Selected Newslink articles

How to Deal with Difficult U3Aers

by Graeme Eggins THE problem of “difficult” members is a question that comes up from time to time in U3A committee meetings but is rarely publicly discussed. Yet anyone who has been a U3A member for more than a couple of years has encountered members who are hard to handle. Of course, we all have to

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Is Untutored Teaching Worth Trying?

by Editor IF you can’t get more tutors, consider alternative teaching methods such as group learning, aka study circles. Experience shows that people gathering to study a subject in which they all have a common interest can be very rewarding. U3A Online courses (see separate story) and U3A Network’s resource library are readily available for

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U3A’s face challenge attracting new tutors

by Dr Lydia Hebestreit Attracting new tutors is one of the constant challenges facing U3A committee around the nation – and the world. Everybody agrees that good presenters are an essential part of any U3A’s continued success. A survey of Presidents of U3As in Victoria by Dr Lydia Hebestreit (see April NewsLink) showed that 55% of

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Report from a Survey of U3A members

by Dr Lydia Hebestreit AUSTRALIAN members believe U3A makes a significant and positive difference to their lives. That said, if you want U3A to grow, committees must promote it vigorously because many active retirees know nothing about the movement. And, if you want more men to join, you could consider appointing more males to roles where

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How to get new committee people

From U3A Conference HOW do we deal with members‘ lack of enthusiasm for committee positions? How to train people to be confident to take on committee roles? These were two of the most discussed questions raised by Dubbo U3A President Colin Jones when he chaired two Q&A sessions at the annual conference. All delegates agreed

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Promote Yourself

From U3A Conference PUBLICITY and promotion are essential to help spread the word about U3A in general and your U3A in particular. The aim is to gain new members while making the wider community more supportive of the achievements of the U3A movement. And what makes people join U3A? Bathurst U3A (NSW) asked members to

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Financial Tips

From U3A Conference MANY U3A committees face extra financial challenges this year. The global downturn threatens retirement incomes while operating costs, specially venue hire, are rising. In recent months a number of U3As have been forced to move classes from low cost – sometimes free – premises to new, more expensive venues. For example, U3A

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Ageing Well

by Huffington Post Gerontologists at the Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, have been following a group of older people for several decades. (Baltimore Longitudinal Study) The results show that our personalities really don’t change much over time. So if someday someone says you’re a mean-spirited old coot, you were probably that

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Ageing Myths

by Research Team in USA A comprehensive study on ageing, conducted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, (a philanthropic institution in the USA) supports the notion that lifestyle choices are the key to healthy ageing. In their book, Successful Aging, John W. Rowe, M.D. and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D discuss the results

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Separating the U3A baby from the bathwater

by Mel Davies We cannot avoid change, we cannot foresee all of it, we can only hope to direct and control some of it. Some change is inevitable and indeed necessary if U3A is to survive. So what might be changed and what must be retained? What is the true nature of U3A? We should,

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