H3A ACTIVITIES NEWSLETTER No 2. 22 AUGUST 2020

NOTES

We hope this brief summer newsletter can be a helpful place to find news about H3A-related activities and to stay connected with H3A friends and colleagues.

As we have been finding, virtual conversations using Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Skype can be great tools. The H3A website, WhatsApp groups, and Facebook groups continue to share the spirit of H3A. Slowly, cautiously, some small groups have been meeting in person.

GÜMÜŞLÜK MUSIC FESTIVAL AND JAK KOHEN ART EXHIBITION

The 17th International Gümüşlük Music Festival opened this week. H3A is delighted that it includes the H3A Photo Exhibit honoring Jak Kohen that was prepared this spring but only able to be shown virtually before this. The Official Opening for the exhibit is Saturday, 29 August at 18:30 at the Kumda Festival Center on the left side of the Gümüşlük Beach. Everyone is invited to attend.

ONGOING CINEMA PRESENTATIONS

This Sunday the Cinema-Dizi group invites interested H3A members to take part in another special Zoom presentation in Turkish by Prof. Dr. Semiramis Yağcıoğlu. Sunday 23 August the film to be discussed at 21:00 is Beasts of No Nation, the 2015 American-Ghanaian war drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Cary Joji Fugunaga, based on the book by Uzodinma İveala. Film available on Netflix or www.filmmodu.org

If you are interested in participating, please contact the ZOOM Session moderator, Didem, with your name, email, and telephone. She will send you the Zoom id, password, and the link to join in directly.  Contact Didem : [email protected]  

We hope that in the future English-speakers will be able to participate in an English-language presentation by Prof. Dr. Semiramis Yağcıoğlu on another film.

NEW ACTIVITIES

The first sessions of the new Digital Art Group have been very well received.

Other group leaders are exploring options for the fall, which should include ongoing and new activities well suited to these changing times. We will keep you posted.

The first H3A Zoom Training on 20 July was a great success. Those attending learned more about how to sign onto the ZOOM platform, as well as got the chance to convene a ZOOM meeting themselves. Followups to come.

NEXT H3A BOARD MEETING AND UPCOMING AGM

The H3A Board will meet next on Friday 4 September to discuss programs going forward and to plan the date and time of the October AGM. Please contact Vivian [email protected]if you have concerns or suggestions.

And last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to those born in LEO (24 July to 23 August) !

H3A ACTIVITIES NEWSLETTER No 1. 09 July 2020 

In these pandemic days, many of us are looking for ways to stay connected with H3A friends and colleagues. Therefore, H3A is stepping into the “new normal,” taking close care of the measures and restrictions. Fortunately there are many tools available to us using our cell phones, tablets, and computers. Virtual conversations using Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Skype allow people to continue to be part of each other’s lives. The H3A website, WhatsApp groups, and Facebook groups continue to share the spirit of H3A. Slowly, cautiously, some small groups have begun meeting in person. We hope this brief newsletter (to be published at least 2 times a month this summer) can be a helpful place to find news about H3A-related activities. Here’s to staying connected AND safe!

CINEMA PRESENTATIONS

The Sinema-Dizi Group has continued to meet this spring and summer using Zoom. Each week members are given details of a film that they watch on their own; Sundays there are discussions of the film on a Zoom meeting.

On the next two Sundays, the group invites interested H3A members to take part in special Zoom presentations in Turkish by Prof. Dr. Semiramis Yağcıoğlu.

– On Sunday 12 July at 21:00 the film to be discussed is Never Let Me Go (Beni Asla Bırakma). https://720pizle.org/izle/altyazi/never-let-me-go.html Book by Kazuo Ishiguro. Movie directed by Mark Romanek. Stars: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling.

– On Sunday 19 July at 21:00 the film to be discussed is Atonement (Kefaret).

