Voice, Interests and Education for Women club coming to Busselton

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Mary Deakin and Wendy Lewis are looking to establishing a VIEW club in Busselton.
Camera IconMary Deakin and Wendy Lewis are looking to establishing a VIEW club in Busselton. Credit: Suzanne Aston

It is hoped Busselton will be home to a new branch of a national club that aims to give women a louder voice on important issues.

The first steps towards creating a branch of the VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) club in Busselton involves the local team working with representatives from existing clubs to run three interest meetings.

During these meetings the group will aim to share the history and goals of VIEW and they will hope to grow the attendance to 25 financial members.

If the Busselton group hits this goal, the new club can be chartered and officially become the eighth VIEW club in WA.

The chartering of a new club can take about three months from the initial meeting, through to the first official meeting of the new club.

The first of the interest meetings for the proposed Busselton VIEW club took place on February 8 at Tonic By The Bay.

This meeting was facilitated by Mary Deakin who is the Western Australian zone councillor for VIEW Clubs of Australia, and Wendy Lewis who is chair of the VIEW development team meetings.

Ms Deakin who has been a member of VIEW for more than 30 years, only recently moved to WA after 30 years in Melbourne.

“As an ex-teacher, I’ve always had a passion for education, what VIEW does for The Smith Family really warms my heart,” she sad.

Ms Lewis has been a VIEW club member for 13 years, and is currently treasurer of the Melville VIEW club in Perth.

“The companionship is remarkable, but it’s the purpose of the VIEW club that is really marvellous,” she said.

The next two interest meetings are scheduled for February 29 and March 14.

Tonic By The Bay will host the meetings, and in support of the fledgling VIEW club, the venue management have waived the hire fee for the function room.

Each VIEW club raises funds, and will aim to provide lifetime support to a number of students through The Smith Family.

For more information about VIEW, or the Busselton meetings, contact Mary Deakin on 0427 335 158.

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