A valued part of The Smith Family

Runaway Bay VIEW Club


Runaway Bay VIEW Club was formed in 1993.

Runaway Bay VIEW Club has 86 enthusiastic members who support 15 Learning for Life Students through The Smith Family Program. 

Approximately 58 members meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Dublin Docks Hotel Restaurant, at Harbour Town for lunch and to hear interesting guest speakers or participate in an event and enjoy each other’s company. 

The last Friday of each month we go on bus trips, hold fashion parades, boat trips Theatre nights.

We always welcome new members so if you would like to make new friends and support the Learning for Life Program – helping Aussie kids with their education whilst having fun.


To find out more phone President Lyn on: 

  • 0403 486 432 


  • Meeting Day:  2nd Tuesday each month 
  • At: 11.30 am for 12 noon
  • Where: Dublin Docks restaurant, Harbour Town 
  • Cost: $35.00 for a 2 course lunch (choice of 4 meals - 2 desserts) includes a glass of wine and raffle tickets. 




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Harbour Town Drive , HARBOUR TOWN, QLD 4216

Club News

2022 Runaway Bay VIEW Club Committee


2022 National Convention

An obviously wonderful time was had by all at the National Convention with members from far and wide finally able to Celebrate 60 years of VIEW.

Heaps of fun with various themes starting with Wine, Women and Song




Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood

The event continued with a Gala evening, Hollywood Style!  Glitz and glamour throughout with a clever nostalgic theme.  The " stars" of our club did shine.


Masked Mufti Day Fun

A room full of colorful masks at our August Luncheon meeting added heaps of fun and frivolity on the day. Some very clever creations.



2022 August Luncheon

Trivia Rules




August 2022

A hugely successful evening at Salecia Waters Recreation Club recently was enjoyed by more than eighty members and guests at a fun filled Trivia event; skillfully organized by Sue our Trivia Queen. 

Sue and her helpers put together trivia quests and other games with prizes, raising $2,000 for our Smith Family students that evening. A good time was had by all who attended. 



Bastille Day Celebrations

2022 July

Members went all out on the French themed luncheon for July.

Our esteemed Guest speaker, Professor Roley Sussex (pictured Below), enlightened us on the subject of linguistics and the role we share with others when we learn a new language.

The tables were filled with heaps of colour, fun and frivolity.




A sincere Thank you:

Pyjamas and Blanket Donations for Homeless Women and Children. 
Once again our members generosity was overwhelming. The Salvation Army gratefully received our donations and will distribute same to homeless women and children.
They were especially grateful because there are even more homeless families after the floods earlier this year.
Many women are sleeping in their cars while their children are sleeping at relatives or friends homes...Relief programs unfortunately move very slowly!


Lunch With Friends



2022 June

An the end of June lunch with friends was enjoyed by all at a local Main Beach restaurant. The sumptuous comestibles were a surprise and delight. 

Birthday Celebrations

Shirley, one of our newest members did the honors of cutting the cake.  A lovely day was enjoyed by all. 




2022 May

Members and guests helped celebrate our Club's 29th Birthday.  It was great to have some of our long time members returning for this occasion, including one of our previous Presidents, Vicki, pictured with two of our long standing members, Jacquie and Carole.

Lots of activities on the day.  Our MEGA Raffle brought lots of smiles for the winners pictured  with their prizes. We were also thoroughly entertained by our consummate guest speaker Rod Preston who's presentation on the history of Australia Post was filled with humour and genuine facts. 

Getting Creative

Guest Speakers for April were Deanne and Ian Edwards, a recently retired couple of Special Educators now producing a variety of creations in millinery and furnishings with a unique flair.
The collage of photos below showcases a small sample of Ian and Deanne's work,  displayed on the day. The WOW factor was quite audible.   

2022 April

Our Easter themed April Luncheon meeting brought together a roomful of colourful outfits with some very creative Easter bonnets.  You can see the variations in the photo of the ladies lined up for the parade.

Best bonnet went to Gwyneth (featured at the centre).  Second prize to Katherine for her Peter Rabbit pink top hat.  Wonderful effort from all the ladies  All the creations deserve a mention.


Seafood Cruise in March 2022

Members and their guests enjoyed a glorious day out on the water with Sea World Cruises; so fortunate with the weather.  On the Boat Cruise we were well looked after by Skipper Michael and his wonderful crew June, Zoe, Lahsha and Craig. The seafood spread was excellent which matched the service.

Getting to Know Members



Learning about Hearing Loss

As part of our program this year we have decided to introduce a getting to know you interview activity, where we invite members to tell us a bit about themselves in order to get a snapshot of their life story.

A set of pre-set questions is given to each person to make the process easier for the interviewee. This month the interviewees pictured were Christine, Ilma, Val and Katherine.

We were regaled with facts, anecdotes and humour, and hope to continue with this activity in months to come.

In addition Val introduced our delightful Guest Speaker Dr Andrew Campbell, who spoke to us on the benefits of correcting hearing loss early. He advocates that Loss of Hearing can Rob the Mind.  That was certainly food for thought.


Helping Others

Trolley after trolley were loaded for delivery to the Flood Relief centre.  Two large trucks carrying approximately 2,000 grocery, food, care packages every day were delivered to numerous evacuation and Community support centres.

Our Club is very proud to have been part of that effort.


2022 March

Shown in this photo is but a fraction of the enormous result in our efforts to support the community of Lismore during this months disastrous floods.

