Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club was formed in 2012.
Currently, the Club sponsors fourteen Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.
- Meeting day is the 4th Wednesday of the month
- Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club
- At 6.30 pm
Phone: Janice 0417 332 742
Email: email@example.com Postal: PO Box 736, Ocean Grove Vic 3226
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Meet our 2020 Committee
In January, new Zone Councillor, Judith Worland, welcomes in our newly elected committee at the AGM held at The Flying Brick Cidery.
We wish Margo, Sue, Janice, Andrea, Wendy, Pam, June, Penny, Jenny and Bev well as they lead our club throughout the year.
Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club Success
The success of the OGEV Club in growing from a small group of women over 8 years ago to now 160 members at the start of 2020, is largely due to the activities our members are involved in within the community, both as volunteers in various organisations and the club’s many activities. Through their association with VIEW many members volunteer for the RSL, Barwon Heads Triathlon, the Cadel Evans Bike Ride, the Rotary Market and for the new Geelong East Schools Learning for Life program as well as participate in interest groups and special fundraising ventures.
Most new members are introduced by current members talking about their experiences and the benefits……. supporting The Smith Family, forming many new friendships and having fun! All new members are welcomed by our Member Support Group and are presented with a Welcome Booklet developed by the group, giving information and contact details. They are also supported by a support team member for the first 12 months after joining.
An evening meeting format enables a diverse group of women to meet. With a wide age range we have women in paid and unpaid work and women who are already active in other aspects of our community able to meet and share the benefits of their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Our 17 activity groups offer a wide range of both passive and active opportunities for members with common interests to meet regularly, share good times and fundraise. There are walking, travel, entertainment, craft, garden, technology, book groups, gourmet delight groups to name just a few. All these groups are ably coordinated by Group leaders and are well attended.
In recent years we have had a direct association with the Learning for Life team at Northern Bay College, Corio by both volunteering and providing items they have needed such as reading rugs, chairbags etc. From 2019 we are delighted to be working closely with the newly established “ East Geelong Schools Learning for Life” team, supporting them in their endeavours to provide for disadvantaged students in the area.
Our fundraisers are many and varied with members having input into which progams the funds are directed into. We are delighted that we are able to raise significant funds for The Smith Family as well as provide ongoing support to our ten sponsored students ranging from Foundation through to tertiary schooling. In its first year, the club was offered a wonderful fundraising initiative through a member who is an employee at a local Real Estate company. For every sale of a property that is referred or owned by a VIEW member the company donates $500. It is a cause for celebration when one of these cheques are presented at a meeting.
All of the above aspects would not be possible without a cohesive, committed group of ladies on committees and subcommittees who work tirelessly towards the three “F’s”.... fun, friendship and fundraising.
Keeping Active through 2020
Ocean Grove Evening View Club continues to be active even though not meeting physically. We have introduced Zoom online committee meetings each month to keep "things in order" and this has proved to be very successful.
Our fundraising is going very well and with the fantastic efforts of members over $12,000 has been raised since we met back in March. Our Craft group have been very industrious and made 182 masks which were sold out in no time. They are now making Australian themed Christmas decorations and again these are being well received. These efforts are part of the fundraising that has enabled the club to donate $4,000 to the Joysreader's Program and for the continuation of our sponsorship of our 14 Learning for Life students.
Another initiative from the committee was to break our 152 members into small groups and for a committee member then to ring her allocated group of members to check on how they were, how they were coping in isolation and if they needed any support. This exercise proved to be a great one and the committee thoroughly enjoyed "meeting" with members some of whom they had not previously spoken with. They all learnt a bit more about each other.
Our monthly newsletter team continue to put together a great newsy newsletter keeping us updated with news and happenings and now even has a "recipe corner" in it.
Again, using technology our Club's Program Officers organised an online Zoom Evening of Fashion from an Ocean Grove fashion store. A very successful parade of new seasons clothing and accessories were shown with members being able to participate with discussion and questions. The store offered all VIEW ladies a $20 discount and they will also donate $5 from every purchase to the VIEW club. A very kind gesture. All members who logged on enjoyed seeing everyone's faces as much as the outfits.
This month (October) we are having a guest speaker again on Zoom, so something to look forward to.
