A valued part of The Smith Family

Heidelberg VIEW Club


Heidelberg VIEW Club was formed in 1987.

Heidelberg VIEW Club is a unique club with a unique history.  We will celebrate our 35th Birthday in 2022

Our forty eight members are widespread across the Melbourne Northern suburbs, from Northcote to Reservoir, Doncaster to Ivanhoe. We enjoy many activities and events together in VIEW friendship while raising funds for our six Learning  for Life students.

Heidelberg VIEW Club meets at The Manningham Club in Bulleen on the second Wednesday of the month.

Members enjoy a delicious two-course meal after the meeting and a guest speaker on a wide range of topics. Heidelberg VIEW Club is a warm and friendly club.

We look forward to welcoming you as our newest member!  


  • Meeting Day on 2nd Wednesday each month
  • Heidelberg VIEW Club meets at The Manningham Club
    in Bulleen
  • At 11.30 am for 12 noon



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1 Thompsons Road, BULLEEN, VIC 3105

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Meet the 2022 Committee




2022 September

It was a very exciting month as four members headed off to the National Convention in Adelaide. President Elizabeth, Vice –President Roz, Welfare Officer Jenny and Programs Officer Suzanne enjoyed a wonderful weekend of learning, socialising, fun and reconnecting with other members.

The club celebrated many birthdays this month, the BIG birthday being a special one for member Beth. 90 years young! The pic shows Elizabeth presenting Beth some beautiful flowers to celebrate.

Next month is our club’s 35th birthday. There is a wonderful program planned, local dignitaries are attending, and we’ll be entertained by the Coral Island Harmony Singers.

You are warmly welcome to join us. Please contact Elizabeth or Joan. Details are at the top of the club page.



New Members Welcomed

Our meeting went off in fine style, despite a number of members absent due to illness and travel. President Elizabeth was pleased to present new members Bernadette and Maria with their member’s badges.

Guest speaker, Bronwyn from Bob’s Beekeeping, was very interesting, especially in light of the current problem with the varroa mite destroying bee hives interstate. Bronwyn spoke about Bees and the Wonders of Honey. She described how she cared for the bees, their social order, the different flavours of honey, and the impact of the varroa mite. There were lots of questions from Bronwyn’s fascinated audience!


2022 August

Our excursion for the month was to the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub. The new building was opened in 2021 and offers a myriad of events, activities, technological offerings, art and quiet and noisier spaces in a modern setting which melds the old building with the new. Members reminisced at how libraries have grown to encompass so much more nowadays in comparison to our own school and community experiences growing up. We were shown a 3D printer and how it worked. Sandra is holding a small yellow hand created by the printer; the hand so detailed as to include the lined pattern on the palm.

Our Members embrace the learning that enriches them from speakers, visits and also from each other.

Our Guest Speaker at the September meeting will be telling us about the benefits of massage and myotherapy. All are very welcome. Please contact Elizabeth or Joan (details at the top of our club page).

Spectacular Celebrations


Christmas In July 2022

The centenary of The Smith Family was celebrated by members at the July meeting in a very colourful way!

VIEW Clubs across Australia have been encouraged to decorate a pair of 100 year spectacles and enter their best pics in a competition.

Members got into the swing of things and, as can been seen in our photos, some spectacular creations emerged!

It was a very busy meeting as Members also enjoyed a Christmas in July lunch and heard from a very interesting speaker.  Alan told us about his life Surrounded by Money. Alan assisted in developing the decimal notes and explained that each note had a story to tell. It was interesting to see how currency has changed over the years. 

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday August 10th. The guest speaker will be telling us about the importance of bees.





2022 June - Cruden Farm

Eighteen members of our club enjoyed a day in beautiful surrounds at Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, Victoria. The property was gifted to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch by her husband Keith as a wedding present. The gardens were designed by Edna Walling with Dame Elisabeth also having a great interest in the garden’s development and upkeep.

The photos show some of our members thoroughly enjoying the day. Thank you to our Program Officer, Suzanne, for organising such a wonderful excursion.

Future excursions planned include a Parliament House Tour and high tea, the Ivanhoe Cultural Hub and library as well as movie sessions.

You would be more than welcome to accompany us and to attend our meetings.

2022 May

Photo above: Jenny and her flowers

                 Photo of Joan on the right with her sister Joy

  Photo of Heather and Beth                                          

Mother's Day Celebrations

Mother’s Day was celebrated and lots of chatting ensued as we met for our May meeting. The room was so pretty, with arrangements of flowers and beautiful centre-pieces on each table, thanks to creative committee member, Jenny.

Some members brought a special person in their lives. Joan brought her sister Joy, a member at Sunbury-Macedon VIEW Club. Mother and daughter duo Beth and Heather, who joined Heidelberg VIEW at the same time, were happy to celebrate our VIEW Mother’s Day together.

We also welcomed new member Bernadette, pictured with President Elizabeth.  

