The VIEW (Voice Interests and Education of Women) Club has announced their National Executive team for 2022-23, including Point Lonsdale View member, Marg Woodhouse, as National President.
VIEW is a national organisation with 15,000 members in more than 300 communities. Founded by The Smith Family in 1960 as a service club, it continues to bring together women who enjoy social activities, develop skills, make connections and participate in networking events, whilst also supporting and advocating for the education of young Australians in need.
A founding member of Ocean Grove Evening View, Woodhouse was on their first committee and received her 10 years membership in 2021. She has been a member of Point Lonsdale VIEW since it started 2 years ago and has also been a Zone leader and National Councillor.
While working in VIEW Woodhouse has helped to provide funds for scholarships for the education of children living in disadvantage, something that continues to inspire her every day.
“I loved the idea of supporting those less fortunate and having the opportunity to make friends and have fun in the process”, Woodhouse said.
“At our formation meeting it was decided I would become the Club Delegate. Delegates liaise with the Zone and National Councillors who represent and pass on information from our National Office in Sydney”, she said.
“My role was to attend three Delegate meetings with other Delegates and inform the Club Committee of National decisions, to attend Information sessions run by The Smith Family and the best part, to attend functions at any of the Clubs across Australia. I was hooked”.
Over the next few years Woodhouse would go on to hold the positions of Vice President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor. She was asked several times to move up to Zone Councillor which she eventually did. This involved working with the nine clubs in her Zone, by supporting, guiding and encouraging them.
“I found this rewarding and naturally continued on to my present position of National Councillor. I am now working across two Zones with 18 clubs. The women are amazing and have shown such resilience through a very difficult time over the last two years”, she said.
Nominated for the Presidency in June, Woodhouse went through a rigorous interview process and was elected by the National Councillors and National Executive as the VIEW National President for 2022-2023.
“The name of VIEW as an organisation working for charity is not well known amongst the general public. I would like to see a greater awareness of VIEW Clubs of Australia in the community, just like Lions and Probus. We need to bring VIEW into the public arena”, she said.
“Our ladies are dedicated and hard working fundraising in the community with raffles, cake stalls and sausage sizzles at Bunnings. We donate in kind to the many charities in our communities such as Bethany, Geelong Mums and Cottage By the Sea”.
Today the powerful connection between VIEW and the Smith Family remains and the organisation is the largest community sponsor of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life students.
Their members support 1450 students on Learning for Life scholarships and donate to the Winter Appeal and the Toy and Book Appeal.