October 2022

All the Latest News for Victorian U3As

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From the President
Anne Grigg's first report to Network News as U3A Network Victoria President.

Dates for the Diary
Highlighted events for U3A committee members and other volunteers.

Outcomes of Network's AGM

Introducing Network's Newest Committee Member
Graham Gosling of U3A Port Philip has joined Network's team.

Announcing the 2022 Tutor Excellence Awards

The tutors awarded Excellence Awards were announced at Network's AGM.

Bayside U3A Turns 10!

2022 U3A State Conference - Recap

Network's Strategic Plan
The next strategic plan for Network is currently being developed.

State Election Platform Launched
Learn about Network's State Election Platform.

International Day of Older Persons Celebrated in Style
Congratulations to the U3As featured on the big stages of Federation Square.

Free Online Seniors Festival Seminar: The Uluru Statement and a Voice to Parliament
U3A Port Phillip presents Senator Pat Dodson in a Saturday Seminar via Zoom on 8 October.

Availability of a New Version of the U3A Logo
Your U3A's logo can now be generated by Network with or without the term 'University of the Third Age'.

Curious About Science Course Guide Coming Soon
The course guide will include with step-by step instructions on how to run the class, including discussions and experiments.

Request for Assistance from U3A Warrnambool
Opportunity to share presentations between U3As.

Outcomes of the U-MAS Users Group Meeting

Opportunity to Provide Feedback to nbnCo About Your Online Experiences
Network is partnering with nbnCo to improve digital connectivity and security for older Victorians.

Optus Data Breach
The Optus data breach is a reminder to everyone, not only Optus customers, to protect their identities online.

Your Region Needs You!
Calling for volunteers in Gippsland, Central and Southern Metropolitan, and Western Metropolitan regions.

At the AGM of Members Council I was thrilled to be elected as President for the next two years!  I’ve had a long association with my own U3A Kingston and with U3A Network and believe Network’s work helps you to support your members and helps you to achieve your goals.
The AGM of U3A Network Victoria is one of the milestone moments where time is dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the wonderful work that happens under the Network umbrella and the work at your U3A.  The team of volunteers at Network Victoria goes beyond the committee to subcommittees, working groups and other volunteers.
Distance holds fewer barriers to being involved in Network activities as we adapt to our post COVID operations. There are now two reps from country U3As who can readily participate in meetings/events and represent the wider views of our community.
The vacant committee position could be yours or someone in your U3A community wherever you are in Victoria.  Please call me if you are interested.
Your Network Committee for 2022 - 2023
President*                     Anne Grigg                  U3A Kingston
Vice President *            Susan Webster            U3A Box Hill
Vice President *            John Taubman             U3A Kyneton
Secretary*                     Neil Head                     U3A Brimbank
Treasurer                      Ann Corcoran              U3A Baw Baw
Committee Members
Russell Huntington            U3A Melbourne City
Andrew Lockwood             U3A Nunawading
Cynthia Paciocco              U3A Bentleigh
Graham Gosling*              U3A Port Phillip
Glen Wall*                         U3A Whittlesea
One vacant committee position
*Elected at this AGM for a two-year period
Reminder 1: Network AGM s and Members Council meeting are always recorded and the slide presentations uploaded to the U3A Victoria website.
Reminder 2: Any U3A members are welcome to attend the Members Council meeting but only delegates can vote.

Anne Grigg

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This is a summary of some of the many upcoming events and workshops held by Network, as well as information about relevant external events of note.  Click here for the full list of the upcoming events, workshops and training sessions scheduled for 2022, including regional meetings.

The Festival Hub at the Edge
Monday, 3 October to Friday, 7 October 2022 at Federation Square, Melbourne

Free Public Transport for Seniors Card Holders
Sunday, 2 October - Sunday, 9 October 2022

Western Metro Regional Meeting
Friday, 24 October 2022 at 10:00 am

Workshop: Setting Up and Managing a Facebook Page for Your U3A
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 at 2:00 pm

Please note that you must register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Workshop for Arts Tutors: Zentangles with Deb
Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 10:30 am

Click on this link to join the meeting on the day:
Meeting ID: 829 3337 4960
Passcode: 950358

IT How To... Use Social Media Such as Instagram, TikTok. WhatsApp and More
Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 1:30 pm
Click on this link to join the meeting on the day:

Grampians Regional Meeting
Monday, 24 October 2022 at 10:00 am

IT How To... Join and Navigate Your Way Around Facebook
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 11:00 am

Click on this link to join the meeting on the day:

Gippsland Regional Meeting
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 10:30 am

