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Grafton VIEW Club


Grafton VIEW was formed in 1967.

Club members are involved in raising donations for the Learning for Life Program, which is targeted towards the education of disadvantaged students, whom we support. VIEW is a not-for-profit organization.

If you truly believe that supporting a child's education is the best way to break the cycle of disadvantage, then all you need to do is come along to enjoy a meal in friendship with entertainment, which is usually an interesting and motivated guest speaker.

The daytime meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, commencing at 10.30 am at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, Grafton.

For more information the contact is Helen on        02 66 423 867.


  • Meeting Day on 4th Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am
  • at Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, Grafton


Helen - 02 66 423 867





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Grafton District Services Club 105-107 Mary Street, GRAFTON, NSW 2460

Club News

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2020 COVID-19 Update for Grafton

We thank you for sharing over the years many fond memories of VIEW Club’s 53 years in Grafton.

As the Federal & State Governments relax Covid-19 containment measures in accordance with Health Authority advice, Grafton VIEW Club is now able to consider & work towards further meetings & activities, so that we will be up & running socially once again.

One highlight to consider is the Grafton VIEW Club’s 53rd Birthday Luncheon, which is to be held on Friday 30th October, Jacaranda Friday. The function will have a “Garden Party” theme. More details will be published later. Everyone loves a birthday party, so pencil in this date on your calendar.

For those wondering, VIEW Club is not a camera club! It is a network of women supporting & sponsoring students on the Learning for Life Program. VIEW is one of more than 300 clubs around Australia for women of all ages. This club offers you a friendship network, providing fun & a sense of purpose through supporting the education of disadvantaged Australian children. All you have to do is come along, meet new & old friends & enjoy a luscious meal with entertainment thrown in.

Grafton View Club is there for you to help, so make your decision to come along & have some fun as well. For more information please phone Helen 66423867.

See you there! 

Dr Jeanette Calvi

Grafton Celebrates 52nd Birthday

Everyone loves a birthday party! “The importance of birthdays is not how many you have had, but rather how well you have celebrated.” And, that’s just what VIEW did! Ninety one guests joined to celebrate VIEW’s 52 years in Grafton. Together, friendship was extended with the simple, but rewarding, pleasure of sharing a tasty meal at the Grafton District Services Club. At the same time a child’s education was ultimately supported in breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Now, that in itself is a celebration!

At the birthday luncheon, Val Chalker, Past National Counsellor, presented Helen Cashel with her 20 years membership badge. 

The Jacaranda Party arrived to partake in greeting all a Happy 52nd Birthday.






Then Val Chalker, Faye Stone & Helen Cashel cut the pretty birthday cake to be shared around the decorated Jacaranda tables. The cake was made by VIEW member Norma Merlino.

Various members presented themselves to be judged as Jacaranda Queen & Princess. That was a hard choice! Barbara Franks was chosen as Queen, & Elaine Stephenson as Princess. A little frivolity followed with a “Jacaranda Parade”.

Entertainment followed a tasty meal with the Grafton Ukettes. Members sang along, & tapped their feet to well-known favourites.

There were many Tombola prizes distributed to gleeful winners, as well as lucky door prizes. The main raffle had amazing prizes, such as a microwave oven, alabaster clock, jewellery & a lot more. The prizes went to the following winners. Belinda Steele; Joy Ford; Barbara Franks; Ailsa Moran; Elaine Stephenson; Mary Reynolds; Helen Payne; Colleen Ross; Heather Hughes; Von Rodgers; Cheryl Shepherd. GDSC vouchers went to Joyce Campbell; Sandra Simpson; Arthur Bernard, & Pat Connelly. Congratulations! 

VIEW has so much to offer, so why not come along to our next meeting in 2020. You will make new friends, & renew the old ones. The most important point is that you will be supporting, & making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children.

The first meeting in 2020  will be held on Tuesday 25 February.  Please make the decision to come along & phone Vorna on 66424719 for catering purposes.

Stories of Grafton at VIEW

The July guest speaker was Pat James, President of the Historical Society at Schaeffer House. Pat voiced the history of Grafton, adding stories about the origin of the old buildings around the town. In 1840 Richard Craig arrived, & later ships sailed up the coast & into the Clarence River where a settlement began around a timber industry. German migrants arrived, who were skilled people, especially architects, gardeners & nurserymen.

