Bega VIEW Club
Bega 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.
Meeting on 2nd Thursday of the month
at 11.00 am for 11.30 am
President Veronica Northcott 02 64 92 2641
Vice President Joyce Smith - 02 64 921 751
Dinner bookings to Lyn Murphy on 02 64 921 631
2023 Bega VIEW Club Committee
[Back row l-r] Sue, Pam, Joy, Robyn, Barbara
[Front row l-r] Joyce, Veronica and Lyn.
A Very Warm Welcome to Members and Guests - Bookings Lyn Murphy 6492 1631
March Newsletter, click here for more details.
Thursday 9th March Meeting 11.15 for 11.30am Grand Hotel Games Room
9th March Luncheon is International Women’s Day, the guest speaker will be Narelle McCrohan, an outback nurse.
Annual Subscriptions are now due; please pay treasurer $20 ASAP. Renewals needed before 31st March!
April is our 44th Birthday, plans are in hand, High Tea at Bega Country Club.
2023 March - Welcome to Pauline
Pauline Allan was presented with her new membership badge by Vice President Joyce Smith
2023 March - Exciting life of an Outback Nurse
Sue Holzauser thanked guest speaker Narelle McCrohan for her interesting and informative talk on her career and duties as an outback nurse.
Congratulations to our member, Daphne Sweeney on being awarded awarded Senior Citizen of the Year by Bega Valley Shire
Anne Comery, Zone Councillor, presented member Val Rose with her 10 year badge.
2023 February - Annual General Meeting
Almost a full committee. We would love to have a member come forward and offer to be the Delegate for 2023.
After the elections Margaret Evans gave a talk on her trip to Iceland and was thanked by Sue Holzhauser
Robyn and Margaret enjoyed the opportunity of helping each other with the presentation.
AREA NG ZONE 03 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
On 22 November Zone NG03 held their Christmas celebrations at the Heritage Centre Bega Cheese, where Santa and Mrs Santa visited the members.
Peter Ubrihien a local historian and farmer entertained the members with the history of the Bega valley.
Members represented VIEW Clubs from Narooma, Merimbula Evening, Merimbula Day, Eden and Bega.
Anne Comery, Zone Councillor organized a number of surprises for members via Santa. Lots of laughter was heard.
Lyn Ryan presenting guest speaker Shirley Sproats with a bouquet of flowers as a token of thanks.
New Member, Olive Allen and Sponsor Robyn Koellner.
Past National Vice President, Pat McRae presenting new member Olive Allen with her badge and her sponsor Robyn Koellner.
2022 October Luncheon
Celebrating The Smith Family 100 years
The Bega VIEW Club had a wonderful day celebrating The Smith Family 100 years in operation.
Two new members received their welcoming badges and information pack from the past national vice president, Pat McRae.
A tasty meal was prepared and served by the Bega Hospital Auxiliary ladies.
To complete the day a trading table with lots of goodies was soon empty. Our Learning for Life student is supported by our fund raising activities.
2022 National Convention
Many ladies from our area attended the National Convention in Adelaide and hopefully would like to attend the next one in 2023 at Hobart.
As by the pictures below you can see that there were many activities and events happening. What a great time we all had dressing up, dancing, meeting up with old friends and of course the fantastic guest speakers. Wendy Harmer had us in stitches in the afternoon and evening functions.
THE JULY WORKING BEE
Decisions - Which photo to enter the "Make a Spectacle Competition"
30 year badge presented to Mary Armstrong
2022 April - Birthday celebrations
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
President Judith's last meeting 2021 at Bega Evening VIEW Club as she has sold her home and will be moving to Beauty Point Retirement Village in Padstow Heights Sydney.
Hello wonderful VIEW members,
Long time no see! That is about to change. We are meeting for our October dinner at the Bega Country Club for a Pizza and Pavlova night. Dress is to be casual because we want a relaxed, social evening. There will be a trading table, so bring your money and goods to sell. All details are in the attached newsletter.
DINNER INFORMATION - Members must be fully vaccinated to enter Bega Country Club!
BOOKINGS - Contact Lyn
2021 September Announcements
First Frivolous – Bega Evening VIEW Club (NSW) in canoes on the river
A Raffle Prize valued at $600 - 3rd Prize Winner – Carleen Maley, Bega Evening VIEW Club
NEWS UPDATE FROM NATIONAL OFFICE
(Note - Frivolous – Bega Evening VIEW Club (NSW) in canoes on the river)
Congratulations to VIEW National Executive who will take office in January 2022.
