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
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2021 Hervey Bay VIEW Committee
L to R – Christine, Rosanne, Lyn (President), Mary, Pam, Vicky, Robyn and Bev in front.
Heather with the Cooloola Berries sign and another Heather and Robyn with their heads through the berries.
A group photo of VIEW Club members who attended the Cooloola Berries Farm.
Lyn and Celie at Cooloola Berries family farm.
2021 October and
The saying that time and tide wait for no person is certainly true… one minute you suddenly realise that two months have passed in the blink of an eye.
This will be an October/November update of our website.
Our popular Social for October was a trip to Cooloola Berries at Volvi for over twenty of our members for a lovely outing by bus and car pooling. These days are really enjoyed by our ladies as they see more and experience new attractions all within a few hours from Hervey Bay.
Guest speaker for October was Ken, District Commissioner for Sea Scouts who informed us of the role they play in the early years of boys to inspire them to attain their dreams.
Guest speaker for November was Jane and her informative information re the importance of vaccinations and hand hygiene in the era we live in today.
Our November Social was a Pizza Day at a Esplanade Park at Urangan. Despite rain threating and periods of wind it was an enjoyable morning with some ladies participating in a game of quoits.
Hervey Bay VIEW Club treasures Robin and Peggy at Bamboo Land in September.
Gwen and Celie dressed brightly in their spring attire.
Shelly, Heather E and Heather W checked out King Kong at Bamboo land.
In September the social was a trip to Bamboo Land at Torbanlea with it’s series of well-maintained gardens and boardwalks overlooking the Burrum River. First purchased by Klas Nilsson in 1987 as a citrus orchard but Klas had plans for a well established bamboo, ginger and heliconia nursery featuring the world finest non-invasive bamboos. Today the pathways are enhanced with jungle statues which just ad to the appeal of this tropical paradise for visitors to browse and enjoy.
Our members were asked to get into the ‘spring theme’ and wear colourful outfits for our spring meeting and several did make the effort. Bev Jackson had a wonderful display of ‘Fifth Avenue’ jewellery at our September meeting and generously gave us a percentage of her takings and a lovely prize to raffle at Christmas time.
A hearty congratulations to Esma who celebrated her 90th in September.
The five students our club now sponsors are never far from our minds as we meet, have fun and form lovely friendships.
Bev with her lovely ‘Fifth Avenue’ jewellery display.
2021 August Social
The August social was an enjoyable sausage sizzle at Dayman Park at Urangan with many cooks and helpers manning the two BBQ’s when it came to lunch time.
I’m sure no one went home hungry. Our friendly, happy club continues to grow and prosper as we support VIEW and The Smith Family.
In Lyn’s case the onion goes on top of the sausage thank you Ian.
Robyn and Rhonda on food/clean up duties at our sausage sizzle.
2021 August Meeting
Our guest speaker for August was Councillor David Lee who told us how enough polystyrene packaging to fill an Olympic swimming pool had been diverted from landfill on the Fraser Coast in the past year.
Rather than being buried as landfill this new machine melted Expanded Polystyrene and turned it into a heavy sausage like substance that be recycled and reused thus helping our environment.
This good conscience man even followed up and emailed answers to several questions our ladies asked that he could not answer. All our members thoroughly enjoyed his talk and follow up… interesting guest speakers just add that little extra to our meetings.
Lieza presenting Councillor David Lee with his Certificate of Appreciation.
As the last days of winter are upon us we look back at our July social of Soup and Crusty Bread when warm soup was so inviting. The good cooks amongst our members supplied five different options so there was no excuse to go hungry.
Our well attended meetings and socials keep us in an excellent financial position thanks to our wonderful and generous members. Also, this is the reason why we are able to support the Smith Family with our five “Learning for Life’ students and the first time one is a Secondary student, $500 to the Smith Family Winter Appeal and our ‘Joyspreaders’ and it makes us feel proud plus the wonderful friendships we share with our VIEW family, we are a happy club.
