Beaudesert U3A seeks trainee president for 2021

U3A EXECS: Cheryl Folley, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow, Andy Fechner, Di Johnson, Tina Jones, Carol Castles and Yvonne Berry. Absent: George Evans and Helen Atkinson. Photo: supplied
U3A EXECS: Cheryl Folley, Michele Goucher, Lise Leatherbarrow, Andy Fechner, Di Johnson, Tina Jones, Carol Castles and Yvonne Berry. Absent: George Evans and Helen Atkinson. Photo: supplied

Long-term University of the Third Age president Andy Fechner has signalled his retirement, while making a plea for a member to step up and "shadow" the position with the aim of taking on the president's role in March 2021.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Beaudesert U3A last Friday, Mr Fechner said he had held the position for six years and felt it was time for someone else to take on the job.

"Every president will have their own style," he said.

"I took over from someone with a very different way of doing things and the next person in the job will find the same thing applies. You'll find your own path."

Mr Fechner confirmed the temporary suspension of most U3A courses after government directives around COVID-19, mainly because various venues have limited the numbers in public gatherings.

"We will continue to monitor the situation - and I point out that this year Beaudesert U3A joined U3A online so that is also available to our members," he said.

Division 4 councillor Michael Enright conducted the election of new officers, which resulted in two new committee members, Carol Castles, who takes on Facebook monitoring from Finella Loch, and Tina Jones, who steps into Laurel Fechner's shoes as course coordinator.