A valued part of The Smith Family

Hervey Bay VIEW Club


The Hervey Bay View Club was formed in 1995.

Our club might consist of mature ladies but age is no barrier to having fun, making new friends and sharing life stories and experiences.

Meeting days are on the second Monday each month at the Club House and usually include an interesting speaker.  Our monthly meeting trading table is always popular as well as raising funds for The Smith Family and our Smith Family Learning for Life student.

Socials are held on the fourth Monday and the outing and venue vary monthly.

New members are always welcome.


  • Meeting Day on 2nd Monday each month
  • at The Clubhouse


Bev 41 282 692

E-mail: hbwhalecityview@gmail.com  


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Old Maryborough Road & Tooth Street, PIALBA, QLD 4655

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2020 Hervey Bay VIEW Committee

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club committee has been elected and virtually stays unchanged as members put their hands up to continue with the success of 2019. We are very fortunate that our committee consists of a wonderful mix of accomplished ladies who individually contribute their own expertise to enhance our club.


L to R – Zone Councillor Jean Jennings, Celie Peach, Edna Down, Heather Ramm (President), Alison Dellar, Glenda Reinke,
Lyn Smith, Robyn Busk, Heather Mittelheuser and Bev Cornwell in front.


The Hervey Bay VIEW Club International Women’s Day speaker Sue Downey (centre) with new member Lieza Hodgetts (Left) and Delegate, Lyn Smith.

Joyce Riley has been a member of the Hervey Bay VIEW Club for many years and when she celebrated her 90th Birthday in March it was a good reason for us all to celebrate which we did.


2020 April


Our Hervey Bay View Club has gone into recess since authorities advised us it was the safest thing to do.  Our National Councillor, Margaret Elliott has been encouraging all VIEW Clubs to stay connected via emails, Facebook or a simple phone call to ask ‘How are You?’ Such a simple gesture can mean so much if you are feeling down, lonely and a friendly familiar voice can just make your day.

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club’s March meeting was the day after World International Women’s Day. Our guest speaker was Sue Downey, author and journalist who delivered a very informative address of women’s historical achievements dating back to our convict days and the measures that were taken to enable our country to grow and multiple. Caroline Chisholm and Henrietta Dugdale lead the way with the suffragette movement and advocacy for women’s rights in the 1880’s. In 1921 Edith Cowan paved the way for women politicians and our first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2010.

The list continues with Dame Nellie Melba, Evonne Goolagong Cawley through to Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup win in 2015.

The ‘Me Too’ movement has also highlighted women’s rights against sexual harassment and assault. Yes, women’s rights have come a long way through the decades.



The Hervey Bay VIEW Club was joined by members of Fraser Coast and the inaugural Maryborough VIEW Club for their Thanksgiving Service.


2020 March

‘Thanksgiving Service’

It has been the tradition of the Hervey Bay View Club for many years to incorporate a Thanksgiving Service into the first social of the year and this year was no exception. The beautiful 110 year old restored Methodist Church in the grounds of the Hervey Bay Historical Museum is a fitting venue as the ladies from three View Clubs sing hymns, pray, readings from the bible and remember members and friends who are no longer with us. This lovely spiritual, devotion puts our club in good stead as we strive for another successful year with the main focus of helping the Smith Family financially and with their support of disadvantaged children across Australia.

The service was followed by a scrumptious morning tea enjoyed by all.


Our two lovely ‘money ladies’ Glenda Reinke (Assistant Treasurer) and Edna Down (Treasurer) who keep our books in order, winding down for the Christmas break.

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club members enjoy their Christmas luncheon with Lyn Smith on the left and Lesley Plummer on the right. (Closest to camera)

2019 ending and beginning 2020

We ended 2019 with a lovely summer Christmas lunch enjoyed by the ladies as we wound down for two months until February with our AGM.

Our proudest achievement for the year was taking on a fourth Learning for Life Smith Family student.

February is also our Thanksgiving Service month as a blessing and fore runner to a successful 2020.

Hervey Bay VIEW Club ladies, Esme Fay (L) and Mary Crickmore raising a glass as they toast the end of a very successful and fun year for the club.


‘November 2019’

Our November meeting guest speaker was Christine Foster who spoke in depth of her experience attending the View Zone Conference on the Sunshine Coast and the wonderful and interesting array of speakers she heard and was so impressed it caused her to buy numerous books.

Christine Foster speaking about her personal experience at the View Zone Conference on the Sunshine Coast                     

November’s Social was a lovely outing to the Bay Central Tavern with over thirty  Hervey Bay View Club members attending and enjoying a lovely meal with equally enjoyable company. We also welcomed several new members as our friendly club continues to grow.

