WA Western Suburbs VIEW Club was formed in 2001.
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.
We are also involved with The Smith Family run Roseworth Child and Parent Centre which we ﬁnd most satisfying
We welcome new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it’s all about. We’ll make you very welcome.
- Meeting Day on 4th Wednesday each month at 10.00am
- Hakea Room, Mt Claremont Community Centre, Montgomery Ave, Mt Claremont 6010
- Book Club on 1st Wednesday each month. Held at Cambridge Library ( Floreat Forum), at 10am- 12noon
- Outings On 2nd Wednesday each month. Held at diﬀerent place - check our Facebook Page
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Meet Our 2022 Committee
Members Make A Difference
2022 April Meeting
Another interesting and informative meeting, with lots of conversations and socialising taking place! Thirty members attended and there were two guests – also a long list of apologies and thanks go to all members who took time to lodge an apology. The meeting was preceded by guest speaker Eleanor de Kock, an olive oil producer, who last year provided her organic olive oil for sale to our club, which resulted in a donation of $600.00 that our Club gave to The Smith Family.
Eleanor did a great job in addressing our members; her talk was informative, interesting and had a nice touch of humour. THANK YOU so much Eleanor for your generosity towards our club and The Smith Family.
The meeting included the following – birthdays for April, dates of activities/outings for later in the year; our 21st birthday lunch on September 28th. Reports from – Treasurer, Program Officer, Delegate and Publicity Officer; correspondence and general business were covered.
After the close of meeting members participated in a small group activity, Conversations which enabled each member in a group to take turns at answering a number of questions, to chat and to find out a little more about each other, especially as our club has had a growth spurt in new members. It was a simple but really enjoyable session - and judging by the noise levels, lots of great conversations were going on in each group, making it a great success!
Remember: Making new connections makes a difference – VIEW CLUB Australia
2022 April Outing
Our club outing for this month was to the newly renovated and re-opened Claremont Museum. This outing was thoroughly enjoyed by 26 members who took the opportunity to check out the museum and to see the fantastic improvements that have been made.
Our club President who organised the guided tour, dressed in period costume and certainly looked the part as she showed us the kitchen with its fabulous wood stove/oven, Coolgardie safe and various “mod cons” of times past. There is so much local Claremont history provided in this museum, including origins of street names. Jennifer and three other museum staff did a great job informing us of the exhibitions and objects on display.
To cap it all off, Jennifer also provided us with an amazing morning tea which included lots of her legendary sandwiches. We certainly enjoyed a fabulous visit – thanks Jennifer!!
Art Gallery of Western Australia
March club outing was a visit to the Art Gallery of WA. Volunteer art gallery guides gave us a most informative tour of the Indigenous Art Exhibition which was comprised of traditional and contemporary works of art, including the very impressive wall mural which is a feature of the new roof top gallery. We ended the outing with lunch at Epoch Café.
Thirty Five members and three visitors attended the March meeting, with quite a long list of apologies. Our members are proving resilient, wearing masks and adhering to COVID protocols while continuing to attend meetings and support our club – well done members!!
Our thanks to guest speaker Ann Begg from 5W Club (Women Welcoming Women World Wide). This is an international organisation which provides women with opportunities to develop friendships and to travel and visit women in countries across the world. Ann gave a most informative and interesting talk.
During the meeting which followed, we acknowledged members who had a birthday January – March. Badges were presented to Jan (Assist Treasurer) and to new member Juliet, congratulations to both. Reports were presented by the various Committee members. A reminder of some fund-raising activities – Optus mobile phone data donations, collection of 5c and 10c pieces and container recycling. A “Lucky Number” for the $50.00 note was won by Margaret – a handy win!
2022 International Women's Day
International Women’s Day Lunches: A number of our members attended IWD lunches organised by West Coast VIEW Club and First Wave VIEW Club respectively – thanks to these two clubs for the enjoyable lunches and for enabling us to join in with their celebrations.