National President, Margaret Woodhouse (Victoria) - from North and Western Metropolitan Melbourne & North and Western Country (Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club),
National Vice President, Evelyn Berg (Qld) - from Gold Coast and Darling Downs (Runaway Bay VIEW Club)
National Vice President, Elizabeth Birch (NSW) - from Upper Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley Region NSW (Yamba Evening VIEW Club).
Congratulations to VIEW National Executive who will take office in January 2022.
VIEW National Convention Online Raffle Draw
Raffle Winners were drawn on Saturday 11 September and will be notified by email and a list will be posted on the VIEW website at http://view.org.au/events/national-convention-2021/.
1st Prize Winner – Margaret Cameron, Carindale VIEW Club
2nd Prize Winner – Valerie Leiner Figtree Evening VIEW Club
3rd Prize Winner – Carleen Maley, Bega Evening VIEW Club
For all other prize winners please the website. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those members (past and present), family and friends who entered the raffle. Ticket sales raised $29,085 for The Smith Family.
Resolution Voting Results
Resolution votes were tallied resulting in all three resolutions being carried.
Following is the order of preference:
- Social and affordable housing for women and children
- Reduce the use of plastic to assist our environment nationally
- Better support for students to prepare for their post school futures
These results will also be available on the VIEW Website (http://view.org.au/who-we-are/resolutions/) and this will become the focus of advocacy and lobbying work for the coming years.
2021 September Newsletter
Paint the Town Purple Photo Competition
Thank you to all who participated in this competition. There were 64 entries which saw a fifth category Ponchos in Iso added with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and due to the number of entrants Fun and Frivolous was divided into separate categories. Congratulations to all entrants. The winners are:
Best Group – Kempsey VIEW Club (NSW) under the jacaranda tree
Most Exotic Location – Mordialloc/Chelsea VIEW Club (VIC) in Antarctica
Most Innovative – Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club (NSW) Bowled over in Bowling Alley
Ponchos in Iso – Casino VIEW Club (NSW) – in isolation Howard Springs NT
Due to the number of entries in the Fun & Frivolous category it was decided to divide them into separate categories
Fun – Aspley VIEW Club (QLD), having fun on a pier with their purple mascot
Frivolous – Bega Evening VIEW Club (NSW) in canoes on the river
To see all the entries please go to http://view.org.au/resources/awards-and-competitions/.
National President 2020-21
Please Note that our meetings have been cancelled owing to Covid-19 restrictions.
Our long serving member, Janny, cutting the cake.
Remembering Their Mum
Our Treasurer and President - enjoying the torture or the undergarments.
2021 May Birthday and Mothers Day
Bega Evening celebrated their 41st Birthday in combination with reminising mothers day where members were asked to wear or display some items of their mothers. Lots of happy memories were shared via jewellery, furs and of course undies that mum used to wear. Lots of laughter and some tears resulted.
Also during the meeting 10, 20 40 year membership badges were presented to Vicky, Robyn and Goody.
Badges: Vicki Kennaugh 20 years, Robyn Koellner 10 years, Goody 40 years
Three new members were also presented with their name badge and welcoming pack.
Wendy Davis, Lyn Hiscocks, Kathy Rix and President Judith
Looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting 10 June.
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.
Click here to download the March Dinner Minutes
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.
Click on the newsletter for more details.
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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.
National and Regional News
VIEW National Convention 2022 highlights
VIEW members from across Australia came together in Adelaide for three wonderful days of inspirational speakers, VIEW celebrations, learning, socialising and having fun!Read more...
ND Gala Day 2022
A successful Gala Day was recently held at Woolooware Golf Club. There were seventy-six (76) guests representing Eleven clubs from Area ND, Area NC, Area NB and Area NE. Our guest speaker was Suanne Sneddon - Illawarra/Shoalhaven Team Leader.Read more...
Community Expo in Ulladulla
Community Connect Southern Shoalhaven (CCSS) recently held their inaugural Community Expo at the Ulladulla Civic Centre where sixty (60) local Community not-for-profit organisations came together to show their wares. VIEW was well represented on the day;Read more...
We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!
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.