Tuesday Talks

Day Time Frequency Venue
Tuesday 1:30pm to 3:00pm Quarterly Fairfield RSL or Grandview Hotel
Interval: One talk per school term


First Tuesday Talks are open to all members and are held regularly on the first Tuesday of most months from 1.30 to 3.00 pm at Fairfield RSL, Railway Place, Fairfield – or the Grandview Hotel, Fairfield.   They provide an opportunity to hear speakers on a wide variety of topics, to ask questions and discuss issues raised and to get together with other members.   The format is a presentation from the speaker and time for questions and discussion, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits, provided by U3A Darebin for a gold coin donation.    There is no need to enroll, and all members are welcome to attend any or all of these talks which interest you.

The first talk for the year was held in March on the topic of Wills and Estate Planning. Here is the program for the coming months.

Scheduled Tuesday Talks

Powers of Attorney

Grant McKenzie
Tuesday 31st of May
1.30 pm
Contact our office for details on booking and venue

In 2015, changes came into play regarding the legal requirements of Powers of Attorney. Grant McKenzie is a local solicitor who spoke to U3A Darebin last year and was very well received. He will explain the changes and how we can most efficiently arrange our affairs. He will also speak about what might happen if we don’t make a Power of Attorney and the involvement of  the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Past Talks are listed below:

Carmel McEvey
Tuesday 1 March
1.30 pm
Contact our office for details on booking and venue

Carmel has been actively interested in family history research since the early 1980s, when she was fortunate enough to undertake several guided research trips to Ireland.
More recently she has enjoyed incorporating research and travel with meeting like-minded people who embrace the ‘detective’ mindset required for this activity.
The talk is intended to help beginners and to gauge interest in the introduction of a class/discussion group on the topic.


Tuesday 10 November, 2015 (2nd Tuesday), Fairfield RSL

A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability. The longer the stroke remains untreated, the higher the chance of permanent brain damage. A volunteer speaker from the Stroke Foundation will give information about stroke awareness and prevention – what signs and symptoms to look for and what to do if you or someone else has a stroke.


Tuesday 6 October, 2015, Fairfield RSL
John Baxter, President Koorie Night Market Inc. Research

John shows that when Indigenous people are more connected to their culture and community, greater social, economic and health outcomes are gained. For Indigenous peoples, art expresses all aspects of life and identity and is key to passing on culture to future generations. Reviving, practising and sharing traditional arts is a vital part of reclaiming and maintaining indigenous identity and creating sustainable communities for Indigenous people in Victoria and Koorie Night Market’s continued growth is testament to this.


Tuesday 1 September, 2015, Fairfield RSL
Onnie Wilson

For the past 15 years, Onnie has worked to support both RAWA, a women’s organisation based in Afghanistan and the refugee camps of Pakistan, and former Afghan parliamentarian, Malalai Joya. Onnie is currently Co-convenor of Women’s International Solidarity Australia (WISA), a Melbourne group who work for the human rights of women in disadvantaged countries.


Tuesday, 4 August.
Richard Keech from ‘Beyond Zero Emissions’

Last year Richard and colleague John Fisher presented a fascinating talk on how our houses can be more energy efficient and cheaper to run. He returns to speak on rooftop solar installation. The aim is to help homeowners who are considering buying rooftop solar panels. Richard’s talk will cover the basics of solar power; environmental benefits; how much energy you can expect to generate; cost effectiveness of solar power; and how to choose a suitable system.


Tuesday 7 July,
The work of this radio station is described below. The June Flyer will give details of the session.

Golden Days Radio is the only Melbourne radio station dedicated to seniors. It is on-air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, broadcasting old-style music and radio (think 1930 to 1970), funded by sponsors and listeners. There are 35 plus volunteer presenters and 90 support staff who provide “live” programming from 7.30am until 11pm. Overnight broadcasts are computer-based.


Tuesday 2 June,
COTA – Council for Older Australians

Be Active Your Way is an inspirational interactive information program led by an older peer educator who encourages older people to be more physically active. The peer educator will inform people of the benefits of physical activity, why they should be active and how they can participate in activities that will improve their physical and mental health.
Older people should do some form of physical activity, no matter what their age, weight, health problems or abilities. Be Active every day in as many ways as you can.
The peer educator will offer experience and inspirational stories to dispel some of the myths about physical activity and strength training. You will go away with motivation to be more active and how to include activity in your daily routine.


Tuesday 5 May, 
Speaker: Kevin Ritchie

Bonsai is well known as an ancient art of Japan and China, and has been picked up by enthusiasts in many countries around the world over the past 100 years or more.
But what is bonsai in the Australian context? Is it just a continuation of the Japanese tradition, or is it something which can be developed with an Australian flavour, using the indigenous plants and growing habits which are found here and which are often unique to Australia?
This session will be an exploration and demonstration of the potential for and actual use of Australian native plants to give the tradition of bonsai a unique Australian future. The presentation will include an overview of many of the species able to be used for bonsai, and a demonstration of potting and training techniques appropriate to using these species as bonsai.
Kevin has been growing bonsai over many years, and in recent years has become an active part of the developing movement amongst bonsai growers to give a greater focus on using Australian native plants as bonsai.


Tuesday 7 April,
John Simpson, RACV

John will discuss driving and safety tips for drivers and pedestrians, being fit to drive, choosing a safe vehicle, how to assess your own driving ability and how to plan for future mobility.

To enquire about the First Tuesday Talks, go to the “Membership” page for our contact and membership details.

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