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Site update: 31 January 2016

Welcome to Term 1 2016

Our office is now open in the temporary accommodation at Sinclair Avenue. From 1 February, office hours will be 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Vale Joan Donlon

It is with deep sadness that we record the passing of our Course Coordinator, Joan Donlon, on Friday 15 January 2016.

Joan was a long standing member of U3A Hawthorn and made a significant contribution to the administration of our organisation. Over many years, working voluntarily, she attended the office 3 days a week, undertaking the role of course coordinator encompassing timetabling, tutor liaison, venue liaison and handling members' enquiries.

She will be greatly missed.

Temporary Site

The refurbishment plan

Our temporary home during refurbishment

Our temporary accommodation has now been placed on site in the Sinclair Avenue carpark.

A working bee on Friday 18 December saw us move chairs, tables, desks and equipment into the temporary site ready for the office to open there on 4 January.

A great turnout to the working bee!

Plans and concept drawings for the refurbishment project are available for download here

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Office Hours

9:30am to 4:00pm
Monday - Friday
(03) 9821 0282

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Vale Betty Marginson

Betty Marginson AM

We were sad to learn of the passing of Betty Marginson AM on 18 December. Betty was a founding member of U3A Hawthorn, was inaugural President from 1984 to 1986 and, in fact, held Membership Number 1.

She was the first woman to be Mayor of Hawthorn Council and was very active in the community, promoting life long learning and the enhancement of the quality of life for those in retirement.

Our thoughts are with Ray and the family.

We gratefully acknowledge funding by City of Boroondara     We gratefully acknowledge funding from ACFE Learn Local  
Victorian Government funded         COTA Australia

U3A Hawthorn was one of the first U3As in Victoria, having been formed in November 1984, with classes commencing Term 1 1985.

That means 2015 is our 30 year anniversary of providing classes to our members

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