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U3APP e-bulletin 

Taking Pride in Port Phillip

If you haven't visited Fitzroy Street for a while, you may not have seen the new Victorian Pride Centre in all its glory.  The amazing structure takes pride of place in this vibrant St Kilda street.  You can book a free tour of the building, including the roof-top terrace.  Click on the Pride Centre picture above to book your free tour.

What a simply stunning weekend Melbourne has turned on for us at long last - maybe we shouldn't put the mozz on it by talking about it too much in case we lose it again!  

This week's e-Bulletin has tons of information about 2022 Courses, including details on when and how you can book yourselves into your favourite Classes - and most importantly we proudly present a full Course Guide containing no less than 93 Courses, with many of them set to run Face-2-Face.  

There's also a deadline coming up for bookings to attend the U3APP Christmas Celebration, so don't miss out on this and all the latest news - settle back, relax and read on . . .

 

U3A Port Phillip's 2021

11:00 am Saturday 4 December on Zoom
 

Our Annual General Meeting is just around the corner, but there's still time to read all the documentation and book your place.

Click the 'AGM' button below:
  • to read the Notice of the 2021 AGM
  • to read the Minutes of the 2020 AGM
  • to reserve your place 
  • to access the Zoom meeting from 10:50 am on Saturday 4 December just prior to the AGM start.

 
Click the 'AGM' button below to view both the President's Report and the Financial Report.  You can also read bios of the 2022 Committee of Management Nominees received so far by clicking the 'And The Nominees Are . . .' button.  Please note, you must be a Financial or Life Member and be logged in to the U3APP Website to access these reports.

                              
 
Please email any questions on the reports to the President or Treasurer by Friday 3 December at secretary@u3app.org.au.
 

Christmas Celebration Saturday 4 December 

 

Don't Miss Out!  Bookings Close Monday 29 November

After next Saturday's AGM, we'll be holding our Face-2-Face Christmas Celebration, what is certain to be a joyous occasion; reconnecting with friends and fellow Class Members to reflect on what must be some of the most unusual times in the history of U3APP, and to look forward to a bright new year ahead.

Here are all the details you'll need to make the most of this special occasion:

  • Where: Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay St, Port Melbourne (enter Port Melbourne Town Hall via Spring St South)
  • When: Saturday 4 December 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm)
  • Who: All U3APP Members who are fully Vaccinated are invited to attend.
  • Book by 29 November:  as numbers are needed for catering purposes 
  • Please wear your Name Tag
  • COVID-19 Safety: You will need to check in, provide valid Proof of Vaccination and wait for the Check-In Marshal's smiley face to confirm it's OK to enter - so please be patient as you wait
  • Agenda:
    • 1:00 pm Doors Open
    • 1:30 pm  Formal welcome by Graham Gosling 2021 U3APP President, with presentation of Awards, introduction of Members of 2022 Committee and a reflection on U3APP in 2021
    • 2:00 pm Celebration and a chance to mingle with fellow Members over delicious refreshments
Click this 'Christmas Bauble' button to reserve your place - just make sure you book by 29 November - yes, that's right - that's tomorrow!  So don't delay - reserve your place today.

  
 

2022 Course Guide and Enrolment Information

 
 

Everything We Know (So Far) About 2022 Courses

 

The first version of the 2022 Course Guide is here and we can now share with you an amazing 93 Courses - to date - for the coming new year.  With around 60% of next year's Courses running Face-2-Face, there's bound to be a flurry of activity around Mary Kehoe Centre and all our other Venues once Classes start on 31 January.  

Please be aware that there will definitely be changes in the coming weeks - additions, alterations and updates; we'll keep you all informed via our e-Bulletins.


Those of you who've logged on to the U3APP Website today will have noticed a couple of new things:

  • If you submitted your Proof of Vaccination before 27 November, you'll now see your status displayed as "Vaccinated Member"  - this is only for Members who have renewed their Membership and submitted Proof (not just shown at the door when attending a Class at Mary Kehoe or other Venue).  Honorary Members will remain as such when they log in.  We will update this regularly so if you submitted after 27 November, please be patient.  If you submitted earlier and don't see this notification when you log on, please contact webmaster@u3app.org.au


Practice Courses

For those who haven't booked into Courses before, or for those who would like to remind themselves how to do so, we've created a couple of Practice Courses, along with a Full Course to practice Waitlisting - all clickable below.  When you click on the Dummy Face-2-Face Course, you'll see a blue 'pop up' box (see picture below) which will appear each time you view or try to book a Face-2-Face Course; you'll need to click on the X in the right top corner to acknowledge and accept this, and to view the Course details.  

