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NOTE: In the interest of Members’ health, and the current concern re coronavirus (COVID-19), the U3A Banyule Committee of Management has decided to cancel all courses, classes and excursions with immediate effect until further notice.  The Office will not be staffed during this period but the U3A Banyule email address and telephone number will be monitored.   [16 March 2020]



International Women's Day Lunch

U3A Hall, Monday 2 March 2020

This year’s guest speaker was Louise Johnson, CEO of The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA). Louise spoke broadly on media coverage of the issues in Assisted Reproduction Rights and the Empowerment of Women.

This is U3A Banyule’s annual fundraiser luncheon and funds raised on the day will be supporting Banksia Palliative Care.

2019 Annual General Meeting

U3A Banyule's AGM was held on Thursday 15 August at 10am in the U3A Hall, with over 115 members and guests attending.


The 2018-19 Annual Report and Finance Report were presented to members and elections for the 2019 - 2020 Committee of Management were held, see Committee of Management for details.of the new Committee. 


Welcome to Joan Learmont, our new President, and to the new Committee of Management.  On behalf of members, Vice-President Russell Scoular, acknowledged the outstanding contribution made by out-going President, Helen McKinnon, over the past three years.

Russell Scoular and Helen McKinnon

U3A Banyule members at the 2019 AGM

Helen McKinnon hands over to Joan Learmont

Banyule Council Lifetime Contribution Individual Volunteer Award - Nancy Cornwallis

Congratulations to Nancy Cornwallis, Tutor since 2011 of U3A Banyule Singing for Pleasure class and conductor of Audacity Choir!   Nancy has received a Lifetime Contribution Individual Volunteer Award from Banyule Council. 


The wording of her nomination read (in part):  “Nancy’s firm belief in the enormous therapeutic and physiological benefits of singing has been the driving force behind her contribution to the community.  Nancy’s patience, persistence, knowledge and supportive nature create an atmosphere where regardless of ability, people are inspired and committed to follow their passion for singing.”  The Award also recognised her contribution as founder of Serendipity Choir in 1990. 


Nancy received a framed certificate and a generous collection of various items in recognition of her achievements.