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
- Alison on 0408 107 338 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet Our 2022 Committee
Mothers Day Celebrations
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.
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
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.
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.
Winners are Grinners with their Hampers
Photos of the Day
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
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
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.
While our July meeting was cancelled, we were more fortunate than other states to be able to hold a very busy and informative meeting in August. West Coast VIEW is so fortunate to have such strong member support.
A very much-deserved Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Sally. Sally has been our friendship officer for many years and organised Morning teas, Christmas in July lunches and Bring and Buy afternoon teas. These days were all generously hosted in her own home often with more than 50 ladies attending!. On our special VIEW days such as IWD and Mothers day, Sally, with help from members and kind donations, always put together the most amazing hampers and gift baskets for raffle prizes. Sally also announced a coffee morning to be held at her home in September and the date in January for her yearly Bring and Buy of old and new clothes.
Secretary Kathy; creator of our monthly newsletter added yet another badge to her collection by taking on the extra role of LfL Student coordinator. Kathy is taking over from Ros who has held this position for several years, so a big thank you also to both Ros and Kathy.
Daphne talked to us about the correspondence she has had with five of our LfL students. This wonderful connection certainly seems a win win for both Daphne and the students.
President Margaret presented badges to two new members, Meg and Robyn. The August birthday ladies, as well as the July birthday ladies, were all presented with their chocolates, thanks again to Sally.
Cancer Council Guest
Our Guest speaker this month was Melissa Treby, the Education Officer from the Cancer Council. Melissa gave members some very important information on the most common cancers and the comparison between these and the cancers that have the highest mortality rate. The good news is that with the introduction of the National HPV Vaccination Program there have been good early success signs, with a big reduction in HPV types responsible for almost 75% of cervical cancer.
Research is improving the early detection of many cancers and this also is very important in the success of treatment, but more importantly, Melissa talked about the risk factors and how to reduce these.
A big thank you went out to the new chef at the Hillary's Yacht Club and the new menu. Members are looking forward to the Christmas lunch in a few months.
Our June meeting is always a must for book lovers. Members donate books, which are then purchased by other members. A big thank you to all members who helped out on the day and to Lynne who took all books left over to another charity.
A very big thanks must also go to Daniel Looker who is a friend of our President. For the second year Daniel has donated a considerable sum to our club to help with our sponsorship of Learning for Life students.
Our guest speaker this month was Richard Offen, a Perth historian who gave us a very informative and at times surprising talk about the history of Perth. Richard has researched Perth for many years and written two books. Richard has presented at our meetings in the past and always keeps our members entertained with his stories.
Thelma was officially welcomed to West Coast VIEW with her badge. Members are also looking forward to our annual Christmas in July fundraiser.
Members also sent best wishes to member Jeanette and her husband who will both be coming to the end of their treatment for Cancer on the same day. We are hoping to see Jeanette at our July meeting.
April 2021 AGM
Our April meeting combined with a brief AGM as this was not held as usual in February when the meeting was cancelled.
Current office bearers were re-elected for 2021; President - Margaret; Vice President - Jacie; Secretary - Alison; Assistant Secretary - Kathy; Treasurer - Cherylle; and Assistant Treasurer - Lynne.
The report from our Treasurer was a testament to a very hard working committee and support from club members. Despite such a hard year, we were still able to fund our 21 Learning for Life students as well as donations to the Smith Family.
Support for our local school in stationery items, book covering and breakfast club money was also generous.
Our Guest speaker, Judi Lane (Community Education Manager – Perkins Institute) talked to members about the valuable and truly amazing research undertaken at the Perkins Institute as well as a little about the wonderful Harry Perkins whose philanthropy and vision for a Medical Research Centre has enabled researchers to work on defeating the major diseases that impact our community.
May came with a little cooler weather but did not dampen the spirits of the many members who attended our Mothers Day meeting This was despite the continuing uncertainty of a COVID outbreak and the need to wear a mask.
Many thanks to Sharon and her volunteers who outdid themselves in organizing raffle baskets and a big thank to Bunnings for the donations of potted chrysanthemum pots on each table which were raffled at the end of the day.
Thanks to Audrey for stepping in when the guest speaker organized by Daphne had to cancel.
At very short notice the Western Australian Newspaper’s travel editor Stephen Scourfield entertained our members with his own journey to travel writing and many experiences and friends he has made along that journey.
2021 International Womens Day
With another COVID shutdown for Perth, West Coast VIEW was unable to hold the February meeting. However, many congratulations must go out to our IWD Committee who, despite all odds, organised a wonderful March meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day.
What a great way to start the year and catch up again with old friends. The work by Sharon, Jude and all the members who garnered donations and organised such a large number of baskets for our raffle certainly helped our fundraising efforts. The table settings were just beautiful and Wendy, who once again donated her time as MC, gave the occasion her special touch.
Guest speakers Ian Moore (GM for Smith Family WA), Myra Ugle (Learning for Life Student) and Rebecca Tomkinson (CEO Royal Flying Doctor Service of WA) all gave heart warming and inspiring talks. It was sad to hear that Ian Moore is leaving The Smith Family and will be missed. However, It was very clear, from listening to Myra, just how much of an impact Ian has had with the Learning for Life Students. He will be such an asset to Richmond Wellbeing where he will take up his role as CEO.
A generous donation by Maria Bristow, on behalf of her dance club must be acknowledged with many thanks.
The day finished on a high note with Jay Weston singing songs by Roy Orbison and Neil Diamond.
VIEW Executive E-News March 2022
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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...
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