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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.

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

Club News

2022 June

The guest speaker for June was Ursula Tunks, who spoke about life experiences in the Police Force. She told about domestic violence, and its dreadful consequences. To lighten matters, Ursula told a few humorous stories about happenings in the force, then continued by informing the group about The Mend & Make Do Crew Inc. in Through Street, South Grafton. The organisation only accepts orders from homelessness, specific organisations and emergency relief contacts.

Much relief is being offered for flood recovery victims at the moment, and 17,037 caring kits have been put together from generous community donations. There is a large range of the kits, presented in lovely home-made bags for the homeless, at risk and low-income community members. The kit’s labels vary from toiletry, male, female, children, fur babies, kitchen starter kits, linen kits, cleaning kits and many more. Maybe we should check out our cupboards for donations!

Later, Norma told an interesting story about her beautiful Norman Hartnell lace dress from many years ago. Her husband bought it as a precious surprise.

               

 

2022 May

Members make a Spectacle of themselves

Suzanne presents Bill with a Certificate of Appreciation

 

Spectacular Spectacles

Members celebrated The Smith Family's VIEW centenary with feathered frames and glittery goggles, to the theme of Make a Spectacle.  Members decorated opera glasses from a 100-year template to celebrate the occasion. The club is participating in a National Competition, with categories of 'Most Colourful', 'Most Innovative', 'Most Humorous' and 'Best Group,' Winners will be announced at the National Convention in Adelaide, 2022.

The story tells us that 100 years ago, the Smith family was born on Christmas Eve, in 1922. A group of five businessmen were saddened to learn about the extent of childhood poverty in Australia. So, they decided to dress as Santa and delivered gifts and toys to the children at a Sydney orphanage. When asked who they were, the reply was, Just call us the Smiths. Now more than 180,000 children and young people in Australia have been supported through the Learning for Life Program.

Over the 100 years there have been many changes. From the 1980’s the clubs focused on supporting children in education who were experiencing poverty. VIEW assists children to make the most of their schooling, and create a better future for themselves. Thus, the Learning for Life Program was born. Over the 100 years, many Australians have been supported. Grafton VIEW Club celebrates this by making a spectacle of itself in the competition.

An interesting guest speaker for the May meeting was Bill Patterson from the Midday Rotary Club.  Bill spoke of the many services the club provides around Grafton. It was most pleasing to hear that 13 defibrillators have been placed around the town. This life-saving equipment was also donated to the hospital. Rotary prides itself in Service over Self.  Suzanne Gibson presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Bill Patterson.

 

April Guest Speaker

The guest speaker for the April meeting was Shirley Chambers, who spoke about her life on board a yacht. Shirley’s picture presentation showed the yacht, with adventure stories of many travels. An interesting life indeed!

 

 

Betty Caldwell thanks Guest Speaker, Shirley Chambers

 

2022 April

It is known that the best way to break the cycle of entrenched poverty is through education. This is where the VIEW Club steps in. Young Australians are supported with their educational needs through the Learning for Life Program. VIEW welcomes women of all ages, and all walks of life to join. There is not a lot involved. All you need to do is come along and enjoy a meal in friendship. Entertainment, is usually an interesting and motivated guest speaker. These daytime meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, commencing at 10.30am at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street Grafton.

The guest speaker for the April meeting was Shirley Chambers, who spoke about her life on board a yacht. Shirley’s picture presentation showed the yacht, with adventure stories of many travels. An interesting life indeed! The guest speaker for the May meeting will be from the Rotary Club.

At the April meeting two new members were warmly welcomed; Annemarie Millea and Grace Loebel. Congratulations!

The Lucky Door prize went to Norma Melino, and the raffle to Shirley Chambers.

VIEW will help in hosting the Biggest Morning Tea at the Grafton District Services Club on Friday 20th May. Tickets can be purchased at the GDSC at $15 each.

 The May VIEW Club meeting will be on Tuesday 24th at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street Grafton, commencing at 10.30am.

You are warmly welcome to come along, and at the same time you will help support children in need. Before you come, please phone Vorna at 66424719, for catering purposes.

(Please note, it is most important that members NOT attending the luncheon advise Vorna before 9am on the Friday before the meeting.)

Hope to see you there!

2022 March

Some people are under the impression that Grafton VIEW Club is a Camera Club. This is not so! In fact, it is a national children’s charity, which helps young disadvantaged Australians. These students are sponsored by VIEW and enter into the Learning for Life Program. This program is a powerful, longstanding connection, enabling better futures for these young Australians.

We are always looking for women from all walks of life to join in supporting this worthwhile charity. If you are interested, we encourage you to get in touch and come along to the next meeting to learn more about VIEW.

