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The AGM Agenda (at item 6) provides for the adoption of the following new (extra) clauses to our Constitution. These permit Committee and General Meetings to be held remotely using digital devices.
9 MEETINGS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE
(ii) A meeting of The Committee may be held in person or by suitable electronic means agreed by The Committee in which each participant may communicate with all the other participants, and in such circumstances both members physically present in person and members present by electronic means will be considered present in person and will count towards the quorum for the meeting.
15 PROCEDURE AT GENERAL MEETINGS
(i) A General Meeting (whether an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting) may be held that allows attendance in person or by suitable electronic means agreed by the Committee in which each participant may communicate with all the other participants either directly or through the Chair. Where the Committee determine that a General Meeting is to be held that includes using electronic means pursuant to this clause, such determination shall be set out in the notice of General Meeting sent to members, together with details of how a member may participate in such meeting
(ii) Where a General Meeting is to be held in person, the Committee may if they deem it appropriate set out a procedure in the notice of meeting which allows members to attend electronically if they so wish, and in such circumstances both members physically present in person and members present by electronic means will be considered present in person and will count towards the quorum for the relevant meeting.
(iii) Where The Committee determines that a General Meeting is to be held by electronic means only, such determination shall be set out in the notice of the General Meeting sent to members, along with details of how a member may participate in such a meeting, together with an explanation of the exceptional circumstances which require the General Meeting to be held by electronic means only. For the purposes of this clause, “exceptional circumstances” means circumstances which in the reasonable opinion of The Committee render it impossible to hold an effective General Meeting in person or by a combination of meeting in person and through electronic means.
(iv) If a General Meeting is to be held solely by electronic means pursuant to clause 15(iii), the place of the meeting shall be deemed to be the charity's registered office address.
(v) Proceedings at a General Meeting that includes using electronic means pursuant to clause 15(i) or 15(ii) or 15(iii) will not be invalidated due to technical issues which prohibit members from joining such a meeting electronically, so long as a sufficient number of members to form a quorum under clause 15(vi) is able to join the meeting successfully.
Howard Fincher - Acting Secretary
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You left work and looked forward to the freedom, but after the first holiday and catching up with all those jobs, did you then miss the friendship groups at work, using your skills and experience, achieving something you could be pleased with? Does this ring a bell? Did your work experience include administrative and basic IT skills?
As part of the generation that pioneered the "on-line" way of life, some might prefer to read their u3a Newsletter online, via our website, rather than receive it in the post.
Additionally, this would give us a saving in terms of printing and postage and, of course, help the environment. The Newsletter will be added to
our website every quarter, as it becomes available. Be assured that there is no agenda to discontinue paper copies for those who still need or prefer them.
Term dates 2021-2022
Autumn Term - Monday 27 September - Friday 3 December
Spring Term - Monday 10 January - Friday 18 March
Summer Term - Monday 25 April - Monday 27 June
There are no half term breaks, but u3a closes on Public Holidays
We hope you enjoy reading our Summer 2021 Newsletter, please click the image below to view.
For members who are interested in using Zoom but would like a bit of help, why not try the Zoom guidance available from National Office. Follow the appropriate link below to get started:
www.u3a.org.uk once open, in the search field enter "how to guidance". Scroll down until you see Zoom (Phones and Tablets) - account registration and starting a meeting and
Zoom (Desktop)- account registration and starting a meeting and select the appropriate link.
We have a lively Facebook page with over 100 members who enjoy sharing photo's, videos, links to live webcams and generally enjoying the online company of other members. The site is managed by Mavis Jackson, who checks every application to ensure each person is a current Bournemouth U3A member, or has been invited to join by an existing member. No political posts are allowed. Many have found the page a helpful way of passing the time, keeping in contact and even making friends with members they would not usually meet. All details remain private unless you choose to publicise them. Why not check it out for yourself, the link for the page is www.facebook.com/groups/921421178287596.
In spite of all the restrictions to our daily lives and routines, postponement of our classes, etc. imposed upon us since March 2020, the months have flashed by!
Members of the Fun Photography Group continue to rise to the sometimes challenging weekly themes thrust upon them and produce even more colourful, innovative and delightful photographs
Viewing each other’s photos on line weekly and - from time to time - discussing via a Zoom meeting, strengthens the shared interest and friendly bond that has kept us together during this difficult period.
Here are the programme of topics/themes and links to photos taken over the past few months, which we hope you will enjoy!
All good wishes
Pat Gibson & David Cox
Leaders, Fun Photography!
