Tamworth Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1978.
Currently, the Club sponsors four 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 West Tamworth League Club, Phillip Street, West Tamworth
- at 7.00 pm
Publicity Officer - Kathy Challinor
Mobile - 0428 290 952
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TAMWORTH EVENING VIEW CLUB’S FASHION PARADE WITH A DIFFERENCE
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
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.
TEVC Publicity Officer
Collage 9985 – Merilyn thanking members for attending the morning tea
MEMBERS MORNING TEA
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.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE WINNER
Glenda Noble has been a member of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) since its inception 40 years ago, and has held many positions both on the committee as well as Zone and National Councillor. She has been nominated for this award because she reflects the values of VIEW, in particular, Supportive and Caring: Locally focused while Nationally active.
In 2013 when the fires burnt many homes in the hills around Coonabarabran, Glenda organised the other VIEW clubs in the Zone to donate, pack and transport much needed personal and household goods to one of the Coonabarabran VIEW Club members who had lost everything in the fire except the garden fountain, which won a prize at the Fabulous Fountain Competition last year.
Glenda is a leading example of VIEW’s Mission: by supporting clubs in her zone and including, assisting some smaller clubs to gain the services of the likes of Gabi Hollows and Ita Buttrose as guest speakers, which resulted in very successful fund raisers.
Glenda has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for 40 years meeting VIEW’s Vision: attracting new members, supporting existing members and encouraging all not to forget why VIEW clubs exist – the children, who benefit from their work.
Glenda is an inaugural member of TEVC. In the past 40 years she has held the positions of President; Vice President; Assistant Secretary; Delegate; Zone Councillor; National Councillor and club member. She has received 20, 30 and 40 year badges from VIEW.
Archibald Prize – An evening at the Gallery
Tamworth was very fortunate to be the only regional centre to host the Archibald Prize paintings this year and the Tamworth Evening VIEW club were able to gain permission to host an evening at the Gallery as the last one of their fundraisers for 2018.
Almost 90 people including members of TEVC and other Tamworth VIEW Clubs, guests, friends and family, enjoyed a couple of hours catching up with old friends and making new ones, whilst enjoying tasty finger food, wine and champagne supplied by TEVC, while harpist Arlene Stapleton Delahenty played in the background.
The evening included a walk and talk tour by the staff at the gallery who gave background on the artists as well as heaving the meaning of their art explained. A beautiful patchwork quilt, made and donated by Pam McKinnon, was raffled on the night and was won by Vice President Mary Gurd. It was a fabulous way to finish what has been a hectic but financially successful year for the Tamworth Evening VIEW Club.
Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s 2018 Trivia Night
On Tuesday 16th October, TEVC hosted its second Trivia Night and 20 TEVC members, 8 Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW club members and 41 friends of TEVC attended, to help make it another entertaining night.
There were eight rounds of questions, many of which the participants thought were too hard, (and of course they were fined), three individual quizzes, two unseen auctions and three lucky seats along with 5 fabulous raffle prizes to be won on the night. Of course the winning and losing tables also took home prizes of wine and chocolates.
Nibbles were provided half way through the evening and there was some hot bidding on the unseen auctions. Participants were very generous throughout the night by buying raffle tickets, bidding on the auctions and happily paying their fines, all for a good cause, our sponsored students.
There was some fierce competition throughout the night when the losing team by 1 point last year, had their heads down hoping to win this year and could be heard arguing with the MC regarding the answers. This of course led to their being fined. However they were the winners on the night and received a round of applause for their win.
It was great to see a range of ages and abilities at the Trivia Night and the committee worked hard to ensure that it ran smoothly and was able to be enjoyed by all who attended.
A wonderful fund raiser yet again for Tamworth Evening VIEW Club as can be seen by the attached photos.
Kathy Challinor, Publicity Officer
TAMWORTH EVENING VIEW CLUB AND BLUE ILLUSIONS FASHION PARADE
Sixteen TEVC members, one Tamworth Day member, two guests and our National Councillor attended the Drinks and Nibbles Spring Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Thursday 13th September 2018 to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all post parade sales going to this worthy cause.
Three of TEVC members, Tanya Ball, Julie Head and Heather Frankle modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the beautiful spring outfits and accessories being modelled. Linen is very fashionable this year and the models showed these off with flair.
Felicity, Vicki and Ann from Blue Illusions once again provided and served the Drinks and Nibbles and were then kept very busy helping members to choose purchases after the parade.
Ann and Felicity demonstrated how the beautiful scarves which accessorised most of the outfits, could be worn in a range of different styles to suit the wearer. They also demonstrated the new body oil products available from Blue Illusions.
2018 August - 40th Birthday
On Tuesday evening 14th August, Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) celebrated its 40th Birthday in style at The Mill – Tamworth Longyard Golf Club. The theme was Ruby Glitz and Glamour and looking out over the room during the night there was a sea of red along with a lot of bling.
