Minutes – General Monthly Meeting – 2 December 2019

University of the Third Age Moraira-Teulada

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on

2 December 2019 at Salon G.L., Teulada

at 10:30

It is confirmed that the President and the Secretary attended the meeting as voted in at the AGM on 4 March 2019.

David Haxon, the President, welcomed all members to the meeting especially as the weather was very bad. He confirmed the usual security checks had been made, pointed out the emergency exits and asked for mobile phones to be switched off.

Prue Jackson read out the synopsis of the minutes of the meeting on 4 November. The full minutes had been put on the U3A website and were proposed by Beverly Stewart, seconded by Meri Snell and approved by the members with a show of hands.

David gave the news of the sudden and unexpected death of a member of the U3A, Kay Cope. She and Bob her husband, had helped with the Dining Out Group for many years and will be sadly missed by all. The members and the Committees thoughts are with Bob and the sons Gary, Richard and Adam.

Presidents Address

David welcomed all to the December meeting, the last of the year. He went on to say the Groups were very popular, mentioning in particular the revised Travel Group. A recent trip to La Zenia shopping complex was most enjoyable and very well organised. The AGM will be in March 2020 and David said he hoped that some serious thought would be given to volunteering for a position, in particular that of Vice President, Group Coordinator and Speakers Liaison. Nomination forms will be on the U3A Website. David then thanked the members for their support and wished everybody a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2020. David ended by giving humorous examples of the benefits and advantages of growing old, after which the members gave a round of applause.


Treasurer Graham gave the opening balance of the U3A account as €16,182.19 and after income, expenses and accruals the balance was €331.67. The Travel account opening balance was €10,701.86 and after income, expenses and accruals the balance was €342.76. Both reports will be on the website.

Group Coordinator Lynn said Keith Yeulett is to be the Gentle Walking Group Leader but if anyone was interested in joining to contact Lynn, in the first instance. The Film Group will be showing “Red Joan” starring Judy Dench. Lynn confirmed she would be stepping down from the position of Group Coordinator in order to concentrate on the position of Travel Coordinator. She had enjoyed looking after the Groups but needed to move on. If anyone was interested in taking up the position of Group Coordinator, please contact Lynn. In addition an Administrator is required for the Groups. Sue Popkin has assisted with the Admin for the Groups and Travel but needs to concentrate on Travel and her role as Deputy Secretary.

Travel Coordinator The trip to Alicante is now full but if anyone is interested, they can put their names on the reserve list. The team are working on trips for 2020 that are both different and interesting. Lynn thanked the travel team for all the work they have done, a round of applause then followed from the members.

Committee/Membership Liaison Officer Steve said there was nothing to report, but for all members to send in any queries they may have.

Cultural Arts Events Beverly said the live transmissions from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, continue to be broadcast directly to Calpe, Alfaz del Pi and Denia. From 2 to 7 December Javea players presents “Look out, he’s got a Gun” and 8 December is the Concert by the Montgo Chorale at the Fisherman’s Chapel in Javea. Full details these and other events can be found on the U3A website.

Nothing arising from any of the Reports.

Any Other Business Ray Guise-Smith mentioned the Hospice in Gandia, for gentlemen who have fallen on hard times. They not only welcome donations of clothes, toiletries and larger items, but also unwanted medications. They have a pharmacist that visits them who checks the drugs before they are given to the men. Ray goes over on Wednesday mornings and is willing to take the smaller items with him, if any members wishing to donate, could contact him on 626 127 299. It was also suggested that, alternatively, at the next meeting members could bring pharmaceutical items with them, to be collected together and taken to Gandia. The Hospice survive on donations as they do not receive any funding from the Government.

Eileen then presented Sylvia Tatnell with donations, totally €2,115.00 collected for the Alzheimer’s Day Centre, the 2019 Charity chosen by the U3A. Sylvia gave thanks to all the members and Groups that had helped to raise this money, much more than ever expected, but so well received.

David and Eileen then gave a very humorous back ground and translation of Geordie, leaving many still none the wiser! A round of applause from the members as a thank you.

Music and singing was then provided by the Ukulele Group, with many of the U3A members joining in the singing, some even ‘dancing’.

Eileen gave out the answers to the Quiz questions that had been handed to members as they drank their coffee, before the start of the meeting. The top score was 26 points, achieved by Sue Popkin who won a voucher for two people at the Steak House, in Benitachell.

The Meeting ended at 11:40

Proposed as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 2 December 2019

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