The guest speaker for the March meeting was Helen Dobra, who spoke about Bowen Therapy. Helen explained that it is a relaxing, non-invasive remedial remedy for all ages, from newborns to the elderly. She went on to explain that this technique works to balance all body systems, and is proven to be effective in relieving, and resolving chronic conditions. Helen pointed out that it treats the cause, not just the symptoms.

The guest speaker for the April meeting will be Shirley Chambers, who will speak about life on board a yacht, and her many travel adventures.

Grafton VIEW will be helping with the Biggest Morning Tea at the Grafton District Services Club on Friday, 20th May. Tickets are available at the GDSC, $15. 

Next Grafton VIEW Club meeting is Tuesday 26thApril, commencing at 10.30am at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, Grafton. New members are always welcome to come along & experience the satisfaction of making new friendships & at the same time helping disadvantaged children succeed at school. Please contact Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes.

 Program Officer Sandra, thanking guest speaker, Helen Dobra. 

Create Connections And Make A Difference In 2022.. JOIN VIEW! 

Grafton VIEW Club is on the lookout for new members who want to give back to their community after a difficult two years, to make connections with other women in the area.

VIEW, which stands for Voice, Interests & Education of Women, is a network of clubs throughout Australia. It provides a place for women to connect in the community, enjoy social activities, & develop lasting friendships – all the while supporting the work of children’s education through the Learning for Life Program. VIEW is the largest community sponsor of students on the Learning for Life Program, & has supported children & young people in need for over 60 years by ensuring that they have what they need for their education.

We are always looking for women of all backgrounds & ages to join us, & look forward to welcoming new faces at the next monthly meeting. It’s easy; all you have to do is sit back with new & old friends to enjoy a tasty lunch, be entertained by an interesting guest speaker and ultimately help support disadvantaged children with the Learning for Life Program. Anyone interested, or becoming a member, please call Faye on 0266424532, or visit www.view.org.au for further information. 

VIEW meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 22nd February, commencing at 10.30 am. Members, please phone Vorna no later than the Friday before the meeting for catering purposes. 

See you there!

 

Birthday Celebrations

Flappers of the Day

 

               Joy and Pauline receive Service Badges from Elizabeth

 

  Norma receives a prize             

 

2021 October

The Grafton District Services Club was transformed into the spirit of the Roaring Twenties at the VIEW Club’s 54th Birthday celebration. The room was filled with fashionable flappers, and in place of the 1920’s Jazz Singers, VIEW was very fortunate to have Bill Kearns reciting his hilarious bush poetry. Everyone needs a good old laugh!

Elizabeth Birch, the VIEW National Counsellor, was warmly welcomed and she presented three members, Pauline, Joy and Vicki, with their badges. The beautifully decorated birthday cake was then cut by Elizabeth, Pauline and Joy, and shared around the decorated Jacaranda tables. There were many Tombolas, and Lucky Door Prizes distributed to gleeful winners, after which Norm thanked Elizabeth Birch with a gorgeous floral arrangement. 

The next meeting at the Grafton District Services Club will be at 10.30am on Tuesday, 23rd November. By coming along, you will meet new friends, renew the old ones, and your participation will ultimately support a child’s education, and break the cycle of disadvantage.

Please phone Vorna no later than the Friday before the meeting. This is for catering purposes. Contact is 66424719.

See you there!

 

Cutting the 54th Birthday Cake

Elizabeth welcomes new member Vicki      

Waste and Recycling in 2021

Members recently took up an invitation from Ken Wilson from Clarence Valley Council Waste Management, to visit the Waste Station for morning tea and a tour.

Everyone needs to see how this operation works in order to understand how much waste material can be reused and recycled if processed correctly. We thank Ken for a very informative and enjoyable morning.

Members In The Field 

                                                 

Party Announcement

Members, get ready to party at the end of Jacaranda Week! Come along and celebrate VIEW’s 54th birthday with a Roaring 20’s Theme.

Unfortunately, because of COVID restrictions, it will have to be a members’ only event.

At the September meeting, Ken Wilson, from Clarence Valley Waste Management Depot, spoke about how the operation works, and how bins should be used wisely in order to reduce the impact on landfill. Ken went on to say that a lot of community lighting is being replaced with LED to reduce energy bills. He also mentioned many more energy saving strategies, which includes conversion of methane gas into carbon dioxide, which will reduce the impact on landfill. Ken very kindly organised a visit for VIEW to the waste management depot on Wednesday, 6th October, which includes a morning tea.

This month’s raffle was won by Zoe, and the Lucky Door prize went to Norma.

The VIEW birthday celebration will be held on Friday 5th November at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, at 10.30am. So, check out your cupboards, and the op shops for your Roaring 20’s outfits, and get that “Charleston” look. The entertainment will be amazing, with Giri Mazzella, who sings and entertains. A good time is guaranteed for all!

