A valued part of The Smith Family

Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club


Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1990.

Currently, the Club sponsors three Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.


We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.


  • Meeting Day on 1st Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm
  • at Gunnedah Bowling & Services Club


Marie -  02 6742 0392

Mobile  -  0427 425 453


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313 Conadilly Street, GUNNEDAH, NSW 2380

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Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club’s committee for 2019 


From left, Linda Lee, Ro Eveleigh, zone councillor Sally Cronberger, Kate Knight, Trish Conway, Moana Shoobert, Sue Braby. Absent: Marie Hobson



2019 October Birthday

GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members celebrated their 29th birthday dressing in pink as a salute to the Pinking Up Gunnedah campaign for the McGrath Foundation. 

Special guests Laurieanne Boag and Jo Smith came along to talk about the wonderful program of events under way in Gunnedah, outlining the many fun ways the community has come on board to raise funds for a McGrath Foundation Breastcare Nurse in the region and the importance of having regular checks .

The charity was founded by Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath and his wife Jane in 2005, following Jane’s initial diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. Jane lost her battle with cancer on June 22, 2008, at the age of 42, however her enthusiasm for the program never faltered.

The beautiful pink birthday cake, made by Anne Finnigan, was cut by long-serving club member Deirdre Andren who was announced as the recipient of the prestigious “Making A Difference” award at the National VIEW Convention on the Sunshine Coast last month. The award recognises the contribution of a member in spreading VIEW’s values and guiding principles in the club and the wider community. Deirdre has held executive positions in the club for many years and has always been a welcoming and supportive member, engaged in fund-raising for The Smith Family Learning for Life students. Deirdre has also shared her gifts in the wider community, through disability support, the Catholic Women’s League and St Joseph’s Parish - as well as her family.

The club is grateful to The Greater Bank Gunnedah for its donation of $1000 through the community funding scheme, where regional organisations can share in $5000 chosen by community votes each month. 

Adrienne Stubbs presented an interesting overview of the  VIEW National Convention on the Sunshine Coast last month, where 650 women from across Australia gathered for a celebration of Voice Interests and Education of Women. Inspiring guest speakers, a grateful Learning for Life student, who is about to graduate, and fun gala evenings, were wrapped around the bi-annual elections of the national executive. The club has sent congratulations to former member Beryl Pike who was elected national vice-president after serving as the zone national councillor for two years.

The next meeting will embrace the Melbourne Cup celebration with members invited to wear their finest racing outfits, along with a hat or fascinator.






2019 Deirdre Andren

Deirdre Andren, Making a Difference Award

Winners Trivia Gunnedah E

 Marie Hobson, Pat Green, Deirdre Andren, Elisabeth Heath and Aldyth Hailes

2019 August

Annual Trivia Trophy

Fond memories of the late Sue Ebbage were revived as Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members battled it out for the annual trivia night trophy in her memory.

Trivia master Anne McMahon excelled her self once again, challenging members with her wide range of intriguing trivia questions and cryptic clues. Members expressed appreciation to Margaret Kelly and Jeanette Hinshelwood for coming along as helpers.

Trivia buffs received a table number as they arrived and the combination of Deirdre Andren, Pat Green, Aldyth Hailes, Elisabeth Heath and Marie Hobson proved a winner. Known as the Bright Buttons the team happily accepted the trophy in memory of  their friend Sue Ebbage - a battler to the end.

Club members are very proud of their long-serving and hard working member, Deirdre Andren, who has been honoured with the VIEW Clubs of Australia 'Making A Difference' Award. The award will be announced at VIEW National Convention on the Sunshine Coast next month and her name placed on the honour roll.

National VIEW President Jan Roberts congratulated Deirdre Andren noting that she had “made a significant contribution to VIEW and the Smith Family and is very deserving of the recognition”. She said “Deirdre is an excellent ambassador of VIEW, not only in the local area but in the broader community”.

Members have been invited to Manilla VIEW Club’s 26th birthday celebration on October 1, at the Royal Hotel from 11.30am.

Next month’s guest speakers will be Margaret and David Amos who will be sharing their amazing experiences from a recent trip to Antarctica and Argentina.

October is the club’s birthday month and as the town is Pinking Up to support the McGrath Foundation, there will a pink theme to celebrate, with members invited to wear pink and learn about the Pink Up Gunnedah program from Trish Conway.




