A valued part of The Smith Family

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 at 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


The August meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a lovely lunch, friendship and entertainment. At the same time you will be making a huge difference in the lives of disadvantaged students.

If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Vorna on 02 66 424 719 for catering purposes.



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

Club News

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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.


Upcoming Events

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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.



L-R Toni Tomas, Anne Dinham (Zone Councillor NMO3), Karen Hogan (wife of local MP), Hazel Oxenford, Cecilia Bayliss (National Councillor NMO)


Cecilia Bayliss, Gwynneth Denner, Ann Dinham, Val Chalker, Wendy Hunter, Toni Thomas and Yvonne Willis.


50 VIEW Years Celebrations

What a wonderful celebration held to celebrate 50 years of the Grafton VIEW Club. 

122 ladies were in attendance and many travelled from Urunga, Nambucca/Macksville, Dorrigo, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Maclean and Yamba VIEW Clubs.  These included two past National Councillors and a Past National Vice President.

Toni Thomas, National Vice President, travelled to Grafton to celebrate with us, a nostalgic visit as she had spent many years in the Clarence Valley with her young family.   Cecilia Bayliss, National Councillor, presented Hazel Oxenford with her 50 year badge, a wonderful achievement. 


National and Regional News

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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.

Grafton VIEW Club

Bunnings Coffs Harbour May 2019

Bunning’s made the generous offer to host VIEW stalls across the country. Four Clubs in Area NM Zone 02 – Bonville-Boambee, Coffs Harbour Day, Korora, Woolgoolga Day took part. A VIEW Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Tahini, Bunnings Coffs Harbour’s Activities Organiser.


Events Calendar

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

Oct 31

Blue Illusion Summer Styling Workshop

You and a friend are invited to join us in store to discover our newest collection. Our stylists will explore this season’s chic new pieces and show you how to create the perfect summer ensemble.