Cathy and Rhonda enjoying some pumpkin soup at our July social.
July was a special month for us as one of our two foundation members Nina celebrated her 100th birthday. This is the first time we have had a member attain this milestone and although Nina no longer attends our meetings because she is now in care she receives our newsletters and keeps her in touch with the club and her many friends. Our clever ‘crafty’ Robyn made a lovely 100th birthday card which was signed by all our members and delivered to Nina by Bev and Geoff.
Nina holding her card from the Queen and Bev with the Hervey Bay View Club special birthday card.
Nina’s Birthday Card from the Queen.
Rita and Edna enjoying a glass of bubbles at our Chicken and Bubbles social.
Heather receiving her Making a Difference award from President Lyn.
It is great that we are now back into our normal routine after the disruptions of last year. We continue to grow as more ladies join our View family to enjoy our monthly meetings and interesting and varied guest speakers. Program Officer Robyn ensures our socials are fun times for all who attend and join in whatever activity is planned for that day.
Recently we have participated in the ‘Chicken and Bubbles’ social followed by jovial games of Hoy, Picnic in the Park in Maryborough and a fish and chips morning at ESA park Point Vernon.
Heather received her very well deserved ‘Making a Difference’ award and her photo is up on the Honour Roll site.
We are extremely proud of the fact that we now have five ‘Learning for Life’ students which certainly makes all our efforts worthwhile.
All purple for the Picnic in the Park get together involving all four View Clubs – Gympie, Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast and Maryborough.
L to R; Presentation of pins – Fay (20 year), Pam (10 year), Zone Councillor Jean, President Lyn, Joyce (20 year), Mary (10 year), Alison (10 year) was absent.
At our May meeting we were finally able to celebrate our belated 25th Silver Anniversary which had to be put on hold because of COVID.
The theme for the day was silver with table decorations and many members also dressing in silver fashions and accessories. Five of our members were recognized and presented with their 10 and 20 year pins.
Entertainer Tony Purdy kept us reminiscing to his wonderful music of the 60’s and 70’s with many singing along to his popular choice of old favourites.
Entertainer Tony Purdy who sang some wonderful favourites of the 60’s & 70’s.
Guest speaker - Eris and Rhonda presenting certificate.
April and we finally filled all committee positions with new ladies who will bring with them their own ideas and talents to stimulate our already clever group full of numerous and abundant experiences. Without realising it we all contribute simply through being ourselves, a friend and someone to talk and listen too.
Eris was our April guest speaker who spoke of her travels to Mongolia, the people and children she has helped, she is a true champion.
Four ladies donned hats for our Easter Hat Parade which was won by Heather M for ‘Best Hat’ and Heather E for ‘Most Creative’.
It is just so wonderful to have our Edna back with us again after her terrible shower fall last November, love you Edna.
Easter Hat Parade – Heather M, Heather E, Mary and Brenda.
Ann Morris and Cathy Hall on International Women’s Day.
Four View ladies delivering a lovely musical medley.
During March we celebrated International Women’s Day which actually coincided with our meeting day. Ann Morris delivered a very informative address covering many aspects of this important event on our calendar.
Our March social was a lovely day at ‘B Creative with T’ with entertainment by four of our clever ladies who performed a musical medley of old favourites. The segment with the VIEW purple ponchos and umbrellas was very colourful and really highlighted the VIEW theme of their performance.
The morning tea which we all thoroughly enjoyed was fit for a king and the catering staff have to be congratulated.
A wonderful morning delivered to an appreciative audience and we thank the organisers.
The same four ladies dressed in View purple ponchos with umbrellas continue their musical medley theme.
Rebecca, Jean Jennings, Val Scott and Heather Mittelheuser.
