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 celebrated our 30th Birthday in 2016

Our fifty 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 five 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 (photo opposite is an example of our cuisine) 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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Club News

2019 Committee


Laughter in May 


Laughter rang around the walls as the members responded to the speaker for this month, Gay Miller. Gay is an accomplished poet, speaker and comedian. Members enjoyed her tales of real life and the funny things that happen to ‘women of a certain age’ but, she feels, especially to her! The pic shows Gay and our program officer Sandra with two of the books of poems that Gay has written.

The theme for the month was Mother’s Day and members left with a pen decorated as a chrysanthemum, very pretty and useful. It was a fun and enjoyable meeting!


Heidelberg VIEW's Community Commitment 

As well as raising funds for our four Learning For Life students, members of Heidelberg View Club undertake many hours of community work in the name of VIEW. Three members volunteer at a school breakfast club each week. One member assists with literacy in the classroom once a week. Grocery items are brought by members each month and are taken to two charities which distribute goods to those in need.

Many members also knit for KOGO (Knit One Give One). The speaker this month was Andrea from this wonderful organisation who thanked members for all their efforts in supplying them with knitted squares, rugs, baby items and beanies. These items are then distributed to those in need. The pic shows the items that were knitted and supplied this month. Many hands were busy as the weather has become cooler!



Easter In Heidelberg

The theme for this month was Easter. The pic shows the colourful table decorations created by our always creative vice-president Jenny. We think some grandchildren will love the knitted rabbits that each member was able to take home!

So many creative and clever members at Heidelberg VIEW! So many ways to help the needy in our local community!


2019 March

Heidelberg View Club members are entertained, empowered and informed by our monthly speakers. This month’s speaker was Kathy Kaplam OAM, the founder and president of Impact Family Violence. Kathy told us of the difficulties and challenges facing women and children, not only through the inflicted violence itself, but the issues of escaping the perpetrator and setting up a new home. The organisation collects toiletries and other items to create pamper packs for women staying in refuges in Melbourne over Mother’s Day. Heidelberg members brought many items along to the meeting to be included in these packs.

Next month’s speaker will be from KOGO ( knit one purl one), an organisation that accepts and distributes hand-made knitted items to those in need, such as prem babies, the homeless and single parents. Many of our members knit items for KOGO.

The Heidelberg View Club monthly newsletter is distributed at each club meeting. The photo shows our colourful and informative March newsletter. Birthdays, monthly events, reminders, photos and especially the president’s letter combine to create an eagerly read reference for the month.



2019 February 

The first meeting for 2019 was an eventful one! The AGM was held and the new committee said the pledge. The above picture  shows the 2019 committee after they received their badges from National Councillor Sandi Muntisov.

The meeting was held on the 13th February so the Chinese New Year was the theme, with decorated pigs, fortune cookies and red envelopes on the tables. The picture on the left shows the colourful table decorations created by our clever Vice President Jenny. To maintain the wide-ranging nature of this meeting, the speaker was Annemarie from the Warratina Lavender Farm in Seville. Members learned of the varieties and purposes of lavender and also how the business was grown (no pun intended!). The delightful fragrance of lavender wafted around the room.



We are all looking forward to a very exciting year of VIEW friendship, fun and learning while raising funds for our five Learning For Life students.

New members and visitors are always very welcome to join us!




2018 December

The December meeting of Heidelberg VIEW Club closed on a high as we celebrated all the achievements of the past year. The members were also mesmerized by our entertainment for the meeting: President Roz’s granddaughter magicianness Nicola Marie. Nicola has been performing magic for four years, culminating in a trip to America to compete against other young magicians.

How did those four separate rings become joined? How did that card chosen by an audience member suddenly appear somewhere else? Those ropes of four different lengths…how did they become one longer rope? Members were intrigued and entertained by Nicola’s presentation.

As well proud nanna Roz, Nicola’s old Grade two teacher, Heidelberg member Heather was also there to see the talents demonstrated by her former pupil.

What an amazing final meeting we enjoyed!

Spring is Sprung In November

The theme for November was ‘Spring’ with members dressing for the occasion in their best outfits. Ladies wore a hat or fascinator to mark the racing carnival.


L-R: Carole, Liz, Ruth, Roz, Jenny and Heather posing in their finery 




Our speaker for the day gave a very informative talk on dingoes and showed us photos of some of those she has cared for over decades. We were interested to learn that dingoes prey on feral cats and in doing so help to increase the numbers of smaller native animals.

Photo below shows Gillian and Carole looking pretty in their pearls and Facsinators.




Heidelberg VIEW Club in October 

Two members were presented with ten year badges. The photo shows June, one of the recipients, third from the left, along with (L to R), Jenny (vice-president), Roz (president) and Joan (assistant secretary).


31st Birthday October 

The members of Heidelberg VIEW Club celebrated their 31st birthday at the October meeting. We welcomed visitors from five other clubs who came along to wish us a happy birthday.

Two special events highlighted the day. A “Making A Difference Award” was presented to past president Jenny Laught by National Councillor Sandi Muntisov. Jenny, through her exemplary dedication and commitment to the goals and values of VIEW, is an especially deserving first ever recipient of the award for our club.

Our very talented resident Poet Laureate penned a poem especially for the club’s birthday and you can read it below.

A very happy day was enjoyed by all!

A very happy day was enjoyed by all!

Each Birthday is special,  especially at VIEW

As each year, we all our commitment renew.

Engaged with each other, with community too

We ensure the health of Heidelberg VIEW.

Our Students are sponsored, their potential to achieve.

For others their hunger we seek to relieve.

We care for each other, our lives intersect.

At Heidelberg we share kindness and respect!


Heidelberg  VIEW Club’s  Own Poet  Laureate!

When I’m retired one thing I might do

I could support needy children;

I could join Heidelberg VIEW!

A worthy ambition but good for me too.

As I’ll have lots of fun things that I can do.

A meeting each month, a film and an outing

Great friends I’ll be making without any doubting.

It’s simple to join; just call and come.

A new adventure in life for me has begun

Phone Joan on 03 9459 3889 to come along, no obligation to join, see if you would like to have some FUN!


September 2018 Luncheon

We enjoyed a very interesting guest speaker this month.  Jeremy from Heritage Victoria spoke about the identification of the remains of Ned Kelly and others using various forensic and historic techniques.  Ned Kelly was buried in The Old Melbourne Gaol after his execution but was then moved to Pentridge Prison, and while there was moved yet again within the grounds.  DNA technology was eventually the key to his identification and resulting final move to the Greta Cemetery in northern Victoria.  Jeremy's talk was absolutely riveting! 

At Heidelberg we enjoy a variety of interesting speakers organised by our very busy Program Officer Sandra.



Photo shows our President Roz Newis with a Mexican!  So totally incongruous to our talk on Ned Kelly, but surprising things can happen at Heidelberg VIEW.  (The Mexican was actually at a function adjacent to our meeting room at The Manningham Hotel.)




National and Regional News


Heidelberg 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.

Heidelberg VIEW Club

Blue Illusion Shopping Day

Blue Illusion National Shopping Day and Styling Workshop in support of The Smith Family and VIEW Clubs.

Heidelberg VIEW Club

VA Thanks Anne Marmion

Anne Marmion joined The Smith Family in 2006. She has led the Southern Metro Learning for Life team. This has been across some of Victoria's most disadvantaged communities - Collingwood and Dandenong.


Events Calendar

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

Jun 16

The Art & Science of Making Faces

You're invited to a pleasant Sunday afternoon with tales of sculpting, forensic art and ancient Egyptian mummies

Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

National Convention 2019 - bookings have opened