Maroochydore VIEW Club was formed in 2001 and each year we celebrate our birthday in August. Currently, the Club sponsors 10 Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs. Maroochydore VIEW Club members share fun and friendship over a beautiful lunch. A variety of informative and interesting guest speakers entertain and inspire us at our meetings. At each lunch there are raffle and lucky door prizes, as well as book and bring and buy stalls.
Each month we also enjoy a social outing. These social occasions are a great way to make friends, particularly if you are new to the Sunshine Coast. We also have a monthly coffee morning and two bookclubs.
A highlight of each year is our Walk With a VIEW, through which we raise funds for the Learning for Life program through obtaining sponsors.
Why don’t you come along and see what our VIEW Club is all about? We always look forward to welcoming new members. Visit our Facebook page.
- Meeting Day is the 4th Friday each month.
- 11 am for 11.30 am
Contact: Diane 0417 633 211 or Rae on 0416 036 979
We welcome visitors. Please contact Diane on 0417 633 211 or Rae on 0416 036 979 (text preferred) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by noon on the Friday of the week prior to the lunch Diane/Rae will advise you how you can make pre-payment to confirm your booking.
Members are on a permanent monthly lunch list, which means you will be charged for your lunch in accordance with VIEW policy if you do not cancel. If you will not be attending, please text or email Diane or Rae as above by noon on the Friday of the week prior to the lunch. Alternatively, please register your intention of absence in the attendance book held at the registration table.
All visitors must prepay. Members are most welcome to bring along guests but they must be booked with Diane or Rae as above. Payment must be in advance and bank transfers must be in our bank account by noon the third Friday of the month. Members are responsible if their invited guests (even if best friends) do not pay. Please see above for bank payment details.
Please advise Diane or Rae of any special dietary requirements, e.g. gluten free, vegetarian.
2022 Maroochydore Committee
Publicity Officer Lorri, President Diane, Program Officer Claire, Assistant Secretary Fran, Secretary Rae, Vice-President Maggie, Program Officer Denise,
Treasurer Angie, Delegate/Learning for Life Mary (Absent: Assistant Treasurer Ev)
Upcoming Guest Speakers
July 22nd: Marlene Nolan, APT Travel
Proposed Guest Speakers August to November 2022 (subject to change)
August 26th: Entertainer for our Birthday Celebration
September 23rd: Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice Chancellor and President of USC
October 28th: Tim Law OAM, Diploma of Fitness
November 25th: Frances Howes—Account of Her Life Working and Living In The Solomon Islands
2022 Luncheon Dates
July 22nd—Guest speaker will be Marlene Nolan of APT Travel
August 26th—Our 21st Birthday—Theme will be the Black Swan (how Maroochydore got its name).
December 9th (Christmas Lunch at See Restaurant)
Upcoming Events and Luncheons
Walk With a VIEW 2022
Save the Date: Friday 8th July
This is the date for our annual Walk With a VIEW, when we will walk along the scenic coastline from Alexandra Headland Surf Club to Mooloolaba Surf Club and return, a distance of 5 km, to raise money for disadvantaged children via The Smith Family 'Learning for Life' program. We will meet at 9.30 am and set off at 9.45 am. Afterwards we will enjoy morning tea at the Alex Surf Club, kindly provided by the club. Members, family and friends are invited to join us. Click here to view flyer.
A wet day for our walk in 2021 but a very successful event
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday 22nd July
Proposed Outings for the remainder of the year (subject to change)
July 8th: Walk With A VIEW. Click here for details.
August 12th: Fashion event
September 9th: Lunch at Compass Garden Café in the heart of the picturesque Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens. Established in 2017, Garden Café offers a range of light snacks and sweet treats, including Deharn’s world-famous home-made scones, along with coffee, tea, milkshakes, ice creams and seriously soul-warming hot chocolates!
October 14th: Morning High Tea – Nana’s Secret Tearoom, Nambour
November 11th: BBQ & Picnic Cotton Tree Park
December 9th: Christmas Lunch
Coffee Friendship Mornings
1st Friday each month from 9.30 am at Maroochy RSL, Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore.
