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.

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.





2020 February

At our February meeting we were lucky enough to have a master photographer - Terry Cunningham - take photos of many of our lovely ladies. Thank you Terry.

Save the date: Thursday March 5. We will be celebrating International Women's Day by enjoying a sumptuous brekky at Chris lyer's house. Cost $15 per person. Please PM if you would like to attend so that catering can be organised.

Look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting Tuesday 10 March, where you can purchase some excellent bargains at our first trading table and be enthralled by our guest speaker the renowned author Karen Viggers.

Happy days everyone.








2019 March

International Women's Day

What a resilient group of women we have at Belconnen Day VIEW Club. Sunny skies are the norm in Canberra and a more picturesque scene along Lake Gininderra you couldn't find, but the morning we celebrated International Women's Day breakfast it was a chilly 6 degrees. Brrrr

Did that stop this wonderful group of women? Of course not. Hot tea/coffee, bacon, toad in the hole, delicious fruit, tasty sweets and of course good company made it all worth while.

Good on you resilient ladies and of course thank you to the handsome chefs as well.

Happy International Women's Days all you amazing women!



2018 Blind Auction 

Belconnen Day VIEW club consists of very generous, friendly fun-loving members. One of our biggest fund raisers for the year is the Blind Auction. 2018 was no exception.

The Belconnen Day VIEW Club fairies helped to auction off many items sharing loads of laughs. Thank you once again all generous members.



2019 AGM February

Happy New Year one and all, may it be an excellent year for everyone.

Our first meeting of 2019 was an excellent turn out and saw Anne Brown-Bryan our Zone Councillor induct our 2019 Belconnen Day View Club committee.

Congratulations ladies and we look forward to another fantastic, productive, friendly year.

National and Regional News


Belconnen Day VIEW Club

SA Telethon Home Lottery

Lottery is now open. Purchase your tickets now!

Belconnen Day VIEW Club

Registration now open - VIEW National Convention

The 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.

Belconnen Day VIEW Club

People's Choice Credit Union Lottery

Lottery is now closed. Thank you to all those that participated.


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.