So even though it will be awhile before we can hold our monthly meetings in a public venue, be rest assured the Ocean Grove Evening View Club continues to be active and vital to this community.
Australian Christmas Decorations
Keeping Busy During 2020 Lock Down
Ocean Grove Evening Club have been busy with knitting projects during their time in isolation.
In total 52 brightly colored beanies, one knitted dolls outfit, and seven stationery packs (which included note book, sticky notes an eraser, pencil and sharpener) have been donated to the T.S.F. Centre in Geelong.
Besides that members have been busy with house painting and furniture painting projects, catching up on reading and doing extra amounts of cooking and exercising. Not a bored one amongst us!
Also the club had a very successful "Easter Raffle in Isolation". We raised a terrific $825 just by putting our $5 ticket money in an envelope and dropping it into designated letterboxes.
A fun and easy way to keep in touch and keep funds coming in.
Vale MARCEL MAYNE
Club member Marcel battled lung disease for sometime after developing a lung infection in her younger days and joined the Ocean Grove Evening VIEW club several years ago after coming to live in Leopold.
During her time with Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Marcel quickly and easily made friends, both at meetings and through her involvement in the Book VIEWers, Gourmet lunches and Movie group activities.
Marcel was known for her determination and independence and her huge desire to honor her Organ donor and the gift of life she was given. Marcel spoke at several clubs in our Zone about donating organs and how wonderful this is for those who benefit from the gift.
She will be missed by many, and as a good friend will always be in our thoughts.
Each year ladies from our VIEW club and some of their partners, volunteer their time to sell Anzac badges in and around Ocean Grove which is much appreciated by the local RSL. For the 100 year celebration we made our own wreath of knitted & crocheted poppies, as did may throughout the country.
This year we decided to keep that special wreath for the Remembrance Day service in November and make a fresh one of Anzac Day. Consisting of rosemary, leucadendrons, proteas and gums, it was a beautiful tribute from our gardens .Our President, Chris Waite, was delighted to be able to lay the wreath on our behalf at the town ceremony.
International Women’s Day Victoria
Members had a fantastic day celebrating IWD. The great company, excellent speakers, great food and lovely venue all went together to make it a special day.
It was inspirational to hear a LfL student speak of her journey from disruptive primary student to a career as a forensic lawyer. Wow! It reaffirmed the importance of our work for TSF.
We highly recommend this annual event to you all.
Barwon Heads Triathlon
On a very chilly February morning 35 members and partners volunteered as marshals for the triathlon that saw over 800 competitors take part. A number of members participated in the events themselves.
Well done ladies! Our participation resulted in a generous donation of over $1,000 for TSF.
2019 Christmas Gift Wrapping
Once again this year, our gift wrapping at Leopold Plaza was a great success, raising over $2,500. Even Santa pitched in to help out!
New VIEW Clubs on the Bellarine
It was exciting to be part of the formation of two new clubs in our local area.
Ocean Grove Evening members were part of the establishing committee and were delighted to see the Ocean Grove Day VIEW Club and the Point Lonsdale VIEW Club take shape.
Already both these clubs have attracted enthusiastic members and are planning activity groups and fundraising activities.
We wish them good times and all the joy and friendship we have found through the VIEW family.
Oaks Day Fundraising Luncheon
Last Thursday members and friends attended our Oaks Day Luncheon at 360Q in Queenscliff. $20 from each ticket is donated to The Smith Family via Ocean Grove Evening VIEW. This year we raised an incredible $2500 and are extremely appreciative of Barry’s support. All enjoyed the great food, wine, music, dancing and, of course, the race sweeps.
Photo below: Maria, Annette and Marg show off their VIEW gear on a Geelong Walk.
Dementia Information in October
One of our foundation members, Fran Kealey, gave members a very informative talk about dementia at our dinner meeting. She gave us strategies for preventing dementia by following a few healthy lifestyle choices. Thanks Fran.
Remembrance Day at Ocean Grove
Our club values its close association with Ocean Grove RSL, assisting with badge selling for Anzac Day & Remembrance Day. For the centennial celebrations members knitted and crocheted poppies to make a wreath that they present each Remembrance Day. This year Sue Arnott was assisted by a few members in making poppies to form a stunning display around the cenotagh. Such a wonderful tribute to our servicemen. Well done!