If you are interested in participating, please contact the ZOOM Session moderator, Didem, no later than Sunday at 14:00 with your name, email, and telephone. She will send you the the Zoom id, password, and the link to join in directly. Contact Didem : [email protected]

 ZOOM TRAINING SESSION FOR INTEREST GROUP LEADERS

Thinking about using ZOOM for your interest group? Looking for some pointers and assistance? Have questions about helping your group members use ZOOM? All interested group leaders are invited to a ZOOM session on Monday 20 July from 15:30-16:30. Please let Emel know that you would like to participate, and you will be sent an invitation to the ZOOM session. Contact Emel : [email protected]    

WALKS

Occasionally this summer, Bob may send out messages inviting H3A members to join him on short seaside strolls. Unfortunately, curfews prevent us from walking in the cooler and healthier parts of the day. Contact Bob : [email protected]

BOOKCLUBS

Next week, two H3A bookclubs will meet on Wednesday, 15 July.

– English Reading Group 2 will meet using Messenger. Contact Annie : [email protected]  

– The English Non-Fiction Reading Group will convene in Samer’s garden. Contact Aziz : [email protected]

GAMES

Members of the Games group have begun small social gatherings at Yalıhan Otel, Bitez. No games are played. For details, contact Selmin : [email protected] or Sena : [email protected]

And last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to those born in CANCER (23 June to 22 July) !

Corona Days (10 March – 10 July 2020)

Due to the Corona restrictions, we had to stop our monthly activities for 4 months.
 
During these months, some of our planned activities and interest groups went on-line.
 
You can look them up on our website, under “On-line Activities” on the left hand side of our website.

Postponement of 10. year celebrations and other activities

Dear Herodot Third Age Academy (H3A)  members,

Responding to the increased safety concerns expressed by our members  following the announcement of a pandemic by the world health organization and of the first detected case of Coronavirus in Turkey the H3A management board has met today and decided to postpone all our activities. Therefore our 10 year celebration program and all other activities including group trips, conferences etc…are postponed  until the end of summer  2020.

The evolution of the disease in other countries suggests that, especially for our age group,  we cannot perform group activities in full safety.  

Best regards
M. Samir Atasi
Chairman of the Board

10 YEARS AND BEYOND !!!

H3A 10 YEAR CELEBRATIONS PROGRAM
March 13-22, 2020


March 13 Friday

`All that Jazz` by Eftal Köklü, 15:00 – 17:00 , Oasis conference room
Presentation starts with  “La Place des Negres” meetings of the black slaves in New Orleans… goes on with Blues, Ragtime, Dixieland, Age of Musicals, Swing, Gypsy Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Fusion, and tells the story of how Jazz fed on its early roots to become later a universal genre. (with video and audio recordings from the main jazz currents and artists)

March 14 Saturday
– Breakfast , 10:00 – 12:00 , Manastir Hotel
(with Display of H3A Handicraft group works, H3A new crafts group works, H3A authors works)
– H3A photographic exhibition “musicians” at Oasis Sümbül sokak, opening reception 18:30 – 20:30,  (exhibition continues till 22 March)

March 15 Sunday
Walk in Dereköy 10:00 – 12:00, optional breakfast after the walk

March 16 Monday
Day Trip to Bafa Lake,  start at Nargile Kafe  08:30 return at 18:00 

March 17 Tuesday
Wine tasting trip to “Mor Salkım” (with snack lunch), start at 11:00 at Nargile Kafe, return at 18:00 

March 18 Whednesday
H3A art group exhibition at Herodot Kültür Merkezi , opening reception  18:30 – 20:30
(exhibition continues until 22 March)

March 19 Thursday
H3A Conference “Using Artificial Intelligence and Holograms in Presentations ” by Sanver Güneşi at the Karia Hotel : 10:30-12:00 English, 15:00-16:30 Turkish

March 20 Friday
Games Tournament at Yalıhan Hotel Bitez , start at 14:00, prizes for the winners!

March 21 Saturday
Cinema- Series group , Oasis Conference room 15: 00-17: 30
– Tijen Par interview by Didem Keremoğlu (5min)
– Cinema matinee, the “sting” movie, with Eftal K
öklü introduction (5min)
(7 Oscar winning film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, English with Turkish subtitles)

March 22 Sunday
– Archeological walk through Bodrum, guided by Mehmet Çuhadar start 10:00 at Myndos Gate
– Dinner at Yarbasan restaurant in Yahşı, recital at 18:30 dinner start  at 19:30
(with Display of H3A Handicraft group works, H3A new crafts group works, H3A authors works)