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 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

Club News

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


2018 June

June was yet another busy month for the members of Heidelberg View Club. The guest speaker at the monthly meeting was Trish from Trish’s Treasures.

Trish brought a range of jewellery and clothing and demonstrated various ways to tie scarves. Barbara and Heather diligently followed Trish’s instructions and wear their expertly tied scarves as shown in the pic. During the month members also attended the movie ‘The Leisure Seeker’ and enjoyed the following lunch.

Thirteen members also attended the VA Gala at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood, along with 150 other View members. The theme for the day was ‘If You’re happy and You Know It”. The day coincided with the winter solstice so members wore their most colourful outfits to brighten the day.

We heard about the successes of The Smith Family programs from Learning For Life Leader Anne Marmion and the direct experience of a tertiary recipient of the LFL program. It was so rewarding for the audience to hear first-hand from Quynhi of the assistance and support that enabled her to complete a degree in Occupational Therapy.

As well as being enlightened we were also entertained! Laughter for Living had us laughing out loud and having fun, and the Sing Australia Heathmont Group sang their hearts out for us with songs old and new.

A wonderful day of View friendship, learning and enjoyment. The pic at the gala shows some of the happy members of Heidelberg View Club who attended.


May 2018 

It’s been another busy month for the members of Heidelberg View Club. We celebrated Mother’s Day with a miniature cyclamen plant gift for each member, a delicious meal and a very interesting speaker. Ian Crawford, the nephew of Hector, entertained us with his stories of some of the personalities and shows made famous by Crawford Productions, from Graeme Kennedy to Homicide to The Sullivans, we were enthralled!

Twelve members attended the VA01 trip to Portarlington, along with twenty members from the Eltham and Greensborough clubs.

The picture shown left: are some of our members seated in comfort enjoying the trip down. We all had a wonderful day!  A description of the day can be read in the VA01 section. 





2018 April

A very special birthday was celebrated by member Faye at this month’s meeting. Here is Faye, with president Roz presenting her with a colourful bouquet to mark the occasion. Faye is a highly valued and long-term member of the Heidelberg Club so a special celebration was warranted for her birthday!

The speaker(s) for the month were three impressive police officers from the Forensic Unit. They spoke about the range of techniques, skills, services and tools that are used to assist in solving crime. Some items, such as the over-suits that they wear to protect their clothing and also to ensure that the crime scene remains uncontaminated were shown. They also talked about the paths their careers had taken to reach their current positions in the Forensic Unit.

A powerpoint presentation was shown which highlighted the difference between their own work and the way forensic science investigations are depicted in TV shows such as CSI; very differently!

 It was a very interesting presentation.

2018 February

Heidelberg VIEW Club had a great start to 2018! After a break of two months over the summer, the room was noisy with excited chatter as members greeted each other and caught up on news.

After six years of exemplary commitment in the role, 2017 President Jenny Laught has stepped down, not very far, to the position of vice-president. We are very appreciative of all Jenny’s wonderful work as president.

This first meeting also included the debut of our new president, Roz Newis. Roz also brings to the role the same commitment, enthusiasm and energy.  All committee positions are also filled, which demonstrates the willingness and cohesiveness of the special club that is Heidelberg View. We are all set for another brilliant year!

Our first meeting happened to be on Valentine’s Day so the tables were decorated, by Jenny, with red hearts, candelabras and chocolates. The pic shows members Lucy and Julie enjoying the ambience.


2018 March

The Program Officer, Sandra Ewert, has planned an enlightening and entertaining program of guest speakers for the year. Last month, members were enthralled by author James Nicholas, who spoke of ‘The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew’. This month Alan Gray spoke about “The Puffing Bill Railway Story” and the difficulties faced by the new settlers to the Belgrave area.

In most months, another activity is also organised for members. In March, we enjoyed a movie at the Palace Cinema Balwyn and eleven members also attended the View International Women’s Day function at the Kooyong Tennis Centre. In April the activity is a high tea and tour of Parliament House and in May the VA01 area of clubs are going by ferry to Portarlington, having a guided tour of the historic mill and lunch at the hotel.

The March meeting was also the meeting before Easter. The pic shows Jenny’s decorations, with a hand-knitted rabbit for every member to take home.


2017 December

Heidelberg VIEW Club concluded a highly successful year at their final meeting for 2017.

The room was abuzz with Christmas cheer and VIEW friendship. Jenny Laught opened her final meeting as president and was thanked for her inspirational leadership and exceptional service to the club and to the View organisation in general.

