Bega Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1979.
Currently, the Club sponsors two 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.
Usual Meeting on 2nd Thursday of the month
During Winter 6.00 for 6.30 pm
and Summer 6.30 for 7.00 pm
March and April Meetings at Bega Downs Restaurant
Judith Reid 02 64 945 884
Dinner bookings to Lyn Murphy on 02 64 921 631
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
2021 Bega Evening VIEW Club Committee
Standing [l-r]- Pam, Robyn, Joy, Veronica, Margaret, Lyn and Sue. Seated [l-r] Joyce, Judith and Barbara
President Judith with guest speaker Fiona
Another successful meeting held at the Bega Downs Restaurant on 8 April where guest speaker, Fiona Kotvojs spoke on the art of growing Truffles at her farm. Not all members had tried a truffle but will when more available in our area.
March Meeting and celebration of International Women's Day with photos of our mothers as inspirations
Judy, Lesley and Helen all smiles
Veronica, Marie, Lyn and Sue finished their desert
Daphne and Dina
Welcome Back to VIEW
Pam, Sue, Bev and Jann
Judith, Barbara and Lyn presenting Barbara with flowers for her big '0' Birthday
Sandra and Margaret enjoying the evening.
President Judith attended a round table discussion with minister for Women, Senator Marice Payne at Bega Civic Centre on 12th February. The discussion session was arranged so women from various organisations could discuss the problems faced in the Bega Valley. Senator Paynes role was to take these problems back to the government.
Discussion and two questions put to Senator Marice Payne included
Outline of VIEW and the role of Bega evening VIEW, How VIEW addresses the educational needs of disadvantaged children
My first Question
- What can the Minister for Women, Senator Payne do, to assist in breaking the poverty cycle for Australian children, to ensure education is accessible to all, regardless of gender, race or financial situation?
- Discussed the urgency to respond to the needs of older Australians, waiting for Home Care Packages, particularly Level three and four; The unequable fee structure of private package managers.
My second question -I call on the Minister for Woman, Senator Payne, to use your voice strongly, to advocate for all older persons to be able to live their life with dignity and respect. This means the Government needs to stop playing politics and ensure the problems of over proliferation of Package Providers be regulated to;
1 keep their cost structure and services advertised in a manner that is truthful, easily understood, and able to be compared with other providers.
2 The Government make the present assessment of a daily fee for service redundant and replaced with a more equable and compassionate form of assessment.
Senator Payne and Senator Moylan with President Judith.
2020 November - Kianinny Cabins
Safe at last
President Judith, welcomes our new member, Sue
VIEW scarfs designed by Black Pepper, worn by Lyn, Joyce and Pat
We are going to have a lunch together!
Theme: wear anything purple.
• Thursday 12th November, 11.30am for 12.00 pm lunch (hot meal plus sweets, tea & coffee)
• @ Kianinny Cabins in Tathra.
Car Pooling will be available. You need to tell Lyn Murphy you require a lift when you book in. Feel free to wear a mask if you wish.
Some links below shared from other VIEW Clubs. I'm sure Bega VIEW members would have some great stories to share during our lockdown.
A friend shared this...
These lockdowns are getting annoying and quite frankly I’ve had enough. I’ve discussed the matter over a cup of tea with the kitchen sink, and we both agree that the experience is draining.
I didn’t mention anything to the washing machine as she puts the wrong spin on everything.
Same with the fridge. He only gives cold shoulder. I asked the lamp, but she couldn’t shed any new light on the situation.
The vacuum cleaner was rather rude and told me to suck it up Princess. The threshold was no better, it suggested I get over it.
The carpet advised me to sweep my feelings under the rug. But the fan was more upbeat and thought that the crisis would soon blow over.
The toilet looked a bit flushed and didn’t offer an opinion.
The wall didn’t say a word either, just gave me a blank stare.
The doorknob was more forthcoming - told me to get a firm grip on the situation and move on.
The front door declared I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to.....you guessed it right - pull myself together.
Then the chair told me to table it, and the table remarked , I didn’t have a leg to stand on. When I told the table to break a leg, the mirror said that my comments reflected poorly on my thinking .
However, in the end, the iron set things straight . She said everything will be fine .
No situation is too pressing for long anyways.
