From the Chair

As we slowly emerge from lockdown, it has been good to see a number of groups meeting up again, albeit outside, as well as others continuing to keep in touch using technology such as Zoom, WhatsApp and email.  We have now had 3 streamed monthly meetings, all with excellent turn outs and a small group of us have since been practising remotely for our first ever, on line AGM on the 14th of this month.  It’s been a huge learning curve and, fingers crossed, it will all run smoothly on the day: we have a record 11 resolutions on which to vote!  Group Leader, Phil Aldrige, will then be showing us how to Take Better Photos on your Phone.  In the newsletter you can also catch up on other events, including changed dates for activities which will now celebrate our 21st year, as well as an update on the Christmas lunch.  We’ve also had our first ever on line new members’ coffee event!   Two teams from SLU3A and MHU3A, led by Geoff Woods, are working together to represent us nationally on the High Street Project.  The Leicestershire & Rutland Network of U3As has been keeping in regular touch with members across the 2 counties and you have all had an invitation to join their forthcoming, on line quiz event.  I am representing us on a Regional Support team, working with our East Midlands Trustee, Jean Hogg, to identify ways that we can help U3As across the region, particularly reaching out to those who are not so active at the moment and identifying initiatives for recruiting new members as we come out of lockdown.  Finally, Beacon 2 (the U3A membership database) is being trialled, with a delayed launch date for next spring.  Do keep your news, articles and pictures coming in so we can continue to embrace all that SLU3A is today.

Helen Salisbury    07837 410 575