Narooma VIEW Club was formed in 1978
We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of women, who love getting together for our monthly meetings in a beautiful location overlooking the ocean.
We are proud to sponsor three Learning for Life students with the money we raise at our events 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 VIEW is all about.
- Meeting Day on 4th Friday of the month
- at 11 am for 11.30 am
Narooma Golf Club, Seahorse Room,
1 Ballingalla Street, NAROOMA, NSW 2546
Helen 02 44 768 086
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
2020 NAROOMA VIEW CLUB COMMITTEE
Back Row L-R Shirley Gunter (Publicity), Ann Alexander (Hostess), Anne Comery (Zone Councillor from Eden), Carlien Donnon (Secretary),
Helen Hayes Delegate/Vice President), Barbara Pearce (Treasurer), Julie Nicholls (Assistant Treasurer)
Front Row L-R Glen Pisanos (President), Moira Cusack (Assistant Secretary)
Everyone is looking forward to a good year, especially after the horrid start to the year. Life is starting to get back to normal, so with our good committee we should have some interesting meetings.
In late January 2020 the Narooma VIEW Club had its first meeting of the year. It was a breakfast meeting, and all who attended enjoyed having a hot breakfast cooked for them. The numbers were down somewhat, but that is quite understandable because of the bushfires in the region. Everyone was pleased to be there, and we all had plenty of stories to tell about our experiences in these harsh and worrying times.
2019 June, 41st Anniversary
Jenny Schultz, the newest member helped Esme Hodges, our longest member, cut the cake.
Fifty members and friends attended the day, and enjoyed the speaker Mr John Lundy's talk on "The Life of an ACT Crown Prosecutor".
A good time was had by all.
NAROOMA VIEW CLUB 40THANNIVERSARY
We celebrated our 40thANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON on Friday 22ndJune, at the Narooma Golf Club. 95 members and guests attended the event and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the beautiful Bluewater Room at the Narooma Golf Club. There was lots of laughter, and chatting with friends both old and new while embracing the beautiful view over the ocean.
Thank you to our dedicated President Glen Pisanos and the committee members for their tireless efforts and energy organizing such a large successful event.
The Zone Councillor – Valerie Hobbs presented the badges to:
Margaret Taylor - 20 years
Helen Hayes - 10 years
Bev Brown - 10 years
Congratulations to these members, these ladies also had the pleasure of cutting our birthday cake!
Lyn Gerstenberg Guest Speaker
We were delighted to have Lyn Gerstenberg as our Special Guest Speaker. Lyn is a former Vice President of the VIEW Club and gave us an inspiring and informative talk about her involvement with the VIEW Club and her Charity work.
Thank you VIEW members who travelled long distances and to other local clubs in our community to help us celebrate. There was lots of laughter and great conversations around all the tables. Everyone had a very good time!!
The Rhythm Hunters
The Rhythm Hunters (drummers) from Narooma High School, Narooma Primary School, Cobargo Public. School, Tilba Public School and Bodalla Public School conducted by Juanita Lowe provided our entertainment.
What amazing talent these young people have; everyone had a very good time enjoying the articulated beat of the drums.
Coolangatta Winery visit
The members of Narooma VIEW Club had a wonderful day visiting The Coolangatta Winery in October 2016.
It was a big day, starting with a bus pick up at 7 am at Narooma.
Our first stop was morning tea at the Heritage Bakery at Milton where we had a much needed coffee and cake. From there it was on to Coolangatta Winery for our tour of the Winery on The Bigfoot 4 wheel drive vehicles!
No way did we expect to climb up the huge hills to witness the spectacular scenery and just about everyone on both vehicles was laughing! Following the tour was a beautiful 2 course meal at the Winery, then on to Berry for 2 hours retail therapy.
It was unanimous that it was a great day.... but where are we going next year???
Speakers from local paper
Narooma VIEW Club had a presentation on how our local paper is put together, which was very interesting and helped us to understand what is involved in allotting space for all the various news event and community notices provided to us each week.