 

Enrolment Booking Dates

As mentioned in last week's e-Bulletin, Enrolments for 2022 will be taken over a week from 13 December - 17 December, rather than just one day as in previous years.  This means if the Course you're booking into runs on a Monday, you'll be able to book into it on Monday 13 December; if the Course runs on a Tuesday, you can book your place on Tuesday 14 December - and so on through until Friday 17 December.  

The times for booking on each day will vary depending on the type of Course, as follows:
  • 9:00 am - Exercise Courses (the second Course code character is "E")
  • 10:00 am - Language Courses (the second Course code character is "L")
  • 11:00 am - all other Courses

Paper Enrolment Forms

While we prefer Course Enrolments to be made Online, those wanting to submit a paper Enrolment Form can now download and print a copy from the U3APP Website by clicking the 'Enrolment' button below; you can also obtain an Enrolment Form from the U3APP Office at Mary Kehoe Centre. On the form, you'll find all the information you need to lodge your Enrolment Form, including details about submitting Proof of Vaccination for Face-2-Face Classes, renewing your Membership and the process of how these Enrolment Forms are handled.   Paper Enrolments can be submitted from Monday 6 December through to 3:30 pm on Friday 10 December.


 

Questions About Enrolment?

Being able to easily enrol in new year's Courses and Events is important to most of us and we all want to get it right on the day.  To ensure you are fully informed about everything to do with enrolment 2022, we've created a FAQ (frequently asked questions) document which tells you absolutely everything you need about renewing your Membership, providing Proof of Vaccination, logging in to the Website, dates and times when 2022 enrolments open, maximising your chances of getting into your chosen Course, and much, much more.

You'll find a link to these FAQs when you go to any Course Guide page on the Website - just look for the button shown below.  When you click on it you'll see a list of headings and when you click on the arrows at the side of each heading, you'll be able to read all about it.

 
 
 

Don't Forget to

 
Of course you won't be able to book into any of these new Courses if you haven't renewed your U3APP Membership, and you need to renew by Sunday 12 December if you want to book for any Courses during Enrolment Week.  We are not taking Membership renewals or enrolments between Monday 13 December and Friday 17 December, so to avoid disappointment we recommend you renew now.  

You also won't be able to book into Face-2-Face Courses if you haven't provided your Proof of Vaccination; you'll find information about how to submit yours on the Enrolment page of the Website when you log in to renew your Membership.  



This Week at Mary Kehoe Centre

Office Volunteers will be providing a Pop-Up service on the verandah at Mary Kehoe this week on the following days and times:
  • Monday 29 November 10:00 am - 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 30 November 10:00 am - 12.30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 December 10:00 am - 12.30 pm
This is great opportunity for those who would like to bring along their Proof of Vaccination to have it recorded.  You can provide Proof in person by showing your Vaccination Certificate on your phone or your paper Vaccination Certificate to the Office Volunteer who will record only your date of full Vaccination against your name.

*** U3APP does not keep or store your Certificate - it is simply sighted to check your vaccination status.

 

Acceptable Forms of Proof of Vaccination

A reminder that Members need to show Proof of Vaccination when entering U3APP Venues.  The following are all acceptable forms:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate via the Service Victoria app
  • COVID-19 digital certificate saved to your smartphone
  • Printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate together with photo ID
  • Printed copy of immunisation history statement together with photo ID
To view the latest Victorian Government poster on acceptable forms of Proof of Vaccination, please click the '' button below.

Members with queries about their particular Proof of Vaccination should email the Health & Safety Officer, Alex Mifsud, at hso@u3app.org.au


Vale

Julie Paxton

Members will be sad to hear that a long term Member Julie Paxton died peacefully at home on 23 November. 

Julie joined our U3A in 2003 and had only recently stopped being a Member due to ill health.  Over several years Julie ran training courses for many Office Volunteers and was also an Office Volunteer herself  and Office Roster Secretary for a brief time.  Julie’s constant poor health didn’t prevent her from attending many of our Classes and making a  significant contribution to U3A Port Phillip.

Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.  A Memorial Service may be arranged at a later date.

 
 

Grass Pollen Season in Victoria

Another timely reminder that Grass Pollen Season is now upon us and extends into December, with the resulting possibility of Thunderstorm Asthma - a very debilitating and dangerous condition.  For full information about symptoms, treatment and how to avoid it, click on this Victorian Government Better Health where you can also view a two minute video about how Thunderstorm Asthma can affect people with Asthma and Hay Fever.
 


