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 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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One Members Journey with VIEW

Meet Jeanette Calvi from Grafton Evening VIEW Club.

Jeanette has been a VIEW member for 38 years.  She recently contacted us to share how her life with VIEW began!

‘All that time ago, I moved from Sydney to Grafton, just after returning from London, with my husband and family.  We purchased a pharmacy in Grafton, which was the reason for moving.  I thought I would be lonely after leaving all my friends and family in Sydney.

However, one-day a lovely lady introduced herself, and invited me to join the Grafton Evening VIEW Club.  I had vaguely heard of this organisation and asked what it involved and what did I have to do.

She explained what VIEW stood for, and said all you have to do is enjoy yourself with a tasty dinner, listen to a motivated guest speaker, and at the same time, help disadvantaged people.

What could I say!  One couldn’t disagree with that so I went along and here I am….an active member for 38 years.

I was welcomed into Grafton’s open arms.  What a tree change!’  





2020 Christmas in Grafton

Christmas celebrations were recently held at the Grafton District Services Club with members seated at brightly decorated tables, celebrating the final meeting for 2020.

A tasty homemade Christmas cake was cut by Elaine and President Faye. The special cake was shared and savored by the members.  Several lucky door prizes were won, with the raffle prize going to Sandra. 

Instead of a guest speaker this month, several members spoke about happenings within their lifetime. Norma spoke about the war years, and how her father had built an air raid shelter under the house. Sandra had everyone rolling with laughter with her stories about night duty in the nursing wards. Joyce told rewarding stories of her experience in Special Schools. Finally, Helen read a funny poem about lack of rest and sleep in hospital.

The next social outing will be held at the Crown Hotel for a lunch, overlooking the beautiful Clarence River, on Tuesday 19th January at midday, while the first meeting for 2021 will be held at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street on Tuesday, 23rd February, commencing at 10.30 am.

Our members genuinely believe that VIEW’s support of a child’s education is the best way to help break the poverty cycle, influencing ongoing generations. You can help by simply coming along to VIEW Club meetings to enjoy a meal with entertainment, which is usually an interesting and motivational guest speaker. At the same time, you can make new friends and renew old friendships.

We warmly invite visitors to come along and join us for the first meeting for 2021. Simply ring Vorna at 66424719, no later than the Friday before the meeting for catering purposes.  Members who are unable to attend, please remember to phone Vorna.


2020 Christmas Cake Cutting


Cake cutting by Elaine and President Faye

Celebrating 53 Years Young

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the October birthday lunch was held as a normal meeting with a ‘Garden Party’ theme. The restrictions did not deter members from celebrating, with an enjoyable meal & entertainment 

Elizabeth Birch, VIEW National Counsellor, was warmly welcomed & spoke about happenings in the area. Elizabeth presented Helen with a thank you gift as she has retired from the International Women’s Committee, after many years of participation. Norma was presented with her 30 years membership badge. 

Many tombolas & lucky door prizes were distributed to gleeful winners. The Raffle winners were Helen, Pauline, Joy and Jeanette.

VIEW was fortunate in having Claire Aman, a published writer, as the guest speaker. Claire pointed out that the VIEW 53rd Birthday was in harmony with Grafton’s named 53 islands in the Clarence Valley. She spoke about her upbringing & latest creative writing project for the Clarence Valley. Claire’s latest project “Long Way Home” will be available for purchase soon from the Book Warehouse.

Next meeting will be the Christmas luncheon on November 24th. Members are asked to please bring along Christmas decorations for the occasion. VIEW has so much to offer, so why not come along to this function to enjoy making new friends & renewing the old ones? At the same time, with your participation, a child’s education will ultimately be supported & the cycle of disadvantage broken.

When you decide to come please let Vorna know no later than the Friday before the meeting. This is for catering purposes. She can be contacted at 66424719. See you there!

October 2020


Cutting of the Cake by Faye, Elizabeth and Norma


Grafton VIEW Connections

It is so important that we connect with one another & support our communities through these challenging times, despite the restrictions of the pandemic, VIEW Club offers women of all ages an opportunity to reconnect with others once again. Joining VIEW is a perfect opportunity to make new friends, & take pride in the fact that you are helping young Australians in need by supporting their education.

The September meeting had a good turnout of members & guests to enjoy friendship, an interesting guest speaker & a yummy lunch supplied by the new chef. At this meeting, Grafton VIEW Club returning member, Jan, was welcomed back to Grafton. 

The guest speaker for this month was Leonie Roberts from the Historical Society. Whilst historical Grafton happenings were brought to light, old newspaper articles, & most precious hand-crafted displays were handed around for inspection. One example was a felted picture, crafted with merino wool on canvas, edged with hand cut merino & alpaca leaves & butterflies.

The raffle was won by Kay, & the lucky door prize to Norma.

Now, everyone loves a party! At the moment, our Club is gearing up for the 53rd birthday celebration with a Garden Party theme. So, please set aside Tuesday, 27th October to come along, have some fun & enjoy listening to the guest speaker, Clare Aman.

The venue is at Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, commencing at 10.30 am. Covid-19 restrictions for this celebration will be in place. You are warmly invited to come along & join in the fun. Please let Vorna know if you will be attending, no later than the Friday before by contacting 66424719. See you there!


Grafton VIEW Club Meets Again! 

By using Social Distancing, the Covid-19 restrictions did not deter Grafton VIEW from enjoying a catch up with friends over a tasty meal, prepared by the new chef. Laughter is definitely the best medicine!

“What is VIEW Club?” you ask. It is a national women’s organization, exclusively supporting children’s education. By supporting a child while they are still at school, prevents the need to support them as adults. VIEW is proud to be the largest community to sponsor the Learning for Life program. This year is important for both VIEW and the students we support. It is the 60th anniversary; this occasion has landed at a tough time for these families. They are struggling to pay the bills for educational essentials for their children. So, sponsoring a child through the Smith Family helps to ease these burdens by providing a combination of financial support, personal support & access to a range of out-of-school learning & mentoring programs. VIEW helps children get the most out of their education.

Grafton VIEW Club welcomes women of all ages to join, so that more children in need can be reached. To find out about joining Grafton VIEW Club, you can phone Helen at 66423867, or more information can be found by visiting … http://view.org.au/find-a-club/nsw/clubs/grafton-view-club/



August 2020 

The next social outing will be a morning tea at The Whitehouse in Prince Street at 10am, on 16th October.  Because of the Covid-19 restrictions, the October Birthday Lunch will be held as a normal meeting with a “Garden Party” theme. The date will be Tuesday, 27th.

The September meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, commencing at 10.30 am. For catering purposes. please let Vorna know if you will be attending, no later than the Friday before the meeting. Vorna can be contacted at 66424719…  See you there!

Photo above of members enjoying a wonderful 'catch-up'


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

Senator Marise Payne visits

Senator Marise Payne visits Senator Marise Payne recently visited several communities along the NSW South Coast, spending a few hours in Batemans Bay, where both Senator Payne, and her escort, Senator Jim Molan, were hosted by VIEW Clubs of Australia NG02 Zone.

Grafton VIEW Club

One Members Journey With VIEW

Meet Jeanette Calvi from Grafton Evening VIEW Club. Jeanette has been a VIEW member for 38 years. She recently contacted us to share how her life with VIEW began!

Grafton VIEW Club

Registration now open - VIEW National Convention

The 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.


Events Calendar

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

May 7

Gold Coast Gala Dinner

It's time to shake off the lockdown blues...!

Sep 10

VIEW National Convention 2021

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.