A valued part of The Smith Family

West Coast VIEW Club


West Coast VIEW Club was formed in 2005.

Currently, the Club sponsors twenty three 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 at 11.00am
  • Hillary's Yacht Club



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Meet Our 2022 Committee



The guest speaker for September was Jennifer Keen, the WA State Manager of OzHarvest.  OzHarvest, founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004, is Australia’s largest food rescue organisation.  https://www.ozharvest.org/who-we-are/.

Jennifer talked to our members about the many programs OzHarvest have from rescuing food from many businesses and feeding the needy to education programs in schools.

Many members kindly donated non perishable items of food to this cause. These goods will contribute to the OzHarvest program, packing and sending hampers to schools who then in turn to families in need. Many being families I am sure who are also supported by the Smith family. Win win for all.

A welcome to new members Penelope and Trudy and a special mention to the Graduate Women WA, whose kind donations each year allow us to support more LfL students.






2022 September

The Bring and Buy day at our September meeting proved to be another successful fundraising event thanks to our very supportive members once again bringing along plants, preserves and baking as well as new items to contribute to our store.

Funds for our Learning for Life students were raised when those same kind members bought goods from the store. Big thanks to Bev and her team for organising and attending to the Bring and Buy and an extra thanks to Bev and the team of members who covered an amazing 300+ books for Roseworth Primary School last month.  

For over twelve years our member Sally has opened her home for Christmas in July events as well as our annual clothing sale. President Margaret made a special mention and thankyou to Sally for her amazing contribution. Sally will now hand the banner to our hard working Daphne to host the 2023 Clothing sale.

2022 August

A big thankyou to all the members and visitors who braved the weather and attended our August meeting.  It was pleasing to see Alison back on board and looking like she is ready to run that marathon. Our best wishes go out to Charmaine who was unable to attend but hope she is feeling much better soon.

Thanks go out to Lynne who organised the Christmas in July luncheon. This event was enjoyed by all who attended and raised a great sum for our LFL students  Our guest speakers are always appreciated and we must thank Daphne for organising this each month.

August speaker was Helen Anderson, a retired Nurse who now volunteers with Stay On Your Feet an area of the Injury Matters Organisation.  Helen spoke about the importance of the Move / Improve / Remove steps to help us stay on our feet.  The information is very valuable to all ages not just our many “young in spirit” members.     https://www.injurymatters.org.au/programs/stay-on-your-feet/

Margaret showed the meeting a Christmas Decoration that was presented to each Western Australian VIEW Club by Her Excellency Linda Hurley, who is the Patron of VIEW Clubs Australia. Our Club decided we would use this decoration (usually reserved for presentation to visiting dignitaries) as part of our Birthday meeting raffle.

A warm welcome to new members; Penny, Ann, Jill, Paula, Lorraine and Kaye; and happy birthday to the many members celebrating in August.

2022 June

The cold has reached WA but it did not deter our members coming out in force to support our annual book sale, raising more funds for our students.  A big thankyou to Bev and her team for organising and running the stall.

Our guest speaker was unable to make the meeting but thanks to our wonderful Daphne and the World Wide Web we were able to view some of her collection of weird and wonderful photos from around the world.

A special birthday for Annie who proved she was still fit enough to jump up from a laying position J



2022 July

Another meeting without our amazing secretary Alison but we hear she is doing so well she may soon be running marathons.

Two very special birthdays this month for Audrey and Cherie. Congratulations and hope your days were as special as you.

Thanks again to Richard Offen the Author and Historian who attends each year to give us more wonderful information on the history of Perth. Who would have thought – A flight from Adelaide to Perth back in 1929 only took 30 hours and a few stops along the way with one an overnighter.



Two very special birthdays this month for Audrey and Cherie. Congratulations and hope your days were as special as you.


Mothers Day Celebrations


2022 May

West Coast VIEW hopes all Mums had a wonderful day on Sunday 8th May. Our club loves to celebrate this at our May meetings and this year we had an extra special raffle prize to help celebrate and fundraise.  An enormous thank you to Debra Macleod of Jindalee for her kind and generous donation of a High Tea for 6 in your own home!  Congrats to Robin Bromley and five of her lucky friends on winning this amazing prize and also to Marg Delane and Jan Portwood who took home great prizes thanks to kind donations from our members.

Many thanks must also go to Jean Newstead who managed to persuade Bunnings to donate the beautiful pots of Chrysanthemums, and to Kaye Carter and Margaret Isaacs who wrapped and presented these as table centres. All pots were then sold for fundraising.  The generosity of our members is absolutely incredible.

Welcome to our new members Marlene and Kath who were presented with their badges.

Congratulations also go to Faye, Jane, Robyn, Shirley and Yvonne on achieving their 10 year pin. All these members have given so much to our club over the ten years and we thank them.

