1. List of Board Members and Coordinators
2. Board Member Profiles
3. 2020 AGM Reports
Board and Committee Members
|Vice President, Public Officer||Ken Johns|
|Programme Coordinator||Sue Garforth|
|Board Members||Roger Bills, Dorothy Heinrich, Alexandra Hayes, Alison Hodgetts, Juli Pullman,|
|Programme Committee||Sue Garforth; Roger Bills; Ruth Dunne; Charmaine Kitson; Dorothy Heinrich; Pauline McCreery; Raelene Wilsdon; Juli Pullman|
|Out and About Coordinator||Dorothy Heinrich|
|Office Manager||Alison Hodgetts|
|U3A Alliance Liaison (observer)||Peter Ryan|
|Web Manager (observer)||John Travers|
President: Robert Fletcher
Robert has been a member of U3A Adelaide since 2015 when he joined one of Marisa Baldassi’s Italian classes. This year he started taking a course entitled Musical Explorations with a first theme around Beethoven’s 250th birthday. (He anticipates this course will be a continuing one as he aims to share his extensive CD collection with other music lovers!) Robert began his professional life in administrative roles at Flinders University and then Sturt College before moving to a State Government statutory authority. This was subsequently absorbed into the State public service where Robert served in a number of corporate management and policy Executive roles in various Government Agencies finishing as 2IC at the Office of Sustainability. On taking early retirement in 2005 he became an on air programmer and presenter at community radio station 5MBS where he soon found that his skills could be used with their Board — taking on the role of Secretary and then Treasurer before leaving the station four years ago. Also since retiring, he has been an active member of the Rostrevor Lions Club serving a term as President and where he has been Treasurer for a number of years. He has also been taking a course, Music Through the Ages, at Campbelltown U3A since 2013. He has qualifications in Applied Mathematic and Accounting.
Vice President: Ken Johns
Ken has been a member of U3A Adelaide for the past 5 years and has been very active in the Philosophy Study Group. His professional life was in administration, business and marketing management, in some of SA’s leading businesses in the electrical and other industries. He has conducted training programs for Management Consultants, TAFE, WEA and other organizations. Ken has also served on several committees, including the Rotary Club of Adelaide, Probus Club, and has been Past President of Rostrum Club, Adelaide Chapter.
Secretary Raelene Wilsdon
Raelene began her working life at the Electricity Trust, then moved to an Accountant’s office for the next 9 years until her first child arrived. After 11 years at home with her family, doing volunteer work in the school library, she returned to the workforce as a site secretary on several large building sites around Adelaide and the last 20 working years as Office Manager and Human Resource Officer in a large civil engineering company. Raelene enjoys travelling with her husband, reading, painting, theatre, cooking and the many history discussions held at the U3A. She hopes that her enjoyment of life and ability to communicate with people will be of use to the committee.
Alison joined U3A halfway through 2013. Since then she has become very enthusiastic about the place. She began by working in the office, one day a week and has gradually picked up other days. As a Board member she this is one other way she contributes to U3A. As a retired nurse, she feels she has a lot to offer in a practical way.
Alexandra has been active in U3A, as a member of various groups, as a tutor for Philosophy, and now as a Board member. She has provided governance advice for over 30 years in her capacity as Chair, executive officer and volunteer. Examples include establishing and managing a sub-committee for the Board of the then Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, providing information for the Board of Parkinson’s South Australia and voluntarily chairing the Mitcham Kindergarten Parents’ committee and the Westbourne Park’s Primary School Council. She has extensive experience in education, management and aged care while working in state government and the not for profit sector. She is ethically driven, has a strategic focus, is able to work independently and co-operatively on committees and is used to dealing with complex and challenging situations in a professional manner.
Co-ordinator Sue Garforth
Dorothy’s previous working life was as an academic, lecturing and tutoring in physiology and pathophysiology. Her main interests are in people and other cultures, which have led her on journeys with her husband to diverse places. An interest in genealogy led her to journeys of a different kind — voyages of discovery into the past. Dorothy enjoys writing; her family history won South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society’s T. T. Reed Award in 2007, while a second book, ‘The Man Who Hunted Whales: A tale of Kangaroo Island and a doomed ship’ has also been published.
Former President of U3A Adelaide and current Web Master for both U3A Adelaide and U3A SA. She is also a Volunteer in the Office, a member of the Program Committee and tutors in computer-based fields. Pauline had a 25 year teaching career in the Education Department, Catholic Education and TAFE, and is mainly interested in computing, travel, croquet, theatre, reading, good food and wine, as well as being a grandmother.
Ruth joined the U3A in 1999, the committee in 2005 and has been Secretary and a member of the Program Committee for the last 6 years, with specific responsibility for Languages. She comes from an Education background as teacher of Humanities in a Catholic Secondary school, then Principal of a Girls’ Middle School. She also headed the Catholic Education committee looking at the rational development of Catholic school. Immediate Past President of U3A Adelaide.
Audio Visual Co-ordinator Roger Bills
Roger is a retired mechanical engineer. His interests, other than U3A, include Rostrum, a Public Speaking organisation where he is especially involved with the technical side of presentations (usually PowerPoint) and the development of effective presentation skills. At the U3A he has been involved with obtaining and improving the AV (audio visual) equipment, including Data Presenters, screens, CD players and personal amplification equipment. So his background is both technical and practical.
U3A SA Alliance Liaison Peter Ryan
Web Manager John Travers
John spent most of his working life as a school principal. His final role in the Education Department was as Manager of the Technology School of the Future. He then worked for some years as a lecturer at Flinders University and for an educational computing company.
2020 AGM Reports
Meeting held Aug 13 2020