June 
2010

Picture by R S Dhakar of ISU3A Management Committee meeting held in Udaipur on 17th May 2010
Our President Dr Sajjan Singh 3rd from left and Hon Secretary Dr T M Dak 4th from left
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi has signed a MOU on 18 May, 2010 at Kathmandu (Nepal) with the Geriatric Centre Nepal (an NGO working for the elderly) in the presence of Honorable Shri Sarv Dev Prasad Ojha, Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Nepal for promoting exchange of groups of elderly of both the countries. The delegation members of the Council also called on Honorable President, Dr. Rambaran Yadav, President of Nepal at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kathmandu who also appreciated the initiatives of both the organisations.
Photo (L-R) Minister Shri Ojha, J.R. Gupta and K.M. Gautam after signing of MOU

From M R Rangaswamy, President of Jnanajyothi U3A Bengalaru
Elders are in constant touch with service providers affecting their quality of life. Their importance is felt only when their service is denied or delayed. Whenever things go wrong we fret and fume. We complain to the authorities, blame the system and curse our fate! Can we do something? Yes, we can!

As a part of " May Day celebration ", Jnanajyothi U3A, Bengaluru, Karnataka arranged a motivation programme and felicitated, for the fourth year in succession, their grass root employees. (sitting L-R ) P. Nanjappa (Helper Post Office. Vasanthamma (Sweeper BBMP), Ningaiah (Mechanic BESCOM), D. Susheelamma, (Meter Reader BWSSB), (standing L-R) Mahadevaiah (Traffic Constable), G.R.Basavaraju (Head Constable, Police Station), P. Vijayakumar (Mechanic BSNL) and N. Nataraj (Toilet maintenance BNMIT). All of them were presented with a citation, fruit basket, memento and draped with shawl.

President M.R.Rangaswamy in his address eulogised their contribution to society and advised them to continue good services, especially to elders, with dignity and dedication.

A K Malhotra, Secretary of Bhavana U3A Lucknow, sends this report.
We are now taking part in the international project MY U3A, which lists details of groups around the whole world. Click here, and then on our link 'Lucknow' on the right hand panel.

We are also applying for funding to develop the very deprived village of DEBARIPANA, in the gramsabha NAVIPANA, into a model village with proper facilities and sanitation. We will send more information about that at a later date.

Dr Sajjan Singh, President of Indian Society of U3As sends this report.
During my visit to Udaipur I gave a talk on the 19th May 'Joy of Living' at the Muskan Club (the first Elders club in Udaipur established 15 yrs ago), at the Oriental Palace Resort owned by Mr. G. L. Gatani, who is seated to my right, the lady to my left is Miss Gatani, his daughter. The audience was about 200 plus which included members of the Muscan Club and other Senior citizens organisations. The talk was well taken and the Q & A session lasted for about 40 mts.

This company website at http://jobsfor60plus.com says it is for all those who do not believe in sitting at home just because they are growing old. Be it a part time job or a full time job you get them all here on this website dedicated to you. We Are group of young Software Engineers with an urge to create a difference in the society, by helping the senior citizens to get back to the job force.
Karmayog at http://www.karmayog.org is a unique free platform for concerned citizens - for social and civic issues - since June 2004. You can see their slideshow at http://www.karmayog.org/slidealbum/3/contentguide.htm

Articles in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish present a World Tour of Older Persons Homes. Click on http://www.globalaging.org/elderrights/world/ to discover how older persons are living around the globe. (The entries for India are remarkably few and do not offer a very hopeful analysis. T H, Editor)

Thank you for this news item, Kathrine Fenton-May, U3A Durban, South Africa

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