Merimbula Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1980.
Currently, the Club sponsors two and one third 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 on first Tuesday of the month
- 6.00 for 6.30 pm
- at Club Sapphire
- Phone: Dianne 02 6495 6486; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee meets on 3rd Monday at 2 pm in the Club Sapphire
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
2022 Merimbula Evening Happy Committee
Our Community for 2022:
President ~ Liz Zerdst, Secretary ~ Di Campbell, Treasurer ~ Meryll Davey, Assistant Treasurer ~ Lyn Biddle,
Delegate ~ Robin Unger, Program Officer ~ Joyce McGill, Program Officer ~ Jan Creech
Notes from February
Knitted Rugs still to be delivered to Pambula Hospital - COVID got in the road
Club Sapphire donated a Voucher which will be raffled over 2 months - drawn in May
Swap a book for a gold coin, any books not swapped to be taken home by the giver.
Claire Mudaliar our guest speaker for the evening took to floor and explained how the new Eden Information Centre was functioning and generally happenings in and around Eden. Thank you Clair for a very informative talk on what is going on down by the wharf
AREA NG ZONE 03 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
On 22 November Zone NG03 held their Christmas celebrations at the Heritage Centre Bega Cheese, where Santa and Mrs Santa visited the members.
Peter Ubrihien a local historian and farmer entertained the members with the history of the Bega valley.
Members represented VIEW Clubs from Narooma, Merimbula Evening, Merimbula Day, Eden and Bega.
Anne Comery, Zone Councillor organized a number of surprises for members via Santa. Lots of laughter was heard.
2022 Thanks to Bega Hospital for looking after our VIEW members.
Joyce is a 24 year member of Merimbula Evening VIEW Club.
"After spending most of her 81 days in Bega - Southeast Regional Hospital, Joyce McGill could not speak highly enough of the treatment she received. Even though the staff were overworked by doing double shifts she still received excellent and professional care.
Joyce, an artist who painted the view from her hospital window in Rehab where she spent most of her time featured the scene on the 100 cards she sent dedicating it to the hospital and other members of our society who give their time and expertise ensuring the health and safety of our community.
Joyce, a past suburban Melbourne Mayor and Councillor, and Bega Shire Councillor remembers walking around the developing building in a hard hat watching it's progress. She is pleased that we are fortunate to have out hospital for the people of our region." Click here to view the inside of the card.
Vicki Charters Director of Nursing holding the card and Joyce McGill the artist.
Clive Robertson, Anne (hidden) and Liz being thanked for his devotion to LfL.
Past National Vice President receiving a crown from current Zone Councillor Anne
NG03 ZONE CONFERENCE 2022
The NG03 Zone Conference was held at the Merimbula RSL Club on Monday, 29 August, where VIEW Members from Narooma to Eden were welcomed by Zone Councillor NG03 Anne Comery.
Our Guest Speaker was Clive Robertson, Program Coordinator for The Smith Family's Learning for Life from Nowra who talked about the "happenings" in his area and the programs that helped all the students through the Learning for Life education system.
It is amazing when you attend these events how much more you learn about what's happening within the Learning for Life program and how it works. There were young students who entertained us over lunch with their debut performance, which was delightful and the sing-a-long proved beautiful when their Mother and Music teacher joined in.
Following lunch each table was given a topic ranging from "how to attract new members" to "promoting VIEW", to discuss and the answers were then discussed amongst all there. It is always good to hear other people's ideas and opinions.
The raffle was drawn with some lovely plants amongst the prizes and then ZC Anne Comery closing the Conference with all departing with new ideas and news to pass onto our Clubs.
Past National Vice President, Pat McRae, receives first prize in 100 years The Smith Family local competition.
Merimbula Evening members Susan Stephenson and Margaret Speight are thankful for volunteer support from Volunteers who knit many squares, which they then join up for rugs for Pambula Hospital patients, the Homeless and the Bega Refuge Centre, and also reading mats for pre-schoolers.
Herewith is a copy of the photo taken Monday night at the Wolumla Public School’s presentation night. Maddison Ingram was the recipient of Merimbula Evening VIEW Club’s Certificate of Excellence and the $25 Collins Book Voucher. Since starting at kindergarten level at the school, Maddison has always shown respect to all the staff, gladly assisted teachers and students and always with a smile. Maddison has always strived to do her best academically and with her friendly and helpful nature was considered a good friend by all those she had helped.