2019 Zone NI09 Gala Day

GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club was represented at the Zone N109 gala day in Glen Innes with a group of 10 members enjoying a weekend of friendship with club members from around the north west.

Zone councillor Sally Cronberger and national councillor Beryl Pike spoke about the work of VIEW’s 13 clubs in the zone, with a total of 528 members supporting 36 disadvantaged students through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.

The Smith Family’s  Family Partnerships co-ordinator, Laura Bezon, outlined the success of the scholarship program, speaking about students who have gone on to forge successful careers after tertiary education.

General donations to the Smith Family’s winter and Christmas appeals totalled $26,691, with student sponsorship money reaching the grand sum of $28,404.

Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club sponsors three senior students and news of their progress is always gratefully received.




Past President Margaret Stevens presented the club’s annual report, along with representatives from other clubs. With a total of 55 members, Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club has the third highest membership in the zone and new members are always welcome.

The gathering included a Welcome to Country and an introduction to an unusual didgeridoo, shaped like a French Horn, by Aboriginal entertainer Bob Blair, who was able to produce some amazing sounds. Bob then donned his head dress for an indigenous “story telling” dance, where he morphed into a lizard, kangaroo and other native animals, always moving between the tables to the delight of visitors.

Glen Innes student Tahnee Conroy sang and played guitar enthralling her audience with the Leonard Cohen hit Hallelujah and her own composition No More War.

Glen Innes local Kerry Sturtridge spoke about the honour of receiving an OAM in this year’s Australia Day awards and how she head only accepted the honour because her nominator had “promised her mother” before she died - prime example of VIEW women supporting their communities across a broad canvas.


The inspiring guest speaker was Wendy Hornsby, the wife of Aboriginal artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, who has won international acclaim for his unique work. Together they opened the Gawura Gallery on the New England Highway at Glen Innes. Brought together by adversity, the couple married 57 years ago when they were teenagers and together they have gone from strength to strength. A white woman living in an Aboriginal world, Wendy often experienced the same discrimination that was rampant back in the 1960s but they forged on together - and now Lloyd’s work is acclaimed worldwide. Members agreed that their personal story is worthy of a book.

The couple wanted to open a gallery in their retirement years and chose Glen Innes because elf its location on the New England Highway and acceptance by the local community.

The gathering closed with a reminder of the national conference on the Sunshine Coast in September and the need for members to take on the upcoming roles of zone and national councillors.

 Past  Present zone  national councillors Zone N109

Past President Margaret Stevens delivering the club's annual report


 Laura Bezon Family Partnerships Co-ordinator, Learning for Life The Smith Family


 Members Gala Day 

 Guest speaker Wendy Hornsby, the wife of Aboriginal artist Lloyd Gawura Hornsby


 Bob Blair Aboriginal entertainer  -   Tahnee Conroy Gunnedah





2019 May

GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members  celebrated Mother’s Day this month, with members embracing a floral theme and remembering their Mums and other special women in their lives. Past President Margaret Stevens presented new member Raelee Bruce with her badge and  members pack.

The club will host the local premiere of Top End Wedding when it screens at The Civic in Gunnedah on Thursday, May 16, with refreshments served. All funds raised will support our three Learning for Life Students.

Members are planning a road trip to Glen Innes to attend the zone gala conference on June 29 and are still considering a journey to the Sunshine Coast for the National Conference. Members were delighted to hear that new ambassador Dr Craig Challen will be one of the amazing guest speakers at the conference.

Christmas in July and a trivia night are planned for upcoming dinner meetings.

Past President Margaret Stevens, left, presenting a badge an members pack to new member Raelee Bruce



Beckie Taylor received flowers from program officers Linda Lee and Sue Braby

Guest speaker Beckie Taylor presents a prize to Judy Gallagher for best Easter hat.


2019 April

EASTER came early to Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club with members enjoying a festive get-together at the April dinner meeting.

The Easter hats were bright and colourful, some were even edible, with the prize going to Judy Gallagher who literally ‘lit up the room’ with her winning creation.

Guest speaker Beckie Taylor was very inspiring, sharing her story of growing up with domestic violence between her grandparents and how she came to believe that living like that was normal.

This led her to live in violent situations which almost destroyed her.  Beckie has used her journey of recovery to go on and help other women escaping violent and soul-destroying relationships, to believe in themselves again, develop self confidence and resilience and live their best lives. 

Beckie offers two unique coaching techniques to help her clients make change on a deep, subconscious level. She described the subconscious mind as “truly incredible”. 