Fifty TEVC members attended as well as six from both the Tamworth Peel Evening and Tamworth Day VIEW clubs, National Councillor Beryl Pike and Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger and nine other members’ guests. Vice President of Tuggeranong VIEW Club, TEVC’s sister club, Sandi Doherty also attended.
All past Presidents were invited to attend, however Donna Harrow was the only one who was able to make it on the night. Inaugural President Pat Smith was asked to cut the 3 tiered red velvet cake, which was made by the previous catering manager of The Mill.
Musical entertainment was provided by Assistant Secretary Ellen Mackie- Gulliver’s husband David, who played two sets of old songs and songs that were popular 40 years ago and those present sang along and enjoyed reminiscing. Ellen also made the beautiful table decorations, which were offered for sale at the end of the night with the money going towards supporting our Learning for Life Students.
President Merilyn and Program Officer Lois, made Rocky Road from a recipe used by our late member Joan Hausfield OAM, and these were nicely wrapped and placed on the table as gifts for attendees.
Assistant Treasurer, Tanya Ball made up a board of different items that were relevant to 1978, such as only $1.20 for VIEW membership fees, Malcolm Fraser being the then Prime Minister and played some of the songs that were top hits during that year, inviting guests to identify the singer/s.
Guest speaker for the evening was Jane Kibble, Principal of a local small school, who entertained the members and guests with how she became a teacher and tales of ‘what kids say and do’ and the importance of keeping ‘mum’ about most of it. Jane also thanked VIEW for the wonderful work that they do in terms of supporting financially disadvantaged students and how it is so true that education is the way out of poverty. Past National Councillor Barbara Hyslop thanked Jane for her wonderful presentation.
During the evening member Kerrie Leitch and Program Officer Aletia were thanked for the beautiful new banner that they recently made which replaced the well utilised old one.
National Councillor Beryl Pike presented five TEVC members with their 40-year badges. These were Glenda Noble, Judy Gilroy, Justine Kennedy, Myra Langner and Julie McNamara while Pat Smith received her 50-year badge.
All-in-all it was a fabulous night of reminiscing, laughter, chatter, singing and fun which pretty much sums up what VIEW is about, whilst raising funds for an important cause.
Kathy Challinor Publicity Officer
2018 Area NI01 Gala/Conference Day
Tamworth Power House – Tamworth
The Area NI01 Gala/Conference Day was held on Saturday 30th June at The Power House in Tamworth. As members from Moree Narrabri Glen Innes Inverell Coonabarabran Gunnedah Manilla and Tamworth arrived, they were treated to a delicious morning tea made by Tamworth members.
The morning was opened by National Counsellor Beryl Pike, who welcomed the National Vice President Annette Schlafrig and 100 members and guests to the day. Aunty Yvonne gave the Welcome to Country and then National VP Annette Schlafrig from Melbourne, updated the members with an overview of where VIEW clubs are nationally. She spoke about the number of students being sponsored by the VIEW Clubs, and how the vital partnership between The Smith Family and VIEW has enabled financially disadvantaged students in Australia obtain an education, with many going on to Tertiary studies. She also encouraged those present to take on the role of educating other organisations on what VIEW is and what it does and that there are training days and packages available to assist those willing to take on this role.
Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger then addressed the audience regarding the importance of the resolutions that are put up from clubs across Australia with the final ones selected going to National Convention for voting. Sally outlined some of the past resolutions that were accepted at Convention and were taken to and supported by the Federal Government and put in place. She encouraged all clubs to put forward resolutions but also reminded them to debate them at club level first to determine if they would then be put up at National Convention.
National Councillor Beryl then invited the clubs present to provide a report on the previous 12 months. All clubs present gave an overview of their outstanding works over the past 12 months and the two clubs absent sent a report which was read by ZC Sally.
NC Beryl then gave her report on Area NI01 which currently sponsors 34 students. The clubs range in size from 70 (Tamworth Evening VIEW) to 12 (Werris Creek) who collectively raised over $52,000 last year. Beryl pointed out the The Smith Family Joy Spreader gifts which have been very popular this year and encouraged clubs to continue to purchase them for students.
Shelly and Laurie Minson took the floor and entertained those present with a bracket of songs from the 50s. Together their singing was so good that they made it difficult for the audience not to join in singing.
Fiona Brierley from The Smith Family thanked the members of VIEW for all their hard work and sponsorship and noted that this zone provided $56,000 in sponsorship funding last year. She talked about the changes being implemented this year which enables more kids being able to be helped and giving the remote children a better experience as well as more follow up. Some of the programs are offering students entrepreneurial skills which helps them to obtain employment on school completion.
Following lunch, guest speaker Fiona Ferguson Editor of the Northern Daily Leader, took the audience on her journey as she went from not knowing in year 11 what to do with her future, to ending up in over 20 years later as Editor of the Tamworth Newspaper.
