Dear Chichester U3A member,
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Dissolution of Chichester U3A


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Please reply to:

The Chair

 Chichester U3A

Box 809, Mailboxes Etc

26 The Hornet

 Chichester  PO19 7BB

April 3rd, 2020

Dissolution of Chichester U3A

Dear Member,

For many months, we have been asking for volunteers to come forward to fill all the vacant roles within our U3A. 

To date, we have not received any nominations and this means there will not be a full committee to run Chichester U3A, following the AGM.

It is our intention to hold the AGM as planned on May 21st at 2-00 pm as a virtual meeting, to which you will all be invited. We will be sending all the documents required and you will have the opportunity to send a proxy vote, with nominations for selected role/s. 

We will also give you details on how to join us for our virtual AGM meeting. 

However, if you are nominating yourself or another person in advance, you can do so, by emailing the Chair or sending a letter to our mailbox by April 16th. We will then ensure you receive the proxy voting form, which we must receive back by April 30th. The deadline for you to return these forms will be May 14th.
This is certainly very sad, but we have no choice. If we do not receive sufficient nominations, then it is obvious that we cannot continue.

Whilst we understand that the current situation with the Coronavirus finds us all turning our attention to other matters, closer to home, it is also a good time to consider that if you would like U3A to be there, ready and waiting once lockdown is lifted, then it will also be a good time to think about your responsibility to keep the society going. 

It is also a good time to remind you that we are a voluntary organisation and we do need members to run all matters pertaining to our U3A.  The Third Age Trust does not support a policy of paid staff. 

Please do consider this request and send in nominations for the posts recently advertised in the bulletins and outlined below. There will be excellent help and advice available if you should agree to take on one of the roles, advertised previously in bulletins, as listed below:-

  • Treasurer
  • Webmaster
  • Social secretary
  • Chair for the speaker’s committee
  • IT team for the monthly talks
  • Coordinator for the monthly talks

Kind regards
Maureen Doyle
Chichester Chair
On behalf of the committee

Groups News

A Message from the Webmaster
The Science Discussion Group has held a successful meeting with 16 attendees via Zoom this week and plans a full meeting with an external speaker next Monday. We, therefore, confirm that using Zoom to keep groups going is viable – and more than viable, it’s fun, and entirely coronavirus safe!

Your committee has also successfully met by Zoom, on 2nd April, so we can confirm that it is definitely a direction that other groups, especially discussion type groups, should consider trying out. To that end I have produced a beginner’s guide to using Zoom, starting with how to download the App to your computer and open a Zoom account, and progressing through how to find your Zoom friends and how to join a meeting of your group, through to how to host a meeting for your group. (Only one member of the group has to master the last item! – and it doesn’t have to be the group leader.)

Alternatively, visit the coronavirus page on the Chichester U3A website and follow the link for the beginner’s guide, and let me know how you get on with Zoom. If you get stuck and need some advice get in touch.

Ray Davies (Webmaster)

PS When you click on the links to the beginner’s guide, it may appear not to work: in fact, the file has been downloaded to your computer.

Have you kept your group going?
If so, would you please let the groups coordinator know, and in what way. It would be very useful if we knew there was a pool of expertise out there, and encouraging for other groups to know what can be done.
Some groups have successfully implemented video conferencing to keep their groups active. Group leaders who do, could consider opening their groups to temporary members for the duration: this would be an excellent way for interested U3A members to learn about the group, and maybe join on a permanent basis or be inspired to form their own. And it would be an excellent way for group leaders to publicise their wares.
Also, would you like to send the Bulletin a screenshot of your virtual group in action? Pick your moment, of course, but no posing!
Some more ideas
How about a Bulletin quiz? Would you like to submit questions for a quiz – say ten questions on a topic, to appear in the bulletin one week, answers, we hope, the next? The more submissions the better. Just the job for a group leader on furlough. Please send to the quiz organiser.
Would you like to send the Bulletin pictures of your garden, or birds and flowers in your garden, or yourself gardening, or painting your kitchen or washing your bicycle, scooter, car (is that allowed?) or any other activities with which you have kept busy?

Ideas from the National U3A

  • Mindfulnesssome lectures given by the U3A subject advisor. Currently on Week 2 but you can retrieve Week 1 – they’re on the U3A YouTube channel.  (I didn’t know they had one.)
  • Maths Challengesome mathematical posers for you (they’re not hard, but maybe enough to keep you interested). Fresh questions every week.
  • Bird Track – U3A members are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds. You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool, to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.
  • And there are several other suggestions and invitations on the U3A home page –  e.g. Yoga, Painting, Photography, Quiz – in which members nationwide are invited to join in or imitate.

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Please send me a message via the usual channels if you wish to have some item of U3A news put in the Bulletin. Likewise, if you have some constructive suggestions as to how to improve the Bulletin. Best wishes, David Rees 😎
The Constitution of the Chichester U3A is available to view here, and its Terms of Use here.
Enquiries If you wish to write to the Chichester U3A, then the correspondence address is: U3A Chichester, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB
If there is an urgent matter that needs to be discussed then call 07460 109600, or contact the membership secretary .
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