A valued part of The Smith Family

Parramatta VIEW Club


Parramatta VIEW Club was formed in 1960.

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.


  • Meeting Day on 1st Wednesday of the month
  • 11.00 for 11.30 am 


Janette -  02 9624 5740

Mobile - 0412 002 132


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Parramatta RSL Club, Macquarie Street, PARRAMATTA, NSW 2150

Club News

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2022 Parramatta VIEW Committee

Left: Patrica Wild (Assistant Secretary); Lorraine Wilkinson (Secretary); Janice Caldwell (Delegate and Program); Ruth Geggie (President);
Jennifer Trimboli (Treasurer); Zita Franklin (Friendship)

We are in the process of finding a new venue that will take a function for under 30, so until we can find a suitable meeting room, we continue to have informal meetings on the first of the month at NBC. If you are unable to attend on the first Wednesday of the month please send apology to Janette or Lorraine.  Note from one of our sponsored children, Hawraa: “Year 7 is challenging but also fun, I have caught up on all my work and doing so well in school. Thank you for contacting me. I wish you nothing but the best. From Hawraa. 

2022 Dates for your Diary

Wed 1 July, 11am for 11 30am meeting at NBC – Please wear a 100-year spectacle mask, see instructions attached.

Wed 20 July, Outing to the Female Orphan School at Rydalmere campus of Western Sydney University, Victoria Road, Rydalmere.
Arrive by 12.30 for free lunch. There will be a guided history tour between 1 and 2 pm.
Numbers for this tour will need to be confirmed by 13th July. Please phone Janice if you haven’t put your name in the book and wish to attend.

Wed 3 August, 62nd Birthday dinner! 11am for 11.30am at NBC, $25, money and numbers at July meeting if possible. Our NEO1 district adviser, Gloria Walter, will probably attend.

Sat 10 September, 2pm “Kinky Boots”, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, $47


2022 Newsletters

2022 July             2022 July Funnies             Make a Spectacle Template

2022 June            2022 June Quiz

2022 May             2022 May Funnies              

2022 April                

2022 March          2022 March Funnies

2022 February      2022 February Funnies  



From left: Vita – programs co-ordinator; Monique who works with families; Delores Jelincic, Team Leader. 


2022 April Meeting

What a delight it was to have three Learning for Life workers from The Smith Family to talk to us at our April meeting. As a thank you they were each given two of the beautiful coathangers made by Maureen.

Delores said that every child deserves a chance and, once in the Smith Family Learning for Life program they get long term support for education until they finish school (and sometimes tertiary education).

Over 700 schools in Australia are involved and teachers refer children to the program. It’s estimated that one in six children in Australia are in need – all low, or no income, about half in single-parent families, often with health problems or disabilities. They ensure that every child has a device for school as well as internet access.

Monique’s work involves working with the student, the student’s family and the school. She also arranges interpreters, if needed, to speak with parents.

Vide, as program co-ordinator offers education programs to facilitate numeracy and listening skills, help with homework and arrange for volunteers to help with reading, and set up peer reading help by matching with a high-school student. Students are also taken to different workplaces to see how work is done, and later arrange work experience.

During school holidays they will bring groups to the Story Factory in Parramatta. They are given access and training with technology, and focus on finding affordable housing.

It is hoped that Governments may introduce preschool education for the disadvantaged.


2021 October

While still in lockdown because of Covid-19, there have been no face-to-face meetings, but as vaccination levels increase, there is hope for increasing relaxion of the restrictions. In the meantime it would be nice if we could meet together on zoom on our usual function day – the third Wednesday. Covid vaccination numbers are looking good, perhaps a face-to-face meeting November or December?🤞

Click to read the Notes on Zoom for Seniors

Wednesday 20 October 11 am– Zoom get-together with our “Covid uncut” hairstyles! We’ll take a photo to put in our next newsletter that will be useful to go into our archives! Attached are some basic instructions for setting up with a computer an iPhone or iPad,or an Adroid phone or tablet. There are about nine members without computers, so it would be nice if some members confident with Zoom could let them just listen in to the discussion by connecting with them with your phone on “speaker”.

Making a Difference Awards

Two of our treasured members have received a “Making a Difference” award in 2021. Congratulations to Pat and Maureen. Thanks go to our Delegate, Janice, for organising their nominations.

 Making a Difference Awards

Pat has managed the Trading Table for over 20 years enabling the Parramatta VIEW club to sponsor Learning for Life Students and their activities.

She stores donated items at her home, prices them and brings the goods each month to set up the Trading Table. She also makes library bags and collects items for the LfL learning clubs. Pat’s commitment to this role demonstrates her to be caring and a supportive member in helping disadvantaged children.


 Making a Difference Awards


Maureen has been a member of Parramatta VIEW for nearly 37 years. During this time she has gone above and beyond the VIEW member expectations and clearly demonstrates being supportive and caring. Over the years Maureen has contributed her time to support the Trading Table, and has also supplied many knitted items for sale. She has continued to support children by knitting items for the Children’s Hospital. Maureen continues to knit blankets and floor mats for the Learning for Life students. 


National and Regional News

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Parramatta VIEW Club

NI01 and NI02 Zone Day

Almost forty members from eight of the thirteen VIEW clubs in Zone NI01/02, attended the Zone Day which was held at Oak Tree in Tamworth. The day commenced with a delicious morning tea catered by Mareen from Tamworth Peel Evening and NA Sally, and the table decorations were made by Bev from Tamworth Peel.

Parramatta VIEW Club

Centenary Gala Luncheon for NK Area in 2022

A Centenary Gala Luncheon will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022, at the Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton commencing at 10.30am.

Parramatta VIEW Club

VIEW Executive E-News March 2022

Welcome to your new VIEW Executive E-Newsletter! Every quarter, we’ll be bringing you news about what’s being happening with VIEW and The Smith Family through this E-news. We hope you enjoy it!


Events Calendar

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

Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.