This has been a very difficult year for us all. When lockdown started in March, Penrith and North Lakes u3a had to suspend its activities. We hoped to be able restart our monthly meetings when the situation improved but unfortunately the current situation is a deteriorating one and meetings in person are unlikely to be possible in the near future.
The alternative is to use the Internet. The committee has been conducting its meetings over the Internet using Zoom since lockdown began and a few interest groups have used it as well. We have decided to try out a Zoom monthly meeting. It will take place this coming Thursday 15 October 2020 at 2.15pm. The speaker is one of our members, Roger Leech, and the topic is Rocks and Minerals, which has been a lifelong interest for Roger. We anticipate the meeting will last about 1 hour including time for questions.
We realise that not everyone has access to the Internet and not everyone is happy using Zoom. We apologise to those for whom this option is not suitable but in the present circumstances we think it is the best we can do. We would be very happy to receive other suggestions.
We will send out joining instructions nearer the time. In the meantime if you would like to attend the meeting it would be helpful if you downloaded the Zoom app as this should speed things up on the day. To download the app go to https://zoom.us/. It is free to join Zoom so you will simply have to provide your email address (the one you have given to the u3a), your name and provide a password. There is no cost so you will not have to provide any financial details. You can join just using audio if you do not have a web camera on the device you are using.
The second email with joining instructions will require you to click on a link and you should then go straight into Zoom and then you follow the instructions on screen. The meeting will be open to join from 2.00pm and it will help if you come early so there is time for everyone to join. There is a limit on participants but we hope to be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.
If you do not want to attend the meeting you do not need to do anything and simply ignore or delete the second email with the joining instructions.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as we can.
We hope to see you on Thursday. If there are any glitches please bear with us, this is the first time we have had a Zoom meeting of this type!