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Gloucester VIEW Club

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Gloucester VIEW Club was formed in 1989.

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.

When

  • Meeting Day on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11.00am for 11.30am 
  • at Club Gloucester, Denison Street, Gloucester

Contact

  • President:  Vivien - Ph: 02 65 581261

 

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GLOUCESTER

Denison Street, GLOUCESTER, NSW 2422

Club News

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Meet Our 2022 Committee

 

Photo: 2022 Committee with Zone Councillor Dianne (seated middle). 

Christmas Celebrations

Zone Councillor Diannne opening proceedings

Raffle winner President Vivien and local artist Bev Barbour

 

2022 December

Members and guests celebrated Christmas with a luncheon held at Club Gloucester.  With thanks to Judy H, the auditorium was made festive with a tree, decorations and Christmas music playing and the table decorations, were beautifully done as usual.

As some guests had travelled from Taree, Tea Gardens Hawks Nest and further afield, it was thanks to Judy E that morning tea was available, while others checked out the Trading Table (thank you Margaret), Guessing Competition, 100 Club or bought tickets in the major fundraiser artwork.

The major fundraising raffle of a framed pastel artwork of irises by local artist Bev Barbour was drawn and the lucky winner was President Vivien. Congratulations Vivien and a huge thank you to Bev for her generous donation.  Lunch was delicious with special attention paid to providing a festive meal (thanks to Land & Sea and member Pat R). Zone Councillor Dianne Fiddes cut the Christmas cake which was made by member Rae and later distributed.

The afternoon wound up with a fun festive Trivia Quiz organised by  Bev - no prizes but plenty of chocolates!

Your Committee of Vivien, Judy H, Jenny J, Bev M, Chris R, Marlene M, Judy E, Pat R and Jenny G wishes all members a very happy Christmas and all the best for the coming year. We are in recess until the Annual General Meeting on 21st February 2023 when the new Committee will be inducted.

Happy Christmas Everyone

Members Entertain

Member Delsie B (pictured below in blue) entertained with her life’s profile while Pat R (pictured below in pink) read some hilarious poems by well-known British poet Pam Ayres.

  

2022 November

A good turn up of members and guests enjoyed an interesting and fun November Luncheon Meeting.

President Vivien thanked several Committee members for their hard work and dedication including Judy H, Pat R, Jenny G, and Margaret S; also reminding members to lodge their nomination forms for the 2023 Committee.

Lunch was, as usual, delicious, thanks to the catering by Land & Sea. Along with the Trading Table, raffles and lucky door prize a special lucky door prize from Milady Hair Salon was also presented. Tickets in the major fundraiser (pastel depiction of irises by Bev Barbour) are selling well and the winner will be announced at the Christmas luncheon on 20th December. (Remember the theme of Christmas Colours.)

L-R: Marlene and Christine looking after the finance

 

 

Benefits of Pilates

With eleven apologies our numbers were down a little, but twenty-six members enjoyed a meal provided by Land & Sea before settling down to listen to guest speaker Mandy Tomlinson.  Mandy spoke about the benefits to be gained from practising Pilates.

2022 October

The Trading Table was packed with goodies ranging from books, magazines, plants, fresh vegetables to cooking items while tickets for the major fundraiser, an artwork donated by artist Bev Barbour, were selling well.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas luncheon; a wonderful present for someone!

Guest Speaker Bev

After another delicious meal the guest speaker, well known local artist Bev Barbour, spoke about how her interest in art began while she demonstrated how to use pastels by producing a picture in blue of the iris flower. Members thoroughly enjoyed Bev’s talk and Assistant Secretary Bev M presented her with a thank-you gift.

 

Guest Speaker Bev Barbour, with some of her art

2022 September

Recently thirty members, and guest Bev Barbour, attended the September Luncheon meeting.  In addition to the usual business and celebration of birthdays two members, Robyn and Margie were presented with their badges by President Vivien.

Three resolutions which had been read for consideration at the August meeting were again presented and voted on. It was noted that the Centenary Gala had made a profit with our Zone’s share of $2440 being donated to several different programs such as Literacy Support Packages and Links to Learning. Well done to those who supported the Gala.

Another time of fun and friendship.

Robyn and Margie were presented with their badges by President Vivien.

 

2022 National Convention Adelaide

“Two of our members attended the Adelaide Convention and met up with old friends while having fun and making new VIEW friends from many different areas.

Both Judy and Rae are urging our members to attend the next National VIEW Convention in Hobart September 2023.”

Photo: Judy (left) and Rae (right) meeting up with old friend June (middle).

 

Members had brought in photos of themselves as babies and participants tried to guess and answer "Who do you this this is?"

 

2022 AUGUST LUNCHEON REPORT

Although numbers were down slightly our guest Carol and those members who did attend enjoyed the usual fun and friendship that is always on display at any VIEW Club get-together.

The greeting committee of Chris R, Pat R and Judy E were as busy as usual with Judy “learning the ropes” so she can fill in  for Chris next month (wearing two hats as she is also our Delegate). As usual the tables were beautifully decorated by Judy H .Elaine  M provided her usual cooking for the Trading Table which is always much appreciated and assisted Bev M who was replacing Marg S for the day. Welfare Officer Jenny G brought us all up-to-date on those members who are going through some health issues while Newsletter Editor Pat R distributed the August copy - as usual, a job well done.

A delicious and warming lunch was served followed by the special activity of “Guess Who This Is”.