“It’s our memory bank, our hard drive and the source of all our pleasure and all our pain. This is where beliefs, perceptions, trauma and habits are stored,’ she said.

“Years after a trauma has occurred it can still rise and over-ride a conscious choice.”

Beckie is trained in Rapid Transformational Therapy, a form of hypnotherapy which uses hypnosis to access the subconscious. The second therapy is The Lifeline Technique, a 16-step process that uses kinesiology (muscle reflex testing) to communicate with the subconscious. 

She has found these techniques very successful in helping women living with trauma to overcome their deepest subconscious thoughts and realise that they don’t have to live in that negative and demoralising space. Beckie can be contacted on 0435 904 668 or via her Facebook page or website www.beckietaylor.com/.

The next meeting on May 1, will be a Mothers' Day celebration. Members are invited to wear something floral and bring their mother or another Mum who means a lot to them.


2019 New President in March 

GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club welcomed our new President at the last meeting, with Pauline Grant taking over the reins from Margaret Stevens who has served several years in the position and more than 20 years on committee.

Margaret Stevens took the pledge and pinned the President’s badge on her successor.


The April meeting will have an Easter theme and members are encouraged to wear an Easter hat or fun outfit. Guest speaker will be local transformational coach, Beckie Taylor, who is dedicated to working with women to empower them to build self esteem and confidence. 



Incoming and outgoing Presidents




2019 International Women's Day in Focus 

IWD theme being Balance for Better in focus, guest speaker Julie Scott spoke about her own journey into a mentoring program that helps people bring balance into their lives.

Julie says “awareness is the key” and she uses this to provide people with an avenue for growth and self awareness and the tools that will allow them to “be all that they can be in life”. Julie’s journey began with herself and her own experiences in life and she ventured beyond her own limitations to discover what she could do to bring about change, to make it better?

Julie said she found it refreshing and enlightening to discover that “there was only one person creating her reality” and only one person responsible for her 'struggle’. She learned that she only had to change one person and that was herself. 

Julie says everyone has the power to create “the life we love” and to let go of hurt, and self doubt. She said pain is a “trapped energy’ and that self awareness can help these energies to be released and balanced. Julie’s self awareness services allow for the management of depression, anxiety, addictions, post traumatic stress disorder, post natal depression, childhood trauma and relationship issues. Julie can be found in her rooms next to Willow & Fli in Conadilly Street. Phone 0427 024 451.

Sue presents flowers to Juliette


2019 February

GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club’s first gathering for 2019 included the annual general meeting and the much anticipated “friends reveal” where members discover who has been their secret Friend in VIEW over the past year. 

There was great excitement as gifts were exchanged and the many anonymous acts of kindness between friends were appreciated.

VIEW is a women’s friendship club with a hidden treasure where members raise funds for disadvantaged students through the Smith Family charity’s Learning for Life program.

The Evening VIEW Club supports three senior students throughout the year and members were delighted to hear that one student has graduated from high school and has set out on a new path thanks to the support received through the program. The club has welcomed a new student this year. 



The club has enjoyed an exceptional year with interesting and inspiring guest speakers, themed nights, a bus trip to L’il Kickerbell and many other happy occasions.

Zone councillor Sally Cronberger travelled from Tamworth to preside over the election of office bearers, with Margaret Stevens stepping down as President, after many years of service in the chair and other committee positions over the past 20 years. Club members have expressed appreciation to Margaret Stevens for her ongoing contribution to the club.


Kate Knight has taken on the role of vice-president, with Marie Hobson elected secretary/publicity officer, assisted by Moana Shoobert. Trish Conway was returned to the treasurer’s position, assisted by Rosemarie Eveleigh, who was also elected club delegate. Program officers: Linda Lee and Sue Braby. Negotiations continue to elect a new president.

The next meeting will coincide with International Women’s Day and its theme Balance for Better. Members are looking forward to hearing from guest speaker Juliette Scott, who will cover many aspects of creating a better life with the theme “Awareness is the Key”.




2018 December

CHRISTMAS, island style, was the theme for the final gathering of Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members after another successful year of friendship and fun.

Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club auditorium took on a festive air as members and guests arrived in colourful outfits adorned with leis and flowers. During the evening club member Moana Shoobert demonstrated the hula “for more mature ladies” with members then up on the floor swaying and moving to the music, amid much laughter.

