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Kiama U3A Newsletter Term 4

Kiama U3A Inc.








And so quickly… it is Term 4! There is a new committee (details below) and a report on the 20th Anniversary celebrations as well as a packed Monday talks programme and an outline for the diverse range of courses available.   


Please look at the available programme and really utilise your membership of Kiama U3A by participating in the available programme.


Please look at the details for the End-of-Year lunch and be prepared to get your friends together and come as a group to what is sure to be a great party.


Kiama U3A Committee


Laurie Gilbert

4232 1164

Vice President

Charles Walker

4263 3488


Patricia Thornton

0404 158 739

Assistant Secretary

Dorothea Ramsay

0403 038 618


Janie Wunderlich

0412 010 089

Assistant Treasurer

Susan Barton

4293 1086

Membership Secretary

Charles Walker

4263 3488

Newsletter Editor

Pamela Baxter

0430 198 604

Talks Co-ordinator

John Smith

4234 4881

Publicity Officer

Margaret Jay

0413 187 148

Course Co-ordinator

Grahame Ramsay

0412 439 564

Technology Officer

Roger Bogaert

4237 8742

Excursion Co-ordinator

Brian Cowling

4232 1843






The Hon. Gareth Ward, MLA Kiama,                  Mrs. Fiona Phillips MP Gilmore          Cr Mark Honey, Mayor Kiama


Life Members

Betsy Coroneos, Liz Stomps, Wendy Leatheam, John Pritchett, Peter Clarke, Carol Fury



Dates for Term 4


Enrolment: October 14 (2.00pm – 4.00pm) & 15 (2.00pm – 3.00pm)

Term: October 21 – 13

Special Events:

Excursions; November 18

End-of-Year Lunch December 9, (details below)


Membership applications and course enrolments are registered on Enrolment Day(s) at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre (NKNC).  The combined form is at the end of the newsletter (be sure to download the newsletter first before printing off the form).  Forms are also available on the website and in hard copy at enrolment.


Can’t make it to enrolment?


This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

Do please ask someone to enrol you (and pay)

Do make it to the first available Monday talk, where you can enrol and pay

Don’t bring money to your course leader (they cannot accept either the forms or the money)



Senryu by Phyl Lobl


Where does the truth lie?

The truth does not lie at all

That’s why it’s the truth




Quatrain by Helen Hedley


A most elegant pelican passed me by

On her way up the river

She dipped her head and I said “Hi”

As she sought what the river would give ‘er



President’s Column


Welcome to the final term for the year.


It was heartening to have so many members join us to celebrate our 20th Anniversary last month. Our association is a remarkable achievement built entirely by volunteers who, over two decades, have given generously of their time and energies. My thanks to all who have contributed to our success – both past and present. I am particularly grateful to all those who assisted with the Anniversary celebrations. There are too many of you to mention by name but: thank you!


The Committee was encouraged by the strong response members made to our programs last term. Please take time to read this newsletter and peruse the programs on offer this term. I’m sure you’ll find something to interest you.


I look forward to greeting you all at our End-of-Year Luncheon in December when we mark the close of our academic year. The details are to be found later in these pages.


See you at enrolment on the 14 & 15 October.





Monday Talks Term 4 2019

Oct. 21. Sharon Concannon: Stepping on

Sharon is a physiotherapist with NSW health and has many years of experience in a variety of roles. She has co-ordinated and facilitated the Stepping On program for approximately 5 years. Sharon will provide an outline of Stepping On – a falls prevention program for over 65’s


Oct 28. Grahame Ramsay: INSIDE & OUT OF THE ABC IN THE 1970’s and 1980’s

Grahame began his career as a cadet journalist with the ABC.  He worked his way through News and Current Affairs to Production and Directing.  He then became the foundation lecturer in Media at the University of Western Sydney. 


Grahame looks at the ABC organisation from the inside as it was in the 1970s and 80s and compares life on the inside of a media organisation to some of the media theories of news and current affairs currently held.


