Kilmore U3A president Mavis Wilcox, treasurer Glenda Cur, vice-president Norma Newman, secretary Mark Perrot, and committee members Cheryl Spencer, Dawn Barr, Elaine De Gabrielle, Catherine Smith, Lorraine Shaw and Wendy Brancasitano.

Securing a new home for Kilmore and District U3A will be forefront for the new committee elected at its annual general meeting last week.

The group elected new president Mavis Wilcox, who will take over from the retiring Rupert Hussey.

Ms Wilcox, a long-time member of U3A, said she appreciated the ethos the community group espoused.

She also has experience in dealing with council on behalf of community groups – an attribute that will be needed as U3A negotiate with Mitchell Shire Council to find a new home.

Mr Hussey reported at the meeting the group was still waiting to hear from council about an eviction date from Kilmore Family Centre in Skehan Place.

The centre is set to undergo reconstruction.

Mr Hussey said the ongoing discussions with council staff were encouraging and they had advised they were doing everything possible to find the U3A group a new home.

He also told the meeting, at Kilmore library, he was pleased the club membership was stronger than ever.
Current membershp is at 187, and growing.

Committee member Dawn Barr said Mr Hussey was to be congratulated on keeping the group functioning through a difficult 2020.

“He was always conscious this was a difficult year for some members, especially those living alone. U3A is often their social outlet,” she said.

“Although a bumpy start to 2021 due to COVID restrictions, the group cautiously continues to move forward and it is pleasing to see a multiple course timetable with 23 courses offered.”

The new committee is: vice-president Norma Newman, secretary Mark Perrott, treasurer Glenda Curr, committee members Cheryl Spencer, Dawn Barr, Elaine De Gabrielle, Catherine Smith, Lorraine Shaw, and Wendy Brancasitano.