Just Sayin’ – Issue 56

We went along to U3A Hepburn Shire’s annual meeting last week. Well, we arrived a bit late so missed most of the meeting but we were in time for the launch of Reflections by Ballarat MP Catherine King.

The book is described as being a snapshot of the past 15 years of “spa country’s unique environs and special people” referencing some 600 locals and myriad events, towns and places.

Kyle, who donated some photos, already had a copy given to him when he went to take a photo of former president David Hall for his Victorian Seniors gong. (See page 3.) But being a busy production week neither of us had even peeked inside.

Until Friday. Now I can’t put it down. I am still on deadline but I keep diving in to look at another page, another person, another event…

I am learning so many things about people and places that I thought I knew, until now. The amazing backgrounds of people who have tree-changed, how events started, and who started them, and a glimpse into the lives of so many. It really is a great read and available from Andrew at the Book Barn for just $35.

And if you are retired or even semi-retired then U3A might be for you. I remember a group starting in Frankston when I was a young reporter in 1985. I was sent to do the interview with “the bloke from the University of the Third Age”. I had no idea what it was about but soon learnt that particular group had a focus on people continuing to learn throughout their lives. I am sure that still happens but as David mentioned in his farewell from his presidency speech, for him, it’s about companionship.

Whatever the focus, it’s a great organisation with loads of interest groups happening. And if you happen to be over Kyneton way on Friday you can get a glimpse into U3A life at their open day and 10 year celebrations. Check out their community advert below.

Finally, a big congratulations to Jim Nevill from Albert Street Butchery in Daylesford for taking out the Australian Meat Industry Council’s Victorian Apprentice of the Year. We had a space ready for him, whatever the outcome, but when he texted on Saturday night to say he had won, we decided the back page was his.

Now if you know Jim, you know he is a man of few words. But I reckon he wouldn’t mind if you popped your head in and said “congrats”. Just sayin’…