The arrival of Santa’s Elf and Mrs Claus to distribute Secret Santa gifts from Friends in VIEW added to the wonderful Christmas cheer. At the beginning of the year, each member is allocated a “friend” to care for without revealing their identity until the annual general meeting in February. The beautiful Christmas cake was made and decorated by Anne Finnigan for members to enjoy.

Special guests at the meeting were Gunnedah Day VIEW Club’s Shail Mitchell, zone councillor Sally Cronberger and National councillor Beryl Pike (Tamworth) who congratulated members on another successful year and their ongoing sponsorship of three disadvantaged students through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. VIEW clubs around Australia support around 1300 students in their education.

Members are looking forward to the “VIEW Friends reveal” at the annual general meeting on February 6, 2019. 



Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club President Margaret Stevens, left, and program officer Linda Lee pictured with the Scottish kilt and memorabilia display.

Highland Dancer Katie 



2018 November

There was a Scottish air in the Services Club auditorium as Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members enjoyed a dinner meeting with a difference.

“A touch of tartan” was the theme for the night, with everyone adding a scarf or ribbon to their outfit.

Trish Conway provided some great Scottish bagpipe music which played throughout the evening and a display of kilts, clan books and other Scottish memorabilia added to the ambience.

Heather Martin played the bagpipes for highland dancer Katie Kingdom, who delighted members with her stylish Scottish dances and traditional outfit. VIEW member Kerry Keating presented gifts to the duo as a small token of appreciation.


Next month’s dinner meeting will be a celebration of Christmas, with an island theme. Members  are invited to wear whatever relates to an island of their choice - grass skirt, sarong or other island wear.

The festive celebration will be held in the auditorium, with Moana Shoobert  demonstrating and then encouraging members to learn the hula dance.

A recent morning tea gathering in ANZAC Park  was followed by a visit to the Gunnedah Water Tower Museum which proved a real eye-opener for many.

The next meeting will be held at GSBC auditorium on Wednesday, December 5, at 6.30pm for 7pm.  Apologies and names of guests must be phoned to Kate Knight on 6742 3926 by the Monday night prior to the meeting.

Tracie Finlay, left, receives flowers from program officer Lorraine Overton.

Lorraine and Trish display one of the outfits from Willow and Fli


2018 September

SPRING fashion was in the spotlight at Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club’s September dinner meeting.

The latest styles and fabrics from Willow & Fli were shown off by Tracie Finlay in an evening of fun and friendship, as she demonstrated how to turn a garment into an individual style.

Formerly Just Country, Willow & Fli is a local women's clothing and shoe boutique with a unique range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

Tracie Finlay urged members to believe in themselves and their own style and to enjoy wearing something they felt good in no matter how long it had been in their wardrobe.

She demonstrated how an outfit can be changed with a tie here or a knot there or an added piece of jewellery or other accessory. Trish Conway and Lorraine Overton were the willing models.

Sponsorship funds for three disadvantaged Learning for Life students were approved. Members were pleased to receive letters from the three students and learn of their progress and hopes for the future.

The club will celebrate its 28th birthday in October, with a colour therapy presentation by Jill Sampson.


Can Assist members Chris Pulman and Linda Lee, left, receive a small token of appreciation from Program Officer Lorraine Overton



New member Lyn Norman, left, receives her badge and member rack from President Margaret Stevens.

2018 August

EVERYONE in the community is touched by cancer in one way or another and a local group in Gunnedah known as Can Assist is making a difference to local patients undergoing treatment.

Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members Chris Pullman and Linda Lee are also Can Assist volunteers and they were happy to share information about the organisation and its fund-raising programs at the August dinner meeting.

The branch is one of  52 across NSW whose volunteers support local families affected by cancer and all funds raised stay in the local area. 

Cancer patients can apply for assistance with accommodation and travel expenses, medical, food vouchers, utility bills, vehicle maintenance and home care. All assistance is provided with total confidentiality, only the  “patient assist” member knows who is being helped.

Fund-raising is ongoing with the bi-annual Halloween Ball,  movie nights, raffles, barbecue at Harvey Norman sales, the seafood raffle at GSBC, the gate at Gunnedah Rugby Park, and much more, all helping to raise money. 

Three Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members  enjoyed a wonderful and informative day at the recent  Tamworth N1 zone/gala day, where journalist Fiona Ferguson was the interesting guest speaker.  The gala day was also attended by VIEW national vice-president, Annette Schlafrig, who urged clubs to begin a discussion about resolutions to be voted on at National Convention on the Sunshine Coast next year. 

