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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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 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.








Catching up


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.

The group explained the origins of the dance and introduced some simple moves before launching into a lively demonstration.

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.






2018 February

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.


2017 Christmas

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.

Next month's dinner meeting will be a celebration of Christmas with a red and white theme and a few fun games of bingo.



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.


27th Birthday

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.



National and Regional News

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2018 Area NM Gala

Area NM held their Gala in September at Sawtell Golf Club with 100 VIEW members and friends. The theme for the day was "An Elegant Affair" and the attendees each received an elegant clutch purse which were beautifully crafted by members from Coffs City Evening VIEW Club, Coffs Harbour Day VIEW Club and Woolgoolga Day VIEW Club.

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Blue Illusion Shopping Day Announced

Your Invitation to Blue Illusion National Shopping Day and Styling Workshop on Thursday 1 November 2018 in support of The Smith Family and VIEW Clubs.


Events Calendar

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Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

National Convention 2019 - bookings have opened