Catch up with friends for a friendly chat. Coffee and cake $6.50, coffee and sandwich $8.50 Everyone is welcome. No need to book.
1st and 2nd Tuesday of each month
Our Lifeblood Team
We are delighted that our club recently became the first VIEW Clubs of Australia Lifeblood Team, following our guest speaker Rebecca Ind's talk at our February meeting. More VIEW members, family and friends are welcome to join our team and contribute to this most important cause. Contact Australian Red Cross Lifeblood on 13 14 95 or visit their web site donateblood.com.au for more details and to check to see if you are eligible to donate. You will be most welcome.
Below are team members Lynda, Lorri, Julie, Di and Maggie.
Julie, Lynda, Lorri, Di and Maggie
Valuable VIEW Volunteers
Thank you to our members who generosly made 260 library bags for the 2021 Learning for Life stationery drive. These will be filled and distributed to primary school students for the new school year. Maroochydore View Club supports 10 scholarship children and approximately 250 children benefit from The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program on the Sunshine Coast.
Below: Mary, Margaret and Jan
Sue, Debbie, Mim and Mary and Jan, along with Francis, are volunteer tutors at a local primary school where they assist with homework, reading and supervising afternoon tea and activities at the after school learning club.
Our club also gives an annual encouragement award to a deserving junior and a senior student at that local school—The Pat Taylor Award. Thursday Sue, Debbie, Mim, Francis and Mary set up a Christmas party for the Learning Club.
Members, please consider volunteering—you’ll find it very rewarding. If you are interested please contact Mary.
Below: Sue, Debbie, Mim and Mary
What we've been doing
June 2022 Maroochydore Luncheon
Hats had the day at our June luncheon for Maroochydore VIEW Club’s nod to a Winter Race Day carnival. Some of the members brought along their spectacles to celebrate 100 years of The Smith Family.
The guest speaker was Sophia O’Brien, Lecturer in Constitutional Law, Corporations Law and Public International Law at USC.
Below: Assistant Secretary Fran thanking Sophia for her wonderful talk
2022.06 Meeting National President and Manager
Maroochydore VIEW Club hosted a morning tea at the Maroochydore RSL to welcome Marg Woodhouse, the new National President of VIEW, Maryanne Maher VIEW National Manager, Vonda Cannock, our Sunshine Coast Zone Councillor and introduced by Past National Councillor Margaret Elliott.
The event was held at the Maroochydore RSL and was attended by members from local VIEW clubs in our zone—Kawana Waters, Buderim, Twin Waters and Noosaville clubs and our own club
The first Queensland club opened in 1966, since then the View clubs have played an important role in spreading the messages of the Smith Family, particularly of supporting disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education and have a brighter future. There are now 39 VIEW clubs in Queensland with another due to start soon, currently supporting 308 scholarship students.
Below: Maroochydore President Di, Past National Councillor Margaret, National President Marg, National Manager Maryanne, Zone Councillor QB01 Vonda
National Manager Maryanne with Maroochydore Delegate Mary
May 2022 Luncheon
Guest speaker at our May luncheon was Steve Grant, General Manager of Infrastructure and Planning at Sunshine Coast Airport. Steve informed us of upgrades to be made at the airport and, at his request, was given lots of feedback from members as to what they would like in the new plan.
The theme for the day was Ovarian Cancer Support and member Coral kindly spoke of her experience in having and surviving this disease.
April 2022 Luncheon
Seventy-three members and guests enjoyed our monthly lunch at Maroochydore Surf Club on 29th April with an ANZAC theme to honour all service personnel—a slide show for Viewpoint, ANZAC home baked cookies and a delicious lunch.
The guest speaker was Kylee Byrne, coach of Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team. Kylee spoke about her role as coach and also of the challenges facing young people in sport today.
