In 2008 the formation of U3A (University of the third age) was created in the Shire of Moorabool and registered in the name of Moorabool U3A.
Unfortunately, Moorabool was not immediately recognisable as a locator for Bacchus Marsh. State wide, just about everyone seems to recognise Bacchus Marsh and, most know where it is but not so with the name Moorabool.
Consequently, the name was changed to Bacchus Marsh U3A in 2012 by the correct procedure through Australian Business Registry. We have operated under this name ever since. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary on 10th October 2018.
For the past few years, we have started our year off with a Meet & Greet, encouraging our existing members and other interested people in our community to participate in this event. It’s a great way to rekindle and re-acquaint friendships after the long December to January break from activities. Our Team Leaders/Conveners usually give a brief talk on their groups and the plans they have for the rest of the year. All this is done with a cuppa, sandwich & cake.
Our members not only meet in their chosen groups, we also have other social events held annually that all members can participate in.
We have a half year catch up lunch in June/July which is usually very well supported.
We celebrate senior’s week. Moorabool Shire Council organise this event with local community groups and care giving organisations, all are able to display their goods and services. Our U3A have a table and have a display of the various activities we have on offer. Our volunteer members also attend to promote our U3A and answer any queries.
Also, at the end of the year we have our annual Christmas lunch, usually held in one of our local venues. This event is very popular with our members. It’s the last event for the year.
2020 was a very different and at times extremely difficult year, due to COVID-19 and the harsh lockdown we endured, many of our sessions could not continue with face-to-face meetings. COVID forced us to consider and use online sessions that are likely to persist into the future for some groups post-COVID. Some members were able to access zoom and a few of our Team Leaders were able to provide session contacts through zoom meetings. Our committee meetings and all other meetings were held via zoom, this may have to continue for some time yet.
2021 restrictions are easing, the venues we utilise are opening up again with social distancing being observed and we are looking forward to great year.
We are always looking for new members, if you like what you just read, please don’t hesitate to contact us whether as a member participant or if you have a skill that you would like to share, we can organise a session or sessions for you.