A valued part of The Smith Family

Parramatta VIEW Club


Parramatta VIEW Club was formed in 1960.

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
  • 11.00 for 11.30 am
  • NBC Sports Club, 156 Windsor Road, Northmead


Lorraine  Phone 02 9683 6959 
              Mobile 0407 753 158

              Email:  lorrainewilkinson@bigpond.com


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NBC Sports Club, 156 Windsor Road, NORTHMEAD, NSW 2152

Club News

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2022 Parramatta VIEW Committee

Left: Patrica Wild (Assistant Secretary); Lorraine Wilkinson (Secretary); Janice Caldwell (Delegate and Program); Ruth Geggie (President);
Jennifer Trimboli (Treasurer); Zita Franklin (Friendship)

We are in the process of finding a new venue that will take a function for under 30, so until we can find a suitable meeting room, we continue to have informal meetings on the first of the month at NBC. If you are unable to attend on the first Wednesday of the month please send apology to Janette or Lorraine.  Note from one of our sponsored children, Hawraa: “Year 7 is challenging but also fun, I have caught up on all my work and doing so well in school. Thank you for contacting me. I wish you nothing but the best. From Hawraa. 

2023 Dates for your Diary

Wed 18 January 2023, 11.30 am at Club Parramatta (previously RSL). Informal chat with coffee and/or lunch.

Wed 1 February 2023, 11 for 11.30 am at NBC. Annual General meeting and elections for all committee positions.


2023 Newsletters

2023 February         2023 February Funnies


2022 Newsletters

2022 December        2022 December Funnies  The Coffee or the cup?

2022 October            2022 October Funnies        



2022 August Parramatta celebrated 62 years.

Read the September newsletter.     Also some funnies for light reading.

On 3 August Parramatta VIEW celebrated its 62nd birthday at Northmead. It was lovely to have guests from North Rocks VIEW. Yvonne and Denise, who had recently celebrated her 80th birthday, cut the cake.

Past President Yvonne who joined in 1978 told us some of the history of the club over the years. Membership peaked at over 100 members. Fund raising included sausage sizzles, street stalls, garage sales, etc.

There were lots of outings, including two weekends away each year. There were lots of interesting outings and guest speakers, including Shirley Sinclair, wife of the then Governor Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair, and MP Bronwyn Bishop.

It was so good hearing about the history of our club when Yvonne spoke at our last meeting that I’ve made copies of some of the documents she had. I hope you’ll enjoy looking back in time!

Click on the link to download    History Parramatta VIEW 1960 to 2000  


2022 June

Great fun at our June meeting with members showing off their 100 year Smith Family spectacle masks






From left: Vita – programs co-ordinator; Monique who works with families; Delores Jelincic, Team Leader. 


2022 April Meeting

What a delight it was to have three Learning for Life workers from The Smith Family to talk to us at our April meeting. As a thank you they were each given two of the beautiful coathangers made by Maureen.

Delores said that every child deserves a chance and, once in the Smith Family Learning for Life program they get long term support for education until they finish school (and sometimes tertiary education).

Over 700 schools in Australia are involved and teachers refer children to the program. It’s estimated that one in six children in Australia are in need – all low, or no income, about half in single-parent families, often with health problems or disabilities. They ensure that every child has a device for school as well as internet access.

Monique’s work involves working with the student, the student’s family and the school. She also arranges interpreters, if needed, to speak with parents.

Vide, as program co-ordinator offers education programs to facilitate numeracy and listening skills, help with homework and arrange for volunteers to help with reading, and set up peer reading help by matching with a high-school student. Students are also taken to different workplaces to see how work is done, and later arrange work experience.

During school holidays they will bring groups to the Story Factory in Parramatta. They are given access and training with technology, and focus on finding affordable housing.

It is hoped that Governments may introduce preschool education for the disadvantaged.


2021 October

While still in lockdown because of Covid-19, there have been no face-to-face meetings, but as vaccination levels increase, there is hope for increasing relaxion of the restrictions. In the meantime it would be nice if we could meet together on zoom on our usual function day – the third Wednesday. Covid vaccination numbers are looking good, perhaps a face-to-face meeting November or December?🤞

Click to read the Notes on Zoom for Seniors

Wednesday 20 October 11 am– Zoom get-together with our “Covid uncut” hairstyles! We’ll take a photo to put in our next newsletter that will be useful to go into our archives! Attached are some basic instructions for setting up with a computer an iPhone or iPad,or an Adroid phone or tablet. There are about nine members without computers, so it would be nice if some members confident with Zoom could let them just listen in to the discussion by connecting with them with your phone on “speaker”.

Making a Difference Awards

Two of our treasured members have received a “Making a Difference” award in 2021. Congratulations to Pat and Maureen. Thanks go to our Delegate, Janice, for organising their nominations.

 Making a Difference Awards

Pat has managed the Trading Table for over 20 years enabling the Parramatta VIEW club to sponsor Learning for Life Students and their activities.

She stores donated items at her home, prices them and brings the goods each month to set up the Trading Table. She also makes library bags and collects items for the LfL learning clubs. Pat’s commitment to this role demonstrates her to be caring and a supportive member in helping disadvantaged children.


 Making a Difference Awards


Maureen has been a member of Parramatta VIEW for nearly 37 years. During this time she has gone above and beyond the VIEW member expectations and clearly demonstrates being supportive and caring. Over the years Maureen has contributed her time to support the Trading Table, and has also supplied many knitted items for sale. She has continued to support children by knitting items for the Children’s Hospital. Maureen continues to knit blankets and floor mats for the Learning for Life students. 


National and Regional News

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Parramatta VIEW Club

VIEW National Online Raffle 2022 - Winners Announced

VIEW Clubs Online Raffle celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary 2022 - Winners Announced

Parramatta VIEW Club

Toy&Book Appeal

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to the faces of Australian children at Christmas. Children who may otherwise miss out on opening a gift, simply because their families can’t afford it.

Parramatta VIEW Club

VIEW Merchandise Christmas Sale 2022

Up to 50% off.


Events Calendar

We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!

Mar 8

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrations are happening around the country at your local VIEW club.

Sep 8

VIEW National Convention 2023

We are pleased to announce the 56th VIEW National Convention will be held in Hobart, TAS from 8-10 September 2023.