A valued part of The Smith Family

Arana VIEW Club


Arana VIEW Club was formed in 1997.

We currently sponsor 14 Learning for life students. We hold regular sausage sizzles at our local Bunnings store and have a “Make, Bake and Grow” table at our March, June, August and November meetings to raise funds for our Smith Family Learning for Life students. We also have social activities each month, including movie and coffee mornings, or trips to different venues.

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 each month at 10.30am for 11am
  • Arana Leagues Club


Judy on 0424 315 300 or email aranaview@gmail.com


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Dawson Parade, ARANA HILLS, QLD 4054

Club News

2022 Arana VIEW Club Committee

Loris, Bonnie, Carol, Kath, Judy (President), Hilary, Rosie, Sandra, Sheila and Karen.

2022  Upcoming Events  

4th May.  Lunch meeting. Guest speaker is Kirsten Moore from “Heart for Hearing”. We are having our second “Make, Bake and Grow” table for the year at this meeting.

1st June. Lunch meeting with guest speaker James Lergessner talking about “Ageing Down Under-Is the 70’s the new 50’s?”

3rd August. Lunch meeting with Jan and Ali Schutt who were coming in February and the meeting was cancelled. They head an organisation called “Stationery Aid” assisting students with school supplies.

7th September. Lunch meeting with our spring fashion parade. More details to follow.

2022 April - The Year so far

Arana VIEW Club finally met for the first time this year in March. We held our postponed Annual General Meeting with most committee members being re-elected. We have one new member on the committee and we welcomed Karen Curtis in the position of Assistant Secretary.

Guest speaker for March was Barbara Laidlow, who spoke of her life as a young child in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in Hong Kong. 

(Photo of Barbara with member Helen Eades).

Our April meeting was our 25th Birthday so Silver was the theme with everyone being encouraged to wear silver.   Committee members who were not sworn in at the March meeting were sworn in by Zone Councillor Lyle. We were fortunate to have The Moreton Daily come along, take some photos and do a great article on their website. Some members from other local clubs (Pine Rivers, Newmarket and Redcliffe) came along to enjoy the day. Our Anniversary cake was cut by the past presidents and current present Judy. 

Cutting the Anniversary Cake. L-R Judy Dittman (President), June Ralston, June Wall,Sheila Siggins, Lorraine Duke, Lyndsay Basford

Ten- and Twenty-year pins were presented to members. (Photo of ladies congratulating Peg and Thea). We were entertained by a local duo called “Boom Baby” and some members enjoyed being able to dance to their music.

Lorraine, Peg, Margaret and Thea

Members have also been enjoying some social activities. Several members attended the Pine Rivers Birthday, a large group enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant in March and recently some members visited the Redcliffe Museum and enjoyed lunch in Redcliffe.


2021 Events June to December

We had a busy end to 2021. Life seemed to be settling down though we missed our August meeting because of a lockdown.

In our July meeting we heard from Amatus Akouboo Douw from the Free Papua Group. It was a real eye-opener into the problems they experience. (photo of Arana Ladies with Amatus)

 We had our spring fashion parade in September by Michelle K Boutiques and Gifts.  It was great to be able to check out the fashions.

Ros Fenton was our guest speaker in October. She is the Executive Director of The Nest, a not-for-profit organisation at Everton Park.  It is a haberdashery shop and nursery run by volunteers. It has been described as a Men’s Shed but for Women. They are running pilot programs with local schools to support at-risk girls.

Robyn and Betty were our guests in November with Robyn presenting a number of videos showing past Smith Family students talking about how they were able to achieve with the Smith Family Support. We also had a Make Bake and Grow table and a Cent Auction in November.


2021 December

Our Christmas Party in December had a COVID theme. The Christmas tree was decorated in items relating to the pandemic like sanitiser, disposable gloves and masks! It looked very effective. We had a mask decorating competition and the masks looked great but we had trouble keeping them intact! 

Members of our Committee attempted to entertain us with a rendition of the “lockdown” song. They were dressed in Covid themed hospital gowns (very attractive!) and had accessories like toilet paper and wine bottles. We still think we shouldn’t give up our day jobs!