In 1859, Grafton became a municipality. Streets were cleared, & through Henry Volkers, many trees were planted as well as Jacarandas. In 1966, the old Schaeffer House in Fitzroy Street was purchased by the then Grafton City Council to store valuable collections, which had been kept in the old Council Chambers. A lot of the history of Grafton resides here at Schaeffer House, & the Research Room stores thousands of records dating back to 1859. It was in 1859 that Grafton was proclaimed to be a ‘City’. Hopefully, this title will be returned. Pat pointed out that volunteers at Schaeffer House are there to help pass history to the next generation, & generations to come. She emphasised that history is important, & the future is important.


New members in July 2019

At the July meeting, Merrelle Trill (pictured below) was presented with her member’s badge and officially welcomed to the Grafton VIEW Club.



President Faye Stone presented new member, Barbara Franks, (pictured below) with her membership badge & officially welcomed her to the Grafton VIEW Club, Zone MN03.

The Lucky Door Prize was received by Lyn Irving, & the Raffle Prize went to Barbara Franks.


Succeeding in Life 

The guest speaker for April was Betty Calloway, who spoke of her life as     My very small footprint.

She told a story of her personal challenge, commencing with the background of her parents as immigrants arriving in Australia. She described her life growing up at school, & how she was placed in an Opportunity Class in years four & five.

As time went by, Betty married & had three children. Sadly, her husband died leaving Betty with a very young family. It was a struggle, & to make ends meet, she took in ironing & did other jobs. Betty always dreamt of becoming a teacher, & eventually was accepted to do the Leaving Certificate at a school, which fitted in with looking after a family.

Betty passed with flying colours, & was accepted to Alexander Mackie Teachers’ College. She was the first widow to be accepted to Teachers’ College with dependent children. Many newspaper articles were published about her struggle. Betty proudly graduated to teach for many years, working her way to Assistant Principal. Indeed a brilliant & enlightening story!



Whats Happening In Grafton

Have you ever wondered about what you could do to help disadvantaged children? VIEW Club has an easy answer to this! All you have to do is accept VIEW Club’s invitation to enjoy sharing a meal once a month with women of all ages, & listen to a guest speaker. This guest speaker can enlighten, & perhaps enlarge your perception of what it is to participate as an active community citizen. Such a simple & rewarding pleasure can help so many disadvantaged children to a better education. 

VIEW also holds coffee mornings, & occasions where friendships can be cultivated & maintained for a lifetime.

Notes for May

At the May meeting votes will be taken for The Voice of VIEW National Resolutions in preparation for the National Convention. Some interesting votes to be presented!

The guest speaker for the May meeting will be Simon Trivett. Simon is a solicitor at Pollack, Greening & Hampshire. He will be using a PowerPoint presentation, & is open to any questions you may have been thinking about.

The next VIEW meeting will be Tuesday 28th May, commencing at 10.30am at Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street.

Please jot this date onto your calendar so that you don’t miss out on fun & friendship at the Grafton VIEW Club. Please phone Vorna for catering purposes at 66424719.

More April News

At the April meeting, the raffle was won by Sandra Simpson, & the lucky door prize went to Lyn Irving. The Thought Book was taken by Sandra Simpson.

During the month, members attended & enjoyed the Red Cross morning tea, & the Grafton CWA fashion parade.


National and Regional News

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Grafton VIEW Club

NB02 Blue Illusion National Shopping and Styling Day

Past National President, Gwen Wilton, and NB02 National Councillor, Jo Gray, had a wonderful day attending the Blue Illusion National Shopping and Styling day in Bowral to support The Smith Family. NB02 Clubs Kangaroo Valley, Wollondilly, Picton, Southern Highlands, Camden, Macarthur, Campbelltown and Ingleburn.

Grafton VIEW Club

Area NB Walk with VIEW

Area NB held a Walk with VIEW on Monday 19 August at Picton Botanic Gardens where head gardener, Craig of Wollondilly Council, spoke on how to get the best out of our roses. Clubs are from NB01: Albion Park, Dapto, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Helensburgh, Illawarra, Kiama, Shellharbour and NB02: Camden, Campbelltown, Ingleburn, Macarthur, Picton, Southern Highlands, Wollondilly.

Grafton VIEW Club

NH01 Walk with VIEW

NH01 Zone Conference held on 28th October 2018 at Eat Your Greens Function Centre Eugowra was attended by 45 members from all clubs across the zone. The balloons in the photo represent the 22 Learning for Life students sponsored across the clubs in the zone.


Events Calendar

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

Oct 26

60th Anniversary Gala - Area NG NSW South Coast Berry to Eden

Monday, 26 October 2020 at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

Oct 30

Sydney 60th Anniversary Celebration - Sydney

We are pleased to announce VIEW's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebrations will be held in Sydney on Friday 30 October 2020. You are invited to come and join in the fun and celebrations….