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 February 1:  Our popular morning tea at the Stonehouse Café Restaurant, 321 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte.

Tuesday February 8:  A friendly morning of coffee and chat at Melissa’s Café, 63 Parker Street, Lower Templestowe at 10.00 am.

Tuesday February 15:  Doncaster VIEW Club Luncheon Meeting at the Manningham Club at 11.00 am.  This will be our Annual General Meeting.  Enter through the front entrance and proof of double vaccination is required.

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.













Maree’s granddaughter wrote a poem whilst learning from home.


Well, we are stuck at home.
Yes, you could say we are not alone.

This virus has only caused trouble
Being forced to stay home makes it double.

Life right now is quite so dim.
But not is all lost, we must fill our appreciation to the brim.

Life is good, There’s no doubt about
We must find a way to cure the pout.

But what is there to do?
I have a clue.

Take a walk in the bush. Take a cook in the kitchen.
Take a look at a book.

There so much for you.
As there is so much to do.

Now our lives have changed at this present moment.
However our happiness can grow. 
Even in a time when people don't know.

Things can go badly.
Things can go great.

It’s all about how much you appreciate.

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Shirley’s son lives in London and sent these lovely photos from his walk near Buckingham Palace to show Springtime in the UK and one of the Queen’s swans.

Great Meatloaf Recipe from Liz


Great “Brain Teaser” from Val


(The letters are found next to each other and all sentences are solvable).

Identify the fruit from the given statement EG:  Did you see a man go by?  (Mango)

  1. He found his home lonely after his dog’s death.
  2. One dare not rob an Anaconda of its prey.
  3. The crook made his escape armed with a gem.
  4. She told her uncle money was what she needed more.
  5. If I go out now, I shall miss my cousin.
  6. Either courage or anger made him move swiftly.
  7. The beggar held out his cap pleading for money.
  8. The English teacher Ryan teaches French too.
  9. He saw his papa yawning at work.
  10. He had kept on his lap a lump sum of money.
  11. Are classes for Telugu available in this city?
  12. It is easy to shape a child rather than a man?
  13. He is an extremely cheesy guy.
  14. Can I wear a khaki with a black shirt?

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Answers to “Brain Teaser”

1. Melon 2. Banana 3. Pear 4. Lemon 5. Fig 6. Orange 7. Apple 8. Cherry 9. Papaya 10. Plum 11. Guava 12. Peach 13. Lychee 14. Kiwi  


A photo of Jan’s latest amazing costume creation - an Elizabethan ruff collar.







 Photo below:  The lovely Trading Table Ladies at the GIANT book sale


2020 February

Early February we enjoyed the annual get-together at the Stonehouse Cafe, Warrandyte.  Members enjoyed morning tea out on the balcony overlooking the bush setting.  It is always a great start to a New Year.

The first luncheon for the year was the AGM and most of the committee positions for 2020 were filled.  The theme was Chinese New Year, the Year of the White Rat.  Placemats showed predictions for a successful 2020 and fortune cookies provided meaningful sayings for the future. 

The guest speaker was an organ recipient. She told us of her health leading up to the discovery that she required a new liver.  The transplant has given her quality of life and she is very grateful to the organ donor.  She gave us very informative brochures and her talk encouraged us to have a discussion with our families and hopefully sign up.  The brochure shows www.donatelife.gov.au as the contact or to register go to humanservices.gov.au/organdonor.

A very generous donation of some beautiful coffee table books were received.  Members have also been very generous bringing along books for the trading table.  Hence, at the February luncheon meeting a GIANT book sale was held.  A big thank you to all who contributed books and to those who purchased.


National and Regional News


Doncaster VIEW Club

2021 Resolutions

Resolution votes were tallied resulting in all three resolutions being carried.

Doncaster VIEW Club

Announcement - VIEW National Executive 2022-23

We have pleasure in announcing the VIEW National Executive 2022-23 which would normally have been announced at National Convention.

Doncaster VIEW Club

Purple Poncho Photo Competition Results

There were 64 entries which saw a fifth category Ponchos in Iso added with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and due to the number of entrants Fun and Frivolous was divided into separate categories. Congratulations to all entrants.


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.