We shared a delicious luncheon at The Manningham Hotel and listened to our guest speaker, Fay Veitch, who spoke to us about the work of Mercy Ships. It was very moving to hear of the incredible impact of medical and ancillary volunteers who care for people who would otherwise have no access to life-changing treatments.

The next meeting is on Wednesday June 8th. We would love to have your company. Please contact Joan or Elizabeth on the above numbers.



New member Bernadette on left with President Elizabeth

Easter Celebrations


2022 April

Heidelberg members were welcomed by a vista of Easter decorations at the April meeting. Bunny ears were the order of the day, as can be seen in the accompanying photos. Anne showed off the raffle prizes of multiple baskets of Easter eggs and Suzanne and Robyn some of the table decorations.

Another way we raise funds for our LfL students is through the trading table. Roz and Lucy show some of the wares available. This month, a wonderful $200 of items such as books, jewellery and delicious food items were purchased.

The speaker, Dr Brenda Fitzpatrick, talked about the topic Unlikely Heroes in Unlikely Places.  Dr Fitzpatrick has had extensive experience in refugee camps and has helped to bring attention to the reality of girls and women in war. While a sombre topic, members were enriched to hear about those unlikely heroes, who, enmeshed in war themselves, also helped others around them facing the same horrific circumstances.

Next month, the theme is Mother’s Day. Members and visitors are invited to wear something pink and/or white and to bring along someone who is important to them. Last year we had many daughters, mothers, granddaughters and even a niece. You’re very welcome to attend. Please contact Joan on the number above.


International Women's Day

It was so fitting that the first club meeting for 2022 was a celebration of International Women’s Day!

Jennie Wynd, the Advisor for Central and Eastern Metropolitan, welcomed all members and visitors, inducted the 2022 committee and presented them with their badges.

Members were thrilled to see each other again after the summer break and we enjoyed a delicious meal and hearing about the Proud Mary river boat trips.

We are looking forward to an incredible year of VIEW friendship and fun as well as celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary Year!

Please join us as we head into a year of optimism, growth and Making Connections.

Christmas Celebrations

Roz and Valda share in a fun moment


Spot Hazel in her Rudolph mask behind the Christmas decorations, while Barbara and Carole are festive in red and green.





2021 December

It was wonderful to see so many members attend our December Christmas meeting. Thank you all for the wonderful contribution you have made to our club during a most challenging year, and your dedication to our now six, LfL students.

We had a very happy, festive luncheon at The Manningham, Bulleen, with all the trimmings. The room was abuzz with joyous chatter and laughter as we tucked into our Christmas turkey and traditional plum pudding.

We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

New member Soo receiving her badge from President Roz.

   A happy VIEW bunch!                                                     

Out and About

Elizabeth, Jenny and Joan enjoy the colours and fragrance of the Benalla Rose Garden

       Such is Life: The group under Ned's protection

Alison, Sue and Hazel tasting the wines at Brown Brothers

2021 November 

Twenty one members from three clubs enjoyed a wonderful post lockdown trip to Wangaratta this month. We were all so excited to be heading off on a well-deserved three night break up to country Victoria to enjoy the scenery, as well as the historical and culture sights, and of course, shopping, and supporting the local businesses.

One of the stops, as shown in the accompanying photos, were the Devenish Silos near Benalla. Two of the silos, which were painted in 2018 by Cam Scale, depicted a WW1 nurse and a modern day combat medic. The members found this very moving, visiting only a few days after Remembrance Day.

Members also enjoyed visits to Chiltern, Bright and Beechworth. A tasting at Brown Brothers Winery ensured that quite a few bottles travelled back in the bus with us to Melbourne. Glenrowan, in Kelly country, provided the appropriate backdrop for a group picture.

After so long it was wonderful to reconnect with VIEW friends, enjoying each other’s company and experience some of the wonders right on our doorstep in our home state.


Group shot at Devenish Silos

2021 October Update

Excitement is mounting!

It’s looking positive for our club meeting to go ahead on Wednesday 10th November! It will be wonderful to meet face to face with members at last, after missing three meetings due to COVID.

Fundraising remained a focus, even in lockdown, as a monster raffle raised $1200, which, along with the generosity of members’ donations, ensures that our six LfL students will continue to be supported in 2022.

The committee continued to meet via zoom and have planned for upcoming events for the rest of the year:

  • A four day trip in November to Wangaratta and surrounding attractions will now be going ahead! Twenty members from Heidelberg, Banyule and Doncaster VIEW Clubs will head off to let their hair down and enjoy the sights, and each other’s company.
  • A day trip to Williamstown and the Altona Market is also planned for November 23rd
  • Then it will be December and we’ll be celebrating Christmas, and nominating a new committee for 2022!

