A valued part of The Smith Family

Belconnen Day VIEW Club


Belconnen Day VIEW Club was formed in 1971.

Currently, the Club sponsors six Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.

We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.


  • Meeting Day on 2nd Tuesday each month
  • 11.30 am for 12 noon
  • at the West Belconnen Leagues Club – Hardwick Crescent, Holt ACT
  • Cost $32 for a 2 course meal including tea and coffee



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Hardwick Crescent, , HOLT, ACT 2615

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2022 Committee Belconnen Day VIEW Club


L-R Mary Wheatley, Marilyn Brennan, Chris King, Gaye Clarke, Chris Colyer, Heather Evans, Marg Hourigan, Margarete Gill.

2022 Light Festival

It is so nice to come across other VIEW club members from other towns.

Cootamundra had a great community event – the Light Festival. Here are the lovely VIEW club ladies promoting their club at the festival.
Well done Cootamundra and VIEW club ladies.


The Smith Family Visit



2022 June

Members and guests were welcomed to our June meeting. Our guest speakers were Fiona Hennig, Program Coordinator, Smith Family and Monica Watson, Family Partnership Coordinator from The Smith Family.

They talked to us about the history of The Smith Family and Centenary Celebrations. Fiona and Monica both spoke of their roles which cover many programs including:

  • Learning clubs which meet at Schools, libraries and community centres for one on one with Learning for Life children.
  • Let’s count and Let’s Read for early years
  • Student to Student buddy reading program for Primary Years
  • Passport to Success a transition program for Yr 6 to Yr 7
  • Money Talks; and
  • Future Seekers, to mentions a few.

They also gave us an insight to what our sponsorship covers which was very interesting as we sponsor five students at the moment and will take on another student this month.

The ladies mentioned that the Smith Family is always looking for retired teachers or other interested persons to volunteer for these programs.

Marg was the first prize winner of the raffle scoring a beautiful rug.


2022 April Meeting

Boy this year is just tearing away. Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.

Well, our April meeting was another successful, interesting meeting. Our guest speaker was Fiona Wearden, who is the Case Manager Home Care Packages and Short Term Restorative Care Uniting, Canberra.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of interest in this subject as most of us have loved ones that can make use of this information.

Fiona has a very interesting background. She has been a Support and Social Groups Program Worker, Art Tutor, Public Servant in several divisions and a Landscape Architect.

There were many aspects Fiona covered in such a short time. For example, Government subsidies, Home Care packages and Changes we can expect in 2023 to name a few. We were very appreciative of her knowledge in this very complex area. Thank you Fiona.

This month’s lucky raffle winners were Alice M, Marian D and Rhonda B. Thank you to all the ladies who generously bought tickets.

Many happy returns to our April birthday ladies. Gaye C, Susan M, Roslyn P, Isabelle P, Leah W, and Dorothy Luckman.

Don’t forget our big Mother’s Day raffle will be drawn at our May meeting and there will be goodies to buy from the trading table. We can also look forward to a meal of Tandoori chicken kebabs, steamed rice, tossed salad with yoghurt dressing. Followed by individual pavlovas with fresh cream and fruit. Boy! My mouth is watering already.

Enjoy the rest of this lovely autumn weather, stay well and we look forward to seeing you in May.





2022 March IWD

Happy International Women’s Day celebration at Chris Colyer's home for Belconnen Day View Club members and friends.

We enjoyed such a delightful morning with 24 ladies partaking in a delicious morning tea supplied by the committee. Great catch up on a perfect autumn day.

Allana Maher won the lucky door prize, while Cathy Barrett, Lorraine Lane and Marilyn Brennan were the lucky winners of the raffles. Congratulation ladies.

Many thanks to everyone who attended especially the committee for the morning tea and Chris Colyer for opening up her lovely home to us.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy whatever you may be doing. Look forward to seeing you all next meeting.





Alice Mason

 Robyn Siers


2022 March

Welcome one and all to our March meeting. We want to acknowledge and salute all our wonderful ladies on this, International Woman’s Day. You are all special.

The lovely Alice Mason loved her special birthday gift of a Chrysanthemum plant full of buds. She was also a lucky winner along with Sheila Ashmore and Jill Chin of the monthly raffle. Congratulations girls.