Hervey Bay View Club new members enjoy our November Social at the Tavern –

  L to R – Margaret Finch, Grace Griffiths, Gwen Wisvey and Patsy Moore.

‘December 2019’

The Hervey Bay View Club had their last committee meeting for the year and we congratulated themselves on a very successful year with the club taking on a forth ‘Learning for Life’ student giving us a total of four which made us all feel we had accomplished another significant milestone for our club.

 L -R – Lyn Smith, Mary Pape, Celie Peach, Heather Ramm, Heather Mittelheuser, Glenda Reinke and Bev Cornwell in front.


Our last meeting for the year was a casual affair with lots of discussion and reminiscing about the years happenings… our guest speakers and varied socials. We welcomed new members with many stepping forward to take on simple but helpful tasks to ensure the smooth running of our club. Special thanks must go to Celie Peach who was our energetic Christmas Elf decked out in a fun outfit. We all enjoyed a lovely summer Christmas luncheon after the meeting which brought our View year to an end.

Celie Peach as the Christmas Elf and Lyn Bourke also dressed in Christmas theme which all added to the festive fun of the day.


‘2019 October Zone Conference’

During October the VIEW Zone Conference High Tea was held in Hervey Bay at the lovely Beach House Hotel with some very distinguished guest speakers. Alan Le May, General Manager of the Smith Family Queensland branch, Lyn Masters, National Councillor for VIEW and our local Zone Councillor, Jean Jennings, was MC for the day. Alan spoke broadly on the Smith Family and their support for the 1,396 students from all levels of education who receive support by way of uniforms, shoes, books and mentoring from the Smith Family. Lyn emphasized the friendships formed through being a member of a VIEW Club.

Lainie Sanders (FC), Dawn Potter (M’boro), Jean Jennings (Zone Councillor), Dennis Chapman (FC Councillor), Alan Le May (General Manager of Qld Smith Family), Heather Ramm (HB) and Lyn Masters (National Councillor for VIEW).

‘Making a Difference’

Two ladies from the Hervey Bay VIEW Club were recognised for their efforts as members of the club and their commitment goes well beyond what is expected of any individual.

The Making a Difference awards were also acknowledged at the National Conference held on the Sunshine Coast in September.


Receiving their awards - Esme Fay has been a member of VIEW for 38years, Alan Le May, Jean Jennings, Lyn Masters and Robyn Scott a valued member of Hervey Bay VIEW Club. 


2019 October

‘Club Representation’

Members of the two Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast VIEW Clubs attended and were  joined by Dawn Potter, President on the newly formed Maryborough Club. It is certainly hoped that the Maryborough Club will flourish as the two Bay VIEW Clubs have continued to grow with lasting friendships formed.


Heather Ramm, President of Hervey Bay, Jean Jennings, Zone Councillor and Lainie Sanders, President of Fraser Coast.


2019 September - ‘September Social’

Our September Fire Brigade guest speakers and display had to be cancelled due to the atrocious weather conditions which sadly are continuing.

The club enjoyed the annual sausage sizzle barbeque in a lovely area at Dayman Park Urangan and the weather was gorgeous. It was many hands on deck when it came to the cooking and the results were very yummy.

Many hands make light work as the Hervey Bay View Club prepare their sausage sizzle lunch… Robyn Busk, Cathy and Jim Hall, President Heather Ramm, Celie Peach.

‘National Convention’ - ‘Local Members’

Eight ladies from the Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay View Clubs attended the National Convention held on the Sunshine Coast in September.

(L-R) Christine Foster, Jean Jennings, Lainie Sanders, Ros Kitchen, Irene Irvine, Gillian Ryan, Denise Kay, Sandra Saunders. 


2019 National Convention

VIEW Clubs Australia National Convention 2019 was held in Queensland this year on the Sunshine Coast with 620 women attending and listening to some very distinguished dignitaries delivering inspiring stories of life’s journey and high lightening many women’s accomplishments and support of the Smith Family.

Both VIEW Clubs from Hervey Bay were represented.

Our monthly trading table continues to raise much needed funds for the Smith Family and the education of disadvantaged children.


 (L-R) Di Morrissey AM, VIEW NVP Annette Schlafrig, VIEW National President Jan Roberts, CEO The Smith Family Dr Lisa O’Brien, Chair The Smith Family Christine Bartlett)       



‘August Guest Speaker’

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club’s guest at our August meeting was Bev Jackson with her ‘Fifth Avenue’ jewellery display which allowed our ladies to peruse the many pieces of gold and silver and indulge themselves with a necklace or earrings.

Bev Jackson and Ann Riley in front of the ‘Fifth Avenue’ jewellery display.

