Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club was formed in 2017.
Currently the Club sponsors two 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.
- Meeting Day on 2nd Tuesday each month at 10am
- Keysbourgh Golf Club
- Francine on 0419 303 331
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up to date with what is happening around the club.
Dingley Cheltenham Opens
Dingley Cheltenham opened after 2 years of diligent work by VIEW's Victorian Development Team on 11 May 2017
The day was marked with members of VIEW from around the South Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula & Gippsland area.
Dingley Cheltenham looks forward to joining "the family" and is planning its first fundraising endeavour.
Award Winning Author
Different women, one view. How awesome is that!
I was invited as the author of "Pickle to Pie" and "Something Missing" to be the guest speaker at the VIEW Dingley Cheltenham inaugural luncheon at the Keysborough Golf Club, Victoria, Australia. I decided to talk about how I became a novelist and my academic journey as a mature student from VCE to PhD.
After receiving the invitation the first thing I did was to learn as much as I could, via the internet, about this amazing group of talented women. However, I was not prepared for the genuine welcome and friendliness of everyone there. Edna, Jennie and Kath, all from different VIEW clubs and part of the Development Team, plus the National President, Gwen Wilton took me under their wing. We laughed, shared stories and I learnt first hand about the many projects they embraced. So many wonderful women, all with a story to tell.
I soon understood that VIEW was an acronym for voice, interests and education of women.
It is a national women’s organisation with 16,000 members in 320 communities exclusively supporting the educational charity The Smith Family. I’m sure most people have seen the television advertisement currently showing the way people can support disadvantaged school children.
VIEW members believe that every child deserves a chance and they live by Mother Teresa’s belief in the joy of giving a gift when there is no chance of any return. Members sponsor students, fund-raise, volunteer and advocate to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged Australian children and young people. VIEW members support the community based ‘Learning for Life’ program and are proud to enable better futures for young Australians.
As Australia’s largest children’s educational charity, The Smith Family provides targeted educational support for disadvantaged students. There are 34,000 students in Australia currently supported by The Smith Family
As an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) scholarship recipient for my PhD at Swinburne University I know only too well what a scholarship can mean to a student. It makes you feel as if some group has faith in you as a person, not only to deliver a 100,000 word thesis but also that your work will add to the sum of human knowledge. Someone cares enough to back you financially for three years. You are not alone. Someone is supporting you and your passion. For a mature aged woman student it makes you stand tall and in my male orientated world, money speaks louder than words.
VIEW’s pledge is to promote the interest of VIEW, extend friendship to all and to help those in need. One student, William Nguyen, was identified as needing assistance and with VIEW support is currently studying at Monash University. His story of growing up in a single parent home with three younger brothers in Sunshine and the importance of being supported and helped over the years was inspiring. He was such a humble, intelligent young man. I can see him going far in his chosen career.
This day was a celebration. The newly formed Dingley – Cheltenham Group had the twenty-five members needed to form their own VIEW group and were being inducted into the VIEW family. There was even an amazing colour coordinated cake.
Each new member was called forward to the podium, received their VIEW badge, shook hands with the National President of VIEW and smiled for the camera. The group photo will surely find its way into the magazine, VIEW Matters a 16-page magazine published for VIEW members.
After a delicious meal it was time for me to talk about how I never thought about becoming a writer until a twist of fate uncovered a passion that changed my direction at University from Sociology to Creative Writing. I shared with them my delight when my PhD novel, "Something Missing" was published by the London based MadeGlobal Publishing. From there I talked about the joys and pitfalls of returning to study as a mature aged student and the impact of being awarded an APA doctorate scholarship to further my research into epistolary fiction. How the scholarship meant I could complete my academic journey, achieve my doctorate degree and add to the sum of human knowledge.
I could also promote my books and pass on where to buy a copy of "Something Missing".
In December "Something Missing" was published by Madeglobal Publishing.com
VA Thanks Anne Marmion
Anne Marmion joined The Smith Family in 2006. She has led the Southern Metro Learning for Life team. This has been across some of Victoria's most disadvantaged communities - Collingwood and Dandenong.Read more...
2018 VA Gala
The 2018 VA Gala was held on Thursday 21st June at Karralyka Centre Ringwood Vic. 160 VIEW members, VIEW dignitaries and visitors enjoyed a fantastic day which had the theme "If you are happy and you know it"! Everyone wore their happy colours to brighten the shortest day of the year.Read more...
VA01 Trip to Portarlington
May 2018 A lovely day was had by all thirty-two ladies from the Eltham, Greensborough and Heidelberg VIEW Clubs on their combined trip to Portarlington.Read more...
WA State Conference
The idea of holding a Development Conference is to spread the word about VIEW and The Smith Family to a wider audience in WA, as well as give local women and those new to VIEW the opportunity to attend a “Convention-like” event.
VIEW National Convention 2019
Save the Date for National Convention 2019