We also had many social events. Members did a tour of Government House, visited the Lifestyle Centre at Samford and attended the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Concert. A group of our ladies attended a Seniors and Technology lunch sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Arana Leagues Club. (Photo of group)


  April - May 2021

We celebrated our 24th Birthday at our April meeting with a “Roaring Twenties” theme. Unfortunately, we were still on COVID restrictions so had to remain seated while we were entertained by Romeo and Juliette. Ten and twenty year badges were presented to recipients and the cake, that was kindly donated by Woolworths at Everton Park, was cut and enjoyed. We were also entertained by three of our members dancing the Charleston.





 Sister Club, Twin Waters, celebrated with Arana dressing in the Roaring Twenties theme but at their own meeting.




At our May meeting, the guest speaker was Melissa Fagin, a descendant of the McWhirter's family. She spoke of the early history of this famous family and its heyday in the Valley store. Members brought along memorabilia and the Committee did a short skit and song dressed as the actors from “Are you being served” English comedy, resulting in lots of laughs.




Several of our members visited the Caboolture Historical Village and on another day were found enjoying lunch at the “Pitch and Fork” restaurant at Rosalie.







February - March 2021

We started the year at our first meeting in February with a “Romance” Theme. This seemed appropriate as Valentine’s day was the following week. We all dressed up in our best wedding outfits as we were having a mock wedding performed by a local wedding celebrant. Members were asked to bring any memorabilia they may have from their own weddings (and divorces).











It was a fun event followed by our AGM, at which all positions were filled. The guest speaker on the day was Denise Buckby who spoke on the history of romance. It was a fun start to the year.

March guest speaker was Clare Blake for the Qld Institute Medical Research (Berghofer institute). It was a fascinating insight into the work they do.



October - December 2020

 The 2020 year ended with our Christmas meeting in December. We were able to restart our formal lunch meetings in October and though our numbers were restricted because of COVID restrictions we enjoyed getting together again. Our guest speaker was retired Policeman Tim Brinums and his therapy Dog Pippa.

November Meeting ‘s guest speaker was Jo Neary from the Zephyr Foundation, a local group supporting children affected by domestic violence.


We were entertained by vocalist Pam Hodgson at our Christmas meeting.  We even had a surprise visit from Santa.


It was great to see everyone in the festive mood and dressed in their best Christmas Finery.









Bunnings Keperra had very generously given us some gift vouchers to assist us when sausage sizzles were unavailable to raise funds so, we had a lucky draw of members who donated to our club during COVID to enable us to still support out Learning for Life students. It was a nice way to show our appreciation of the member’s support.



Our extra activities also continued and some of our members attended the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Christmas concert at City Hall and enjoyed the High Tea.



                      Arana View Club 2020

Our year started out well with our AGM in February. All positions were filled, which was wonderful and we were ready for a well panned and busy year. At our March meeting we had our first Make, Bake and Grow table for the year, once again it was full of wonderful items to purchase. Our guest speaker was Caylie Jeffrey, author of the book “Under the Lino”, which describes her experiences of renovating the worst house in the street. The discoveries they made under the lino sent them on a search they never expected.



Some members attended Parliament house for high tea.



 Also, two of our ladies attended the Governor’s function to celebrate 60 years of VIEW in March.




Then our world went into Corona virus time and everything stopped. Keeping in contact with our members became the committee’s priority with each committee member contacting members regularly.  We also have been putting out a monthly newsletter. 






 We haven’t started up our formal meetings yet as our venue is restricted in how many can attend, but we have been having catch-ups in local parks, with everyone bringing their own morning tea and enjoying each other’s company.   
















National and Regional News


Arana VIEW Club

VIEW Executive E-News March 2022

Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!

Arana VIEW Club

Message from NVP Evelyn

While I was up in Maryborough on the weekend I caught up with the members from Maryborough, Hervey Bay and in-formation Bundaberg clubs. It was a great catch up meeting committee members from the three clubs. Bundaberg are really looking forward to their inauguration later, both the President elect and Vice were there. The attached article is from the current issue of the Fraser Coast Beacon magazine.

Arana VIEW Club

International Women's Day

Letter to VIEW Members in recognition of International Women’s Day and the ongoing support of VIEW from Doug Taylor, CEO The Smith Family.


Events Calendar

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

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.