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 10.15am



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1 Thompsons Road, BULLEEN, VIC 3105

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation and in line with the directive from VIEW National Executive, Doncaster VIEW Club has cancelled all meetings, outings and social functions for April, May and June. Keep safe.












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.


2019 December 

For our Christmas luncheon meeting we were entertained by “Sing Australia – Ringwood Branch”.  Members enjoyed audience participation and singing carols.

Our club received a very generous donation of a “monster” Christmas Hamper.  This hamper was our extra special Christmas raffle prize which raised a very significant amount to support our 12 Learning for Life students.



We visited the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, Melbourne to view an exhibition of “Wayward Women” plus a display depicting “Christmas in the 1920’s” with home-made decorations.  We enjoyed lunch at Treasury Cafe and a tour of the Fitzroy Gardens.



Photo above of Monster Hamper Raffle

Doncaster VIEW: The oldest club in Victoria

“Proud as a Peacock” was the theme for our special 36th Birthday meeting/luncheon.  Members came dressed in their proud peacock colours.  The tables were decorated accordingly and looked magnificent. 

Pictured (opposite) with our birthday cake is Hazel, an inaugural member of our club. 

Special entertainment was provided by Laurel McKenna, a singer and pianist.  She delighted us with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Doris Day, etc songs plus an early Christmas, Bing Crosby number.







Joffa Visits in October

The speaker for our October luncheon meeting was Jeff “Joffa” Corfe.  He shared his life story, his passion for Collingwood as a die-hard supporter and conveyed how the ”Yellow Victory Jacket” has changed his life.  He talked about the background behind his support of numerous charities and his generosity was very evident in regard to the amount of time that he dedicates to improving the quality of life for those less fortunate.

The outing for October was to the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville to view the array of portraits for the Archibald Prize.  Afterwards, a three course lunch was enjoyed at the RACV Club.


Delegate giving “Vote of Thanks” to Joffa

2019 September

The theme for our September luncheon meeting was “Footy Fever.”  Members proudly wore their AFL club colours and the tables were decorated accordingly.  Members were invited to bring along something that was very special or irreplaceable to them.  We enjoyed a short talk about each item plus, we were entertained with delightful family stories.

This month’s outing was to the Immigration Museum in Flinders Street.  It was extremely interesting with some members researching their family’s migration to Australia while others browsed the exhibits on display.  Lunch at the Oak & Vine restaurant in Market Street proved a winner with an excellent express lunch in a relaxed but busy CBD venue.




Items generously knitted and donated by our members for KOGO.

2019 August 

Our guest speaker at the Luncheon Meeting was Michelle, the daughter of one of our members.  Michelle spoke about her recent “Adventures in Antarctica” and included a powerpoint presentation of spectacular photographs.

A Trivia Fun Day was enjoyed at a member’s home.  There were lots of easy, fun questions and small prizes were awarded to the winning groups.  A light lunch was included.

2019 Christmas In July

We had our “Christmas in July” luncheon.  Our guest speaker was Adrian Dickens.  Members were enthralled with the slide show and presentation about “The Queen’s Private Diamonds.”

A group of members travelled to Bendigo to visit the Art Gallery to view the exhibition “Tudors to Windsors, Royal Portraits.”



Photos below and opposite from our Christmas In July luncheon


2019 June

Our June luncheon meeting was “Bring a Friend Day.”  The guest speaker was Phillip Johnson, Landscape Gardener and winner at the Chelsea Flower Show plus Phillip was also nominated as “Best in Show.” 

His PowerPoint presentation included magnificent gardens that he has created and photos of the winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

 Photo opposite: Our President with Phillip Johnson


2019 May

At our May luncheon meeting the guest speaker was James Nicolas who spoke about the Fairyland Cottage in Malmsbury Street, Kew.

A group of members travelled to Docklands to be in the audience of “Millionaire Hot-Seat” at Channel 9 for the recording of 3 sessions.



Easter in 2019

The guest speaker was Lyn Woods from Radio Eastern FM.  The topic was “Community Radio in the East.”

We visited the Carmelite Monastery in Kew, enjoyed morning tea, a stroll through the garden, a descriptive talk in the chapel and purchased Monastique cosmetics made by the sisters of charity.


National and Regional News


Doncaster VIEW Club

Registration now open - VIEW National Convention

The 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.

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People's Choice Credit Union Lottery

Lottery is now closed. Thank you to all those that participated.

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Wangi Wangi VIEW Club

After a delay due to COVID-19 restrictions Wangi Wangi VIEW Club (near Lake Macquarie) opened on 14 September. Thirty two new members were welcomed on the day with three new members joining.


Events Calendar

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

Sep 10

VIEW National Convention 2021

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 September 2021.