Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club was formed in 2012.
Currently, the Club sponsors ten 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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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.
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!!
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.
Our AGM was held in January at the Point Lonsdale Golf Club with the following ladies elected to committee. President: Chris Waite, Vice President: Margot Walters, Secretary: Janice Nation, Assistant Secretary: Andrea Carlton , Treasurer: Wendy Medhurst, Assistant Treasurer: Pam Reeves, Program Officers: Jan Ryan & Sue Gurney, Delegate: Sue Crothers and Publicity Officer: Anne Webber. Chris Waite congratulated the new committee members and thanked retiring members for their contributions.
The Tin Shed cheque
March Fun and Fundraising
The first weekend in March saw members scampering in all directions in the name of fun and fundraising. Whilst it was a scorching hot weekend, a number of members ventured to Anglesea for fun, friendship and frivolity at our annual camp.
On the Sunday 32 members also volunteered to assist with the local Kondak Triathlon and were able to cheer on a few of our fitter members who participated in it. Congratulations and well done to you all! At the same time a number of ladies manned the gates to the monthly Rotary Market to raise funds for The Smith Family. Our Sunday volunteering at both events raised $2,600 for the club. It was an amazing result for a days work. It is wonderful to be able to support local events while raising funds for TSF at the same time.
2018 Christmas Fun
Recently 120 members celebrated the end of a wonderful year of fun, friendship and fundraising at 360Q in Queenscliff. We enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner, danced and sang to the “Real Paul Hogan.” Santa & his elf Kevie paid us a visit and distributed magnificent raffle prizes donated by local businesses We thank 360Q and its staff for their continued support of The Smith Family via our VIEW club and Paul for giving his time and talent so generously.
During the evening our President, Chris Waite acknowledged the funds that had been raised in just the last month. 360Q held an Oaks Day luncheon donating $400, The Tin Shed in Barwon Heads held a Ladies Night raising $1,000 and our Makers Market stall run by our craft group raised just on $2,000. What an amazing effort! We are sincerely grateful for the support of our local community that enables us to sponsor and support disadvantaged children through The Smith Family and their Learning for Life programs.
Happy Hour in November
Our club has a happy hour once a month enabling members and their partners to get to know one another in a relaxed social atmosphere. It is also a way that we are able to repay our local businesses for their support throughout the year. November’s Happy Hour took a twist in the form of a Sunday lunch at Wayawu Winery in Wallington, owned by one of our members. The glorious sunny Sunday, enhanced by superb platters and lovely wines, was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Craft Market: For many months our craft group ladies worked towards running a stall at the local Makers Market. The vast array of hand made goods was truly stunning and enabled the group to earn just on $2,000 for The Smith Family. Many members met regularly to combine their ideas and talents to produce the magnificent handcrafted items. Lots of fun and laughter was had by all along the way as we shared and learnt new skills together.
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
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 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.
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