A valued part of The Smith Family

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

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Grand Hotel, Carp Street, BEGA, NSW 2550

Club News

 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 home phone 02 6492 1631 

The next meeting will be Thursday 8th June at Grand Hotel Games Room. 11.15 for 11.30am 


Click on links below to read the resolutions

No 1 Resolution        No 2 Resolution       No 3 Resolution

 Bingo as luncheon entertainment to add some light heartedness after resolutions!

 Members to order off the menu and pay for own lunch (Chinese and Australian)

 We ask for a minimum donation of $5.00 towards our LFL students and The Smith Family.

 Thank you to Barbara Black for the raffle prize and Jann McNeil for lucky door prize.

 $50 club will also be available, $2 each and will be drawn even if not all sold.

June Newsletter


2023 April 24 

Welcome Morning Tea

National Vice Presidents Elizabeth Birch and Evelyn Berg attended an informal Morning Tea for NG03 Club Executive and Committee Members at Oaklands Pambula.

VIEW NG03 Zone Councillor and National Vice Presidents

Bega VIEW Club members with Executives at the Morning Tea.


ANZAC Day 25th April

National Vice Presidents attended the ANZAC Ceremony at Tathra with Passed National Vice Presidents Pat and Carleen.



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.


2023 February

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.


2022 Christmas


2022 December




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.


2022 November
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. 





Decisions - Which photo to enter the "Make a Spectacle Competition"  



2022 May
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. 


2021 October

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.

 2021 October 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



(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:

  1. Social and affordable housing for women and children
  2. Reduce the use of plastic to assist our environment nationally
  3. 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 

Vale Margaret Sirl

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/.

Anne-Louise O’Connor
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

2021 April

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 

2021 March 

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


2021 March

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.


2021 February

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

  1. 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?  
  1. 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.

2020 Newsletters

Click on the newsletter for more details.

2020 December      

2020 November

2020 October     

2020 September

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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.

Recipe Swap for Covid19

Smiles in July

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

2019 October

Jennifer Hibburd receives her decade badge from VIEW President Judith Reid.

A great October meeting at the Bega Heritage Centre.

2019 November

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

2019 August

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.


2019 July

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.


2019 June

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


2019 May

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.


2019 March

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

2018 Christmas

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


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2018 Area NM Gala

Area NM held their Gala in September at Sawtell Golf Club with 100 VIEW members and friends. The theme for the day was "An Elegant Affair" and the attendees each received an elegant clutch purse which were beautifully crafted by members from Coffs City Evening VIEW Club, Coffs Harbour Day VIEW Club and Woolgoolga Day VIEW Club.

Bega  VIEW Club

Area NA Gala at East Maitland

On Saturday July 21, 2018 150 VIEW (Voice Interest and Education of Women) Club Members, from the Hunter and Central Coast, came together to celebrate a day of friendship at the East Maitland Bowling Club.

Bega  VIEW Club

NA01 Zone Conference

One hundred and nine women descended on the East Maitland Bowling Club on Saturday May 20, 2017 for NA 01 VIEW Clubs’ Zone Conference. Members came from the following clubs– Abermain, Cessnock, Maitland, Myall River, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Stockton and Tilligerry as well as Branxton, Hunter, Muswellbrook and Redhead. Also attending was National Vice President Gloria Walter, Past National President Lorraine Montgomery and Past National Vice President Chris Newell.


Events Calendar

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

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.