Messages of Support
POST Community Newspaper published an article (Mar 19th) with headline – “VIEW Club sends support for flood victims”. The Publicity officer wrote the article to remind readers of the horrors of the floods and the destruction, trauma, loss and dislocation which our sister VIEW club members and Learning for Life students have experienced and are still dealing with at this present time. The article was published with a group photo of our members at the Art Gallery of WA.
Our Facebook page, a message of support was posted to our sister VIEW club members, their families and to our ‘Learning for Life’ students and families living in the flood zones of SE Qld and in NSW – we sent our best wishes as they deal with the trauma, loss and devastation caused by the horrific flooding.
A lovely start to our VIEW Club year, a morning tea held at the Kiosk Café in Floreat where 22 members gathered together for a catch up – perfect summer weather and beach front scenery.
AGM was held on Feb.23rd and the Committee for 2022 was elected, with a new position of Assistant Treasurer filled by Kari. Jennifer continues as President and Ros is Treasurer; other Committee members – Jan, Di, Glen, Raelene and Chris. Thank you and welcome to our 2022 Committee. Once again, Jennifer has organised some terrific monthly outings and Raelene has arranged a list of interesting guest speakers – thanks so much to both of these Committee members for ensuring that we will have so much to look forward to each month.
Currently our Club has 57 fully paid up members and sponsors 10 ‘Learning for Life’ students, all fees paid up until 2023. Annual reports for 2021 were presented at the meeting; thanks also to Anne who stepped in to run the AGM due to the absence of our Zone Councillor. Members have a great year ahead with a variety of social events to enjoy as we continue to work to support The Smith Family and our students; while maintaining our social connections with each other and our community.
Welcome To 2022
Our start to the year had a few challenges – WA was hit by COVID-19 outbreak (Omicron), state borders were opened and at our own local level, a change of club meeting venue did not go to plan – however we have re-established our meeting location in Mt Claremont and we are adapting to living with COVID, wearing masks and following protocols; so we are going pretty well!!
LATE UPDATE: WA Govt has lifted most of COVID-19 restrictions so photos taken from May onwards will show our members attending activities mask free (masks can still be worn if one choses).
This year The Smith Family celebrates 100 years as a charity organisation which is an outstanding achievement. Like VIEW clubs across Australia, WSVC will be joining in with the celebrations later this year. Our club will also have its 21st birthday – luncheon date to be placed in diaries, September 28th.
2021 Closing Message
Where has 2021 gone? And like the rest of the world, Australia is still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic for a second year. Since the end of February, we in WA have been most fortunate as our state has managed to avoid any further outbreaks of COVID, but with our borders opening in February 2022, who knows!!
WSVC has enjoyed a successful year which has ended with strong membership numbers – 56 financial members; and the club started 2021 by sponsoring 8 students and by close of the year, we had 10 students all fully paid up for 2022. Congratulations and well done to all the members for your hard work and support. Our club has also found a new meeting venue which we will use from February next year. The Royal Agricultural Society is providing us with meeting facilities free of charge in their administration building at the Claremont Showgrounds.
Our club has two great organisers who do a tremendous job to ensure that throughout the year we have enjoyed interesting and informative guest speakers and club outings each month – a huge THANK YOU to Jennifer, who organised the outings and Raelene who was responsible for organising the guest speakers.
As our club experienced a very big end of year, due to a couple of special activities - 20th Birthday Lunch, and Open Day Morning Tea, we had only one guest speaker and one outing October – December.
2021 has not been without its challenges, however WSVC has come through the year as a strong community organisation which has increased the number of students being sponsored through The SMITH FAMILY while continuing to be a club which offers social connections and friendship to members. WELL DONE to the Committee and all members of WSVC.
See you all in 2022.
Open Day Morning Tea
This was our final activity for 2021. The Committee decided to organise a special morning tea and Open Day at the new club venue in the Claremont Showgrounds to introduce members to the new meeting place. Committee members catered, providing a delicious morning tea.
