A valued part of The Smith Family

Chapel Hill VIEW Club


The Club aims to promote the needs and interests of women and to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program. Formed in 1990, the Club currently sponsors eight Learning for Life students.

Lasting friendships are made through monthly lunch meetings, which include prominent people speaking on a range of subjects; membership of our talented choir; interest groups including Bridge, Mahjong and Canasta and regular social outings to theatre productions, museum visits and bus trips.

New members are always welcome. Become part of our supportive, caring community. Contact us now for further information.


  • meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.45 for 11.30am
  • Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments



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Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway) , MT OMMANEY, QLD 4074

2021 Club News  

Message from the President       

After the 2020 hiatus we welcome visitors and new members and also look forward to catching up with existing friends again in 2021. We are a friendly club. Visitors are always made very welcome.

Plan a date for lunch with us to learn more about VIEW Clubs’ important and successful role supporting the education needs of disadvantaged Australian children. We achieve this through generous support from members and guests for our trading tables, book stalls, raffles and lucky door prizes. In return we enjoy monthly two-course lunch with guest speaker in a convivial atmosphere with the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

In between meetings we offer a range of activity groups, coffee outings and visits to local attractions.

We meet on first Tuesday of each month 11am for 11.30am start at Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway) Mt Ommaney.


Ph: Denise 0409 261 488




  2021 President Robyn


2021 Committee

Coming in December 2021

What a busy and informative time we have had in 2021. It is hard to believe that the year is fast coming to an end. We will finish with a Christmas celebration lunch on December 7 featuring lots of fun, Christmas trading table, book table, great food and musical entertainment

Guest pianist will be Norm Hunter OAM.


* Our Bridge group continues -2nd Thurs 9.30am. -contact Faye B 3876 7848.

* Coffee/Movie event at Readings Cinemas DFO Jindalee - 2nd Tuesday - contact Robyn F 0417 227 441.

* Card and Board Games. Contact Liz 0428 912 612

Come along to see if our Club suits you.



Jean and Marg at the 2020 Xmas trading table

Liz' lovely table decorations for 2020.

November 2021

Because we meet on the first Tuesday of the month our November luncheon is always on Melbourne Cup Day. Members and guests usually come along dressed in Cup finery ready to line up to win prizes for best dressed, best hat and novelty hat. 

This year, instead of novelty hat there was a prize most striking Covid mask. Entries were very imaginative.


Winner Covid mask Judy D with entrant Zillah V.



Best Outfit Lesley                Best hat Liz


Selection of decorated masks

 October 2021

Guest speaker at the October meeting, Barry Collis  spoke to us about the wonderful Angel Flight service. Some 3000 pilots and 5000 'Earth Angel' volunteers across Australia and New Zealand donate their time and expertise to help medically and financially needy people access scheduled treatment. Pilots in aircraft they own or rent, fly Angel Flight missions. They donate their flying skills and most of the expenses of each flight.

October Newsletter





Member Lesley thanks speaker Barry Collis

September 2021

Guest speaker Clare Blake

ke, Community Liaison Officer from The Qld Institute of Medical Research had members enthralled with her description of QIMR research projects. They kept asking for more!



An outing to The Coucals Gardens at Mt Crosby on September 14 was a great success. After a light lunch of sandwiches and cake nine members had a guided tour of the beautiful grounds. We will be back .... in April or May.


September Newsletter



A view of the gorgeous orchid house.

August 2021

Sadly our 31st birthday celebration on August 3 had to be cancelled due to a COVID outbreak in our area.

We hope that our September lunch will bring us all together again.

The outing on August 10 to the European Masters Exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane has also been postponed to a date to be advised. Tickets can still be purchased online directly from the Art Gallery website and can be used at any time.

For further information email Vicki (see contact details above).


August Newsletter page 1

August Newsletter page 2



Two longstanding members, Elaine and Patra, cutting the cake at a previous birthday celebration in 2019.

