A valued part of The Smith Family

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1978.

Currently, the Club sponsors six 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 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • at Connors Function Room – Savannah Way Motel, Corner of New England Highway and Burgmans Lane Tamworth
  • at 6.30 for 7.00 pm


SecretaryBarbara Hyslop
Mobile - 0428 659 310

Publicity - Kathy Challinor
Mobile - 0428 290 952
Email:  kathypeter73@bigpond.com

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Connors Function Room – Savannah Way Motel, Corner of New England Highway and Burgmans Lane , TAMWORTH, NSW 2340

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Meet our Committee for 2021

Mary Gurd Vice President, Merilyn Binney President, Jillian Whiteman Assistant Treasurer, Barbara Hyslop Secretary, Deb Mooney Programme, Carol Swain Programme, Kathy Challinor Publicity, Elizabeth Henderson Treasurer, Christine Hook Delegate, and Ellen Mackie-Gulliver Assistant Secretary.    



2021 December

Almost 50 members and guests recently came together in festive garb to celebrate the end of a challenging year with an evening of friendship carols laughs as well as showcasing what some of our clever members have done to keep busy during lockdowns.

President Merilyn Binney thanked outgoing National Vice President Beryl Pike and outgoing National Councillor Sally Cronberger, who both complete their two years in those positions at the end of this year, for the outstanding work they have done despite Covid-19 and presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their support of TEVC.

Members were invited to bring something that they created whilst in lockdown and three members, Nola Carolyn and Kerrie shared the results of their talents with the hand knitted colourful rug, tapestry and paintings.

Jennie West led the carol singing , Kathy Challinor shared the recent story in the Daily Telegraph “ Just Call us the Smiths” – the history of The Smith Family and Barbara Hyslop then showed short videos of the programs that The Smith Family run for children, as well as testimonials from sponsored students who outlined what sponsorship has meant to them as they journey through school and beyond.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club felt this to be a fitting reminder of why VIEW Clubs exist and helped members and guests understand the importance of their involvement in VIEW.



Five lucky door prizes were collected by lucky recipients and the three raffle prizes were won by Bev Albertson, from Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW, Shirley Griffin from Tamworth Evening and Ro Everleigh from Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club.


2021 November Zone Friendship Lunch

Sixty VIEW members from the Manilla, Gunnedah Day and Evening clubs, along with Tamworth Evening, Tamworth Peel Evening and Tamworth Day VIEW Clubs and their guests enjoyed a friendship lunch on Saturday November 20th at the Tamworth Community Centre. Sandwiches and slice were the order of the day, provided by various members with  tea and coffee enjoyed in beautiful fine bone china cups.

This day was organised by National Councillor Sally Cronberger and Zone Councillor Aletia Norman, both members of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club. In attendance was National Vice President Beryl Pike who addressed the ladies to congratulate them for being part of the wonderful world of VIEW, whose sole purpose is to raise money to support financially disadvantaged school children, and to share the exciting news that VIEW Clubs across Australia are now supporting 1,500 students.

Also in attendance on the day were two past Zone and National Councillors, Glenda Noble and Barbara Hyslop and past Zone Councillor Joan Harwood.

Due to a technology glitch the planned sharing of recent profiles of Learning for Life students and how sponsorship by VIEW has helped them achieve their educational goals, was not possible. However there was lots of sharing of stories about their sponsored students during the lunch with many new friendships forged.


2021 November





On Tuesday 9th November, over 40 members and guests got together at a dinner meeting for the first time since July. The wonderful floral themed night included a presentation by guest speaker Sandra Holmes, Horticulturist and Northwest Coordinator of Garden Clubs of Australia, who shared her story of becoming a horticulturist and her passion for anything that can be grown.

National Councillor Sally Cronberger presented Vice President Mary Gurd with her 10 year badge, and Della Ruttley who has held many positions over her 30 years with TEVC, was presented with her 30 year badge. Two new members, Joan Pacey and Kay Fitzsimmons received their membership badges from Zone Councillor Aletia Norman and were warmly welcomed to our club.

