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 - 0427 425 453
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Margaret Stevens was returned as President of the Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club at the recent annual general meeting. Now in her fourth term, the much-loved President has served on the committee for 26 years of service to the club. In her annual report, Margaret reflected on a very successful year for the club launched in Gunnedah 27 years ago.
New Zone Councillor, Sally Cronberger, travelled from Tamworth to preside over the election of office bearers.
Kate Knight has signed up for another term as vice-president, while Marie Hobson was re-elected to the secretary's role, with Moana Shoobert the assistant. Trish Conway was returned as treasurer. New faces on the committee are Rosemary Eveleigh (assistant treasurer) and Jill Sampson who will assist Lorraine Overton in the role of Program Officer. Anne Finnigan is the Delegate.
2018 July Trivia Winners
Raelee Bruce, left, Elisabeth Heath and Coral Lorimer. Absent: Irene Ellis and Narelle Hills.
2018 July Meeting
Linda Lee & Kate Knight
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
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.
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
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.
2018 International Women’s Day
GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members enjoyed a taste of rockabilly dancing at the March meeting, with special guests the Rockabilly Rockers.
Members were sad to farewell Therese Perrett who is moving to Queensland. A vote of thanks was extended to Deirdre Andren who has stepped down from the committee after many years of service, with congratulations going to Irene Ellis and her husband Tony who are celebrating 60 years of marriage.
Seven members attended the annual International Women’s Day luncheon organised by Tamworth VIEW clubs at the Powerhouse Hotel last weekend. Aboriginal elder Stella Lamb spoke about the trauma experienced by her mother, who had been taken from her family with her sisters in 1921 and placed in a girls home in Cootamundra, while her brothers were sent to a boys home in Kempsey. At age nine they were "apprenticed" as servants or farm hands.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment in the form of Marlene and Dot, dressed as nuns, who assured us they were “sisters but not Sisters”. The duo presented a very entertaining set of “bone-cracking” numbers using dried beef rib bones as musical instruments.
VIEW Clubs around Australia sponsor students through the Smith Family’s Learning For Life program, and members were pleased to hear from a past student who has just started a university degree.
2018 March - Guest Speaker at Gunnedah
MOTIVATIONAL speaker Glenise Anderson, the creator of Self Confident Women, was a special guest at Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club’s celebration of International Women’s Day last week.
Using this year’s IWD theme, Be Bold For Change, Glenise introduced members to her Step In program for “forward, positive movement” as a great starting point for changing our lives.
Glenise outlined her three steps, Problem, Plan and Persevere, with a focus on wellbeing using the six key areas of diet, sleep, exercise, physical environment, meaning and purpose and social connection.
With a mission to empower women to ‘live the life they desire and deserve’ Glenise encouraged members to “step in and identify the problem”. She said the next step is to “take time to plan” with the final step “perseverance to the end”.
Glenise said even small tweaks to diet and exercise can make a difference to wellbeing and having a social connection through community groups or organisations will give “meaning and purpose to life”.
“When the going gets tough, and it will, tap into your own super hero to get the courage to keep going,” she said.
“The increase in confidence and self esteem is huge when you reach your destination.”
More information is available at www.selfconfidentwomen.com.au where a free eBook can be downloaded.
Glenise was presented with flowers and a small gift by Aldyth Hailes.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club will host the local premiere of the award winning film, Manchester by the Sea, on April 20, to raise funds for our Learning for Life students.
The next meeting on April 5 will be a celebration of Easter, with prizes for the biggest and prettiest Easter Bunny ears.
May 3 will be a Mother’s Day celebration and members are encouraged to bring their mothers or daughters to dinner.
February is the month for the -Friends Reveal- when members learn who has been their secret Friend in VIEW over the past 12 months. There was much fun and laughter with the exchange of gifts as members learned who had been their anonymous supporter and backstop over the previous year.
New member Jo Oldrey was presented with her badge and member's pack.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members are mourning the loss of their much-loved friend Sue Ebbage who lost her battle with cancer on February 4.
