Farewell of U3A members heralds new era
 Baw Baw News   By // 12:13, Monday 13 April 2015

SIX members of the U3A Baw Baw committee are retiring from their positions following the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

First published in the 10 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Available now from retailers across Baw Baw.


U3A provides education for elderly people in the Baw Baw area. New organisation president Mary Howlett announced the committee for 2015 last month.

Russell Browne, Gordon Dadswell, Kerry Gray, Ron Halligan, Rod McLeod and Margaret Thiele were revealed to be leaving the committee.

Ms Howlett said the legacy the departing members were leaving was one based on lasting relationships formed over many years.

Referring to an engraving made on the grave of architect Christopher Wren at St Paul’s Church in London, Ms Howlett said that “if you need a monument, look around you.”


Ms Thiele has worked for the U3A Baw Baw as both secretary and membership secretary.

Mr Browne was the president of the committee for many years before becoming secretary.

“I am grateful that Graeme Frederickson, Robert Gration, John Parker and Neville Edwards are continuing on to maintain their commitment,” Ms Howlett said.

“I thank John, who has undertaken the leadership of U3A Baw Baw over the past two years and shaped it as a 21st Century organisation.

“I will strive with our new committee to look for opportunities to improve our facilities but, above all, to help us all grow as a vibrant learning community in Gippsland.”

Baw Baw Shire mayor and councillor Debbie Brown, Narracan MP Gary Blackwood, the president of the Drouin RSL, Rod McNabb, Craig Black and Katy Slater also attended the meeting.

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