Chairman’s Report September 2014

Dear Members
We had busy day on Thursday with the Coffee Morning in the morning and General Meeting in the afternoon.
There were very impressive displays by Special Interest groups which, I am sure, were appreciated by the many members and visitors who attended. Barbara Lewis, U3A National Chairman and our afternoon speaker, arrived unexpectedly early to be at the coffee morning.  She was most impressed by the range and quality of the groups.  One measure of the success of the event is that nine new members joined on Thursday ; two are interested in forming new groups- Beginners French ; Modern Greek. Our Groups Coordinator Gail Allaby will be providing further details in due course.
General Meeting
The meeting in the afternoon was also well attended with 124 present; 111 members and 13 visitors. The visitors included 3 representative of the steering group who are starting a new U3A in Littleborough.
We were pleased to welcome Barbara Lewis, U3A National Chairman, whose subject was “U3A and Me and U3A and You”. Apart from revealing that she once sang with Pavarotti, Barbara set out for us what the U3A movement is about and why it has been ,and continues to be, a great success. She emphasised that it continues to look at ways it can develop further and pointed us to 3 documents which have been published by the national body :
-Going Forward
-More time to Learn
-Learn, laugh and live!
We now have a copy of each of these and will obtain some more so that anyone interested can borrow them. In the meantime they are available on the U3A national web site view them it is necessary to register as a member
New Members
The new members who we are pleased to welcome to U3A are Susan Storr &David Storr; Alison Elliott; Oksana Bilas; Brenda Whiting; Maureen Jones ;
Stephen Parkinson & Violet Parkinson ; Sheila  Graham .
Next Meeting

The next general meeting is on Thursday,October 16th when the speaker will be Diana Monahan who will be talking about “Canals in my life” .Hebden Bridge resident ,Diana has been seen on TV in “Great Canal Journeys”