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 Flying Brick Cider Co. 1251/1269 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington 3222
- At 6.30 pm
Phone: Janice 0417 332 742
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Postal: PO Box 736, Ocean Grove Vic 3226
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Meet our 2021 Committee
Photo above L-R: June, Margot, Kate, Jenny, Wendy, Denise, Janice, and Pam.
Together with Bev and Penny, (absent from photo) are looking forward to leading the club to a great year of fundraising and social activities.
Ocean Grove Evening Club has happily resumed it's monthly dinner meetings at The Flying Brick Cider House. Everyone is happy to be out and about and catch up with each other after so long. Numbers attending are great, 104 at the march meeting.
The year's activities are well underway and plans are in hand to celebrate our 9th Birthday in June.
The March meeting was very well attended and we welcomed prospective members. The theme for the night was Easter and included the drawing of our Easter raffle. A grand total of $964 was raised which will go a long way to sponsoring another student. We also had members wear Easter bonnets and had some lovely, creative hats on heads.
Members have started booking for the annual conference in Adelaide and will be sending a good representation from our Club.
Delightful Easter Bonnets
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.
Ladies enjoying a long awaited get together lunch at 360Q
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.
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.
Birthday Fashion Photos below
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.
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.
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
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
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