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes on the Friday before the meeting. See you there!

2021 September

 

Grafton VIEW is Back!

Grafton VIEW Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street. After the recent lock-down, it is so good to announce that the September meeting is on Tuesday 28th, commencing at 10.30 am. This includes lunch with guest speaker Ken Wilson, from Clarence Valley Council’s Waste Management. Ken also offered VIEW Club a visit to the Waste Station on Wednesday 6th October, which will include a tour and morning tea. 

We invite you to come along & enjoy meeting old friends & new at the next meeting. 

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes no later than the Friday before the meeting.

See you there! 

Jeanette Calvi

Family History in July 2021

At the July meeting Shirley received her membership badge, and was warmly welcomed into the Grafton VIEW Club. 

Guest speaker was Suzanne Gibson, who spoke about the Grafton Historical Society, and what is available in researching Family History. Suzanne joined the society 34 years ago, and works many hours identifying and sorting historical facts. The Historical Society is housed in Schaeffer House with a Museum and Research Room.  It is the headquarters of the Clarence Historical Society. Suzanne said that a great deal of historic information on the Clarence and its people can be found at the Clarence River Historical Society.

The Lucky Door prize was won by Pat, and the Raffle went to Betty.

 

Upcoming Events

Next mid-month outing will be held on Wednesday 11th August at 10am for morning tea at the Whitehouse in Prince Street.

The August VIEW Club meeting will be on Tuesday 24th August at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street Grafton, commencing at 10.30am. The guest speaker will be Helen Dobra, who will talk about how Bowen Therapy treats a cause & not a symptom. So, you are warmly welcome to come along & enjoy friendship & a lovely lunch with the motivated guest speaker. At the same time, you will support children in need.

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes, no later than the Friday before the meeting. See you there!        

Welcoming New Member

Sandra presents Suzanne with a Certificate Of Appreciation   

 

2021 Christmas In July

On Wednesday 14th July, Grafton VIEW Club enjoyed a Christmas lunch at The Whitehouse in Prince Street. This was the club's mid month social outing.

Members enjoyed a traditional baked lunch, followed by Christmas pudding and home-made chocolates. There was a Christmas tree where members' specially designed cards, were pegged. The cards were judged, and prizes given to delighted card designers.  On distribution of these cards, members gleefully found scratchy tickets inside. Someone was lucky! 

You are welcome to  join us at the next monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th July at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street Grafton, at 10.30am. Enjoy a tasty meal, motivated guest speaker & at the same time you will help disadvantaged children. Please phone Vorna at 66424719 no later than the Friday before the meeting for catering purposes.

 

 

Jacaranda Festival News 

This month President Faye presented Anne with her member’s badge, and the raffle was won by Merrell, while the lucky door prize went to Helen.  The guest speaker for the month of June was Mark Blackadder, Manager of the Jacaranda Festival. Mark recently took out the Local Tourism Hero Award at the Destination North Coast awards. He was nominated by the Clarence Valley Council for his efforts with the Biggest & Best 2019 Jacaranda Festival, and the success of the Go Purple Campaign 2020.

Mark spoke of his background and handed round a copy of a preliminary program showing the plan for an enormous festival this year. “This Jacaranda Festival will offer something for everyone”, he said. Coopers & The Village Green have sponsored the illumination of every Jacaranda tree in market Square. It will be a great project offering wonderful entertainment for all. Further information can be found on the Grafton Jacaranda Festival website.  

The mid-month social will be a Christmas in July, to be held on Wednesday July 14th at the Whitehouse in Prince Street.

The July Grafton VIEW Club meeting will be on Tuesday, 27th at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street Grafton commencing at 10.30am. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Gibson, on researching family history.  You are invited to come along and enjoy yourself with friendship, a yummy luncheon, and a motivated guest speaker. At the same time this is your opportunity to support children in need. 

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes, no later than the Friday before the meeting. See you there!

 

 2021 June

  

Guest speaker Mark Blackadder with President Faye

May 2021

VIEW (Voice, Interests & Education of Women) is a national women’s organisation & support network, bringing women together to enjoy social activities and make connections whilst supporting children in need. To find out more about VIEW, please visit online at view.org.au, or phone Helen at 66423867.

Our Club is committed to supporting young Australians with their education, because it is the best way of stopping the cycle of disadvantage. These educational programs help children to succeed at school, & this builds confidence, so that they can realise their hopes & dreams.

The guest speaker for the May meeting was Mark Butler from Independent Living Specialists (ILS) in Prince Street, Grafton. Mark gave advice about healthcare equipment solutions, and what is available. He offers support to families by empowering them to be able to live a most active and independent life. Mark demonstrated a surprising number of helpful gadgets for arthritic joints, to mobility vehicles & much more. He stated that his reward is gained in the satisfaction of helping people’s needs. 