March 2022 Luncheon
After our delicious lunch, our guest speaker was Roz White, an award-winning business leader with 28 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups. Roz is the co-owner of White’s Grocers and White’s Commercial Property Group, employing 400 people in the Sunshine Coast community.
Below: Assistant Secretary Fran thanking Roz for her inspiring talk
Below: Hard-working Assistant Treasurer Ev
Below: Jan selling one of her delicious preserves to Helen at her monthly stall
Below: Delegate Mary with her lorgnette for the Make a Spectacle Competition
February 2022 Luncheon Meeting
Below: Angie, Lynda, Fran
Above: Maggie T, Pat
Rain cascading down the windows and a wild sea did nothing to dampen the warm friendship of our February lunch.
Due to the inclement weather our speaker was unable to attend so member Maggie Storey stepped up to tell us her own very interesting story.
Inspired by the 2022 International Women’s Day theme of “Breaking the Bias”, Maggie spoke about her own personal breaking the bias to become a waterski champion. She is still the Australian champion and record holder and also world over-35 silver medallist.
What wonderful women we have as part of the Maroochydore View Club.
Below: Maggie Storey, Water Ski Champion
February 2022 Lunch Outing at Alex Surf Club
On 11th February a number of our members enjoyed getting together at Alex Surf Club. The club supports us each July by providing a delicious morning tea after our annual Walk With a VIEW.
Below: Our Treasurer Angie, Secretary Rae and President Diane
Below: Secretary Rae and Assistant Secretary Fran enjoying a friendly chat
January 2022 AGM
At the Maroochydore AGM on Friday 28th January, the outgoing committee members were presented with certificates of appreciation for their service to our club. The other committee members were presented with the badges of their office by lovely Margaret Elliott, Past Zone Councillor. We have a new president—Di Herd—stepping up from being treasurer, and new member Angie Carmichael taking on the vital role of treasurer. Another new member is Denise Schwerin, now a program officer.
New President Di (left) being presented with her certificate for her fantastic work as treasurer by Past National Councillor Margaret
Below: Thanking Margaret
Margaret presenting Lorri with her badge of office
December 2021 Committee and Associates' Christmas Lunch
November 2021 Luncheon
Members and guests had a very enjoyable November luncheon, our final meeting of the year. It was a room full of festive ladies, raffle prizes, a very profitable super bring and buy stall, and a wonderful vivacious speaker—Caroline Hutchinson, radio breakfast show co-host of 92.7 Mix FM.
Below: Hard workers Debbie, Assistant Treasurer Ev and Treasurer Di
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Our recent sausage sizzle at Maroochydore Bunnings was once again a huge success with $1279 being raised, thanks to Susan and her hard-working team.
August 2021 20th Birthday Celebration
On 27th August Maroochydore Club celebrated their 20th birthday with a Black and Bling theme. Tables were beautifully decorated with bling on black tablecloths and serviette. Members and visitors dressed up in their best black and wore oodles of bling.
Below: National Councillor Margaret with member Terri
We welcomed members from Buderim, Noosaville, Kawana and Glasshouse Country VIEW clubs.
Below: Past-presidents Sharyn, Lynda, Rita, Jocelyn and Val
Below: Vice-president Maggie who stood in for President Julie who was unable to attend
2021.7 Walk With a VIEW
Below: Committee members who walked
Jan Fenton with her VIEW umbrella and poncho, setting off with her collection bucket
Maroochydore VIEW Club stepped out in style, with umbrellas and ponchos, to walk our wettest Walk With A View in history. We were joined members from the Buderim and Kawana Waters Clubs. The walk started at Alex Headland SLSC along a beautiful stretch of beach and back, where the walkers were treated to scones with jam and cream, kindly sponsored by the Alex Headland SLSC.
The first Walk with A View was held in 2004 as an initiative of the Maroochydore View Club to raise funds for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program to assist in the education of disadvantaged children. In 2010 it became a national event for all View Clubs so clubs all over Australia walk in their local areas to raise funds for this great cause.
Below: Walkers who braved the nasty weather
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