July 2021

Guest speaker this month was  the delightful Dr Margaret Cook, lecturer at Sunshine Coast University and author of River with a City Problem - a compelling history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment, especially those in 1893, 1974 and 2011. It is a fascinating book that will change the way you look at how we respond to natural disasters. Dr Cook's fascination with flooding began when she was a five year old in 1974. While her family was not directly affected Margaret helped her mother hose down and wash clothing and bedding for neighbours. She also rescued field mice!


* Our Bridge group continues -2nd Thurs 9.30am. -contact Faye B 3876 7848.

* Coffee/Movie event at Readings Cinemas DFO Jindalee - 2nd Tuesday - contact Robyn F 0417 227 441.

* Card and Board Games – 3rd Thursday of month. Contact Liz 0428 912 612

July Newsletter



Dr Margaret Cook with her book and member Anne Ridge thanks her for a very interesting presentation.

June 2021

Guest speaker this month is Susan Gilmartin, Queensland Operations Manager, Upbeat Arts (School of Hard Knocks). Susan and her team have a deep commitment to empower disadvantaged Australians through participation in arts education and performance programs. They work tirelessly to engage the mainstream professional art, education and choral sectors to fulfil this vision and build a more engaging response.

May guest speaker Dr Nikky Isbel entertained us with very interesting and humorous anecdotes about her role as a renal researcher. Many members commented on how much they enjoyed it and learnt from it. 



* Our Bridge group continues -2nd Thurs 9.30am. -contact Faye B 3876 7848.

* Coffee/Movie event at Readings Cinemas DFO Jindalee - 2nd Tuesday - contact Robyn F 0417 227 441.

* Card and Board Games. Contact Liz 0428 912 612


Much to the delight of members Learning for Life student contact person, Jennifer. has been sharing letters and drawings  from some of our sponsored students.


Enjoy our June 2021 Newsletter




Susan Gilmartin





May 2021


Come and join us for our lunch meeting on May 4. Guest Speaker is University of Queensland Renal Researcher Dr Nikki Isbel.



* Our Bridge group continues -2nd Thurs 9.30am. -contact Faye B 3876 7848.

* Coffee/Movie event at Readings Cinemas DFO Jindalee - 2nd Tuesday - contact Robyn F 0417 227 441.

*****NEW***** Card and Board Games. Contact Liz 0428 912 612


May Newsletter

April 2021

 Guest speaker this month was Rebecca Beckwith Grants,Trusts and Foundations Coordinator, Legacy.  After losing her husband in 2007 Rebecca (with 2 children aged 4 years and 7 months) reached out to Legacy for assistance. She was just 31 years old when she became a widow and says the practical and emotional support she received from Legacy and other widows was invaluable.It’s gone full-circle and now she is doing the same for other ‘new’ widows in her role as a Legacy community relations co-ordinator. She’s on standby to help new families as they reach out. 



* Our Bridge group continues -2nd Thurs 9.30am. -contact Faye B 3876 7848.

* Coffee/Movie event at Readings Cinemas DFO Jindalee - 2nd Tuesday - contact Robyn F 0417 227 441.

*****NEW***** Card and Board Games - first meeting after Easter - date and venue TBA contact Liz L 0428 912 612






President Robyn Frost with Rebecca Beckwith

March 2021

March 2 Lunch

Guest Speaker Vicki Bennett, corporate trainer, consultant, author of 31 books, artist and life strategist.


March 9 Crazy Whist Morning Tea - back by popular demand! Come and join us! No experience necessary. You compete only with yourself. Email us or phone Jill 3279 3118.






Vicki Bennett, Guest speaker March 2.

Jill Hillman-Marks congratulates Crazy Whist top scorer Anna Skaanvad.


February 2021


Forty-eight members took advantage of our February AGM for a reunion with friends many had not seen in 2020. It was wonderful to be back in our much loved venue, Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments where we have been hosted for 20 of our 30 years as a Club.

Our 2021 Committee was inducted by Zone Councillor Lerlene and Delegate Prue introduced a YouTube clip "A Great Big Thank You" by Smith Family CEO Lisa O'Brien.

Afterwards came loads of chat and merriment!

Take a look at our February newsletter...








Asst Treasurer Ceri and President Robyn enjoy a joke after January Committee meeting.    




