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What is U3A?
Where to find U3A Emerald
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What is U3A?

The idea of having a local organisation to support people in the third stage of life (active retirement) to keep their minds and bodies active began in France in the 1970s and has now spread to many other parts of the world. Now, U3A allows people who are 50+ and no longer working full-time to continue to learn and share their knowledge and skills, and to exercise and socialise within an inclusive community setting.

Where to find U3A Emerald

We experienced a major change to our venues with the staged opening of the wonderful new Hills Hub at 400A Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald early this year. Then, COVID-19 happened!

Now, our face-to-face classes are currently transitioning back to the Hub. Many of our tutors will be exploring innovative ways of extending the learning process to combine ‘Zoom’ options (video conferencing) simultaneously with these face-to-face classes.


Meet your U3A Emerald Committee

Name Position
Pat Buoncristiani President
Dale Allen Vice President, Minutes Secretary
Anne Richardson Secretary
Maurice Lean Treasurer
Mac Craig Newsletter
Bruce Richardson Program manager
Helen Waring Events manager
Bruce Richardson Membership database manager 
Ray Schmidt Assets and maintenance
Heather BishopMarketing manager
Jon SnyderWebsite,  Data Privacy Officer
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Life Members of U3A Emerald

Life membership is awarded in recognition of members who have given exceptional service to U3A Emerald for a lengthy period. Our current life members are Mandy Gipps and Peter Weatherhead.

Our Policies and Procedures

Our Membership Conditions and Constitution