Another year has passed, and no doubt it has been busy as well as productive. I hope that although you may have been very busy, you were also able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends, especially during the Christmas break and holidays. It’s really about making time for what is important to each and every one of us. It’s not so much about how much you spend monetarily but the time that you can spend with others. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to put up your feet and relax and just chill out.
Of course, it is also a time to remember those we have lost including a respected past president, Carlene Cook, who so capably lead our organisation from 2009 to 2013.
Like you, I am overwhelmed by the bushfires that have ravaged our wonderful country and I’m sure I speak for us all when I say our thoughts are with those we know, and those we don’t, who have lost so much. As a result, the commitment, generosity and compassion displayed by the fire fighters, fellow neighbours, family and strangers have been mind blowing.
If you have experienced challenges during 2019, know that a friend is only a call away. We know that U3AYP provides us with friends and contacts with whom we can share a story, a laugh and a challenge.
We will continue to provide, throughout the coming year, a range of sessions and courses that will bring us together and hopefully add quality time to our days, weeks and months.
We’re continuing to spread the word about U3AYP with some members attending venues including Wallaroo and Kadina in order to promote what we are about. Also, Sue Mulraney has been instrumental in designing and organising the printing of “business cards” to issue to interested persons. There are plenty of people in our community who still do not know who we are or what we represent.
Get the year off to a good start and please let Helen know your interests so that arrangements can be made for this term.
I leave you with my thought for the day-
“ A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
Don’t put off what you’ve been thinking of doing. There’s no time like the present to start a new project or revisit an old one.
I’m looking forward to another year of U3AYP with the hope that we shall continue to grow in numbers and strength. Let us focus on the belief that our organisation can provide enriching opportunities for all its members during 2020.
Kind regards Heather Simpson