Centenary Evening VIEW club was formed in 1994. We are a lively and vibrant club with around 54 members.
Centenary Evening has a triple Focus - fun friendship and fundraising for disadvantaged students in The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. We will be supporting eleven students this year.
We enjoy lots of varied trips and outings. Our monthly Coffee and Chat mornings are extremely popular.
Several fund raising events are held in members' homes, such as high teas and Melbourne Cup parties..
Every December finds the Centenary girls Christmas wrapping in shopping centres. This is a fun way to raise much needed funds.
We are always delighted to welcome new members, so please get in touch and come and see what we're all about.
- Meeting Day on 2nd Monday each month at 6.30 for 7 pm
- McLeod Country Golf Club
Rita: 0413 138 967
Wendy: 0418 875 040
Visit our Facebook page
2022 Centenary Evening VIEW Club Committee
We welcomed our National Councillor, Robyn Garard, to our May Dinner meeting. Robyn was able to bring the club up to date with the current news from National Office.
As well as our regular Coffee and Chat morning, club members went on an outing to the movies and Rita and Jan had a lot of fun at Whist hosted by the Chapel Hill VIEW Club.
Our regular Coffee and Chat morning attracted a large number of members.
Catching up for lunch after the movies
Rita and Jan enjoying the Crazy Whist morning
April with its many public holidays was a relatively quiet month. Covid also took its toll on club members with a number either coming down with the virus or in quarantine. Fortunately, none of our members were seriously ill.
We were still able to meet up for coffee and a small group also attended a concert at the Brisbane City Hall followed by lunch.
One of lovely table decorations at our April Dinner meeting
Members enjoying a chance to catch up over coffee
President Robyn and Secretary Ellie with our Guest Speaker Nicole Johnston.
Guest speaker for our March Dinner Meeting was Nicole Johnston, Brisbane City Councillor for Tennyson ward. Nicole's ward was heavily impacted by the Brisbane floods and she gave an informative account of the devastation this has caused and the challenges ahead.
Despite the floods, Club members were able to enjoy a Coffee and Chat at a local cafe.
Club members enjoyed getting together for a Coffee and Chat.
Members enjoyed drinks on the deck before the AGM.
February is AGM month, and a full committee with six new members was inducted. They are all very enthusiastic and are busy planning our VIEW year.
The deck at McLeod golf club is a wonderful spot to enjoy a pre meeting drink and a chat. The members were delighted to catch up with each other after the Christmas break, and many attended the first lunch of the year at the Monier Hotel.
Photo below showing members enthusiastically supporting our first “Out to Lunch” event for the year.
Di faces her greatest wrapping challenge yet; a very bulky Buddha!
December is a very busy month for Centenary Evening VIEW. Christmas Wrapping, our major fund raising activity, takes place at the Orion shopping centre at Spring field. Lots of members volunteer their time, it is most enjoyable and funds raised go towards paying the fees for our eleven learning for life students.
A highlight of the Christmas dinner meeting is the drawing of the raffle prize hampers.
Members donate items, which are then beautifully packaged by our member Linda.
30 hampers went to good homes!
Julie admires the 30 raffle prize hampers Linda wrapped from donated items for the Christmas meeting.
Two elegant ladies, Michelle and Sandy looked very elegant at our Melbourne cup lunch.
Happy Melbourne cup lunch attendees enjoyed a round table discussion.
November started with our members glamming up for a Melbourne Cup lunch. Our Treasurer Di hosted this event on her beautiful and very expansive patio. Our fascinators got their annual outing!
Our 27th birthday had a beach party theme. Everyone dressed accordingly in all sorts of casual gear and enjoyed mingling on the veranda before dinner. Two members, Anne and Trish were awarded their 10 year badges by National Councillor Betty, and then they had the honour of cutting the cake. A fashion parade by Michelle K boutique capped off the evening.
National councillor Betty assists Anne and Trish, cut the birthday cake.
A cheery bunch of revellers enjoyed drinks and nibbles on the veranda at our 27th birthday beach party
October was a fun month for our club. At the start of the month was our annual Spring High Tea kindly hosted by our member Wendy. We were spoilt for choice, so many scrumptious things to try!
At the end of the month we went on our first road trip, exploring some of the rural areas west of Brisbane. We visited nurseries, craft shops, Art galleries and ended up having a fabulous lunch at the Ocean View winery.
Our hostess Wendy surveys the delicious goodies at the Spring High Tea.
Our road trip in October ended at the Ocean View winery for lunch.
