0418 749 228
Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub (ILCH)
275 Upper Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079
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Congratulations to all the recipients of the U3A Banyule Significant Service award 2023:-
|Teresa Alfonso has been teaching beginners and level 2 Spanish at U3A for four years and is one of the hardest-working volunteers for U3A Banyule. As a native speaker of Spanish, Teresa brings a rich cultural perspective to her classes. Her classes are well-prepared and entertaining, and she is loved and respected by all her students. Teresa is patient and supportive, whilst encouraging students to stretch their learning. |
|Pat Amor has been a member and volunteer since 2003, serving diligently on the Committee of Management, as Editor of the newsletter for three years, a tutor and as our Well Being Officer for the past five years. |
|Maria Axarlis-Coulter has been Public Lecture Officer for the past four years and has worked tirelessly organising excellent speakers for a diverse range of topics resulting in a very well attended program. Maria has also organised interesting speakers for the Annual Lunch and the Annual Forum, which is a critical contribution for each event. |
|Elaine Bateman is a very worthy recipient of this award and has been teaching Line Dancing since 2017. Her classes range from beginners to advanced and involve 60 – 70 members. Her innovative approach is valued by members as during COVID lockdowns Elaine prepared and conducted both online, open air and summer classes. Members have really enjoyed her classes. |
|Paule Cartwright runs multiple French classes of outstanding quality and has been teaching French at U3A for four years. She offers French conversation at all levels from beginners to advanced. Paule is highly respected and valued by class members for her excellent teaching, enthusiasm, and particularly for inspiring confidence in her students. |
|Nancy Cornwallis has been leading the choir Audacity and teaching singing since 2011. She is a dedicated, passionate music teacher determined to coax the best out of untrained voices. Nancy annually organises a range of performances including Carols at Macleod and has led the group from 2014 for six years to perform at the Senior Citizens Deakin Edge Concert. |
|Audrey Davies has been teaching the Joy of Shakespeare for six years and is highly valued for her enthusiastic and well-prepared approach. Her classes are popular and always have a wait list. Audrey has progressed from short courses to weekly classes and the Richard III re-enactment performance was a highpoint in 2022. Class members really enjoy Audrey’s classes and are appreciative of her efforts. |
|Elizabeth Drummond and Helen Cochrane have worked tirelessly to coordinate and organise the weekly Thursday Talks. The topics have ranged widely, and a highlight was the excellent Gilbert and Sullivan concert. Facilitating talks involves all administration around securing and managing speakers, venues, technology, and members. The talks have been enthusiastically attended and highly valued by members, and they deserve warmest congratulations as they step down from this role. |
|Julie Marshall served for many years on the Committee of Management in various roles - Minutes Secretary 2009-13, Secretary (including taking minutes) 2014-15 and Membership Manager 2017-22. As Secretary, Julie was involved in the name change from Yarra Valley U3A to U3A Banyule. Julie has contributed to our lecture program when she presented, "Travel to Unusual Places", as well as many other travel talks which have been very popular. |
|Elsa McCarthy has been teaching Intermediate French for 10 years. She is valued for her patient, inclusive and encouraging approach and for her well-prepared classes. Elsa puts a lot of thought and research into class preparation and is a reliable and committed tutor. Her students love her classes and have gained confidence under her guidance. |
|Helen McKinnon has taken on many roles over the past decade as a committee member, a teacher, awards officer, and a member of the newsletter team. Helen has been President 2018-19, Course Coordinator for 4 years, tutor of a range of classes including French, and recent Convenor of the Awards Committee. Helen is a quiet achiever but totally accomplished in all that she does for U3A Banyule. |
|Joyce Parsons has been teaching a Scottish Dancing class for four years. She is an excellent teacher, highly accomplished and yet very encouraging and patient with her class. Joyce is a wonderful tutor, always enthusiastic and runs the most enjoyable classes. Joyce organised experienced demonstration dancers for the Scottish and Irish nights. |
|Catherine Prowse has been teaching yoga with us for over 8 years. Her class members love and benefit from her expertise and from the tailored approach she uses for her class members. Catherine graduated from Gita school of yoga and was instrumental in setting up our first yoga class. She has continued to expand and pass on her knowledge in relaxation, meditation, esoteric studies, and human anatomy as well as yoga. |
|Lucille Sadler has been teaching Intermediate French for 6 years now and is valued for her experience and encouragement along with well-prepared content and good oral skills tutelage. Lucille was a master at Zoom classes, during Covid lockdowns and could manage break out rooms, and successful group discussions with great skill. Lucille is an encouraging teacher who sets a vibrant language learning curriculum around relevant current themes and information and is highly recommended for this award. |
|Heather Stephens has worked tirelessly behind the scenes including as a key figure in the website development team and as U3A database administrator, her support and impact around various systems, and supporting and training office staff and key officers is highly valued. Heather works many hours supporting administrative processes critical to management of U3A courses, membership, finance, and enrolment processes.|
New card inserts for your U3A Banyule lanyard are now available from the Office. To protect your privacy, the new cards are folded so that contact and emergency info and other sensitive details are not readily visible. Drop in and pick up a new card next time you are at ILCH.
Step into a world of enchanting melodies as our talented community group takes to the stage, filling the air with harmonies that will leave you mesmerised. This magical event marks the culmination of a year of hard work, dedication, and artistic collaboration. We will also have a special performance from the U3A Banyule Recorder Group, led by Elizabeth Ward.
The concert will be held at the Rosanna Uniting Church Hall, 21 Arden St, Rosanna. Please enrol through MyU3A, or at the Office.
Our Strategic Plan identified a need to ensure that our members were aware of the policies that have been developed over several years by the Committee of Management. From time to time, we summarise and feature policies just to give members a little refresh.
Your information will not be shared with or disclosed to third parties and will be stored and used as set out in the policy. If you believe that your personal information has been compromised or misused, contact the Secretary as soon as possible, email:email@example.com. The Privacy and Security Officer will investigate and report their findings, including remedies as appropriate.
You can view the policy by following the link above or under the Document Library tab on the website.
COVID is on the increase again. With lots of crowds it stands to reason, transmission is easy.
Banyule Council has released the video "Age is Just a Number" on positive ageing. President Judith Craze was asked to be involved as an interviewee and tutor Sheila and the French class are featured. Watch the little video all the way through and we hope you have a bit of a laugh as well as the sense that there is plenty for Seniors to do in Banyule. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVR4KCcLF0
The U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-2024 builds upon the work of previous Committees of Management and has been informed by member surveys undertaken over the last year.
This is the third strategic plan prepared by the U3A Banyule Committee of Management. It was prepared at the beginning of 2022 supported by a Banyule City Council Community Grant, which enabled the Committee of Management to engage a consultant to facilitate the preparation of the plan.
Click here to read the U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-2024.