “Wotzon”.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

Wotzon 28th March 2021
 
Dear Heather, Member No. 769U3A Kyneton is taking a term break and therefore Friday@U3A will not be held this week (Good Friday), nor on 09 April and “Wotzon” will not be distributed next Sunday (Easter Sunday). Some U3A tutors and courses are also taking a term break – please check to with your tutor to find out what is happening. Tai Chi will not be held this week. Paul Reid’s Historic next historic tour of Kyneton is on 6 April. The kitchen in the Red Brick Hall is now operational. Face masks are no longer a requirement in the building, however, please remember to observe social distancing and utilise the hand sanitiser. Following the meeting last Monday, the Committee would like to remind members that it is U3A Kyneton’s ‘duty of care” in the case of a medical incident during a scheduled event, an ambulance will be called. Members are encouraged to review their ambulance coverage as some ambulance transportation can incur high fees. The link HERE provides information for Ambulance Victoria membership and fees. Current Incident report forms will be distributed to tutors and hard copies can be found at the back of the U3A Covid-Safe Plan in the Red Brick Hall.

Below is one of our members enjoying some Poetry!


After Easter, the weekly courses will no longer be listed as per below.  They are available via the U3A Kyneton website and can be accessed from any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or stand-alone computer.  An introduction on how to view courses and to enroll in courses will be held on Friday,16 April in the Red Brick Hall at 2.00 pm, followed by afternoon tea.  All are welcome and there is no need to register.  The link to the website and courses is https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/Wotzon is also available on the website.
Classes this week:    
TimeMonday 29 March  
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery    10:30 & 11:30 AM
2115Mah JongRed Brick Hall1:30 PM
2166Exercise – Low Impact 2Xist Gym2:30 PM
Tuesday, 30 March  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingKyneton Info. Centre9:30 AM
Wednesday, 31 March  
2106Cooking – Triple Treats – 1Private Home9:00 AM
2145First AustraliansRed Brick Hall9:00 AM
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubAngie’s Café10:30 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2134BridgeRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2124Growing your Own FoodRed Brick Hall3:30 PM
2117Table TennisKyneton Aquatic Centre4:30 PM
Thursday, 01 April  
2126BushwalkingVarious8:30 AM
2122Dog WalkingKyneton Botanical Gardens9:30 AM
2114Current AffairsRed Brick Hall10:00 AM
2149Film ClubRed Brick Hall2:00 PM
Friday 02 April   PUBLIC HOLIDAY GOOD FRIDAY  
TERM BREAK check with Tutors to see if courses are on.
Friday, 09 April: NO FRIDAY@U3A 
Friday, 16 April: training on course listing via the website and afternoon tea 2:00 PM

The Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Easter.



Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 21st March

Dear Members,

Below are is further information regarding U3A courses:

  • The U3A Kyneton Committee is meeting tomorrow.
  • The 2nd Low Impact Exercise class starts on Monday.
  • The Bridge class is taking a break this week.
  • There is still availability for members to join the International Folk Dancing course on 29 March which is sure to blow away all those Covid cobwebs.  There is no charge for the introductory session. You do not need to be an expert participate and unleash some spring in your steps. If interested, please enrol online or enquire via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Paul Reid’s Historic tour of Kyneton was very appreciated by everyone who attended last Tuesday and another outing is booked for 6 April. It is currently full, however, if you are booked into this session and unable to attend on this day, please let us know so that others who are on the waiting list may enjoy this special outing.

The bushwalkers took advantage of the warm weather this week – below is photo taken of the group taken at Babbington Hill.

During 2020 the Red Brick Hall was not utilised regularly by U3A and most courses were held via Zoom. It has become apparent that our speakers cannot be heard clearly.  To overcome this, the audio system will be utilised for the Friday afternoon sessions and for visiting tutors whenever possible.

The list of courses being held this week are (this information has been copied from the U3A Kyneton website and is viewable at any time): https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/

CodeNameLocation             Time
Monday, 22 March  
U3AKCommittee meetingRSL9:00 AM
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery10:30 &
11.30 AM
2115Mah JongRed Brick Hall1:30 PM
2166Exercise-Low Impact-2Xist Gym2:30 PM
Tuesday, 23 March  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingKyneton Info. Centre9:30 AM
2118Tai ChiUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
Wednesday, 24 March  
2106Cooking, Triple Treats-1Private home9:00 AM
2145First AustraliansRed Brick Hall9:00 AM
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubAngie’s Café11:00 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2124Growing your Own FoodRed Brick Hall3:30 PM
2117Table TennisKyneton Aquatic Centre4:30 PM
Thursday, 25 March  
2101Bird ObserversCnr Mollison & Pohlman Sts.9:00 AM
2122Dog WalkingKyneton Botanical Gardens9:30 AM
2111Lunch ClubVarious12:00 PM
Friday, 26 March  
2133U3A Administration DayRed Brick Hall1:30 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

Our next Friday@U3A afternoon speaker will be Shirley Proctor with the topic ‘Walking and Cycling Spain’s Caminos’. Shirley will take us on a pictorial journey from Seville in the South, to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, in the north west corner of Spain. She will talk about her travel adventures walking and cycling along Spain’s Caminos.

