A valued part of The Smith Family

West Coast VIEW Club


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


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65 Northside Drive, HILLARYS, WA 6025

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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


2018 December

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.


Happy Hostesses


Raffle prizes and Sweet Pleasures Birthday Cake

2018 October

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.

Another great lunch, filled with Voice Interest and Education.





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.







What a wonderful luncheon was had by all who attended our last meeting of 2017.  The day started with Santa mingling with our members and friends before we were entertained by the students from the Roseworth Primary School Choir.  The children, introduced by year 6 students, started with a song written by the Western Australian Indigenous Person of the Year, Gina Williams and finished with a thank you to West Coast View with the Bruno Mars song “Count on Me”. From start to finish they had us entertained - laughing, crying and singing along with many Christmas and participation songs.  Santa joined us again to the delight of the students. Each student was given bonbons and a bag of goodies kindly donated by member Jacie Bleus. On meeting days, throughout the year, members donate their spare change and a cheque from these donations was presented to the school to help with their library, breakfast club and lunches.

The day continued with a delicious Christmas themed meal during which the door prizes and Christmas hampers were given to lucky winners.  This year, members donated so generously there were 19 hampers to be given in the raffle draw and all, once again, beautifully packed and presented by Sally Newman and members.

Our president Charmaine Sherman presented Alison Rogers (Secretary), Margaret Jervis (Treasurer) and Allison Waldock (Volunteering Officer) with certificates of appreciation for their help throughout the year.

West Coast VIEW members left, I am sure, looking forward to 2018. The break will be spent collecting stationery for Roseworth Primary School students, finding more wonderful guest speakers and looking forward to many months of friendship and giving.

We wish you all a happy festive season and a healthy New Year






Our birthday celebrations included a fashion parade with world class models parading the latest spring fashions from The Wardrobe.

Door prizes were once again simply amazing and a big thank you to all the members and community supporters for their donations.

Of course a big thank you too for the hard work by members, headed by Sally Newman, in putting together these baskets and gift packages.


12 Year Birthday Celebrations 

West Coast VIEW members, friends and members from Perth VIEW clubs came together on Wednesday 4th October to celebrate our 12th Birthday.  Twelve years of supporting the Smith Family through the Learning for Life program, hearing many interesting guest speakers and making valuable friendships.

West Coast VIEW members now number over 100 and the club sponsors 20 children. Monies raised through memberships, special event meetings (such as buy and sell and book sales) plus monthly raffles have made this sponsorship possible.

Students at Roseworth Primary school are also helped out with money raised from 'spare change' at our monthly meetings. This spare change has gone toward emergency lunches at the canteen, new books and covers for the library and the school's Breakfast club.

Volunteer members, coordinated by Alison Waldock, also help out with covering books and reading.

We now head into our 13th year and look forward to our Christmas meeting and the IWD celebration in 2018.

Our program officer Kate Meredith, I am sure, will have us enjoying many guest speakers throughout 2018.


Meeting 7th June  2017

The June meeting started with good news from members who attended the opening of the new Capes VIEW club in Dunsborough WA. A great attendance of over 100 helped celebrate the occasion.

At a recent thank you to service clubs dinner, West Coast VIEW was presented with a framed certificate of thanks for work the club does in the City of Joondalup.

New member Jenny Gillon received her badge today and dates were announced for our 2018 International Women’s Day luncheon – Wednesday 7th March 2018 – a date to ensure is in your diaries.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th July 2017



Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker this month was Russell Decke, JP and President of the Ancient Egypt Society of Western Australia.

Russell had a very novel way of discussing the The Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten whose reign from 1353 BC to 1336 BC was very controversial. He was best known for changing the religion of Ancient Egypt to worshipping just one God named Aten.

Many accusations were made against him and members were invited to be the jury on a trial. Russell, dressed resplendent in full costume, acted for both the defense and prosecution. The verdict was “not guilty”.



West Coast VIEW Club 



Invitations to events by Rockingham Sound and Western Suburbs and the inauguration Capes VIEW club in Dunsborough will keep member’s social calendars busy and VIEW Clubs in the notice of the public.

Our Friendship lunch will be held at Kate Meredith’s on 19th April before our next meeting on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 11.15 am.


Meeting 5 April 2017

Our April meeting gave members the opportunity to wear their finest Easter Bonnets, and some even gave us a smile with their bunny ears and cotton tails.

An amazing basket of Easter goodies, donated by members, was raffled and won by Margaret Finn. This raised $300.

Our IWD Chair, Jean Newstead, announced that the day was even more successful than previous years. This was a wonderful result and a reflection of the hard work Jean, the committee and members gave to make the day such a success. Jean also talked about the feedback given and all agreed that the day’s main aim was to raise funds for the Smith Family and this was well and truly met.

Allison Waldock read a letter from Roseworth Primary School thanking West Coast VIEW Club for their continued support. Stationery donated by members was delivered and many children are benefitting from this and the money raised from spare change at our meetings which is given to the canteen for emergency lunches. Money is also going toward the Breakfast Club three days of the week. Library book covering organized by Allison and member volunteers is greatly appreciated.

Badges and congratulations were given to 10 year members Jess Sim and Coralie Ross and five new members were presented with their club badges. These new members and others joining since have taken our membership to just on 100.

Our guest speaker this month was Author and Educator Diane Guntrap. Diane has written a book called Dear H which takes the form of a diary written by a 12 year old girl who is being bullied. As well as a good read for this age group, Diane has also been able to use it as a tool to take to schools and talk to students about their experiences and thoughts on bullying. She has been pleased with the interaction she has been able to achieve with students, both male and female, and stressed the importance of children knowing they have someone to talk to about their feelings. The response when she talks to the students about finding a support person has been heartening with feedback being positive.




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Your Invitation to Blue Illusion National Shopping Day and Styling Workshop on Thursday 1 November 2018 in support of The Smith Family and VIEW Clubs.

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Events Calendar

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


Mar 8

2019 International Women's Day First Wave Club WA

SAVE THE DATE! You are invited to celebrate International Women's Day with First Wave WA VIEW Club members on Friday, 8 March 2019..

Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

National Convention 2019 - bookings have opened