A valued part of The Smith Family

Hobart VIEW Club


Hobart VIEW Club was formed in 2011.

Currently, the Club sponsors four Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.

Membership of the Club is made up of women from Hobart and environs who meet on a monthly basis on the second Wednesday evening of the month.  We have dinner, followed usually by a Business meeting then a guest speaker.  Our guests have ranged from a Civil Celebrant talking about her career, to a presentation by a School Principal on how The Smith Family program Learning For Life has improved life for children in her school.

Ours is a small but growing group of committed women from different walks of life, who welcome newcomers to the organisation as well as visitors from other VIEW Clubs from interstate.

We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about. 



  • Meetings are on 2nd Wednesday each month at 6.00 for 6.30 pm
  • The Black Buffalo Hotel 




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14 Federal Street, NORTH HOBART, TAS 7000

2023 Hobart VIEW Club Committee

President Jane Kerin, Vice President Carol Nicholson, Media and Publicity Yvonne Bottomley, 
Correspondence Secretary. Ann Jones, Minutes Secretary Meredith Phillips,
Treasurer Liz Heineke


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Zonta Club in April 2023

Four members of the Hobart VIEW Club attended a Cocktail Party held by the Zonta Club, Hobart, at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart.  The Zonta Club has a similar focus on the value of education. 

The cocktail party was held to raise funds for scholarships for young girls participating in the Kennerley Kids Moving On program.  The program provides accommodation and support for young people who are unable to live at home but are fully committed to educational pursuits.   Research shows that young people who have completed compulsory education or participate in tertiary and/or vocational education have a much greater chance of reaching their full potential.

This is the third year the Zonta Club has supported young girls participating in this program.  One of the participants of the program – a student nurse – spoke of her experiences whilst on the program. 

Brendon Blomley (Mayor of Clarence), Dr Deborah Beswick and Lee Rayner  (Hobart VIEW Club members) Yvonne Bottomley, (Publicity Officer, Hobart VIEW Club) Jane Kerin (President, Hobart VIEW Club).


Welcome New Member

At the Club’s April meeting, new member, Perri, was welcomed to our Club, and was presented with a new member pack, designed by President Jane.

Western Australia Visitor Welcomed

At our Club’s April meeting, we welcomed guest Robin, a member from the West Coast VIEW Club, Perth.

 Robin is pictured below with Vice-President, Carol.

 Honouring Our Clair

University of Tasmania Associate Professor Clair Andersen was presented with her induction to the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortiums Circle of Honours Order of Service to Indigenous Educationby #WINHEC Deputy Co-Chair Dr Leanne Holt, NATSIHEC past President and Macquarie University Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy.

Associate Professor Clair Andersen, who has spent a lifetime promoting education opportunities for Australia’s First Nations people, has been recognised for those efforts on an international stage.

She has been inducted to the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium’s Circle of Honours.

The Consortium (WINHEC) provides an international forum and support for Indigenous peoples to pursue common goals through higher education.

International Honour for Associate Professor (and VIEW member) Clair Andersen


Referendum Thoughts

Chris was thanked by the Vice President Carol.

2023 April

At the Club’s April meeting, members welcomed Chris Crerar, Communications and Fundraising Coordinator at Reconciliation Tasmania.

Chris began volunteering with Reconciliation Tasmania more than three years ago.  He is the Referendum Campaign Co-ordinator to bring accurate information about the Voice Referendum to the community.

During Question time, issues such as the role of indigenous MPs, discussion of a Treaty and experience in other countries with treaties with First Nations people, some of the key elements in the No campaign (claims of divisiveness and racism) and the process through which representatives for a Voice to Parliament would be appointed - noting that detail is not yet available about this.




 Jane Teniswood our Guest Speaker

[l-r] Jane (President), Jane Teniswood (Guest Speaker), Carol (Vice President).

2023 March Meeting and International Women’s Day  

On Wednesday 8th March, Hobart VIEW Club members welcomed Jane Teniswood as our Guest Speaker, to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Jane’s cv is extensive and includes teaching, counselling, community development and business.  As a teacher she has worked in both Tasmania and Papua New Guinea in childhood, Primary, Special education, Secondary, Music and TAFE.

She was instrumental in setting up Lifeline in Hobart and on the North West Coast of Tasmania and trained counsellors for many years.

Jane also received funding to set up “Project Youth” in Burnie and later was part of setting up the Youth Alcohol & Drug Service.

What a fun evening enjoyed by all!  Jane’s experiences in teaching reading in particular, were enlightening and drew much interest from members and guests.  Her contributions to society have been amazing and include starting a garden in the maximum security prison for prisoners, running a farm combined with an Air b’n’b establishment, writing, to name just a few.  Great work Jane.  We’d love to hear from you again in the future.


At the March meeting, President Jane welcomed three new members to the Club as well as a former member - Patricia.  We also welcomed Jane Teniswood as our guest speaker.

As you can see members entered into the spirit of the evening and found some purple items to wear.  A tasty dinner and some uproarious moments added to the celebration!

Birthday Girls [l-r] Sue, Winsome and Yvonne 

Also at our March meeting, a new member Hilda Kirby, won our Lucky Door Prize for International Women’s Day.  Congratulations Hilda.  A lovely (and lucky) introduction to Hobart VIEW Club!

Winner of the Lucky Door Prize [l-r] Hilda and Jane (President)

Congratulations Alex

From L-R: Ant Edler Australia Day Ambassador, Mayor Leigh Gray, Alex Weekes, Councillor Phil Own and Councillor Greg Irons.

L-R: Yvonne, Carol, Alex Weekes, and Jane

Club Nominee Alex Weekes Wins

Citizen of the Year Award

On Wednesday 22nd February 2023, at the Brighton (Tas) Community Centre, Alex Weekes, an Art Teacher at the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School, was presented by the Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Leigh Grey, with the award as Citizen of the Year for the Brighton Council

Hobart VIEW Club representatives, Jane (President), Carol (Vice President) and Yvonne (Publicity Officer) were thrilled when Alex’s name was announced!  State and Federal members of Parliament were also present: Hon John Howlett MLC, Brian Mitchell MP, Jen Butler MP, Hon John Tucker MP.

Club members had met Alex when she was a guest speaker at the Club’s Christmas in July event in 2022, and were impressed by her enthusiasm and commitment to her work.  As a result, the club decided to nominate Alex for the award.

As a former Smith Family scholarship student, Alex has continued to support Smith Family Education programs (such as Smart Arts Program, Work Inspirations Project along with her teaching.  She is a positive role model and mentor to her students, encouraging them to continue with their education and make a positive contribution to their society as she has done herself. 


January 2023



Michelle's Lunch

Members of the Hobart VIEW Club attended a lunch in honour of our previous Publicity Officer – Michelle Bottomley.

Michelle passed away two years ago after a long battle with breast cancer.  A bright and happy person, Michelle endeared herself to us all.  To honour her memory we decided that we would do something that she would have enjoyed too – a tasty lunch with good friends and family. 

This year our lunch was held at the Astor Grill restaurant.  Also attending was Michelle’s mother – Perri and Clair’s grand-daughter Olive.

Events Calendar

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

Sep 8

VIEW National Convention 2023

We are pleased to announce the 56th VIEW National Convention will be held in Hobart, TAS from 8-10 September 2023.