New Members Function 2024

The New Members Function was held at the Mary Kehoe Centre on Friday 23 February. About 50 people attended.

A presentation was given by James Walter (President). He spoke of the U3A mission to provide members with opportunities for following their curiosity in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. He also encouraged members to consider in due course how the exercise of their life and career experience could contribute to many of the volunteer roles on which we rely, and to think of becoming tutors.  

Members of the Committee of Management were then introduced. This was followed by presentations by Margo Anderson (Course Coordination), Cheryl Freeman (Office Manager), Karen English (IT), Gillian Wood (Health and Safety), and David Robinson (Newsletter Editor)

Those present then moved to a more informal mode, with participants refreshing their glasses for a mingle and chat.

Should you wish to follow up with any of these speakers, email and I will forward your message onto them.

Photos of the event are below.

David Robinson, Newsletter Editor

2024 Tutor Orientation

The 2024 Tutor Orientation session was held at the Mary Kehoe Centre on Monday 22 January 2024. 

About 50 tutors attended.

The function was to greet our new Tutors and welcome back our regulars.

There was lots to talk about together and the Course Coordination Team (CCT) mingled catching up with as many as possible.

Afternoon Tea was served, and some time was given to refresh the important matters of being a Tutor with U3APP.
There were 15 new Tutors and our many, many returning ones.
Below are photos taken at the event by Aziza Khamlichi
Margo Anderson – CCT, Tutor Recruitment

2023 Christmas Party

Our 2023 Christmas party held at the St Kilda Town Hall on Saturday 9 December was a great success with approximately 180 members attending. It was a wonderful occasion for members to catch up with friends to celebrate another year of stimulating activities offered at U3A Port Phillip and enjoy a lovely relaxed lunch.

Hosted by Branko Colavizza and Gaye Mason, we were delighted to have the Mayor, Heather Cunsolo, welcome guests and give a brief address. She then opened up the conversation with questions from the audience which was very much appreciated by members. Also in attendance was Carol Gordon, (SPDL). Our organisation is forever grateful to the City of Port Phillip for their support.
The U3APP Committee for 2024 was announced and our new president, James Walter shared his vision on the path ahead in 2024. It was also an opportunity to thank people for their volunteer work over the year and farewell outgoing volunteers. A beautiful heart-felt tribute to honour Sheila Quairney certainly brought tears to the eyes of many.

A number of awards were presented to recognise the amazing volunteer work by members over the years.

Honorary Life Member Award – Lyn Place
Meritorious Awards – Teresa Martin-Lim, Chris Wroe, David Robinson and Geoff Parr-Smith

In conclusion, how lucky are we to have such a wonderful organisation to fulfil our daily lives.
Thank you to everyone who assisted me on the day to make this lunch special for our members. Your time and effort is very much appreciated.
We wish you a happy, fun-filled festive season and holiday with family and friends and look forward to seeing you in 2024.
Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah

The photos above were taken by Aziza Khamlichi and Barry McIntosh.
Ros Christie, U3APP Event Coordinator

Senior’s Festival Events 2023

As I have become more involved with U3APP, one of the most common comments I’ve heard is “I don’t know what I would do without U3APP”.

Seniors Week made me reflect that as we grow older and wiser, we realise the importance of not only lifelong learning, but how social interaction is paramount to maintaining mental health and wellbeing. I love the buzz in the Mary Kehoe Centre when everyone is coming and going, chatting with friends, meeting new people and enjoying the stimulation offered by the wonderful knowledgeable tutors.

The recent Seniors Festival is a good example of an activity in my CoM role as Events Coordinator.

The City of Port Phillip’s Seniors Festival offered a diverse program of music, dance, workshops, discussion groups, sport and tours, all of which were very well attended.

We have so many talented people in U3APP who contributed to some of these activities.  The Art Exhibition in the Mary Kehoe Hall could get no greater compliment than to be admired by people who then asked if the work was for sale – congratulations to all our artists and tutors!