Members who attended the National Convention on the Sunshine Coast thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the fantastic activities on offer, listen to the most inspiring speakers and to socialize with like-minded, committed VIEW members from around the country. They reaffirmed their commitment to supporting disadvantaged students through the Smith Family and were keen to share their experiences. They enthusiastically encourage others to attend the next convention in Adelaide in 2021.
We congratulate our longtime member Marg Woodhouse on being elected as a National Councillor. Marg has been a very involved member of Ocean Grove Evening VIEW and has held a number of positions on committee and as an activity leader. For the last 2yrs she has been our Zone 3 councillor. We know Marg will fulfill her new role with the usual commitment and energy she has always shown.
Anti Poverty Week
This year our members decided to support The Cottage By The Sea at nearby Queenscliff once again. This organization provides holidays and seaside experiences for disadvantaged children. Our members collected food, clothing, books and other essentials they require to run their programs. Members were treated to a morning tea and tour of the facilities when they delivers all the goods. It is wonderful that members so generously give to these appeals each year.
More Convention photos below
Seventh Birthday Celebrations
Ninety one ladies dressed for a party to celebrate our 7th birthday at The Flying Brick Cider House in July. Our National Councillor, Maria Culka, gave us a brief overview of happenings in VIEW clubs around the country and touched on plans to establish new VIEW Clubs on the Bellarine
The party theme extended to games, prizes and individual cupcakes for each lady. The highlight of the evening was a Fashion Parade of clothing from the past with many ladies remembering “having an outfit just like that one!” Our models certainly stepped back in time to create these golden memories for us. There was much laughter as well as $663.90 being raised for The Smith Family.
Once a month members, partners and friends are invited to Happy Hour at one of our local venues. After drinks and socialising there is always the option to stay on for dinner. Happy Hour is another way for our VIEW family to get to know each another and share fun and friendship. Importantly, it also allows us to give back to the local businesses that support us in all our fundraising endeavours.
More Birthday Fashion Photos below
Our active travel group come up with day trips, an annual camp, longer trips and interstate trips that any member may go on if they wish. These are always fun and much enjoyed by all who go along.
Recently a group of members had a most amazing adventure via The Tran Siberian railway. They traveled approx. 8,000 km from Beijing to Moscow. After two days in Beijing, they set off for Mongolia to stay the night in a Mongolian yurt before boarding the train that took them through Siberia to Moscow. All ladies said they loved Mongolia and the “compact” train experience with it’s excellent, crew, superb meals and wonderful tours and guides.
The latest round of “Ladies Do Lunch” has concluded with a group meal and celebration. The gourmet group organise lunches around a theme where four members meet monthly at one of the homes to share a meal and friendship. It is an excellent way to get to know fellow members in a small group. The next theme will be “Lunch Around The World” inspired by different cuisines from different countries and will start in September.
Photo below of the China & Mongolia Travellers
Our May Book Viewers had a very exciting meeting as Lee had made contact with Roxane Dhand, the author of our novel “The Pearler’s Wife.” This was Roxane’s first novel, an historical fiction based around the 1912 pearling industry in W.A. She provided some in depth questions, prompting us to discuss the hardships faced by the pioneers of those times. Roxane was thrilled to hear that our group was discussing her novel.
Quiet Achiever Award
At our 7th birthday celebration a Quiet Achiever Award was presented to Helen Buckley. Helen has been, and continues to be, a tireless willing helper in many roles within our club. We congratulate Helen and thank her for all that she does in the name of VIEW.
Frocks on Bikes
Our bike group ladies joined with other local riders to continue an annual tradition of earlier times while fundraising for a cause. The ladies dressed in older style dresses and rode from Ocean Grove to Queenscliff where the hat was passed around for a donation to The Smith Family.
It is a fun filled ride, originating from an annual event held in New Zealand
At the beginning of May a most successful Trivia Night was held, raising over $1,000 for The Smith Family. The Barwon Heads Bowling Club also donated $1 from every drink sold at the bar. There was great hilarity and rivalry between the tables with Team Mayhem taking home the spoils.
The night was organized by a small group of ladies and their families who must have spent countless hours preparing for it. What a fabulous way to raise much needed funds and have a fantastic night out at the same time. Well done all!!
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