A big thank you also to our Guest speaker Dr Jade Acton, Consultant Gynaecologist, who came along to talk to us about all the wonderful things we have been through or can look forward to. Dr Acton certainly gave some clear advice on HRT, something a good many of us worry about. It was also worth knowing we are not alone in a lot of what we are experiencing as we age.

It has been a busy year and still more to look forward to for our members. The High Tea for the WA Development Teams 2022 function in June, our Friendship Lunch this month and a Christmas in July Luncheon.

Amazing Guide Dogs

Our guest speaker, Kay McIntyre from Guide Dogs WA gave us some very interesting information about the organisation and the amazing work they do in training guide dogs for the sight impaired and assistance dogs for autistic children and adults.

Kay also talked about the Cadet Training program and the new breeding program and how Guide Dogs WA have also provided the first Facility Dogs to organisations. Kay’s special guest and colleague Annie won many hearts on the day, so we can only imagine how beneficial these Facility dogs will be to those in areas needing comfort and emotional support.

Members are looking forward to our Mothers day luncheon (with a special raffle prize) as well as another Friendship lunch approaching and plans for a Christmas In July luncheon. Our social calendars are filling fast.



2022 April 

Another beautiful day to join friends at the Hillary’s yacht club.  The centre, with views over the Marina and ocean, always seems to set the scene for a great luncheon.

We welcomed to new members, Colleen Dransfield and Marilyn Young and acknowledged the great contribution made by member Pam Davis, who resigned after many years with West Coast VIEW.

Charmaine, our IWD Chair, gave a quick wrap of what was an amazing day despite all attempts to put obstacles in her way. Thanks again Charmaine and team for the great success both financially for our students and socially for our members. Charmaine, who is also the WA Development Team Leader,  gave us the good news that she has managed to organise a High Tea for all WA Members after our state conference was once again cancelled.

New Members in April 2022


International Women's Day



2022 March

 West Coast View club celebrated International Women’s Day on 2nd March.

Sadly it seems the inevitable has happened and Covid-19 has reached WA.

The wonderful Charmaine and her tireless team worked hard to put together a wonderful program but unfortunately in the few days leading up to it we had last minute cancellations from our Entertainer, Learning for Life Student and Smith Family WA Managing Director all due to isolation. We wish them well in ISO and a speedy recovery if symptoms develop.

Chris Behets, Zone councillor WA01, stood in for Anjie Jones and gave an interesting talk on the Smith family over the past 100 years.

Our Keynote speaker, Amy Williams, was such an inspiration for our IWD meeting telling us about how she dealt with the grief of suddenly losing her 36 year old husband and partner of 20 years, leaving her with 3 small children.

We missed having Learning for Life Student, Jade Manson talk to us as it is always such an inspiration to hear these students tell us about their life and achievements. We wish Jade well.

A huge thanks to Jay Weston who came to our rescue when we were given very short notice that our entertainer was in isolation. Our determined President Margaret called Jay just hours before the start of our meeting and Jay kindly obliged to come along and entertain us. Jay is a talented performer who sang us quietly through our meal before finishing the day with a great few songs. Sadly no dancing allowed.  

Of course the day would not have been complete without our wonderful raffles. Thanks to the generous donations by members and friends of members many guests went home very happy with prizes such as 2 nights accommodation in Albany, 2 nights at our Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough Travel vouchers and gift packs of Arbonne cosmetics to name just a few.

The Hilary’s Yacht Club served up a delicious meal and of course the use of their spectacular venue.





Arthritis and Osteoporosis

After a delicious lunch Daphne introduced our guest speaker, Mr Paul Forrestal.

Paul was representing Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA and had information that related to a great number of our members; Symptoms, medications, pain management and support were all discussed.

An interesting suggestion for pain relief from one of our members; Prunes soaked in Gin for approximately a week... Apparently guarantees one will feel no pain.





2022 February

Our fundraising for the year started before our first meeting. A big thank you to Sally for once again hosting this event, and to all the members who helped out on the day. This is a popular fundraiser with most members contributing items and also going home with a bargain or two.

Despite the hot weather for our first meeting on Wednesday 2nd February, our members were all sporting an extra accessory. Masks are now required to be worn unless sitting and eating or drinking. Of course this did not dampen the pleasure of catching up with friends, a great meal and an interesting guest speaker.

The 2022 committee were presented with their badges and joined together in the reading of the pledge.

New members, Eileen, Maddie, and Kerry were presented with their badge and the birthday girls for January and February given chocolates.

All members are looking forward to our Annual International Women’s Day function to be held on March 2nd.  Always a wonderful way to celebrate all women’s achievements and highlight gender equality, equity, and inclusion in this years theme of Break the bias.





