Franklin U3A celebrates 20 years

On Tuesday 17 October Franklin U3A celebrated its twentieth birthday. Fifty three current members enjoyed an excellent lunch at The Franklin Club. Three founder members, Elizabeth Moyle, and Bruce and Dorothy Hyland, were also present and Andy Baker, Deputy Chairperson of the Franklin Local Board, was an invited guest.
Franklin U3A was originally started by Bob Bettison who is well known for his service to the Franklin community. With the help of four others the group was set up and by November 1997 had 25 members. The club has continued to thrive and grow and has a current membership of 103.
U3A is an international organisation which provides the opportunity for the meeting together of like minded people to learn, contribute and to make new friends in their local community. Groups are run during the day by individual members, usually in their own homes, and using their own knowledge, skills and experience.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the monthly meeting for morning tea followed by an interesting speaker. U3A meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am at The Bridge Club in Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe. Alternatively check the U3A website or email

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