She shared her experiences of doing work experience at 4BK for 12 months starting at 4.30 am and working till noon every day without pay, but gaining what she described as invaluable experience. This resulted in her working for Prime Television from the top of Queensland to Regional NSW where she had to do everything, including the weather, which today she says she still does not understand.
With the changes in the media and the regional television stations aligning with the major cities, she applied for and got the job as Editor of the NDL in 2016. Four months later she developed breast cancer, resulting in the need for chemotherapy and radiation, throughout which she continued to work which she said was good for her mental health.
She said that all her colleagues were also extremely helpful during this time. As the newspapers undergo change into a new era, Fiona stated that the NDL needed to be people focussed and that without the community, there is no paper.
Beryl invited those clubs present who had prepared a skit to come forward and for the next hour the audience was regaled with fabulous performances from poetry and doctor’s surgery skits, to The Mature Woman’s Nightmare – Buying Swimmers, which had the audience in fits of laughter when mature Marie tried on swimmers that were designed for the 12 year old girl carved out of a potato chip.
All in all it was a great day of making new friends, sharing common goals and having fun.
2018 Annual Musical Afternoon
Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their 7th successful Musical afternoon on Saturday June 23, and proved to be the most financially successful one to date.
This year’s event was Celtic themed, and VIEW club members and the public were invited to dress accordingly which many did, and this added to the great atmosphere.
The partnership with SING Australia Tamworth branch, again worked well and drew around 200 people to the Community Centre to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful entertainment.
Along with SING Australia, The Southside Uniting Church Men’s Choir entertained with some lively Celtic songs which saw the audience on many occasions join in.
Peter and Heather Bowden, who have a passion for both music and bagpipes, took the audience through the Highlands and the Islands of Scotland via a slide show as they played some beautiful old songs with both the men’s choir and SING Australia joining in for some of their songs.
After the usual delicious afternoon tea supplied by the TEVC members, the audience was given a taste of the up and coming talents of the young Children’s Musical Theatre Group from the local Conservatorium of Music. This was followed by the Peel Ukulele Players and Singers (PUPS) group, who entertained the audience with a special Celtic performance.
The afternoon went overtime because of the wonderful entertainment provided by the talented people of Tamworth, but nobody was to be in a rush to leave the venue.
There were 3 great raffles and 4 lucky seat prizes all donated by the committee and members of TEVC which contributed greatly to the money raised on the day.
Both TEVC and SING Australia are already planning the 2019 Musical Afternoon as it is so well supported by the local community and is a wonderful fundraiser for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program.
TAMWORTH EVENING VIEW CLUB AND BLUE ILLUSIONS CAME TOGETHER FOR A FUNDRAISER FOR THE SMITH FAMILY
Twenty one TEVC members and 3 guests attended the Drinks and Nibbles Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Thursday 3rd May 2018 to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all sales going to the cause.
Three of TEVC members, Tanya Ball, Jillian Whiteman and Heather Frankle modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the outfit and accessories being modelled.
Felicity, Vicki and Ann from Blue Illusions provided the Drinks and Nibbles then were kept very busy helping members to choose purchases after the parade.
Felicity showed the members in attendance different ways to wear a scarf to enhance the outfits being worn.
2018 Special Morning Tea
Tamworth Evening VIEW Club held a morning tea at President Merilyn’s home on Wednesday 11th April, to thank the members for their ongoing fundraising and financial support of the club throughout the year, in order to assist The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program.
The weather was perfect for a cuppa, scone and chat on the balcony overlooking the Longyard Golf Course and 36 members, including two new members, attended.
Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square, donated the scones for the morning tea and all who attended were very appreciative of their generosity.
A special birthday cake was produced to celebrate Beryl Bird’s 94th birthday among friends. It was also the 32nd anniversary of Beryl’s membership of Tamworth Evening View Club (TEVC).
There was so much chatter during the morning, which made for confirming friendships established through VIEW and making new friends.
Bunnings Coffs Harbour May 2019
Bunning’s made the generous offer to host VIEW stalls across the country. Four Clubs in Area NM Zone 02 – Bonville-Boambee, Coffs Harbour Day, Korora, Woolgoolga Day took part. A VIEW Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Tahini, Bunnings Coffs Harbour’s Activities Organiser.Read more...
2019 International Women's Day Area NI01
Eighty seven (87) members and guests from the Werris Creek, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah day and evening, Tamworth day and evening clubs, and Manilla, met at the Werris Creek Golf Club. Aboriginal, Elder Aunty Yvonne, gave the Welcome to Country. Photo above depicts Members showing the Balance signRead more...
2018 Area NM Gala
Area NM held their Gala in September at Sawtell Golf Club with 100 VIEW members and friends. The theme for the day was "An Elegant Affair" and the attendees each received an elegant clutch purse which were beautifully crafted by members from Coffs City Evening VIEW Club, Coffs Harbour Day VIEW Club and Woolgoolga Day VIEW Club.Read more...