What is U3A?

U3A is an international volunteer organisation providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment for people who are usually over 50 who are no longer in full-time employment.

The concept has taken root in South Australia with 19 groups well established in the state. From humble beginnings the Kapunda U3A has grown exponentially, diversifying in subjects and increasing in expertise. The consequence of this is that we are growing out of our basic equipment items which need some upgrading to cope with increasing demands.

U3A is run entirely by volunteers (It’s Members?) and draws on the knowledge, experience and skills of its members to learn from each other and share experiences in a relaxed, social environment.

U3A Kapunda and Districts

U3A Kapunda and Districts has been in existence for about 10 years and has about 100 members from the town of Kapunda extending as far as Gawler, the Barossa Valley and Eudunda. Courses offered include, Computer Forum, a Choir (Kadence), a book club, cooking classes, indoor bowls and petanque. Courses may last for an hour or a year and, for a small annual fee, members may enrol for as many courses as they wish. An additional fee may apply for some courses. There is no accreditation, assessment or qualification to be gained.

U3A Kapunda and Districts is an independent body which is run by an elected management committee of members. Everyone is encouraged to contribute voluntarily to the running of this U3A to ensure it is an active and vibrant organisation.

U3A Kapunda and Districts believes learning is a pleasurable experience which provides opportunities to mix with like-minded people who enjoy doing new things.

Message from the President – Semester 2

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to have a considerable impact and disruption on our organisation in some cases making planning and presenting activities extremely challenging. Nevertheless our Committee and Course Leaders did what is earthy possible to continue their programs, albeit in some modified ways.
It great to hear that the KaDenCe Choir are back together and will be performing two wonderful concerts in
Kapunda Institute late July and early August at the Greenock Institute. The Community Garden is also a great
project well organised and conducted by David MacKinnon. The garden its self is an absolute credit to all
concerned and a great asset to the town. I hear some of the members also enjoy a game of “pétanque’ between weeding and planting…Sounds like fun.
Only three courses- activities will not continue next semester being ‘Beginners Tablet & Smart Phone and French Duolingo and beginners Ukulele. However, a new ‘Beginners Felting Group’ will commence shortly organised by our hard working secretary, Jan Harman. Lets get the word out and make this another success story…
Finally, I must acknowledge and thank all the course leaders who continued their programs, well done to all. Also the committee members that to a person all contributed to the successful running and management of U3A during this Semester. The members and I are most grateful……Lets always remember U3A is about learning for pleasure and fun and to socialise with likeminded people who enjoy new challenges, learning and sharing new skills.

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