A valued part of The Smith Family

Moreton Bay VIEW Club


Moreton Bay VIEW Club was formed in 1997.

Currently, the Club sponsors six Smith Family Learning for Life students and is 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.

Members make new friends and lifetime friends by attending our monthly luncheon meeting at the Redland Sporting Club as well as participating in a variety of social occasions around the Redlands community.  Visitors, guest and prospective new members are warmly welcomed to our friendly club at our lunchtime meetings held on the second Thursday of every month.

Members of our club are a wonderful and diverse group of women from many walks of life and life stages.

Our VIEW Club members enjoy much fun, laughter and a variety of social activities with like-minded women, who also become good friends. As a group we support financially disadvantaged Australian children's education.


  • Meeting Day on 2nd Thursday each month
  • 11 am for 11.30 am
  • at Redlands Sporting Club  


  • President   Jean C.  Ph: 0409 268 646; and 
  • Secretary  Jean W.  Ph: 0416 141 872 



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Redland Sporting Club, Anson Road, WELLINGTON POINT, QLD 4160

Club News

Keep up to date with what is happening around the club

Meet Our 2022 Committee


L - R:  Vice Presicent, Sue; National Councillor Robin; Secretary Jean; Treasurer Lesley; Assistant Treasurer Yvonne; Publicity Officer Diana; and President Jean.



Hoping to see all members and their guests on the 8th December for our final meeting of 2022.

Publicity Diana Wilson


2022 November 

November lunch meeting was a lot of fun with many members and guests attending.  We had our always popular Christmas Trading Table wth lots of goodies and fun items for sale to raise funds for our L.F.L Students. Our lovely guest speaker was Susan Gilmartin.

Susan is a representative of “Upbeat Arts” formally known as School of Hard Knocks. This amazing program now includes a creative writing program and a song writing program as well of course the wonderful choir.

These programmes help people from all walks of life gain new interests that in turn helps them grow in self confidence and social skills in all aspects of their lives.  Upbeat Arts do have a website, however a lot of people are referred to them by other sources such as mental health providers and the N.D.I.S..     There are some funds provided by the Queensland Government as they have seen the advantages that  Upbeat Art  can indeed give to people.  Everyone is welcome whether it be on an occasional basis or regular attendance as no pressure is put on any one.

For our final meeting this year in December we won’t be having a guest speaker but we will however be fortunate enough to welcome back the amazing performer Liam Waldock.  We are extremely lucky to have Liam graciously give up his precious time to come again to perform for us.  We so thoroughly enjoyed having Liam last Christmas and didn’t dare hope he would be so generous as to return again this year. If you attend this luncheon meeting I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

On the 24th November our club will be meeting at the Moreton Bay Boat Club at Manly for lunch. If you wish to attend please contact a committee member in the information above.

On Thursday 18th November we celebrated our Zone Christmas Party and as always so much fun was had by all.

Learning about Shore Birds

Thank you Sheryl and Arthur


2022 October

Our October meeting was very busy and attended by Members and Guests.  It seems this month was popular for birthdays with eight Members celebrated their birthdays.

We welcomed guest speakers Sheryl and Arthur Keats. It was so incredible to listen to them share their vast knowledge of shore birds.  The distances these birds travel is almost too hard to comprehend with some flying thousands of kilometres each season.  Sheryl and Arthur are among many others who tag these gorgeous and precious birds so that we are able to keep track of them and learn more from them, and it was just so interesting.

October outings included coffee mornings, lunch outing and R.P.A.C. Theatre.

November Luncheon meetings at Redlands Sporting Club will include a trading table for Christmas goodies. These help to raise funds for our LfL. students.

We will also have lunch at the Moreton Bay Trailer Club on 24th November, while our Zone Christmas celebration will be at the Newnham Hotel on 18th November.  For any further information please contact committee members above.

Looking forward to seeing Members and Guests in November.

Fun Meetings

2022 September

Our very first meeting for spring was well attended and enjoyed by members and guests. Our President was away enjoying the VIEW Convention in Adelaide, however one of our members and ex president Ann chaired the meeting and we had lots of fun with jokes and a poem written by a member of our club.  Lyn (who corresponds with our Learning for Life students, read out a delightful letter from one of our younger students.

