New Members Page

Members Handbook

If you are a new member of the U3A Castlemaine or you are considering joining the organisation, then it is highly recommended that you read the Members' Handbook here. This page is a summary of the handbook which includes basic details on how to join the U3A and enrol in classes.

Becoming a Member

If you are new to the U3A, then you can become a member by opening the UMAS LOGIN link on the home page of our website (( clicking the New Member button and then clicking Join on the next screen, You then fill in the online form. The membership type should be Full, unless you are already a member of another U3A in which case you can choose Associate, which will attract a smaller subscription fee.

If you need extra help, then please access the UMAS Instructions.

Please note that this step is not needed if you are already a member of the U3A, even if your membership has lapsed Alternatively, you can fill in an application form. This can be obtained online by clicking here. Paper copies can be obtained at the monthly Coffee Mornings or can be picked up from the U3A Castlemaine office at the Manse, Lyttleton St. In December, January and February, application forms are available as inserts in the Newsletter and Prospectus. These can be picked up from the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre in Mostyn Street or at the Goldfields (Castlemaine) Library.

Completed membership forms should be returned to the Secretary (U3A Castlemaine, P.O. Box 792, CASTLEMAINE 3450. Phone: (03) 5472 2249)

Enrolment in Classes

Once you are a member of U3A Castlemaine, you will be able to enrol in the classes of your choice. To choose your classes, please log in to the U3A membership system (UMAS): using your membership number and password. If you have just joined, as described above in Becoming a Member, then you will have been required to choose a password and the last screen of the joining process will display your member number. (It will also be emailed to you).

Having logged in, please choose Classes in the menu and browse through the available classes. Click on the class name to reveal more details and then you can select a class by clicking the click on the ADD TO CART button. When you have completed your selection, choose the Cart option to review your choices or the Checkout option to proceed with the enrolment process. This will display your invoice, which may include fees for certain classes (though most classes are free) and, if this is the first time you have enrolled in the current year, it will include an annual subscription fee. Please pay the invoice using one of the pay options that are listed.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can enrol in classes using a paper form and payment by cheque or cash can be made by arrangement.

A Prospectus is published in early December each year. It contains a list of the classes that are on offer in the relevant year and includes a Class Selection Form on which you can record your choice of classes. You can pick up a copy of the prospectus at the same places listed above under Becoming a Member above. In early January, Membership Enrolment days are held where members can lodge their Class Selection Forms and, after checking, will be entered into the computer system by a volunteer. The date and time of Enrolment days is published in our newsletter.