11 Mar 2016

A message from Adee Vanney

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Dear Friends

I was overwhelmed yesterday with my life-long membership of the U3A Joburg East.  I paid yesterday and Carol and Diana accepted my payment with no hint of what was to come so it was a complete surprise.
U3A has been part of my life since 2002 and I have seen it grow and when the Joburg Branch left in 2006, it was wonderful to get the support from Marie Phitidis, Clive Acton and Maureen Meyerson to start a new branch.  We offered a good service but over the past 18 months I believe that it has reached new heights because of the work of the present committee.  I so enjoy the monthly Committee Meetings and the lecture programme and have been inspired by the BBC Classics group – what a wonderful group of people.  We so enjoyed our weekly screenings and I am thrilled that Jill Traill is taking over – I know that she and Beckie will ensure that the course remains interesting, relevant and most importantly, that it encourages members to learn and debate about interesting topics.
I love my new suitcase and I know it will be used very often – for short mid- week breaks in the Burg and at the sea and even some trips overseas.  I showed by family in Switzerland per Facetime last night and they said I had to test it out during a visit to see them!
Yesterday, I had a farewell lunch from the Staff and they gave me a matching suitcase and I wonder if there was some collusion!!!!!  I have never had such a beautiful set and I can assure you that I will think of my experiences of the U3A and you all,  often, when I pack for a new adventure.
I wish you all the best as you continue to lead the branch and I know that the fun, hard work and commitment will continue.  As soon as I know about a branch in Maritzburg/Hilton I will send you all the news.
In deep appreciation

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