Multicultural Dance – Hoppa Hey, which is always so much fun, had many visitors attend and join in the traditional dances from various countries.  Much needed refreshments at the end of the session were welcomed by hot, tired participants.

Finally, the Art and Music Showcase was a full house! The Ukulele group began, playing and singing a number of songs together with cheerful audience participation. The Male Choir, which is becoming well-known in the community, provided an uplifting and varied repertoire.  The talented All Sorts played dance and love songs, classic and ragtime pieces, while the Recorder group played a variety of pieces including the Ukrainian National Anthem. Refreshments were served throughout the afternoon. Congratulations to all the musicians and singers and a special thanks to Margo for being the MC for the afternoon.

20th Anniversary Celebration


17 MAY 2023

Our 20th Anniversary celebration was a great success with approximately 180 members and guests attending. Our Deputy President, Hannah Len, opened the evening with a brief address, followed by the Federal Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns and the U3A Network President, Annie Grigg. We then heard from three wonderful Founding members, Lindsay Doig, Heather Wheat and Joan Ashbolt who gave an overview of their work in establishing U3APP in 2003. We cannot thank them enough for their initiative and were delighted they celebrated with us. After the speeches we were serenaded by the U3APP Male Choir, who always provides us with uplifting music, and finally, the door prize raffle draw created some excitement for the winners.

Hannah then cut the celebratory cake, however when it was being carried to the kitchen half of it landed on the floor, adding a memorable bit of laughter to the U3A evening (don’t worry – there was still plenty of cake for everyone!)

The catering was plentiful and beautiful, so thanks to our SpitRoast Caterers, who always provide such wonderful food and service. At 6.30pm there were still plenty of people ready to stay on indicating a good time was being enjoyed by all.

Thanks to everyone who attended and to all who helped make this a happy, successful and memorable 20th Anniversary of U3APP.

Ros Christie, Event Manager

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The Choir and French in Song – EOY Celebration

(by David Sharples – Tutor)

On Wednesday 2 December, two U3APP musical groups – The Choir and French in Songs – finished 2020 in style by gathering in the open-air café at Gasworks Park, holding their final classes Face-to-Face for the first time since March.

For the past eight months these Classes have continued Online with Members learning and practicing in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, using materials and music provided by email and through the Choir Websites.

A number of Members met each other in person for the very first time, and all present were able to sing collectively, including songs which they had only previously practiced alone.  The Choir sang music by The Tokens, Miriam Makeba, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Cole Porter – rounded off by a hearty rendition of “U3A Will Survive”, while French in Songs sang music by Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet, Joe Dassin, Yves Montand, Michel Sardou and Bob Azzam.  The rendition of Sympathique by Pink Martini would have raised the roof if sung indoors.  Both groups provided a finale with a few seasonal numbers to celebrate, with other clientele at the café, and indeed many people passing by, pausing to listen as the two groups sang.  Everyone is now looking forward to being able to polish these songs in normal Shoulder-2-Shoulder practice sessions when we are finally able to hold classes together.

New Members Welcome 2023


24 FEBRUARY 2023

Many of the new members who attended the Welcome function on Friday 24 February in the Mary Kehoe Centre really appreciated the opportunity to meet other ‘newbies’, plus a number of representatives from the Committee of Management, Member Liaison, Tutor Recruitment, Office Management and Office Volunteers.

The President, Sheila Quairney, briefly welcomed everyone, introduced the various volunteers and referenced how these people can assist them to settle into U3APP courses and navigate their way around the website, building, office and parking.

The vibe in the room was very positive, with several acknowledging how welcome they felt at U3A Port Phillip; how people had made the effort to engage with them and assist with queries, all of which gave them a feeling of inclusion and acceptance. Although the numbers were small it was a very intimate, successful event.

Thanks to all who assisted with the organisation of the event.

Ros Christie
U3APP Event Manager

Christmas Celebration 2021



It exceeded all expectations.

