West Coast VIEW Club was formed in 2005.
Currently, the Club sponsors twenty Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.
We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.
- Meeting Day on 1st Wednesday each month
- Held at Hillary's Yacht Club
- At 11.00 am
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- President: Charmaine on 0414821001
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West Coast VIEW Club now supports 21 children and it is through fundraisers such as this that they are able to carry on their amazing work whilst also ensuring that the club is a forum for fun and friendship for its lady members.
2019 March International Women's Day
Picture the scene – 200 women in Hillarys Yacht Club’s beautiful ballroom, listening and dancing to the dulcet tones of the well-known local Elvis impersonator Mark Dobbs, who ended the lunch and charmed the ladies with a lively rendition of ‘The King’s’ music.
This annual fundraiser is now a standard engagement in the diaries of ladies who want to dress up, meet their friends, make new friends, enjoy a lovely meal with entertainment, good speakers, fabulous raffle prizes and updates into what West Coast VEW Club is doing on behalf of The Smith Family charity to support the educational needs of disadvantaged Australian children.
Wendy Wardell once again compered the event and we were enchanted to hear Kristina Lang sing for us. Ian Moore, the General Manager of The Smith Family in WA, gave an update on the current work of TSF explaining how many Australian children still need our help and how the fundraised dollars are spent.
Salome Legris, one of the students who had benefited from this charity, told the audience how much the charity’s ‘Learning for Life’ programme had helped her and her brother and that without their help she would not be on the second year of the university course that she is currently on.
Keynote speaker Caitlyn Fogarty from The Fogarty Foundation left the audience spellbound as she told them of the work of her foundation and the amazing success it had currently achieved.
We were fortunate indeed to once again have Maryanne Maher, our National Manager, over from Sydney to enjoy the lunch with us and to close the event.
Incoming President Margaret Gleeson and Charmaine Sherman
Guest speaker Megan Davidson and Audrey Poole
2019 February AGM
It was the changing of the guards at West Coast VIEW Club‘s February meeting. A new committee was sworn in and while some positions were taken by new members, some office bearers took on different committee positions.
We welcome President - Margaret Gleeson, Vice President - Jacie Bleus, Secretary - Kathy Boddington, Assist. Secretary - Alison Rogers Treasurer - Cherylle McQueen and Assist Treasurer - Lynne Bower.
"Thank you" hardly seems enough for all the hard work of outgoing President Charmaine Sherman. Having now taken on the role of Zone Councillor, Charmaine is obviously not ready for full retirement (not sure that will ever happen).
A big thank you to Margaret Jervis and Pat Pearce for the years spent counting and accounting for our club and to Jess Sim who has stepped down as Delegate.
After the official hand over of badges and swearing in (thanks Jean for making this official and humorous at the same time), we all relaxed and caught up to friends we may not have seen since 2018.
Our guest speaker, Megan Davidson had the audience captivated with her amazing stories of Trekking the world as a guide. Mt Kilimanjaro 3 times, Everest Base camp, Mt Kala Patthar to name a few. Not to forget the Kakoda Trail a staggering 14 times and 4 times on the Inca Trail including one with her mum, a member of West Coast VIEW. In the past few years Megan founded the not for profit organization Buddy Up Australia." Buddy Up Australia offers a way for people who have served their country, either domestically or overseas, to connect with like-minded people and feel that sense of purpose again. That’s through physical fitness and volunteering for worthwhile projects.”
February is also a month when members generously donate stationery items for Roseworth Primary School. This is a school West Coast VIEW has had a close relationship with for a number of years and I am sure the staff, parents and children will be bowled over with the boxes and boxes of items donated this year.
Cherylle McQueen and Margaret Arbuckle
2019 January Fundraiser and Volunteering
While there was no meeting for the West Coast VIEW Club in January, members were not going to let an opportunity to raise funds for our club pass. Sally Newman opened her home to all who wanted to clear their wardrobes of some of those mistake buys and give them the opportunity to purchase something new at a bargain price. All went home extremely happy with their purchases and pleased that money raised from those little mistakes were going to a great cause.
On two days in January and February members also came together to help out Roseworth Primary School by giving up a few days to cover books at Roseworth Primary School. I am sure this was much appreciated by the teachers and students.
