‘U3A…What does it mean?’ is a frequently asked question.
Fully titled, ‘University of the Third Age’, this volunteer organisation is dedicated to the idea of lifelong learning, particularly in the ‘third age’ – the age of retirement.
Shoalhaven was the first branch of this worldwide organisation to be established in NSW, on the 15th June 1987.
It has evolved from an enthusiastic committee and classes meeting in a variety of locations to a similarly enthusiastic management group with two dedicated learning rooms at 48 Berry St.
One of its initial guiding principles was ‘To organise programs of activities as wide as the human resources of members permit’.
This has been maintained with more than 30 courses currently offered each term under the guidance of members and supporting expert tutors.
It is emphasised that there are no academic qualifications, assignments, exams or awards. Level of education is unimportant and fees are kept to a minimum.
On November 12th, a celebration of this dynamic organisation will be held at Bomaderry Bowling Club.
There is a special two-course luncheon and entertainment, free to current financial members (who must RSVP by October 19).
To discover more about U3A Shoalhaven, visit www.shoalhaven.u3anet.org.au, ring 44 240 216 or call in at 5/48 Berry Street during term 9:30 - 12:30. Term 4 is Monday, October 16 - Friday, December 8.