A valued part of The Smith Family

Camden Haven Day VIEW Club


Camden Haven Day VIEW Club was formed in 1992.

Currently, the Club sponsors 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.


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2023 Camden Haven VIEW Club Committee



Soup, Slice and Damper Day In May 2023

On a beautiful clear late May autumn day, Members held our Soup, Slice and Damper Day. One of our Members opened her home in such a lovely bushland setting for 21 of our Members to enjoy some delicious soups with fresh damper. This was followed up with yummy slices and a hot cuppa.

Some of us enjoyed colouring in the tablecloths while we chatted together. However, all of us were very impressed with the creativity of some Members who had made delightful outfits featuring VIEW Club tea towels!!

Jackie wrote a poem titled The Real Camden Haven Housewives to introduce each model as they paraded.

Raffles and donations raised more than $200 for our Club to support our Learning for Life students.


Welcoming New Members

We had a great time at our May meeting., with our Zone Counsellor Barbara presenting two new members, with their badges. 


Photo below shows ZC Barbara with new Members Josie and Kerry.  

Fire Safety In May 2023

Two fantastic firemen from our local brigade were our guest speakers. They spoke to us about fire safety in the home. They offered to come and check our smoke detectors and to replace them if necessary for free. We all received a free gift of a wooden spoon with the phrase Keep looking when cooking on it.

We appreciated their informative and helpful presentation, and they answered all the questions we had about fire safety, many of these focused around electrical devices, such as where and how to recharge our phones in a safe way - covers open and on a non combustible surface - turning electric blankets off before we go to sleep and lots more.

Hastings River Cruise



2023 May Outing

Members and guests had a wonderful time on our Hastings River Cruise on May 1. It was a lovely relaxing way to spend a couple of hours enjoying each others company and seeing a bit more of Port Macquarie from the river.

We saw a mother and baby dolphin as well as the white bellied sea eagles. A lovely light lunch with some delicious dessert and a game of pass of parcel with a trivia twist challenged us, with Inara and Cheryl taking home lovely prizes.


People Helping Others


2023 April

At our April Luncheon Meeting we were interested to hear all about Kendall Riding for the Disabled from the president Jenny McGregor. This wonderful service provides invaluable support for those in our community who face challenges in their daily lives. The positive outcomes this experience provides and the joy on the faces of those participating is something that motivates Jenny and her team. They rely on volunteers and donations to keep this service operating.

We are always inspired when we learn more about what the wonderful people in our community are doing to help others.

Entertaining Member

Guest Speaker and new member Jackie with Ass Secretary Mel

2023 March

One of our newest members was the Guest Speaker at our March Luncheon Meeting. Jackie is a writer and she shared some of her brilliant and funny poems. We were well entertained and enjoyed our time together.

We had four new members join today, and our Club Delegate, Dianne, was sworn in and presented with her badge as she was unable to attend our AGM last month.

Past ZC Carmel presents Dianne with her Delegate's badge.

International Women’s Day

Our club hosted a morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day during March, 2023.

Fifty-one ladies attend, including many of our own club members and friends as well as some from Port Macquarie Day and Kempsey VIEW Clubs.  National Councillor, Dianne, spoke to us about VIEW and why we celebrate IWD in acknowledgement of the great contribution women make to society.

Guest Speaker, Judith, shared her experiences as a prison officer in the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra. She told us how she came to be working in that role, the training and qualifications required as well as what her job involved. As you can imagine it takes a special kind of person to work with prisoners. Judy explained how being a woman actually helped her achieve positive results as she worked with and for the men in custody. A woman brings a unique skillset and is able to gain the trust and cooperation of men by treating them with respect, demonstrating kindness and a good sense of humour.

Following our speakers, we were treated to an incredible array of delicious treats for our morning tea. 

The General Manager of LUSC popped in to wish us a Happy International Women's Day and to give out two bottles of wine as lucky door prizes. We are so grateful for the great service and support our club is privileged to receive from LUSC.


Photo above: National Councillor Dianne and Zone Councillor Barbara  





2023 February Annual General Meeting

At our Annual General Meeting on February 20 we acknowledged our 2022 committee, reviewed all the fun we had last year and the wonderful achievements of our club. Following this, our 2023 committee members were sworn in and Zone Counsellor Barbara Gaylard presented their badges. We are looking forward to making more memories together this coming year as we build friendships and support disadvantaged children through The Smith Family Learning for Life program.
We also welcomed another new member, our president Bev presented Jenny with her name badge, and we all enjoyed having lunch together and reconnecting after our Christmas break.
Welcome Jenny

Celebrating Christmas

2022 December

In December our club had an Aussie themed Christmas party. We enjoyed a fun time together over lunch and playing some Christmas games together. Our gift exchange game was a lot of fun as always, with a set of candles changing hands several times and a beautiful scarf was another gift that was popular.

Our lovely President Bev was unable to be with us on the day, but she did an outstanding job of making and decorating our Christmas cake and making party favours for everyone. One of our long serving members who has been unwell this year was able to come though and did the honour of cutting the cake for us.

We had lots of lovely raffle prizes which helped to raise more money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. 



Planning in November 2022

At our November Luncheon Meeting we welcomed another new member. Collen was presented with her badge by our Zone Counsellor, Barbara.

Our Guest Speaker was Mel from Mid Coast Community Legal Services. She shared some very helpful information about planning ahead. This included how we can access legal support, details about Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship. 


New Members Welcomed

At our October Luncheon Meeting, Vice President Lesley presented three new members - Trudi, Judy and Sandi - with their badges, and we welcomed them into our club.


