Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club
Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1990.
We are a group of thirty women who meet at 6 pm for 6.30 pm every second Wednesday evening of the month at the Dunn Lewis Centre in St Vincents Street, Ulladulla. Our meetings include a delicious meal, interesting local and national speakers, as well as occasional creative evenings. We also meet for coffee, cake and a chat every month at 10am on the last Saturday of the month at a different local coffee shop. Please contact us and come and join our group.
Currently, the Club sponsors two 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 Wednesday of the month;
- At The Dunn Lewis Centre
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
Meet our 2022 Committee
L-R: Sue, Lynn, Margaret, Janelle, Lyn, Helen, Marilyn and Enid.
First Meet and Greet for 2023
Our first meet and greet for 2023. 18 members and one guest attended.
Meet and Greet
At our July meet and greet we were overwhelmed and delighted by the prospect of lots of new members.
We met at Brown Sugar in Milton.
Double Birthday Celebrations
Members recently celebrated both The Smith Family's 100 Year Anniversary and our Club's 32 birthday.
Spectacles in April 2022
Meet and Greet in Milton
June brings an Angel to VIEW
Ulladulla Evening VIEW were thrilled to have a wonderful speaker in John Gillet, an interesting man and ‘Angel Flight’ pilot at our June meeting. On retirement from the police force as a detective, moving to Moruya, John donated his time and aeroplane service to the ‘Angel Flight’ organisation, transferring people in need to medical and compassionate destinations. Established in Australia in 2003 ‘Angel Flight’ charity assists country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs. During his volunteer pilot missions, John managed to complete 70 flights for the ‘Angel Flight’ charity organisation. A couple of years ago he sold his aeroplane and now is the proud owner of a land based flying machine, a Ford Mustang!
Photo above: ‘Angel Flight’ pilot John Gillet with Secretary Sue
Another catch up for Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club
Members took advantage of the great June weather and the view to meet for our monthly morning tea/coffee at the Sandbar Café, at the Civic Centre, Ulladulla. As always the view of the harbour on a lovely sunny day is something we enjoy and reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful town.
Conjola Boardwalk in July
Following our July Meet & Greet many of us took a walk along the new Conjola Entrance Boardwalk. It was a beautiful warm winter’s day and the views from the platforms were magnificent. It was a lovely way to end our morning catch up and everyone went home smiling.
Bears, Boswellia, Berbers and Baroque In July.
Ulladulla Evening VIEW members were enthralled by Judy Johnston’s exceptionally interesting presentation of her adventures in far off lands, depicting all the cultures, colours, nature, architecture, clothing and events she has experienced over the last 12 months. Judy saw dozens of Polar bears and their cubs from Tundra Buggies in Churchill, Canada and from Quarzazate, Morocco rode a camel into the sunset in the Sahara desert dressed in full headdress and djellaba while bravely staying in a desert tent with curtains for doors! From Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, Judy bought along Frankincense oil, soap and granules for us to smell and described how the resinous sap is collected from the Boswellia Sacra tree and has been traded there for over 6000 years. Judy was interested in the Berber people and culture and enjoyed her time with the locals seeing the traditional crafts, weaving, dying, metalwork, carpets, fabric and leather shoes, and tasting the food tajine and spices. One of Judy’s favourite towns in Sicily is Ispica. She showed us images of the unique Sicilian Baroque architectural style predominant in the area evolving in the 17th and 18th centuries. It came to fruition after a massive earthquake in 1693 destroyed the area and whole cities had to be re-built. UNESCO has protected the Baroque towns in this area collective known as the Val di Noto. We felt very privileged to have Judy take the time out to speak at our club about her incredibly adventurous life.
Photo above shows Judy Johnston and photo below is Judy riding a camel
Huge roll up at July Brunch Meet & Greet
What a great morning Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club had. An unexpected 19 members and friends turned up for Brunch/morning tea at Tilly & Mo on the Entrance Road at Conjola. The best roll up so far for our small friendly club.
Recognition in July
Dedicated Long Term Members Enid Everingham and Merridee de Jong received their 20 year and 10 Year badges respectively. Congratulations to both women for their dedication and support.