Rockabilly Rockers will entertain members and guests at the next meeting on March 7.
Committee Gathering before AGM
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club committee members started the year with a meeting, followed by a Chinese banquet before the annual general meeting and election of office bearers in February.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club congratulates the incoming national executive and wishes all members across Australia a happy and successful year.
Photo: From left, Deirdre Andren, Kate Knight, Moana Shoobert, Marie Hobson, Lorraine Overton, Margaret Stevens (President) and Trish Conway.
Club secretary Marie Hobson was honoured to carry the Queen's Baton when it came through Gunnedah on January 31.
She said it was a great honour to represent her wonderful community.
Marie Hobson carrying the Queen's Baton in the Commonwealth Games relay on January 31
It was very heartening for members to read thank you letters and profiles from the three Learning for Life students with information about themselves and their studies. They all appear to be progressing well at school.
VIEW members attended school presentations during the month to present book prizes donated by the club.
The annual general meeting will be held at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Wednesday, February 7.
CHRISTMAS came early for Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members with a festive gathering at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club.
The evening began with a fun round of bingo, followed by dinner and exchange of gifts between VIEW Friends, who remain secret all year and will be revealed at the February meeting.
Kate Knight's granddaughters Mackenzie and Charlette Keeler, dressed as elves, arrived to hand out Secret Santa gifts and their presence each year is much appreciated.
Beryl Schillert was resplendent dressed as a Christmas pudding, complete with mistletoe on top.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members fundraise regularly during the year to help support three Learning for Life students with their education, while also donating to The Smith Family's winter and Christmas appeals.
2017 National VIEW Convention Tamworth
From left, Marie Hobson, President Margaret Stevens, Adrienne Stubbs (Gunnedah Evening) Coreen Carter and Joelze Mann (Gunnedah Day).
2017 Gunnedah Evening Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup fever came early to Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club when members gathered for their November dinner meeting.
Outfitted in their finest race day attire with a variety of hats and fascinators, the evening was a great success, with a number of pre-race sweeps drawn for the big day.
June Carter and Judy Gallagher were awarded prizes for prettiest and most innovative hats.
Outgoing zone councillor Beryl Pike was congratulated on her election to the role of national councillor, with President Margaret Stevens thanking her for her support.
Winners are Grinners. From left, Anne Finnigan, Lyn Hills, Susan Feodoroff, Judy Gallagher, Jill Sampson and Chris Mirow
Fun Night 2017 August
GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members and guests enjoyed a fun night of questions and answers at the group's annual trivia night last week.
Trivia maestro Anne McMahon excelled herself this year with everyone puzzling over the wide range of topics and a page of cryptic clues.
The champion team took an early lead and were each presented with a miniature trophy for their trouble, while the tail-enders each received an eraser to rub out their wrong answersâ€.
Returning members Suzanne Feodoroff and Jill Sampson were welcomed back and presented with their badges and member packs by President Margaret Stevens.
Margaret Stevens and secretary Marie Hobson attended the Gunnedah Day VIEW Club's recent birthday celebration and enjoyed the company of like-minded women from regional clubs as well as local members. Guest speaker was the recently elected Mayor of Gunnedah, Jamie Chaffey, who spoke about the innovative ideas under way for progressing the town's future.
The September dinner meeting will be a night of charades, with the club's 27th birthday in October, embracing the theme 27 Dresses from the movie. Members were asked to search out any bridesmaidsâ€™ dresses or other wedding attire they may have tucked away to make up a parade on the night.
2017 July Report
TWO new members were welcomed to Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club with President Margaret Stevens presenting membership packs and badges to Michelle Lightfoot and Jennyl Cooper.
It seemed very appropriate to welcome new friends on the club’s Friendship Night, with many special guests at the dinner and a string of tales told about friendship and how we came to be involved in VIEW.