Stay safe everyone
2020 March 3
Local VIEW members attend VIEW’s 60th
Anniversary Diamond Jubilee event with NSW Governor
Members from Bega Evening VIEW Club, Carleen Maley and Pat McRae, both Past National Vice Presidents, were delighted to join the NSW Governor and fellow VIEW members at a morning tea on 3 March to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding, at NSW Government House, Sydney.
In celebration of the significant milestone of VIEW’s 60th birthday, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales praised past and present VIEW women on their contribution to changing the lives of children and young people over many years.
“It gives me great pleasure to celebrate this occasion with the dedicated women of VIEW. From its small beginnings in Balgowlah in Sydney’s north, VIEW has made an immense contribution to Australian society for six decades,” Ms Beazley said.
“Founded at a time of great social change in Australia, particularly for women, VIEW has constantly evolved to meet the changing needs of society, while never losing sight of its important objectives - to support women, The Smith Family and disadvantaged young people,” she said.
“I congratulate you all on your valuable contribution as fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers and advocates for The Smith Family. Enjoy your year of celebrations.”
The Governor's morning tea marked the start of celebrations across the country. VIEW members Carleen and Pat from Bega Evening VIEW Club joined VIEW National President 2020-21 Anne-Louise O’Connor, Head of State and Territory Operations, The Smith Family Leonie Green, and other representatives from The Smith Family at the Governor’s morning tea.
VIEW’s National President Anne-Louise O’Connor said she was proud to be leading the organisation in this milestone year.
Pat and Carleen Showing the National Banner
Government House Morning Tea
Carleen, The Governor, Margaret Beasley, Pat McRae
Carleen, with the wonderful Administrators from National Office, Olga and Sonia, and Pat with Government House in the background.
The scenery from Government House in the background
Jennifer Hibburd receives her decade badge from VIEW President Judith Reid.
A great October meeting at the Bega Heritage Centre.
Margaret and Beverley received their badges from president, Judith.
Denise and Carleen, guest speakers, at the November meeting spoke on their role as Pastoral Carers at the South East Regional Hospital.
2019 Convention with Bega
Marie, Carleen, Judith and Veronica attended the 2019 National VIEW Convention at Twin Waters between 13 and 15 of September.
Mystical Masquerade Ball
2019 Convention with Bega
Carleen Past National Vice President 2008-09, Dr Craig Challen SC OAM Guest Speaker and Heather Past National Vice President 2010 from SA
Incoming VIEW National President 2020 Ann-Louise and Carleen
2019 August Guest Speaker
Kerry Grey from Services NSW
Veronica receives her 10 year badge from National Vice President, Pat.
Lucky Barbara Black won the raffle. prize
Vice President, Joyce Smith with Annie Hayson who won the lucky door prize.
Janny Earnshaw was guest speaker at Bega Evening VIEW Club's July dinner. Janny is a native of Holland, who immigrated to Australia as a young lady, and she gave a very informative and interesting talk about growing up in Amsterdam, particularly what it was like during the war years. She also passed around a lot of photos and information on Amsterdam which members found very interesting.
Helen Groch thanking Janny Earnshaw, our guest speaker.
Sharyn, Helen and Jann
Bega Evening VIEW Club's chairperson for the evening Jann McNeil, thanking Littleton Café for the delicious meals and their friendship.
Volunteer for Isolated Student Education
Sharyn Whiting gave a very interesting, moving, funny and at times sad talk on her experience as a volunteer teacher in the outback working for VISE. Not only did Sharyn teach isolated children their school work but she has also been a jack of all trades, helping with the farm animals, house sitting homesteads when the family are away and cleaning whole houses after huge dust storms. She is so involved with the children that she teaches she is almost their nanny. These children, and their families, are and will remain, life long friends.
Veronica receives the lucky door prize donated by Lesley
A wonderful May meeting for mothers day celebrations. Some mums were lucky to have their daughters with them.
Lots of memories were shared by members presenting a photo and reminiscing about their mum.
Diane and Nicky publicly thanked their mums for all the good and caring times during their upbringing.
Helen, donator of the raffle prize, presented lucky Anne with her prize
Member Sue with her visitor Beverley at our Mothers Day Celebrations
Bega Evening 40th - Inaugural President, and past presidents cutting the cake.
