West Coast VIEW Club
West Coast VIEW Club was formed in 2005.
Currently, the Club sponsors twenty three 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 1st Wednesday each month at 11.00am
- Wanneroo Villa Tavern, 18 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo, WA 6065
- Secretary: Kathy on Ph 0419 929 061; or
- Postal address: 15A Hazel Avenue, Quinn’s Rocks, WA 6030; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating Mothers Day
Members enjoyed the first meeting at our new venue and we thank the Wanneroo Function Centre for welcoming us, allowing us to use the centre free of charge and in doing so, supporting our Learning for Life Students.
This was our Mothers day meeting and a big thankyou to Jean, Kaye and Margaret for collecting and arranging the beautiful pots of chrysanthemums, kindly donated by Bunnings. These arrangements formed part of the Mothers day raffle.
Congratulations to Sylvia who took home first prize of a High Tea for 6 served in their own home. This wonderful prize was once again donated by Maureen and Deb and we send them gracious thanks.
Thanks must also go to Bev and other members who donated prizes.
This month we were short on a guest speaker so Kathy kindly stepped in and gave us a very interesting talk on her move to Australia as an immigrant. Her journey, as a young girl on her own leaving her home country of Sri Lanka and her experiences leaving and arriving in Australia were interesting and entertaining. The talk was testament to Kathy’s strength and often her humour, in overcoming obstacles and sadly racism.
After many memorable years at Hillary’s Yacht Club, West Coast VIEW Club have had to say a sad goodbye to the venue. The financial situation worldwide has hit us all in many ways and the Yacht Club can no longer allow us to use the venue free of charge. It would not be financially viable or in the best interests of our Learning for Life students to stay on and pay to use the club. We must say a huge thankyou to all the staff who have supported our club till now as we move onto a new venue in Wanneroo. Our Committee must be commended for the time and enormous effort they have put in to getting us booked into the Wanneroo Tavern and Function Centre. With the numbers in our club it has been no mean feat to find a venue and we thank the Tavern for supporting us and allowing us a fee free venue.
Amazing Stories In April 2023
This month our inspiring guest speakers have both been transplant recipients and at the meeting gave moving and emotional accounts of their journeys.
Laura spoke about being diagnosed with cancer as a teen and then receiving a Bone Marrow transplant and the difficulty of finding a suitable donor, her search going world wide.
Shaun, who has had two kidney transplants since 1998 spoke of the anguish of waiting, while on dialysis, for his life saving transplant. Not once but twice.
Shaun and Laura both highlighted the need to increase the number of people on the transplant register in Australia and could not stress enough, the importance of speaking to family members about our wishes. One person’s donation can possibly save up to 10 lives.
We also heard all about Laura and Shaun’s work with (and plans to compete) in the World Transplant Games held in Perth that month.
Eight members of our West Coast club were presented with their 10-year Membership Badges. Congratulations to Pamela, Roslyn, Margaret G, Margaret J, Elizabeth, Jean, Angela and Judy.
International Women's Day
Our Club held their annual International Women’s Day event on 1st March. As always this was an amazing event and thanks to the usual team of wonderful ladies on the IWD committee everyone enjoyed the day. We appreciate the amount of hours you all put in to make this day such a success.
A big thank you also must go to Marg Woodhouse the National President of VIEW and Learning for Life student Rebekah for your enjoyable talks. To Wendy who once again gave us her time to MC the event and to Jay Weston for his brilliant entertainment throughout the day.
Our Guest speaker Annette Woolley entertained and inspired us (and bought a tear to many eyes). Annette’s story of the importance of education also showed us what one can overcome (with a little help) no matter the hard knocks life may deal. Thank you Annette.
Many of our members left the day with arms full of baskets or very exciting envelopes. Winners were certainly grinners and a HUGE thankyou to the generosity of some wonderful sponsors.
Members also heard through the month of the resignation of Charmaine Sherman after 17 years with VIEW Club. In 2019 Charmaine was given a National Presidents Award but I think she also deserves the title of National Treasure. I don’t think there would be a member of West Coast VIEW who would not have seen the hours of tireless work Charmaine has put into our club and as Zone Councillor for WA. The past 18 months have not been easy for Charmaine but it has not stopped her offer her help wherever needed. Wishing you a happy ‘retirement’ Charmaine you will be sadly missed.
2022 Christmas Celebrations
West Coast VIEW would like to wish all our Members Australia wide a wonderful holiday period and a safe and healthy 2023. May all those who have had such a terrible time with floods soon find their life showing some sort of normality. You are all in our thoughts and hearts.
Our club had a wonderful turnout at our Christmas meeting with 130 guests and friends attending. A huge thank you must once again go to those Members responsible for making the meeting so successful – Cherylle for getting numbers, payments, and tables organised; all Members who helped decorate the tables and the amazing team who put together the 29 beautiful baskets of Christmas goodies which were raffled along with several bottles of wine.
Each year our team of volunteers contribute their time to our club in so many ways not least of all the fundraising for our Learning for Life students, The Smith Family and helping out at Roseworth Primary School. Of course, we would not be the club we are if not for all our generous Members.
We hope Members and friends left that afternoon full of Christmas cheer after catching up with friends, a delicious meal and entertainment by the always popular Roseworth Primary School Choir. Several members and guests also went home very happy with their raffle prize wins but none more so than Penny who was advised that morning that she had won 2nd prize in the National Raffle – a $400 voucher.
Each year the choir from Roseworth School attends our Christmas meeting and after their concert Santa (Geoff Sherman) arrived and the children were thrilled to receive their Christmas crackers and the beautiful bag of treats donated and put together for them by our Vice President Jacie. Thank you Jacie, you and your Mum will be a hard act to follow in 2023.