All are welcome at the Friday afternoon sessions which is followed by afternoon tea. 



Roni Taubman
Secretary

WOTZON 14 March

 Hello Members:

Below is some information regarding the following courses:

  • The second Low Impact Exercise class will NOT be held tomorrow (15 March) and will now commence on 22 March.
  • Paul Reid’s tour of Kyneton (16 March) will begin from the South-East corner of Piper and Ebden Streets at 10:00 am (beside the old Market building, now Duck, Duck, Goose & Larder). Please wear sturdy walking shoes for this tour of approximately 2 km (mostly along Piper Street, but we may make some side excursions).
  • There will be NO Film Club this week.
  • The Friday U3A Kyneton regular Administration Day for any member requiring assistance with logging into or selecting courses for the membership database will now be available from 1.30-2.00p.m.

The list of courses being held this week are (this information has been copied from the U3a Kyneton website and is viewable at any time): https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/

CodeNameLocationTime
Monday, 15 March  
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery10:30 & 11.30 AM
2115Mah JongRed Brick Hall1:30 PM
Tuesday, 16 March  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingKyneton Information Centre9:30 AM
2154Paul Reid’s Historic Tour of KynetonSE corner of Piper & Ebden Sts.10:00 AM
2118Tai ChiUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
Wednesday, 17 March  
2106Cooking – Triple Treats – 1Private Home9:00 AM
2145First AustraliansRed Brick Hall9:00 AM
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubAngie’s Café11:00 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2134BridgeRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2105Computer WorkshopPrivate Home2:30 PM
2124Growing your Own FoodRed Brick Hall3:30 PM
2117Table TennisKyneton Aquatic Centre4:30 PM
Thursday, 18 March  
2126BushwalkingVarious8:30 AM
2122Dog WalkingKyneton Botanical Gardens9:30 AM
2114Current AffairsRed Brick Hall10:00 AM
Friday, 19 March  
2133U3A Administration DayRed Brick Hall1.30 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

Our next Friday@U3A afternoon will speaker will be Graham Kent with the topic “Investigating Assault, Sexual Assault and Discrimination in Victoria Police”. A retired Police Inspector, Graham will talk about his experiences when establishing the Victoria Police internal investigation taskforce. Set up in 2015, it is responsible for investigating allegations of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination within Victoria Police.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

Wotzon 28 February 2021

Hello Members.

Everyone is excited to learn of the easing Covid restriction in Victoria. Masks are now no longer mandatory for inside the Red Brick Hall. 

We are still unable to utilise the kitchen in the Red Brick Hall, however, with the revised government restrictions and for future afternoon tea on Fridays, rather than use paper cups, please feel free to choose a mug from our current supply of donated cups and take it home to wash and reuse for each Friday session.  Of course, members can also bring their own cup to use for afternoon tea.

Last Friday we had an informative session at the Red  Brick Hall by the West Ward Councillors – Macedon Ranges Shire Council – below is a photo of members listening intently!

This week:

  • French classes are still meeting voluntarily;
  • The First Australians course is starting, and
  • The Growing your own food course is commencing.

A list of courses is available at any time (24/7) on the Kyneton website – select the Courses and Activities tab https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/, scroll down the page to select ‘List View’ and then select ‘this week’, or ‘next week’ to view.  Further details for each course can be obtained via the drop-down arrow.  If you are unsure when the next session is scheduled or if further details are needed, this is viewable on our website.  Wotzon is also being uploaded weekly onto the website. 

