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29th August 2009

Sharen McDonald (MILR 20th Anniversary Committee) Montreal, Canada.
It is with great pleasure that we invite all members of U3A anywhere in the world to join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement (MILR) We hope that you will visit our 20th Anniversary website:

We invite you to send a one-page illustrated greeting from your group to to enliven our celebration meeting.

Photographic Groups: Click here to learn how to take and edit digital photographs using visual tutorials that emphasize concept over procedure, independent of specific digital camera or lens. Topics range from basic camera tips to advanced techniques. (Thank you Brian Spilsbury - U3A Australia).
Painting: Itching to extend your painting skills but can't get to the next U3A Artists Group? Try and have a look at some of the free lessons from Frank Clarke. You can also join discussions at Craft Crowd at which is a Social Network for people invloved in Arts & Crafts. They seem to be a jolly lot and its completely free.
Local U3A Groups of any size: Welcome to U3A Widebay in Queensland. An entirely fictitious but superb example of how to build a website for your group, whether large or small, using freely available resources. Have a look at (Thank you Sharen Wood of U3A Bundaberg, Queensland - and congratulations on a really spiffing bit of work).
Computer Users: An item on BBC's 'Working Lunch' programme deals with the issue of free software.

Brian Spilsbury of U3A Australia makes the point "I think it is beyond doubt that Openoffice - - is equivalent to MS Office in capability and most features but does not work exactly the same. Personally I like that you can legally give away copies of the Openoffice CD to friends and relatives to help them with their computing.

This makes it an ideal program for U3As to give away to members and set
up classes to help everyone minimise the cost of using a computer".

Have you answered Richard's question yet? - an invitation to take part into research into changing attitudes. Just a few minutes of your time giving an opinion on how a certain situation should be handled will help our U3A colleague Lesley Newson, who is doing this research with University of Exeter.

For further explanation and details, click here.