I found Maddison to an extremely delightful girl, with the most magnetic smile. She was so excited to win the award and must say it was a pleasure to present it to her.
We always get an ad. in their program and of course I promoted VIEW and gave a cheeky ad about our gift wrapping service in Bega. One teacher came up to me and said she always wonder VIEW stood for and now she understand it a bit more.
The Graduation Class got together and did an act, of course taking the “mickey” out of the school called Highway to High”.
Two other talented students sang as well. Apparently one of them has sung at the Opera House. Mr Peter Claxton, their Principal, is very popular with the students and staff.
Lyn a Bega member with Barbara, Kerry and Elaine, standing, enjoying themselves at Merimbula's VIEW Clubs 39th birthday dinner meeting.
Eden members also enjoying the birthday celebrations
2019 April 39th Birthday
Merimbula Evening VIEW members celebrating the clubs 39th birthday dinner celebrations.
Bega Evening VIEW visitors helping to celebrate.
Local Country Musician Alan Neale with Merimbula Evening VIEW Club members Lynne Matthews and Meg Ward enjoying Christmas celebrations.
Photo of our members with dozens of handbages filled with Women's essentials which have been given to the Bega Women's Refuge Centre, the Bega Women's Recource Centre and the homeless in the Merimbula Pambula area.
Merimbula Evening VIEW members created this Poppy Wall hanging which was presented to members of the Merimbula RSL Sub Branch.
2018 November Meeting
National Vice President Pat McCrae with Merimbula Evening VIEW President Kerry Lewis, presenting new member Kerry Tracy with her badge, and Secretary Kay Eley, on the right, who was guest speaker on the night telling of her time working as a medic in Afganistan and also doing other volunteer work overseas.
President Kerry Lewis presented Marie Carter with her 20 year membership pin at their August dinner meeting
Merimbula Evening VIEW Club President Kerry Lewis presented Marie Carter with her 20 year membership pin at their August dinner meeting.
Members also enjoyed guest speaker Loretta Fellas presentation about the In search to Safety Program, our local Red Cross Emergency Service's assistance during the recent Tathra Bushfire emergency, and The Migrant Services Program which she helps present to various classes of school children in the area.
A big thank you to VIEW Members and their friends who have been busy collecting squares and making more rugs which will be for the homeless in our community.
2018 July - Rugs
Warm rugs and many knitted squares are being knitted by local volunteers, and the Merimbula Evening VIEW Club then co ordinates the joining of the squares and distribution of the rugs.
Squares are knitted by Harley Optometrists clients, the Tura Golf ladies, patients at the Pambula Medical Center, and Jenny Aish, then the squares are made into warm rugs by Margaret Speight, Lee Holland and Susan Stephenson then given to the Pambula Hospital, the Bega Hospital Care Accommodation, the Bega Refuge Center, and smaller square mats to the Shorebreakers Kindergarten in Pambula.
Photo of VIEW member Susan Stephenson receiving rugs from Harley Optometrists in Merimbula.
Photo is of Lynne Mathews, guest speaker Janet and Margaret Trianta.
Merimbula Evening VIEW Club members and friends celebrated 38 years of sponsoring the Smith Family Learning for Life Program at their April birthday meeting, enjoying a fun chocolate quiz, some delicious birthday cake made by member Margaret Speight, Easter eggs, and guest speaker Janet Maughan representing the Sapphire Coast Connections who are organizing the annual Rural Women's Gathering in Merimbula in October.
Photo is Evening VIEW member Joyce McGill, President Kerry Lewis thanking Adeleine for her wonderful informative presentation.
MEM photo showing off the colourful bags held by the Wobbles Ukulele members and VIEW member Susan Stephenson front right.
2018 International Women's Day
International Women's Day was celebrated by Merimbula Evening VIEW Club inviting Adeleine Perret to be their guest speaker.
Addy told of her employment by the Smith Family in Western Australia, which took Adeleine to the Port Headland district to promote the Learning for Life Program, and the Perth VIEW Club sent the LFL team 100 plus library bags which the children happily accepted along with note pads and pencils.
Addie and her guitar entertained the children and their mothers, and she was also involved in a preschool which was held in the local shopping centre as there was no hall available for the many kiddies who attended.