Courses being held this week are –  as per information from the U3A Kyneton website:

CodeNameLocationTime
Monday, 01 March  
2127Golf CroquetKyneton Croquet Club10:30 AM
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery10.30 & 11.30 AM
2115Mah JongRed Brick Hall2:00 PM
2139Low Impact ExerciseXist Gym2.30 PM
Tuesday, 02 March  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingPig & Whistle, E.Trentham9:30 AM
2118Tai ChiUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
Wednesday, 03 March  
2145First AustraliansRed Brick Hall9:00 AM
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubBarry Doyle Rotunda11:00 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2134BridgeRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2105Computer WorkshopPrivate Home2:30 PM
2124Growing your Own FoodRed Brick Hall3:30 PM
2117Table Tennis 4:30 PM
Thursday, 04 March  
2126BushwalkingVarious8:30 AM
2122Dog WalkingKyneton Botanic Gardens9:30 AM
2114Current AffairsRed Brick Hall10:00 AM
2149Film ClubRed Brick Hall2:00 PM
Friday, 05 March  
2163Cycling – PicnicOld Primary School, Kyneton10:30 AM
2133U3A Administration DayRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

Our next Friday@U3A afternoon session will be Peter Wilson (ex NGV) who will be talking to us about ‘Evaluating Art‘. We shall view a selection of artworks. Everyone will be encouraged to offer their ideas and discuss. It sounds serious but it will be fun. This is similar to the ABC series ‘Everyone’s a Critic’ – episodes are available on ABC iView until 2 March – have a look! No prior knowledge of art is required – come along, participate and enjoy.

If you don’t already have your 2021 membership badge, it is available for collection at the Red Brick Hall from 1.00p.m. on Friday.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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Wotzon 21 February 2021



Dear Members.

After the lockdown U3A Kyneton is very happy to be back!

There are still a few vacancies in some courses, so take a look on our website to see if any additional sessions might interest you: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/

  • The Bird Observers are meeting this week.
  • Bridge is starting this week at the Red Brick Hall.
  • Lunch Club is also scheduled this week for the first time in 2021.
  • French classes are currently meeting informally as Simone is away.
  • Table Tennis is moving to the time of 4.30pm on Wednesdays and now at the Kyneton Sports & Aquatic Centre.
  • The International Folk Dancing introductory course on 29 March is open for registrations.

Our Bushwalkers had a great time last Thursday – below is a photo of them enjoying a well earned rest.

Absence Reporting: If you are away or unable to attend a course and wish to advise the Tutor, this can be done via the website. Use the Member Login (your Member No. and Password), then press Submit to access the database and then select My Absences from the Left-hand menu and follow the steps to the appropriate course and dates you will be absent – then click Submit.  This will initiate an automatic email which will be sent to the Tutor advising you will be away.  

The following courses will be held this week:

CodeNameLocationTime
Monday, 22 February  
2142MeditationRed Brick Hall9:30 AM
2127Golf CroquetKyneton Croquet Club10:30 AM
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery10:30 AM & 11:30 AM
2115Mah JongRed Brick Hall2:00 PM
2139Exercise – Low ImpactXist Gym2:30 PM
Tuesday, 23 February  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingKyneton Info. Centre9:30 AM
2118Tai ChiUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
2119Tai Chi – BeginnersUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
Wednesday, 24 February  
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubBarry Doyle Rotunda11:00 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2134BridgeRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2117Table TennisSports & Aquatic Centre4:30 PM
Thursday, 25 February  
2101Bird ObserversCnr Mollison & Pohlman Sts. Kyneton9:00 AM
2122Dog WalkingKyneton Botanical Gardens9:30 AM
2111Lunch ClubAlbion Hotel12:00 PM
Friday, 26 February  
2133U3A Administration DayRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

For our next Friday@U3A afternoon we will be visited by our CouncillorsCr. Janet Pearce – retiring Mayor; Cr. Mark Ridgeway – Deputy Mayor; Cr. Jennifer Anderson – Mayor; and the Chair –  Peter Johnson – President, U3A Kyneton.
With the Topic – West Ward Councillors – Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Come along to hear from our local Councillors to learn about the issues – population growth, development, environment, traffic and more being managed by Council.

2021 Membership badges are available for collection 1.00p.m. onwards on Friday.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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WOTZON 14 February
Dear Members

As advised on Friday, due to the Victorian Covid lockdown, there will be NO U3A KYNETON COURSES held on Monday15 February, Tuesday 16 February, or Wednesday 17 February. Members will be advised regarding any changed arrangements or necessary cancellations for next Thursday or Friday.

Course no. 2165, an ‘Introduction toInternational Folk Dance’ will be held on 29 March, 10.00a.m – 12.00p.m.  Members can now enrol in this course which if successful, will continue. There will be no charge for the introductory session.

Course no. 2125 ‘Technology support’ is offered specifically for members (and tutors) to assist with the UMAS database and any login or enrolment difficulties. Sessions are held monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month at 12.00-1.00p.m., or upon request. There is also a Committee member available from 1.00p.m. each Friday to assist with queries.

