NEW TEAM: Zone councillor Betty presents the new committee for Pine Rivers VIEW club with their badges.
NEW TEAM: Zone councillor Betty presents the new committee for Pine Rivers VIEW club with their badges.

Group guide: Brisbane


Chelmer and District

WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club) on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting then a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics.

Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities.

We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Phone Kathy on 073379 7237 for details.

FESTIVE FIFTY CLUB: The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club enjoyed wonderful Christmas celebrations with members. New members are always welcome, meeting on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands.
FESTIVE FIFTY CLUB: The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club enjoyed wonderful Christmas celebrations with members. New members are always welcome, meeting on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands.

Forest Lake

HAPPY New Year to all the readers - may all your dreams come true in 2019. After a month's break, the Forest Lake Probus Club met on January 8. As one of our most loved and a founding member, Ruth, passed away three days prior to Christmas, our president commenced the meeting with a short memorial service. As it was unexpected, it has been a very sad time for our club. To brighten the mood, after morning tea we had a game of trivia on Australiana and six of the members won Australia Day gifts eg caps, frisbee and beach ball. The usual morning tea is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Our next big outing is at the Phenix Restaurant at Forest Lake Shopping Centre for their Chinese New Year celebration banquet on Saturday, February 2. If you wish to take part in our fun, friendship and fellowship, please phone our Membership Officer, Ellen, on 0738797784 or president Barbara on 0422817924.



WELCOME back to our members. Speakers are already planned for 2019, the first being a representative from Queensland Ambulance Service who will give an insight into the valuable work carried out by their paramedics. We will also celebrate our birthday at the February meeting and a cake will be shared by members present. The first bus trip for the year has been arranged. To mark the 50th year of the conclusion of the Brisbane tram service, our branch will take a nostalgic tour through the Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove on Wednesday March 20, followed by lunch at a local club. Visitors and friends are welcome to to join us, if room permits.

Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 10.30am at the Newnham Hotel. Morning tea is available beforehand. For information on our branch activities and meetings, phone Jill on 07 3272 8210 or Bev 07 3341 4170.


WE WILL meet on Monday, February 11 and every second Monday of each month at 9.30am in the community meeting room in the Brisbane City Library at Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mount Gravatt. Any visually impaired person and friend or carer is welcome to attend and enjoy a chatty morning and express experiences that are causing concern. Tea and coffee will be served. Guest speakers are organised when possible. Contact Peter on 07 3345 7421 for further information. If you know anyone who is experiencing vision impairment please pass this message on.


A WONDERFUL display of flowering orchids, foliage and ferns will fill the hall. Plants for sale - eftpos available in plant sales. All orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light refreshments available. Entry: $4. Under 16 free.

Phone Jan Patterson on 07 3269 7537 or 0402 252 264 or go to


ARE you looking for friendship and interesting activities? Come along and join us for a cuppa every second Wednesday at the Queen of Apostles School Hall on Appleby Rd, Stafford. We are a small club and welcome new members and visitors to our warm, friendly atmosphere. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 6 at 9.30am. We have bus trips, entertainment, trading tables, guest speakers, bingo and hoy.

We have been going for 37 years and we are a happy group so come along and see us. On alternate Wednesdays we have indoor bowls. Club membership is $2 a year. Activities in the hall $2. Bus trips cost is advised when booking For further information contact Julia on 0467 680 551 or Carolyn on 07 3356 8223.


INTERNATIONAL Day of People With Disabilities Australia recently launched a Mainstream Opportunities Program for Brisbane people with a disability. Under the NDIS we are working with those interested to secure jobs and work-placements, join community or sporting groups, and meet career or social goals which align with their personal skills and interests. Sign up or more go to pages/ndis-mainstream -opportunities.


COME along to our free retirement living options talk at Carindale library on Friday, March 1, 1-2.30pm. This community legal education session will be presented by a lawyer from Caxton Legal Centre, and will cover different legal issues in retirement villages, manufactured home parks and other types of accommodation, with a focus on what you need to know before making the big decision about where to live in retirement. Places are limited - bookings essential. Phone Michelle on 07 3214 6333 to RSVP.


YOUNG at heart tennis players wanted, Tuesdays 9am-noon Mt Gravatt Central. It's not Wimbledon but a game, a cuppa and a laugh are all included. A recent article from the ABC stated that "Tennis tops the list of sports for increasing life expectancy. Tennis players lived more than nine years longer than people who were sedentary, topping the list of sports. Social connection is the key to longevity benefits.” Phone Margaret on 07 3398 8143 or Myrna on 07 3397 8584 for more information.


WE WILL be holding the annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 12 upstairs at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an expected annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks of two hours a week or some of lesser duration.

We are continuing with our popular "one on one” sessions, where a member has one on one learning with a specific coach for an hour, who happens to teach a subject selected by the member. Irrespective of the type or duration of a class they only cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don't be afraid to make a start. For more information phone Lavina on 0411 806 154 or go to


WE MEET at Enoggera Memorial Hall (junction of Wardell and Trundle Sts). When information had to be submitted for publication there was uncertainty about who would be the guest speaker. It will be either Bruce Harkness or Peter McCloskey. The guest speaker's topic is Bonsai. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. For more information phone Pat, the president, on 07 3356 1256.


