A valued part of The Smith Family

Runaway Bay VIEW Club


Runaway Bay VIEW Club was formed in 1993.

Runaway Bay VIEW Club has 100 enthusiastic members who support 16 Learning for Life Students through The Smith Family Program. 

Approximately 58 members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Parkwood Tavern, Parkwood, 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 is for social trips; we go on bus trips, hold fashion parades, boat trips Theatre nights, etc.

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: Parkwood Tavern Cnr Olsen & Wintergreen Drives, Parkwood Qld 4214
  • 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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Parkwood Tavern Cnr Olsen & Wintergreen Drives, PARKWOOD, QLD 4214

Club News

Meet Our 2023 Committee

Photo L-R Dulcie Valentine-Publicity; Denise Fazekas-Vice President; Kerri Smith-Treasurer;  Lyn Drew-President; Judy Wood-student liaison; Julie Bell-Secretary; Susan Garrett-Assistant Treasurer. 

2023 Fashion Fundraiser


Our lovely models at the April Fashion Parade

Enjoying The Event

April 2023

Our April end of the month function is one of our major events of the year, raising some of the necessary funds we need to fund our Learning for Life students.

Rebecca graciously offered her home for the event. Our hard working committee provided a lovely luncheon and refreshments.


Welcome New Members in April 2023

Glitter and Kaftans

Shining In April 2023 

The theme for our April luncheon was Glitter and Kaftans, At our new venue The Parkwood Tavern.

The ladies certainly did not disappoint. Colorful garments everywhere.  A very fun day

Supporting Others


Guest Speaker April 2023

Our guest speaker for the month of April pictured here with Pres. Lyn, was Deb Digby from Support the Girls, an organization which provides amenities for ladies who would otherwise not have the benefit of such things we often take for granted.  

As a result of Deb’s visit we will be collecting various amenities to be presented at our May luncheon.

St Patrick's Day

Celebrations in 2023

Our St. Patrick’s Day theme at our March meeting brought heaps of color green and orange of course.

None more colorful than Judy (Student Liaison) for our Club. Judy gave us a brief which included delightful messages from our young students and of course the status quo with regard to all our students.


New Members Welcomed in 2023

New members Deb and Judy receive their welcome pack from President Lynn and Vice President Denise.

Thank you Rebecca


Pres Lyn presenting Rebecca a certificate of appreciation for her tireless efforts through the years.

Welcome Meagan


2023 March

Members were delighted to engage Meagan Norris an extraordinary crime writer, as our guest speaker for our March 2023 meeting. We were spell-bound beginning to end, as Meagan regaled us with her own biography that brought her from the UK to Australia and subsequently gave us an insight to her research of more than a dozen publications, most notably Out of the Ashes and The Messiah’s Bride.

We hope to welcome Meagan to our Club again.

Farewell 2022




Christmas Luncheon

A very colorful and fun filled day as we farewelled 2022 with joy and gratitude. Our HOPE and anticipation are that 2023 will bring to all good health and more fun times to share.


2022 Christmas Gift Wrapping

Runaway Bay, Oxenford/Coomera and Surfers Paradise View Club ladies, (pictured below) among others on various shifts over the Christmas period, fronted up to the task of gift wrapping for hours. With everyone pitching in over $12,000 was raised.


Christmas Celebrations


2022 December

Our Christmas party in December was held at Sea-World Nara resort.

The Seafood Buffet et al was overwhelming. So lovely to see so many members and friends catching up at this cheerful festive time.

Gala Celebrations


2022 October

The Gala dinner held in October on the Gold Coast was a roaring success with Qld clubs represented from far and wide. It was also a bonus to have some of our ladies partners joined us that evening.

Heaps of prizes stalls and brilliant entertainment.



Spring High Tea

2022 October

Members and guests enjoyed a delightful High Tea at Seaworld Nara resort on the Gold Coast on the 28th of October this year, with lovely prizes and fabulous auctions. The room was abuzz with lots of fun.

Our organizers Ilma Lee and Susan Johnson ensured everyone had a great time.

The lovely Mariana Earrings were won by Kerri’s highest bid and the wonderful Seaworld Nara Resort Voucher (Valued at $500) was won by Kathy, pictured with Ilma and Susan.


Hippie Magic



2022 October Meeting

The Happy Hippie theme for our October luncheon rekindled memories for  many of our members seen here in a kaleidoscope of color. A fun trip down memory lane.

Our guest speaker for the day Dr. Louise Robertson (of Coastal Eye Surgeons) judged the Best and the Fairest dressed of the day, who was Sue.

Carnival of Flowers

“A small sample of the magical displays we were treated to during our visit to the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba”. 


2022 October Outing

Despite the not so favorable weather, sixty members and guests boarded a bus to Toowoomba to wander through the magnificent Carnival of flowers. Nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of this group. A lovely day was skillfully organized by Sue and our trusty driver.


Mad Hatters Fun

2022 September

An absolutely mad and delightful day was had by all the ladies attending the Mad Hatters event at the September Luncheon meeting. 

Some very impressive and imaginative creations as seen in these photos brought peels of laughter and  heaps of fun. So many deserving contestants, one in particular caught the judge's eye.



Susan pictured with her prize for best Mad Hat for the day. 

 New Members Welcomed In 2022



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. 

National and Regional News


Runaway Bay VIEW Club

VIEW is coming to.... Gladstone

We need your help! VIEW Clubs are looking to develop a new club in the Gladstone area. To help us, we are asking you to provide us with your contacts, friends, relatives etc in Gladstone or the surrounding areas who may be interested in joining or helping form a VIEW Club in Gladstone.

Runaway Bay VIEW Club

Black Pepper Scarf

Runaway Bay VIEW Club

VIEW National Convention 2022 highlights

VIEW members from across Australia came together in Adelaide for three wonderful days of inspirational speakers, VIEW celebrations, learning, socialising and having fun!


Events Calendar

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

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.