‘Walk for View’ 

August’s social was our annual ‘Walk for VIEW' at Urangan with colourful red and blue balloons to promote View as we walked through the weekly markets. Unfortunately there weren’t many children around to share the balloons with but some big kids scored.


The Hervey Bay VIEW Club ladies decked out with red and white balloons ‘Walking for VIEW’ 

 2019 August

‘Making a Difference’

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club was thrilled to learn that two of our deserving members had been accepted into the ‘Making a Difference’ awards and will be placed on the View Website and added to the Honour Roll at the National Convention 2019.


Esme Fay and Robin Scott, both ‘Making a Difference’ award recipients.


2019 July

‘July Guest Speaker’

Verneice Grygoruk from Uniting Care was our July speaker and spoke about the addiction many people have to gambling be it with poker machines, betting on the horses or sporting events and in our area up to $5 million is put through the pokies per month to the determent of many families.

Hervey Bay View Club President Heather Ramm with guest speaker Verneice Grygoruk.

‘High Tea’

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club benefited from the very generous gesture by Fraser Shores 2 retirement village when they sponsored a High Tea fund raiser at Arkarra Tea Gardens with 103 attending. It all came about from a suggestion by Julie Chapple to our President Heather Ramm who is a resident of Fraser Shores 2.

With raffles the club benefited by just on $900.

Russel Lewis - Fraser Shores 2 Residents Association President presenting Hervey Bay View Club President Heather Ramm with a cheque for $465 part of our profit for this wonderful day of generosity from Fraser Shores 2.



‘65 Years Wedded Bliss’

Esme Fay who has been a VIEW Club member for some 38 years and after moving from Foster in NSW some twenty years ago transferred to the Hervey Bay VIEW Club and in both clubs has held many positions but as President lead our club for many years.

Vic and Esme Fay receiving a card and pot plant from the Hervey Bay View Club for their 65th Anniversary.


‘Everything V’

Some of the Hervey Bay View Club members recently attended Gympie’s VIEW Club birthday and the dress theme was anything starting with ‘V’ and Hervey Bay took out 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Using their vivid imaginations they came up with some very creative ideas and costumes.

Jackie Hens (Vicar of Dibley) 1st prize, Gillian Ryan (Verging on the Ridiculous) 3rd and Celie Peach (Vet) 2nd members of Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast VIEW Clubs.


2019 June

It was inspiring but also heart wrenching to listen to the personal stories of our June guest speakers… Josh and Jacob as they related their struggles with abuse, drug and alcohol addiction to turn their lives around with the help of  Bayside Transformation Services and a little spiritual help as well.

Josh and Jacob receiving their appreciation certificate from Hervey Bay View Club member Rosanne Badham.


‘Bowling’ in May

In May our club had a day at the Urangan Bowls Club and for the majority of our members it was their first time playing bowls and having to learn about the bias on the bowls and how it tracks after it leaves your hand. Some seasoned male bowlers  were on hand to help and guide our ladies. It was an enjoyable fun day.

Full of concentration VIEW member Heather Mittelheuser launches a bowl towards the jack hoping for a close encounter.


2019 June

‘Special Books’

Each year the Hervey Bay VIEW Club donates $50 towards books to a worthy school and again the Hervey Bay Special School was the recipient and it was left up to the schools discretion to choose suitable books for their students.  Our club’s name is included inside every book as the donor.

Hervey Bay View Club members Lyn Smith and Edna Down presenting the $50 for books to Principal Sarah Lester.

 ‘Soup Day’

Our annual soup and crusty bread day was held in June at the lovely home of Celie and John Peach. This has become a winter tradition and we also enjoyed Celie’s homemade sausage rolls and the popular grocery grab game completed the day.

Jan Windebank, Celie Peach and Esme Fay having light conversation while enjoying their soup but Esme’s husband Vic preferers a sunny spot.


Happy 24th Birthday 

‘Glitz and Glamour’

The theme for our 24th Birthday meeting and luncheon was ‘Glitz and Glamour’ and our clever, crafty member Robyn made some beautiful table arrangements of gold and silver.

Glenda Reinke with clever Robyn Busk with some of her glitzy table arrangements.

‘Cutting the Cake’

Our 24th Birthday Cake was large enough for every member of the three View Clubs represented to share in a piece of the colourful and beautifully decorated cake. 


Acting President Shelley Jones and Zone Councillor Jean Jennings shared the cutting of our 24th Birthday Cake.


2019 May

‘Laughter and Fun’

Our guest speaker for May was Karen Flanery from the Laughter Club and what a wonderful fun filled lesson did Karen deliver. She had us all smiling and laughing along as she took us on an energetic journey of clapping, arms raised skywards all keeping in rhythm to her exercise instructions. If laughter is the best medicine we all got a good dose from Karen that morning.