BEGONIAS - Bold and Beautiful is the title for the 2019 Annual Show by the Queensland Begonia Society to be held in the auditorium at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Saturday, February 23. The show is a "one day affair” - Saturday only from 9am to 3.30pm. Admission $4. This is the largest and only show of begonias in Queensland. Species begonias which originated in various parts of the world will be featured along with many outstanding hybrids created by keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian states and also international enthusiasts.

Another added feature will be demonstration workshops by experienced growers, at 10am and 11.30am. Sale plants and refreshments will be available. Regular meetings are held in the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm on the third Saturday of the month at 1pm. For further details, contact the show organiser, Shevanti Seneviratne: email Show secretary, Phil Adams: email


MAKE new friends. Come along any Tuesday between 9am-noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida St, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play indoor bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. For more information contact Shirley on 07 3209 1682.


VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and was founded by The Smith Family in 1960 as a service to women and the community.


WE MEET on March 6 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Pde, Keperra, 10.30am for 11am start. Cost is $30 for the two-course lunch and we will be having our usual lucky door and raffle prizes.

All proceeds go towards supporting our Learning for Life students and the Smith Family. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Our guest speaker for March is Gillian Nastro who has had an extensive career in nursing. We will be having our first Make, Bake and Grow table in March so bring along all your goodies to sell. We had our annual general meeting in February and all positions were filled so we are ready for an inspiring and active year. Bookings are required by noon Monday, March 4. Contact Carol on 07 3355 5349.

Centenary Evening

WE HOLD a dinner meeting at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park on the second Monday of the month from February to December. VIEW offers women the opportunity to meet with other women from all walks of life, to share a meal and listen to guest speakers who can educate and entertain, to form friendships and at the same time to support disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family Learning for Life program.

As well as monthly dinner meetings, Centenary Evening VIEW Club ladies enjoy coffee mornings, visits to the theatre, various social gatherings and fundraising activities. If you would like to attend a meeting or require more information, email centenaryeveview or phone 0413 138 967 before noon Friday before the meeting.


HAPPY New Year to all the members of Kenmore VIEW Club and also other community organisations in our area. Monthly VIEW luncheons will resume on Monday, February 18 at the Bellbowrie Tavern at 11.15am. Cost $5 and members order their own lunch and drinks. This will also be our annual general meeting. Guests and visitors are always welcome especially if you are new to the area. On this occasion the guest speaker will be Lexie Smiles, on the theme Soul Whispering.

Lexie will be speaking on her journey in the world of ballet. Coffee and Chat will be on Saturday, February 23 at 10am at Perfect Blend coffee shop, Kirkdale Rd, Chapel Hill. We are looking forward to another fun-filled and active year as we work in partnership with The Smith Family to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in the community. Contact Jean on 0409 268 646.

Logan VIEW Club ladies receiving their 10 year badges at our birthday lunch.
Logan VIEW Club ladies receiving their 10 year badges at our birthday lunch.


OUR ladies are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by joining the club which sponsors three schoolchildren. We meet at 11am on the second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Ave), Kingston. Cost of $25 includes a two course lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Phone Pat on 07 3804 6931 for further details.


A NEW year and a new committee. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our lunch meetings ($25 for a two-course lunch) and so perhaps become a member of our club.

VIEW was founded by the general secretary of The Smith Family, George Forbes, in 1960 to support the charitable work of The Smith Family. VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. It is one of Australia's leading women's volunteer organisations and support networks, and empowers women to have their voices heard in issues of importance for the future wellbeing of Australian society. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, phone Estelle on 07 3356 7598.

Pine Rivers

OUR club supports three children with funds raised from raffles and outings. We also donate directly to The Smith Family for their Winter and Book and Toy Appeals. Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 10.30am for 11am. It will be held at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rocks Rd, Murrumba Downs.

The guest speaker for February will be Merv McDonald who will be telling us all about cheese making. We are not just about raising money though and a lot of fun, laughs and friendship are enjoyed by all our ladies at our monthly luncheons, coffee mornings and outings.

If you are interested in attending or want to know more, phone Elizabeth on 07 3886 4937 or Sandra 07 3880 9965.


WE ARE the North Side branch of our national group which meets monthly at Kedron. We are either fully or partially self-funded trying to enhance our lifestyle socially or financially with special interest groups in our structure. Our meetings are normally held on the third Friday of the month starting around 9.30am and finishing at noon. Morning tea and bickies are provided for a small charge. We have guest speakers on most months.

Also we have a finance discussion group meeting on each second Friday at Chermside for members, we do not give financial advice. Bus trips are a very popular event, providing morning tea at a picnic spot and a super style lunch at a venue. Our Kedron meetings are held at the OES Hall, 2 Boland St, off Kitchener Rd. Off-street parking is available. We close our meetings around 11.30am.


CINEMATOGRAPHERS are people who can make a short movie of your video and photos you have taken with your camera adding back- ground music, your own voice announcements. Come to my meetings and learn how to do it. I use Linux and Windows. We show/screen our movies on a big screen. My group, JDs 50 Plus Cinema- tographers, holds two meetings a month, the first and fourth Tuesdays, 9.30am to about 12.30 pm at the 50 Plus Centre in the Brisbane City Hall which is quite central. $2 a day.

Code AAb. Morning cuppa and biscuits are included for attendees. Contact John D'Alton - phone weekdays but not between noon-2pm on 07 3371 3707, email or go to au/~jcdalton/50Plus_ Cinematographers/ JCED18_50Plus_Cine_ BB_from_Home_and_ Index.html.

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