Beaudesert’s University of the Third Age (U3A) thanked their 2023 tutors with a lunch at The Club, Beaudesert.
Course Coordinator and Mosaics Tutor, Tina Jones, said tutors are the backbone of U3A, which currently has 350 members.
There are a large range of activities and classes available, dependent on the tutors who volunteer.
“They are very giving,” she said.
“It is not just what happens in the class, there is a lot of preparation beforehand as well.”
“A lot of the tutors make it look very easy, but it is a real dedication to become a tutor.”
Most tutors are sharing their interests and hobbies with the U3A members, or sharing information and skills from what was their profession.
Certificates were presented to several long term tutors, including Bronwyn Newman who is the tutor for the U3A exercise group.
As an ex-physiotherapist Bronwyn undertook organising the exercise group to keep people fit during winter when the pool is closed.
Bronwyn will step back from tutoring in 2024, but Tina is hopeful that someone else will fill her shoes for the popular class.
Certificates were also organised for some tutors who were not present at the lunch.
Denise Knight has assisted with the Art Class for ten years, which is almost the length of time that U3A has operated in Beaudesert.
Rita and George Evans have been tutors for over seven years.
George was a U3A committee member, stepping down a year ago, and was also the tutor for the computer classes.
Seven years ago George and Rita started a croquet group which operates from Everdell Park every Tuesday morning.
For more information about Beaudesert U3A visit https://beaudesertu3a.com/or visit their Facebook page.