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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Richard Coggan (Treasurer)
I immigrated to Australia in 1979 from Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK to Newcastle; where I worked in cost and project accounting roles. These roles were across several industries including steelmaking, heavy engineering (as project accountant for the Sydney Tangara train construction), jet aircraft and local council.
In 2005, my wife Susan and I moved to Auckland, NZ, where I obtained the role of management accountant for a book publishing company, which finished in 2008 when the company was sold and closed. We then moved to the UK where I was employed by the Royal Veterinary College in London, again as a management accountant.
We retired in 2014 and returned to Australia, settling in Toronto, on the shore of beautiful Lake Macquarie. In 2015 we joined Lake Mac U3A (LMU3A), where we have been active participants, course leaders and course clerks. I am currently Treasurer of LMU3A and looking forward to extend that commitment as Treasurer of U3A Network NSW.
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