Although it was a very hot morning, the event was a great success with more than forty people attending and making the most of the opportunity to become familiar with the new surroundings and location for our meetings in 2022.
President Jennifer welcomed new member Irene and presented her with her membership badge – great to have you on board Irene!
20th Birthday Celebrations
Probably the highlight of our year. On 24th November, our club had sixty people attend our birthday celebrations at the Tee Box Café. The perfect weather and the scenic outlook over the golf greens and Lake Claremont added to the ambience of the occasion. The choir from Mt Claremont Primary School provided the entertainment and what a performance they gave us! Anjie Brooke, WA general manager for The Smith Family was the guest speaker and she congratulated WSVC on this, 20th birthday and for the phenomenal work and achievements of the club.
Club president then presented a cheque for $1000.00 to Angie who accepted on behalf of The Smith Family. Our club was able to provide some lovely prizes for the door prize and raffles, thanks to the generous donations from Bunnings, Blue Illusion (Floreat Forum) and club members.
This was a very special occasion which enabled WSVC members to reflect on their wonderful achievements over 20 years as a community organisation giving valued, ongoing support to The Smith Family, and it was a time of Celebration!
The success of the lunch was due to the dedication and hard work of WSVC Committee; thank you so much. A special mention also to the staff of the TEE Box Café for looking after us and for providing a lovely meal. Thanks also to POST Newspaper for publishing a substantial article with two photos, about our birthday, VIEW Club Celebrates 20 Years – great publicity for our club and the sixth article we have had published this year!!
Blue Illusion Fashion Parade
Raelene organised a fabulous, fashion fund raising event at Blue Illusion (Floreat Forum). Members who attended were provided with drinks and nibbles as we sat back to enjoy all the fashions being modelled for us – our Glen did a fine job parading and displaying a number of gorgeous outfits.
The end result was a donation of $668.00 and loads of gift vouchers, thanks to Staff of Blue Illusion. And what an enjoyable way to fund raise, and shop for clothes!.
City Art Tour
Members enjoyed a Guided Art Walk Perth CBD tour. This excellent outing, exploring the centre of our city, provided members with the opportunity to discover a wide range of amazing hidden art treasures which were just waiting to be found!
Sculptures, ‘street’ art - paintings on walls of buildings and in hidden lanes and alleyways; the range of topics, designs, styles and colours gave us an insight into the creative talents of the artists whose work was featured.
We had two guest speakers from GAIN (Gynaecological Awareness and Information Network) who made us very aware of the medical struggles and crippling pain still endured by many women in this modern day and age; these powerful stories shared with us by Catherine and Linda certainly had an impact on members.
October 2021 Update
Suddenly, we seem to be nearing the end of 2021, our second year of COVID-19. How fortunate are we in WA, to be able to attend our monthly VIEW Club meetings, host great guest speakers and enjoy a wide variety of stimulating outings; including AFL Grand Final for some members!!!
As members of VIEW, we have so much to be thankful for – increase in membership to 55, extending our “Learning for Life” sponsorship of students to 9, with a possibility of a further increase to 10, (all paid up until February 2023). Very strong ongoing support for the Roseworth Child and Parent Centre run by The SMITH FAMILY. A huge THANK YOU to club members and the Committee for all their hard work and fund raising to support The SMITH FAMILY children’s charity.
Due to the diligent efforts of Club President Jennifer, and Program Officer Raelene, our club has enjoyed having a number of very interesting monthly outings and some amazing guest speakers.
As follows Guest Speakers since July:
Hon. Celia Hammond Federal Member for Curtin, Rebecca Maddern – Royal Flying Doctor Service, Susan Hampton-Mortlock – The SMITH FAMILY.
Outings since August:
Pines Restaurant – Bentley TAFE College, Spring walk around Jackadder Lake, visit to Woodman Point Quarantine Station (1851-1979)- this later outing generated a sense of déjà vu as this site was also used during Spanish Flu pandemic.
