A valued part of The Smith Family

Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club


Dingley Cheltenham  VIEW Club was formed in 2017.

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


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 Tuesday each month at 10am
  • Keysbourgh Golf Club



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55 Hutton Street, KEYSBOROUGH, VIC 3173

Club News

Keep up to date with what is happening around the club.

2021 Begins

Members of Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club were excited to return to face-to-face meetings in February 2021 thanks to the support of Keysborough Golf Club.   

A successful AGM was held to elect the committee for the year ahead. We are pleased to have Chris lead us again with her relaxed friendly approach to our group; always thinking up great ideas on outings and fascinating guest speakers.  

Despite there being no activities until December 2020 we wish to acknowledge and thank so many of the members who have made donations to the club to ensure we can continue to support our six students.  COVID has caused an increase in the number of children requiring help.  We are only a small club of 50 members but very committed to the supporting of vulnerable children and the work of The Smith family.

2020 was challenging for everyone but we were able to maintain some connection through the sharing of entertaining videos and pictures via email.  Once lock down conditions were eased members met in the local park bringing our own picnic and chairs.   There was much chatter despite the social distancing; but this kept us going until we could meet again for the Christmas break up.  

 Members are happy to be back in the full swing with meetings and outings, and welcome women of all ages who are keen to learn; help vulnerable children; and enjoy outings; to join us.

Bunnings BBQ






June Anniversary

Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club 2nd Anniversary.

Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club (Voice Interests and Education of Women) celebrated their second anniversary on the First day of June with a Warming Winter Lunch enjoyed by over 40 members. It was a celebration of the values of VIEW. Fun, Friendship, Learning and importantly supporting the most vulnerable in our community through our partnership with The Smith Family.

We raised enough funds over the year to increase our support for The Smith Family Learning for Life Programme which provides ongoing financial, emotional and practical support for the education of the most disadvantaged Australian children in our community.

We are a small group and we are very proud to now support five children with their education.

We have enjoyed a year with stimulating guest speakers, wonderful diverse outings and celebratory lunches.

Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club has worked closely with other community groups as we all share the same wish, to contribute to the welfare of those struggling with in our local community.  We are extremely thankful to receive donations and sponsorship from local community groups and individuals as they learn more about the work of VIEW.    

We look forward to sharing another year ahead knowing our small efforts will make a huge difference for a few of the one million children who currently live in poverty in Australia.   

We meet 2nd Tuesday of the month at Keysborough Golf Course, Hutton Road, Keysborough

Women of all ages welcome to join us.  For further information contact

Fran Thomas 0419 309 931 or franniet@gmail.com



Dingley Cheltenham Opens

Dingley Cheltenham opened after 2 years of diligent work by VIEW's Victorian Development Team on 11 May 2017

The day was marked with members of VIEW from around the South Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula & Gippsland area.

Dingley Cheltenham looks forward to joining "the family" and is planning its first fundraising endeavour.  

Guest Speaker,
Glenis Whitting,
Award Winning Author

Different women, one view. How awesome is that!

I was invited as the author of "Pickle to Pie" and "Something Missing" to be the guest speaker at the VIEW Dingley Cheltenham inaugural luncheon at the Keysborough Golf Club, Victoria, Australia. I decided to talk about how I became a novelist and my academic journey as a mature student from VCE to PhD.

After receiving the invitation the first thing I did was to learn as much as I could, via the internet, about this amazing group of talented women. However, I was not prepared for the genuine welcome and friendliness of everyone there. Edna, Jennie and Kath, all from different VIEW clubs and part of the Development Team, plus the National President, Gwen Wilton took me under their wing. We laughed, shared stories and I learnt first hand about the many projects they embraced. So many wonderful women, all with a story to tell.

I soon understood that VIEW was an acronym for voice, interests and education of women.

It is a national women’s organisation with 16,000 members in 320 communities exclusively supporting the educational charity The Smith Family. I’m sure most people have seen the television advertisement currently showing  the way people can support disadvantaged school children.



VIEW members believe that every child deserves a chance and they live by Mother Teresa’s  belief in the joy of giving a gift when there is no chance of any return. Members sponsor students, fund-raise, volunteer and advocate to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged Australian children and young people. VIEW members support the community based ‘Learning for Life’ program and are proud to enable better futures for young Australians. 

As Australia’s largest children’s educational charity, The Smith Family provides targeted educational support for disadvantaged students. There are 34,000 students in Australia currently supported by The Smith Family

As an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) scholarship recipient for my PhD at Swinburne University I know only too well what a scholarship can mean to a student. It makes you feel as if some group has faith in you as a person, not only to deliver a 100,000 word thesis but also that your work will add to the sum of human knowledge. Someone cares enough to back you financially for three years. You are not alone. Someone is supporting you and your passion. For a mature aged woman student  it makes you stand tall and in my male orientated  world, money speaks louder than words.

VIEW’s pledge is to promote the interest of VIEW, extend friendship to all and to help those in need. One student, William Nguyen, was identified as needing assistance and with VIEW support is currently studying at Monash University. His story of growing up in a single parent home with three younger brothers in Sunshine and the importance of being supported and helped over the years was inspiring. He was such a humble, intelligent young man. I can see him going far in his chosen career.

This day was a celebration. The newly formed Dingley – Cheltenham Group  had the twenty-five members needed to form their own VIEW group and were being inducted into the VIEW family. There was even an amazing colour coordinated cake.

Each new member was called forward to the podium, received their VIEW badge, shook hands with the National President of VIEW and smiled for the camera. The group photo  will surely find its way into the magazine, VIEW Matters a 16-page magazine published for VIEW members.

After a delicious meal it was time for me to talk about how I never thought about becoming a writer until a twist of fate uncovered a passion that changed my direction at University from Sociology to Creative Writing. I shared with them my delight when my PhD novel, "Something Missing" was published by the London based MadeGlobal Publishing. From there I talked about the joys and pitfalls of returning to study as a mature aged student and the impact of being awarded an APA doctorate scholarship to further my research into epistolary fiction. How the scholarship meant I could complete my academic journey, achieve my doctorate degree and add to the sum of human knowledge.

I could also promote my books and pass on where to buy a copy of "Something Missing".

In December "Something Missing" was published by Madeglobal Publishing.com


National and Regional News


Dingley Cheltenham VIEW Club

2021 Resolutions

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

Dingley Cheltenham 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.

Dingley Cheltenham 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.


Events Calendar

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

Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.