Margaret Hourigan introduced our guest speaker. With around twenty years’ teaching experience in classrooms, Robyn Siers’ career in education took a slight left turn when she started work at the Australian War Memorial in 2005. She has held various roles in the Education team including delivering gallery programs to visiting school students, developing and delivering public programs for diverse audiences, and supervising Education outreach.

Today Robyn gave an exceptionally interesting talk about the stories of Australia’s military nurses. Sincere thanks Robyn for such an insight into the stories of our heroic nurses.

Looking forward to seeing all you lovely ladies at our next meeting 12 April.


Cootamundra Light Festival


2022 March - Cootamundra Light Festival

It is so nice to come across other VIEW club members from other towns.

Cootamundra had a great community event – the Light Festival. Here are the lovely VIEW club ladies promoting their club at the festival. Well done Cootamundra and VIEW club ladies.


2022 February Annual General Meeting

Welcome one and all to our 2022 February meeting which was also our AGM.

As there are no Delegates or Area Zone Councillors in our area June Weise has taken on the role of "advisor" for Canberra and surrounds. This is only a "temporary" position! 

June kindly offered to chair our AGM. Thank you June. 

Even though we have only had eight meetings in 2021, we can be truly proud of our achievements. Ten new members have joined our club - welcome ladies, so good to meet you. We also have successfully sponsored five Learning for Life students. Well done all our members for your kind generosity.

Our president Gaye Clarke thanked all the committee. Gaye made special mention and extended an extra vote of thanks to committee members who have stood down from their current positions. 

Barbara Murphy has been an amazing secretary for many years and done an outstanding job - she is standing down as secretary. Thank you Barb. Lorraine Lane was an excellent Treasurer for many years then handed the reins over and offered to be Assistant Treasurer, but now is having a break from the committee. Many thanks Lorraine. Lyn Mellier, the queen of raffles has stood down. Thank you Lyn, you've done a great job. Carmel McGarry has stepped away from the committee after supervising our trading table so well. We will miss fun loving Shirley Good as our Vice President. Sincere thanks to our outgoing committee.



Let the good times roll. 
The following are our new committee for 2022

Gaye Clarke - President

Chris Colyer - Vice President

Christine King - Secretary

Carol Sweetapple -Assistant Secretary

Marilyn Brennan - Treasurer

Barbara Murphy - Assistant Treasurer

Margarete Gill - Publicity Officer

Mary Wheatley - Program Officer

Marg Hourigan - Program Officer

Heather Evans - Program Officer

A special mention to Ros who has offered to be our Archivist, a very important job. Thank you Ros.

Congratulations 2022 Belconnen Day View Club committee. May it be another fun filled year with continued and new friendships.



August and September 2021

Well ladies, our monthly get together was not meant to be this September. We hope you are well and getting those “odd jobs” done.

Enjoy the sunshine, keep in touch with friends and we look forward to catching up again in the near future. Stay well and happy.

Happy Spring.


In Lockdown

50th Birthday Celebrations In 2021

Whoo hoo! what a wonderful 50th birthday celebration our club had this week. Ladies you looked marvellous!!! Thank you for making such a wonderful effort as the Golden Girls. It was also fun meeting members of other View Clubs. Thank you for coming and helping us celebrate. Rhonda Spotiswood, what wonderful memories you related, you certainly had fun meetings, thank you for sharing.

Unfortunately we were missing some of our special ladies due to the circumstances at the moment or ill health, so we wish you all the best and we did miss you. 

June Weise the National Councillor for Canberra gave apologies and best wishes from Joanne Gray (National Vice President) who was not able to attend due to COVID restrictions and June also presented Gaye Clarke with a Certificate of Appreciation. 

Wendy Studman our Zone Councillor for Area AA01 presented Ann Lancaster and Betty Robinson with their 20 year Service Pins. Barbara Murphy also received her 10 year pin. Congratulations girls.

We are all going through uncertain times and the committee wishes all its members and friends good health and happiness. Stay well and take care of each other. Look forward to seeing you next time

Golden Ladies




June 2021

On a chilly Canberra day fifty ladies enjoyed a scrumptious roast lunch and warm friendship.  Five ladies were presented with their membership badges, Norma, Jill, Alice, Anne and Jill. Very warm welcome ladies.