We didn’t have a visiting speaker at this meeting, however we were blessed to have one of our own long time members speak and entertain us with memories of growing up in a time that was very different from life as we know it now.  Thanks Wilma for sharing your own story with us.

September outings included coffee mornings and a lovely bus trip to Canungra located southwest of Brisbane. I think most of us shopped till we dropped and enjoyed some very tasty food.  October outings will include coffee mornings, RPAC Theatre to enjoy Seven Sopranos and lunch at Tanya’s Cafe, at Wellington Point.

For more information please contact one of the committee members above.  Our luncheon meeting is on the 13th October at Redland Sporting Club and we will see you, and your guests there.


Silver Birthday Celebrations



2022 August

Members and guests celebrated our Club's Silver anniversary birthday, which was a huge success and enjoyed by all .

This meeting was attended by not only our own members but so many guests from several other VIEW clubs. Our guests on the day included our National Councillor Robyn Garard, Zone Councillor Lorna Daddo and past National Councillors Betty van Heeswijk and Lyn Masters.

We had a lovely lunch provided by Redlands Sporting Club. Our entertainment was indeed incredibly special and we were privileged to welcome Rhonda Davidson-Irwin. Rhonda is so very busy in all aspects of the music industry that we felt ourselves to be extremely fortunate that she was able to carve out time to attend our birthday meeting. Rhonda was a huge hit amongst all the ladies as not only did she provide us with beautiful music but got everyone involved in having a great singing time together. Thanks Rhonda for an entertaining and enlightening time.

There are some fun outings coming up; the 25th August lunch at Cleveland R.S.L. at 12.00 noon. September outings include morning tea at Arabica Cleveland on 15th at 10.00am. A bus trip to Canungra Valley for lunch and shopping on Wednesday 21st September and for more information on any of these events please contact committee members as shown above.

Our next  luncheon meeting will on Thursday 8th September at the Redlands Sporting Club. Hope to see everyone there and bring along a friend or two.

Christmas In July 2022





With our July meeting we had so much to celebrate.  The Sporting Club put on a lovely Christmas in July meal for us which we all enjoyed.  We had a trading table to raise funds for our LfL students which is always appreciated by all.  The Smith Family 100year birthday celebration was a huge success and lots of fun with everyone wearing their fancy spectacles and some beautiful work went into these.

Our very special guest speaker (pictured below) was author Verena M. McGowan. Verena’s book is entitled The girl from East Berlin. This is the true story of Verena’s  life that started in Germany in her early years before arriving in Australia with her family. Verena’s story is about hope, intrigue, regeneration, love and faith in oneself and is a wonderful story.

Outings for July include a coffee morning on the 21st  and lunch  on the 28th at Fiction, Raby Bay. More outings to look forward to in August. For information on any outings please contact committee members above.

Next month we will be celebrating our 25yr birthday at Redlands Sporting Club. This will be great fun with lots of memories and photographs from over the years.  We will also have some entertainment on the day.  It would be lovely to see you all there on this special day. Please bring along a friend if you are able as I am sure it is going to be a great day.

Travelling the World

June 2022 

Members and guests enjoyed our June meeting as we were fortunate to have a very engaging and interesting speaker (as we always do).  Camille came to us from A.P.T. Travel. With 39 years in this profession and having travelled in every continent you can imagine how much knowledge Camille had to impart.  She spoke extensively about the Kimberley area and shared some beautiful photos with us. Did you know that the Bungle Bungles was first seen by a crew flying over that area in the 1980’s?  Since then of course it has been a major tourist attraction in Australia.

Camille also shared information about Vietnam and Cambodia, such beautiful countries. It was interesting to learn that A.P.T. support a children’s charity in Cambodia as well as other children’s charities. We were also very pleased to hear that as an organisation they also support The Smith Family.  We also heard about so many peoples favourite “Canada”. I can tell you that we all left that meeting ready to go home and pack our bags.

