Thirty cheers for Shoalhaven U3A

There was a warm atmosphere of nostalgia, fun and anticipation when more than 150 members past and present gathered at Bomaderry Bowling Club’s Sunrise Room for U3A’s 30th birthday celebrations on Sunday, November 12.

President, Denis Simond conducted proceedings which included an informative and amusing talk by a past president, Andrew Stevens.

Andrew spoke of U3A Shoalhaven’s origins as the first branch of this worldwide organisation to be formed in NSW with 30 members.

He focussed on the various sites of early meetings, the valued contributions of presenters over the years and the range of U3A activities which continue to expand.

It was evident that the current committee and membership follows in a great tradition.

Eight past presidents assembled to cut the birthday cake before enjoying a delicious lunch.

Joy Sharpe and the Food of Love a cappella choir performed to much appreciation, several items encouraging audience participation.

It was a marvellous celebration with the room buzzing as people discussed the continuing importance in their lives of U3A and its ethos of lifelong learning.