Bega Evening 40th - inaugural members. Back row Joyce and Carol, Front Inaugural president Margaret and Beth
Celebrating Bega Evening's 40th Birthday, 11 April 2019
Bega Evening 40th Jann McNeil, Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Kristy McBain, National Vice President Pat McRae
Visitors from Merimbula Evening Club
Decade Badges presented by NVP Pat McRae to Carole Stoney (40yrs), Barbara Ubrihien (30), Jann McNeil, Lesley Baird, Kathy Gowing (20) and made special welcome to inaugural members present.
2019 March - Happy 80th Birthday, Lesley
Lesley Baird being congratulated by Vice President Joyce Smith.
Lucy Little, our guest speaker for the March meeting presented her Lions winning oration on the topic of Perspectives. Lucy is only 16 and has a great future ahead of her. She capably answered questions put to her by the enthralled members.
Lucy Little, guest speaker, receives a gift from Veronica
2019 February Meeting
An inspiring speaker for February was Professor Leeanda Winton, who is an expert on IVF particularly in the field of older (geriatric??) mothers enlightened us many aspects of IVF.
Denise, Leeanda (guest speaker) and President Judith.
Guess who turned 80?
President Judith Reid presented Anne Sheedy with a special flower gift for her 80th Birthday
Congratulations to our member, Margaret Sirl, who received an OAM in the January honors list.
Thank you Margaret for all the wonderful work you do in our community.
Margaret Sirl, OAM and President Judith Reid
President Judith presents a members badge to Teresa Taylor
The Christmas celebration dinner was enjoyed by many with very special entertainment.
The Christmas cake raffle was won by our publicity member Robyn K.
The santa sack distribution was great fun with everyone opening their presents in anticipation.
The meal was superb with our plates overflowing.
Teresa Taylor was presented with her member's badge.
Armistice Day 100 Years Remembrance
Bega Evening VIEW celebrated on 11/11/2018 Armistice Day with stories from members using memorabilia from this day and other war events which brought back some wonderful and sad family memories which were handed down through the years which affected them and their family history.
Guess who the baby is in the photo!
Guess who the baby is in the photo!
Photos were brought to the meeting by the now grown adult and members were asked to match the photo with the member? Not many were successful but lots of fun and laughter resulted.
Beginning of the evening
End of the evening
The September Dinner created lots of fun and laughter with trading table items. The table was very full at the start of the evening but empty by the end. Everyone loves a bargain.
Good money raised for our Learning for Life Students.
Lyn Ryan thanking Bev Atkins, guest speaker, for her address to members and visitors at the August meeting.
Also enjoying our August dinner
Bev and Kath enjoying a mother and daughter evening where Bev was our Guest Speaker.
2018 July - Renate transferring to Corowa District
President, Judith saying farewell to Renate and wishing her good luck on her new adventure.
Ladies enjoying the evening at our July meeting.
2018 July - Favorite Travel Souvenirs
Bega Evening members who presented a talk on why their travel souvenirs had so much meaning. Lots of fun explanations were enjoyed by all present.
Member, Norma Smith, thanking Robyn Adams for her informative talk on Community Transport. Robyn was the guest speaker at Bega Evening VIEW Club's June dinner.
President, Judith Reid, presenting new member Anne Hayson with her name badge
Daughter Helen with her mum Marie. Helen was also our guest speaker
Happy Birthday wishes extended to Jan Goodridge with flowers for her "Big O" Birthday
2018 May - Mother's Day Celebrations
Pam Jordan with daughter Nikki
Visitors, Christine and Denise enjoying themselves at our May dinner.
Bega VIEW Club will celebrate it's 39th Birthday at the April dinner so please bring along a guest to help us celebrate. If you are new to the district and would like to attend please do so, visitors are always made welcome.
Sue Atkins, Guest Speaker at our March meeting, being thanked by Veronica Northcott
Happy 39th Birthday from the Committee
Bega VIEW Club celebrated it's 39th Birthday at the April dinner. Members and guests enjoyed helping us to celebrate.
More birthday photos below.
Joyce Smith thanking Guest Speaker, Cath Brooks, at our 39th Birthday Dinner
Welcome new member Lorraine Gregson
President Judith Reid carrying the birthday cake.
Welcome new member Anne Hayson
Margaret Ritchie receiving flowers and a hankie for her 70th Birthday from Joyce
Zone Councillor, Valerie Hobbs, presented Sue Cotterill, Renate Boulter, and Margaret Evans with their decade badges.
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