At the instigation of our Club Secretary Annette and President Lyn the response was overwhelming from our members. The truckloads were delivered by Annette and her husband Ivan as well Lyn and her husband Gary to a charity called Love this City. Lyn said, they were extremely well organized and most grateful for our donations.


2022 February

Our club opened the new year with an interesting theme.

As Australia Day had already passed it was decided we should still have an opportunity to celebrate our culture as well as other cultures and people that we welcome officially on Australia Day.  Hence the variation of colours and costumes in this edition of our website.

2021 Christmas

Closing 2021 with the memory of a mammoth task undertaken by members of Zone01 of Christmas Gift Wrapping, as a community event. 

An event which helps to top up the coffers from the generous donations of the shoppers who entrusted their precious parcels for us to wrap. 

A huge thank-you to those ladies who volunteered their precious time despite their own busy schedules. 


Photo above L-R:  Gail (Robina VIEW); Pam; and Suzie (Southport VIEW)


Zone Gift Wrapping

Christmas Celebrations

2021 December

Another extraordinary year comes to an end. Happily we have proven that even COVID-19 can't dampen our determination to achieve our goals in raising the much needed funds to support our Learning for Life students.

President Lyn gave thanks to Committee and Members for their hard work, enthusiasm and support.  Secret Santa parcels of all shapes and sizes got the room buzzing with excitement.  And of course Sue M provided more comic relief, leaving us in good humour at end of the day. 

We close this year by wishing everyone never-ending happiness and good health this Christmas and New Year.




Entertainment, Prizes, and More



2021 December 

A lovely evening was enjoyed by all who attended the Runaway Bay Christmas dinner with partners, family and friends. We were entertained by the amazing young soloist Jack Watson whose repertoire spans Motown to classical music.

Leigh (daughter of Narelle Millikin, one of our longest serving members) was thrilled to win the enormous hamper on the night.  And as a special opportunity for the club a golfing package was auctioned and won by guest Les Sutton, and presented by President Lyn.   Included in the golfing package (that was auctioned) was a signed Greg Norman polo shirt.











 Notable among the participants are two fun loving "Nonagenarians" with extraordinary energy and style, seated with Peggy Scanlon and Val Waters who are standing. 

2021 Q01 End of Year Event

Q01 annual end of year get together of the southeast Zone Qld Clubs pre-Christmas event.

Photo showing Evelyn Berg, the incoming 2022 National Vice President of VIEW, speaking on the History of VIEW from its inception via the Smith Family.






2021 November - Melbourne Cup

The Runaway Bay VIEW ladies never run out of themed events.

At the November lunch/meeting the theme was Melbourne cup. Clever and snappy was the result, as the photos will attest.

We also welcomed a new member on the day, Kerrie Jarvie was presented with her welcome pack by Pres Lyn Drew.



2021 Fashion Parade

"A lovely orchid was presented to our hostess Rebecca on the day of the Fashion Parade with thanks from all of us."

A great day was enjoyed by all" while raising the much needed funds for our students.



2021 October Halloween

Members and guests at the October Halloween themed luncheon.

A great deal of fun and friendship on that day. 











2021 October Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

A most successful month of events this October starting with our most lucrative event the ever popular "Bunnings Sausage Sizzle". Thanks to the team of helpers you see here, plus Annette Jackson and Kerri Smith in the a.m. brought an excellent result for our club.

We even extended drive by service. True! See photo....


Random Snaps of the tables laden end to end with food and happy members and guests.

More Happy members and guests.

More smiles

Cheers and thanks to the organizers.



Looking forward to the next happy event.


2021 September

Sue Meredith and Evelyn Berg welcome our guest speaker Karen Newbury, State Manager APT who gave us some wonderful travel itineraries with bargains and benefits to our members.

Vice president Denise Fazekas and the new National Vice President Evelyn Berg welcome two new members to our club, (left) Robin Marquis and (right) Carol Janke.


Member Jean Appleyard receives the Lucky Door prize on the day

Members Susan Johnson and Ilma Lees organise and host a fabulous High Tea for all, at Palmer Colonial Club House, Robina, at the end of September.




Christine Daley-spreads Sunshine every month,  presenting every member celebrating a birthday with a delicate hanky.
Christine also spreads her sunshine on occasions when our members need it most. Sad or happy occasions her smile lights up a room. 

Dulcie Valentine- our Raffles Queen 

2021 August - Denim and Lace Day

Whether you dressed up or down on "Denim & Lace" day it was another fun filled day at Runaway Bay VIEW. 
In these trying times uncertainty does not defeat our amazing team.


Val Hoven went all out with her Denim jacket



On the terrace enjoying the outdoors are Pauline, Gigi and Katie

The smiling faces of Dale, Mary and Jean

Also Mary Gigi are all smiles

 Sue and Nancy enjoy the sunshine 



2021 Christmas in July

Christmas in July was a colourful and joyous celebration for all the members and guests.

Even with some restrictions we filled the room and poured outside to enjoy a most beautiful sunny day.


Val Hoven receives her membership welcome pack from Pres Lyn

Following are tables full of colour and Christmas joy after receiving individually wrapped ginger breads made by our clever Pres Lyn.


National and Regional News


Runaway Bay VIEW Club

QA 02 Zone Conference 2022

QA Zone Conference and celebration of The Smith Family Centenary was held on Friday 24th June at Newnham Hotel Mt Gravatt Brisbane.

Runaway Bay VIEW Club

VIEW Executive E-News March 2022

Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!

Runaway Bay VIEW Club

Message from NVP Evelyn

While I was up in Maryborough on the weekend I caught up with the members from Maryborough,


Events Calendar

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