2021 Christmas In July

A merry meeting for Heidelberg VIEW Club at The Manningham this month as we celebrated Christmas in July. The room looked so festive with so many ladies dressed in red and green, wearing their Christmas baubles and tinsel. Table decorations were beautiful, thanks to the ever creative Jenny, featuring little trees draped with tiny angels and fairy lights. The room was abuzz with happy conversations and the joy of being together again, after our recent Lockdown in June.


Valda and Carole receive their 20 year Service Pins 



New Members Welcomed

Helen and Marlene with their official name badges


      New member Suzanne with President Roz in Christmas finery      

Autumn Outing in 2021

Our June meeting unfortunately had to be cancelled due to COVID but members were still kept up to date about club happenings thanks to the colourful newsletter that was emailed and posted.

So much happened in May for our club that we still have a report for this month of June! The last month of Autumn saw a busload of Heidelberg members cheerfully head off on a cold, drizzly day up to the Kinglake Ranges. The destination was the CJ Dennis Singing Gardens at Toolangi. The mist and autumn leaves made for a beautiful backdrop as we walked the delightful gardens and familiarized ourselves again with the poetry of younger years.

A delicious lunch of hot soup and sandwiches followed; fortified, we drove down the mountain, out of the lifting mist and stopped at Healesville, where some members indulged in some serious retail therapy!

It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all!


Colours of Autumn

National and Regional News


Heidelberg VIEW Club

VIEW Executive E-News March 2022

Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!

Heidelberg VIEW Club

International Women's Day

Letter to VIEW Members in recognition of International Women’s Day and the ongoing support of VIEW from Doug Taylor, CEO The Smith Family.

Heidelberg VIEW Club

Make a Spectacle Competition

Make a spectacle for you and your friends... as part of VIEW celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary of commitment to improving the lives of Australian children.


Events Calendar

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

Books and Stationery for the New Year

Heidelberg VIEW ladies responded to the call for stationery items and hand-made cloth bags. VIEW members pack prep packs each year for children starting school next year in The Smith Family hubs in Dandenong and Collingwood.

There were so many items brought by the members, from scrap books to glue sticks, pencil cases to picture books! Some of our members who are handy with the sewing machine made gorgeous bags, which will help ease the costs involved for parents with a child starting school.

Where there is need VIEW ladies are there!


Its a Heidelberg Christmas  

Christmas cheer abounded as we celebrated with a sea of red, music and fun! For our final meeting of the year we were entertained by the brilliant singing group Ruby Tuesday.

Members sang along to known carols and also some new ones ‘Dashing through the bush, in a rusty holden ute….’






The picture below shows assistant treasurer Elizabeth and vice-president Jenny raising a glass to a wonderful year of VIEW friendship and achievements.

Heidelberg VIEW sends Christmas wishes to all, a happy and safe New Year and a very warm invitation to join us in 2020.


Strong Beginning for 2020

What a memorable first meeting and a wonderful start to the VIEW year!

Valentine’s Day was the theme and the love was certainly in the room as members greeted each other after the summer break.

Heidelberg VIEW warmly welcomed our new VAO1 Zone Councillor Lorraine Beasley, who officiated at the AGM and presented the new committee to the members. The committee consists of twelve dedicated members who were proud to receive their badges from Lorraine.

This year, through The Smith Family, we are sponsoring five Learning For Life students. Fundraising to support their scholarships is well under way. We are proud to be part of an organisation that supports Australian children in achieving their potential.

A wide-ranging program of excursions, movies and speakers is already planned for the year.  For our first meeting, we listened to an interesting presentation from psychologist Linda Black. Her motto is ‘Thrive At Any Age’. So very true, and something that we at Heidelberg VIEW do through our purpose, friendship and learning.

What an inspiring start to the year!



Photo above of Lorraine delivering her message


2020 March

It’s been a busy month for the members of Heidelberg VIEW!

National Vice President, Beryl Pike, was welcomed to the club meeting. Beryl spoke about her own history with VIEW Clubs, having traveled from QLD, and expressed her pleasure at being able to share time with a Victorian Club. 

The speaker at the meeting was Leading Senior Constable Alison Keppel, who spoke about safety in the community and the home.


Photo below:  L to R, Heidelberg VP Jenny, Beryl and club President Roz.




IWD Celebrated

The next day, fourteen members attended the VIEW International Women’s Day celebration at the World Trade Centre in Docklands.

What a day! An excited buzz, the ambiance of the Yarra vista, glass of champagne in hand, a delicious meal and most importantly celebrating the numerous achievements of women and acknowledging that there is still a long way to go for women’s equality in many areas, were but part of the focus of the day.

We also heard from Emily, a Learning For Life scholarship holder. VIEW Clubs raise funds for The Smith Family, which distributes these scholarships to socially and economically disadvantaged Australian children. Emily told us how grateful she was that a complete stranger wanted to help her. She is now studying law. Stories such as Emily’s give VIEW members joy that we make a difference!

Please scroll down to National and Regional News for more about the IWD celebration.


Photo below shows some of the happy members of Heidelberg VIEW in the purple-themed room.