Torrevieja U3A President’s Cascade, November 2017


November Cascade 2017 ------- VERY IMPORTANT


Due to the closure of the cafeteria at the CMO we are unable to offer any drinks, snacks or Menu del Dia. The meeting will go ahead at the CMO as usual, on Monday November 27th at 10.15. This is despite trying to find an alternative venue, which has been very problematic however you will need to bring your own drinks and food. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will of course advise you once things are back to normal.

I am sorry this cascade is going to be rather lengthy but there are a lot of things to tell you however I would like to start with a warm welcome to all our new members to our association which is growing every month.

Please still hold onto your bottle tops as we are looking at finding another outlet however please DO NOT SAVE THE RING PULLS any more as the outlet we had for these has closed!!!!

Although there are problems with the meeting place, we still need you to bring food in for Alimentos Solidarious and on that note how are the reverse advent calendars coming along? Are you adding an item or two to the box each day instead of taking a treat? I hope they are coming on well then we can donate a bumper amount to them. On the subject of donations we “save” the money raised by the raffle and the sale, sorry donations, for the books for the Presidents Charity, which this year is Alzheimer's Association, likewise if you have any items you can donate to the raffle please do as these are always gratefully received and means more money can go to the charity.

A member suggested to me at the last meeting “why not have a box for loose change” we all carry loose change in our pockets/purses which may not be much but collectively would mount up. The committee have agreed to give this a try so why not bring any change you may have and help someone else with it?

Don't forget that you can now renew your membership the price is staying the same this year at just 5 euros per person what a bargain! If you wish to vote at the AGM this must be done before the end of January according to the rules of the association. If you are unable to attend these meetings just pop the money in an envelope with you name and membership number on the outside together with when you will collect your badge or who will do so for you and give it to any committee member or group leader and they will see it finds its way to the membership desk.

If you know of anyone who is not received emails from U3A please ask them to contact Pauline Breen on torreviejau3amembership@gmail.com who will check the email address we have. Likewise if you know someone who cannot get to the meetings why not offer them a lift, or if you have problems getting to the meeting please contact our secretary Jill Edwards on secretarytorreviejau3a@gmail.com and we will try to put in touch with someone will to car share. You must agree if you are staying for lunch and what your contribution to the expenses will be beforehand.

If you send an item to our Press Officer Barry Weston on torreviejau3apress@gmail.com please enclose a narrative for publication as he has in the past just receive a photograph which is fine if he has been there, but if he hasn't he does not know what it is from so has no hope of writing about it!

If you have paid for the Licor 43 trip and need to claim your refund Barry Weston will be dealing with this after the speaker has finished and the raffle is over and the meeting has ended.

Unfortunately our Social Secretary Phyllis Seddon has resigned for personal reasons therefore there will be no report from her this month, however we are hoping to continue with the Charity evening in the New Year. We are looking for a new Social Secretary so if you are interested please contact me on presidentu3atorrevieja@gmail.com.

Now over to Peter Shaw our groups co-ordinator and Pam Armatage for their pieces.

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November groups information

As we head towards the end of 2017 I feel pleased to be able to report a good year for the group activities with several new groups coming onto the activity schedule and the existing groups increasing in member numbers.

Most group leaders are willing to accept new members but it is important to check first before turning up, to avoid disappointment and any embarrassment if there is not sufficient space available. Very few activities exceed the space available and therefore I would be disappointed if anyone reports an unavailable activity.

Please check out the website "groups" for this month’s update.
All the information on activities and new group leaders required can be found.
Why not start your own new group or a secondary similar group. All the help and assistance you need is available.

Bit of advance notice:- Los locos coffee morning will finish on the 14 December until the 11 January 2018.

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Xmas Market to Berlin ---- 2018

However it is possible for next year subject to the availability of flights.

The trip would be for 4nights (as at the moment flights to Berlin arrive late in the evening) This would give us 3 days in the city, 29th Nov to 3rd Dec 2018 approx.

The Price approx. at the moment would be 435 euros, single room 520 euros. This includes 4 nights 3 star city centre hotel bed/breakfast basis. Private coach transfer to and from the airport to the hotel. The city sightseeing bus service has offered a group pass at 15 euros (this would be an extra cost) which can be used at any time and includes an English commentary. This could take place on the first morning and then everyone would be free to do as the wished.

If anyone is still interested please email myself on pamatparty@aol.com with their name, email address and a telephone number, also single persons who may wish to share to reduce the cost. Hopefully the flights could be booked early so a deposit would be required of approx. 150 euros to cover the price of the flight. With booking early possibly stage payments could be made during the course of the year to ease payments.

The Flight schedule is not available at this moment however anyone wishing to go must let me know by January meeting 2018. Also please bear in mind if members are not in Spain at the time of booking.