News AND EVENTS
President Carole Ryan welcomed about 40 Members and visitors to the Mid-Year Meeting on July 1 which included a belated celebration of U3A Mount Gambier's 30th anniversary which could not be marked in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Carole explained that U3A Mount Gambier's origins stem back to a public meeting in 1990 attended by 27 people. A number of the original courses still run, including Photography, French and Environment. Several venues were used before the present premises.
Carole thanked Past President Chris Willoughby, who with help from long-term Member Barbara Watson, put together and labelled a display of photographs.
Treasurer Stuart Stansfield gave a brief summary of our present financial position which remains sound with a number of new Members. The Exercise Class grant funding has now been used, but the group will continue and be self-funding.
The guest speaker was Miroma Incorporated CEO, Anneliese Bates, who celebrates 20 years at the organisation. Miroma's name comes from the indigenous term, to care for. Miroma came into being 37 years ago, to offer respite care for families of people with intellectual disabilities. The original eight participants and five workers has grown to 55 participants, 41 workers and four properties. Miroma has remained independent and with NDIS funding, chooses to be a local service provider applying consumer-directed funding. The U3A audience appreciated learning about one of Mount Gambier’s 'under the radar' success stories.