Valley’s VIEW clubs looking to celebrate
LAURA O'Brien travels all over Australia meeting women as part of her role as a national councillor for the VIEW club and says no matter where she goes, she is greeted with a smile.
Tomorrow, she's looking for more smiles and fellowship as the four VIEW clubs of the Clarence Valley combine for a celebration of International Women's Day at the Yamba Bowling Club.
Starting at 9am, the day is a chance for women from throughout the community to come together and celebrate the day, with musical and dancing entertainment as well as four guest speakers.
"We have our national vice-president as well as Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, glass artist Jacqueline King and local Elizabeth Wallace, who will talk about empowering young girls in Africa," Laura said.
After seeing more than 200 women at the annual event last year, organisers are eager to fill as many seats as they can at the bowling club.
"Anyone from the community is welcome - we encourage our members to bring people in, and of course we hope that if they like what they see they'll come and join us afterwards," Laura said.
"But we have people coming from all over the area and even some people travel down from the Gold Coast, and holidaymakers drop in for what is a fabulous day of entertainment."
Laura's experience with the VIEW club began when she moved to Yamba seven years ago and saw an ad in the paper about a meeting of the Yamba Evening View Club.
She attended and it immediately struck a chord.
"I think you recognise, especially coming into small communities, what a fantastic social network this is within these clubs, and to see some of the members who have been members for over 40 years - they are women supporting each other in a community they've grown up in," Laura said.
"And we do a lot of work in supporting disadvantaged students and also are involved in raising awareness of conditions for women overseas."
Although her involvement has gone from being a member of her local club to a national councillor with 16 clubs in the area under her wing, the one thing that never changes is the welcome she receives.
"I can travel for hours, and always when I arrive there is a friendly smile for me and a group of women that just get on with each other," Laura said.
"No matter how I feel before, I always leave thinking how great it is."
To book, phone Joy Lauder on 6646 1124.
The cost is $20.