A valued part of The Smith Family

Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club


Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club was formed in 2012.

Currently, the Club sponsors nine 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:  oceangroveevening.viewclub@gmail.com    Postal: PO Box 736, Ocean Grove   Vic  3226


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18 The Terrace, OCEAN GROVE, VIC 3226

Club News

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Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club Success

The success of the OGEV Club in growing from a small group of women over 6 years ago to now 163 members at the start of 2019, 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.



2018 Gala for Zones 2 and 3

During October Zones 2 and 3 combined for a most successful Gala weekend  of fun and friendship in Geelong.

From the “Meet and Greet” on Friday night, the Saturday “Gala Picnic” to the Sunday  “Walk With VIEW” it was a truly wonderful experience for all attendees.

On Saturday members heard inspirational talks from Jarrod Younger, a former Learning for Life student and Farrar, a young Iranian refugee. The weekend was capped off by a walk around the bollards on the Geelong Waterfront. Our thanks to Maria Culka & Marg Woodhouse for organizing this special event.

Maria with Farrar

   Jan and Sue




                                                                      Mara, Jarrod and Effie



Members modelling VIEW Tops

Fashion Parade

What a wonderful evening was had by all ladies attending the fashion parade highlighting beautiful clothing, lingerie and eyewear from local Ocean Grove businesses.

A number of our ladies volunteered as models. As well as admiring all the gorgeous garments paraded before us, we were treated to delicious finger food prepared by some of our ladies. Over $2,500 was raised on the night for The Smith Family.




 Our beautiful models 



Port Fairy Camp 

Despite the very cold and wet weather, all  ladies had a great time at Port Fairy. They visited attractions when the weather permitted, dined on delicious food, knitted, played games, talked non stop and generally had a fun-filled, relaxing weekend.

'Salad Daze' Finale

Our active gourmet group members met for their final summer luncheon in May. Groups of four or more ladies meet regularly throughout the season to share a luncheon based on a theme.  

The winter theme is “Retro Recipes” so members are digging out their favourite 70”s books and reminiscing about prawn cocktails, vol-au-vents, beef stroganoff and the like. We are so looking forward to the recipes that come out!

Craft Group

Enthusiastic ladies are knitting, sewing, crocheting and making all sorts of craft items to sell at the Makers  Markets in November and December. Amid the chatter, laughter, personal assistance and cups of tea some magnificent items are being created.  

The card making group have also been making Christmas cards to sell on the stall.

Last month a number of ladies turned their talents to plant holders made from rope and sphagnum moss. It is a great group to share friendship and talents while raising much needed funds for The Smith Family. 

Sixth Birthday Celebrations - A Floral Fiesta


Members and guests from other clubs were asked to “Dress to Impress…in floral's, hats, scarves, jewelry etc”.

Members enjoyed a two course meal and were entertained by a local singing group “The Lattes.” Once again our local businesses donated magnificent prizes for our raffle, to the delight of all winners.

Our President had pleasure in giving an outline of our achievements for the year and announcing our first ever “Quiet Achievers.”

Awards to Quiet Achievers

This year our committee decided to award quiet Achiever awards on two occasions during the year. The first at our birthday dinner in June and the second at our Christmas party.

The awards are to recognize members who contribute so much to our club behind the scenes in a huge variety of ways. These tireless workers are always in the background busily working without fanfare or drawing attention to themselves. Members are asked to submit nominations to the committee for consideration.

Our very first recipients received these special awards at our 6th Birthday dinner. Our two inaugural recipients were Susie Perrett and Rosamaria Guthrie. Unfortunately, due to family commitments, Rosamaria was not present to receive her award.







Susie receiving her award

Beanies for Premmie Babies



Very quickly ladies rallied to knit and crotchet beanies for our Zone initiative. Some ladies even started to make them at our Camp Weekend at Port Fairy.

As beanies came in from other clubs in our zone we reached over 1,500 in number. Our Zone councilor Marg Woodhouse took a bagful each to Wangaratta and Mildura Hospitals. Anne Webber took a bagful each to the Royal Women’s support group “Life’s Little Treasures” and to Monash Neonatal hospitals.

Hats and clothing for full time babies were given to the “Geelong Mums” group for struggling mothers. Our goods were all received enthusiastically and it gave us an opportunity to help address needs in our community.

2018 AGM

 In January we held our AGM at Curlewis Golf Club. After a sumptuous meal and the purchasing of great summer reading from the trade table we saw a new committee elected for 2018. Our new committee members are:

President Chris Waite                              Vice President Janice Nation
Secretary June Hansen                            Assistant Secretary Andrea Carlton
Treasurer Pam Reeves                             Assistant Treasurer Wendy Medhurst
Delegate Sue Crothers                             Publicity Officer Maree Dyer
Program Officers Jan Ryan and Sue Gurney

We congratulate these ladies and thank them for taking on these important positions. Chris Waite wished the new committee well and thanked the five retiring committee members for their contributions and support.


Zone Councillor

It was wonderful to welcome our new zone councilor Margaret Woodhouse to our recent AGM. Marg was one of the foundation members of Ocean Grove Evening VIEW and has held a variety of positions on committee over those six years from Vice President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor to Delegate. We congratulate Marg in stepping up to offer her talents at zone level. During her address to members following our annual elections, Marg encouraged all members to become actively involved both within our club and beyond, expressing how much she has gained from her own involvement.


National and Regional News


Ocean Grove Evening 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.

Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club

Blue Illusion Shopping Day Announced

Your Invitation to Blue Illusion National Shopping Day and Styling Workshop on Thursday 1 November 2018 in support of The Smith Family and VIEW Clubs.

Ocean Grove Evening 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!

Apr 13

Food, fashion and forensic sculpture

You are invited to a High Tea Fashion Parade

Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

National Convention 2019 - bookings have opened