Lithgow VIEW Club was formed in 1969.
We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of women, who love getting together with friends, for fun and friendship. Throughout the year, we invite guest speakers to share their insights on varying topics at our meetings. We also regularly get together on social outings such as daytime Mystery Coach Trips, Lunches, and Musical performances in Sydney.
But it’s not just fun and socialising! We are immensely proud of the eight Learning for Life students we sponsor with the money we raise at our events.
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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11.00am
- at Lithgow Workies
- President Deirdre: Ph 0477 217 333
- Secretary Lyn: Ph 0408 653 340
- Email: Lithgowviewclub@gmail.com
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
Elaine Millar with President Deidre
Joan Deeley (LHS) with Joyce Leslie
On the 14th September Lithgow VIEW Club had their monthly meeting with Rebecca Walsh from Ronald McDonald House in Orange being our Guest Speaker.
It was very interesting to know that there is so much more involved in the operation of Ronald McDonald houses around Australia.
Several of our members are having milestone Birthdays this month including Ruth Mays, Elaine Millar, Sonya Morris, Joyce Leslie and Joan Deeley. Wishing all our special ladies a very Happy and memorable Birthday.
All members partook in a fun card game called "Hoy". There were three winners of the game: Elizabeth Holt, Janette Szann and Merilyn Moore.
The beautiful artwork of Blue Wrens donated by Jenny Channing was drawn today and the lucky winner was Bev Coombs. Congratulations Bev!
Our tables were decorated with fresh flowers donated by Rene from The Lithgow Workies and also Carol Dukes brought in some lovely Camellias from her garden. Thank you to both ladies.
Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to our next Meeting in October.
Rebecca Walsh receiving a thank you gift from Sue Lyon
Sue selling tickets for artwork donated by Jenny Channing
Guest Speakers at our August meeting were Demi Holland and Jarrad Ronan from Services NSW. Demi from Lithgow branch gave a very informative talk on Savings Finder which included how we can save money on electricity and gas as well as numerous other benefits for the community. Jarred who is from the Bathurst branch also gave an informative talk on what is involved in taking Driving Tests as we advance in age. It wasn’t scary!
Also during the day, Anne received her 10 year service pin, while Doreen accepted Margaret's New Member pack on her behalf, and Fay accepted Nancye's New Member pack. Unfortunately both ladies were unable to attend on the day.
It was Congratulations to both, Joyce who received her lifetime achievement award, and Jenny, who is celebrating her 80th birthday. Congratulations and Best Wishes to both ladies!
One minute’s silence was observed in memory of our dear friend Margaret Burns who passed away earlier in the week.
Members participated in a Trivia game which was fun and we all had a great time.
In July, Members brought in their decorative spectacles for the Make a Spectacle competition celebrating 100 years of The Smith Family. What creative and talented members we have! They really looked fantastic.
Celebration of Members
New Member Gunta received her Welcome Pack and Judy received her 10-year Service Award from President Deidre. Congratulations to both ladies. An enjoyable time was had by all.
Gunta, President Deidre and Judy
Our Guest Speaker was Kara King accompanied by Brett Murdoch who are from The Smith Family Bathurst Learning for Life program. Kara gave an interesting talk on how the program works. Just as an interesting footnote – there are almost 300 students within the Lithgow area who are benefitting from these programs.
Brett and Kara with Debbie
Back to the 1960's Birthday Celebrations
Faye, Lyn, Barbara and Bev looking fabulous
Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham
Doreen shares her OAM experience with Members
Members recently celebrated the Clubs 53rd Birthday. The theme was the 1960's and some of the ladies rocked up in their 60's clothes. They looked fabulous.
We had several visitors, including our Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham. Ladies from the VIEW Clubs in the Blue Mountains region as well as ladies from the Red Cross joined us for our party. Raffles were won and the Jukebox played 60's music to the delight of all.
New Member, Sue received her Welcome Pack and Doreen spoke about receiving her OAM. A good time was had by all.
Joyce and Glenda cutting our 53rd Birthday Cake
New Member, Sue, receives her Welcome Pack
Meeting Marg In May 2022
Sixty Members attended a Social High Tea organised by our Program Officer Faye.
