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Maroochydore VIEW Club

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Maroochydore VIEW Club was formed in 2001 and each year we celebrate our birthday in August. Currently, the Club sponsors 10 Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.  Maroochydore VIEW Club members share fun and friendship over a beautiful lunch. A variety of informative and interesting guest speakers entertain and inspire us at our meetings. At each lunch there are raffle and lucky door prizes, as well as book and bring and buy stalls.

Each month we also enjoy a social outing.  These social occasions are a great way to make friends, particularly if you are new to the Sunshine Coast.  We also have a monthly coffee morning and two bookclubs.

A highlight of each year is our Walk With a VIEW, through which we raise funds for the Learning for Life program through obtaining sponsors. 

Why don’t you come along and see what our VIEW Club is all about?  We always look forward to welcoming new members.  Visit our Facebook page.

When

  • Meeting Day is the 4th Friday each month.
  • 11 am for 11.30 am

Contact: Claire 0416 119 053

Email:   maroochydoreviewclub@gmail.com

We welcome visitors.  Please contact Claire 0416 119 053 (text/phone) before noon on the Friday of the week prior to the lunch. Claire will advise you how you can make pre-payment to confirm your booking.

Members are on a permanent monthly lunch list, which means you will be charged for your lunch in accordance with VIEW policy if you do not cancel.  If you will not be attending, please contact Claire as above by noon on the Friday of the week prior to the lunch. Alternatively, please register your intention of absence in the attendance book held at the registration table.

All visitors must prepay. Members are most welcome to bring along guests but they must be booked as above.  Payment must be in advance and bank transfers must be in our bank account by the day prior to the meeting. Members are responsible if their invited guests do not pay.

Please advise Claire in advance of any special dietary requirements, e.g. gluten free, vegetarian.

 

Where

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Maroochydore

Maroochy Surf Club, Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore, QLD 4558

Club News

 

2022 Maroochydore Committee

Publicity Officer Lorri, President Diane, Program Officer Claire, Assistant Secretary Fran, Secretary Rae, Vice-President Maggie (resigned), Program Officer Denise,
Treasurer Angie (resigned), Delegate/Learning for Life Mary (Absent: Assistant Treasurer Ev)

 

 

Upcoming Guest Speakers

 2023 guest speakers to be advised

                      

 

 

2023 Luncheon Dates

January 27th AGM
February 24th
March 24th
April 28th
May 26th
June 23rd


 

 

 

July 28th
August 25th
September 22nd
October 27th
November 24th

 

 

 

Upcoming Events and Luncheons

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday 28th January 2023

 

 

 

Proposed Outings/Events for 2023:

February 10th:  Lunch at Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club in recognition of their support for our 'Walk With a VIEW each year

 

Other Activities

Coffee Friendship Mornings
1st Friday each month from 9.30 am at Maroochy RSL, Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore.  
Catch up with friends for a friendly chat.  Coffee and cake $6.50, coffee and sandwich $8.50  Everyone is welcome. No need to book.

Book Clubs
1st and 2nd Tuesday of each month

 

Our Lifeblood Team

We are delighted that our club recently became the first VIEW Clubs of Australia Lifeblood Team, following our guest speaker Rebecca Ind's talk at our February meeting. More VIEW members, family and friends are welcome to join our team and contribute to this most important cause. Contact Australian Red Cross Lifeblood on 13 14 95 or visit their web site donateblood.com.au for more details and to check to see if you are eligible to donate. You will be most welcome.

Below are team members Lynda, Lorri, Julie, Di and Maggie.

 

 

Julie, Lynda, Lorri, Di and Maggie

 



What we've been doing

September 2022 Luncheon

The theme for our September lunch was Spring Flowers. Special guest speaker was Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice Chancellor and President of USC.

 

 

Professor Helen Bartlett

 

September 10th 2022: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Below: Helen, Susan, Jan and Frances—some of the hard workers at our Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, which raised more than $2000 to go towards The Smith Family Learning for Life' students

 

 

August 2022 21st Birthday Celebration

We celebrated our 21st birthday lunch this year, with the theme ‘The Black Swan’—how Maroochydore got its name. Our beautiful birthday cake was made by The Red Sea Restaurant. The dress code was casual elegance. Special guests were Jean Jennings, QB01-02 National Councillor, and Vonda Cannock, QB01 Zone Councillor, members of other clubs and friends.

The entertainment was provided by John Buckley, who had some of the members up dancing and showing off some good moves!

 

Jean (QB01-02 National Councillor), Margaret, Rita, Fran, Lynne, Claire, and Vonda, QB01 Zone Councillor

 

August 2022 Fashion Parade

The Maroochydore VIEW Club members enjoyed lunch at Headland Golf Club on 12th August, while watching a fashion parade with stylist Tracey from Rodney Clark. Our models were very professional. Thanks Fran, Wendy, Maggie and Jeannie, and thanks Claire, Program Officer, for organising this fun day.

 

 

 

July 2022 Luncheon Meeting

It was cold and wet outside, but a lovely warm and friendly gathering enjoyed a delicious gourmet lunch at our July meeting. Our guest speaker, Marlene Nolan from APT Travel, inspired us all to think about fabulous trips past and present. Di presented new members badges to our new members and several members brought their spectacles celebrating 100 years of The Smith Family.