Courses are on viewable at any time via the U3A Kyneton website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/. To enrol in any course, you will need your membership no. and password. If you can’t remember either or both of these, please click on the ‘Help links’ underlined on the login page.

Although we are in lockdown, hopefully the last 2 days of this week’s courses will take place. 

CodeNameLocationTime
Monday, 15 February  
2142MeditationCANCELLED 
2127Golf CroquetCANCELLED 
2157French – IntermediateCANCELLED 
2115Mah JongCANCELLED 
2139Exercise – Low ImpactCANCELLED 
Tuesday, 16 February  
2150Walking – SocialCANCELLED 
2159CyclingCANCELLED 
2118Tai ChiCANCELLED 
2119Tai Chi – BeginnersCANCELLED 
Wednesday, 17 February  
2117Table TennisCANCELLED 
2158French – AdvancedCANCELLED 
2103Coffee ClubCANCELLED 
2156French – TravelCANCELLED 
2134BridgeCANCELLED 
2105Computer WorkshopCANCELLED 
Thursday, 18 February  
2126BushwalkingVarious8:30 AM
2122Dog WalkingBotanical Gardens9:30 AM
2114Current AffairsRed Brick Hall10:00 AM
2149Film ClubRed Brick Hall2.00 PM
Friday, 19 February  
2163Cycling – PicnicOld Primary School10:30 AM
2133U3A Administration DayRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

Members will be advised regarding any changed arrangements or necessary cancellations for next Thursday or Friday.

Our next Friday@U3A speaker will be Dr Milo Murphy, Campaspe Family Practice, who will be talking to us about Covid, the vaccination(s), efficacy and benefits. This will either be via Zoom or in person at the Red Brick Hall.

There was a medical incident recently which can happen occasionally in our community, however this thankfully ended with no lasting effects. At the U3A Committee meeting last Monday, emergency procedures and responsibilities were discussed. Members should be aware that in any future medical incident an ambulance will be called. (Tutors will receive an email outlining medical incident procedures should they occur.) 

With fingers crossed that the lockdown ends this week……..

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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WOTZON 7th. February 2021

WOTZON 07 February
 
Hello Members,

2021 Courses have commenced – welcome to new members and to all members who have re-enrolled. Our U3A Kyneton Facebook page is also available for members to join.  Please click this link to view Facebook.
 
Paul Marson gave an excellent presentation on China last Friday. If you would like to view his informative session, it is available via the U3A Kyneton website.
 
We are excited to announce an ‘International Folk Dance’ course.  The dances can be adapted so that all people can participate, and no prior experience would be necessary.’ Details are currently being finalised and further information will be available next week. If you are interested in this course, could you please let us know via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Courses are viewable at any time via the U3A Kyneton website:  https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses/.
Below is a list of this week’s courses:
Monday, 08 February
Committee Meeting Kyneton RSL 9:00 AM

Meditation Red Brick Hall 9:30 AM
Golf Croquet Kyneton Croquet Club 10:30 AM
French – Intermediate Grist Bakery 10:30 & 11:30 AM
Music Private home 2:00 PM
Mah Jong Red Brick Hall 2:00 PM
Exercise – Low Impact Xist Gym 2:30 PM

Tuesday, 09 February
 
Walking – Social Barry Doyle Rotunda 9:00 AM
Cycling Kyneton Info. Centre 9:30 AM
Tai Chi Uniting Church Hall 2:00 PM
Tai Chi – Beginners Uniting Church Hall 2:00 PM

Wednesday, 10 February
 
Table Tennis Kyneton Botanical Gardens 9:00 AM
Men’s Kitchen – 1 Glenlyon CFA 10:00 AM
French – Advanced Grist Bakery 10:30 AM
Coffee Club Barry Doyle Rotunda 11:00 AM
French – Travel Grist Bakery 11:30 AM

Thursday, 11 February
 
Dog Walking Kyneton Botanical Gardens 9:30 AM
Poetry Various 10:00 AM
Book Circle Red Brick Hall 1:00 PM

Friday, 12 February
 
Technology Support Team Red Brick Hall 12:00 PM
U3A Administration Day Red Brick Hall 1:00 PM

Friday@U3A Red Brick Hall 2:00 PM

The next Friday@U3A speaker will be our member, Keith Hallett, an Historian with the topic “The Kokoda Track”. The presentation will focus on the 1942 battle of Isurava, when the young soldiers of the Australian militia confronted the full force of the Japanese invasion along the Kokoda Track. This battle was of key significance in the defense of Australia.
2021 Membership badges are ready to collect, so please come to the Red Brick Hall on Friday where they will be available from 1.00-2.00p.m.
 

