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
June on 0422 142 882
Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club
PO Box 736
Ocean Grove Vic 3226
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Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club Success
"The success of the OGEV Club in growing from a small group of women 4 years ago to now 150 members is largely due to the activities the ladies are involved in within the community, both as volunteers in various organisations and the club’s many activities. We have not had to do many membership drives as our new members are introduced by current members who have talked about being a VIEW member and the benefits…………………supporting The Smith Family and forming many new friendships and having fun!
All new members are welcomed by our Member Support Group, and presented with a Welcome Booklet developed by this group, giving information and contact details.
An evening meeting format enables a diverse group of women to meet. With a wide age range we have working women, retirees, volunteers 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. This affords us an avenue to be actively involved in community activities and events. eg. Pet Walkers, Cottage by the Sea and Rotary activities and the opportunity to showcase our group in the wider community.
Our 18 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. For example there are walking, travel, singing, movies, craft, garden, technology, chatterbooks and formal book groups to name just a few. All are ably coordinated by member leaders and well attended.
Our direct association with the Learning for Life team at Northern Bay College Corio has enabled members to volunteer and assist in very practical ways. eg making reading rugs, smocks etc and being involved with the new S2S Reading Support Program that is evolving.
Our fundraisers are many and varied with members having a say in what programs the money is directed into. We are proud and delighted that we have been able to raise significant funds for The Smith Family.
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 members 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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Cocktail Party
In late November members enjoyed the wonderful views, balmy weather and convivial company at 360Q restaurant in Queenscliff. It was a perfect night to celebrate all the achievements of 2017. Congratulations to our program officers in planning a fun filled evening and to the industrious craft ladies who provided an amazing array of Christmas items to be sold on the trade table. As always we were overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses who supplied prizes for our raffle. These were delivered to winners by Santa and Elfie! While enjoying the company and friendship we were able to raise nearly $2,000 for The Smith Family via ticket levies, raffle and craft trade table. A great effort ladies!
Christmas Gift Wrapping
This year volunteers manned stalls at both Ocean Grove and Leopold Shopping Centres. Both the shopkeepers and the public were most appreciative of our efforts and took a genuine interest in the work of our VIEW club in the community. We all had a great time wrapping and chatting as well as giving us an opportunity to showcase our valuable work for The Smith Family. Overall we were able to raise $2618.25 . A big thank you to all members who volunteered their time.
This year an initiative of our Gourmet Group was to hold one pot luncheons in the homes of members. Small groups met regularly to enjoy the one pot lunch provided by the host of the day. Last year the group introduced this idea through soup lunches and they proved to be a popular activity over the winter months.
At the final luncheon in October the groups came together to enjoy the favourite dish from each of their groups. They had Curried Fish, Rogan Josh Lamb, Risotto, Chicken and Vegetable Curry accompanied by an assortment of breads. These luncheons are an excellent way for members to forge friendships and a perfect way for newer members to get to know other members.
Photos from our final 2017 One-Pot Luncheon in October
Conference at Tamworth
Members from Ocean Grove are actively encouraged to attend conferences and activities promoted by other branches to learn more about our organization and to strengthen their bonds with other members. Two of our ladies, June Hansen and Pam Reeves attended the National Conference this year and had a great time. They are actively encouraging other members to attend the next one. As yet we do not have any photos to share on our website but they will be up soon! We congratulate our member Margaret Woodhouse on being elected as Zone Councillor for Zone 3 in 2018. Marg has been an busy and enthusiastic member of Ocean Grove VIEW since its inception and we know she will do a wonderful job as zone councillor.
June and Pam at National Conference
August is Footy Month
Each year we have a “footy night” as we approach our AFL Grand Final. It is always lots of fun and this year was no exception. Members come dressed in their team colours and there is much banter around the room, particularly during the handball competition before dinner! This year we were privileged to have the mothers of three AFL players talk to us. Chicki Boak, Maree Selwood and Chris Waite shared stories of their busy lives as mothers juggling all their commitments as their children grew up, and the influence sport has had on their families both in good and tough times. We could all appreciate the strong bonds these women engender within their families and were thankful they were prepared to share so much with us. It was an inspiring night.
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