Jávea U3A

 

The President's Report (November 2014)

At our last General Assembly on 29th October, I mentioned that there would be a vote before the commencement of The Extravaganza to set the subscriptions for 2015 and to select the charity we will support next year. Deputy Treasurer Malcolm Neill explained that the subscriptions for 2015 need to be set at €10 for the Jávea U3A to remain operational. Details can be found in the minutes at General Meeting Minutes.

Members were made aware during that meeting and subsequently by email that there is a requirement for a third of the membership to be represented in person or by proxy for the vote to be binding; that is about 440 members. If you are unable to attend the meeting on 26th November please send us a proxy form. Thus far we have received 14 which is a long way from the 160 we estimate will be required given that it is expected that 280 members will be in attendance.

The charities nominated for consideration as our chosen charity for 2015 are:

With regard to events, this year’s Barn Dance was held on Friday 14th November at Los Arcos. Over 100 members twirled their partners and stripped the willow throughout the night to music and direction provided by the excellent Los Rancheros. The food was very good indeed and the wine just never stopped coming. All in all, an enjoyable time was had by all.

The next event is the Spring Ball which will be at Carrasco on 5th June 2015; further details will be available in the near future.

We have been offered discounts on tickets for a truly unique series of classical piano concerts where world renowned Daniël Wayenberg will be playing quatremains with rising star Martin Oei at a number of venues on the Costa Blanca. Their last gig was for The Queen of The Netherlands!
For further information on this and other external events visit the cultural arts page.

There have been a few comings and goings in the committee. Thanks are due to Marie Craig who is the new Deputy Secretary and to Lynne Montague who has agreed to take on the newly created committee position of Welfare Officer.

It also falls on me to advise members that our Vice President Francis McNeil has resigned. On behalf of the membership I would like to thank Francis for his efforts whilst he was our Vice President and a member of the executive committee. In the short term, we as a committee feel able between us to fulfil the functions of the Vice President’s role, hopefully until the AGM when the committee for 2015 will be elected.

Our Website is the most effective means of keeping members up to date with all that is happening in our U3A. The best way to keep in touch is to add an icon to your desktop which will take you straight to the Jávea U3A Homepage on which there is a NewsFEED with all the latest news about groups, travel events etc. At the top of the NewsFEED is the date it was last updated so you will know straight away whether there is any new news. To add an icon to your desktop is really easy to do, just click on this link Set Home Page and follow the ten easy steps.

New to our website is a Help Directory that I have compiled which has information about the help and support groups available in the local area. This can be found on our Website at Help Directory.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Inga Taylor who passed away in the early hours of the morning of 5th November. Inga was a very active member of Jávea U3A being involved in several U3A groups and she will be sadly missed. Her Table Tennis group will be particularly sad to have lost a very hard-working leader. 

At the October meeting, our guest speaker Michael Bulleid presented an insightful and interesting talk explaining the crimes, trials and sentences of sex offenders whose crimes of the past are being tried and punished in the modern day.

There is no speaker at the November meeting as this, being our last meeting of the year, will be our Christmas Extravaganza. Raffles, entertainment, mince pies, sherry, singing, voting; you will definitely not want to miss this one!


Stephen Burke
president@u3ajavea.org