Beverley Peken (Vice President)
Following her retirement in late 2002, Beverley immediately joined Sydney U3A, having heard of the organisation through a neighbour. What particularly appealed to Beverley was that U3A was a self-help movement completely run by volunteers where all members were equal.
Since 2002, Beverley has attended a multitude of courses and broadened her knowledge in many spheres. She has volunteered for a multitude of administrative roles and last March retired from a three-year term as President of Sydney U3A. Beverley says that “it has all been a very enriching experience, I have made enduring friendships and will continue to be a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and creative ageing. “
Beverley has been a member of the Network NSW committee since 2014.
Local U3A: Sydney
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Rowena Simone (Secretary)
I was introduced to U3A in Sydney many years ago and attended lectures along with a group of women with whom I had just completed a ‘Writing your Life Story” course. Then life got in the way and I switched to WEA classes with other friends before finally joining the Central Coast U3A a few years after I moved up here. Although I didn’t attend many lectures I received our regular Newsletter and found that there were a couple of vacancies on the Committee, I applied and at present hold the position of Volunteer Co-ordinator.
During my first Conference held at Southlakes in 2016 once again I discovered there was a vacancy for Secretary and felt my background skills would help me in this role. Of course my secretarial skills last used in 1979 were rather rusty and there have been many innovations since that time but my time in a small business during the years that followed helped with the big adjustment.
I would encourage anyone who wants to better understand the workings and background of this unique and special organisation of U3A to take a step forward, join your local committee and see where it leads you.
Local U3A: Central Coast
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Born and bred in Sydney, I have lived in Griffith for more than 50 years where I practised as a solicitor. On retiring 11 years ago I joined Griffith U3A, having given a talk to the group the year before. I was its Secretary for 3 years, then President for 3 years, am currently its Public Officer and as well I’ve co-ordinated courses and presented topics.
On attending annual NSW Network conferences I became interested in widening my involvement in U3A and have served on the Network committee for a number of years, including as Regional Representative for South western – Monaro, Vice-President and President.
In my spare time over the years I have been actively involved in a voluntary capacity in a number of issues and interests, including the introduction of FM radio to Australia in the 1970s and its subsequent extension to regional areas, classical music concert promotion including introducing Musica Viva to television advertising, construction and management of Griffith’s Regional Theatre, marriage education, employment for the disabled and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Plan. In recognition of service to the legal profession in NSW I was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Riverina Law Society.
Local U3A: Griffith
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