Congratulations our lucky raffle winners Ros, Marion and June. Thank you to all ladies who support our monthly raffles.  Chris Hammer was our guest speaker. Wow! what a career. He is currently a leading Australian crime fiction novelist. However, his illustrious career covered being a journalist for more than 30 years. Reporting from more than 30 countries on six continents for to name a few - The Bulletin, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

While writing his books Chris realised three things; he liked it, he could do it and there is no money in writing books in Australia. Be that as it may there came a time that his agent was able to procure excellent deals for him and he suddenly realised I am and author,  Whoo hoo!  From losing his job to becoming a successful author with his books now being translated into several languages and even a TV series in the development stage, makes for a highly successful author. Many thanks Chris for and intriguing look into the life of an author. 

Ladies, please get your glam on for our next meeting when we celebrate our 50th Birthday. Look forward to seeing you in all your gold bling.


  Welcome to New Members                                       







The lucky prize winners


Soldier On 

Fifty delightful ladies shared a meal and friendship at our May meeting.  We were very fortunate to have Ivan Slavic as our guest speaker.

Ivan’s name is well known in Canberra having been associated with many charities and businesses.  He was a previous General Manager with AGL, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Action ad a member of the Executive Team for Iinet.  Among the charities are, Ronald MacDonald House Canberra, Movember and Camp Quality. We have to congratulate him on fund-raising over $2 million for various charities over 18 months. WOW what an amazing effort!

Ivan was a Commissioned Officer with the Army Reserve. He is currently Managing Director of Trident Corporate Services and CEO of Soldier On Australia.  Many of us have been touched by what our veterans have had to go through and are still going through, so thank you and your team Ivan for your endeavour to support and help these veterans and their families.  

Soldier On’s mission is to enable veterans and their families to thrive.

Some areas that Soldier On strives to assist is through Health and Well-being, Employment, Learning and Participation and Social Connection.  Thank you Ivan for such an informative talk.

Ladies please keep Tuesday June 13 free for our next exciting lunch together. Stay warm and happy.

May 2021


2021 April

Wow! hasn't April come along quickly this year!

As Anzac Day is commemorated on the 25th April it was a pleasure to have Jennifer Milward (photo below) as our speaker at the April lunch. Jennifer is the Online Reference Manager at the Australian War Memorial and has been instrumental in much of the research conducted there.

The theme of her talk was Young boys in war. Oh gosh how emotive. Everyone could relate to their own child, or a child they know who could have been one of these young lads.

During the First World War the enlistment age was 21 years or 18 years with the permission of a parent/guardian. However, many lads gave false ages in order to join as soldiers. 

So many young boys died. Private James Charles Martin was 14 years 9 months old when he died at Gallipoli. (Believed to be the youngest soldier on the Roll of Honour).

Thank you Jennifer for such an interesting, albeit sad account of part of our history.

April was also a special time for seven ladies who celebrated their birthdays. Many congratulations girls. 

Looking forward to another great meeting on Tuesday 11 May. Get in quick for the Mother's Day Raffle. No doubt Ivan Slavich the CEO from Soldier On will be another interesting guest speaker. You may pick up a bargain from trading table and also enjoy Tandoori Chicken Kebabs with Pavlovas for dessert. Salivating already.

Happy days everyone, see you soon.


Remembering our ANZAC's







International Women’s day celebration

What a great turn out! Twenty six ladies attended our morning tea to celebrate International Women’s day.

It was fingers crossed that the predicated 10 -20 mls of rain would wait until the afternoon, as last year we had to cancel due to the downpour. Luckily it was a perfect autumn morning and we were able to enjoy each other’s company in Chris's lovely garden.

Once again, our generous members bought raffle tickets or gave donations so that we made over $100 on the raffle and all up over $400.00 was raised. Thank you ladies

Judith was lucky enough to not only win the raffle but also one of the lucky door prizes. Our lovely Sally won the other lucky door prize.

Not only did Chris open her home to us but it was also her birthday. So of course, cook extraordinaire Joan made a delicious carrot birthday cake. Finger licking good. Even though there was an abundance of yummy morning tea the birthday cake was irresistible. Thank you Joan.

Many thanks also to all the committee for providing the morning tea. I think we may need some recipe sheets!!

Stay well and happy and look forward to our next gathering.




2021 IWD Photos







2021 March

The March meeting saw 53 ladies enjoying a catch up and sharing stories along with a large serving of Fish and Chips, salad and a yummy blueberry cheesecake to finish at West Belconnen Leagues Club Kippax.