Nov. 4. Bruce McNair: Escape from Elephant Island.

Bruce has been a member of Kiama U3A since 2003 and has previously given presentations on “The Murray-Darling basin, Sri Lanka and the Antarctic.

He will tell us about one of the greatest stories of human survival and an account of a modern attempt to re-enact Shackleton’s 1400-kilometre journey in an open boat across the roughest seas on the planet.


Nov. 11. Prof Don Napper:  Colonial Architects -The First 100 Years.

Don was educated at Sydney and Cambridge Universities in molecular chemistry. He retired from Sydney University in 2003 as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences & Technology), where he is now Professor Emeritus.

2016 represented the bicentenary of the appointment of the first Government Architect, Francis Greenway, by the then NSW Governor, Lachlan Macquarie. Since that time, there have been 22 appointments to this public office, half of whom were appointed in the first century. These early Government Architects have left their indelible marks not just on Sydney, which they transformed from a Georgian settlement to an international Victorian city, but also on the State of NSW.

This talk will consider the contributions of the most important of these Government Architects, with its main focus being on Francis Greenway and Walter Liberty Vernon. The important architectural contributions of several of the others will only be touched upon briefly.      


Nov. 18. Excursion


Nov. 25. Professor Jun Chen: Life with 3D Printing.

Professor Chen is the Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute | ARC Centre of Excellence for Electro-materials Science, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong.

His research interests include: Electro-/Bio- Interfaces/Materials, 2D/3D Printing Nano/Micro-Chips, and Design and Fabrication of Smart Wearable Electronic Devices. Professor Chen has been identified in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics. His talk will focus on the introduction & perspective of “How could the 3D Printing technology potentially influence our general life to much more wellbeing in the future?”


Dec. 2. Peter Clarke: Notre Dame – The Inferno.

Peter studied geology and materials science at university, and then spent most of his working life in the quarrying industry as a geologist/scientist. On overseas travel, visits to some Gothic cathedrals resulted in a course at U3A on the construction and art of these structures. The tragedy of the fire at Notre Dame in 2019 is a common episode in the history of these constructions. Throughout history, since the Medieval period, the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe have been plagued by fire. It has been one of the most common causes of destruction. Before modern firefighting techniques, once fire took hold, the structure and much of the surrounding town usually faced total destruction. Chartres cathedral stands on the ruins of 3 previous cathedrals destroyed by fire in the space of 2 centuries. We will examine briefly how these cathedrals were constructed, why they were so prone to destruction, why Notre Dame de Paris was saved and how much damage occurred. And we may ask should it be repaired?


Dec. 9.  Xmas (End of year) Lunch


Course Descriptors Term 4

Tai Chi Qigong

Tai Chi 1 (Carol Fury) is not accepting new members this term.

Tai Chi Beginners (Kathie Pearson) is not accepting new members this term.


Intermediate and Advanced Tai Chi

(Shirley Gould) ARE accepting new members this term, but they should be experienced. Please wear comfortable clothing, supportive shoes, and a ready smile.

Cost: $15


Twinkling Toes with Maureen Mulready. Experienced or beginners welcome to join an active dance class – mostly tap.  The class will consist of warm-ups, mastering new and old steps, combinations and routines.  Tap or solid-soled shoes needed.  Fun and fitness guaranteed!

Cost: $15


What’s in the News? with Brian Cowling. An informal group discussion on what’s happening locally, nationally and world-wide.

Cost: $15


Table Tennis with Laurie Gilbert

Here is your chance to get fit and enjoy yourself on our new Table Tennis equipment. Cost: $15


Mah Jong with Marion Rattray and Marie Stuart.  This charming game from China captivated the world in the Twentieth Century, becoming a craze in the US, Britain, Japan and Australia.  Learning the basics is easy, but becoming a champion requires skill, strategy, courage – and luck!

Cost: $15


First Wednesday Book Club. with Brian Cowling

A book club with a difference – you select your own book, then review it for everyone else!  Cost: $4


Drama Workshop with Dot Ramsay.

