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Welcome to the Eastlakes U3A website
We are based on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie and generally cover the area from Charlestown in the North to Swansea in the South and from Belmont to Warners Bay East to West.
The menu on the left will allow you to easily find the information you are looking for whether you are already a member or a potential member looking for an introduction to our U3A community.
The $45 annual membership allows you to do as many classes as your time and interests allow at no extra cost – apart from some materials. This means that for $45 per year, you could potentially be attending classes all day, every day!
Whilst U3A stands for University of the Third Age, there are no tests or marks. At this time of our lives, this organisation is purely for social, physical and mental well being. So, if you’re retired or semi-retired, have some time up your sleeves and are looking at what to do with yourself, look no further. There’s plenty here to interest you.
If you have a special topic that interests you and it’s not already being offered, maybe you’d like to consider being a Leader.
Anyway, browse through our website and I’m sure there’s something here that will interest you. If you like what you see, spread it around your friends. We’re not a secret society!
2015 – Next Year’s Programme is now available- Enrolments have Started
On the Programme Page on the left hand menu you will be able to find a link to open the new 2015 Programme..
To join Eastlakes U3A for 2015 you will need to print the membership/enrolment form which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the Membership Page on the left hand side menu. It must be printed as it is not an on-line form.
In 2015 we have added a whole host of new courses which we hope you will find useful, informative or just plain fun.
Eastlakes U3A had their combined Annual General Meeting/ Showcase on Thursday November 20th at the Salvation Army Hall in Belmont North. The hall was packed to capacity and the vibe in the rooms was very positive. The Showcase was very well received with 28 leaders having a display. The practical classes, for example painting, drawing and sculpture, brought along their handiwork. The standard of work was exceptional. Tai Chi and yoga were performed on the stage. There were people playing bridge and Mah-jong. There are many exercise classes including Balance and Bones, aquarobics, pilates, badminton and lots of dance classes. Exercising the mind is not forgotten with current affairs, philosophy, book groups and trivia. There are too many classes to name them all but they cover a wide spectrum of topics. The AGM followed the Showcase and it was reported that we had increased membership by 7.8% over 2013. The leaders were praised for their hard work and dedication to Eastlakes U3A. We have not yet been successful in locating a ‘home’ to centralise our administration and ideally, to hold classes. The financial report showed we had finished the year with a very small surplus (excluding the bequest). It was lovely to have our Patron – Jill Hall – visit and look around the Showcase. There are more pictures and a short write-up on Jill’s Facebook page.
Overall, we had a very successful day.
Barbara Thomson – President