U3A Regional Conference & AGM 2016

The 2016 yearly conference and AGM of the Regional Representative Council (RRC) and its prodigy, the Association of East Midlands U3As, was held recently at Eastwood Hall Conference Centre, an ideal venue with first-rate hospitality and refreshment facilities and a good lunch!  Around 100 members from 114 U3As in the region attended, with the SLU3A flag being flown by Don Collins, Helen Salisbury and David Kyle.
The conference hosted three excellent speakers who entertained us with ‘The time has come…. The history of the calendar as we know it’, humorous poetry, magic tricks and, from the Chairman of The Third Age Trust, a revealing illustrated presentation about the structure and ins-and-outs of  The Trust.  An appreciative audience of representatives from across the East Midlands Region (which stretches from North Derbyshire/North Lincolnshire to the very south of Northamptonshire) listened attentively.  A review of the head office and country-wide structures and operations is currently underway and we await a detailed report, due in the new year, with eager anticipation.
Conversely the AGM of the RRC – interesting as it was – did not represent the finest example of how a meeting should be run.  A recent upheaval amongst the Regional Administration Team was admirably demonstrated and a temporary team – in situ until the end of 2016 – was appointed with a brief to put in place feasible arrangements for the immediate future.
Nearer to Home:
Near to home the Network of Leicestershire & Rutland U3As – under the chairmanship of Don Collins – is progressing well.  Following the successful visit to Snibston Museum last year, the Network’s Development Team is putting together a further programme of events for U3A members in this part of the world.