Adeleine also explained the MEM (Music Evokes Memories for Dementia patients) to the VIEW members, which she instigated in the Far South Coast assisted by the Merimbula Lions Club, The Wobbles Ukulele Band of which she is a member, individual sponsors and Susan from the Candelo Craft Group who made the colorful bags to store the headphones and small Ipods in .
2018 - Rugs to keep us warm
Merimbula Evening VIEW member Margaret Speight has been busy knitting warm colorful rugs for the Carers Accommodation in Bega.
Pictured is Lynne Koerbin receiving the rugs on behalf of the Carers accommodation from Merimbula Evening VIEW member Susan Stephenson.
2017 Christmas Wrapping for Zone NG03
Members from Merimbula Evening and Merimbula Day
Certificate of Excellence
Liz Zerbst with Imogen Smith the recipient of Merimbula Evening VIEW Club's Award of Certificate of Excellence and the $25 voucher from Booktique.
Imogen has also been named one of the School Captains for 2018. Imogen won the reward for her persistence in stepping outside of her comfort zone to learn music and gain self confidence. She achieved both these and even attempts music above her level of learning.
Liz also promoted VIEW Clubs to the gathering and also the Bega Valley Mayor Cindy McBain.
2017 Volunteers Day
International Volunteers Day was celebrated with Merimbula Evening Club members and their guests the "Red Hat Ladies".
Christmas Carols were enjoyed by all present led by special guest musician Geoffrey Willis after a delicious meal prepared by Club Sapphire.
Sent in by Susan Stephenson
The entrance to Eden's Marine Discovery Museum.
Educational visit to Marine Discovery Centre
An informative enjoyable day was the visit to the Sapphire Marine Discovery Centre by NG03 VIEW members to celebrate their annual Christmas Friendship Day. Members from Narooma, Bega, Merimbula Day, Merimbula Evening and Eden attended. Zone Councillor, Susan and National Councillor, Pat also enjoyed meeting up with members from Area NG03.
Queanbeyan members seated in front of Merimbula Evening's Vice Pres Jeanette Munce and Secretary Kaye Eley at the combined dinner at Club Sapphire Merimbula.
Another happy group of sister club VIEW ladies from Merimbula Evening and Queanbeyan Evening VIEW Club whose ladies are wearing the colored flower brooches given to them by Merimbula VIEW ladies.
Sister Club visits Merimbula
Merimbula Evening VIEW Club joined their Sister Club Queanbeyan Evening for dinner during Queanbeyan VIEW members annual holiday away at different locations each year, with Merimbula being their choice for 2017.
Many of the thirteen Queanbeyan members were accompanied by their husbands, and they all discovered the "Magic of the Merimbula" area while visiting various cafes, clubs and scenic attractions.
Merimbula Evening VIEW members admiring blankets knitted for Pambula Hospital and the Bega Refuge Centre.
Thank you from the mums
Merimbula Evening VIEW members Rose and Denise showing President Kerry blankets made by them for Premature babies.
Library Bags Donation
Merimbula Evening VIEW club members Susan Stephenson and Rose Barker have presented 51 library bags to the Pambula Public School library, to encourage children to enjoy the world of reading books they can take home
Pat Ingram from Pambula donated the bags, with Susan an Rose adding the colourful pockets and handles and this now makes a total of 170 library bags given to 5 local schools.
Susan Stephenson, Rose Barker, prefects Ella Nolan and Kai Holt and librarian Karen Tarpey
Certificate of Excellence
Liz Zerbst presenting the Certificate of Excellence to Crystal Venton, Wolumla Public School. Crystal was a year 5 student who, over the year, showed considerable compassion and kindness to all her fellow students and school staff.
A very reliable girl who, when asked, would carry tasks efficiently.
For the year 2017 she has been named the female captain of the school.
Crystal is the granddaughter of Elisabeth Murray one of our former members.
Making a Difference Award
Gwen, Margaret and National Councillor Pat
Margaret Speight from Merimbula Evening VIEW Club is a quiet achiever with true VIEW Club values. In Margaret's 24 years in VIEW she has worked tirelessly. Even through her cancer, chemo treatment. While nursing her sick husband she always had time to contribute to VIEW by knitting her beautiful lap rugs, beanies, scarves, baking birthday and Christmas cakes. Supplying knitted goods or produce for our trading tables to help raise money for our Learning for Life students.
We, the members, love her and her VIEW passion.
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