Spring Walk photos around Jackadder Lake
Photos above show members and sights at Woodman Point Quarantine Station
Other Points Of Interest:
This year our Club has had five articles published in the POST, a local community newspaper, all articles relating to WSVC and the work of members in supporting The SMITH FAMILY.
Members also enjoyed a work-social occasion when a fund- raising event was held at Blue Illusion fashion outlet at the Floreat Forum. Staff provided nibbles and drinks and organised a fashion parade for our members, who then shopped!! Well done shoppers as a percentage of all the sales went to the Club.
For further information about our guest speakers and outings etc please go to the WSVC Facebook.
Western Suburbs Thrives in 2021
Our Club has continued to be highly active and productive, with meetings being very well attended; our only hiccup was in April when a COVID lockdown resulted in cancellation of that month’s meeting. Since then, several new members have joined and been warmly welcomed into our club; five new members were presented with membership badges at the June meeting. Each meeting has also attracted a growing number of visitors, with nine (9) joining us for the June meeting!
Treasurer, Ros Smith, received a Special Award certificate for her fund raising ideas - quite simple but so effective; coin collection, which has now has raised $1800.00, and containers for change has brought in $240.00. Well done Ros!! The club payment for our Learning for Life students for 2022 has been sent and received, so next payment not due until February 2023.
Our Club continues to support Roseworth Child and Parent Centre, and we are currently collecting non- perishable foods at the request of the Centre. We have had great support from the Post Newspaper, and have had a second article published, focussing on The SMITH FAMILY Winter Appeal.
2021 is a BIG year as we will be celebrating our 20th Birthday in the latter part of the year, and will keep you posted on the details. The Committee has this special event well planned and organised!!
Thank you to all members of WSVC for your great work and support this year.
Interesting Topics and Activities
Our Club does an outstanding job on the social aspects of VIEW, helping us to maintain a positive work-life balance by providing excellent guest speakers as well as a wide range of stimulating outings/activities:
- Guest Speakers: John Thornton (Regal Theatre), Bret Christian (Post Newspaper).
- Outings: Blue Lotus Cafe Waldeck Nursery, Guildford Museum, and Fremantle Army Museum.
Many thanks to Raelene Hoffmann and Jennifer Allen for organising these for our club.
Western Suburbs has leapt into 2021 with great energy and enthusiasm! We have held our AGM and the newly elected officer bearers and committee have the year well organised. We have had monthly outings - tour of His Majesty's Theatre, visit to Guildford Museum and during April we have members attending Rockingham VIEW Club 18th birthday and later in the month members will have a guided tour of WA renovated and renamed Perth Museum - Bools Bardip..
Our club has made a donation of $600.00 to purchase Joy Spreaders - Reading Resources and Let's Count. We hold regular book sales of materials donated by members and $100.00 raised was spent on Reading Resources.
It looks like being a wonderful year for our club as we support and contribute as a valued part of The Smith Family.
Books for Sale
A Visit to His Majesty's Theatre
February Visit to the WA Art Gallery
Icons Of Influence City Walk
October Wildflower Walk in Kings Park
At the Shipwreck Museum
Presentation of 10 Year Pins in 2020
During October, three of our members received their 10 year service pins from Zone Councillor, Kris Behets.
Photo Above L-R: Glen, Kris (Zone Councillor), Janny and Doreen.
August 2020 and Great to be Back
Our first meeting after the COVID restrictions were eased in WA, was held in August. Photos show everyone chatting and catching up and also, our speaker, one of our members Ali Gardiner.
It was a great morning and everyone was thrilled to be back.
VIEW Executive E-News March 2022
Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!Read more...
International Women's Day
Letter to VIEW Members in recognition of International Women’s Day and the ongoing support of VIEW from Doug Taylor, CEO The Smith Family.Read more...
Make a Spectacle Competition
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