The Smith Family 100th Anniversary Spectacles

 

Below: Assistant Secretary Fran and President Di

 

Below: Guest Speaker Marlene, APT

Below: Lucky Raffle Winners

2022.07 Maroochydore Walk With a VIEW

The Walkers

 

Zone Councillor Vonda and Karen (both Twin Waters VIEW Club)

 

On Friday 8th July 2022 Maroochydore VIEW Club members were joined by members from other local clubs, including Buderim, Kawana Waters, Twin Waters and one from Orange, NSW, for their annual walk from Alexandra Headland Surf Club to Mooloolaba Surf Club and return to raise money for The Smith Family Learning for Life students. It was a glorious day for the walk, which was followed by tea and coffee and delicious scones generously provided by the Alexandra Headland Surf Club.

The first Walk with A View was held in 2004 as an initiative of the Maroochydore View Club to raise funds for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program to assist in the education of disadvantaged children. In 2010 it became a national event for all VIEW clubs so clubs all over Australia walk in their local areas to raise funds for this great cause.

Below: Long-time Maroochydore members Ann, Jocelyn and Margaret

Below: Past National Vice-President Glenys (Orange VIEW Club), long-time member Jenny and Mim
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June 2022 Maroochydore Luncheon

Hats had the day at our June luncheon for Maroochydore VIEW Club’s nod to a Winter Race Day carnival. Some of the members brought along their spectacles to celebrate 100 years of The Smith Family.

The guest speaker was Sophia O’Brien, Lecturer in Constitutional Law, Corporations Law and Public International Law at USC.

Below: Assistant Secretary Fran thanking Sophia for her wonderful talk

 

2022.06 Meeting National President and Manager

Maroochydore VIEW Club hosted a morning tea at the Maroochydore RSL to welcome Marg Woodhouse, the new National President of VIEW, Maryanne Maher VIEW National Manager, Vonda Cannock, our Sunshine Coast Zone Councillor and introduced by Past National Councillor Margaret Elliott.

The event was held at the Maroochydore RSL and was attended by members from local VIEW clubs in our zone—Kawana Waters, Buderim, Twin Waters and Noosaville clubs and our own club

The first Queensland club opened in 1966, since then the View clubs have played an important role in spreading the messages of the Smith Family, particularly of supporting disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education and have a brighter future. There are now 39 VIEW clubs in Queensland with another due to start soon, currently supporting 308 scholarship students.

Below: Maroochydore President Di, Past National Councillor Margaret, National President Marg, National Manager Maryanne, Zone Councillor QB01 Vonda

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National Manager Maryanne with Maroochydore Delegate Mary

 

May 2022 Luncheon

Guest speaker at our May luncheon was Steve Grant, General Manager of Infrastructure and Planning at Sunshine Coast Airport. Steve informed us of upgrades to be made at the airport and, at his request, was given lots of feedback from members as to what they would like in the new plan.

The theme for the day was Ovarian Cancer Support and member Coral kindly spoke of her experience in having and surviving this disease.

 

 

 

April 2022 Luncheon

Seventy-three members and guests enjoyed our monthly lunch at Maroochydore Surf Club on 29th April with an ANZAC theme to honour all service personnel—a slide show for Viewpoint, ANZAC home baked cookies and a delicious lunch.

The guest speaker was Kylee Byrne, coach of Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team. Kylee spoke about her role as coach and also of the challenges facing young people in sport today.

 

March 2022 Luncheon

After our delicious lunch, our guest speaker was Roz White, an award-winning business leader with 28 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups. Roz is the co-owner of White’s Grocers and White’s Commercial Property Group, employing 400 people in the Sunshine Coast community.

Below: Assistant Secretary Fran thanking Roz for her inspiring talk
 

Below: Hard-working Assistant Treasurer Ev
 

 

 

 

Below: Jan selling one of her delicious preserves to Helen at her monthly stall

Below: Delegate Mary with her lorgnette for the Make a Spectacle Competition

February 2022 Luncheon Meeting

Below: Angie, Lynda, Fran

 Above: Maggie T, Pat

 

 

 

Rain cascading down the windows and a wild sea did nothing to dampen the warm friendship of our February lunch.

Due to the inclement weather our speaker was unable to attend so member Maggie Storey stepped up to tell us her own very interesting story.

Inspired by the 2022 International Women’s Day theme of “Breaking the Bias”, Maggie spoke about her own personal breaking the bias to become a waterski champion. She is still the Australian champion and record holder and also world over-35 silver medallist.

What wonderful women we have as part of the Maroochydore View Club.

Below: Maggie Storey, Water Ski Champion

 

 

February 2022 Lunch Outing at Alex Surf Club

On 11th February a number of our members enjoyed getting together at Alex Surf Club. The club supports us each July by providing a delicious morning tea after our annual Walk With a VIEW.

Below: Our Treasurer Angie, Secretary Rae and President Diane

Below: Secretary Rae and Assistant Secretary Fran enjoying a friendly chat 

 

January 2022 AGM

At the Maroochydore AGM on Friday 28th January, the outgoing committee members were presented with certificates of appreciation for their service to our club. The other committee members were presented with the badges of their office by lovely Margaret Elliott, Past Zone Councillor. We have a new president—Di Herd—stepping up from being treasurer, and new member Angie Carmichael taking on the vital role of treasurer. Another new member is Denise Schwerin, now a program officer.



New President Di (left) being presented with her certificate for her fantastic work as treasurer by Past National Councillor Margaret

 

 Below: Thanking Margaret

 

Margaret presenting Lorri with her badge of office

 

National and Regional News

 

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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.