Matcha Catch-up for 'Japanese for Travellers'

While not able to travel far, Helen Devereux's Japanese for Travellers Class met at Helen's apartment last week to  enjoy green Matcha tea and green Matcha cake - and to study of course.
 

Victoria Chorale Celebrates Christmas

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne 5:00 pm Saturday 11 December 

 
Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound Orchestra will capture the spirit of Christmas in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 11 December. You can enjoy:   
  • Vivaldi's brilliant and uplifting Gloria, 
  • A selection of joyous Christmas carols,
  • Stuart Greenbaum's delightfulThe Rotation of the Earth,
  • Sensational young soloists, Samantha Hargreaves (soprano) and Esther Gresswell (alto).
Victoria Chorale’s Christmas concerts are renowned for their charm, distinctiveness, and enthusiastic audience singing of carols led by dynamic conductor Mario Dobernig!   
 
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the blue 'Trybooking' button below and to view the flyer click on the 'Victoria Chorale' button - or call 0438 071 001 for further information.
                               


Port Phillip Community Group 

December Courses

Port Phillip Community Group is now delivering some Courses Face-2-Face, as well as some still online.  Courses will run until Friday 17 December and all are most welcome to attend the sessions.  Please note, attendees must show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; mask wearing may still be required so ensure you have one with you.  To view the Courses operating, including some to improve your computer skills.  Click the 'Port Phillip Community Group' button below to view the flyer, or for further information phone 8598-6600.

 

University of Melbourne Research Studies

Remaining Engaged through Digital Technologies

Researchers at The University of Melbourne are conducting a research study that aims to understand how digital technologies can help older adults remain socially engaged and active, especially during COVID-19 pandemic when it is hard to participate in Face-2-Face social meetings and activities.

They're looking for older adults who are aged 65+, living independently, and socially affected by the pandemic to take part in an interview.  Interviews will be conducted via Zoom or by phone and will last about one hour.  All participants will receive a $20 Coles voucher for the time.  

The study has full ethical approval from the University of Melbourne’s Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you’re interested in taking part in the study, please send an email to 
wzhao10@student.unimelb.edu.au or contact Wei Zhao (PhD Student) directly on 0410 318 121 - click the 'University of Melbourne' button below for further information.
 
 
 

Homeside Study


If you live with dementia, or care for someone living with dementia, the HOMESIDE study, being run by the University of Melbourne, is recruiting participants for a free Telehealth trial.
 
You can see the study flyer by clicking the 'University of Melbourne' button below, or view a Youtube invitation that can be shared with carers via the 'Click to View' button.

You'll find more information on their website by clicking the 'Homeside' button below or you can email them at 
homeside-australia@unimelb.edu.au

 
                     
 

COVID-19 Update

Check In at Every Venue You Visit

The Victorian Government requires all members of the community to check in at Venues you visit using the Services Victoria QR Reader app; we highly recommend all our Members are diligent in doing this during shopping trips.  

There are now requirements to show proof of vaccination for those wanting to visit venues such as restaurants, as well as for U3APP Face-2-Face Classes, so it's important to be able to access your COVID-19 Digital Certificate.  The button below will take you to the Victorian Government's "How to get your COVID-19 Digital Certificate" Web Page.

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Victoria's Vaccination rate has now reached 90% fully vaccinated of those aged 12+, and while we're enjoying the lifting of restrictions, COVID-19 daily cases, and very sadly, deaths related to COVID-19, remain stubbornly high.  

All updates on COVID-19 restrictions can be found on the Government's website and you can keep up to date with them by clicking on this 'COVID-19' button.  Alternately you can view Victoria's Roadmap by clicking the 'Victoria Map' button. 

                                      
 

Federal Government  

The Australian Government Department of Health provides regular updates on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.  

Booster Vaccines are now available for those who've had their second dose six months ago.  The Booster Vaccine doesn't have to be the same type you were originally vaccinated with, so you have a choice as to which you go with.

Click on this 'Vaccine' button for more information on the Department of Health Website.  We suggest discussing any unanswered queries on this Website with your doctor.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 3 December - Renew Membership by this date to vote in the AGM
Saturday 4 December - Annual General Meeting 11:00am
Saturday 4 December - Annual Christmas Party 1:00 pm for a 1:30 pm start
Thursday 9 December - Vaccination Day Mary Kehoe Centre - no F2F Classes until 1:30pm. Check with your Tutor if you're enrolled in an afternoon Class
Friday 10 December - End Term 4    
Sunday 12 December - Renew Membership by this date to enrol in 2022 Courses (Please note: NO Memberships can be renewed during Enrolment Week)
Monday 13 December - Friday 17 December - 2022 Course Enrolment Week 

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