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Call for Website testers

I need some people to test our new web site on their tablets or smartphones.
You must be able to take screenshots and send the image to me. Why screenshots?
As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
Please contact Jeff (webmaster) at

Latest Scams

The  Binary Options Scam (full story

How these scams work

  • You receive a call out of the blue offering a secure investment with fast, high returns. You might also come across these scammers through social media or online ads.
  • The scammers have professional looking websites to help them appear legitimate, usually with a login process, personalised account details and a trading platform.
  • The victim invests money into the account and either the victim or an agent attempts to guess whether a particular commodity price will go up or down over short intervals.
  • If you guess correctly, the account is credited with a small return. If you guess incorrectly, you lose the entire amount placed. The odds are stacked against you so it is very likely that you will lose over time.
  • When you attempt to withdraw money, you find it almost impossible to do so and often lose the entire investment.
  • Binary option scammers will also ask for personal information, claiming they need it to transfer money or that it is required for anti-money laundering purposes. Providing this information can leave you open to identity theft.

Protect yourself

  • Consider any approach for investment offers carefully, especially if they are over the phone. Be suspicious of investment opportunities that promise a high return with little or no risk.
  • Check ASIC’s list of companies you should not deal with. If the company that called you is on the list – do not deal with them. However, if they do not appear on the list it does not mean they are legitimate.
  • Check ASIC’s professional registers to make sure the provider has an Australian Financial Services (AFS) License or is authorised by an AFS Licensee.
  • Do not let anyone pressure you into making decisions about money or investments – get independent legal or financial advice.
  • Carefully consider who you are giving personal information to, such as details from your passport or bank account, as this could be later used for identity theft.
  • If you are looking to invest your best bet is to just say no and look for a safer, less risky investment

Members Social Gathering

October 11th (Tuesday) 10.30-1.30

Venue: CWA Hall Maitland

Come along and enjoy! Plenty of time for conversation. See what’s happening in some of our courses ……

Fiona Abbey – Keep the marbles rolling course will demonstrate how enjoyable this course is.

Brenda Proudfoot – Writing for Pleasure/Creative writing. We will hear some of the great stories written by students from this course.

Anne Robinson – will demonstrate her Ukulele talents with some of her students from her class

Irena Watson will talk and demonstrate her Belly Dancing class

Linda Feenan – will have the video used at the Balance and Bones Course.

Plenty of action for all. Followed by lunch.

Message from the President.

We have had a wonderful response from Members regarding positions on the committee.
Thank you all who showed an interest and I look forward to working with you.


Wednesday 26th October at 6.00pm

Hunter Hospitality TAFE Campus restaurant
The 3 course meal is cooked and served by the students from the Campus

Cost is $30 per person

Our Booking is for 20, so if you wish to attend contact Peter Wilson. or 0409514452 asap
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Closing time for 2017 Term 1 courses
Feb – June will be
11 November 2016


Do you enjoy the weekly newsletter?  Do you think it’s a good way for U3A to communicate to its members?  Would you like to contribute something?

Please contact Robyn Fewins

Upcoming Mens Breakfasts

8.00am Wednesday 19th October


Guest Speaker    Chas Keys ….. The Legacy of Floods

Good parking is available in The River car park just park down behind the National Bank and walk through to High Street (it doesn have an entry from the car park but it is not very well signed)


Upcoming Thursday Thinkers Guests

Stay tuned for upcoming events and speakers

Term Enrollments

Change of Venues

The Adobe Photoshop and Basic Computing has moved to Rutherford Library!

A Brief History of the English Language which is a Term 4 course will be in
The Willard Room
Maitland Uniting Church Building,

(not at the East Maitland Library as listed in the programme).

New Courses for Term 4

We have a few new courses to start Term 4 (Term 4 starts on 17th October). These courses are not confirmed yet but will hopefully go ahead.

  • Ex veterinary surgeon James Scorer is going to run a Pet Care course. I would think this would be very popular for all pet lovers.
  • A Canasta course to be headed by John Richards.
  • A new art group is in the making. This will be for people who love their art and enjoy being in the company of other people while by paint or draw or whatever. This is not a teaching course. The will be overseen by Heather McNamara.
  • “Computer says No” A course helping to get your head around new technology (electronic gadgets such as tablets etc). Jeff North will take this course.
  • There will be a second Ukulele course to take up the slack.

Further details about these courses later.

Coffee Club / Lunch Club

Coffee Club


Wed 12 October 10.30

McKeachies Café  Cnr McKeachies & Aberglasslyn Rds  Aberglasslyn

Wed  9  November  10.30

Woody’s  Café  3 Woodfords Place Thornton

Wed 7 December  10.30  (I week earlier because of  Xmas party)

Jerf Café Belmore Rd Lorn

Lunch Club (lunch club is held last Friday of each month regardless of U3A Terms)

30th September   The Commercial Hotel Swan St MORPETH {opp bridge}
28th October       Quarry Restaurant Maitland City Bowling Club Rutherford
25th November    Regal Hunter Hotel 33 Metford Road Tenambit.


President Wendy Pearson

President Wendy Pearson

Linda Feenan

Linda Feenan

Vice President Peter Wilson

Vice President Peter Wilson

Course Coordinator Peter Morrison

Course Coordinator Peter Morrison

Treasurer Sue Chapman

Treasurer Sue Chapman

Group photo

Some of our members