New members were welcomed; Vicki, and transfers Barbara, Nola, and Ruth.  The Trading Table was well attended, with proceeds going to the LfL Program. The Lucky Door prize went to Suzanne, while the Raffle was won by Anne.

On May 27th members volunteered to help Grafton District Services Club with The Biggest Morning Tea. A most enjoyable event, as well as profitable!

A social outing is planned with a Christmas in July luncheon at the Whitehouse on Wednesday 14th July. Also, please mark Friday, November 5th on your calendar for the popular Grafton VIEW Club Birthday Luncheon. It promises to be a great fun day full of laughter & friendship. 

The next Grafton VIEW Club meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd June at the GDSC, Mary Street Grafton, commencing at 10.30am. You are invited to come along and enjoy friendship, a lovely luncheon with a motivated guest speaker. At the same time, this is your opportunity to support children in need.

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes no later than the Friday before the meeting. See you there!

 

 

 

President Faye presents Mark Butler with a Certificate of Appreciation

2021 April

You may wonder what VIEW is all about! VIEW supports the educational outcomes of more than 1,450 disadvantaged children & young people. It is a national children’s charity that helps young Australians experiencing disadvantage to succeed at school, so that they can create a better future for themselves. Further information can be found when visiting www.view.org.au

It was a privilege to welcome the member for Page, Kevin Hogan, as guest speaker for the April VIEW Club meeting. Kevin spoke about his background, & information about the timeline for the Covid-19 vaccination to be administered across the country, & for those in the Northern Rivers.   

The Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccination for use in Australia. Mr Hogan said that the TGA approval was an important step in the fight against Covid-19. He went on to say that our economy is one of the strongest globally. Members posed various questions, which were clearly answered by Mr Hogan.

On 27th May, Grafton VIEW is volunteering to help Grafton District Services Club with The Biggest Morning Tea. Tickets for this occasion can be obtained at the GDSC at $10.

The next Grafton VIEW Club meeting will be on Tuesday 25th May at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, Grafton, commencing at 10.30 am. Please come along & enjoy new friendships, a lovely luncheon & sit back to be entertained by a motivated guest speaker. At the same time this will be an opportunity to support children in need. 

Please phone Vorna at 66424719 for catering purposes, no later than the Friday before the meeting. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Hogan MP receiving Certificate of Appreciation from President Faye

 

Fun Outing in 2021

 

Photos of Grafton VIEW Club girls having a great time at Vines Restaurant, & then enjoying the Grafton Gallery exhibition.

 

 

First stop was Morning Tea at the Vines

 

 

 

Then on to the Gallery

                                 Enjoying the Gallery exhibitions

 

2021 March

Do you believe that supporting a child’s education is the best way to break the cycle of disadvantage? Then, why not help this situation by simply coming along to a VIEW Club luncheon, where you will enjoy friendship & an interesting guest speaker. VIEW supports the “Learning for Life Program”.

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

At the March meeting Sharron Davison, from CWA, was the guest speaker. Sharron spoke about the history of CWA, & all the community activities involved. 

The thought book this month went to Vorna, and the Raffle was won by Hazel, while the Lucky Door Prize went to Faye.

We look forward to the next VIEW Club meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 27th April at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, commencing at 10.30am. You are invited to come along & enjoy friendship, a yummy lunch & an interesting guest speaker.

Please phone Vorna at 66 424719 for catering purposes no later than the Friday before the meeting.

See you there!

 

 CWA Guest

 

President Faye presented guest speaker Sharron, with a Certificate of Appreciation

 

2021 St Patrick's Day

Grafton VIEW’s March outing was to a scrumptious St Patrick’s Day Morning Tea at The Whitehouse in Prince Street. Some great cookery goes on there!

A jovial time was had by the Grafton VIEW Club with a decadent morning tea.

Photo above:  Helen S, Helen C & Norma having fun.

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!’  

 

 

 

 

National and Regional News

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NI01 and NI02 Zone Day

Almost forty members from eight of the thirteen VIEW clubs in Zone NI01/02, attended the Zone Day which was held at Oak Tree in Tamworth. The day commenced with a delicious morning tea catered by Mareen from Tamworth Peel Evening and NA Sally, and the table decorations were made by Bev from Tamworth Peel.

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Grafton VIEW Club

Centenary Gala Luncheon for NK Area in 2022

A Centenary Gala Luncheon will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022, at the Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton commencing at 10.30am.

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Grafton VIEW Club

VIEW Executive E-News March 2022

Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!

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Events Calendar

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

Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.