In line with the floral theme, a trading table was loaded with plants, homemade masks and peg bags all lovingly potted or handmade by members, which proved very popular with all monies raised going to our Learning for Life students.

A great meal shared with wonderful friends in a beautiful venue.




Collage of members and guests and the display



President of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club Merilyn Binney hosted a morning tea at her home on Friday 15th October, in conjunction with Blue Illusion who demonstrated their amazing array of accessories for the 26 members and guests who attended.

Although the weather was not as kind as we would have liked, those present were very generous as they helped to deplete the huge display of accessories. These included, scarves hats and jewellery, along with books gardening tools and handbags as well as scented candles. Who would have thought that such a small shop as our Blue Illusion could hold so many different accessories?

Felicity and Anne from Blue Illusion worked tirelessly setting up, demonstrating and holding down the merchandise to prevent articles blowing away in the wind and landing on the golf course.

A morning tea provided by the committee, helped to replenish the purchasers following the wonderful demonstration.

Our students will be very happy with how generous our members and guests were on the morning and a massive thank you to Felicity and Anne from Tamworth Blue Illusion, a wonderful supporter of VIEW.



Next month is Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s 43rd birthday and the theme is floral.


2021 July

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club devoted their July meeting to discussing and voting on the three resolutions which will go to National Convention in September. Vice President Mary Gurd made it easy for members to be aware of what the three resolutions were by ensuring that every member received a copy of each either by email or snail mail as well as having them on the tables on Tuesday night. It was also a great evening of friendship and chatter, despite the need to wear the masks when not eating or drinking.




Over fifty Tamworth Evening VIEW Club members and their guests attended the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Monday May 31st, to enjoy a walk and talk viewing of the props i.e., sewing machines and clothing worn in the iconic Australian movie “The Dressmaker”.

Morning tea, provided by the committee, followed the viewing and lively chatter was heard across the gallery as those in attendance caught up with friends and talked about the beautiful clothing worn in the movie. A remarkably interesting morning was had with two lucky door winners who were guests of TEVC and the winner of the raffle, a beautiful hamper with wine, nibbles and lots of other tasty treats, member Nola Hunt had to leave early due to a prior engagement, however President Merilyn Binney ensured that it was safely delivered to Nola’s home.

TEVC members are incredibly grateful to the staff of the Tamworth Regional Gallery for their support of their club and the interest they take in our members and in particular, that we raise money for our six students who are with The Smith Family’s Learning for Life” Program.




May is special for Mother's Day

2021 May Dinner Meeting

Forty members and guests, some of whom were daughters of members and others who are potential new members, attended the May Mother-Daughter evening on Tuesday May 11th, at Connors by Coreys Function room in Tamworth.

Guest speakers for the evening was Amalin Yu, who worked with the United Nations Development Fund for women (now UNWOMEN) for 15 years covering countries in East & Southeast Asia. She speaks 8 languages, obtained advanced degrees at Ohio University – MA in Politics as well as an MA in Southeast Asian History. She has a daughter who works as a Physiotherapist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Randwick and a son who is a Doctor at both Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.

For the past 12 years she has been working with the Northern Settlement Services in Tamworth and was nominated for the Citizen of the Year in Tamworth in 2017. Amalin provided members and guests with a wealth of information about what services are provided to refugees when they come to Australia to live and notes that whilst they are supported for 5 years, the language and cultural changes required by refugees in order to fully assimilate do need much longer support.

The other speaker was Sheila who at age 8 was told by her father that they were leaving Burma for 2 weeks. She spent many years in a Thai Refugee camp until 2013 when the family came to Australia. She spoke about the language and cultural difficulties once in Australia, finding a job and learning new skills, all of which required support. She was happy to share that she has almost completed her childcare certificate through TAFE and will undertake her first placement next week.

Both speakers were amazing to listen to and members and guests were provided with an excellent insight into the hardships faced by refugees fleeing their home country for many reasons, the majority of which are political or religious.