Kerrie O'Connor (editor of Bay Post) and Stan Gorton (editor of Narooma News) enjoyed their day with our club and were pleased to take this group shot of most of our members - unfortunately some were away on the day.
Annual Book Stall success
Members had their annual Book Stall at Easts Van Park Narooma. It's held every Sunday during the summer School Holidays from approximately 5.30 pm till 7.30 pm. Lots of books were sold to the holiday makers and guests to the park& and this money will go to our Learning For Life students. Our club also sincerely thanked Narooma Library for their donation of books.
Special Guest Elisha Smith, Olympic Water Polo Player Celebrates with Narooma VIEW their 38th Birthday
Narooma VIEW Club (NSW) 38th Birthday Celebration. Cutting the cake is one of the longest serving members Dulcie Boyd flanked by two new members Barbara Wort and Maureen Nankervis
Members from Mollymook made the trip south to help Narooma celebrate
Happy VIEW Group
A special moment
Elisha Smith - What a view
Article by Kerrie O'Connor, Narooma newspaper
Olympic water polo player Elisha Smith loved the VIEW on Friday when she helped a Narooma Club celebrate its birthday – and has praised its work.
In a moving speech and more than a catch in her voice, the Beijing and London Olympic bronze medalist wowed the crowd at Narooma VIEW Club’s 38th birthday party.
“My father was adopted our when he was a little boy and, from that moment … he was never going to let his children go through the life he had,” the goal keeper told the audience at Narooma Golf Club.
“My mother had a fantastic father; my father came from nothing and he looked at that and said that is what I want to be … that is what I want to give my kids.”
And give he did, getting up at 4am for years to drive her teenage self more than an hour to training from Helensburgh, north of Wollongong.
It was a message that resonated with the VIEW members who had gathered from Mollymook, Batemans Bay, Eden, Merimbula and Bega.
VIEW was founded on friendship and a commitment to helping educate disadvantaged children.
Ms Smith’s journey from Helensburgh sporty kids to Olympic medalist was no easy lap of the pool.
“I had a fantastic childhood,” Ms Smith, who now lives in the Narooma area, said.
“My parents took me to anything I wanted to go to. I tried every sport in the world. My schooling was great. I did not know the black of the world.”
Then came the pressure of Olympic training and a regime that left her mentally and emotionally drained.
It is a style that Ms Smith has chosen not to adopt in her own role as coach of Sydney University water polo players, four of whom are now in the Olympic squad.
She described her coaching style as “nurturing” and empowering.
That nurturing style has full reign in her new role as mum to two children.
“It is far easier to become an Olympian, than it is to be a mother and a good mother,” she said.
It was a moment that won the heart of the crowd, if anyone was already not in awe of this strong, yet vulnerable woman, as our video below shows.
She looks back on those 4am starts as a teenager with a degree of envy.
“What’s a 4am start? The kids don’t let me have a 4am start, it is more like a 2am start, so going to an Olympics is easy,” she said.
National VIEW councillor, Bega member and Tathra resident Pat McRae praised club members who had made the journey.
“You know as well as I do how much Narooma leads the way in travelling,” she told the crowd.
“They travel everywhere and they have done for years and years, so we are very pleased to be here today. I sense the happiness in your club.”
The former assistant school principal said the VIEW ethos worked. One child who, with his two siblings, was helped years
“He was struggling as a little child, his grandmother brought him up and he has just shone,” she said.
“He is a beautiful person, he is now an ambassador for VIEW and he is just such a witness for what education can do. We are very proud of the ladies who raise the money and very pleased we can give a lot of children the opportunity to turn their lives around and give them some hope.”
Ms Smith could not agree more.
“This is a fantastic thing for children,” she said.
“What these woman are doing is fantastic.”
Member Cathy Coventry said many schools still did not know about the Learning for Life program.
“We sponsor children who can’t afford (for instance) to go on a camp, or to buy books or a uniform,” she said.
“It is anonymous.”
Ms Coventry joined eight years ago when she moved from Sydney and has not looked back.
“You make lots of new friends and they're all lovely,” she said.
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