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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Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club’s Committee for 2021
Judy Sills, Chris Mirow, Sue Braby, Deirdre Andren. Seated: Lyn Hills, Linda Lee, Adrienne Stubbs.
Florist Tove Sparkes and her daughter Elsa.
Floral table centrepiece created by Tove and Elsa
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members had a wonderful evening with local florist Tove Sparkes showing us how to create a beautiful table setting for two, using cuttings from nature. Tove goes out and collects bits and pieces, like gums and wattle and autumn leaves. She sprayed a few with golden shades and combined them with natural ones.
She even collected some cotton and masterfully combined it to produce the most amazing display. We were all fascinated with Tove's skill and her daughter Elsa is obviously used to helping as she seemed to know just where to place little snippets.
Tove also showed us how to create decorative napkins, with a string tie and a snippet of cumquat or other sprigs.
Club members hosted a very successful charity film night for the local premiere of June Again, a poignant story about a woman, brilliantly played by Noni Hazelhurst, who has a temporary reprieve from her debilitating dementia an deco overs to find that he family has fallen apart. She has just a short window of time to repair he family before losing her memory again. It was funny but sad…we served a finger food supper (Covid-safe) and raised funds for our three LFL students.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club treasurer Trish Conway and program officer Judy Sills on the door at the charity film night
2021 February Meeting
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members gathered recently for the first meeting of the year, with the Friends in VIEW reveal a time of joy and gratitude for the care of others during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Every year members are given a secret ‘friend’ at the annual general meeting and their care for that person could involve an anonymous birthday present, a get well card or a Mother’s Day offering - all done in secret.
Members went the “extra mile” over the past few months, checking in on each other during the lockdown and supporting the club’s three Learning for Life students by donating money they would ordinarily have paid for a dinner meeting. This helped the club to fulfil its obligation to its disadvantaged students through the Smith Family charity’s program.
As a country town, Gunnedah was spared from the dreaded virus with members grateful to come though with just a little inconvenience.
Pat Green left, Anne Brady and Fay brown
2021 February Meeting
Trish Conway, Marg Stevens, Anne Finnigan
Christmas magic was in the air when Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members gathered for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were imposed in March.
With the theme Christmas Baubles and Birthday Pearls it was also an opportunity for members to celebrate the club’s 30th birthday.
The festive function was held at the Gunnedah Hotel with the Christmas elves Charlie and Izaac Orchard and Charlette Keeler, handing out gifts for the secret Friends in VIEW of each member. It was a night of fun and laughter as friends exchanged greetings and caught up with each other.
Because the club’s dinner meetings and fund-raising had to be cancelled during the lockdown, the committee sent out an appeal to members to contribute the cost of one dinner to help support their three Learning for Life students sponsored through the Smith Family charity.
Members responded generously in true VIEW friendship style and the committee was able to once again offer scholarships as well as make a Christmas donation to The Smith Family. VIEW’s 15,000 members Australia-wide support the education of young Australians living in disadvantage.
Members are mourning the loss of their much loved friend Judy White who died on August 2 after a courageous battle against cancer.
The club’s annual general meeting was held in February with the committee for 2020 elected, however, their tenure was short-lived due to the lock-down.
Members are looking forward to another year of friendship and fun, when the “new normal” comes into effect.
THERE was much laughter and hugs all round as Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members returned after the Christmas break and discovered their ‘secret’ Friend in VIEW for the past year.
Small gifts were exchanged as VIEW Friends were thanked for their quiet care and concern in 2019. Each member received the name of a new “VIEW Friend” to consider over the next 12 months, whether it is a special occasion or just a note or card when something is happening in their lives.
New members Ann Thomas and Judy Sills were welcomed on the night and are looking forward to the activities on offer.
Next month members will welcome Martine Moran from WIRES as guest speaker to talk about her role as a wildlife carer, and in particular about koalas in her care.
The February dinner meeting also included the election of office bearers for the next 12 months. Pauline Grant was returned as president with Kate Knight again taking on the role of vice-president. Marie Hobson will return as secretary, with Anne Finnigan elected assistant secretary replacing Moana Shoobert who has stepped down from the role. Trish Conway will again handle the club finances as treasurer with Ro Eveleigh as assistant treasurer. Linda Lee and Sue Braby will return to their roles as program officers, with the committee welcoming Margaret Stevens back as delegate. The pledge was taken by past national councillor Judy Sills.
In her first annual report Pauline Grant outlined a busy year for the club, with members raising funds for three disadvantaged students through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. The club also donated funds to the charity’s winter and Christmas appeals. Guest speakers and theme nights were all part of the entertainment set up by program officers Sue Braby and Linda Lee.
VIEW Clubs across Australia will celebrate the organisation’s diamond jubilee this year, with members invited to join festivities in Sydney on July 23. In 1960. Sixty years after George Forbes, then general secretary of The Smith Family, formed VIEW (Voice Interests and Education for Women), it remains one of the most recognised and renowned women's volunteer organisations.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members wish fellow VIEW members a joy filled Christmas.
GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members were ‘Cruising into Christmas’ at the final meeting of the year with an evening of fun and laughter coupled with a little “nautical nonsense” as a troupe dressed as sailors presented a song and dance routine.
Totally unrehearsed, the troubadours invited members and guests to “Spend Christmas on Christmas Island” followed by a few nautical songs from the Village People. Casual cruise wear was the fashion for the night, with Christmas carols and Auld Lang Syne ending another successful year of fun and friendship.
A highlight of the evening was the appearance of regular Christmas elves, Mackenzie and Charlette Keeler, with two little elves in training - Charlie and Izaac Orchard, who helped hand out the Christmas presents for Friends in VIEW. Every year members are given a secret VIEW Friend to “care for” during the year, with the big reveal at the annual general meeting in February.
During the year, the club supported the education of three disadvantaged students through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and donated $500 to the Christmas appeal. VIEW Clubs of Australia were formed under the umbrella of the Smith Family charity in 1960 - next year will see celebrations Australia wide for the diamond jubilee.
The club will be in recess for January with members encouraged to nominate for a position on the committee as two serving members are stepping down due to family commitments.
Vice President Kate Knight with her grand-daughters Charlette and Mackenzie, the Christmas elves
The Melbourne Cup was celebrated by Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members who “dressed to impress” at the recent dinner meeting, turning out in their racing finery with hats and fascinators..
Special guests for the evening were VIEW National councillor Beryl Pike, who was recently elected to the national executive, and Kathryn Blinman manager of the Oak Tree Retirement Village in Favell Close.
Members enjoyed an interesting presentation about Oak Tree village, which Ms Blinman said offers ‘a relaxed and independent lifestyle, in a low maintenance property, where residents can enjoy regular social activities, and the security of living in a gated community’.
“We take care of the chores while the residents concentrate on getting more enjoyment out of life,” she said.
Program officers Sue Braby and Linda Lee made a presentation to Ms Blinman and thanked her for her informative talk.
With the festive season just around the corner, plans are under way for members to “cruise into Christmas” in December with everyone encouraged to dress in their best “cruising or nautical outfits”.
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.
Deirdre Andren, Making a Difference Award
Marie Hobson, Pat Green, Deirdre Andren, Elisabeth Heath and Aldyth Hailes
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
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.
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
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”.
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