Tamworth Jockey Club


2021 May Fashion Parade

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) hosted a fashion parade on the lawns at the Tamworth Jockey Club with fashions from Town & Country Boutique and Saturday May 1st. Local women modelled a range of clothing including casual and formal wear.

Over 100 members and guests attended the morning fashion parade and despite it being the first day of the last month of Autumn, the sun was very warm, leading to many guests moving their chairs to more shady areas to view the parade.

TEVC committee and members catered an amazingly varied and delicious morning tea for guests to share following the parade, which was enjoyed under the trees.

President of TEVC Merilyn Binney emceed the parade and warmly thanked Deb Charlton, owner of Town & Country Boutique for providing the clothing and the models, for donating their time and expertise. Lucky chair prizes were given out to four lucky winners and there was a raffle with three prizes, the first being a Town & Country Boutique voucher donated by Deb, and two Mother’s Day baskets of goodies for second and third prize.

“A wonderful warm Autumn morning, with friends and food on the beautiful lawns of the Tamworth Jockey Club, proved to be a very profitable morning which goes to The Smith Family to support our Learning for Life students”, said President Merilyn Binney.






2021 April

Guest Speaker at the April Dinner Meeting was Nick Bradford from the Nundle Woollen Mill

Nick was born in Deniliquin and went off to boarding school in Victoria when he reached high school age. He went to university after this where he studied textile and design. This steered him later to landing a job with a Japanese Company where he worked for fifteen years. This job led him to travel the world and gather tips which would later help him in a career waiting in the wings. It also led him to meeting Kylie his future wife.

She too was in the corporate world and gathering expertise that would help in the future. Eventually the time differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres wore them both down and they both decided to leave the high flying world. They came back to Australia in 2002 and decided to set up a company of their own called Sheer Bliss. They experimented with cashmere and merino and developed great products. Cashmere came into the equation because Nick spent time in Mongolia with work and it was here that he learnt the spinning and dying techniques.

Nick wanted his products to expand into the country and he had heard about the Woollen Mill at Nundle. He approached Judy Haworth to sell his product and a friendship was struck. The Haworths decided to sell the mill in 2007 and approached Nick and Kylie and their interest was sparked.

In 2007 the family left Sydney, dissolved their company and moved to Nundle. A huge leap of faith. But under their guidance the Mill has expanded and now has ten employees. Tourist numbers have increased dramatically and so has their online business with COVID.. They have one son named Zach and he loves the country lifestyle. The Nundle Mill is the only fully operational mill in Australia that sources its wool from Australia,

Tasmania in fact and this is because Tasmania has the best wool for spinning. It has the least vegetation in it and spins well.

New spinning machines are on order from Japan to produce product quicker. A local success story and a fantastic place to visit whilst in Nundle.


2021 March

Speakers Josie & Fallon from Centacare


Members line up for pre-dinner drinks – Rosemary Bryant, new Zone Councillor Aletia Norman Judy Barnett, Felicity King Leeder and Margaret Everest

2021 March

Centacare in the New England North West area of NSW

Thirty seven members including National Councillor Sally Cronberger and new Zone Councillor Atelia Norman, attended the March dinner meeting where Fallon Roberts, Executive Manager for Family, Wellbeing and Justice Service and Josie Hofman, Executive Manager, Principal Psychologist and Clinical Services from Centacare New England North West, Rural Resilience shared with members the growth of the service over the past 20 years.

Centacare is the local services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Armidale and has grown from a handful of staff 20 years ago to over 150 staff providing a range of services to the community to people of all ages, including Headspace, a service specifically for young people aged12-25 years experiencing mental health issues to Drug and Alcohol Services to people as young as 10 years of age.

Many of the services offered are free with some attracting a small fee. It is funded by both State and Federal Government and the range offered is extensive. Members asked a lot of questions regarding referral, waiting times, costs and many other issues following their enlightening presentation and were warmly thanked by same for their time and interest in sharing their experiences with us.

