Guidelines for Interest Groups
Being a member of a group should be fun, educational and life enriching. If you are a financial member of Hamilton U3A, you can attend monthly meetings and join any Interest Group that has a vacancy. You may belong to several groups if you choose.
To join a group please contact the Convenor.
Groups are formed to meet members’ interests, allow them to follow new passions, meet new people, make new friends and, most of all, to have fun.
Groups generally meet during daylight hours.
Each group has a Convenor. The Convenor organizes meeting venues/dates and communication among the group members and provides information for the monthly Newsletter from time to time. The Convenor does not have to be an “expert” or a “teacher” as groups are usually self- managing.
Most groups meet in private homes, although some of the larger ones meet at the Celebrating Age Centre, St Andrews Library conference room or other venues.
The smaller groups are likely to have a maximum number of 8-10 members. If more people wish to join a group that is already at capacity, a waitlist is established, and consideration given to starting a second group once four or more people
Most groups have no additional charge, although members often share in providing any refreshments.
A few do have a modest charge to cover room hire, or printing expenses, or if a koha is collected for a guide or special speaker on a group outing.
Members are expected to notify the group’s Convenor if they are not able to attend a meeting, or if they decide not to continue in the group. Non-attendance for three meetings, without apology, may forfeit a place in a group.
If you have ideas for establishing a group, beginning a group, or comments about existing ones, please contact Judith Hickman or Alison Fagan who are available to help you.