After cancelling our dinner meeting and lots of planned outings we were delighted to get together in September. A highlight was our guest speaker Mark Ryan. Mark and his twin brother were brought up by their single mother and were assisted by the newly formed learning for life program through year 12 and on to university.
Mark is now very successful and a father of four boys. He likes to give back to The Smith Family by speaking at corporate events and to potential doners.
President Helen and past zone councillor Lyn enjoyed chatting to our guest speaker Mark Ryan.
Robyn,Lindy,Gaynor and Di are thrilled to receive a great big cheque.
A highlight of the month was a major “Meat Tasting” fundraiser. Sixty members and friends tasted and reviewed several samples of lamb. It was a most enjoyable and social morning and a wonderful way to raise funds for our learning for life students.
We chose a beautiful day for our “Walk with VIEW”. Not so many participants this year but plenty of enthusiasm. Non walkers met us at our destination- a coffee shop, of course!
The masked walkers prepare to stride out.
2021 May Update
Barefoot bowls has become a popular event on our VIEW calendar. The socialising afterwards is always fun. Everyone enjoys the sausage sizzle as much as the bowls.
Linda, Julie and Moya love their barefoot bowls.
Four bowls enthusiasts enjoy the post bowls socializing.
Senior Sergeant Donna was our very interesting and informative guest speaker in June, regaling us with tales from her time as a police forensic scientist. She was thanked by our member Detective Inspector Mel. Both these ladies are Aides-de-camp to the governor of Queensland.
Guest Speaker Senior Sergeant Donna displays her book.
* * * *
Lots of ladies also enjoyed our regular coffee and chat morning.
Group sitting in candle light
Girls out to lunch. Large group in Greek restaurant.
2021 April "Girls Night In" Fundraiser
April was definitely International month for Centenary Evening. Our annual “ Girls Night In” fundraiser had an Italian theme.
We all enjoyed a balmy evening on the deck enjoying good company and delicious Mediterranean food.
The International theme continued at our “Out to lunch” event. 20 members enjoyed the Greek fare at “Kafe Meze” in Graceville.The warm and friendly owner taught us some Greek words and generously donated a voucher to be used as a raffle prize.
ltalian meal on table
2021 Tour of Government House
Photo of Government House.
We enjoyed a tour of Government House, a very stately building set in beautiful gardens. Many thanks to our Vice President, Robyn, who is a guide there and is pictured here with Gavel, the vice regal dog.
International Women's Day
Guest speaker being thanked by President and program officers
We celebrated International Women’s day in March. Our guest speaker was Sarah Hutton, our lovely, lively local councillor for Jamboree ward. Here she is greeted by Jayne and Wendy our program officers and President Helen.
President Helen presented badges to two new members, Robyn and Jenny. Welcome ladies.
Happy club members.
The Centenary Evening ladies were delighted to be back at Dinner meetings, and very pleased to hear about the exciting year planned for the club.
The 26th Masked Birthday celebration on 11 November featured members wearing COVID masks they had decorated themselves. There were some very creative examples.
2020 Christmas Celebrations
Members enjoyed our Christmas celebration, including Zone Councillor Lerlene.
Everyone enjoyed the Melbourne Cup fund raiser, glamorous outfits and hats were the order of the day.
2020 Christmas Celebrations
“Hundreds of Hampers” waiting to be won as raffle prizes, lovingly packed by member Linda.
Our own member Julianne was guest speaker. We all enjoyed her talk on Bhutan.
2020 September and October
Julie and Tiffany invented a new bowling technique!
Our first meeting since March was a great reunion. Everyone was delighted to be back, as you can tell by the lovely smiles.
Happy smiling ladies at the dinner meeting.
Val celebrating her 90th birthday.
A highlight of the evening was the celebration of Val’s 90th birthday. Val has made a huge contribution to the club over the last 26 years. Here she is being cheered on by her friend Janet.
Our guest speaker Detective Inspector Mel Anderson explained the ins and outs of “Pandemic Policing.” We learnt what a huge and complex job it is keeping people safe.
National VIEW Convention
Nineteen cheery members can't wait for the festivities to begin at the beach party at National Convention.
Large group of beach party goers in hats and leis.
Linda, Jan and Sue looked lovely at the Masquerade ball.
National VIEW Convention
Everyone looked very glamorous and mysterious at the Masquerade ball.
Large group of masked ladies at the masquerade ball.
QA 02 Zone Conference 2022
QA Zone Conference and celebration of The Smith Family Centenary was held on Friday 24th June at Newnham Hotel Mt Gravatt Brisbane.Read more...
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!Read more...
Message from NVP Evelyn
While I was up in Maryborough on the weekend I caught up with the members from Maryborough,Read more...