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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WOTZON 31 January 2021

 Dear Members

The first Friday@U3A was held on 29 January where the Kyneton ‘expert’ panel discussed the American situation – the politics, historical perspective, their judicial and violence issues. It was followed by afternoon tea and a great start to 2021. 

Please note the following course information:

  • Please note that ALL French classes are now being held at the Grist Bakery.
  • The meeting place for the Social Walking group is the Barry Doyle Rotunda, Kyneton.
  • Picnic Cycling – will commence on 19 February (cancelled for 05 February)

The following courses will be held this week:

CodeNameLocation          Time
Monday, 01 February  
2142MeditationRed Brick Hall9:30 AM
2157French – IntermediateGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2139Exercise – Low ImpactXist Gym2:30 PM
Tuesday, 02 February  
2150Walking – SocialBarry Doyle Rotunda9:00 AM
2159CyclingExercise9:30 AM
2118Tai ChiUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
2119Tai Chi – BeginnersUniting Church Hall2:00 PM
Wednesday, 03 February  
2117Table TennisBotanical Gardens9:00 AM
2158French – AdvancedGrist Bakery10:30 AM
2103Coffee ClubBarry Doyle Rotunda11:00 AM
2156French – TravelGrist Bakery11:30 AM
2105Computer WorkshopPrivate Home2:30 PM
Thursday, 04 February  
2126BushwalkingVarious8:30 AM
2122Dog WalkingBotanical Gardens9:30 AM
2114Current AffairsRed Brick Hall10:00 AM
2149Film ClubRed Brick Hall2:00 PM
Friday, 05 February  
2133U3A Admin DayRed Brick Hall1:00 PM
2120Friday@U3ARed Brick Hall2:00 PM

Please check with your Tutor for any queries, or email info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Our next Friday@U3A speaker will be Paul Marson on 05 February. Prior to retiring to Victoria (Trentham) Paul taught history in Queensland for forty years. His History Major was in Modern Chinese History and a year twelve module he taught was – The Rise of Communist China.
The Topic is: Chinese Whispers – the Word from Beijing
In a time of rising anti-Chinese rhetoric, this presentation will give you an insight into the Chinese world view.

An Attendance List and QR code will be available for members to register on the day.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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Hello Members
Welcome to WOTZON in 2021

January 24th 2021
 
Thank you very much to everyone who has enrolled either via the online system or during enrolment day on 14 January. There has been a massive response and courses are filling fast. Members can always enrol in additional courses, so now might be the time to log on and take another look at other courses to see what might be appealing.
 
Due to the interest on the American Election and Inauguration, U3A Kyneton will be starting our regular Friday@U3A earlier than advertised.  This will now be on Friday, 29 January at the Red Brick Hall, commencing at 2.00p.m.
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Topic – The American Election – what more could possibly go wrong?
 
To answer this question, we have assembled a panel of U3A Kyneton experts who will explore, explain, extemporize and discuss the political situation in America.
 
Paul Reid – The politics, what more could possibly go wrong?
Christine Hardy – The historical perspective. Trump is not the first President to refuse to hand over to his successor.
Stephen Carisbrooke – The triumph of the rule of law. How the judicial function saved the day.
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All are welcome to attend.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

 

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WOTZON – Enrolment information  January 10th 2021
ENROLMENT DAY JANUARY 14TH AT RED BRICK HALL.OR ONLINE NOW!

Good afternoon U3A Kyneton 

 A big WELCOME to both new and previous members!  Enrolment is now officially OPEN for 2021.

There are over 50 courses available with more to follow as we become more ‘COVID Normal’. Our weekly WOTZON newsletter will list all updates to the course program as well as the current courses for the week.

A course booklet is available to download from the website at:
https://u3akyneton.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/U3A-Kyneton-Course-Book-V1.2.pdf
Details of some courses have been updated. Please note:

  • French classes: our Tutor will be reviewing enrolees to see which level will deliver the greatest benefit to each member. Depending on numbers, classes may be revised.
  • Tai Chi: the time for beginners and continuing Tai Chi members is now 2.00-3.00pm on Tuesdays.
  • Book Circle: if enrolling in this class please note you will be waitlisted as this session has a number limitation – the Tutor(s)/U3A Admin will advise members of their enrolment status.

