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Important note about communications from U3A Banyule: Most of our news is sent out by email and it is important to keep your email address in MyU3A up to date. You may also need to alter your email security settings to ensure U3A Banyule emails arrive in your Inbox, instead of going into your Junk Mail.


For instructions on how to update your email address through MyU3A (Member Log In) and how to review your email security settings, see this handy information.


U3A Banyule Significant Service Award 2023

Annually we offer an award for a member or members who have made significant contributions to building our organisation, its services and connections.


The Award recognises any of the following contributions:-

Service: A member who has given sustained, excellent service for many years in any capacity.
Impact: A member who has initiated and implemented change, based on successful troubleshooting, which has improved the efficiency and service to members.
Leadership: A member who has established, or improved, or grown our service or operations, or engaged others and built a team, or helped to build connections.
Teamwork: A group of members who have become a team to set up a project, run a service, or build the organisation.


To nominate a member or a team of members, download and complete the 2023 nomination form. The closing date for receiving nominations has been extended and is now Friday June 16 2023. 


Nominations should be submitted to the Awards Working Party either by email to info@u3abanyule.org.au; mail to PO Box 454, Rosanna 3084 or hand delivered to the U3A office

Urgent - Lecture Facilitators required

Our U3A relies on our volunteers, and there is lots of fun and friendship enjoyed in this participation! Please use this email for enquiries for this role: jmfiev@gmail.com or 0413 721 430. Marg is our Lecture Coordinator and oversees our excellent lecture program. 

We are seeking volunteers for sessions on Mondays at 2.15 (2 per month) and Thursdays at 11.30am (2 per month). The role involves identifying speakers on topics of interest, then engaging these people to present their talks at ILCH. There will be training and mentoring, and a transition period to allow the current volunteers to spend time passing on their knowledge. Note: there is always backup available should you wish to take holidays during the U3A semester.   


At an impressive ceremony held at Viewbank College on Saturday, 25 March, four hard-working U3A Banyule people were among the recipients of Jaga Jaga Community Volunteer Awards, presented by Federal MP Hon. Kate Thwaites. To have one recipient is special but to have four is amazing; a testimony of the super efforts of Margaret  Fievez, Sharon Karasmanis, Andrew Lees  and Milena Maranville.


Margaret Fievez was recognised for her previous work at U3A as Course Information Manager and Venues Coordinator, and her current role as Lecture Coordinator.  Her efficient work behind the scenes is invaluable.


Sharon Karasmanis was acknowledged for her huge contribution as our ongoing Course Coordinator, with praise for her attention to detail, strong sense of commitment, efficiency and good humour.  


Andrew Lees, who is a member of U3A’s talk facilitation team, and himself a Tutor, was recognised for his long- time role as President of Friends of Yarra Flats Park.  His efforts help us all to benefit from beautification of the area, and increase in biodiversity. 


Milena Maranville has served U3A as Secretary of the Committee of Management, then President, and now Vice President, bringing outstanding leadership qualities to all these roles. Milena has taken on many other roles at U3A Banyule and her commitment is impressive. 


U3A Banyule is very grateful for their commitment and very proud of them. Bravo to our worthy recipients!  If you see Marg, Sharon , Andrew or Milena please congratulate them in person.  


COVID update - April 2023

COVID is on the increase again.  With lots of crowds it stands to reason, transmission is easy. 

  • If you are feeling peaky, please don’t come to classes until you are SURE you haven’t got COVID
  • Please take care in classes to distance, to sanitise hands and to wipe tables
  • Masks would be really good. 
  • If you haven’t had your 5th shot, now is the time to get it. While you’re there, get your flu shot as well.  You can get both shots at the same time and they are readily available. 
  • IMPORTANT: If you have COVID and you have attended a class, please notify Health and Safety Officer, Alan Marks, or the Office, by email:info@u3abanyule.org.au or phone: 0418 749 228. Class members will be alerted but your privacy will be protected

Please take good care of yourself and for everyone around you.

U3A Network Online Courses

From time to time U3A Network Victoria offers online courses that may be of interest to U3A Banyule members, some through other U3A groups.  Go to https://u3avictoria.org.au/online-courses to see what is available.  Search by category, e.g. computers, history, mindfulness, and register yourself to participate. This is an easy way to expand your access to a great range of U3A courses and you can attend from your own home.



U3A Banyule Policies - Privacy

Our Strategic Plan identified a need to ensure that our members were aware of the policies which 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.



The Privacy Policy articulates the importance of protecting the privacy of the personal information collected from members and volunteers, such as through membership and course registration processes. Images may be used in  U3A Banyule publications, on the website and in class or meeting recordings, subject to members' willingness. You can always opt out at the time images are being taken.


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:info@u3abanyule.org.au. 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.


Banyule City Council Celebrates Seniors

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 


U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-24


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 or under the Document Library tab.