Maryborough VIEW Club held its inaugural meeting on 27th November 2020 and currently has 50 members.
We are very excited that in just 18 months we have managed to raise enough funds to sponsor three children and to help provide funds for older students to have internet access, an essential in today’s educational setting. There are over 100 students being sponsored by the Smith Family on the Fraser Coast.
We are always looking for women to join us in supporting The Smith Family and we’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch and come along to our next meeting to learn more about VIEW. At each meeting we have raffles and a trading table, which are our main source of fund raising. There are guest speakers at every other meeting who enrich members with the knowledge of other organisations and individuals and the work they do. We also hold regular social outings during which some fund raising is done.
The club is trying to find the means to set up a Smith Family Office in Maryborough so we can have a homework centre and volunteer tutors to help with the students' learning needs. Staff from the Smith Family also help parents to understand the demands of schooling today and coach them in ways to help their children learn more easily.
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 2nd Friday of the month at 11 am
- Maryborough Services & Citizens Memorial Club
- Lunch bookings: Gale on 0407 728 101
- Information: Dawn on 0409 751 223 or Ann on 0412 490131
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors are most welcome. Please contact Gale as above by 10 am on the Wednesday prior to the lunch meeting.
Members are on the permanent lunch list. If you are unable to attend OR are bringing a guest, Gale needs to be notified by 10.00am on the Wednesday prior to the monthly lunch meeting so we can give the correct numbers to the RSL staff for catering and table set up purposes.
Keep up to date with what is happening around the clubs.
2022 Maryborough Committee
President Dawn Potter, Zone Coordinator Lainie Sanders, Vice-President Claire Morgan, Assistant Secretary Jill Harvey, Secretary Gale Brennan,
Treasurer Louise Wilson, Delegate Eris Jones, Assistant Treasurer Carmel Cowburn, Assistant Program Officer Janet Miller, Publicity Officer Ann Morris.
Program Officer Lorraine Laukau is missing.
Jean Jennings—Winner of VIEW ‘Making a Difference’ Award
The Zone Councillor QB02, Jean Jennings recently won a VIEW Making a Difference Award. Her work for VIEW is on the main website but the Maryborough Club would like to expand on the role Jean plays in our community
Jean is an amazing woman by any standards and truly inspirational in the sisterhood of VIEW.She has been an active founding member of the Fraser Coast VIEW club since its inauguration in 2007 and has held the positions of vice president and delegate.
She is a member of the Hervey Bay VIEW Club and participates actively in their activities.
Jean currently holds the position of Zone Councillor of QB02.
As Zone Councillor, she instigated and was instrumental in getting the Maryborough VIEW Club up and running so it was able to be inaugurated in 2020, despite the obstacles presented by COVID19.
She is currently working towards getting a Bundaberg VIEW Club established.
Apart from the official positions Jean has held, she is always one of the first to volunteer if anything needs to be done or organised
Jean is always supportive of our Maryborough committee. If we ever have a query or are unsure about anything relating to VIEW, Jean is always more than happy to advise or assist us in any way she can and always with a happy, friendly and courteous response.
Jean is very thoughtful and caring and is always making or doing something for someone and/or a club and never expects anything in return for her kind gestures.
No matter where Jean is, she is always actively promoting VIEW and encouraging ladies to join one of the VIEW Clubs in her area. She explains how members form lasting friendships, enjoy great social activities and make a difference to our community, while fundraising and supporting disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family
Jean's Roles Outside VIEW
As we know, in order to influence others to become part of VIEW, it is important to have a variety of roles in the community of the VIEW world.
Jean was nominated for Australia Day Award for Fraser Coast Regional Council for her volunteering work in the community.
She has been an active volunteer at Blood Bank since 2004; is involved with ZPac Theatre as a helper in myriad ways; is a member of the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts; is a member of Sugar Shack Crafters and was president for three years till 2020; and is also a leader for the Wide Bay Folk Art Group.
Below are two pictures which we believe capture the essence of Jean
1. Jean in her role as Zone Councillor for QB02 at the inauguration of the Maryborough Club
2.The gathering of members of Zone QB02 at Jean’s Purple Picnic in the Park (Jean top row right end)
What we've been doing
The members of Maryborough View Club have been creative of late, acting on an idea form our president. In a fun filled, action packed morning, they made colour coordinated lanyards for members to attach their club badges and any other badges of office, thus saving damaging clothing. These have been a great hit with more than 30 already sold and more being assembled
The lanyards sell for $10 and are available through our club They will be on display at our first birthday celebrations on Friday 12th November.
June 2021 Picnic in the Park
Below: Dawn, Lorraine and Gale pose with the Poppins statue in their purple
In June our club joined forces with members of other local clubs for a Picnic in the Park. Despite the inclement weather which threatened us, we were able to laugh and play games together as we got to know one other better, and had lunch under COVID restrictions. We were a sea of purple and passers-by were able to be informed about the club and what it did. Funds were raised to help our cause with raffles and sales of donated items.
Following on from this event, a few members adjourned to the Mary Poppins precinct to have a photo shoot for competition purposes. Maryborough is the birth place of P M Travers, who wrote the Mary Poppins story, and has an amazing story book centre which allows visitors to enter the magic of the story, as well as an annual festival to celebrate all things Poppins.
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...