The Port Melbourne Town Hall provided a perfect space for U3APP members to reconnect. A bumper crowd of one hundred and twenty members participated in the Celebration.

The 2021 President, Graham Gosling welcomed attendees. He reflected on the achievements and challenges for U3APP in 2021. He presented the Life Membership Award to Barb Fisher and Meritorious Service Awards to Dennis Muoy, Heather Wheat, and Lindsay Doig and to members of the COVID Working Group: Jim Pribble, Diane Boyle, and Pam Caven. Graham also announced the eight elected members of the 2022 committee of management.


The Celebration was a joyous occasion. Attendees enjoyed delicious refreshments organised by the U3APP Catering Manager, Sandra Mason  and her team of Di Gameson and Ros Christie. Rob Gullan, Dave Robson, and David Blair ensured no one went thirsty. Alex Mifsud’s team Sheila Quairney, Libby Smith and Jim Pribble ensured a COVID safe environment.


The photos tell the story thanks to Barry Macintosh and Aziza Khamlichi.

We will give Barry Macintosh the last word “The afternoon had a happy feel and everyone had a chance to reconnect. The ‘buzz’ was very positive”.

Best wishes – Pam Caven

End of year and Christmas celebration 2022



Our annual end of year celebration got off to a shaky start. On Friday afternoon we were informed that the air conditioning had failed at the Port Melbourne Town Hall and we could no longer hold the function there. We were offered the St. Kilda Town Hall as a replacement venue but everyone attending had to be notified. Our sincere apologies to anyone who fell through the cracks and didn’t get an email, phone call or text.

The St Kilda Town Hall turned out to be an excellent venue and the staff provided us with all we needed and more. The turn up was great, especially considering the sudden change of plan and our first scorcher for the summer. About 115 – 120 attended the event.

Sheila Quairney welcomed all present, then awards were presented to members who had made considerable contributions to our organisation by the immediate past Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Marcus Pearl.

Sandra Mason did an outstanding job of organising the catering, the food was delicious and the bar was well run by Alan Aberdeen, John Hawker and Di Gameson.

The whole event was most successful and a nearly perfect way to finish off a good year for our organisation.

Photos by Branko Colavizza
Article by Di Gameson

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Annual General Meeting 2022



On Saturday 3rd December, 65 attendees tuned in to U3APP’s 19th AGM, held on Zoom. President, Sheila Quairney welcomed members and guests, City of Port Phillip Mayor, Heather Cunsolo and U3A Network Victoria President, Annie Grigg.

After the 2021 Minutes acceptance, both the President’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented to Members. Sheila gave special thanks to all the U3APP’s volunteers participating as Tutors, Office Volunteers, IT Teams, Committee of Management and Margaret Smith for her continuing role as Minute Secretary, who have all been identified in the inaugural 2022 Annual Report.

The nominations for Committee of Management for 2023 were announced and all elected, they are:

Gillian Wood, William Logan, John Hawker, Allan Aberdeen, Rosalind Christie, Branko Colavizza, Sheila Quairney, Hannah Len, Margo Anderson and Gaye Mason

The new CoM will meet on 13 December to elect the Officers and allocate Portfolios; this information will be available on the website as well as the forthcoming e-Bulletins.

Sheila Quairney was delighted to announce awards for Honorary Life Membership and Meritorious Service:

Honorary Life Membership Awards
Diane Boyle, Helen Vorrath, Karen English & Kevin English

Meritorious Service Awards
Lorna Wyatt and Lorraine Brophy

Annie Grigg, President of U3A Network, spoke briefly about the services available to members U3As and congratulated U3APP on the successful year in both increasing membership and the success of face-to-face and zoom courses and the assortment of very informative seminars conducted through the year.

Branko Colavizza, U3APP Secretary

How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

  • Login to the website.
  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
  • OR is the course shown as FULL?
    • Click on WAITLIST.

Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

  • Contact the office in person, or by email or phone.