The Origins of Moorabool U3A
Written by Eric Daws
Moorabool U3A started in 2008
with the formation and creation of a university of the Third Age in the
Shire of Moorabool. Its inception started with a newspaper article, which
led to the work of the Steering Committee in preparing the original
Statement of Purpose, Rules and Position descriptions through to the
registration, recruitment of members and commencement of activities/classes
culminating with the active participation of all its members in a
cooperative sharing of knowledge. The first public meeting was held on the
7th October 2008, in the Shire of Moorabool’s Quamby Room, attended by
representatives from U3A Network Victoria, a Shire of Moorabool
representative and the interested public.
early October 2008, an article in a local newspaper advised its readers that
there would be two public meetings to establish whether there was a need for
a University of the Third Age to be formed in Bacchus Marsh and its
surrounds. There was a further article about the meeting the following week
and at the second public meeting, on the 14th October, also held in the
Quamby Room, when a Steering Committee of nine interested people was formed,
being Convenor, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five additional members.
Together and by sub-committee, working long hours, they formulated the
Statement of Purpose, and Rules for the U3A, spending time to also setup the
position descriptions for the Executive and support positions for the
management committee. It was also necessary to obtain a post office box, a
bank account, register with the taxation office for a tax file number and ABN.
The Steering Committee met in the Quamby Room at intervals of two weeks, and
at times weekly, to carry out the extensive work needed to accomplish the
establishment of the new U3A. The Steering Committee voted to call their
association Moorabool U3A (University of the Third Age) to broaden its
influence across the Shire. Finally, everything was ready for their
application to be submitted to U3A Network Victoria. On the 9th March 2009
the group’s application for membership to U3A Network Victoria was
officially accepted and Moorabool U3A was off and running.
The first thing to attract members was to hold an Information Day at a
public venue. After researching a number of locations, it was decided to
approach the Bacchus Marsh Village Shopping Centre to use their giant chess
board beneath the central clock for a demonstration game, and to setup a
table nearby so as information packs could be distributed. After an
extensive advertising campaign, by inserting notices in many of the local
shop windows the Information day was held on 17th April. With the chess
demonstration, many shoppers stopped to watch and they learnt about our U3A.
After the initial information day Moorabool U3A was approached by Bacchus
Marsh Village Shopping Centre and we have continued to hold these chess
demonstrations and information days initially on the 2nd Saturday each month.