Happy birthday this month to Chris, Marion, Lyn, and Mary.  The lucky raffle winners were Sally, Barbara and Normi. Congratulations girls, pictured below.



Upcoming Events

Don’t forget ladies we have a morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day this Thursday 10:30 am March 11, at Chris Colyer’s house.

Next luncheon is on Tuesday 13 April, 11:45 for 12. Guest speaker Jennifer Milward from the Australian War Memorial. 

If you are interested in registering for the National Convention in Adelaide, registration is now available online, or see Barbara Murphy for a registration pack. 

See you then, and have a happy month enjoying this beautiful autumn weather.

March Guest Speaker

We were very lucky to have a most interesting guest speaker – Karen Hardy, the lifestyle reporter from the Canberra Times recounting a little about her life as a journalist.

Karen heralds from Orange. Her parents were very sporty, therefore so was she. She felt very comfortable in her first role at the Canberra Times as a sports journalist interviewing and commenting on varied sporting matches she attended. Working in the Production Department was her next role, then the TV Guide and the Magazine section. Now she has the very hard job of Lifestyle Reporter reporting on where to eat, what to do, places to go, people to see.

There have been several changes to the Canberra Times, notably, going from Broadsheet to Tabloid, resulting in a large reduction in staff, and it is no longer printed at Fyshwick. Karen told us the funny story that when the Canberra Times was first located in Fyshwick there was a petrol bowser on the property as it was so far out of town and fuel was supplied.  It was really tough working there with a swimming pool and tennis court on the property!

She also retold stories of her interviews with several celebrities including Gordon Ramsey who for weeks after the interview mentioned the funny journalist who brought along a knife, a sharpening steel and carrot to the interview. 

Digital subscriptions are very now important to the Canberra Times, as the present revenue from advertising is now virtually non-existent. Karen encouraged members to subscribe in order to keep the Canberra Times alive and keep a voice for the community.

Karen has been with the Canberra Times for 30 years and was the first woman to achieve a part-time position after coming off maternity leave, leading the way for other women. She is passionate about keeping her articles authentic and human. Karen is certainly a great character. Thank you Karen.


Guest speaker, Karen



2021 February

Who is excited!!!! We are!!! Our club turns 50 this year and anticipation is mounting.

Forty eight ladies were welcomed to the AGM, being the first luncheon for 2021, at the Raiders Club. It was so nice to meet again and enjoy a delicious lunch.  Norma and Margaret who were both absent, and Katrina were wished very happy birthdays for the month.  Adele was the lucky winner of 2 raffle prizes today and Margaret was the other lucky winner. Congratulations girls.

Marilyn read out the annual Treasurer's report and advised that even though only 5 meetings were held in 2020 the generosity of members allowed the club to support five students going into 2021. Big pat on the back to all members.

Gaye presented the President's report thanking all members especially the committee.  Gaye and other committee members kept in contact with 60 members by phone and organised one gathering where those who attended were super generous with donations. Thank you.

Gaye also informed the members that the Raiders Club has increased the meal prices and for the time being our VIEW club will incur the cost. However, as the main aim is to raise funds for Learning for Life Students, there will need to be a minimal increase in cost in the near future for our lunches.

One more piece of news is planning for our 50th birthday has started and the theme will be 'Golden Girls' so don't forget to get your glitz on in July. Something to really look forward to.

Wendy Studman, Zone Councillor Area AA01, not only presided over the Annual General Meeting but showed a delightful video of Smith Family Learning For Life recipients who thanked VIEW club members as some have shoes, uniforms, stationery, etc and were very appreciative.


Planning is underway



Photo above:  Wendy Studman, Zone Councillor Area AA01         

National and Regional News


Belconnen Day VIEW Club

Toy&Book Appeal

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to the faces of Australian children at Christmas. Children who may otherwise miss out on opening a gift, simply because their families can’t afford it.

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VIEW Merchandise Christmas Sale 2022

Up to 50% off.

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VIEW National Online Raffle 2022

VIEW Clubs Online Raffle celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary 2022


Events Calendar

We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!

Mar 8

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrations are happening around the country at your local VIEW club.

Sep 8

VIEW National Convention 2023

We are pleased to announce the 56th VIEW National Convention will be held in Hobart, TAS from 8-10 September 2023.