Dear Chichester U3A member,
- I thought the online AGM went very well. The software (Zoom) performed perfectly, and I, for one, learnt a lot about its powers. The webmaster (and his assistant) managed everything in a calm and authoritative way. Mind you, that Mute All button is jolly useful. The meeting was full (100) – some people had to be turned away – and attendees “got it” most of the time. All the business was completed (bar one item, someone to examine the accounts next year). And the accounts reflected that one payment had been delayed, which flattered the balances, and which the eagle-eyed were invited to spot, but there are not too many of those around any more. Luckily, the Treasurer-elect could explain all. However, I don’t think the online AGM will replace the in-the-flesh AGM – you can’t go around meeting and greeting people, and it’s not possible to have a whispered conversation with your neighbour during the proceedings, unless these are features of Zoom yet to be revealed to me.
Nonetheless, we were all able to sleep easy in our beds last night, dreaming of a Solve All button that could fix everything, including conflicts in objective, solution and method
- Meanwhile, down here, the bulletin needs some cheering up. Coincidentally, the Crosswords Group sent me some jokes: some of these are included below. It would be good to get reports of what you members are up to, U3A-wise, in this difficult time.
To see the last six or so bulletins, click here.
Your U3A is OK!
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May 22nd, 2020
I am delighted to be able to confirm that our U3A will continue to be an operational and successful group in Chichester, hopefully for many years to come.
We went from being very concerned that we were close to closure; to hoping for volunteers to come forward for committee roles; to hoping for a quorum for our virtual AGM.
What an extraordinary event this was, with so many willing members and we were full before the 2-00 pm start, with 100 members logged in and showing on screen, we could see that there were also quite a large number of members who wanted to join but were unable to, as 100 was the Zoom limit. Who could have guessed we would be in this enviable position?
Third Age Trust has posted advice for any U3As conducting their AGMs via Zoom, so it would seem that we are now trailblazers in the silver surfer world. Well done Chichester!
Thank you to all who took the time to ensure we could start the new year with a full committee. We will be posting all the details involved and decided upon at the meeting, for all of our members to view. Please look out for these in the near future.
All very best wishes for our brighter future.
A Message from the Webmaster (adapted)
Various groups, the committee, and now the AGM have all been conducted successfully through the medium of Zoom. We, therefore, confirm that using Zoom to keep groups going is viable – and more than viable, it’s fun, and entirely coronavirus safe!
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 may have been downloaded to your computer.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
Have you kept your group going?
If so, would you please let the groups coordinato
r 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.
Here are the Crossworders pitting their combined brains against the intellect of The Guardian compilers. If you have some knowledge of Cryptic Crosswords and can spare half an hour on a Tuesday afternoon, come and join us at our Zoom session. Contact the group leader
if you’re interested.
Would you like to send the Bulletin a screenshot of your virtual group in action? Pick your moment, of course, but no posing!
She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.
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
Ideas from the National U3A
- According to SUN, two new national study days have been arranged by HQ for the Autumn, while a postponed study day on Japanese Cinema may take place sometime later this year as well.
- Thursday, November 5th – Van Gogh: A Fresh Look. at the National Gallery. Talks on the artist and the influence of the National Gallery. 11 am to 3.45 pm. Cost: £25. Booking opens in mid-June via u3a.org.uk/events.-
- Monday, October 12th – U3A at the Royal Institution. Various talks including ‘Finding Our Voice’. 1.45 pm to 4.45. Cost: £21.50 with refreshments. Booking open in mid-June via u3a.org.uk/events.
- Meanwhile, the U3A continues to put forward good ideas and activities to occupy ourselves:
- NEW-ish Experts from NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank invite you to take part in a series of live-streamed lectures, on a range of topics, every Thursday at 2:30 pm – the first (on Robotics) was postponed because of illness, and this week’s (on Investment Shams) coincided with our AGM, but you can watch it on the U3A’s youtube channel or on its Facebook page (click on videos in the menu) at your leisure. Look here in due course for details of upcoming talks.
- Mr Motivator has teamed up with the U3A for a series of exercise videos.
And these, too, are on the U3A youtube channel and on its Facebook page.
- Mindfulness – some lectures given by the U3A subject advisor. A new lecture each week, but the earlier ones are on the U3A YouTube channel.
- Maths Challenge – some mathematical posers for you (last week’s errors were fixed after last week’s bulletin was published). Fresh questions every week, with the answers to the previous week’s.
- No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
- 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.
- Creative Writing Competition – the U3A is inviting members to submit a short story on the theme of TIME. The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. We will also commission at least one illustration to accompany it. Follow the link for details.
- And there are several other suggestions and invitations here– e.g. Yoga, Painting, Photography, Quiz, and Golf Quiz – in which members nationwide are invited to join in or imitate
- You can find out more about national U3A activities by subscribing to the weekly newsletter here.
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