Combined Regions Committee
Thursday, 27 October 2022 at 4:00 pm

Website Template Workshop
Friday, 28 October 2022 at 10:00 am

Outer Eastern Regional Meeting
Friday, 28 October 2022 at 1:30 pm

U-MAS Masterclass - End of Year Rollover
Wednesday, 9 November 2022 at 10:00 am 

Members Council
Wednesday, 16 November 2022 at 10:00 am

Please note that you must register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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Outcomes of Network's AGM

Election of the committee
 A committee member with Network has a two-year term.  At each Annual General Meeting around fifty percent of positions are declared vacant. Rule 54 (3) of the current Network constitution states:
No committee member can hold the position of President or Vice President or Secretary or Treasurer for more than two periods of two years.
As a result of Susan Webster and Glen Wall holding their respective President and Vice President positions for two periods of two years, they retired from those roles at the AGM. 
The positions vacant at the AGM were:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Three Committee Members
 As the number of nominees did not exceed the number of vacancies, an election was not held.
New President Anne Grigg took the opportunity to thank Susan and Glen for their many achievements and contribution to the U3A Movement as President and Vice President.  She also stated that she was pleased that they had both decided to continue their work with Network in their new roles on the committee.
The minutes from the AGM will be available shortly.  They will be distributed via email, and uploaded to the U3A Support Centre on Network’s website.
Terms and Conditions
 The Terms and Conditions of Membership of U3A Network Victoria for 2022 – 2023 were endorsed at the meeting.
Membership Levy
 The proposal to retain the Levy at $2.00 per full or primary member was also endorsed at the meeting. 
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Introducing Network's Newest Committee Member

Graham Gosling of U3A Port Philip has joined Network's team.  Graham recently retired with over 38 years senior executive experience in industrial relations and human resource management both as a trade union official and then working for major companies in the construction and engineering services industries.  He has a strong background in training and development and has held significant positions on training boards that are dedicated to advancing the training agenda within industry.
He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Technology Sydney and was admitted as a barrister to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in March 1994.
As a member of the U3A Port Phillip Committee, Graham looked to utilise his human resources skills and experience to assist in providing strong and effective advocacy for members and volunteers as well as working to ensure that the organisation meets its needs and expectations. Graham was elected President of U3A Port Phillip from 2019 until the end of 2021.  He now seeks to assist the broader U3A movement in Victoria as a member of Network Committee.
His personal goal is to become better versed in the Italian language, which is very much a work in progress

Welcome to the team, Graham!
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Announcing the 2022 Tutor Excellence Awards

In 2022, an annual Tutors’ Excellence Award was introduced to recognise the significant role Tutors play in the U3A movement.  The award recipients were announced during Network's AGM in September.  They are:
  • Dina Burgess, U3A Waverely
  • Danielle Chamley, U3A Prom Coast
  • Jane Davies, U3As Banyule and Nillumbik
  • Janet Oliver, U3A Mornington
  • Helene Redding, Bayside U3A
  • Nola Skey, U3A Alpine
  • Sue Van Winden, U3A Bright District
  • Steve Walsh, U3A Ballarat

A new gallery on Network's website provides information about the eight Tutors who received Excellence Awards in 2022. 

Click here to view the gallery and citations.

Congratulations to the Award recipients, and thank you for everything you do.
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Bayside U3A Turns 10!

Congratulations to Bayside U3A on their 10 years of fun and laughter!  They held a celebration lunch at Brighton Town hall on Saturday 1 October.
Pictured is David Hone President of Bayside U3A and Anne Grigg President, U3A Network Victoria.
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Availability of a New Version of the U3A Logo

For some Member U3As, the standard inclusion of the term 'University of the Third Age' on their logo can be somewhat problematic.  As a result, Network has updated the official U3A Logo Generator with the option to include - or not include - that term.  An example of the alternative logo option can be seen in the image above this article.

Please contact Network Office if your U3A would like a set of logos provided to you, of either design.

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2022 State Conference - Recap

As I write the State Conference at Bendigo has drawn to a close.  The theme Building Back Better is relevant to us all.  The conference was filled with developing ideas for use at our U3As and by Network.

There was a great buzz in the room at the Ulumbarra Theatre Foyer for a cocktail party where Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians, opened the conference.  Gerard’s stories about how seniors are adjusting to the changes brought by COVID were insightful and had people questioning who and which community groups they can reach out to.  The next two days was run by Bruce McKenzie using his Systemics program allowing us to delve into best practice, ideas for improvement and maintaining all the great things done for and by members. 

