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What’s happening at Grafton VIEW Club

Have you ever wondered about what you could do to help disadvantaged children? VIEW Club has an easy answer to this! All you have to do is accept VIEW Club’s invitation to enjoy sharing a meal once a month with women of all ages, and listen to a guest speaker. This guest speaker can enlighten, and perhaps enlarge your perception of what it is to participate as an active community citizen. Such a simple and rewarding pleasure can help so many disadvantaged children to a better education. 

VIEW also holds coffee mornings, and occasions where friendships can be cultivated and maintained for a lifetime.

The guest speaker for April was Betty Calloway, who spoke with an interesting PowerPoint presentation of her life as “My very small footprint”. She told a story of her personal challenge, commencing with the background of her parents as immigrants arriving in Australia. She described her life growing up at school, and how she was placed in an ‘Opportunity Class’ in years four and five. As time went by, Betty married and had three children. Sadly, her husband died, leaving Betty with a very young family. It was a struggle, and to make ends meet, she took in ironing and did other jobs. Betty always dreamt of becoming a teacher, and eventually was accepted to do the Leaving Certificate at a school, which fitted in with looking after a family. Betty passed with flying colours, and was accepted to Alexander Mackie Teachers’ College. She was the first widow to be accepted to Teachers’ College with dependent children. Many newspaper articles were published about her struggle. Betty proudly graduated to teach for many years, working her way to assistant principal. Indeed a brilliant and enlightening story!

At the April meeting, the raffle was won by Sandra Simpson, and the lucky door prize went to Lyn Irving. The Thought Book was taken by Sandra Simpson.

During the month, members attended and enjoyed the Red Cross morning tea, and the Grafton CWA fashion parade.

At the May meeting votes will be taken for “The Voice of VIEW National Resolutions” in preparation for the National Convention. Some interesting votes to be presented.

The guest speaker for the May meeting will be Simon Trivett. Simon is a solicitor at Pollack, Greening & Hampshire. He will be using a PowerPoint presentation, and is open to any questions you may have been thinking about.

The next VIEW meeting will be Tuesday May 28, commencing at 10.30am at Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street.

Please jot this date onto your calendar so that you don’t miss out on fun and friendship at the Grafton VIEW Club.

Please phone Vorna for catering purposes at 6642 4719.

Dr Jeanette Calvi