Seated: Helen Bolger, new member Linda Assef, Judy Gilroy, Carol Ham, Nola Hunt and Marg McNaught; standing Della Ruttley

2021 February

Felicity's Garden Fundraiser

Our first fundraiser for over twelve months was held on Saturday February 20th, and it was a wonderful morning tea in the amazing garden of one of our members Felicity King-Leeder. The weather gods were kind and although it was a warm day, the shade of the trees and gentle breeze made for a perfect morning.

Over thirty members and guests attended and Felicity organised a game where you had to identify how many birds (apart from the live ones) were in a selected area of her vast back garden. At the same time, we were asked to identify how many females (apart from the live ones) were also in the garden.

This resulted in members and guests walking around the yard with sheet and pen in hand marking on the mud map the location of the birds and females among the beautiful trees, fountains, archways, garden beds and fences, making it a fun way to appreciate the time and passion that has been put into the garden by Felicity.

There were of course the 4 lucky chair prizes as well as a raffle with first prize being a potted lily and won by Lois and second prize of a Tahitian Bridal Veil hanging plant won by Kathy. Tanya and Marie were the winners of the birds and female competition and Felicity was gifted an aged bottle of red by President Merilyn for sharing her garden with Tamworth Evening VIEW.


Anti Poverty Month in October 2020 


Sally presented Marie Cox badge for 20 years of membership and Jill Morphett for 10 years membership.

Badge Presentation

42nd Birthday Celebration

Sally Cronberger our Zone Councillor presented 30 year membership badge to Merilyn Binney and 10 year membership to Barbara Hyslop.

Sally and Merilyn cut our birthday cake.


Spring Fling in September 2020

Spring Fling was our theme for September and raffles were aplenty for fundraising for our Learning for Life students.



Together Again in July 2020


Our July Meeting followed Covid regulations, with our members enjoying a Christmas In July theme...there were happy faces and lots of discussions as members were able to gather again.

Christmas In July

2019 November


The final fundraiser for 2019, our third trivia night, was held on Thursday November 7 at the West Leagues Club and saw almost ninety players vying for the fabulous prizes of Champagne and Chocolates.

President Merilyn Binney warmly welcomed the twenty two TEVC & seven Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW Club members, and invited them and their friends, family and work colleagues to enjoy the night,

Trivia compere, writer of questions and Publicity Officer Kathy Challinor, kept the eleven tables of eight players busy during the course of the evening with a tricky ongoing question which really tested those present. Even the winning table for that question, only able to name five of the nineteen motels along Goonoo Goonoo Road in their correct order.

Nine other rounds of ten questions were delivered with much laughter and attempted bribery from those present. During the evening guests were provided with a platter of dips, crudités, fruit and crackers to keep their minds clear.








An unseen auction, a leg of lamb along with all the vegetables needed for a Sunday roast, donated by Vice President Ellen, raised a significant amount of money towards our final profits, which will help keep our five sponsored students at school and gaining a valuable education.

The tables were given a wine name and throughout the night there was hot competition between Merlot and Sav Blanc, with the final winners being Vice President Mary Gurd’s table Sav Blanc, pipping Merlot by one point with Pee No More (Pinot Noir) trying hard to beat both.

The losing table, Chardonnay did not go home empty handed as they each received a box of chocolates. Most of the prizes were donated by TEVC committee and members.

Assistant Treasurer Elizabeth Henderson kept the guests updated with an ongoing score chart up on the screen, that helped to encourage some fierce competition.

Program Officers had organised a beautiful hamper of wines chocolates and other goodies for the first prize in the raffle with second prize being a voucher for $50 at Joe Maguire’s Pub, and third prize a Baker’s Delight Christmas Cake donated by Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square franchisee Leanne Maslen. Treasurer Tanya Ball organised a ‘guess the number of smarties in the jar’ competition which was very well patronised by all the ‘smarties’ in the room.

All committee members assisted during the night with distributing the question sheets, gathering same, or scoring which made the night run very smoothly.