2022 October

Our Guest Speaker, Michelle Drummond, from Home Instead presented a very helpful guide as to how we can begin the process to access care in our own home. Her advice was to be proactive and plan ahead. Home Instead provides a variety of services with a focus on taking a more personal approach to ensure social and emotional needs are addressed as well as the physical.


Spring Is Here







2022 Fashion Parade

Recently our Club held a Fashion Parade and High Tea at Laurieton, United Services Club. It was a wonderful success with ninety-three ladies attending, enabling us to raise much needed funds through ticket sales and raffles.

Thankyou to everyone who was able to come and support us. Special thanks to Judy from JA Fashions, and Katherine from Laurieton Shoes and Bowls for providing quality clothing and shoes to display as well as discount vouchers for those attending.

The money raised from this event will help disadvantaged young people gain access to resources they need to ensure they receive the quality education they deserve through the Smith Family Learning for Life program.





2022 September Meeting

At our September Luncheon Meeting we welcomed another new member. Leonie was presented with her name badge.

Our guest speaker was Megan Philippa from The Nook Cafe in North Haven. Megan shared the highs and lows of her career in hospitality and event management, where she had the opportunity to work with some very interesting people and met several famous entertainers. Her talk was very interesting and inspiring. Megan is to be congratulated for her resilience and determination as she has faced challenges as a woman managing her own business, particularly as she opened up her Cafe during Covid.

Vice President Lesley presented new member Leonie with her badge 

Guest speaker Megan Philippa with our Assistant Secretary Mel


30th Birthday Celebrations


2022 August

Members had a wonderful time celebrating their 30th Birthday in August. With the theme of Pearls and the colour green, it was great to see so many dressed in green and wearing their pearls.

Sixty ladies enjoyed the festivities and many went home with either a lucky door prize, raffle prize, $s from the 100's club or some bling from from our trade table of costume jewellery. Everyone went home with some lolly bags, birthday cake, full tummies and the lovely memories of a fun time spent with friends and the delightful sound of Laurieton Primary School students' singing in our ears.

Our Zone Counsellor, Barbara Gaylard, spoke to us about our purpose and how much our VIEW Clubs are helping raise awareness of what The Smith Family is doing to support disadvantaged children in education, and raising money to sponsor needy students.

Two more new members were presented with their VIEW Club badges, and several of our members were presented with pins to acknowledge their membership for 20 and 30 years.

Olga and Elaine, who have both been members of our club since its beginning cut our birthday cake for us.

Gala Centenary Celebrations in 2022

It was a privilege for our Camden Haven Day VIEW Club to host the Gala Centenary Celebration of The Smith Family at Laurieton United Services Club on Saturday, July 30. We had a wonderful time celebrating 100 Years of The Smith Family along with other VIEW Clubs in our region.  

Mayor Peta Pinson officially opened the event. Our guest speakers included Hon. Leslie Williams MP, Member for Port Macquarie; Elizabeth Birch, National Vice President of VIEW Clubs of Australia; Christine George, Chief District Inspector of Manning Great Lakes Police Department; The Hon. Dr David Gillespie MP, Member for Lyne; and Judith Hemmingway, National Councillor Advisor, VIEW Clubs of Australia.

Entertainment provided by the Junior and Senior Drumline groups from St Joseph and Mackillop Colleges as well as the Laurieton Resort Tappers was fantastic.

We had over 40 of our own club members at this grand occasion of 180 attendees. 

Here we all are posing with our Spectacular Centenary Spectacles!

Angels from Angel Flight

We were fortunate to have Dr Alan Thorogood and his wife Vicki from Angel Flight as our guest speakers. Vicki piloted their own plane today, landing at Camden Haven airfield.

Dr Thorogood is pictured here with our Assistant Secretary, Mel. It was interesting to hear about the workings of Angel Flight, which is a totally voluntary organisation transferring patients for treatment from country areas to city hospitals.


New Members Welcomed In July 2022

Members welcomed four new members to our club at our July Meeting, and Zone Counsellor Barbara, presented Sandi, Valerie, Kris and Tina with their membership badges.

Christmas In July 2022

A few Members, and one almost two year old, recently felt the festive spirit at Kendall Community Centre for a Christmas in July Morning Tea. A lovely hot cuppa and so many delicious home made goodies to choose from made this outing a special treat!

Our hosts at the Community Centre were most attentive and made sure we all won a prize for either our Christmas costumes or our ability to answer Christmas themed trivia questions.

2022 Spectacles


The 'creative juices' are flowing


With Damper, Soup and Slice

What better way to spend a winter’s day than getting together with our VIEW Club family to eat yummy soup, damper and delicious cakes and slices!!

Add to this the opportunity to work together to decorate our Smith Family Centenary Spectacles and you’ve got a great day out. We had a lovely time together, decorated more than forty spectacles, raised $124 for our Learning for Life kids with a raffle and went home with very full tummies and some extra goodies for supper.


National and Regional News

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Black Pepper Scarf

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VIEW National Convention 2022 highlights

VIEW members from across Australia came together in Adelaide for three wonderful days of inspirational speakers, VIEW celebrations, learning, socialising and having fun!

Camden Haven Day VIEW Club

ND Gala Day 2022

A successful Gala Day was recently held at Woolooware Golf Club. There were seventy-six (76) guests representing Eleven clubs from Area ND, Area NC, Area NB and Area NE. Our guest speaker was Suanne Sneddon - Illawarra/Shoalhaven Team Leader.


Events Calendar

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

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.