We also welcomed our VIEW National Councillor Marg Woodhouse along with our NE02 Advisor Toni Thomas.
Marg was delighted to see some of the sights of our local LGA with Sec. Lyn Wren and to meet some of our members.
It was wonderful to meet Marg and to hear of her travels as National Councillor.
Mother’s Day Gift to our Local Nursing Homes
As a result of our gold coin donations over the Months of March & April, Gift Cards were purchased and presented to our three local Nursing homes to help their residents with their daily Craft activities. This is an annual donation our club makes to help our elderly residents.
Today 80 Members attended our monthly meeting. New member Marilyn Wilde was presented with her Badge and Membership information.
Our Guest Speaker was Ian Bennett from VRA (Volunteer Rescue Association). He gave a very informative talk on the work of the VRA. Members has a lot of questions to ask about their operations. Anna thanked Ian on behalf of our members.
Members travelled to Brooklyn with Bilpin Coaches to enjoy a river cruise/luncheon on The Riverboat Postman on 27th April.
Program Officer Faye once again organised another enjoyable social outing.
2022 ANZAC Celebrations
President Deirdre and Secretary Lyn along with Jenny Channing, represented our VIEW club at the Anzac Service and laid a floral tribute.
April 2022 Lithgow Easter Meeting
The Lithgow VIEW Club celebrated their Easter meeting by holding an Easter Hat parade. Many of the members wore their Easter hats and they looked spectacular. There was a competition for the Prettiest Hat which was won by Denise Fitzgerald and another for the Most Creative Hat which was won by Susan Banning. We held a one minute silence to remember our dear member and friend Vanessa Glendinning. Rest in peace dear Vanessa.
Our guest speaker was Kate Hurrell, CEO of Three Tree Lodge, who gave a very interesting talk on the health of Women in Ageing. There was a 10 year presentation to Cheryl Small and a new member presentation pack given to Janette Szann. We wish Beryl Evans all the best for her big 90th birthday this month.
Below: Some of the members wearing their Easter hats
Below: Cheryl Small receiving her 10 year pin from President Deidre Culla
Below: Kate Hurley accepting a gift from Marika Connolly
Vale Vanessa Glendinning
Meeting with New Committee
Was held in March with eighty eight members and three Guests. We had Raffles and a Trivia Quiz Things found in the Butcher's Shop. We couldn't separate two clever tables, so they all received a Mars Bar.
Wendy received her ten-year Service Pin from Assistant Secretary Sue and Meg received her new Membership pack and Badge.
Our Guest Speaker was Glenda Anthes who owns Intimate Dreams Lingerie. She is also a member of The Business Chamber of Commerce in Lithgow. Being International Women's Day, Glenda gave an interesting talk on the different challenges women around the world are facing today. Gwen thanked Glenda.
Raffle winners were Jan, Daphne and Norma. Once Again it was another fabulous day at VIEW.
New Committee elected at AGM.
The AGM was conducted by Past Zone Councillor Sue Banning with a full Committee being elected, lead by a new President, Deirdre. Deirdre is a founding member of Lithgow having joined our club at inauguration in 1969.
Decade pins were presented to three members, and new member badges were presented to two members.
Three members were congratulated on reaching milestone birthdays.
Member Doreen was congratulated by members for being awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours.
Letters were read from our seven LfL students about their interests, hobbies and dreams for the future. It is always heart-warming to know we are helping a child with their education.
Our Guest Speaker was own member, Master Crafter Jenny Channing who displayed her beautiful Quilts, Handbags and Artwork.
2022 Australia Day Honours
Doreen awarded an OAM
Doreen was recognised for community effort with 50 years of volunteer work with the Lithgow Hospital Auxiliary. Doreen who is a life member of the auxiliary had to step away due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as a life member she still plays a big role within the group. She began volunteer work with the Auxiliary in 1970 after an accident brought her to the hospital.
Doreen is proud of her achievements and was overjoyed, and honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Congratulations was to extended to Doreen from Lithgow VIEW and members of the Lithgow Community.
Happy New Year. We started the year 2022 with a social luncheon at the Blue Sky Chinese Restaurant. It was wonderful to have a social event, after all the cancellation of events in 2021.
