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

Club News


Wednesday, March 24 – Tram ride to Port Melbourne, stroll along the foreshore and lunch at Delish Fish.

Tuesday, 6 April – Next coffee morning will be at Melissa’s Café, 63 Parker Street, Lower Templestowe at 10.00 am.

Tuesday, 20 April – Luncheon Meeting. Guest speaker will be Lyn Geer. Topic – The Smith Family through Covid.


Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.

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.


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

National and Regional News


Doncaster VIEW Club

Area VA Luncheon

It was a Celebration day for so many things VIEW! Outgoing Zone Councillors, Sandi Muntisov (VA01 and VA03) and Lyn Peters (VA02) organised a lunch at The Shoppingtown Hotel in Doncaster for members of the three areas.

Doncaster VIEW Club

Two new clubs for Victoria

Meetings were planned for Wednesday, 13th November 2019. 10.30 for 11.00am and the Venue Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club, 26 Surf Beach Road, Ocean Grove *** Point LonsdaleThursday 17th October 2019. Check linked poster for further details.

Doncaster VIEW Club

2019 Area VA Gala

Members from Zones VA01, VA02 and VA03 attended the 2019 VA Gala at The Karralyka Centre in Ringwood. It may have been a rainy day outside but it was sunshine inside as the room buzzed with the excitement of a wonderful day of friendship, learning and fun.


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.