Our 2023 calendar is already filling with the Bring and Buy in January and preparation well under way for our annual International Women’s Day Meeting.
Welcoming New Member
Our November meeting saw the result of a new surge in Covid numbers with several members unable to attend.
New members for the 2023 committee were elected and the following is our new committee, all elected unopposed.
- President: Margaret
- Vice President: Anne
- Secretary: Kathy
- Assist. Secretary: Kathy
- Treasurer: Cherylle
- Assist. Treasurer: Margaret
- Delegate: Anne
- Program Officer: Daphne
- Learning for Life Co-ordinator: Kathy
- Publicity Officer: Debra
- Volunteering Officer: Bev
A big thanks to our members who have stayed on for another year and also to Anne, Kathy, Margaret and Bev for taking on the vacant positions.
All club Members were very saddened to hear our Secretary of many years Alison and her beautiful daughter Jacie (Vice President) will be leaving the West Coast VIEW Club. Both Alison and Jacie have worked tirelessly for our club and their invaluable contribution will be missed along with their beautiful smiles each meeting. Melville City VIEW club are lucky to have Alison and Jacie join their club and West Coast VIEW wish them both all the very best with some travel, relaxation, improved health and a far quicker journey to Melville City each month. We look forward to seeing you at our special meeting as our Guests.
President Margaret presented new member Roslyn with her badge and gave chocolates to our November birthday ladies.
No guest speaker this month but Daphne once again came up with some interest & education with a quiz that kept us all guessing.
17th Birthday Celebrations
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to our Club, recently celebrating 17 very successful years. Members and guests enjoyed a beautiful day of friendship food and fashion.
We welcomed new member Brenda, with a badge presentation and good wishes to the many members who were also celebrating a birthday this month.
Iisie Boutique gave us a wonderful fashion parade of garments and also donated vouchers as raffle prizes so a big thank you to Iisie and her staff for all the work they put into the parade. Many members went home very happy with a raffle win. Our member models looked amazing in every outfit as has been the case each year.
We were all left shocked and saddened by the news of the sudden passing of our Member Jan Connor. Her always-cheerful face and smile will be missed at our meetings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this sad time.
The guest speaker for September was Jennifer Keen, the WA State Manager of OzHarvest. OzHarvest, founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004, is Australia’s largest food rescue organisation. https://www.ozharvest.org/who-we-are/.
Jennifer talked to our members about the many programs OzHarvest have from rescuing food from many businesses and feeding the needy to education programs in schools.
Many members kindly donated non perishable items of food to this cause. These goods will contribute to the OzHarvest program, packing and sending hampers to schools who then in turn to families in need. Many being families I am sure who are also supported by the Smith family. Win win for all.
A welcome to new members Penelope and Trudy and a special mention to the Graduate Women WA, whose kind donations each year allow us to support more LfL students.
The Bring and Buy day at our September meeting proved to be another successful fundraising event thanks to our very supportive members once again bringing along plants, preserves and baking as well as new items to contribute to our store.
Funds for our Learning for Life students were raised when those same kind members bought goods from the store. Big thanks to Bev and her team for organising and attending to the Bring and Buy and an extra thanks to Bev and the team of members who covered an amazing 300+ books for Roseworth Primary School last month.
For over twelve years our member Sally has opened her home for Christmas in July events as well as our annual clothing sale. President Margaret made a special mention and thankyou to Sally for her amazing contribution. Sally will now hand the banner to our hard working Daphne to host the 2023 Clothing sale.
A big thankyou to all the members and visitors who braved the weather and attended our August meeting. It was pleasing to see Alison back on board and looking like she is ready to run that marathon. Our best wishes go out to Charmaine who was unable to attend but hope she is feeling much better soon.
Thanks go out to Lynne who organised the Christmas in July luncheon. This event was enjoyed by all who attended and raised a great sum for our LFL students Our guest speakers are always appreciated and we must thank Daphne for organising this each month.
August speaker was Helen Anderson, a retired Nurse who now volunteers with Stay On Your Feet an area of the Injury Matters Organisation. Helen spoke about the importance of the Move / Improve / Remove steps to help us stay on our feet. The information is very valuable to all ages not just our many “young in spirit” members. https://www.injurymatters.org.au/programs/stay-on-your-feet/
Margaret showed the meeting a Christmas Decoration that was presented to each Western Australian VIEW Club by Her Excellency Linda Hurley, who is the Patron of VIEW Clubs Australia. Our Club decided we would use this decoration (usually reserved for presentation to visiting dignitaries) as part of our Birthday meeting raffle.
A warm welcome to new members; Penny, Ann, Jill, Paula, Lorraine and Kaye; and happy birthday to the many members celebrating in August.
The cold has reached WA but it did not deter our members coming out in force to support our annual book sale, raising more funds for our students. A big thankyou to Bev and her team for organising and running the stall.
Our guest speaker was unable to make the meeting but thanks to our wonderful Daphne and the World Wide Web we were able to view some of her collection of weird and wonderful photos from around the world.
A special birthday for Annie who proved she was still fit enough to jump up from a laying position J
Another meeting without our amazing secretary Alison but we hear she is doing so well she may soon be running marathons.
Two very special birthdays this month for Audrey and Cherie. Congratulations and hope your days were as special as you.
Thanks again to Richard Offen the Author and Historian who attends each year to give us more wonderful information on the history of Perth. Who would have thought – A flight from Adelaide to Perth back in 1929 only took 30 hours and a few stops along the way with one an overnighter.
Two very special birthdays this month for Audrey and Cherie. Congratulations and hope your days were as special as you.
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