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 October 4:  A friendly morning of coffee and chat at Melissa’s Café, 63 Parker Street, Lower Templestowe at 10.00 am.

Tuesday October 18:  Doncaster VIEW Club Luncheon Meeting at the Manningham Club at 11.00 am.  The theme for our trading table will be Make, Bake & Grow.  All contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday October 25:  Bunnings Doncaster will be hosting a craft session for our members at 10.30 am.  The activity will be Make Christmas Decorations.


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.


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.

National and Regional News


Doncaster VIEW Club

2019 Area VA Bunnings May VIEW Promotions

May 2019 Stephanie, on behalf of Thomastown Bunnings presented Sandi Muntisov, National Councillor Area VA, with 20 yellow pots of yellow and orange violas as well as a $50 Bunnings voucher.

Doncaster VIEW Club

2019 May VA01

Eighteen members from three VA01 VIEW Clubs, Heidelberg, Banyule and Plenty Valley headed off together to the magnificent Mallee-Wimmera area of Victoria. The main focus of the trip was to view the amazing silo art that has been created over the past three or so years

Doncaster VIEW Club

2019 International Women's Day Kooyong

On 7th March 143 VIEW members and guests attended the Kooyong Tennis Centre to celebrate International Women's Day and hear how we can ≠Balance for Better. Some of the guests had travelled from Wodonga and Bendigo. National Vice President Annette Schlafrig delivered the Executive address.


Events Calendar

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