A valued part of The Smith Family

Doncaster VIEW Club


Doncaster VIEW Club was formed in 1983.

Currently, the Club sponsors twelve Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.

Our meetings are held at the Manningham Club, 1 Thompsons Road, BULLEEN.  We have a delicious two course lunch and listen to interesting informative guest speakers.  We attend coffee morning outings, in-house functions and MUCH MORE.  We would love you to join our friendly group.

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 3rd Tuesday each month
  • Held at The Manningham Club
  • Commencing 11.00 am with doors open at 10.15 am



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1 Thompsons Road, BULLEEN, VIC 3105

Club News

Upcoming Events 2022

Tuesday June 7:  A friendly morning of coffee and chat at Melissa’s Café, 63 Parker Street, Lower Templestowe at 10.00 am.

Tuesday June 21 :  Doncaster VIEW Club Luncheon Meeting at the Manningham Club at 11.00 am.  Our guest speakers will be from Angel Flight. The topic will be Pilots and Drivers.  Doors open at 10.15 am.  Enter through the front entrance and proof of double vaccination is required.


The Pink Ladies

Mothers Day May 2022


A fabulous luncheon meeting was enjoyed by all. 

It was Pink Day to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We were invited to wear pink or touches thereof. 

Our guest speaker was unable to attend so we had some fun activities instead. 

2022 Easter

At the April luncheon meeting we had a special theme for our trading table.  It was Make, Bake and Grow.  Members contributed home-made jams, chutneys, cakes, biscuits and potted plants.  The funds raised will go towards our Learning for Life students.  Members all wore the hats we made at Bunnings Doncaster, and Jan’s creation was chosen as the best Easter Bonnet. 

Our guest speaker was Sarah Glass.  Sarah’s talk was aimed at helping people to improve their health.  Sarah also talked about her wellness journey brought about by her scientific analysis of food and nutrition.  We then had the opportunity to purchase a copy of her very comprehensive book Love the Foods That Set you Free with it’s easy to follow information about eating nutritious food plus some delicious recipes.

Photos below L-R:  Jan’s “winning” Easter Bonnet; and guest speaker Sarah Glass


Easter 2022 At Bunnings

Liz, Lyn & Maree at the VIEW  'awareness'  table at Bunnings Doncaster

Creating Awareness


Bunnings Doncaster held an Easter Family Brunch with activities for children, reptile display, fairy floss, hot cross buns and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  They invited our club to have an awareness table showcasing Doncaster VIEW and including items for sale such as books.

Bunnings Doncaster generously donated two gift cards for us to raffle within our club at a later date to raise funds for the twelve Learning for Life students that our club sponsors.  The money raised from the sale of items at our awareness table will also assist in sponsoring our LfL students.

We are looking forward to membership enquiries resulting from our very successful day.

Easter Bonnet's on Show in March 2022

Our scheduled speaker had to postpone her talk until later in the year.  Hence, members enjoyed a fun Trivia Competition, additional time to find a treasure or bargain on the trading table and the opportunity to mingle and chat.

The new, recently opened Bunnings Store at Doncaster kindly organised a craft activity for our club.  Bunnings provided tea, coffee, biscuits, mini chocolate easter eggs, hat making kits and decorations to make an Easter Bonnet.  Bunnings staff member, Courtney, stepped us through the hat construction process and the members then decorated their creations with an amazing assortment of ribbons, bunny stickers, mini eggs, feathers, glitter glue etc.  A fabulous morning was enjoyed by all and our Easter Bonnets looked magnificent.


Members wearing their Easter Bonnets at Doncaster Bunnings Store.

2022 February Annual General Meeting

Doncaster VIEW's Annual General Meeting was held and a successful election was held of our 2022 Committee.

Club members’ birthdays were celebrated, also carried out was the presentation of Service Pins to Members, in recognition of those who have serviced 10 and 20 years.  

The trading table was back in action and numerous lovely raffle prizes were won.


2021 December

We had our Christmas luncheon meeting with beautifully decorated Christmas themed tables and traditional Christmas fare. 

Funds were raised for our Learning for Life students with raffle prizes for everyone.  Lots of goodies and Christmas gifts were purchased from our trading table.  

It was an exciting, fun-filled occasion, enjoyed by all in the lead-up to Christmas.


2021 November

Club members celebrated our 38th Birthday.  Several past presidents plus an inaugural member attended and we had individual cupcakes to celebrate the occasion. 

Lyn, our current president, told the members of her amazing special age birthday, in lock-down.  Family had arranged for Lyn to receive 57 video-link messages from friends and popular people, including footballers and a Channel 9 Newsreader. 

We held a special raffle and $2 meal deal to raise funds for our Learning for Life students.

Birthday Cupcakes


2021 September

Congratulations Heather for winning the 10th Prize in the VIEW National Convention 2021 Online Raffle.  Heather received a Black Pepper Gift Voucher for $150.

Quilters Raffle Drawn


Cynthia was the winner of the magnificent quilt generously donated by Jan on behalf of the members from North of the Yarra Quilters Guild.



2021 May

We had the voting on three VIEW Resolutions at our May Meeting plus our usual fun activities, eg Lucky Spot Prize, a member presenting a Viewpoint, drawing of the recipient for the Dollar Deal/free meal at the next meeting, Birthdays for the month acknowledgement and small gift, announcement of special anniversaries, congratulations on the birth of grandchildren, Pearls of Wisdom quote and drawing of raffle prizes.  This month we had an extra special raffle prize of a beautiful handmade quilt.  Tickets had been sold over the last few months and the proceeds will go towards sponsoring our Learning for Life students.

Members enjoyed a couple of outings.  The first was a leisurely stroll along the Yarra River from the Kew Boathouse, across Kane’s Swing Bridge to the nearby Golf Club café.  We enjoyed chatting over morning tea/lunch.  The second outing was to the Palace Balwyn Cinema for the screening of the new Australian movie June Again starring Noni Hazlehurst followed by lunch at the Republic of Letters Café.


2021 April

The Guest Speaker at our April luncheon meeting was Lyn Geer.  Lyn gave a very informative presentation on the topic How the Smith Family has coped during Covid.

The power point presentation included statistics and charts in relation to VIEW Clubs, sponsorship of  Learning for Life students, reaching more young Australians in need and providing long term support for their education.

The March/April outing was a Tram ride to Port Melbourne.  It was an opportunity for lots of talking and showing of photos on phones. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the foreshore of Sandridge Beach, a delicious lunch at D’Lish Fish and afternoon tea at a nearby Café.





Our amazing Raffle Ticket Ladies with a beautifully presented prize.


2021 March

At the March luncheon we held our Annual General Meeting.  All committee positions were successfully filled.  The members had a lovely time chatting and catching up.  

An outing was organised early in the month to the National Gallery Victoria to see the International Exhibition.




National and Regional News


Doncaster 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!

Doncaster VIEW Club

International Women's Day

Letter to VIEW Members in recognition of International Women’s Day and the ongoing support of VIEW from Doug Taylor, CEO The Smith Family.

Doncaster VIEW Club

Make a Spectacle Competition

Make a spectacle for you and your friends... as part of VIEW celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary of commitment to improving the lives of Australian children.


Events Calendar

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

Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.