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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.

 

When

  • Meeting Day on 1st Wednesday each month at 11.00am
  • Hillary's Yacht Club

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HILLARYS

65 Northside Drive, HILLARYS, WA 6025

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Meet Our 2022 Committee

 

2022 Christmas Celebrations  

West Coast VIEW would like to wish all our Members Australia wide a wonderful holiday period and a safe and healthy 2023. May all those who have had such a terrible time with floods soon find their life showing some sort of normality. You are all in our thoughts and hearts.

Our club had a wonderful turnout at our Christmas meeting with 130 guests and friends attending. A huge thank you must once again go to those Members responsible for making the meeting so successful – Cherylle for getting numbers, payments, and tables organised; all Members who helped decorate the tables and the amazing team who put together the 29 beautiful baskets of Christmas goodies which were raffled along with several bottles of wine.

Each year our team of volunteers contribute their time to our club in so many ways not least of all the fundraising for our Learning for Life students, The Smith Family and helping out at Roseworth Primary School. Of course, we would not be the club we are if not for all our generous Members.

We hope Members and friends left that afternoon full of Christmas cheer after catching up with friends, a delicious meal and entertainment by the always popular Roseworth Primary School Choir.  Several members and guests also went home very happy with their raffle prize wins but none more so than Penny who was advised that morning that she had won 2nd prize in the National Raffle – a $400 voucher.

Each year the choir from Roseworth School attends our Christmas meeting and after their concert Santa (Geoff Sherman) arrived and the children were thrilled to receive their Christmas crackers and the beautiful bag of treats donated and put together for them by our Vice President Jacie. Thank you Jacie, you and your Mum will be a hard act to follow in 2023.

Our 2023 calendar is already filling with the Bring and Buy in January and preparation well under way for our annual International Women’s Day Meeting.

Welcoming New Member

 

2022 November

Our November meeting saw the result of a new surge in Covid numbers with several members unable to attend.

New members for the 2023 committee were elected and the following is our new committee, all elected unopposed.

  • President: Margaret 
  • Vice President: Anne
  • Secretary: Kathy
  • Assist. Secretary: Kathy 
  • Treasurer: Cherylle
  • Assist. Treasurer: Margaret 
  • Delegate: Anne
  • Program Officer: Daphne
  • Learning for Life Co-ordinator: Kathy 
  • Publicity Officer: Debra 
  • Volunteering Officer: Bev

A big thanks to our members who have stayed on for another year and also to Anne, Kathy, Margaret and Bev for taking on the vacant positions.

All club Members were very saddened to hear our Secretary of many years Alison and her beautiful daughter Jacie  (Vice President) will be leaving the West Coast VIEW Club. Both Alison and Jacie have worked tirelessly for our club and their invaluable contribution will be missed along with their beautiful smiles each meeting. Melville City VIEW club are lucky to have Alison and Jacie join their club and West Coast VIEW wish them both all the very best with some travel, relaxation, improved health and a far quicker journey to Melville City each month.  We look forward to seeing you at our special meeting as our Guests.

President Margaret presented new member Roslyn with her badge and gave chocolates to our November birthday ladies.

No guest speaker this month but Daphne once again came up with some interest & education with a quiz that kept us all guessing.

 

 

17th Birthday Celebrations

 

 

2022 October

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to our Club, recently celebrating 17 very successful years.  Members and guests enjoyed a beautiful day of friendship food and fashion.

We welcomed new member Brenda, with a badge presentation and good wishes to the many members who were also celebrating a birthday this month.

Iisie Boutique gave us a wonderful fashion parade of garments and also donated vouchers as raffle prizes so a big thank you to Iisie and her staff for all the work they put into the parade. Many members went home very happy with a raffle win. Our member models looked amazing in every outfit as has been the case each year.

We were all left shocked and saddened by the news of the sudden passing of our Member Jan Connor. Her always-cheerful face and smile will be missed at our meetings.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this sad time.

 

 

OzHarvest

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.

 

 

 

 

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Events Calendar

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

  

Mar 8

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrations are happening around the country at your local VIEW club.

Sep 8

VIEW National Convention 2023

We are pleased to announce the 56th VIEW National Convention will be held in Hobart, TAS from 8-10 September 2023.