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 members enjoyed a cold windy Perth day in the warmth of the Hillarys Yacht club for their monthly meeting.
While numbers at this time of year are a little down due to lucky members following the sun and going North, our meetings still attract a strong attendance and wonderful guest speakers. Congratulations to Veronica Franklin who was presented with her 10 year badge and new members Peta Ranson and Ursula Wright received their member badges.
This month Dr Stan Wisniewski talked to us on the topic “What is Cancer?”.
It seems there are not many who have not been affected by cancer in some way. Dr Wisniewski talked about his work over 40 plus years and explained that early detection and treatment is still the best outcome for patients. A good reminder to all of us and our family to have regular checks and not ignore small changes. Members felt the talk was so beneficial and interesting many asked if we could invite Dr Wisniewski back. We thank Dr Stan and his wife Heather for the kind donation presented after the meeting.
We would also like to thank Margaret Annear and Uma from Chilli Farms for their generous donations.
President, Margaret Gleeson and three members attended a meeting at the Mayor of Joondalup’s annual cocktail party and West Coast VIEW received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our contribution to the community.
Margaret talked with other community organisations but was most impressed by the Night Chaplins. These people go out into the night and assist people in all kinds of distress and need, they may be too drunk or drugged to get themselves home. They may have become separated from their friends, lost shoes, been physically ill etc. These good souls carry a backpack with all kinds of aids to assist, right down to thongs for broken heels! They ring Taxi’s, Ubers or ambulance what ever is needed.
Veronica and Margaret
Christmas in July, at the home of Sally Newman, is our next fundraiser. The day is fully booked as always and a big thank you to Sally for the work she puts in to the event.
Dr Stan Wisniewski
Peta and Ursula with President Margaret
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.
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