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

Meet Our 2023 Committee pictured with Zone Councillor Hazel

Upcoming Events 2023

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

Wednesday March 8:  Lunch at Rivers at Yarrambat at 12.00 noon to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Tuesday March 21:  Doncaster VIEW Club Luncheon Meeting at the Manningham Club at 11.00 am.  Our Guest Speaker will be Lorraine Smith – topic Parchments and Scrolls.

February 2023 Annual General Meeting

Our first meeting for the year was our Annual General Meeting and elections were held to fill Committee positions for 2023.  Our guest speaker was Hazel Austin, our Zone Councillor.  Hazel gave an informative power-point presentation on the 2022 VIEW Convention held in Adelaide.  We enjoyed hearing about the various activities and entertainment organised.  The power-point presentation showed us an overview of photos taken at the event plus photos of guest speakers.

Earlier in the month, morning tea was organised at Stonehouse Café Restaurant, Warrandyte.  It was a great opportunity for our members to catch up after Christmas and New Year.

2022 December

This was our Christmas luncheon meeting.   Members came dressed in their Christmas outfits and everyone brought a Christmas gift for our raffle.  Hence, all members won a prize to take home.  Entertainment was provided by The Skylarkers.  We all very much enjoyed their repertoire which included numerous ABBA songs, some golden oldies and Christmas carols.

Earlier in the month Bunnings Doncaster held a night Christmas Market.  Lyn, Liz and Cheryl manned an information stall promoting Doncaster VIEW club.  We are hoping to attract new members from the enquiries and brochures that were handed out.  Funds were raised for our Learning for Life students from the sale of goods on our Information/Trading Table.


Rosemary's Stall

Late November, Rosemary held a plant stall at Tunstall Square Rotary Market.  During Covid, Rosemary kept busy potting plants, cacti, succulents and vegetables.  Rosemary’s plant stall was a great success and the money raised by her mighty effort was donated to our club for our Learning for Life students.  Each month Rosemary makes jams, chutney, cakes, slices and biscuits for selling on our Trading Table at our luncheon meetings.  Our club greatly appreciates her generous contributions and commitment towards the education of our Learning for Life students.



39th Birthday Celebrations


Inaugural members Myrene and Hazel with our President Lyn.


Our lovely “raffle ladies” with the magnificent array of prizes.

2022 November

Members celebrated our 39th Birthday with the theme Sparkle Day, and along with visitors were asked to come in their sparkling best.  It was a very special fun-filled occasion.  A giant raffle was organised, raising funds for our Learning for Life students.  The numerous prizes were generously donated by our members. 

The tables were magnificently decorated to celebrate our special day and we enjoyed individual birthday cup-cakes iced in VIEW mauve.  

Our guest speaker was Georgia, from Cabella Mia, topic A Scarf Affair.  Georgia gave a demonstration of scarf techniques and we enjoyed a fashion parade of beautiful wardrobe basics modelled by her daughter.


 Georgia from “Cabella Mia” demonstrating scarf technique with her daughter.




Susan, Lyn and Larraine with Bunnings lady.

 Jan making a Christmas stocking.


2022 October

The highlight of our October Luncheon Meeting was the “Make, Bake & Grow” trading table.  So many lovely contributions arrived: macadamia and cranberry slice, mint home-made chocolates presented in gold-rimmed teacups, fresh herbs and homegrown rhubarb, colourful crochet face-washers with soap enclosed, etc.  The trading table sales came to a total of $280 for our Learning for Life students. 

The funniest coincidences were the raffle being won by the provider of the raffle and the $2 luncheon deal drawn and won by the same person, who also won the month before.  She generously asked for a redraw. 

Five lucky ladies were seated in a row out the front and provided us with interesting facts about themselves – where they were born, favourite song and movie and most surprisingly, when asked if any had great-grandchildren, the reply was that most had at least one or two.

