Enriching the Lives of Queensland Seniors
President's Communique - Christmas 2021

Dear {name}

With a difficult year for all U3As coming to an end, I would like to extend my personal good wishes, along with my colleagues at Network Queensland, for an enjoyable festive season, looking forward to a productive and enjoyable 2022.
This year is one most of us hope will never be repeated, but I congratulate you all on keeping your U3A functioning despite the limitations of lockdowns, class cancellations, mask wearing and determining vaccination policy, etc.
At Network, we are proud of a productive year having achieved some significant achievements, and I am pleased to outline briefly below a number of those achievements.
The primary objective of the Network is to provide a high level of service to our member associations. I trust this the outline of Network activities in 2021 provides reassurance that the Network committee works hard to deliver value for its members.
Please enjoy the festive season and we wish you a successful and enjoyable 2022.

Best regards

Gail Bonser
Gail Bonser
President, U3A Network Queensland

U3A Network Queensland - Year in Review

 

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025. Network strategic objectives over the next five years have been formulated, lead by Communications Officer Colin Maddocks, and the Strategic Plan was presented at the Network State Conference hosted by U3A Granite Belt. more…

 

Vaccination Policy. As this has been a concerning issue for all U3As, I sought pro bono legal advice and consulted widely to develop a coherent Vaccination Policy for reference by management committees. All U3As have been sent a copy of the draft policy and a Q&A document that provides context for the policy, also  posted on our website. more…

 

MOU with COTAQ. In February, a new iteration of the MOU with COTAQ was signed. The MOU has been supported by an Action Plan designed to benefit the members of U3A and seniors in Queensland.

 

U3A Gladstone. Assistance has been provided by the Network to establish a U3A in Gladstone. A committee was formed, and with a lot of hard work behind them U3A Gladstone was incorporated in August.

 

U3A South Burnett. Our Membership Team of Rhonda Weston and Margaret Cook have been working with the South Burnett Regional Council to mentor the establishment of a U3A there, along with a very supportive Council. U3A Dalby will provide an umbrella service for the developing U3A. more...

 

Financial Management. Being conscious of the financial challenges facing member U3As, Treasurer Bron Pedler and Assistant Treasurer Larry Frazer have worked assiduously to manage the Network finances. The 56 cents per member for 2022 is the lowest possible capitation fee that would enable the committee to continue providing support and services for U3As statewide.

 

U3A Brochures. The Network has produced eye catching, professional looking brochures designed by John Armstrong to promote the U3A movement across Queensland. Colin Maddocks has completed distribution of the brochures to each Queensland U3A to assist with their promotional activities locally. more...

 

MOU with LGAQ. A strategic partnership with LGAQ signed in July and supported by an Action Plan, details the objectives of U3A Network, the LGAQ and COTAQ and how those objectives intersect.

 

President’s Communique. Our monthly newsletter is supplemented by a quarterly communique that provides association presidents, mayors and MPs with news of a more strategic nature. more...

 

Network News. A redesigned Network News was launched by our News Editor Tony Nobbs mid-year, and Tony welcomes contributions from U3A associations. more...

 

Submission to Parliamentary Enquiry. The Network provided a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Isolation and Loneliness in Queensland, and in September Network representatives appeared at the Inquiry as witnesses. more...

 

Heart Foundation Plan. A Strategic Relationship Plan with the Heart Foundation has  the objective of providing U3A members with access to information and resources about heart health.

 

Webinar. Governance Consultant Leisa Donlan presented a webinar, hosted by the Network, on changes to the Incorporated Associations Act, Challenging Behaviour and New Requirements by the Australian Taxation Office. The webinar is posted on the Network website. more...

 

Network Website. A new Network website is being developed by Vice President John Armstrong, which aims for a more iIntegrated approach to communication within the Network and externally. more...

 

Branding U3A. New Network Branding Guidelines have been produced aimed at a more modern, integrated approach to branding in Network materials and presentations. U3As are also welcome to adopt the guidelines by way of templates published on the website. more...

 

QUAC. Secretary Alison Taylor led this year’s Annual Arts Competition, comprising separate Creative Writing and Photography competitions for seniors in Queensland has been completed, with results announced recently via a video presentation via Zoom. more on news webpage...

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