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 Committee
Enid (Delegate), Monica (president), Helen (secretary), Robyn (asst secretary) Janelle (vice president), Sue (treasurer), Marilyn (publicity)
At the May meeting, President Janelle, presented Beryl with her thirty year pin Award. A wonderful achievement.
Photo below of the March Meet and Greet held at Mollymook Golf Club
Photo above in foreground, Sue with new member Jenny
At the April meeting, VIEW member, Glenda, spoke about her interesting life
Photo above of our April Meet and Greet at Milk Haus Restaurant
Our October 2020 meeting saw us resume with safe Covid spacing and procedures and we enjoyed getting together once again.
During Anti-Poverty week we were fortunate to have previous member Cheryl Azzopardi to speak about a NSW Health Department program she has been conducting supporting underprivileged young women in our area. Her job title is – Pre Natal and Early Childhood Child Protection Caseworker for The Department of Communities and Justice. She gave us a brief, and very interesting, glimpse of the important work she does in connecting with white and aboriginal families and communities in their culture. The main aim of her job is to help restore children to the protective care of their birth families and communities. By building trust and through continuing education and community and agency support, the outcomes are increasingly positive. Cheryl explained that Aboriginal families are suffering ongoing trauma from the stolen generation and require specific and collaborative emotional, educational, health and parenting support from a variety of relevant agencies. The program is experiencing wonderful success and Cheryl presented a couple of videos of successfully re-united families and how the Waminda and Nabu teams offer support.
Guest speaker Cheryl Azzopardi
Congratulations to Sue M for receiving her 20 Year badge. Well done Sue.
Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club 30th Birthday meeting in July was the first meeting since February 2020 due to Pandemic restrictions. Our tables were spaced with social distancing in place and we were served a delicious roast and an amazing Black Forest birthday cake.
We welcomed two new members for this year, Lyn who was presented with her badge and VIEW book and Karen who transferred from Eugowra.
At our 30th Birthday meeting, were pleased to have speaker, Libby Cupitt from the family owned and operated Cupitt’s Estate, Ulladulla’s best known dining and tourist venue. After many years of travel Libby and Tom returned to Ulladulla and have been working in the family business since their marriage in 2011. Rosie and Griff, Tom’s parents and owners of the 200 acre property have developed and renovated the property over the past 13 years. The family, including Tom’s brother, Wally, all work together using constant development practices and their knowledge of horticulture, farming, hospitality, cheese, wine and craft beers, to contribute to the highly regarded and top class experience. Currently, they have a 120 seat restaurant, a cellar door for wine and cheese tasting and purchasing, a fromagerie and an emerging craft brewery. Their passion and commitment to living the Slow Food philosophy, practicing techniques from organic and sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming and permaculture design contribute to the quality of experience. Tours of the property, buildings, cellar, and kitchen garden are popular, but currently have been suspended. The challenges of the pandemic this year has had the team develop new strategies to cater to the public, offering online produce, meals, wine, beer and cheeses to name a few while keeping their many staff employed.
New member Karen
Enid presents Sue with her 20 year badge
Guest speaker Libby Cuppitt
New member Lyn
Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club had an impromptu morning tea in January in Milton after the horrific local fires. Stories of survival, community support, bravery and praise for many, interspersed the conversation along with stories to put a smile on our faces and be thankful, while we spent some time together.
Glenda, one of our members, has volunteered with Anglicare Disaster Recovery Team for many years and we presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication and hard work, particularly over the extended and devastating local bush fire season, which was followed by damaging floods.
Our February meeting started the year with our AGM. New Committee elected for 2020: Enid (Delegate), Monica (president), Helen (secretary), Robyn (asst secretary) Janelle (vice president), Sue (treasurer), Marilyn (publicity)
We were unable to have our VIEW meetings for March, April, May and June due to Covid restrictions in NSW and then increased restrictions caused the August and September meetings and our usual Meet & Greet mornings to be cancelled. Members still caught up by having Covid safe small gatherings and limited number Meet & Greets using them as a fundraiser.
Crafty members pitched in to raise much needed funds for our LFL students with Robyn making face masks and Sue Mc crocheting hanging hand towels for donations.
Happy Christmas for VIEW members
Following a lovely dinner at the last meeting for 2019, some of the ladies reminisced over their Christmas memories. Howls of laughter rocked the room when one lady spoke of her younger days and her prowess in the geese cooking department, falling asleep and waking to a smoke filled kitchen and very tiny charcoaled birds. Special memories were described of a dearly loved dolly in a stroller and white Christmases in London, a Ski Chalet in Norway and a baby sister born on Christmas Day. Many entertaining stories were told of continuing family traditions with huge dinners including all the trimmings and then one Christmas in ‘No Man’s Land’ eating Spam and drinking beer. Occasional disasters happen any day, but worse when the doctor is having Christmas dinner. As children, one member had her foot stitched after jumping into a pond and landing on a smashed bottle, another almost walked on water when a water snake took a bite of her leg in a pond. Dressing up for church and sewing special Christmas Moo-Moo dresses for the girls bought back memories of fashions past. Christmas Church services and the wonderful Live Nativity scene complete with donkey bought our thoughts back to the reason for Christmas and the goodwill that we can share. Merry Christmas to all.
Coffee and Scones at VIEW
The last Meet and Greet for Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club this year, was held at Cupitts Winery enjoying the wonderful view across the vines to the mountains and some of us bought up the lovely fresh produce at the Farmers Market. It was a great catch up full of laughs, fun and conversation.
The coffee and fresh scones, jam and cream were a big success while we enjoyed the company and friendship. Many members are heading off on holidays and family visits and others are relaxing and partying in this wonderful town we can call home. We wish you all a very enjoyable and safe Christmas and holiday season.
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.
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!
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
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.
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