Anne Grigg
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Network's Strategic Plan

Network has been developing our 2022 - 2026 Strategic Plan this year with input from our U3A community.  One of the constants that has come to the top, both for Network and for U3As is COMMUNICATION.
  • How do we get our messages out to members?
  • How many different channels can we use to get the message out?
  • How can we overcome that ‘people don’t read our newsletters!’ Data tells us they do and well above average.
  • Is what we have the best we can achieve?
  • How do we get members involved in Network projects?  There’s some fantastic Education and Tutor projects on offer, as well as digital projects. All are designed for ease of use.
 We’ll keep you informed as we implement the strategic plan.

Anne Grigg

State Election Platform Launched

Network President, Anne Grigg, launched the U3A State Election Platform in September.

Our Platform: Innovative Solutions from Older Victorians

U3As are developed in response to local community needs using local facilities. The classes they offer are run by volunteers and reflect local needs and interests.  U3As are age friendly, active and fun places to be for older Victorians. There are 104 U3As in Victoria with memberships ranging from 40 to 2,000+ members.

U3A Network Victoria advocates for U3As at ALL levels to deliver a holistic spectrum of life-enhancing offerings.

In the lead up to State Election 2022, U3A Network Victoria is advocating for the acknowledgement of work done by U3As across the state in delivering a holistic spectrum of offerings to older Victorians in providing:

  • Social connections between communities, seniors and generations

  • Assist seniors to keep up with digital transformation, COVID challenges and other societal trends and changes

  • Partnership and collaboration with other community group

  • Programs combating loneliness and isolation, both geographic and social

  • Support for seniors which allows them to live longer, independently at home

  • Increase self-esteem and skills through valuing and leveraging members’ life experiences

  • Creates health and social values in volunteering

  • Provides a voice to government, community and social policymakers at all levels

Click here to access the full details of the State Election Platform for Victorian U3As.
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International Day of Older Persons Celebrated in Style

Lots of fun was had at Celebration Day at the start of the 40th Victorian Seniors Festival on Sunday, 2 October 2022 at Federation Square.  U3A Melbourne City kicked off the festivities with World Circle Dancing, which was soon joined by keen members of the public wanting to give it a try.  A special mention must be made of Jessie from U3A Hawthorn who single-handedly stole the show with his moves!

U3A Box Hill's Karaoke Group impressed the audience at Deakin Edge by singing in seven different languages.  Their rendition of I Still Call Australia Home caused some teary eyes to be mopped.

U3A Whittlesea's combined Choir and Ukulele Group had the audience clapping and tapping along with their performance.

The final performance of the day at Deakin Edge was the combined U3A Box Hill, Deepdene and Hawthorn massed choir.  They performed a medley of Christmas songs from all the ages - and brought the house down.

Congratulations to the U3As featured on the big stages of Federation Square!
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Free 2022 Seniors Festival Seminar – The Uluru Statement and a Voice to Parliament with Senator Pat Dodson

Presented  by U3A Port Phillip, this interesting, online seminar will be presented by Senator Patrick Dodson via Zoom on Saturday, 8 October from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. The event is free but you must register in advance to be able to attend. Click here to register.

Seminar Speaker: Senator Patrick Dodson, Special Envoy for Reconciliation and Implementation of the Uluru Statement

Facilitator: Rosemary Rule, Co-Chair, Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation

Senator Patrick Dodson will talk about:

Why the Australian government is committed to, and why we should support, an Indigenous voice.

Why there needs to be a strong, resilient, and flexible system in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and their communities can be part of a genuine shared decision-making process at local and regional and national levels.

Why such a voice and a shared process would complement and amplify existing structures and would lead to better policy outcomes, strengthen legislation and programs, and achieve better outcomes for Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

This seminar is open to all U3A members and to the general public.  As there are limited numbers, please book.

Information about the presenter: Patrick Lionel Djargun Dodson (born 29 January 1948) is an Australian politician representing Western Australia in the Australian Senate. He is a Yawuru elder[1][2] from Broome, Western Australia. He has been chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, a Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and a Roman Catholic priest. He was the winner of the 2008 Sydney Peace Prize and the 2009 John Curtin Medallist.

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Curious About Science Course Guide Coming Soon

Network is working with a group of science tutors from U3As across the State, to explore how more science courses could be made available to U3As.  Ideas explored by the group include course guides for tutors without a science background to be able to facilitate a science class at their U3A, statewide presentations by those with expert knowledge, and possible meet-ups at locations of scientific interest.
The first course guide, Curious About Science, contributed by Janine Adams from U3A Ararat with support from Cathy Beesey of U3A Moreland, is now complete.  It is currently being piloted by a few small U3As before being ready for wider distribution at the end of the year.
The course guide comes with step-by step instructions on how to run the class, including discussions and experiments.  Mentoring will be given to tutors wanting to run the course at their U3A next year.
Mentoring programs will be run in May for the following course guides:
  • Understanding Friendship in Later Life
  • Scribblers (art)
  • First Nations
  • Curious About Science
If there is someone at your U3A who might like to participate in course guide mentoring in May, they can register their interest at
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Request for Assistance from U3A Warrnambool

The following request has come from Bill Gardner of U3A Warrnambool. If you have any recorded presentations that you would like to share with him, please send them to Bill at 
Hi U3As from Warrnambool
We would like to use some recorded presentations in our general presentation program in 2023, and hope you will be willing to share with us, as we will with you.  However, the numbers are daunting, so it would be terrific if you could recommend two or three highlights from your archive.