Members had brought in photos of themselves as babies. Secretary Jenny had laid these photos out and provided paper and pens for members to write their answers (mostly guesses) on. Much laughter and conversation later President Vivien read out the correct answers and it was generally agreed that next time the photos should be of older children - perhaps first day at school -as it had been exceedingly difficult to guess the babies! Difficult but interesting.”

 

2022 Jewellery July Party

HOW GOOD WAS JEWELLERY JULY?

Members were very enthusiastic; not only providing a bounty of costume jewellery for the Trading Table but then purchasing pieces that caught their eye, therefore once again supporting our Learning for Life students.

Once the usual business was done, including recognition of birthdays, drawing of raffles and discovering the lucky door prize winner, the Make a Spectacle Competition entries , made by our talented and creative Rae, were modelled. And then it was lunch; delicious soups which were a great winter warmer on a very cold day.

It was lovely to see members mingling, chatting and laughing, upholding the VIEW Mission of being a valued support network for women.

           

  

Banner Presentation

2022 June

Members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch  at the recent June Luncheon Meeting, at Land & Sea Restaurant at Club Gloucester.  Thanks also to Club Gloucester; both these businesses continue to support our Club which is much appreciated.

The new Club banner was presented and was met with the approval of both committee and general members.  Following the general meeting, a non-competitive Trivia Quiz took place with much laughter and chat as answers were discussed.

Several members will travel to Taree next Tuesday to join in them for their 55th birthday celebration.

 

2022 May

The cake which was shared amongst the members and guests

Zone Councillor  Dianne with President Vivien

 

33rd Birthday Celebrations

 

Sixty members and guests celebrated this milestone with a delicious lunch at Club Gloucester on Tuesday 17th May 2022.

With a lucky door prize for each table, raffles, 100 Club and Trading Table in full swing there was fun and friendship aplenty topped off with a great fashion parade presented by local business Elk & Willow Boutique.

 

One of the models on the catwalk

2022 April

L-R: President Vivien, Assistant Secretary Bev M, Vice President Judy H, Newsletter Editor Pat R, Member Kate

 

ANZAC Memories and Remembering the Vietnam War

Members and guests enjoyed a lovely get-together on 19th April and it was great to see so many arrive early to catch-up with friends before the meeting.

The usual business was attended to, birthdays and anniversaries celebrated and raffles drawn. Much laughter ensued when the lucky door prize went unclaimed despite several efforts but was finally claimed on the sixth attempt!

A delicious lunch was served after which an ANZAC presentation featuring the Vietnam War, prepared by Committee members Bev M and Pat R was  delivered, followed by the distribution of home-made ANZAC biscuits.

Lest We Forget.

Members are looking forward to the next meeting on 17th May when the Club will celebrate its thirty third birthday and its support of five Learning for Life  students.

St Patrick's Day

2022 March

Our monthly meeting was held on 15th March where, as well as the usual reports given, a celebration of all things Irish was held.

This year we attempted something different - members took turns delivering Irish jokes which caused much laughter and chatter.

Tables were beautifully decorated by Judy H; the Trading Table thrived under Marg S’ salesmanship; lucky door prize and raffles were drawn while March birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated followed by a delicious Irish meal.

 

International Women's Day

 

2022 March

Gloucester VIEW Club hosted a morning tea on 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Despite inclement weather 24 ladies enjoyed a morning of friendship while acknowledging the strong women they know.

2022 Annual General Meeting

Our successful AGM, followed by the February General Meeting was recently held at Club Gloucester.  This was attended by thirty eight members, and one guest as well as Zone Councillor, Dianne Fiddes, while five apologies were received.   ZC Dianne conducted the induction of the incoming committee with all positions being filled except that of Welfare Officer. 

Many of the 2021 Committee were returned: President Vivien, Vice President Judy H, Assistant Secretary/Publicity Officer Bev, Newsletter Editor/Catering Cordinator Pat R while last year’s Assistant Treasurer Chris stepped up to become Treasurer, and Secretary Judy E became our Delegate. A big welcome to the new members, Secretary Jenifer J and Assistant Treasurer Marlene M.

President Vivien presented thank you acknowledgements to outgoing Treasurer Pat G and to Rae D who has decorated our tables over many years but has decided to enjoy a rest this year.  New member Bev H was presented with her badge and 100% Attendance Certificates were given to 14 members.

Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated, raffles and lucky door prize drawn and a delicious meal followed.  As usual it was a lovely day of laughter and friendship with all members looking forward to another year of supporting our five Learning for Life students.

 

Getting to know our members.

 

2021 November

Thirty one members (seven apologies) and five guests attended the November Luncheon Meeting at Club Gloucester on Tuesday 16th.

The usual business was attended to and Welfare Officer Elaine gave updates on three members who are at various stages of recovery from operations as well as ex-Delegate Sue’s progress in trying to settle in Queensland. (She has been marooned on the NSW side of the border since August!)

November birthdays were celebrated and raffles drawn. The Lucky Door prize is usually awarded to the member with a red dot underneath their placemat but, for the first time, it wasn’t claimed as that seat was vacant! Quick thinking solved the dilemma – each placemat is numbered, a number was chosen at random and the lucky winner was Robyn, one of the guests.

Grace was said, followed by a delicious lunch after which the second instalment of our “Getting to Know Our Members” segment with Ann Cullun and Betty Freeman regaling us with different aspects of their life stories – very interesting.

Our last meeting of the year will be the Christmas Luncheon Meeting on 21st December and our members take this opportunity to wish VIEW Club members everywhere a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2022.

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Events Calendar

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

Mar 8

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrations are happening around the country at your local VIEW club.

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.