Recovering Edna with flowers from Glenda Reinke
Our club is off to a flying start with our first meeting for the year very well represented as our numbers continue to grow. This meeting was our AGM and it was very rewarding that most positions were filled with new members thus bringing with them new ideas and suggestions to enhance our club as we move forward.
The Smith Family is high on our agenda for the year as we continue to very successfully raise funds to help where we feel there is the most need. We are extremely fortunate to have so many members thus boosting our financial position with our monthly raffles, trading table and socials, another positive year ahead is our endeavor.
Our Thanksgiving Service at a different venue this year was enjoyed by the many who attended, a perfect setting for such a peaceful gathering.
Edna is now home after three months in hospital from her shower fall and Mary is also home again and we look forward to seeing them both soon.
John Peach dressed the part as a typical Aussie swaggie of the early 1900’s.
President Heather as the blushing bride from Ramm to Walpole.
We had our last meeting for the year on Monday 14th and what a year it has been, one we certainly won’t forget in a hurry. We had several members entertain us at our last meeting, Grace Griffith told a world story using her hands in black and white gloves, Bev read about the many and humorous uses of the word ‘UP’ and the highlight was the funny skit performed by typical Aussie swaggie John Peach and his attention to detail was amazing. We have to mention our recent Wedding news with President Heather and David finally tying the knot after his proposal perseverance of many years until she finally saying yes. Our last social featured a very funny, well-rehearsed skit by View members of a pregnant bride, questionable fathers and numerous other scenarios which drew much laughter from an appreciative audience
The Smith Family’s Dr Lisa O’Brien sent to all View Clubs a thank you video emphasizing the important role we play in the lives of 58,000 students in the Learning for Life program. The video featured several personal examples of students of all ages and their aims and dreams for the future with Bronnie, a past ‘L for L’ student illustrating.
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Mary Pape, mother of the bride, Gwen Trost, mother of the groom, Esme Fay, flower girl, Robyn Busk, pregnant bride and Celie Peach the groom.
Carol and Glyn from the Orchid Society and Vice President Lyn Smith presenting their Certificate of Appreciation.
Melissa from the Fraser Coast Driving School receiving her certificate from President Heather Ramm.
We are so pleased that despite COVID-19 our club continues to grow in numbers and we are very financially secure due to our caring committee and members who would not let us lose our focus during this trying year. We are back to normal routine with our meetings and socials which has delighted so many of us who missed the friendship and social interaction that is at the heart of our club. We continue to support the Smith Family both financially and with our four ‘Learning for Life Students’.
We have had some recent interesting speakers from the Orchid Society and from the Fraser Coast Driving School to teach us the right and wrong way to negotiate a roundabout.
We thanked our local member Ted Sorensen and his staff for their help with the printing of our monthly newsletter with a bottle of wine.
We are now winding down for the year with December’s meeting and luncheon our grand finale for the year. Let us hope 2021 is a better year for us all.
Ted Sorensen receiving his bottle of wine from our appreciative President Heather Ramm.
Bob Davis receiving his certificate from President Heather Ramm.
A view of the many ladies who attended Our Hoy social with Glenda Reinke and Lyn Smith in their View purple shirts.
Three members of the newly formed Maryborough View Club joined our Hoy day, L to R – Lorraine Laukau, Janet Miller and President Dawn Potter.
We are all so pleased that our club continues to grow and prosper in these very uncertain times mainly due to a strong committee and dedicated members who contribute in so many ways.
Guest speaker for the September meeting was Bob Davis who runs Oz Adventures - Operation Hard Yakka at Susan River for troubled youth and has had numerous boys complete the program and graduate to go on and lead a worthwhile and fulfilling life thanks to Bob’s teaching and training.
Our September social was our annual Hoy cards day at Esme and Vic’s home followed by lunch of sandwiches and slices thus following the ‘S’ theme of September and Spring. Games of Hoy always evoke concentration and lots of laughter.
