A valued part of The Smith Family

Belconnen Day VIEW Club


Belconnen Day VIEW Club was formed in 1971.

Currently, the Club sponsors five 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 $30 for a 2 course meal including tea and coffee


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West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Crescent, , HOLT, ACT 2615

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2021 Committee Belconnen Day VIEW Club

2021 Committee L-R: Margaret, Carmel, Christine, Mary, Marilyn, Lorraine, Lyn, Margarete, Shirley, Chris, and Gay.

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         


Presentation of $500.00 cheque by Sara Turbull from L J Hooker to Gaye ClarkeChris Colyer and Shirley Good.

Congratulations to our new committee

Gaye Clarke President - Chris Colyer Vice President - Barbara Murphy Secretary - Christine Burnett Assistant Secretary - Marilyn Brennan Treasurer - Loraine Lane Assistant Treasurer - Shirley Good Publicity Officer - Margarete Gill Publicity Officer - Mary Wheatley Program Officer - Lyn Mellior Program Officer - Joan Dwyer Program Officer - Carmel McGarry Program Officer.

2020 February

The start to 2020 has been devastating to so many people but everyone at Belconnen Day VIEW Club were very happy to get together and share stories and friendships for our first meeting of the year.

We were exceptionally lucky to receive a $500 cheque from LJ Hookers through our lovely member Shirley Good. Thank you immensely Shirley and LJ Hooker, great start to 2020 for us.

After 4 years of hard work in front and behind the scenes Chris Colyer handed over the Presidential reins to a very competent Gaye Clarke. Many thanks Chris from not only the committee but all of the members. "come on down" Gaye, you will be an excellent president.

After 14 years on the committee in different roles Angela Yorston is also stepping down. Thank you Angela for your hard work and commitment. Enjoy your travels and stay safe.

Welcome to 2 new committee members Joan Dwyer and Christine Burnett. Looking forward to having fun and new ideas over the year.

May everyone have a happy, healthy 2020.

National and Regional News


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Events Calendar

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

Sep 10

VIEW National Convention 2021

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.