Next month - September -  the owners of Willow & Fli will host “Own It”, a little night of celebration, talking about each person’s own style and what makes them special.

Members are also looking forward to the day out at Little Kickerbell, Pine Ridge,  on September 9.

The October meeting will include a colour therapy presentation by Jill Sampson.  

VIEW president Margaret Stevens presented a badge and membership pack to new member Lyn Norman and welcomed Raelee Bruce who signed up on the evening.


2018 July Trivia Winners

Raelee Bruce, left, Elisabeth Heath and Coral Lorimer. Absent: Irene Ellis and Narelle Hills.


Sue Ebbage Memorial trophy *  Pauline Grant & Kate Knight

2018 July Meeting

Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members have created a perpetual award in memory of their much-loved friend and colleague Sue Ebbage who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year..
Sue always looked forward to the club’s annual trivia night and now her friends will play for the honour of having their team name inscribed on the Sue Ebbage Memorial Trivia Buff Extraordinaire Award.
The July dinner meeting was trivia night had a rather hilarious result with the results posted, awards presented and photos taken before it was realised that the final scores had been added incorrectly. Much laughter ensued as the prizes were graciously handed over and photos retaken. 
Incoming program officer Linda Lee received her badge from vice-president, Kate Knight, who also presented a badge and membership pack to new member, Pauline Grant, who joined the club last month.
At next month’s dinner meeting guest speakers from Can Assist will talk about the work being done to support local cancer patients and their families. 
A special day out has been planned for Sunday September 9, with  coach trip to Little Kickerbell, which offers "excellent food and coffee, billiards, art library, games, tranquility and space”.

Linda Lee & Kate Knight



2018 June

 WITH the recent royal wedding and the Queen’s birthday in the spotlight, Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members embraced “all things royal or regal” this month with tiaras, jewellery, stylish outfits and even a coronation sceptre on show.

Magazines featuring royal weddings and babies were on display for a host of happy royal memories, while the plight of underprivileged Australian children was addressed with a donation of $1000 to The Smith Family’s winter appeal.

This year marks three decades since The Smith Family shifted its focus from emergency assistance to education support. VIEW, a national women’s organisation, was founded in 1960 to support the work of The Smith Family and members have seen firsthand the difference the charity is making in the community.

Next month’s dinner meeting on July 4 will be a night of fun trivia, with quizmaster Anne McMahon.



Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club’s Sue Riley, left

2018 May

MOTHER’S Day came early for Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club with members celebrating the many special mothers in their lives at the May dinner meeting.

A feature of the evening was an exchange of favourite recipes handed down through the generations.

Guest speaker at the dinner was Louella Lush, of The Allied Oil, who presented an informative insight into the many uses of essential oils.

A psychologist and doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Louella began her research into the therapeutic uses of essential oils after injuring her ankle in a riding accident.

A further injury and the onset of arthritis in the joint saw her relying on strong painkillers.

After 12 months along this path, Louella realised that she could not sustain this treatment and after being introduced to the anti-inflammatory range of essential oils she was able to manage the pain long term without impacting her health.

Louella spoke about the wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications of essential oils, which can be used as single essential oils or in complex blends, in both adults and children and around the home.

At the end of the presentation, members received a sample roll-on of lavender oils and Louella was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation.

The club recently held a very successful charity film local premiere of Finding Your Feetto raise funds for our Learning for Life students.

The club has received invitations to the Coonabarabran VIEW Club’s 22nd birthday celebration on June 7 and the gala zone conference on June 30, where the guest speaker will be Northern Daily Leader editor Fiona Ferguson.

2018 April
Easter with Gunnedah Evening VIEW

Members celebrated Easter at the last meeting with a prize for the longest bunny ears awarded to Kerry Keating.

The fun evening included the induction of new member Pat Green who received her badge and member’s pack from President Margaret Stevens.

The club held a very successful local premiere of the popular movie, Finding Your Feet, to raise funds for three students in the Learning for Life program.

The afternoon included a sumptuous high tea, with a delicious array of cakes and other delights.

Next month will be a Mother’s Day celebration with a guest speaker and exchange of favourite recipes handed down from mothers.







National and Regional News

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Gunnedah Evening 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.

Gunnedah Evening 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.

Gunnedah Evening 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

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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.