Roseworth Primary School staff, students and Santa
Club president Charmaine with Jenny Jones and Rhoda Chance from Graduate Women WA
Member Robyn Agnello and Santa
West Coast VIEW Club – December 5th 2018 Xmas meeting
This year was our biggest Christmas lunch to date with over 130 members and friends enjoying the entertainment and lunch. Past District Governors Marlene Gordon & Judy Hollinshead were welcomed as were several interstate members and a visitor from the UK.
What a wonderful gift of songs and carols was then presented by students from Roseworth Primary School. The choir had been practicing hard all year for the presentation. Their school song, which included every area of learning including sign language, was a special treat to see and hear. Children are, after all, what usually makes Christmas so special and the choir this year certainly started the festive season on a high.
Margaret Arbuckle presented three donations to the school for the Library, breakfast club and the canteen and, with the help of Santa and once again the kind generosity of Jacie Bleus, each student was given a Christmas cracker and little bag of goodies before leaving. Staff from the school thanked the club for its ongoing support. It is always a joy to see some of the children who may be helped in some way with monies raised each month through our spare change jar.
Alison our Secretary pointed out stats from the Smith Family Personal Impact Report which astounded most present. Children participating in programs up by 19%, Learning for Life sponsor recipients increased by 10% and $1.6 million dollars raised by VIEW clubs toward The Smith Family Fund raising.
Our president Charmaine then introduced Jenny Jones and Rhoda Chance from
Graduate Women WA who have teamed with West Coast VIEW Club to sponsor a child for a period of three years. This generous donation has allowed us to offer to support another student, making 22 children in total our club will sponsor.
Thanks to donations from members, Sally Newman and friends put a smile on many happy people’s faces (including Santa) by creating 21 gift baskets for the raffle and in turn, a healthy contribution to our clubs funds for the Smith Family.
A very kind donation by Marie Hahn from her open garden was also presented by club member Jean McLeod.
Table centres were sold to raise further funds and we thank members Pauline Wogan, Pam Davis, Bev wood, Barbara Haslinger and Margaret Jervis for the time and effort put into making these.
May your festive season be filled with joy and 2019 bring health and happiness to all.
Raffle prizes and Sweet Pleasures Birthday Cake
West Coast VIEW Club Western Australia
Happy 13th Birthday to us and what better way to celebrate than to hear that we will soon be sponsoring two new children as one of our older students is now leaving secondary school.
This will take the number of children sponsored by West Coast VIEW to 21. Our meetings are always a way to get together and enjoy lunch, guest speakers and friendship, but the important vision is the Learning for Life students and how we can help the Smith Family in this.
The hard working ladies of our club had the tables looking wonderful with flowers and chocolate treats. Of course, our Sally, thanks to many generous donations, had once again excelled in the presentation of many door and raffle prizes. A big thank you to Annemarie from Fifth Avenue Jewellery for her donation.
Lunch was followed by a fashion parade by K’Sara fashions and while we were all thinking about fitting in to all those beautiful clothes we were treated to Birthday cupcakes. These came with an amazing Birthday cake made by Rochelle from Sweet Pleasures. Sweeter still was to know that Rochelle was a Learning for Life Student.
A fundraising friendship lunch at Joondalup TAFE will be enjoyed by many members before our November meeting. Hard to think that another year is nearly over and our Christmas meeting will soon be here. Of course preparations are well under way to ensure our 2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon is the usual outstanding success. You are all invited –keep 8th March 2019 free in your diary.
2018 Meeting 4th July
Well done to all ladies who battled the cold and high winds to attend our July meeting. Just another example of the commitment our members have to be part of this wonderful club and its cause.
Children from Roseworth Primary School benefit with this support and a letter, from the school, was read at the meeting. The letter mentioned the special relationship our club has with the school and thanked the “dedicated group of ladies” who have such a passion for the school.
A donation to the school for the Canteen, Breakfast Club and Library will enable them to provide support to some of the families in the school such as emergency lunches and breakfast items. Our help gives extra support to families so their children can enjoy opportunities children in other schools may take for granted.
Our Guest speaker Angie spoke passionately about her position with Zonta House Refuge Association. https://zontahouse.org.au/ This refuge for women has operated for 34 years helping women over the age of 18 who find them self in a vulnerable situation and need of help. Zonta provides refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education. What stood out in Angie’s talk was the holistic approach and education. These women need more than just a safe place, they need support in all areas if they are to gain the confidence needed to rebuild their lives. We listened to the terrible statistics of abuse and all share Angie’s hope that one day she will be out of a job in this area.
