Myall U3A reminiscences on 30th Anniversary

Barbara Lyle awarding Life Membership recognition to Pat Foyle.

WITH the 30th Anniversary of the Myall U3A (MU3A), News Of The Area has been informed of many of the goings-on at the group, and how several community members have found long and rewarding involvement with U3A and its various sub-groups.

One lifelong member, Barbara Lyle, was recently interviewed, and commented on so much that has happened since she first got involved back in 2007.

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“After moving to Tea Gardens in August 2006 my husband and I were looking for things to do and organisations with which to become involved, and MU3A and its activities appealed to us,” Ms Lyle said.

Including a one-year break, Barbara served on the Committee for a total of ten years, three as Secretary, two as President, with her husband, Ron, also holding that post for three years.

Also a member of the Uniting Church and the HNTG Thursday Walkers, Ms Lyle has met and worked with many members of the MU3A, meeting most at the Friday Presentations, which remains a favourite activity to the present.

The MU3A Garden Group with Norma Glenn, and the Choir, with Dolores Lester were some other active involvements, however the recent COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns made the Choir untenable after Ms Lyle had taken over leadership.

As a part of its amazing musical involvements, many graduate students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music were invited to perform at Ms Lester’s home, with David Miller bringing them here.

“Once the piano was purchased, inspired by Alf and Betty Roach, in January 2007, visits from the Sydney Con became a regular feature,” Ms Lyle added.

Barbara reminisced about the variety of Friday Presentations, including John Fitzgerald with his remarkable collection of videos, and the globetrotting of Barabara and Ian Imrie, whose presentations often filled out the Community Hall with 70-80 people.

“Myall U3A has given us many friends over the years, and we found the Friday Presentations very informative, so I would definitely encourage others to join,” Ms Lyle concluded.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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