Nowra Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1978.
Currently, our Club sponsors four Smith Family Learning for Life students, two of whom are now in Senior High School.
We are also 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.
We hold our Dinner Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month (with the exception of December)
at 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm, at the Bee Thai Restaurant, 2/10 Pleasant Way, Nowra
- Secretary Di on 0429162241; OR
- Assistant Secretary Jenny on 02 4422 3332 if you would like to attend a meeting.
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
Meet Our 2021 Committee
Standing L to R: Dot, Lynn B, Lyn T, Ann, Robin, Prue, Jennie, Marilyn, and Irene
Seated L to R: Jan, and Di. Absent: Anne
THE SMITH'S FAMILY ORIGIN
On a hot dusty day, just before Christmas 1922, five Sydney businessmen were driving back to the city from a weekend getaway in Katoomba. As the summer temperatures soared, they decided to stop at a Parramatta pub. Over cool drinks, the conversation turned to Christmas, and to those people unable to celebrate the festive season. The men made a resolution to research poverty in Sydney, as some believed it was non-existent, others that it was a serious problem.
One week later the men met again to discuss their findings. The five agreed that they were shocked by the extent of the problem and agreed to take action against the problem immediately. With only days left before Christmas they decided to launch their campaign at Carlingford Boy's home in Sydney's west.
On Christmas Eve the group drove out to the Home with a carload of toys, puzzles and sweets for the boys. The Matron of the Home had no idea where the mystery men had come from or why they had decided to spoil the Carlingford boys that Christmas. When she asked them for their names each one in turn said just call me Smith as they all wished to remain anonymous. And thus The Smith Family was born.
THE SMITH FAMILY SERVICES IN THE ILLAWARRA REGION
The Wollongong Welfare operations commenced in 1931, initially the services were issued from an old shed in Stewart Street, to be moved at a later stage to a property at 28 Market Street. This property was later extended and then extended again as the service providers tried to keep up with the needs in the community.
The provision of emergency aid in the form of financial and material supplies was continued over the years and remains at the basis of our welfare operations. However, in more recent years our programmes have gone beyond alleviating the effects of poverty.
It was realised some years ago that the cycle that keeps many families entrenched in poverty from one generation to the next can only be broken if the contributing factors to that cycle are remedied.
One major factor in the continued poverty cycle is the often poor level of education gained by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Smith Family has developed the learning for life program (EDU-CATE) which now reaches youngsters from as early as primary school level and goes as far as providing scholarships for University studies. Specially selected mentors assist these Tertiary students whilst our EDU-CATE support workers liaise directly with all students and their families in order to give these young people a better start to life.
Other services, now provided, include Family Support and Financial Counselling.
25th May, 2021
- Dinner Meeting
- Guest Speaker, Clive Robertson, Program Co ordinator, Smith Family.
22nd June, 2021
- 42nd Birthday
- 27th May 2021 - Merribee Gardens, Terrara, guided morning walk, morning tea and lunch.
- 17th June 2021 - Bus trip to Milton.
- 22nd June 2021 - 42nd Birthday, Rock and Roll theme.
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