Beacon Has Arrived

Our U3A has adopted the Beacon membership system. It will significantly assist the membership secretary in his role, and other committee members will find it very useful.

You may receive emails from Tonbridge U3A with a footnote saying “This email was sent by Beacon on behalf of …”, these will have been generated from this new service.

We have made every effort to ensure that the data on the new system is accurate. If you find that you are suddenly getting (or not getting) the TAMs magazine, or experience any other issue caused by the move to the new system please contact the membership secretary (membership.u3aton@gmail.com).

Beacon provides the facility for group leaders (group organisers) to maintain details of their group (brief description, when and where it meets etc.). It can also allow group leaders to maintain a list of the members who attend their group.

Once a group leader is using Beacon they will be able to easily email all the members of their group (without having to remember to select the blind copy option). They will also be able to download a list of their members with details of their emergency contact details. This could be very useful for those groups that frequently go on trips.

Group Leaders may prefer to continue using their existing systems to manage their group. There is no obligation to use Beacon.

During the migration to Beacon our Privacy Policy has been updated, this now specifies that we are using a management database system to hold membership data. We have also made a number of other changes. The latest policy is available on the website, if you would like a printed copy please send a sae to the membership secretary.

The current Beacon system will help our U3A in many ways. It is to be upgraded in a year or so to provide even more facilities such as the ability for members to reserve tickets to events online. More information will be circulated when these facilities become available.

The Third Age Trust’s Beacon team have a very good website describing it’s facilities at https://beacon.u3a.org.uk/

If you would like more information about Beacon or, as a group leader, would like an account on Beacon please contact the Beacon Team at beaconsa@gmail.com

David Bell

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