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2019 Annual General Meeting

U3A Banyule's AGM was held on Thursday 15 August at 10am in the U3A Hall, rear 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe.  The 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.


For further information on the proceedings, please refer to:

Annual Forum

Date: Monday 25 November, 2019
Venue: Heidelberg Golf Club, 8 Main Road, Lower Plenty
Topic: 'Social Media - Real Solutions for Real People' presented by Dr Paula Swatman.
Paula has been an Information Systems academic since 1988, focusing on information
communication technology/e-business and the impact of new technology over 30 years.
Cost: $10 which includes a delicious afternoon tea. Drinks at bar prices.

Enrolments open 9 September and close on 11 November. This is an Enrol and Pay Event.

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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.


Robert Bender OAM

One of our tutors, Robert Bender, was recently awarded an Order of Australia medal for “service to conservation and the environment, and to the community”.


From 1976-1981 Robert was President of Jigsaw Victoria, an advocacy group for adoption rights. Jigsaw eventually won the right for all adult adoptees to get access to their original birth certificates and trace their families if they wanted to do so. In 2003 he was awarded the Best Friend Award, Victorian Environment Friends Network and also in 2003 he was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Earthwatch Australia. Robert’s service has been demonstrated by his commitment over many decades to various Victorian National Parks and the conservation of a number of native species, including frogs and bats, both of which have featured in his recent talks for U3A.


In Semester 1 2019, Robert is giving a series of six talks based on his environmental activities in Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe East and his participation in a variety of Earthwatch projects. For more information about these talks, under the umbrella title, Action for the Environment,Near and Far, please see the list of courses in MyU3A.


Congratulations Robert


Dianne Williamson receives JagaJaga Community Australia Day Award 2019 

Hearty congratulations to Dianne Williamson, U3A Banyule Committee member, and our MyU3A Administrator, who recently received a Jaga Jaga Community Australia Day Award 2019 presented by the Hon Jenny Macklin MP.


The Award citation was as follows: "Dianne brings her exceptional managerial skills to her volunteer work at the Warringal Conservation Society, helping preserve habitat restoration and maintenance, advocacy for our green spaces and wildlife habitat, public engagement, planning activities and much more.