The club’s annual trivia night will be held in August and although our trivia maestro Anne McMahon will not be present she has passed on the questions and answers to President Margaret.
In October the club will celebrate its 27th birthday. It has been decided to take up a 27 Dresses theme and the search is on for 27 bridesmaids dresses (as in the movie) for a parade with a difference. President Margaret Stevens served on the inaugural committee and has served on committee for 26 of the past 27 years.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club's 27th birthday cake was cut by National Councillor Barbara Hyslop, left, President Margaret Stevens and the club's newest member Jo Oldrey.
Margaret Stevens was commended for her service to VIEW over the past 26 years, many of those were served on committee. Members were given an overview of the very successful recent National Convention in Tamworth.
Next month the club will celebrate the Melbourne Cup with everyone encouraged to dress in their race day finery and December's meeting will be all about Christmas.
GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club members and guests celebrated 27 years of fun, friendship and service to the community at a birthday dinner last Wednesday night.
Embracing the theme 27 Dresses from the movie, members gathered up a collection of bridesmaid gowns, bridal gowns and mother-of-the bride outfits for a fashion parade with a difference.
While some were able to model outfits from days gone by, others enthusiastically took part in a "coat-hanger parade" where gowns were carried onto the catwalk and presented with memories from "that special day".
A delicate lace gown worn by secretary Marie Hobson's mother for her wedding in Newcastle 77 years ago, was also on display,
The 27th birthday cake was made by Anne Finnigan with a carrot cake for the top layer and a wedding fruitcake on the bottom layer taken home in gift bags.
The club's newest member Jo Aldrey was invited to cut the cake with President Margaret Stevens and National Councillor Barbara Hyslop who travelled from Tamworth for the celebration.
Barbara Hyslop congratulated members on achieving 27 years as a club and thanked them for their ongoing support of disadvantaged children through the Smith Family's Learning for Life sponsorship program. Barbara read an extract from an address given by a former student describing the enormous difference the support had meant to him and his family. He is in his final year of a university degree.
Gunnedah Evening IWD 2017
GUNNEDAH Evening VIEW Club Program Officers, Lorraine Overton, left, and Chris Pulllman, right, pictured with medical cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club President Margaret Stevens spoke about the origin of International Women’s Day, while the Day VIEW Club’s Judy Sills gave members an insight into the history of VIEW in Australia and its work for the Smith Family charity.
The function was attended by VIEW National Councillor Barbara Hyslop and Zone Councillor, Beryl Pike, along with a Smith Family representative who outlined the amazing work being done by the charity for disadvantaged children and their families.
Lucy Haslam Storey
MEDICAL cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam was guest speaker at the International Women’s Day luncheon in Tamworth attended by members of the Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club and Gunnedah Day VIEW Club.
Organised on behalf of VIEW Clubs Australia, the luncheon at the Diggers Ballroom last Saturday was attended by more than 100 women from around the region.
It was heart wrenching to hear Lucy Haslam talk about her son Dan's struggle to beat stage 4 bowel cancer but the relief he gained from cannabis, not just with pain but also nausea from the chemo, made his short life bearable.
With the full support of Dan and her family, Lucy began a campaign to have medical cannabis legalised so that it could be prescribed in a safe and regulated manner.
Even though legislation was passed early last year, the hurdles, barriers and red tape to making it accessible to those who need it and registering growers in Australia, seemed impossible to beat.
But Lucy is fighting on and the audience found her courage and resilience very inspirational.
She said the slower and more restrictive the system was for medicinal cannabis, the more likely patients and their families will avail themselves of black market supplies.
“Given we can’t be sure of the quality and safety of these products, and given the high street price tag, surely we can do better for patients in desperate need,” she said.
The Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium will be held in Melbourne from June 23-25.The program will be suited to medical professionals, policy makers and the general public, including patients and carers, who will hear from the world’s most informed speakers on the medical uses, current research, and science behind medicinal cannabis.
On April 8, SBS will again screen a documentary featuring Lucy’s early campaign.
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