Come along and let yourself go for some fun and laughter at the U3A Drama Workshop, where you will learn by experience, involvement and activity.  What will you learn?  The art of improvisation, ensemble and group devising performance development, script interaction and scene work.  No previous experience is necessary, just the willingness to participate.  Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes.  Bring your bottle of water, open-mindedness and enthusiasm.   

Cost: $15


Writing Club with Helen Hedley and Patricia Thornton.

Life is a collection of stories and we all have so many buried away.  Join us in sharing a love of writing (and reading).  This group is not designed to be critical but forgiving, writing short pieces that can include jokes, anecdotes, verse, interesting (even strange or unusual) facts.  We will share our efforts in an open forum and enjoy the stimulation and discussion that yarns, and stories can generate.

Cost: $15


Meditation and Mindfulness with Ann Barbato

Please note: No session on 7th November!  Come and learn to meditate sitting on comfortable chairs.  Meditation is a tool to deepen awareness, improve mental tranquillity and the ability to cope with stress. A short daily practice develops clearer thinking, improved memory and concentration, and helps to normalise blood pressure.  Participants should commit to all four sessions, and to doing 10 minutes of meditation a day.

Cost: $8


Fine Art History and Appreciation with Peter Clarke.  Term 4 continues our exploration of the art of the Renaissance.  The first DVD series is by one of our favourite presenters, William Kloss, titled Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. The second course, led by Catherine Scallen, is titled The Art of the Northern Renaissance.  If you are interested in European Renaissance art, these two courses should be worth the time.

Cost: $15


Music for Pleasure (A Gathering of Music Lovers) with Janet Granger and Peter Clarke

Janet and Peter continue this popular course – with a little help from their friends.

Cost: $15

Course Timetable Term 4



Tai Chi Qigong 9.00am – 10.00am

with Carol Fury (Ph. 4232 2825)

22nd October start

Venue: Kiama Masonic Hall


Tai Chi Beginners 8.30am – 9.30am

with Kathie Pearson (Ph. 4237 7994)

22nd October start

Venue: NKNC


Twinkling Toes 12.30-1.45 pm

with Maureen Mulready (Ph. 4234 2346)

22nd October start

Venue:  NKNC Main Hall


What’s in the News?  2.00 – 4.00pm

with Brian Cowling (Ph. 4232 1843)

22nd October start

Venue: NKNC Main Hall



Tai Chi Qigong Intermediate 8.30 – 9.30am

Advanced 9.45 – 10.45am

with Shirley Gould (Ph. 0478 226 807)

23rd October start

Venue: NKNC


Table Tennis 11.00am – 1.00pm

With Laurie Gilbert

23rd October start

Venue: NKNC


Mah Jong 1.30pm – 3.30pm

With Marion Rattray (4233 2490) and Marie Stuart (4232 1279)

23rd October start

Venue: Kiama Uniting Church, Bong Bong St


First Wednesday Book Club 2.00 – 4.00pm

With Brian Cowling (4232 1843)

6 November start

Venue: 34 South Kiama Drive Kiama Heights


Drama Workshop 2.00pm – 4.00pm

with Dot Ramsay (0403 038 618)

23rd October start

Venue: NKNC



Meditation and Mindfulness 10.00am – 12

With Ann Barbato (4233 2643)

4 sessions only

24th October start

Venue 91 Barney St Kiama


Writing Club 10.30am – 12.30pm

With Helen Hedley (4237 5095) and Patricia Thornton (0425 233169)

24th October start

Venue: NKNC


Fine Art History and Appreciation 2.00 – 4.00pm

With Peter Clarke (4232 2970)

24th October start

Venue: NKNC



Music for Pleasure (A gathering of music lovers) 2.00pm – 4.00pm

With Janet Granger (4234 1677) and Peter Clarke (4232 2970)

25th October

Venue: NKNC




For the past five years, Margaret Stratton has represented the U3As of the Illawarra, the Shoalhaven, and the Southern Highlands on the New South Wales U3A Network Committee. Network is the peak body for U3As throughout the State, advocating to Government and assisting associations with advice and services.