Christmas Celebrations

Winners are Grinners with their Hampers


                                    Photos of the Day


2021 December

What a joyous time all 152 members and guests had at our last meeting for 2021. 

Special thanks must go to Sharen and her band of elves; Jude, Cherri, and Judy, who helped put together thirty spectacular Christmas Hampers for raffle prizes. Of course their amazing efforts would not have been needed if not for the generous donations of items and money by VIEW members, which included a beautiful hand made quilt by Bev. We are a very fortunate Club to have so many members who are committed to helping whenever, and wherever needed. 

The wonderful choir from Roseworth Primary School, once again, delighted us with songs and Christmas Carols. They in turn were delighted to see Santa aka Geoff Sherman, arrive with special treats for each of them. I am sure, Santa’s helper Jacie, was rewarded for her kind donations by seeing the joy on every little face. 

Our Christmas meal was delicious and a big thank you was given to staff members at the Hillary's Yacht club for their support and lunches throughout the year. 

As another year draws to a close our club would like to extend out warmest wishes to all VIEW members throughout Australia for the best festive season possible in light of the state of our world at the moment.  While still missing family and friends from around the world, we have been fortunate here in WA to have not had the lockdowns and terrible statistics our fellow Australians have had. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you good health. May 2022 see the beginning of the end of this dreadful pandemic or at least some light for all that the infection rate will ease and the variants are less harmful.


Presentations are made




November 2021 

Another very busy meeting today with all Committee positions becoming vacant and new members nominated and accepted:

  • President - Margaret Gleeson
  • Vice President - Jacie Bleus
  • Secretary - Alison Rogers
  • Assist Secretary - Kathy Boddington
  • Treasurer - Cherylle McQueen
  • Assistant Treasurer - Lynne Bower
  • Delegate - Margaret Arbuckle  
  • Program Officer - Daphne Cutherbertson
  • Assist Program Officer - Audrey Poole
  • LfL Coordinator - Kathy Boddington
  • Volunteering Officer - Bev Wood
  • Publicity Officer - Debra Levene 

While standing members filled most positions it can not be said often enough that all our club members, while they may not be on the committee, are often busy in the background organizing events and fundraising.

Today a Certificate Appreciation was presented to Heather for the hard work and assistance she gives throughout the year. Congratulations and thank you Heather.

A thank you also to Daphne for organising the sale of chocolates. A great initiative for fund raising and enjoyed with coffee after the meeting.  

Our Guest Speakers, Annie and Marie-Claire spoke on behalf of the CPE Group regarding changes to the Aged Care Assistance offered by the Government.

It is important we all know about these changes and the providers giving the assistance. CPE is a WA owned provider and told us the previous packages will be phased out in 12 to 18 months and anyone needing a package should know there is a waiting list for assessments to use the packages. It is also important to do you your research and compare fees and charges.

The CPE Group offers information on the following website: www.cpegroup.biz/government-funded-services 

Further information on the changes can be found at: www.health.gov.au>health-topics>aged-care   or www.myagedcare.gov.au>help-at-home 

All members are looking forward to a busy lead up to Christmas with our Christmas Friendship lunch and then our Christmas meeting in December.


Sweet Sixteenth Birthday 



October 2021

Happy 16th Birthday West Coast VIEW. Thanks must go to members Kathy, Cherylle and Lynne for helping to ensure the celebration was such a success.

With special guests Anjie Brook (General Manager The Smith Family) Zone Councillor Kris Behets, Past Zone Councillors Charmaine Sherman and Marlene Gordon along with members from Rockingham, Western Suburbs, Bayswater, Melville and First Wave VIEW clubs it was a full house and enjoyed by all. 

Our Club has always been fortunate to have a strong and enthusiastic membership and with President Margaret kept busy acknowledging this with thanks going out to Pauline and members for the great effort at the September meeting running the Bring and Buy as well as to Sally for hosting a coffee morning. Both events raising much needed funds for our Learning for Life students and the Smith Family. Anne, Margaret, and Wendy were presented with their 10 year membership badges followed by four new members receiving their badges.

Door prizes and raffles were drawn and won by lucky attendees before a beautiful Birthday cake was cut, shared and enjoyed by all present.

Two lucky ladies also took home $50 vouchers with thanks to Iisie Boutique who also topped off the day with a wonderful fashion parade. Must add that the models on the day all looked amazing in all the outfits they modelled.



National and Regional News

West Coast VIEW Club

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!

West Coast VIEW Club

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.

West Coast VIEW Club

Make a Spectacle Competition

Make a spectacle for you and your friends... as part of VIEW celebrating The Smith Family’s Centenary of commitment to improving the lives of Australian children.


Events Calendar

We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!.