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.

2023  Upcoming Events  

1st February.   Annual General meeting and election of Office Bearers.
Guest speaker is Vicki Bennett, a well-known international author, famous for her fictional and motivational books.

1st March.   Our first “Make, Bake and Grow” table for the year. Our book table will also be back.
Guest speaker is Lyall Aldridge our Zone Councillor.

5th April.    Our 26th Birthday meeting. More details to follow.


Arana VIEW angels Bonnie and Loris at the Christmas party.

Arana VIEW Club. Ian Maurice and Natalie Mead with Rosie


2022 December

Our Christmas Party/meeting in December 2022 was a very busy and fun-filled day.  The room was full of glorious angels who proceeded to have a wonderful day being entertained by firstly The Ferny Groovers, the local ukulele band. They had us singing along to old favourites and many members were dancing as well. This was followed by a lovely Christmas Lunch and then we were entertained by Ian Maurice and Natalie Mead.

This wonderful entertainment took us to the conclusion of the meeting and the drawing of all the Raffle prizes supplied by members.

We also had a “Make, Bake and Grow” table with lots of Christmas Goodies to purchase and this raised over $400.00 towards supporting our Learning for Life Students with the Smith Family.

The meeting ended with our traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne and everyone looking forward to a great year in 2023.


 Arana VIEW Club. Chris, Jan and Margaret at Christmas party 

2022 September and October

Since our last update we have been busy with our monthly meetings, including a “Make Bake and Grow” table, two Bunnings Sausage Sizzles that exceeded our expectations, our Spring Fashion Parade and visits to many different places of interest in Brisbane.

Our Spring Fashion Parade at our September meeting was a resounding success. Members from other local clubs attended as well as many of our members. Fashions were by Portofino’s and the ladies had a wonderful time updating their wardrobes. Everyone will no doubt look very glamorous at future meetings.

We have had many new members join the club over the past few months. It is great to see so many new faces at meetings and outings. A group of our members recently cruised along the Brisbane River from Southbank and then enjoyed lunch together. Other planned activities include a High Tea and garden tour at a member’s house, a visit to a local Retirement Village, and a tour of the Roma Street parklands followed of course by lunch.

Four of our members recently attended the VIEW National Conference in Adelaide. They enjoyed all the activities, especially the Friday night dinner and entertainment.

Our October meeting guest speaker was Tom Law, a local fitness instructor. He inspired us all to move more and had us up trying some simple exercises.


Arana VIEW Club Rosie with Guest speaker Tom Law

Arana VIEW Ladies at National Convention 2022 Adelaide Chris, Helen and Lyndsay

Arana VIEW Club Spring Fashion Parade Debbie, Val. Hilary, Rosie, Glen, Margaret. September 2022



ARANA VIEW Member Jan asking advise from Guest speaker Brian Herd July 2022

Arana River Cruise in August


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)




National and Regional News


Arana VIEW Club

VIEW National Online Raffle 2022 - Winners Announced

VIEW Clubs Online Raffle celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary 2022 - Winners Announced

Arana VIEW Club

Toy&Book Appeal

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to the faces of Australian children at Christmas. Children who may otherwise miss out on opening a gift, simply because their families can’t afford it.

Arana VIEW Club

VIEW Merchandise Christmas Sale 2022

Up to 50% off.


Events Calendar

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

Mar 8

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrations are happening around the country at your local VIEW club.

Sep 8

VIEW National Convention 2023

We are pleased to announce the 56th VIEW National Convention will be held in Hobart, TAS from 8-10 September 2023.