In July we will be holding our Trading Table to add to our funds for our LfL students so be on the lookout for some good bargains.

Our guest speaker will be author Verena McGowan. Verena will be speaking about her life and her book titled Verena, the girl from East Berlin.

Don’t  forget our outing to McLeay Island on 23rd June.  

July outings will include lunch at Friction Raby Bay Complex on 28th at noon. Coffee morning on 21st at 10am at Arabic Cafe Cleveland.

We will be celebrating 100years of The Smith Family at our July luncheon meeting with some very glamorous and fun Spectacles to be worn by our ladies.


2022 May


Meeting guest speaker, Andrew



Health for Hearing and Brain

We once again had an enjoyable lunch meeting at the Redland Sporting Club that was well attended by members and guests.

The guest speaker this month was Andrew Campbell who is an audiologist and he spoke about hearing and brain health. He was so informative and conveyed a lot of knowledge that a lot of us knew very little about. Andrew told us of the importance of having hearing loss diagnosed and treated early.   If left untreated hearing loss can lead to dementia.  If treated early there is likely to be a much better result and be less likely to lead to the onset of dementia.  The inability to hear leads to isolation, loss of confidence and loss of communication.  Andrew was a captivating and interesting speaker.

Our June  guest will be Camille More. Camille is from a travel agency and will be speaking to us about being organised when travelling, and so much more.  Just about everyone is ready to get out there again after so many restrictions.       

Don’t forget about our May 26th outing to Roma Street Parklands. We will enjoy organised tours of the gardens and have a lunch at the Garden Cafeteria or if you would prefer you can bring your own picnic lunch. Further June outings include morning tea at The Farm, Wellington Point on 16th June at 10.00 am. As well as lunch at Macleay Island Bowls Club on 23rd June at 10.30am 

There is the QA02Zone conference at The Newnham Hotel on 24th June  at 10.30am.  For any additional information please contact the committee members above.

Our June lunch meeting will be held on June 9th at the Redlands Sporting Club. Hope to see you all there and bring along a guest if you are able.

Easter Bonnets for April


2022 April Update

Our luncheon meeting for April was a great success. Members and guests enjoyed an interesting and fun time together.  We celebrated Easter with an Easter Bonnet competition and had a wonderful time with our guest speaker Thresa White.

Thresa came to us from Heart Fit and was a wealth of information concerning health and fitness as we age. Almost everyone got up with her to exercise and dance to some really great music..

Next months guest speaker will be Andrew Campbell from Hearing and Brain Health. This should also be an interesting topic to look forward to.

Outings this month included morning tea at The Farm, Wellington Point, on the 21st April and lunch at Elysium Cafe, Victoria Point, on the 28th April.

In May we hope to have an outing to Roma Street, Parklands, which promises to be a fun day for all.   Another planned outing will include coffee and a chat at Arabica Cafe, from 10.00am  on the 19th May.

Just remember that Zone Conference (QA02) will be held at the Newham Hotel on the 24th June.   Our next luncheon meeting will be on the 12th May.  Hope to see you all there.


St Patrick's Day

2022 March

Happy Saint Patricks day to you for the seventeenth. 

Unfortunately members were unable able to hold the normal February meeting, although some members did manage to met for an informal lunch.  This meant that March became our first meeting for 2022, and of-course our all important A.G.M. which was well attended by members as well as seven guests, who were welcomed on the day.

We were fortunate to have included in our guests, our National Councillor Robin, who presented the Committee with their badges after they were sworn into office.

Robin also spoke of the early days of The Smith Family as well as where we are today with the Learning For Life students, which was very interesting.

Our Club has increased the numbers of students that we sponsor this year and it is a great pleasure to be able to contribute to this wonderful work. As you will no doubt see from some of our photos that we celebrated St. Patricks day at our luncheon meeting. This was great fun with some very funny Irish jokes thrown in. 

The March outing will be lunch at The Farm at Wellington Point on Wednesday 23rd March at 11.30am, and it would be lovely to see you there, as all are welcome; so bring some friends  for good company, food and fun.....


