CONNECT, LEARN and SOCIALISE
U3A stands for University of the Third Age. It is a university in the original sense of the word: a community of people devoted to learning.
U3A Port Fairy was formed as an initiative of Port Fairy Community House, which auspices it. It is a voluntary organisation run by members for members.
Our purpose is to:
- Work constructively with the Port Fairy Community to promote lifelong learning for people who are no longer engaged in full time work.
- Provide opportunities for members to share knowledge, skills and experience through a wide range of courses and activities.
- Deliver programs which advance healthy, active and positive ageing through social inclusion and engagement.
U3A Port Fairy opened for membership in November 2018 with first courses commencing February 2019. We are now in our third year of offering courses and activities. We have over 190 members. Our Committee of Management and Course Leaders are all volunteers from within our membership.
PORT FAIRY U3A Executive — Elected March 2022 at our Annual General Meeting:
Kate Donelan, President
Maggie Currie, Vice President
Sue Knudsen, Secretary
Carole Howlett, Treasurer
Sue Goy, Mary Kerr, Lorraine Mielnik, David Wilson, Monica Sammon, Robyn Carter, Tim Doeg and John Coldham
We thank Port Fairy Community House, U3A Network Victoria, Volunteering Victoria, The Port Fairy and District Community Bank, Moyne Shire Council and Blarney Books & Art for their support.
CODE OF CONDUCT
U3A Port Fairy is a volunteer association that is built upon the contributions of our members. In order to support the objects of the association members are expected to:
- Work cooperatively with other members
- Value what each member contributes to the association
- Display respect and courtesy for fellow members and refrain from any form of harassment
- Behave with honesty and integrity
- Act responsibility so the reputation of our association is maintained
- Follow the rules, policies and procedures of our association and of the Port Fairy Community House, particularly in relation to safety and wellbeing obligations
- Respect the confidentiality of members’ information
- Use U3A Port Fairy resources appropriately, noting that our programs and equipment are funded predominantly from membership fees
- Resolve any disputes as quickly and informally as possible.
CONTEXT: The principles set out in this Code of Conduct are intended to apply to any U3A related context, including classes, activities, social functions, meetings, conferences, etc. The principles set out in this Code of Conduct apply equally to all members, volunteers, committee members, and any employees.
PROCEDURES: Where a person believes they have been subject to treatment or conduct that is in breach of this Code of Conduct, they may lodge a complaint with the President or Secretary of U3A Port Fairy. The complaint will then be handled by the Committee of Management in a timely and confidential manner.