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

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

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Meet Our 2021 Committee

Photo above L-R:  Helen, Jeanette, Sandra, Faye, Betty, Vorna, Norma, and Merrelle.

 

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.

Welcome to VIEW  

VIEW is on the lookout for women whose New Year resolution is to improve their social life, & give back to the community. No, it is not a camera club! VIEW stands for Voice, Interests & Education of Women. It offers a network for women of all ages to connect with the community, to enjoy social activities, develop lasting friendships & at the same time provide long term educational support for Australian children in need.

At the February AGM meeting a new committee was established, the office bearers’ badges distributed, & photo taken of the incoming committee. President is Faye, Vice President Betty, Secretary Helen, Assistant Secretary Vorna, Delegate Merelle, Treasurer Helen, Assistant Treasurer Norma, Program Officer Sandra and Suzanne, Publicity Officer Jeanette. 

The next monthly social outing will be for a morning tea at 10am on Wednesday March 17th to be held at the White House in Prince Street, Grafton. We are always looking for women of all backgrounds & ages to join us, & we look forward to welcoming new faces at our next monthly meeting.

The next Grafton VIEW Club meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd March at the Grafton District Services Club Mary Street, commencing at 10.30am. So, do come along & enjoy friendship, a yummy luncheon & an interesting guest speaker.

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

See you there

 

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

 

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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.