2021 December



Christmas Celebrations

As the year of 2021 comes to an end, so do our meetings and outings for our club for the year.

We finished the year with a Christmas bang.  All of our members entered into the spirit of the day, dressing up and accessorising beautifully and participating in the Secret Santa fun, and some great quizzes to test our grey matter, it was truly a fun time .

We were fortunate enough to have wonderful entertainment for the day.  Liam Waldock, an amazing young man was kind enough to give of his precious time and extraordinary talent to perform for our members.  Liam is a beautiful young local man with a singing voice that holds you captivated from start to finish. We can’t thank him enough for sharing his time and his talent with us.

Next year we start off in January on Thursday 13th with a casual lunch at Cleveland RSL. Our first meeting in February will be our A.G.M.

On behalf of our members we would say a big thank-you to our President Jean who always puts in 110% effort for our club.

Sending our best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas season to all.

Hope to see new members as well as old in the upcoming year with some great plans already in place.

Until then stay safe and  happy.




Quilts of Valour

  Eight members at the Zone Christmas and Friendship Celebration


Amazing Guest Speaker: Aosthie         


2021 November

2021 is rapidly drawing to a close.   This year has gone by so quickly and has been packed with activities for our Club, with the month of November hosting some wonderful get togethers for members and guests.

With 11th November being Remembrance Day, we were fortunate enough to have our monthly luncheon meeting on the day.  Our Diggers were honoured in several ways that day, and it was such a privilege to do so.

Our very special guest speakers, and fittingly so, were Barbara and Bill Kenny from an organisation known as Quilts of Valour.  This incredible group of volunteers make and distribute beautiful hand made quilts to our past and serving forces. These quilts have been a source of comfort for many men and women and also their children. Barbara and Bill also offer a listening ear to the Veterans who have had traumatic experiences.

Quilts of Valour started in America but has quickly spread to Australia and so far more than 3,000 quilts have been presented to our diggers or their children. Barbara and Ken kindly gave us a demonstration of how they present these quilts with two of our members and it was very moving with a few damp eyes in the room.  Also at that meeting Lyn again read out a touching letter from one of our sponsored students.

Eight of our members attended our Zone Christmas and Friendship celebration at The Village Yeronga on the 26th November with lots of fun and plenty of laughter.  A guest speaker from the Smith Family spoke and gave us some valuable information regarding VIEW and the students we all sponsor.

Our Zone Councillor had organised a special guest speaker for the day, but she was unable to attend. Lerlene arranged for one of the Village residents to take over as the speaker at the last moment. This was incredibly kind of Aosthie to step in, and what an amazing lady, so very  interesting and easy to listen to. Thank you Aosthie for filling this role at the last minute.

Next month of course, is our Christmas Celebration.  This promises to be a lot of fun so come along and bring some friends so that they can have the opportunity to learn more about us, and VIEW.

See you all then for the last meeting of 2021.


Outings with Friends



Adventurous October 2021

A very different experience for our monthly meeting for October.  Members arrived as usual at the Redlands Sporting Club to find locked doors and people milling around outside.  As we waited a staff member informed us that unfortunately their electrical transformer had blown up  and they had to wait for Energex to replace it {and of course it took the whole day} so that was that and no meeting for us. Quite a lot of members {never daunted} all then went to a nearby café for lunch. Always adventures to be had in VIEW .

Our bus trip to Vend Markets was a huge success. Everyone had a lovely day and delicious lunch.  Our driver was very entertaining doubling as a magician  as well as driver.  October also saw us at the local R.S.L. for a Saturday  afternoon high tea and as always a great time of friendship with members and guests.

November meeting on the 11th and we will give time and thought to all our diggers in remembrance of the sacrifices made for us all.

Our guest speaker for November will be from an association  known as Quilts of Valour.   This wonderful group make and donate quilts to  our service men and women so more about that after the meeting.

We look forward to our November lunch meeting and hope to welcome guests and friends who missed out in October.


National and Regional News


Moreton Bay 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.

Moreton Bay VIEW Club

VIEW Merchandise Christmas Sale 2022

Up to 50% off.

Moreton Bay 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.