Maryborough VIEW Club held its inaugural meeting on 27th November 2020 and already has 50 members.
Club members are actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.
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 2nd Friday of the month at 10.30 am for 11 am
- Maryborough RSL Club
- Lunch bookings: Gale on 0407 728 101
- Information: Dawn on 0409 751 223 or Ann on 0412 490131
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors are most welcome. Please contact Gale as above by 10 am on the Wednesday prior to the lunch meeting.
Members are on the permanent lunch list. If you are unable to attend OR are bringing a guest, Gale needs to be notified by 10.00am on the Wednesday prior to the monthly lunch meeting so we can give the correct numbers to the RSL staff for catering and table set up purposes.
Meet Our Inaugural 2021 Committee
L-R: Jill, Assistant Secretary; Jacky, Assistant Treasurer; Lorraine, Program Officer; Ann, Publicity Officer; Janet, Program Officer; Josie, Delegate; Gale, Secretary; Eris, Vice President; and Dawn, President. Louise, Treasurer, was absent.
What we've been doing
June 2021 Picnic in the Park
Below: Dawn, Lorraine and Gale pose with the Poppins statue in their purple
In June our club joined forces with members of other local clubs for a Picnic in the Park. Despite the inclement weather which threatened us, we were able to laugh and play games together as we got to know one other better, and had lunch under COVID restrictions. We were a sea of purple and passers-by were able to be informed about the club and what it did. Funds were raised to help our cause with raffles and sales of donated items.
Following on from this event, a few members adjourned to the Mary Poppins precinct to have a photo shoot for competition purposes. Maryborough is the birth place of P M Travers, who wrote the Mary Poppins story, and has an amazing story book centre which allows visitors to enter the magic of the story, as well as an annual festival to celebrate all things Poppins.
Many of the Maryborough VIEW Club members are keen crafters and one of them suggested that we make decorative lanyards to hold our name badges and any other badges we have.
This resulted in a fun afternoon of beading as we merrily threaded many purple, teal and contrast beads together to make the lanyards to sell to members of our club and others who may be interested. They have been a good source of fund raising and are a delight to see around the necks of our members as they don their purple shirts.
April 2021 Anzac Outing
Maryborough VIEW Club have been busy consolidating on their growth by offering a range of activities. In April, to celebrate Anzac Day, we went on the Gallipoli Walk with one of our local identities, Greg Boldorow, as guide. Maryborough has the distinction of having an amazing memorial to our ANZACs as a local man, Duncan Chapman, is recorded as being the first person to step ashore at Gallipolli. Members were captivated by the stories Greg had to tell, and sobered as the harsh reality of what war is at a personal level for so many. The knowledge that as many returned personnel committed suicide or died of the after-effects, as were killed in WW1, was a reminder to us that PTS is not a new condition in our society. We followed the walk with a picnic in the park where we were able to chat and enjoy the company of one other.
Below: Members listing to the talk
Below: Enjoying time together in Queen’s Park
March 2021 Meeting
Maryborough VIEW Club, having ‘hatched’ into a fully inaugurated club late last year, celebrated their hatching with the Chicken Dance— beloved by all who have memories of Expo 88. This piece of nonsense was overtaken by the purpose of our club at our March meeting, which is to raise funds for The Smith Family Learning for Life program.
An exciting piece of information was delivered when we had the pleasure of having Anthony Pfingst, a worker for The Smith Family, address the March meeting.
Members had been asked to have questions ready for him and he was ready with answers. Because many of us we have become a bit wary of donating to large organisations, having seen money we thought was destined to help those in need after major disasters be channelled elsewhere or sent to consolidated revenue, there were questions relating to the use of monies raised. Andrew was able to assure us that all money donated to The Smith Family stays in Australia. Here in Maryborough we have 36 students in the program and across the Fraser Coast 153 children are having their lives made better with the help given. This was very reassuring to all present.
The partnership between VIEW and the Smith Family goes back to 1960 and members were amazed to hear the number of students sponsored across the country has grown from 34,000 four years ago to 56,401 currently. This equates to $18,000,000 worth of sponsorship from corporates and private individuals. Last year VIEW donated $1.4 million to assist those students in need.
There are checks and balances in place to ensure the money goes into the right places, as each sponsored child must have a good attendance record at school, be committed to doing as well as possible and the family must produce receipts to show they are using the financial support as designated.
The Maryborough VIEW Club would like to set up a Learning Hub in town as that would provide ongoing academic and family support with after-school help centres and mentors to assist those students struggling. This hub costs $250,000 annually to maintain, so is way out of our reach at present, but we dream on and plan. The hub employs a program officer and a family partnership worker which are the major cost, other than the actual sponsorship amounts. These two people then oversee and support of all the families and children in the area.
We heard amazing stories of the things that Smith Family children have gone on to do and how many of them, once successfully established in life, become great supporters in their own right, paying forward the gift given to them.
If you would like to join VIEW and help continue this valuable work, please contact Dawn Potter on 0409 751 223 or Ann Morris on 0412 490131
Below: Dawn Potter presents Anthony Pfingst with a certificate of appreciation
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