Enrolment is different this year, but hopefully it is easier. Please note that the kitchen is not accessible at the Red Brick Hall.  Membership Badges will be available for collection at the Friday@U3A afternoon sessions – they will not be issued on enrolment day.
We encourage you to use U-MAS for Members (U4M) online as much as possible. It can be accessed from any smart device from the U3A Kyneton website https://u3akyneton.org.au/.  From the top ribbon bar, select Member Login. You will need your membership number and password to login. Please contact info@u3akyneton.org.au if you experience problems logging into U-MAS for members.

Below are several methods of enrolling in U3A Kyneton 2021 courses:

  1. Online: via the website https://u3akyneton.org.au/ – go to the top right ribbon bar and select Member Login.  We are encouraging this method of enrolment to reduce numbers on the day and to maintain a CovidSafe environment.
  2. Enrolment Day: in person at the Red Brick Hall on 14th January. Please abide by these times if possible, to allow for social distancing. You must wear a mask when inside the Red Brick Hall.

      Surnames beginning with:

  • 9.00-10.00a.m.       A – G
  • 10.00-11.00a.m.     H – M
  • 11.00-1200p.m.      N – Z
  • If the times allocated are not convenient, members are able to visit the Red Brick Hall, but waiting periods may apply.
  • If you require information about enrolment day e.g. waiting times, please ring 0439 360 763.
  1. E-mail: please email info@u3akyneton.org.au with your details and course(s) you wish to enrol in, and our Admin team will manually select the course(s) you request.
  2. Phone: After 14 January, members can also phone 5422 2552 and leave a (CLEAR) message on the answering machine advising which course(s) you wish to enrol in. Please also leave your name and number so that you can be contacted if there are any queries.
  3. After Enrolment Day: our Admin team will be available at the Red Brick Hall on Fridays from 22nd January from 1.00-2.00pm to assist with enrolments or queries and also to distribute membership badges.

Please read the COVIDSafe Plan on the U3A Kyneton web site at https://u3akyneton.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/COVIDSafe-Plan-U3A-Kyneton-V1.2.pdf

Subscription for new members is $30 and re-enrolment (for 2020 members) is $20.00, providing it is received prior to 1st March 2021.

U3A Kyneton Banking details are:
Bendigo Bank
BSB                                  633 000
Account number           127411064

Payment can be made via the U-MAS for Members application on any smart device at https://u3akyneton.org.au/members/login, EFT and at your local bank branch.
Please always add your membership number and name in the payment reference details for payment identification.
Enrolment is not confirmed until payment has been received.
Cheques can also be mailed to:
U3A Kyneton
PO Box 1321
Kyneton VIC 3444

Course Costs
Course costs are set using the following guidelines:
Courses in the Red Brick Hall:

  • One semester course $10.00 per member enrolled.
  • Two semesters courses $20.00 per member enrolled.

Courses held in other venues are paid by individuals enrolled to cover any venue hire:

  • Outside/private homes: no cost.
  • Special courses (e.g. cooking/wine) and some courses require purchase of text material and may attract an additional charge.

Please read the COVIDSafe Plan on the U3A Kyneton website at https://u3akyneton.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/COVIDSafe-Plan-U3A-Kyneton-V1.2.pdf

Roni Taubman                                   John Taubman
Secretary                                           Course Coordinator
5422 2552                                          info@u3akyneton.org.au

WOTZON 28 December 2020
2021 COURSE BOOK AND INFORMATION


Good Afternoon Members

Over the Christmas break we have been assembling the U3A Kyneton 2021 Course Book.  Please note that this information may change at short notice. Some additional courses may be added later and will be advertised via the Wotzon newsletter.

2020 has been a very challenging year so let’s keep our fingers crossed for 2021. Enrolment day at the Red Brick Hall is 14 January 9.00am-12.00pm.  We will need to adhere to social distancing and keep attendance records for contact tracing.  U3A Kyneton has a (free) QR code to assist with this process. The advantage is that we can have twice the number in the Red Brick Hall if we use the QR Code (40 vice 20). Please see instructions on the QR Code(click on the underlined blue text).

Initially this may be challenging, however, once done, it is a quick process to repeat. Assistance can be provided to set this up. Pen and paper records can also be utilised.

To view and download the U3A Kyneton 2021 Course Book click on the underlined blue text: 2021 Course Book.   This is a 10-page document showing detailed information for each course. There is also a short 2-page document attached which lists the courses available, but without the complete detail. Please follow this the link HERE to access the summarised list of courses. Full course and costing details will be available via the website: https://u3akyneton.org.au/courses in early January.
 