A huge thank you has to be given to Celie and John for the work they did organizing and individualizing the sandwiches and slices so each person received their own yummy lunch treat with the slices made by the wonderful hands of cook Celie.
As the year draws to a close we have to consider our committee for 2021 and feelers have been put out for possible interest within our club for positions up for renewal.
Four ladies enjoying their sandwiches and slices – Jan Foxall, Joyce Riley, Robyn Busk and Melva Colles with the pack of Hoy cards still on the table.
Lyn Smith, Rosanne Badham, Heather Ramm and Mary Pape enjoying their individually wrapped fish and chips. Shelley Jones in the background.
Kay Williams, Alison Dellar and Edna Down also enjoying the fish & chip social day.
We do live in a beautiful part of the world and that was how it was for our August Fish & Chips social at Dayman Park with subline weather and the largest numbers ever for a social and needless to say a great time was enjoyed by all. The fish and chips was a very popular choice and I doubt if the waiting Ibis even scored a chip so tasty was the meals that every morsel was consumed by the members and husbands who attended. Dayman Park is a wonderful venue for our socials with ample room, seating, toilets, parking and the opportunity to watch families and children at play on the playground equipment installed by council. A very pleasant day was enjoyed by all and a big thank you to Robyn and Celie for all your work and planning in the smooth running of the day.
New member Lieza Hodgetts and husband Darren enjoying their fish & chips.
Celie Peach and Cathy Hall, often mistaken for twins as they joined our club at approximately the same time and both hard-working behind the scenes club members.
Hervey Bay VIEW Club
Our club is slowly starting to emerge from the forced Covid-19 lockdown which has affected and impacted the whole world. Our first get together was a Pizza day and a very friendly, welcoming day it was as we all reacquainted with friends we had not seen for several months. We enjoyed some lovely Pizzas which are round, put into square boxes and cut into triangles to eat, very confusing if you are a Pizza. Enough silliness from me and on the serious side our club has continued to grow and prosper despite being out of action for several months with us welcoming new members who bring new ideas and talents to our already gifted club. It never ceases to amaze me the varied expertise and capability our members display… everyone has a quality, just by offering your help to producing beautifully crafted cards etc. from an imaginative mind and our club overflows with these characteristics. We are forging ahead with committee meetings, club meetings and luncheons and monthly socials while we can.
President Heather Ramm and our very crafty (clever) member Robyn Busk with a basket of small boxed chocolates she made for members at our first meeting after lockdown.
The eight committee ladies – Celie Peach, President Heather Ramm, Lyn Smith, Mary Pape, Edna Down, Glenda Reinke, Zone Councillor Jean Jennings, Robyn Busk and Bev Cornwell in the front with banner.
Morning tea at Government House in Brisbane to celebrate 60 years of VIEW… Heather Ramm, Sandra Saunders, Gwen Tracey and Barbara Cameron.
2020 May in Lockdown
With no meetings or socials, all the members of Hervey Bay View Club can do is reminisce about the good times when we met monthly on the second Monday of the month for our meeting and luncheon, then on the fourth Monday of the month for a social event, which was always a surprise as to what the committee had planned. We are all hoping and praying that the coronavirus threat soon eases and our club, and life as we all knew it before February this year, can return to normal.
Members miss the social interaction and friendship that our club provides for so many who look forward each month to our get together. Our club continues to grow as word is shared about the fun times enjoyed by all, and members encourage friends to join which helps with the on-going support of the Smith Family and our four ‘Learning for Life’ students. The Trading Table will be up and running as soon as we get-going again; with books, cooking, plants and numerous items that members continue to contribute towards this club fundraiser.
Photo above: Geoff with the pot plants he donates for our Trading Table
Photo of Foundation members Robin Scott and Peggy Hawes.
Photo above: Snake catcher Mick Burbury was our guest speaker in 2017 with Princess, the diamond python with Kerry, Alison, and Kay checked out the wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Happy 24th Birthday
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.
‘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.
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