Summer Holidays (Semi Lockdown). Monthly Themes – JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2020
Topic 12. HAPPY HOLIDAY SNAPS - 22nd July 2020
Topic 13. SUMMER FLOWERS - 27th Aug 2020
Topic 14. BEACHCOMBING! - 21ST Sep 2020
Autumn Term 2020 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 2
Topic 1. BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE! - 7th Oct 2020
Topic 2. MINI BEASTS! - 14TH Oct 2020
Topic 3. BRASS AND/OR STEEL! - 21st Oct 2020
Topic 4. SHEEP OR SHORE - 28 Oct 2020
Topic 5. AUTUMN COLOURS - 4 Nov 2020
Topic 6. STRIPEY SHOTS! – 11th Nov 2020
Topic 7. TOOLS FOR THE JOB! - 18th Nov 2020
Topic 8. CUT AND DRIED! - 25th Nov 2020
Topic 9. THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOT - 2nd Dec 2020
Topic 10. CHRISTMAS! - 9th Dec 2020
Spring Term 2021 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 3- Focus on the Future!
Topic 1. DRINKING IN THE NEW YEAR! - 13th Jan 2021
Topic 2. CHOOSE YOUR CHIMNEY POTS! - 20th Jan 2021
Topic 3. SCOTTISH CONNECTIONS! - 26th Jan 2021
Topic 3. BLACK AND WHITE! - 3rd Feb 2021
Topic 4. SPRING SHOOTS! - 10th Feb 2021
Topic 5. COLD & FROSTY MORNING / COOL COLOURS - 17th Feb 2021
Fun Photography Group - Leaders, Pat Gibson & David Cox
Within a week of the Spring term ending, self-isolating for our age group started and any plans for holidays, visitors etc. cancelled. Panic buying began! Life as we knew it changed overnight.
It was soon obvious that our Summer term would be cancelled but we were determined our Fun Photography group would continue in some form! Via telephone conferences, we devised our 'Lockdown Through the Lens' programme, whereby we would give members a weekly project, all do-able from home and strictly Sunday to Sunday. Members submit their weekly photo to David electronically who would then forward the result to all the whole group online; also giving them the next challenge!
The results have been brilliant and everyone is enjoying keeping 'connected' in this way. All the photos are being stored both online and on a memory stick so that we can all enjoy a slide show when 'normal services are resumed' !
Here are some online links to the four topics so far, we hope you enjoy the photos:
Topic 1. GOING GREEN
Topic 2. THE VIEW FROM MY WINDOW
Topic 3. MY FAVOURITE LOCKDOWN MEAL
Topic 4. WONDERFUL WATER DISTORTIONS
Following on from projects 1-4 (as above), the Fun Photography Group enthusiastically pursued weekly topics, 5-11, as listed and illustrated below, producing wide and wonderful interpretations on a theme!
Now officially on the Summer break, it was agreed to continue with a monthly topic, which will hopefully be featured here in due course. The weekly challenge will resume in the Autumn term.
When lockdown restrictions were eased, members were out and about with their cameras snapping extraordinary sights locally, notably the 50-60 BA aircraft at the Airport and the four cruise ships lined up in the bay for a few days. One of our guest speakers, Dr George Green, also took a photo of what we think may be an Airbus A340 flying masks/PPE into Bournemouth Airport! It has a big thank you to the NHS on its side. These have been added here to our lockdown library of photographs below
Topic 5. TRANSPORT – 10th May 2020
Topic 6. STILL LIFE WITH (LOCKDOWN) FRUIT – 17th May 2020
Topic 7. Sunrise/Sunset - 24th May 2020
Topic 8 . REFLECTIONS - 31st May 2020
Topic 9. TEATIME! - 7th June 2020
Topic 10. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS! - 14th June 2020
Topic 11. A SWEET PICTURE! - 21st June 2020
PLANES AND CRUISE LINERS! In addition to the above topics, various members of the group sent in photos of the BA planes parked up at Bournemouth airport and the cruise liners moored in the bay off Bournemouth. At one time there were four cruise ships in the bay seemingly with nowhere to go!
We have seven regular members of the song-writing group, and to my knowledge it remains the only song-writing group in the U3A in the UK. All the members, including the newest and the members that write lyrics only, have written songs that now have melodies and recorded demos. Some members have over 30 songs in their repertoire and some of those had never written songs before joining the group. We have a lot of fun every week and write for a variety of genres and subjects. New members, musicians, singers and/or writers will always receive a welcome. If you would like to hear some of the songs that the group members have written, we have a website where it is free to listen to them www.soundcloud.com/mavis-ellen-jackson.