Below is some further information for members:
COURSES
Consult the U-MAS database https://u3akyneton.org.au/members/login for the latest advice.  Whenever possible course changes will be advised in the weekly WOTZON newsletter – Tutors can provide the most up to date information.
COVIDSafe
The COVIDSafe Plan for the operation of the Red Brick Hall (RBH) can be accessed on the Website at https://u3akyneton.org.au/.  For further information email info@u3akyneton.org.au.
Banking
U3A Kyneton Banking details are:
Bendigo Bank
BSB                          636 000
Account number       127411064

Payment can be made via the U-MAS for Members application on any smart device at https://u3akyneton.org.au/members/login, EFT and at your local bank branch.
Please always add your membership number and name in the payment reference details for identification.
Enrolment is not confirmed until payment has been received.
Cheques can also be mailed to:
U3A Kyneton
PO Box 1321
Kyneton VIC 3444
 
Course Costs
Course costs are set using the following guidelines:
Courses in the Red Brick Hall: One semester course $10.00 per member enrolled. Two semesters courses $20.00 per member enrolled. Courses held in other venues are paid by individuals enrolled to cover any venue hire: Outside/private homes: no cost. Special courses (e.g.cooking/wine) and some courses require purchase of text material and may attract an additional charge. We look forward to seeing you on 14 January – further details about Enrolment day will be provided in early January.



John Taubman                                   Roni Taubman
Course Coordinator                           Secretary
Phone: 5422 2552


WOTZON 29 November

Good afternoon Members

A very belated “Christmas in July” lunch was held at the RSL this week. It was wonderful to see everyone in person (rather than via Zoom)! Below are some members enjoying the social occasion (with thanks to Stephen Carisbrooke for the photo).

The U3A Kyneton Enrolment day is 14 January 2021 and, as outlined at the AGM, the cost to re-enrol has been set at $20 for renewing members. Planning is well underway for 2021 courses and further advice will be available in January. 

Some courses are finishing at the end of November, some in December and others are continuing on throughout the holiday period. The following courses are being held this week:
Please remember to check with your tutor regarding arrangements for courses.

 CodeNameTypeTime
Monday, 30 November  
 2048First AustraliansZoom1:00 PM
 2060Low Impact ExerciseZoom2:30 PM
Tuesday, 01 December  
 2059CyclingOutdoor9:30 AM
 2014Zoom – Current AffairsZoom10:00 AM
Wednesday, 02 December  
 2017Table Tennis – NEW TIMEOutdoor9:00 AM
 2003Coffee ClubOutdoor11:00 AM
 2005Computer WorkshopZoom2:30 PM
Thursday, 03 December  
 2022Dog WalkingOutdoor9:30 AM
Friday, 04 December  
 2020Friday@U3AZoom2:00 PM

 We are waiting for next Friday@U3A’s speaker to confirm availability and will advise members as soon as possible.

CHRISTMAS is approaching fast. U3A Kyneton will be holding a BYO picnic in the Pig Shed, Kyneton Botanical Gardens on 11 December at 11.00am and everyone is invited.  You will need to bring your food and drink and a chair.  An Invitation will be emailed and/or delivered to all members. Registration will not be necessary, but please record your attendance on the sheet provided for contact tracing on the day, as well as social distancing, so come along to join in the celebration.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 22 November
Good afternoon Members.

The members’ luncheon on Tuesday, 24 November at the RSL at midday. Due to government restrictions, the number of members attending has been restricted to 20. We would like to express a huge thank you to members who had enrolled previously and are now unable to attend.

French classes will not be held for the next two weeks as our Tutor is unwell and I’m sure we all send her speedy ‘get well wishes’. 

To assist with planning for 20201, could everyone who would be interested in the following courses please contact Kath Thomas via the link HERE (or reply to this email).

  • Bridge
  • Walking Group

 A U3A Kyneton article is being prepared for the next issue of Kyneton Connect.  Could any member who is in the photo below and does not wish to be shown in the article, please contact info@u3akyneton.org.au.

Our speaker this coming Friday@U3A’s Zoom session at 2.00pm  will be advised within the next few days.

The following courses are being held this week:

 CodeNameTypeTime
Monday, 23 November  
 2048First AustraliansZoom1:00 PM
 2060Low Impact ExerciseZoom2:30 PM
Tuesday, 24 November  
 2059CyclingOutdoor9:30 AM
 2046Members LuncheonSocial12:00 PM
Wednesday, 25 November  
 2017Table TennisOutdoor9:30 AM
 2003Coffee ClubOutdoor11:00 AM
Thursday, 26 November  
 2001Bird ObserversOutdoor9:00 AM
 2022Dog WalkingOutdoor10:00 AM
Friday, 27 November  
 2042MeditationZoom10:00 AM
 2020Friday@U3AZoom2:00 PM

 Please always check with your Tutor for the most up to date information.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON, 15 November 

Good afternoon Members

The U3A Kyneton Committee met last Monday and discussed options for 2021.