We are hoping for a year of VIEW without interruptions.
Christmas Celebrations and Cheer
Ninety nine members and their guests enjoyed our end of year Christmas luncheon, with an optimistic outlook for VIEW and our Club in 2022.
Happy to be Back
Members return after another two month COVID lockdown, and eighty five Members were delighted to be meeting once again with their VIEW friends.
It was a happy occasion to welcome members back to VIEW after not holding our July meeting due to COVID restrictions. Guest Speaker was Rupert Grech who has written books on Tales of growing up in Wartime Malta Stories my Parents told me and Stylus Stories a book of collective stories through his life. Our members were enthralled by his presentation and storytelling. Pictured is Rupert signing Pam Johnson’s book.
President Sue welcomed 65 members and 2 guests to our meeting. Numbers were down because of COVID restrictions being a worry to some members, resulting in 36 apologies. Pauline joined as a new member and was welcomed to the club.
Congratulations to Kerri who was presented with her ten-year Service Pin.
Birthday Celebrations with an Australian Theme
Members and guests celebrated Lithgow's fifty second birthday in June with President Sue welcoming one hundred and four (104).
Official Guest, The Hon. Andrew Gee MP Member for Calare, congratulated Lithgow VIEW and thanked them for their support of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, acknowledging VIEW in general for supporting children from all over Australia. We are helping to break the cycle of disadvantage families and support children with their education.
Two of our members received Service Pins, being Nola (30 Years) and Lyn (10 Years). Pat received her new member badge and we welcomed three new members, who joined today.
We enjoyed a delicious two course meal served with tea and coffee, followed by some wonderful entertainment by the Stoney Broke Band.
It was a wonderful fun day.
Fifty Two Years Young in June 2021
Meeting Sue in April 2021
Our Guest Speaker was Author/Journalist Sue Williams. Sue was a speaker at the Writer’s Festival at National Convention on the Sunshine Coast in 2019.
Members really enjoyed her story about her journey with writing. Her books were a very popular item to purchase after the meeting.
New Member Welcomed
Beryl finally receives her Membership Badge from President Sue; and wonderful to see our Trading Table has returned after the Covid-19 restrictions.
2021 April Social Fun Day
Members had a fun time at our latest social Fun Day. They were asked to bring their own coffee mug and spoon that told a story.
There was some great stories. A hot-dog lunch followed the fun and frivolous games, to make for a great day.
More Social Fun
This month we had 89 members and 5 guests at our luncheon General meeting. It was another wonderful meeting with all our members enjoying the friendship of VIEW.
President Sue presented Gloria with her Decade Pin for 20 years of Membership. We also celebrated a milestone birthday for Wendy who is turning 80.
Our Guest Speaker was Doreen Peters from the Hartley Rural Bushfire Brigade Catering team. Doreen is the Co-ordinator. Doreen, who is 81 years young, has been with the Brigade for 60 years and she worked 80 days straight through the recent Gosper Mountain Bushfire, feeding all the NSW RFS Volunteers. She has 2 sons and 4 grandsons who also fought on the fire front.
It was a pleasure to thank her and listen to her incredible stories about her experiences during bushfires and other emergency services.
Please Vote for Gunnedah Evening
Dear friends, hopefully other members will vote for us, we are in the lead so far and have the chance of winning $3000 for our students - Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club has been nominated as a community organisation of note in Greater Bank's Greater New England Community Funding Competition. Please vote as often as you can on the Greater Bank voting page, https://greater.com.au/greaternewengland, to maximise our chances of winning $5,000 in funding from the bank. Visitors to the Greater Bank website may vote once per hour."Read more...
NI01 and NI02 Zone Day
Almost forty members from eight of the thirteen VIEW clubs in Zone NI01/02, attended the Zone Day which was held at Oak Tree in Tamworth. The day commenced with a delicious morning tea catered by Mareen from Tamworth Peel Evening and NA Sally, and the table decorations were made by Bev from Tamworth Peel.Read more...
Centenary Gala Luncheon for NK Area in 2022
A Centenary Gala Luncheon will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022, at the Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton commencing at 10.30am.Read more...