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I joined U3A in 2002. Took the very first class that was advertised “learning Italian” conducted by Franca.
A very talented and patient teacher.not many of us,about six but we enjoyed every lesson. Unfortunately our teacher passed away and we could not continue. Also joined the scrabble club, as well as the Line dancing and the exercise group.
We were not many during the first year but soon got to be known. Even attended the computer class for publishing,which again grateful thanks to Beryl and Don Clarke who painstakingly took us through many sessions over the years.
I was very sorry to leave in 2005 just when the membership was soaring, with new classes and events. Unfortunately left Australia for the United States. Have been back three times so far and always so happy to meet with you all again.
Note from Mary. Yola has carried on the tradition of U3A in America, not under the U3A name, but Yola has commenced a crocheting, scrabble and knitting classes at her local community rooms in America. An article published in “The Voice”
Yultide spirit prevails in tough economic times – The Voice
Yola Dawson contributes each year by participating in the Algonac Knitting Circle. The Algonac senior started the women’s group many years ago. The ladies gather at the Algonac/Clay Township Library each week to knit and crochet winter accessories for the library’s Christmas Giving Tree. The group fashions hats, mittens and scarves to decorate the tree until they are collected and donated to families in need of protection against the winter cold. The yarn is donated by local residents. Community crafters were busy this year. Member Karen Dunlap said more homespun items went to the Hat and Mitten Tree at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Algonac and they still have some left over. “We had enough to donate to three different organizations,” she said. The group just put their crochet hooks down for a short recess, said Dawson. “We start up again in February and work up to the end of November,” she said.