2020  Club News

Message from the President




December 2020


Members and guests celebrated the end of a very different year at our Christmas meeting on December 1 at One Table, Kenmore. Despite our reduced formal fundraising events generous donations were made throughout the year and we are well placed to continue to fund our 8 Learning for Life students in 2021.

The venue was beautifully decorated by Program Officer Liz and several willing helpers. Members donated a wide range of items for our Trading and Book Tables as well as beautifully decorated raffle prizes.

Read more about our November/December events.....





Raffle table                                                    Marg won a beautiful fruit basket

November 2020

As our regular meeting is the first Tuesday of each month our November lunch usually falls on Melbourne Cup Day. This year in lieu of our regular meeting members held small casual gatherings/fundraisers at home, including non-members in the hope of recruiting more women into VIEW.





   Fun and Games at Liz house                    Denise and Judy shake the dice!

October 2020

Our Spring meeting at One Table, Kenmore on October 13 was beautifully decorated by talented Program Officer, Liz. Guest speaker was Laurena Graham from Hearing Australia. Take a look at the latest newsletter and a lovely personal story written by a member. Each month we have been asking members to share hobbies, interests etc. This is Jill's contribution.


Toby's Story


For further information about our Club email Robyn (President) - chapelhillview@gmail.com





Program Officer Liz with her Spring theme decorations

Publicity for our Club in The Local Bulletin.

September 2020

 This month we have no face-to-face meetings planned. Instead you might like to read our recent newsletters.

2020 Sept Newsletter

2020 August Newsletter

2020 June Newsletter


We look forward to getting together again on October 13 for a lunch catch-up and are planning appropriate events for our November and December meetings.







 August 2020

 Happy 30th Birthday, Chapel Hill VIEW Club...........

What a fabulous lunch we enjoyed on August 4! Our 30th (Pearl) Anniversary was celebrated in true socially-distanced style at tables decorated beautifully in our 'Pink and Pearl" theme. Members were very keen to catch up after such a long break. According to our theme guest speaker Haemen Mendis spoke about the history of pearls. Pianist and member Marguerite Giovannini entertained us with pieces from popular stage musicals and played the birthday song as the cake was being cut.

Our extremely creative and talented Program Officer, Liz produced a wonderful array of pearl-themed table centrepieces. Her fake birthday cake, the bunches of “pearl” balloons on pedestals made the stage an attractive backdrop.




April to July 2020

After a long hiatus members have begun to gather more frequently in small groups. During lock-down we have kept in touch with each other by phone and email.

Our Publicity Officer has been busy sharing stories and photos of life in lock-down via the Club newsletter. Members used their time in many and varied ways including pursuing hobbies such as art and crafts, baking, gardening, learning to play new games with family members and taking advantage of the opportunity to do those less-loved household jobs.



On July 15, 17 members gathered for BYO morning tea at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. This was the first formal gathering held since early March and attendees were very mindful of complying with COVID social distancing and hygiene standards. Hugs were out!






We were quite humbled when just after 10.30am the last Qantas 747 jumbo flew overhead to wish us a happy reunion!


The exciting news is that it seems we will be able to hold our 30th (Pearl) birthday celebrations on August 4 this year after all. We have found a terrific venue with appropriate regulations in place.


We look forward to continuing to meet on the first Tuesday of the month thereafter to support our Learning for Life students.



 Members enjoyed BYO morning tea at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.

Club Secretary Vicki Fraser ensuring our health!

Secretary Vicki Fraser


Final farewell flyover for Qantas 747



National and Regional News


Chapel Hill VIEW Club

2021 Resolutions

Resolution votes were tallied resulting in all three resolutions being carried.

Chapel Hill VIEW Club

Announcement - VIEW National Executive 2022-23

We have pleasure in announcing the VIEW National Executive 2022-23 which would normally have been announced at National Convention.

Chapel Hill VIEW Club

Purple Poncho Photo Competition Results

There were 64 entries which saw a fifth category Ponchos in Iso added with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and due to the number of entrants Fun and Frivolous was divided into separate categories. Congratulations to all entrants.