Most members will catch up in a few weeks for the annual Christmas In July luncheon kindly and magnificently organized by our member Sally Newman and hosted in her home.
A happy July birthday to many members and a very humorous look at celebrating another year by Audrey Poole.
Marilou and VIEW members
GM The Smith Family WA Ian Moore
Dr Pam Lynch, Life Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker.
The day continued on a high note with the introduction of our Keynote speaker Dr Pam Lynch. Pam talked of her very happy life. Marrying at 19, having a loving husband and 2 beautiful daughters but feeling there was still something more to life. She decided, at 40, that study would give her what she was searching for and the decision took her on a 15 year part time study journey to a PHD in Classics and Ancient History. Along the way 4 grandchildren arrived, both her children divorced as did she herself and sadly the death of her mother before she could see Pam graduate. Pam told us of how study and education changed her as a person, giving her confidence and a belief in herself that she never thought she had. Of course she was now in her fifties and needed another challenge so why not a climb to Everest Base Camp? This was the hardest thing she had ever done but she trained and achieved this absolutely magnificent feat and then decided a few years later to do it again. Pam returned in 2015 to take on a more challenging route to Base Camp, but this time she was not to make it. Dangerous conditions saw the team having to return to Kathmandu and the decision to stay longer than originally planned meant Pam was to experience the most terrifying moments of her life. The devastating earthquake hit Kathmandu on April 26th.
Pam now runs her own business as a life coach, mentor and motivational speaker what better credentials could one have than her life experience?
2018 International Women's Day
West Coast VIEW Club Western Australia
The 2nd meeting for the West Coast VIEW Club in 2018 saw 187 ladies, and two gentlemen, come together to celebrate International Women’s Day, and what a magnificent tribute to women it was. Each year our IWD meeting seems to get bigger and better thanks to the tireless and amazing efforts of our IWD committee and members.
MC extraordinaire, Wendy Wardell, invited our club President Charmaine Sherman to open the luncheon and Charmaine welcomed special guests, members and friends.
We were then introduced to Marilou, who wowed us with her opening number ‘The Greatest Love of All’. With lyrics such as the following what better song could we have had for our IWD entertainment?
I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Mr Ian Moore, The General Manager of The Smith Family WA was warmly welcomed. Ian spoke to us of the contribution the VIEW clubs in WA make to the Smith Family and the Learning for Life students. How important this contribution is, was brought home to us when he read statistics of money raised and children sponsored by clubs in Western Australia. As members I think we were all so proud to know that our West Coast View Club had made a significant mark on those statistics. Ian’s address was a fitting opening for our MC to introduce our next speaker.
Tyler, a Learning for Life Student, gave us a heartfelt talk of his journey and how The Smith Family helped along the way. Tyler told us of how proud he was of his Mother, who had battled as a single mum to give them every opportunity. Who would believe that a boy who dreamed of becoming a diesel mechanic and won a BHP scholarship to do just this, would suddenly wake up one day and realise that he instead Tyler wanted to choose a career where he could ‘give back’. Tyler decided primary school teaching would be the way he could do this.
We listened as Tyler explained to us how important the Learning for Life scholarship was through school and university, how much easier it made the financial burden and how that extra money enabled him to spend the time he needed in study to complete his degree.
He gave an emotional talk of his experience in classrooms with children who deserved that little extra and how this had made him realise just how right and important the decision to teach was. A generous applause was given to Tyler by the audience, several who were in tears.
A delicious lunch followed and then Marilou was back to entertain with her Whitney Houston Tribute act and entertain she did, managing to convince members and friends to get up and dance to her powerful Whitney renditions.
Dessert tea and coffee were served and we were nearing the end of a truly wonderful lunch but first the door prizes and raffle draw – all 23 prizes, kindly donated by or sourced by our members and beautifully presented on the day.
Some very happy ladies left that afternoon and not just the raffle and door prize recipients.
I think I can talk for all when I say we all left inspired, entertained and well fed. A huge thank you to the 2018 IWD committee, in particular one special lady, who proved just how strong one can be under the most dreadful circumstances.
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