Jávea U3A
Asociación Social de la
Tercera Edad de Jávea


The President's Report (September 2014)

With the Jávea U3A summer break over, despite the heat and humidity continuing well into September, we start to swing back into action with most of our activity groups re-commencing this month.

Over the summer the NEWSFEED on our website has proved very popular and effective as a means of ensuring members are kept up to date with all that is happening in our U3A. Group leaders, event organisers and committee officers have all used the NEWSFEED to keep members informed as to what is going on. As it is updated every time there is new information available the NEWSFEED is the most accurate method of providing our members with all current information. The efficacy and efficiency of the NEWSFEED is wholly dependent on members using the facility and the best way to do that is to add an icon to your desktop which will take you straight to the Jávea U3A Homepage on which the NEWSFEED resides. It’s really easy to do, just click on this link and follow the ten easy steps. See Set Home Page for details.

For those who missed it, I produced a Presidents report for August which can be found at President's August Report, an update to which is that Pat Robinson has offered to co-ordinate the rota and act as a mentor and guide to members who volunteer to help run the DVD swap. A more detailed explanation of this appears on the NEWSFEED (see Jávea U3A Home) as does a suggestion as to how we can keep the Quiz Night group going.

Following the June General Meeting, I received suggestions from a number of members that as an organisation we could do more to support Emaus, our chosen charity for this year. I am delighted to inform you that at the last Executive Committee Meeting it was agreed to make collection boxes available at the three remaining meetings this year to allow those who wish to make a cash donation to do so. Our Communications Officer, David Woodhall, has very kindly offered to co-ordinate this.

On the subject of our Nominated Charity, your committee thinks it fair that the full membership should be involved in the selection of such and to facilitate this, henceforth the process will be as follows.
Members are invited to nominate Charities/NGOs via the Suggestion Box at meetings throughout the year, the information required for presenting a nomination is posted on the website (see Nominated Charity) from which the Executive Committee will select a short list of three in November. The shortlist will then be voted on by a show of hands at the General Meeting in November with the Charity/NGO obtaining the most votes becoming the Nominated Charity for the following year.

This years barn dance will be on Friday 14th November once again at Los Arcos. I have managed to keep ticket prices the same as last year at €25 each which includes a three course meal, with a half bottle of wine, and music provided by the excellent Los Rancheros. Tickets can be ordered using the ticketline at tickets@u3ajavea.org

Committee members Deputy Secretary Jackie Jefferies and Deputy Communications Officer Jeanne Southworth have decided to step down from their respective posts. I would like to thank both Jackie and Jeanne for their valuable contributions to the running of the Javea U3A. The responsibilities of the Deputy Communications Officer have been reallocated to other committee members in this group so we will not be seeking a replacement, there does exist however a vacancy for a Deputy Secretary. The functions of this position have been extended slightly to include responsibility for the administration of the Policies and Procedures manual; a full job description is being prepared which once completed will be available on the website.
If you would like to be considered for this committee position and want to know more about what it entails, please contact either myself or our Secretary Val Dromgole.

Well that’s all from me for this month and I hope to see many of you at our General Meeting on Wednesday 24th September when we are pleased to welcome back Peter Atkinson who will be giving a talk entitled My life in Lycra on the Roads to Santiago de Compostela, a memoir of over 5,000 kilometres on a bicycle through Spain, France and Portugal between 2005 and June 2014. As one person reacted “the mind boggles”.

Stephen Burke