A valued part of The Smith Family

Gympie VIEW Club


Gympie VIEW Club was formed in 1995. Each year we celebrate our birthday in October.

Currently, the Club sponsors eight Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.

GYMPIE VIEW CLUB has over 40 members and covers a large area from Cooroy and Pomona in the south, from Kilkivan and Goomeri in the west, from Curra and Glenwood in the north and from Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach in the east to Gympie in the centre of the region.

We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.

Besides regular interesting speakers at our monthly meeting we have many social activities during the month. Our active program officers organise activities such as craft days, a cruise and coffee mornings, which are always very popular with members.  These activities assist us in raising money to support our Smith Family Learning for Life students, who we have facilitated over many years, as well as enjoying ourselves.


  • Meeting Day on 3rd Friday each month
  • 10.30am for 11.00am start.
  • At Gympie Bowls Club, 16 Bowlers Drive, Southside, Gympie




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Gympie Bowls Club, 16 Bowlers Drive, Southside, GYMPIE, QLD 4570

Club News

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Meet Our 2022 Committee

L-R:  Lyn (Asst Secretary), Jill (Secretary), Barbara (Program Officer), Yo (Vice President), Christine (Treasurer), Lee (Publicity Officer), Suzanne (Program Officer), Jan (President), Absent - Margaret (Asst Treasurer)


2022 Upcoming Events

  • Friday, 18 November 2022 Lunch meeting at Gympie Bowls Club, Southside. Arrive at 10.30am for an 11.00am start.  Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available on arrival.  Trading Table will be items that can be given as Christmas gifts.  No theme this month.

  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022 – Clothes Swap, held at Barbara's, 17 Māori Lane, Gympie, Bring a plate for morning tea at 10.00am, and again empty your money box so you can buy fashions which others have finished with, and of course if you have fashions you've finished with, bring them along for someone else to buy! Fashion goods include clothes, shoes, scarves etc.  Prices will be approx Dresses $5, Trousers $5, Tops $3, Shoes $5, Scarves $2. 

  • Friday, 16 December 2022 – Last lunch meeting for 2022, Gympie Bowls Club, Southside.  Arrive at 10.30am for an 11.00am start.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival.  Theme is Christmas as this is or annual Christmas Lunch.  Great raffle prizes and fun to be had by all. Find out who your secret friend is and pick one for 2023.  


Celebrating Spring 2022

The Spring racing carnival is well and truly on, we celebrated with a Melbourne Cup lunch at the Victory Hotel with twenty members and guests.  The raffle of a bottle of Chardonnay Pinot Noir was donated by the Victory Hotel and won by Christine. 

The Melbourne Cup sweep was won by Heather, Jenny and Sharon.  Congratulations to our winners and thank you to the ladies for attending and achieving $230 for our Learning for Life students.

Winners are grinners: Heather, Jenny and Sharon with Donna from Victory Hotel and Barbara our Program Officer



2022 October

This month has been a bit wet again, and we had lunch out at the Mt Pleasant Hotel.  Our October meeting was attended by twenty ladies who enjoyed lunch, and we had one of our members Suzanne, who attended the National Convention in Adelaide spoke about her experience, which was very interesting.  The raffle was won by Lee and the lucky door prize was won by Jeannie.

October Birthday girls: Tricia and Iris

2022 September

We started Spring with a Book Sale and morning tea at Mary's, home.  It was a lovely morning where seven ladies enjoyed a chat, and a variety of sausage rolls as more than one person brought them along.

Our lunch was attended by seventeen members with guest speaker Robyn Bowman (pictured below), who spoke about archaeological digs she has been involved in; especially one that was a local historical building being a bank and residence.  Robyn gave a fascinating presentation showing these findings, and how they could uncover the lives that were led by the then, residents.  This was very interesting, and well received by the members.  Thank you Robyn.

We were to have a clothes swap at Yo's, but due to weather and road conditions it was decided to cancel.  This will be rescheduled at another date.

2022 May

Photo above of Birthday ladies, Elwyn and Jan


Busy Month

May  started with a morning tea at Yo's home; what an enjoyable time overlooking her lovely garden and enjoying great company and yummy food, for the approximately thirteen members who attended. 

Next was Hervey Bay VIEW Club's 27th birthday in Maryborough where two of our members attended and enjoyed the friendship and entertainment provided. 

Lastly for this month was our lunch meeting where twenty ladies attended; our guest speaker was Linda a volunteer at Qld Garden Expo, who also donated two prizes for our raffles.  Thanks Linda for a very interesting talk and for the raffle prizes which were greatly appreciated, and assist us to support our Learning for Life students. 