Feedback from those who attended from both within the TEVC and others, has been very positive and tables are already being organised for the 2020 event.


2019 October


Tamworth Regional Gallery once again enabled Tamworth Evening VIEW Club to host a fundraiser in association with the current “Exploded Textiles” Exhibition.

Twenty seven people attended which included 13 from TEVC, three from Manilla VIEW, one from Tuggeranong (Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s sister VIEW Club) and one from Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW. There were also nine friends of VIEW club’s members in attendance.

Pam Brown from the Gallery gave an insightful and entertaining “walk and talk” on the amazing variety of textiles on display, including a woman’s coat and a men’s hat, coat and trousers made from dog hair. This created much discussion.

A Devonshire morning tea followed the ‘walk & talk’, and the winner of the hamper raffle was TEVC inaugural member Glenda Noble.




2019 August


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club celebrated their 41st Birthday this month. A floral theme was selected and all the members and guests dressed appropriately and enjoyed the monthly dinner meeting with friends from TEVC as well as guests from the other Tamworth VIEW Clubs.

Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by David Gulliver, who ably led members and guests in a flower sing-a-long, including such loved songs as Tiptoe through the Tulips, English Country Garden, Yellow Rose of Texas and finishing with Give me a Home among the gum trees.

Inaugural President of TEVC Pat Smith was present to cut the red velvet cake which was shared over coffee.

Members Nola Hunt and Lois Ryan received their 40 year badges from Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger who also presented Kay Swadling, Carol Swain and Aletia Normal with their 10 year badges.

Cindy Pierce from The Smith Family was present to update the club on what has been happening in our area for students support.


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2019 June


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their 8th successful Musical afternoon on Saturday June 22 and once again the entertainment was excellent and the day profitable.

TEVC President Merilyn Binney welcomed members, their guests and visitors to the afternoon and gave an overview of what VIEW does in the community, and in particular its support of financially disadvantaged school children.

Merilyn stated that it is through the financial support given to the TEVC by the members of the public who attend its functions that has enabled the club to sponsor a fifth student this year.

Rock and Roll was this year’s theme and all the performers provided a good amount of R&R throughout the afternoon which had the audience singing, stomping their feet and clapping their hands to the music.

The strong partnership developed between SING Australia, Southside Uniting Church Men’s Choir and TEVC continues to prove to be a successful one. Although both had many of their regular members absent due to illness, they still provided wonderful entertainment including Queen’s – We will rock you.

Members of the Tamworth Rockabilly Dance group gave a lively demonstration of their style of dance which included one of the men swinging his partner high into the air and over his shoulders, much to the delight of the audience.

The Tamworth Ukulele Group continued the Rock and Roll theme and showed the audience that a ukulele can turn out rock music just as easily as Hawaiian.

As usual the fabulous women of TEVC provided an exciting afternoon tea during the break, and the feedback from those in attendance was that the food is always as good as the entertainment.

Four people won a lucky chair prize and the winners of the three raffles were very happy with their prize, as was the club as the majority of those in attendance bought many tickets.



 Phil Donnan


2019 May


On the 4th of May 2019, Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their first fashion parade in partnership with the Vinnies Tamworth Peel Street store and the Tamworth Jockey Club.

The TEVC wanted to showcase how well a family can dress for very little outlay, and as there is no longer a Smith Family Store in Tamworth decided to approach the local Vinnies Op Shop with an idea for a fashion parade using only clothing from the Peel Street store. It was felt that it was an opportunity to promote the local Vinnies Op Shop as well as the role VIEW Clubs play in assisting financially disadvantaged families through our sponsorship of Learning for Life Students.

Executive Officer of Vinnies in Armidale Mr. Phil Donnan, was approached with the idea of hosting a fashion parade and to seek Vinnies support in providing the clothing and accessories for the models. Phil was also advised that although this is a fundraiser, TEVC would be the recipient of the monies raised, however Vinnies would be guaranteed great publicity and the opportunity to promote their works to an audience who may not necessarily shop at Op Shops. Phil agreed with the idea and also offered to be a male model on the day. He proved to be very entertaining in this regard.

