Sunraysia VIEW Club
Sunraysia VIEW Club was formed in 2009.
Currently, the Club sponsors six 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 3rd Friday each month
- Sue: Ph 0428 389 275,
- P.O. Box 199, Nichols Point 3501
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dee: Ph: 0467 546 291
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Outstanding Mystery tour for 2023
Thank you to all members and friends, who took the plunge and participated in our first outing for the 2023. The feedback has been very positive from all that attended. We learnt so much about the wider Sunraysia region visiting Nangiloc, Iraak, Red Cliffs, Sunnycliffs and Irymple.
We were all very appreciative that Blair Hahnel, from Nangiloc Bus Service, agreed to transport us around in his clean and comfortable bus for the four-hour outing.
First stop was the unique Nangiloc Tavern on the banks of the Murray, 35 minutes’ drive from Mildura, for a delicious morning tea. Julie presented a very interesting background on the spectacular murals on the inside walls including the history of the tavern.
Next stop was the Minter Magic property, owned by Betty, Darren, Anne-Marie and Gary, the fifth generation Minter. This successful family-owned horticulture business is located in the Iraak area. What a privilege! It does help when the manager is Claire’s son Andrew Keogh. Darren had made himself available to speak to the group about the history of the property to the present day. The forbears started with dry fruit. Later generations moved to exporting asparagus, growing citrus, various veggies, fruits and today where the main enterprise being almond production. We were fortunate to have Darren come on board the bus directing Blair and informing us as we drove through the almond grove. How special for us all to see the almond harvesting machinery working and having Darren explain the process of harvesting. A sincere thank you to Claire, Andrew and the Minter family for allowing us such a remarkable opportunity to see and hear how a family property operates and how it has grown and thrived.
Next stop was Coolabah Cabins on the outskirts of Red Cliffs. Katrina co-owner gave us a very informative address on the bus as we were unable to walk around on site because of OH & S regulations. They custom build all trans- portables, from cabins, re-locatable homes and granny flats to suit your needs, your site and budget. They currently employ 70 people.
The Red Cliffs Community Resource Centre was our next Mystery. The Executive Officer Jo Farrell, what an enthusiastic leader of The Community Hub of Red Cliffs, gave us a very educational address. Jo suggested we subscribe to their email list to keep up to date with all the programs they have running. One of the new programs is a Community Paramedic Clinic. You can talk to a paramedic about your health and well-being, at no cost and no appointment needed. Open on Mondays from 9.30am to 12.30pm. What a wonderful community-based Centre.
Our last “Surprise” on our Mystery Tour, oh what a breath-taking sight, a wine and tea tasting room full of buckets of the brightest and most unusual flowers and greenery imaginable. Cappa Stone Winery and Dynasty of Tea a family run business, was closed to tasting because of a family wedding but we were still able to wonder around the tasting room amongst the beautiful flowers. What a delight. Donna, the Chief Wine maker and tea expert suggested to Claire, we visit when they are open Mondays to Sundays 11am -5pm except on some public holidays.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Irymple Hotel which was the final destination, ending a successful and pleasurable outing for members and friends.
CAPPA STONE offers tea and wine tasting
Morning Tea at The Gateway
During March, approximately twenty ladies were the first members to enjoy morning tea at the Gateway.
The Gateway has undergone major renovations and we are pleased they have offered us a room each first Friday of the month, so that we may enjoy morning tea together.
The freshly made hot scones, jam and cream served with a hot drink was enjoyed by all.
Back to School
2022 September Outing
On Friday 30th September 22 members, Henk and Jim, our bus, driver headed off to the Riverland.
Our first stop was at 23rd Distillery in Renmark where we all received a hot drink of our choice accompanied by very fluffy white scones and densely filled fruit scones.
A gin or two was purchased by a few before our next stop at the Almond Hut at Almondco in Renmark where we stocked up with all sorts of delectable almonds.
A ferry trip across the Murray River headed us toward Loxton.
Our first stop was at “The Pines Historic Homestead”. We were greeted by two extremely passionate volunteers who gave us a brief history of the gardens, followed by a walk thru’ the beautifully kept 1909 sandstone home, which the previous owner Ella Kingdom, bequeathed to the people of Loxton for display and entertainment purposes.
Lunch at the newly decorated Loxton hotel was enjoyed by all.
A quick walk for a few to the bottom of the hill to enjoy the “Historical Village”. Once again, very passionate volunteers had arranged a back-to-school activity, testing our skills in writing with original pen and ink. One member Sue received a cane spanking for showing up late for lessons!!!.
Then the chance to join Julie for Karaoke in the Institute. Henk leading the way with many 1930-1940 favourites.
Time for a quick “dixie” icecream before we were rounded up to hop back on the bus.
Of course, down the track a little, nature calls, and it was an interesting 10 minutes or so as the door on the bus wouldn’t open and Jim was worried there would be a little cleaning up to do!!!
One more stop by the police who were doing a check of all vehicles entering into Mildura. Plenty of police cars, police and a sniffer dog searching thru’ cars all made for a last minute's discussions. Lucky for us, Jim only had to do a breath test and we were sent on our way.
Home by 6.45pm. All tired but happy.
The Riverland has so much to offer, more than most thought.
Photo above of Models; Lorraine, June Jenny and Jan
Ladies in the Kitchen
Sunraysia held a Fashion Parade on Friday 9th September. Four of our beautiful VIEW Members were models, showing off a lovely range of fashion from Taking Shape.
The venue was beautifully decorated with native flowers from members gardens and table decorations used as we had for our 13th birthday. Seventy ladies attend, and as usual with our events, our ladies excelled themselves and supplied a wonderful afternoon tea that would have fed an army!!!
Raffles were plentiful, and in total $500 of wonderful donations. All in all, it was a great day, raising funds for our Learning for Life students.
Photo above: Sue, June, Shirley, Jennie, and Norma
Happy 13th Birthday
Fifty Members and guests, all glammed up in black and white enjoyed our Club's 13th Birthday.
Joint Zone Councillors Joan Coleman (SAO2) and Pauline Glover (SAO1) plus ten Guests from SA02 made the trip to Mildura, a few of them making a weekend of it.
Mildura’s deputy mayor, Jason Modica, was our male guest for the day. Jason addressed the ladies, talked a little on local tourism and congratulated all on supporting such a worthy organization.
Members all enjoyed a delicious meal, followed by cutting of the cake.
Participation in a singing game proved to be popular amongst all.
Along with three of our members receiving their 10 year badges, Betty received her award for the Making A Difference award April – June 2022.
Extensive raffles were drawn, everyone thanked for coming and the day ended.
We all agreed it was a most successful birthday and look forward to the next!!!!
National and Regional News
VIEW is coming to.... Whittlesea
We need your help! VIEW Clubs are looking to develop a new club in the Whittlesea area. To help us, we are asking you to provide us with your contacts, friends, relatives etc in Whittlesea or the surrounding areas who may be interested in joining or helping form a VIEW Club in Whittlesea.Read more...
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Embracing Equity in 2023
Three suffragettes greeted members of VA01 zone as they arrived for Heidelberg VIEW Club’s IWD celebration. Suzanne, Roz and Jenny proudly channelled the suffragettes of the past who fought for women’s right to vote. Members arrived wearing the colours of purple, teal and white; suffragist colours and also, fittingly, our VIEW colours. Like the suffragettes of old, VIEW women raise their voices for change for the common good.Read more...
We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!
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.