Photo's above L-R: President, Monica presenting Enid(20 years) and Merridee de Jong (10 years)
Photo's above L-R: New Member's Robyn Robson feels that our club is ‘Just what she was looking for’, and Judi Powe
Teaching in Tanzania
Ulladulla evening VIEW club members were privileged to meet such an amazing, compassionate and caring family, dedicating their lives to the ministry in far off lands. Martha Boye and her youngest daughter, Matilda, spoke about their experiences during the 5 years they spent in Tanzania. Martha and her husband Geoff studied Theology at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. They and their three children, Kara, Micah and Matilda, lived in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, close to the Serengeti with Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Along with ministering to Tanzanians and training padres, Martha taught English and sewing to the women. With no power available, they used ancient treadle machines.
In 2018, 59 million people inhabited Tanzania, 80% living in rural areas. There’s very little transport and they walk everywhere. They have one of the highest birth rates in the world of 5 children per woman. There’s only one doctor available for 50,000 residents and malaria and HIV are primary causes of death. Clean drinking water isn’t readily available and much time is spent collecting and carrying water.
The photos and videos Martha displayed of the joyous nature of the Tanzanians and the happy, singing and jumping Maasai draped in fabulous colourful fabric and bead wear were enlightening and in contrast to the difficulties of everyday life in Tanzania. Music, singing in harmonious chorus and dancing play an important part in the culture and is widely practiced in the community.
Photo above: Martha and Matilda Boye
Ceramic artist in September
Coming from a hugely successful opening of her recent ceramics exhibition ‘Brave Front’ at ‘The Wall’ in the Eastside Mall, Ulladulla, Nadja Burke described the inspiration for many of her amazing sculptures. Her very emotional and recent body of work is inspired by letters by her grandfather from the Russian front in 1945.
Nadja admitted that she ‘Never takes the easy path, always steering toward a challenge’ and consequently, sometimes deals with failure to achieve success.
Among many other galleries, locals and visitors may have seen Nadja’s sculptures at Artfest venues, Petana Gardens, Stanthorpe, Bowral, Townsville, Bermagui, Shoalhaven City Gallery, and ‘The Wall’ in Ulladulla.
Constantly upgrading her skills, Nadja has completed workshops in China and another recently in Tasmania. She is always learning and experiencing new influences for the next stage in her amazingly creative life.
Photo above: Ceramic artist Nadja Burke
Annabel’s for our September Get Together
There was fabulous food, great service and good coffee at Annabel’s for Ulladulla Evening VIEW members’ end of the month Meet & Greet. Comfortable, spacious surrounds with lovely artwork adorning the walls from local artists made for a very enjoyable get together and a great place for a good old chat with friends.
Laughing Loudly at August Meet & Greet!
Fifteen Ulladulla Evening VIEW club members caught up at the August Meet & Greet at Brown Sugar, Milton. Great coffee, delicious cakes, scones, muffins, biscuits and brunches were had by all. Congregating in the back room we were able to spread out, laugh loudly and make as much noise as we liked. What a great venue for our monthly Meet and Greet!
Our updated club ‘Power Point’ presentation was shown during the October Dinner Meeting displaying over 160 photos from the last 29 years, historical and current. Historic photos from our first birthday in 1991 were followed by images of long term members in their younger days at events that included dancing, BBQ’s fashion parades and plenty of fun, with some dress ups thrown in for good measure, along with interesting and entertaining speakers. This was followed by photos at the launch of our club book: ‘A VIEW from the Heart’ which is filled with recollections and stories from members and locals and has been a wonderful fundraiser. Year by year followed with images from VIEW Conferences, more interesting speakers, monthly morning tea ‘Meet & Greet’s, plus, welcomed new members and individual and club birthday events.
New members Judi and Elsie who have been firm friends since moving to live next door to each other many years ago gave a short insight into their lives and we were privileged to be part of their recollections and we thank them for sharing with us.
Great VIEW for Morning Get Together
Ulladulla Evening VIEW members caught up at the Café in the Civic Centre Ulladulla for our October Meet & Greet. Janelle managed to get a great ‘selfie’ shot to include everyone. Well done.
An enjoyable morning was had by all, with in-depth conversation and plenty of laughter to add to a great selection of food and drinks, while admiring our wonderful harbour view.