Colleen Harding who volunteers at the Peel Street store, outfitted the TEVC models in a range of fabulous clothes which included from casual to mother of the bride. Louise Gainey from the same store assisted prior to and on the day and Colleen was also a model. Three year old Marnie, the granddaughter of Di Le Brocq, President of the Tamworth store, also modeled a beautiful pink corduroy dress.

It was decided that clothing modelled on the day would be available for guests to purchase by placing a ticket with their details on the item and going into the store the following week. This option offered some serious up selling by Vinnies.

Initially the fashion parade was to be held in a member’s garden, however due to the ongoing drought, this was not possible. The Tamworth Jockey Club were approached and they waived the booking fee and provided a lot of support both before and during the event. On the day the weather was a bit inclement so the betting ring was chosen instead of the garden to keep guests dry.

All the media were advised of the event and promoted it and an interview with the local FM station was conducted. The local Northern Daily Leader did a story with a photo of a range of clothes and shoes which appeared in the week leading up to the parade.

Delicious scones were purchased from Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square and served with jam and cream half way through the parade. These proved to be a great hit with all in attendance.

Over 100 guests attended the fashion parade and there was a lot of chatter following each model’s appearance and many commented that it was excellent, including the morning tea.

Colleen reported an increase in new faces to the Vinnies store on the Monday as guest arrived to purchase their chosen outfits.

Vinnies indicated that they would be very happy to do another one next year. The Tamworth Jockey Club were happy with the outcome as were the crowd and TEVC were very happy with the funds raised for our Learning for Life students. Win! Win! Win!

Kathy Challinor, Publicity Officer



2019 April

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club steps out in Fashion

Once again nineteen Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) members and their four guests supported our first Blue Illusions Fashion parade for this year on Thursday evening April 4th.

Models, members Di Trassler, Robyn Crosby and Kay Swadling, all looked fabulous in the new autumn and winter clothes, and guests were given those extra tips when matching accessories with outfits by Anne Felicity and Vicki, the wonderful ladies at Tamworth Blue Illusions store.

This partnership fundraiser is always a success both socially and financially for TEVC and the staff at the store ensure that members and guests are made welcome with drinks and nibbles on arrival and throughout the evening.

As well as looking after us in terms of food and drinks, 15% of all sales from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday went to our club, which will go towards supporting our four Learning for Life Students.

The lucky door prize (donated by Blue Illusions), was won by Program Officer Lois Ryan and President Merrilyn Binney thanked the staff of Tamworth Blue Illusions for their continued support of financially disadvantaged Australian school children by hosting these fashion parades for VIEW.

Kathy Challinor

TEVC Publicity Officer

Collage 9985 – Merilyn thanking members for attending the morning tea

2019 March


Members of the Tamworth Evening VIEW Club spent a wonderful morning on the veranda of President Merilyn Binney’s home overlooking the Longyard Golf Course, on Wednesday March 20th.

A morning tea, hosted by Merilyn and catered for by the committee, was held to say ‘thank you’ to members who attend and support the club at meetings, at its fundraising events, either by attending and/or catering or both, and are always willing to step up and assist the club in many ways behind the scenes as well as donate money towards our Learning for Life students.

Almost 40 members enjoyed the company, food and general catch up with others, something that is not always possible at dinner meetings and thanked Merilyn for providing her home for the morning tea and to the committee for the beautiful morning tea that was provided.


National and Regional News

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2021 Resolutions

Resolution votes were tallied resulting in all three resolutions being carried.

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Announcement - VIEW National Executive 2022-23

We have pleasure in announcing the VIEW National Executive 2022-23 which would normally have been announced at National Convention.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

Purple Poncho Photo Competition Results

There were 64 entries which saw a fifth category Ponchos in Iso added with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and due to the number of entrants Fun and Frivolous was divided into separate categories. Congratulations to all entrants.


Events Calendar

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Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.