Margaret is now anxious to retire from this position and she is seeking a successor. If you would like further details about the role and what it involves, you can contact Margaret at:


Please consider volunteering for this important position.




We Listen to You!

Thank you, Kiama U3A Membership for telling us how it is!

Christmas/End-of-Year luncheon numbers have, disappointingly, been declining over the last few years. Your Committee was concerned as we wish to see as many of our members enjoying this special celebration as possible.


You raised a number of issues:

Price was a definite concern, a high price for a just a pleasant club meal. We have discovered, regrettably, that there is an inevitable increase in the cost again this year. Most of the close local venues have similar fixed prices.

Distance to travel to the Fisherman’s was another reason that made many give it a miss. For those who did attend, the venue was large and our numbers small, which did nothing for the ambience and atmosphere of our celebration.


What were we to do?


The solution was under our noses, our Neighbourhood Centre!


The research has been done by your Committee and we can and will put on our special December luncheon ourselves. After all we managed our anniversary event pretty well! (thank you by the way for all your compliments and kind words). We now have the confidence to take this on and decided to make it a relaxed BBQ at a cost we know will give you a delicious meal and value for money and you don’t have to travel far.

We are planning a two course, sit down meal.  We are so lucky to have fresh, quality, locally sourced meats by Rosebank butchers. As the experts, they will be spit roasting on site, slicing and serving our main course. (No amateurs allowed near this delicious product.) The Centre is allowed BYO of wine and beer, under the watchful eye of Sharon, Centre Manager, so bring your tipple of choice.

Unpretentious, skilfully cooked and delightfully presented food to enjoy in our own back yard!  Mark your calendar nowso you don’t miss what will be a delectable, lively party!  See the date and menu in this Newsletter.


Your Secretary



20th Anniversary Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea

Close to a hundred members came together to celebrate twenty years of Kiama U3A.  There was a gourmet spread of sandwiches, both ribbon and traditional, as well as wrap ‘bites’, open sandwiches (both Scandinavian and Mediterranean) and several cheese boards.  Then there were sweet slices, Madeleines and Friands all with tea and/or coffee and/or juice.


Thanks to huge and generous support from businesses, organisations and individuals there were fabulous prizes awarded to: best hats, best overall look, lucky seat, lucky name, quiz winners … almost any reason was used to spread the fun and the laughter!


Laurie (our President) kept things running to time as MC and ensured that our special guests, including lifetime members were well looked after.




Wendy Leatheam spoke to us of the development of Kiama’s U3A and praising the self-help approach … where members teach members, where knowledge and skills acquired over a professional lifetime become courses and sessions of learning for others. 

Neil Reilly spoke on behalf of the Mayor of Kiama but also explained how he had come to visit KU3A as part of a council delegation, decided that it looked like a lot of fun and joined up!  Best publicity ever!


Wendy and Neil were our guest judges for the best hats (using the wisdom of Solomon) and designating a “best outfit” prize as well.

We shared a magnificent cake which was ceremoniously cut by two of our lifetime members.


Brown paper bags were provided for those who wanted to take home some goodies (and many did).  Compliments on food don’t come any better than that!!


A huge vote of thanks to the tireless workers (tongue-in-cheek … several of the workers were very tired indeed) and the spontaneous helpers who pitched in on the day and made things much easier all round.









End of 2019 Lunch

Date: December 9, 2019 at 12.30pm

Venue: North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre

Cost: $20

Welcome drink on arrival


Main Course

Spit-roasted barbeque: beef, lamb, pork prepared on site by Rosebank Meats


Salmon steak (must be pre-ordered)


Veggie burger (must be pre-ordered)


A selection of salads and a bread roll



Pudding with sauce

Summer fruit platter

Cheese board




BYO beer and wine

Tea and coffee