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February 2020 Newsletter


A warm welcome to our February EMAIL Newsletter & to the 32 new members since last newsletter.
The key topic this month is "new volunteers": with new committee members and several key roles filled – this is great news. BUT we still need understudies or deputies for all roles, and at the AGM in 2021 we will need a new Chair and Treasurer – so need volunteers this year to shadow these roles.

Alsager U3A Committee – Welcomes 3 new Members

Our constitution provides for a committee of up to 12, who are also the trustees of our Society. The AGM only elected 6 to committee, which is much smaller than we would prefer. But Committee do have authority to appoint members to vacancies, and I am so pleased to report that 3 Members offered and were appointed: Jenny Hartley, Christine Bell and Alan Bell.

Whereas our Groups and Activities are the core of the U3A, all run by our volunteers, we do need the committee to set the legal framework, and several key role bearers to carry out the work necessary for a thriving society. With some people taking on more work as we grow and exploit new technology, we could use additional members with appropriate skills to spread this load more evenly.

Members volunteering for new Roles

The basis of the U3A is that it is run by unpaid volunteers: group leaders, the committee and the officers of the society and others who take roles in the organisation. So we are very pleased that members have offered to fill the following roles in the society:

Christine Bell has taken on the role of Activities Coordinator, following Christine MacFarlane who has done such a great job in this role for six years. This provides support and help in the formation of new Groups and induction of new group leaders – key to a thriving society.

Brian Evans has taken on the role of co-ordinating activities on Monday Mornings from John Church and in particular this covers overseeing external organisations using the foyer

Kiran Thakral has taken a role working with the treasurer to collect and account for group fees: to ensure that fees can be handled without needing the treasurer to come every Monday.

Membership renewal for 2020 overdue. New Membership Cards at Help Desk

Membership Renewal payments are now overdue: if you want to continue membership please renew as soon as possible either On Line via Beacon or at the help desk. If you are not wishing to renew please let us know: this does affect our Insurance costs.

Thanks to the Help Desk and treasurer for renewing 800 members so far this year. Cards are available at the Help Desk for pickup on Monday Mornings.

2020 Spring Magazine reminder

The next issue of the Alsager U3A magazine is scheduled to be published in April. Please send items for inclusion to, or hand them in to the Help Desk, by 24th Feb.

Groups & Activities -for information contact Help Desk or

Groups with vacancies are listed on Monday Boards: Groups wishing for more members:-
Poetry: Philately: Table-Tennis: Bowls: IPad: Brush up your French: Bridge: Card making: Mah-jong:
New Story Telling Group: Fridays 2.00 – 3.30 at Dennis Round: depending on numbers

With Best Wishes to all our members Roger Poole

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