Karen leading a happy group as we all smiled and laughed along as we followed her every move to her laughter class.


2019 April - Talking Pearls

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club’s guest speaker for April was Debbie Haigh who spoke about pearls and the oyster/pearl farm that once existed here in Hervey Bay until vandalism put a stop to that endeavour. 

Hervey Bay View Club President Heather Ramm and guest speaker Debbie Haigh from Haigh’s Jewellers who spoke on oysters and pearls.

Sampling the Bubbly after Hoy

The Hervey Bay VIEW Club’s April social was a chicken and bubbly lunch after many fun games of Hoy causing giggles and competition among our members but increased their appetite for a tasty lunch. 

Celie Peach, Esme Fay and Robyn Busk sampling the bubbly at the Hervey Bay View Clubs April social.


2019 April

Eyes Down

Hervey Bay View Club ladies all set to play the card game Hoy.


Left to right – Joyce Riley, Peggy Hawes, Kay Williams and Robin Scott concentrating on the card game Hoy.

2019 March 

‘International Women’s Day’

The Hervey Bay View Club celebrated International Women’s Day in March with Brenda Gordon as our guest speaker who related her own personal story of a woman working with our local RSL and helping returned service men who often return home with their own demons. Help supplied by many branches of the RSL is invaluable to these troubled men and women.

Guest speaker Brenda Gordon being thanked by President Heather Ramm.


2019 April

‘The 50-year Gang’

Three of our club members received their badges totalling 50 years combined and continued membership to VIEW and that applies no matter where you first become a member be it Queensland or any other state. A wonderful effort for VIEW.

Hervey Bay VIEW members – Denise Kay (20years), Robyn Busk (10years) and Kay Williams (20years). Congratulations girls.


2019 February

‘Thanksgiving Service’

A large number of club members attended our annual Thanksgiving Service in the old church in the grounds of the Hervey Bay Historical Museum. The service included hymns, prayers, readings and remembering those who are no longer with us. The service was followed by a lovely morning tea in one of the museum sheds.

The Hervey Bay View Club members attending the Thanksgiving Service in the beautiful old church in the Historical Museum grounds.


2019 February 

‘Trading Table’

The Trading Table at our monthly meetings is a great fundraiser for the club and besides plants includes a variety of items, cooking and books etc. brought in by members to raise money for the Smith Family, helping disadvantaged children with their education.

Program Officer and green thumb Robyn Busk with a display of plants on the Trading Table.


2018 December

‘Christmas Cheer’

Hervey Bay VIEW Club members enjoying the mateship that our healthy, fun filled club provides. This companionship encourages welcome friendship to an otherwise lonely daily routine for many who look forward to our monthly meetings and socials and often long-term bonds are formed.


President Heather Ramm, Ann Edwards, Rita Sengstock, Fay Harrison, Pam Dougan and Jan Foxall. 

‘Crafty Fun’

Late last year we were asked by the Wide Bay Senior’s paper to come up with some ideas of how grandparents could help grandchildren occupy their holiday time with some crafty ideas. We took the simple task of making Christmas cards but that could include Birthday etc so it covered a wide range. At our monthly committee meeting we arranged a photo shot of us making cards with all hands-on deck.


Bev Cornwell, Edna Down, Heather Ramm, Lyn Smith, Glenda Reinke, Robin Busk and Mary Pape busy making Christmas cards.


2018 December

‘Goodbye Coral’ 

It was a sad moment for us all when Coral told us she was leaving, not just the Club House, but moving from Hervey Bay to Wondai. We will certainly miss her as she knew us all and with many just how we had our coffee… a real gem.

Pam Dougan, Coral Gerny and Jan Foxall at our December meeting.


National and Regional News


Hervey Bay VIEW Club

Qld Aspley 2020 International Women's Day

Aspley VIEW Club's LFL student Shukri was born in Ethiopia. Her family had to flee Ethiopia in 2005 to escape the violence and upheaval that was happening there.

Hervey Bay VIEW Club

Area QC Zone 01 Christmas Dinner

Photo's from Zone QC01 Christmas Lunch.

Hervey Bay VIEW Club

2019 QA02 Bunnings

Bunnings Cake and Craft Stall. Centenary Evening, Chapel Hill and Kenmore VIEW Clubs combined to create the most amazing cake and craft stall at Bunnings Rocklea, in Brisbane on Saturday 25th May, 2019.


Events Calendar

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

Oct 30

Sydney 60th Anniversary Celebration - Sydney

We are pleased to announce VIEW's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebrations will be held in Sydney on Friday 30 October 2020. You are invited to come and join in the fun and celebrations….