  • We are waiting for information from the Council regarding access to the Red Brick Hall.
  • The members’ luncheon on 24 November at the RSL is going ahead however is currently fully booked. Please check your details on the link to our UMAS  database if you are unsure about your enrolment and advise if you no longer plan to attend. 
  • The low impact exercise class is continuing for another 4 weeks at a cost of $20/member and there are a few spaces available if anyone would like to join in the fun.
  • The U3A Kyneton Christmas party will be held outside at the newly refurbished “Pig Shed” in the Kyneton Botanical Gardens. This year, due to the pandemic, it will be a picnic style event at 11.00am and be a very relaxed social event with members asked to bring their own food and drink. All are welcome to attend.

U3A now has the capability to record the Friday@U3A sessions so if you are interested in a particular topic and unable to attend, please let us know in advance.  Dr Kelly’s presentation was recorded and was about her research into mnemonics and her new book “Songlines: the Power and Promise“.

Our speaker for this coming Friday@U3A’s Zoom session at 2.00pm will be our own member, Paul Reid with the topic “America – what next?”

We are looking for a Publicity Officer to advertise U3A Kyneton as we emerge from Covid-19 to assist us. If you are interested, please contact the Secretary via info@u3akyneton.org.au.

The following courses are being held this week:

 CodeNameTypeTime
Monday, 16 November  
 2028US Presidential ElectionZoom10:00 AM
 2055 & 2057French – IntermediateZoom10:15 AM
 2058French – AdvancedZoom12:00 PM
 2048First AustraliansZoom1:00 PM
 2060Low Impact ExerciseZoom2:30 PM
Tuesday, 17 November  
 2059CyclingOutdoor9:30 AM
Wednesday, 18 November  
 2017Table TennisOutdoor9:30 AM
 2003Coffee ClubOutdoor11:00 AM
 2005Computer WorkshopZoom2:30 PM
Thursday, 19 November  
 2022Dog WalkingOutdoor10:00 AM
Friday, 20 November  
 2042MeditationZoom10:00 AM
 2020Friday@U3AZoom2:00 PM

Please always check with your Tutor for the most up to date information.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

WOTZON 08 November 2020

Good afternoon members.
Our Committee meets tomorrow and amongst other Agenda items we will discuss:

  • Covid-19 restrictions and access to the Red Brick Hall
  • The Members’ Luncheon on 24 November
  • The 2021 Course program
  • Plans for 2021 and Enrolment day
  • An update on the U3A Kyneton Facebook page

A News Bulletin from U3A Network Victoria can be viewed HERE. This contains planning details for next year, grant opportunities and ongoing data privacy information.

Our speaker for this coming Friday@U3A’s Zoom session at 2.00pm will be Dr. Lynne Kelly and her topic will be: “Songlines: the Power and Promise”. Dr. Kelly is co-author (with Margot Neale, senior indigenous curator of the National Museum of Australia) of their recently released book, Songlines; The Power and Promise. Dr. Kelly will talk about her extensive research into mnemonics, providing her with new insights into traditional Indigenous knowledge and how it might be applied to help us thrive into the future.

On our U3A Kyneton website, under the drop-down arrow in the ‘Courses & Activities‘ tab, members can always find details of dates and times outlining which courses are occurring, ‘this week, next week, next year‘.  If you need any assistance accessing this or logging into our system to view your details, please contact us.

The Zoom-Current Affairs course is being held over until December. The following courses are being held this week.

  Code Name Type Time
Monday, 09 November    
  2030 Committee Meeting Admin 9:00 AM
  2055 & 2057 French – Intermediate Zoom 10:15 AM
  2058 French – Advanced Zoom 12:00 PM
  2048 First Australians Brain 1:00 PM
  2026 Low Impact Movement Zoom 2:30 PM
Tuesday, 10 November    
  2059 Cycling Outdoor 9:30 AM
Wednesday, 11 November    
  2017 Table Tennis Outdoor 9:30 AM
  2003 Coffee Club Outdoor 11:00 AM
Thursday, 12 November    
  2022 Dog Walking Outdoor 10:00 AM
  2002 Book Circle Zoom 1:30 PM
Friday, 13 November    
  2042 Meditation Zoom 10:00 AM
  2020 Friday@U3A Zoom 2:00 PM

Please always check with your Tutor for the most up to date information.

Roni Taubman
Secretary
5422 2552

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