After a delicious meal, members were entertained by the singing group Sisters and Misters. Members joined in with the carols, and were even coaxed out of their seats to enjoy some dancing!

The first pic shows Heidelberg member Heather, who is also a member of Sisters and Misters, with fellow VIEW member Janet.

Carole is shown in the next pic dancing away with Mister Bobby.

It was a joyous and fitting conclusion to wonderful year for Heidelberg VIEW Club.



The tables were decorated with fragrant roses of all colours for the Heidelberg View Club Spring lunch.

Ladies wore their best hats or fascinators to the lunch meeting that we have on the second Wednesday of every month. This particular Wednesday was the day following the Melbourne Cup, so hats and roses were the order of the day!

Prizes were given for prettiest hat, most practical, and the funniest.

Also this month, members brought along a huge number, and variety, of stationery items and picture books for The Smith Family.  These items will be used to create book packs for prep students in need, as they begin their first year of school.




                                      Beautiful Hats and Facsinators 






Happy 30th Birthday

Our 30th birthday was the highlight of the month, if not the year! Forty Heidelberg members were joined by fifty-four members from other clubs, including some past and present members of the National Executive, to celebrate our pearl-themed birthday.

Members wore their pearls, the tables were decorated in pearl and purple colours and the speaker enlightened us all about the development and types of pearls. Fresh-water pearls were on display and for sale and many members added to their jewellery collections!

President Jenny Laught welcomed members and visitors and spoke about how proud she felt to belong to Heidelberg View Club and described how the club supports The Smith Family, in sponsoring our four LFL students and other fundraisers, as well as responding to many other needs in the local community.

Past and present Zone Councillors who attended were presented with certificates acknowledging their service to View and also specifically their support of the Heidelberg Club. The pic shows past National President Robin Peros and current VA01 Zone Councillor Sandi Muntisov with their certificates. Certificates were also presented to Jennie Wynd, Lyn Geer, Pam Forsyth-Grant, Larraine Criss and Olga Pole (absent).

A 30 year badge was presented to inaugural and still current member Joan Howard. Mary Maxfield is a 30 plus year member of VIEW, having received her badge last year. The pics show Joan receiving her badge and both long-term members doing the honour of cutting the birthday cake.

The camaraderie, friendship and excitement of the day made for a wonderful occasion for all members.

Congratulations Heidelberg VIEW Club on your 30th birthday!

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea in the Country! :  Twenty-four members of Heidelberg View attended the home of member Roz for a traditional afternoon tea. Asparagus rolls and chocolate cake served on vintage china, tea and coffee in matching cups and sitting outside under the shade looking at the rolling green hills made for a lovely relaxed afternoon on a beautiful Spring day. The pic shows Janet, Adrianne and President Jenny enjoying the afternoon.




2017 September Our 50th Member

The September meeting was a very uplifting and colourful one for a few reasons! Bright jonquils adorned the tables for the first month of Spring! The cheery yellow flowers along with matching yellow serviettes made for very attractive table decorations.

We were especially excited to welcome our 50th member!

The pic shows President Jenny Laught welcoming new member Jan Palich to the club. We were hoping to reach fifty members before our thirtieth birthday next month and we have! A very special welcome to Jan!

The speaker for the month was the very enthusiastic and passionate Edna Burwash, VIEW Development Officer. Edna talked about the process of creating a new club, about some special View women of the past and present and also about “Who is a VIEW woman?”  Edna described a VIEW woman as, among numerous things, someone who has many talents, who wants to contribute to the community and who wants to learn and socialise with other like-minded women.

The pic shows Edna and Heidelberg member Ann enjoying the fragrant jonquils.

With Spring in the air, our fiftieth member welcomed, and Edna’s wonderful talk, members felt very inspired by the September meeting!


National and Regional News


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.

Heidelberg VIEW Club

2018 VA Gala

The 2018 VA Gala was held on Thursday 21st June at Karralyka Centre Ringwood Vic. 160 VIEW members, VIEW dignitaries and visitors enjoyed a fantastic day which had the theme "If you are happy and you know it"! Everyone wore their happy colours to brighten the shortest day of the year.

Heidelberg VIEW Club

VA01 Trip to Portarlington

May 2018 A lovely day was had by all thirty-two ladies from the Eltham, Greensborough and Heidelberg VIEW Clubs on their combined trip to Portarlington.


Events Calendar

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

Sep 14

WA State Conference

The idea of holding a Development Conference is to spread the word about VIEW and The Smith Family to a wider audience in WA, as well as give local women and those new to VIEW the opportunity to attend a “Convention-like” event.

Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

Save the Date for National Convention 2019