We are all looking forward to our birthday celebrations next month.


Out and About

Photo above:  Members enjoying Fraser Coast Birthday


                      Photo above of April birthday lady, Jean

2022 April

We started the month with a much looked forward to social outing, to the Gympie Sports Club which saw thirteen ladies enjoy a lovely lunch with stunning views over the golf course on a beautiful sunny day.

Our next outing was to join one of our fellow zone clubs to celebrate their 15th birthday party at the Hervey Bay Gold Club, Pialba. Fraser Coast VIEW Club made our 5 members very welcome, we were joined by members from the Hervey Bay and Maryborough clubs as well as some future members for the soon to be open Bundaberg Club.  Great entertainment, food, birthday cake and great company was enjoyed by all.  Thank you Fraser Coast for a great party.

For our monthly lunch meeting, twenty one ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Gympie Bowls Club with our guest speaker Kelly Chapman who spoke about how to navigate the aged care system, very informative, thank you for your time and information Kelly.  

Photo above: Guest speaker Kelly Chapman


March 2022

Due to the recent flooding in Gympie our social outing at Yo's home was cancelled.  As our meeting venue, Gunabul's was unavailable, we were fortunate to secure a substitute venue. 

The alternate venue was at Gympie Bowls Club where twenty three members enjoyed a nice lunch, and our guest speaker was Natalie Upshall who spoke about her experience as a Foster Carer, and her role as a coach of Special Olympics.  Natalie highlighted the importance of the program for disabled children and the benefits they derive from it, as well as the dedication and passion for sport, including the children of the volunteer coaches. 

It was surprising to our members, the number of sports that are available to the children. Thank you Natalie, for your time.


2022 February

No social outings due to Covid concerns. 

On 18 February we had our first meeting of the year and also our elections. 

A new committee was elected and was inducted by our new Zone Councillor, Lainie Sanders, we also had a guest speaker from Hearing Australia, Suzanne was very informative and very kindly donated a gift voucher to be raffled a future Meeting.

We are all looking forward to commencing social outings as we have missed our get-togethers.

December 2021—Morning Tea and Christmas Celebration

Below: Continuous raffle (Barbara, Amelia and Pat) 


Below: November birthday Rennie & December birthday Nannette  





To end the 2021 year we had our last social outing to Michele's place for a lovely morning tea.  Our last lunch on 10 December had the White Christmas theme.  Thirty-five members enjoyed a roast turkey lunch. The decorations the venue had done looked lovely and a great time was had by all, with the exchange of Secret Friend gifts and the continuous raffle.  Thanks to all those members and local businesses who donated prizes to our raffle. 







Melbourne Cup

At the Starting Gate

                    Author Chris Collins and the ladies entertaining

Sewing Members with the Library Bags

2021 November

For Melbourne Cup this year we met at Sylvia's home and enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the ladies and some bubbly.  It was a fun time with everyone wearing their race day finery.  We enjoyed raffle prizes and our hostess Sylvia presented us all with a piece of jewellery. 

Also featured, our own version of a horse race which was a lot of fun and created some laughs as well as competitiveness amongst the racers leaving members laughing and having a great time.  The sweep winners are pictured.  Thank you, Sylvia for a wonderful time.

At this months lunch our guest speaker was Chris Collins, who is a childrens book author, we enjoyed his talk


Photo above: Winners are Grinners especially the Sweep winners 

   An aerial view of the many Library Bags                            

2021 October

Another busy month started with a lovely morning tea enjoying the beautiful gardens at Yo's home in North Deep Creek.  Lovely time on the verandah overlooking the garden enjoying good food and company. 

Our lunch meeting this month at Gunabul Homestead was a lovely lunch of salmon with rice and asparagus and beans followed by pavlova and berries, very much enjoyed by all, we also discussed our Christmas lunch menu as it is coming fast.  No guest speaker this month Christine arranged a trivia quiz with an Australian theme, this was won by Susan who scored 17 out of 20, great job Susan.

Our final outing was to Cooloola Berries to join with our sister club from Hervey Bay, we enjoyed a lovely lunch and met new ladies having a lovely time.  This time we were in the air-conditioned room which is a lovely spot and Kim Lewis gave us a chat about the farm and its crops as it was too hot for a farm tour.

National and Regional News


Gympie 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.

Gympie VIEW Club

VIEW Merchandise Christmas Sale 2022

Up to 50% off.

Gympie VIEW Club

VIEW National Online Raffle 2022

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


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.