U3A members learn about Tackling Ice in Our Communities

YOUR STORY: Just under 100 members attended the Grafton U3A April Jabberfest at the Community Centre for a busy and informative session.

U3A Committee member David Thompson opened the meeting, followed by Brian Carter who recounted a true story of the establishment of Stanford University.

Course convenors Morrie Duggan and Stan Mussared provided details of two new courses - The World's Greatest Geological Wonders and Chess.

Both courses will be held in the U3A rooms with the former held on Fridays from 10am-12noon, and the latter on the first and third Thursday of the month from 2pm-4pm.

Wraps with Love representative and U3A member Maree Burrows was presented with a $500 cheque from the Grafton U3A Men's Shed at the meeting.

She took the opportunity to outline the work undertaken by volunteers. To date 400,000 wraps have been distributed worldwide - a wonderful effort.

Maree was supported by her sister Alma Bailey, a great stalwart of the cause. They produced an interesting display of sample squares and finished product, which attracted plenty of attention from all attending.

After a short quiz from quiz master David Abrahams, the meeting adjourned for the traditional cuppa and natter.

David Thompson then introduced guest speaker Senior Constable Dave Fish - Crime Prevention Officer from the Coffs Clarence Area Command - who presented on the subject Tackling Ice in our Communities.

The presentation was very comprehensive providing significant detail under each of the following points: What is ICE (Crystal Methamphetamine)? How is it used? Why do people use Methamphetamine? Signs of Meth use. What trends are we seeing? Harm for users and communities. Dependence and psychosis. Finding information online. What can you do to reduce crime? Why and how to call Crime Stoppers?

At the conclusion of his presentation, Senior Constable Fish took questions from the floor before being presented with a creation crafted by the artisans at the Men's Shed.

The lucky door prize, a timber crafting from the Men's Shed, went to Per Ronnquist. 

The next meeting of U3A Grafton is on May 9 at the Grafton Community Centre from 10am. Guest speaker Florence Collison will share her personal story about brain injury and how it affected her family.

Community Editor Lesley Apps will also talk about how to upload community news and stories directly to The Daily Examiner website.


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