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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 404A Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald early this year. Then, COVID-19 happened!

Now, our face-to-face classes have well and truly transitioned back to the Hub. Some of our tutors have been 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
Russell Soderlund Treasurer
Bruce Richardson UMAS Coordinator, Timetabler
Tanya Cooke Course Coordinator
Ray Schmidt Assets and maintenance
Heather BishopMarketing Manager
Jon SnyderWebsite,  Data Privacy Officer
Roy BowyerU3A Network Coordinator
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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 Mal Bowmaker, Mandy Gipps and Peter Weatherhead.

Our Policies and Procedures

Our Membership Conditions and Constitution