Our plan is to circulate a list of these to our members, and let them choose which most interests them, and then go with that, perhaps two per semester.
It may not necessarily require a video recording… Source material such as PowerPoint may be suitable in some instances where we can find a facilitator.

Thank you

Bill Gardner
Vice-President, U3AWarrnambool
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Outcomes of the U-MAS Users Group Meeting

The U-MAS Users Group (UUG) meeting was held on Tuesday 27 September.  This was a well-attended hybrid teleconference held in-person at U3A Nunawading’s premises and via Zoom.  
The aim of the UUG is to help the U3As maximise the benefits of U-MAS, the Network sponsored membership and course management software.
As well as presentations on the use of U-MAS and its features included in the recent 6.05 software update; a range of other topics where covered. 

These included:
  • An introduction and overview by Anne Grigg
  • Network’s directions for U-MAS, Website Template, and Tech Corner on Facebook
  • NDS, Network’s in-progress update to the Network Management Database. This will modernise the access, details, reports, and associated security of the information that Network maintains to assist U3As
  • Distance-based courses offered by U3As
  • Facebook advertising
  • Access to critical U3A data, its sharing and security within a U3A
  • Updates on the latest Website Template V5.0 software

Further details of presentations and upcoming events can be found on Network’s web site in the U3A Support Centre's Events section.
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Opportunity to Provide Feedback to nbnCo About Your Online Experiences

Network is partnering with nbnCo to improve digital connectivity and security for older Victorians.

For the next few weeks, Network will be posting different discussion topics and questions online and would greatly value your feedback and stories.  This will help Network and nbn to further support your digital skills and confidence being online.

The first topic: How has COVID-19 impacted your lives and use of technology.   Are you using technology to support changes in your life because of COVID-19?
Please post your comments in our Tech Corner Facebook page located at:  and look for the topic #nbnu3a
If you are not a member of Tech Corner, just click on the link above and click the Join button to access the group.
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Optus Data Breach

The Optus data breach that occurred in September has been widely reported.  The theft of sensitive details of 10 million Optus customers places many people at risk of identity theft.  

Many Australian organisations, such as banks, Telstra and the nbn as well as, Federal and State Government agencies are acutely aware of this breach and will be providing their own advice to their customers.  It is expected that they will most likely modify their security registration and authentication systems.  This may not be the case for overseas organisations.
There are many online resources that provide information on what to do and what to look out for.  The Federal Government’s Scamwatch website is the best place to start.
This is an alert to everyone, not just Optus customers, so remember the basics:
  • Change your passwords regularly and use strong and long passwords, and do not use the same password on multiple accounts
  • Use Two or Multiple Factor Authentication (MFA) where available
  • Keep your software and associated anti-virus software up to date on all your devices
  • Beware of scams.  If an offer seems too good to be true, it's most likely a scam
  • Check the status of your important online systems, such as bank accounts, superannuation and email accounts
Be extra vigilant about clicking on links or giving away personal information to anyone contacting you by phone, email or online. 
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Your Region Needs You!
Network is seeking regional representatives for the Gippsland, Central and Southern Metropolitan and Western Metropolitan regions. The regional representative works closely with Network’s Member Services Manager to help support U3As in their region.  The role includes:
  • Encouraging all U3As to be active members in their region,  such as sharing ideas and resources and problem solving
  • Attending regional meetings for their region, usually two per year
  • Attending two Combined Regions Committee meetings per year
  • Providing advice and recommendations on supports needed by U3As in their region
It is a great opportunity for someone interested in learning more about the U3As in their region, and being the voice for their U3As.   Please contact Martina if you would like more information: 9614 2657 or
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Contact Us

Network News Editor - Tracey Swadling | (03) 9614 2207

President - Anne Grigg | (03) 9670 3659

Secretary - Neil Head | (03) 9670 3659

Member Services Manager - Martina Ryan | (03) 9614 2657

Education Project Manager - Nellie Collier | (03) 9670 3659

Technology Project Manager - Chris Charalambous | (03) 7067 8713

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