Late in October, an activity was held at Bunnings.  It was “Make a Christmas Ornament’ with morning tea and cake provided.   Many of those who attended made Christmas stockings, others painted Christmas boots and gnomes.  Some made sparkling baubles.  A wonderful morning was enjoyed by all with lots of chatter.

 Irene and Sandra decorating baubles.


VIEW Friendship

2022 September

Our outing of morning tea at the Stonehouse Café Restaurant, Warrandyte was a great success.  It is always a very popular venue with lots of friendship and chatter.  We enjoyed our morning tea/coffee which included the choice of a luscious warm scone with jam and cream or a delicious large muffin. Funds for our Learning for Life students were raised with a raffle of a beautifully presented Azalea pot plant.

September Meeting With Trivia

Members were invited to wear their Footy Colours to the September luncheon meeting. Our guest speaker was unable to attend so we had a Trivia competition.  Two tables of members came first and the prize was chocolates which were shared.  A couple of our members conveyed delightful stories of having met the late Queen Elizabeth II on one of her many visits to Australia and a member had the privilege of attending one of the Queen’s Garden Parties in the UK.

2022 Bunnings Fun Day

A very informative and fun day was held at Bunnings Doncaster.  Members were provided with a pot full of Herbs of, Oregano, Parsley, Chives and Pizza Thyme, which were planted out.  Courtney and Jaz answered some gardening problems that  members had with plants in their own gardens, which were being attacked!  We are all looking forward to garnishing our gourmet meals in a couple of months time.

Speaking Out


2022 August

Carolyn Pethnick was our August guest speaker.  She captured our interest right from the start, speaking from the heart, with no notes, giving story after story of the life she lead after enlisting as a 21 year-old female into the Victorian Police Force. 

Her 30 years in the Police Force certainly appeared to be To Hell and Back.  Discrimination against women was basically the theme throughout her talk.  She went into the Police Force intending to work diligently at every task asked of her but after 30 years of constant and blatant bias towards women, with promotions held back, false claims made against her and no support, she felt that she had no choice but to resign. 

Carolyn has now published a book and is in demand as a guest speaker.  She was a most enjoyable and worthwhile guest speaker, informative and thought provoking.

2022 Christmas In July

Members celebrated Christmas in July and enjoyed a special duo roast lunch of turkey and ham followed by a choice of plum pudding or fruit salad, and were entertained by the talented East City Sound Chorus, Capella Group

The joy of singing shone through each member of the Capella Group as they delighted us with their polished performance and well rehearsed  repertoire of beautiful songs in perfect pitch and harmony. 

Our ladies were also invited to join in singing some Christmas Carols together with the singers.  A happy day was enjoyed by all.


Celebrating Christmas In July 

2022 June

June guest speakers, Reg, a Pilot,  and Warren, an ex-Traffic Controller, were from Angel Flight and the topic was Volunteer Pilots and Drivers.  We learnt that Angel Flight is a charity that co-ordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment. 

Angel Flight started in Queensland in 2003 and receives no government funding.  85% of funds goes back into service.  There are 3300 pilots throughout Australia.  All services are free and mainly used by financially disadvantaged in rural areas.  Recipients must be referred by a GP.  Our members found the presentation very interesting and informative.


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.


National and Regional News


Doncaster VIEW Club

Embracing Equity in 2023

Three suffragettes greeted members of VA01 zone as they arrived for Heidelberg VIEW Club’s IWD celebration. Suzanne, Roz and Jenny proudly channelled the suffragettes of the past who fought for women’s right to vote. Members arrived wearing the colours of purple, teal and white; suffragist colours and also, fittingly, our VIEW colours. Like the suffragettes of old, VIEW women raise their voices for change for the common good.

Doncaster 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!

Doncaster VIEW Club

Re-purpose. Re-invent. Re-use.

VIEW’s 60th Anniversary commemorative Tea Towel with its retro design in our purple & teal colours, was inspired by one the first VIEW brochures developed in the 60’s. The Tea Towel also represented a collection of women from various eras reminiscent of the graphics of dress making patterns.


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.