Nelson Bay View Club Celebrates 50 years

Nelson Bay VIEW Club presidents past and present. Photo by Henk Tobbe.
Nelson Bay VIEW Club presidents past and present. Photo by Henk Tobbe.


NELSON Bay’s VIEW Club celebrated its 50th birthday in style at a ‘gold themed’ luncheon at the Soldiers Point Bowling Club.

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There was champagne on arrival and plenty of reminiscing while attendees were serenaded by the talented pianist David Scrogie.

The Nelson Bay VIEW Club Committee was delighted with the response to the Anniversary function, with representatives from Cessnock, Stockton, Myall Lakes, Maitland, Tilligerry and Raymond Terrace VIEW Clubs in attendance, as well as present and past members and friends of the Nelson Bay VIEW Club.

Guests numbered over 160.

Anne-Louise O’Connor spoke on the success of mentoring and of the “Joy Spreaders” gift programs for disadvantaged children which the VIEW Club supports.

A 50 year pin was presented to Lee Clarke, the inaugural President of the Nelson Bay VIEW Club which had just 14 members.

Guest speaker Paul Jeans, Chancellor of Newcastle University (UON) told the room that higher education is Australia’s third largest export earner after iron ore and coal; greater than tourism and agricultural products.

Pat Gibson, president of the Nelson Bay VIEW Club told News Of The Area, “VIEW Clubs embrace UON’s philosophy that, if prospective students, regardless of their background have the ability and desire, they should have access to higher education.”

The Nelson Bay View Club has supported students that are disadvantaged for many years.

“The informative talk and the joyful, friendly party, resulted in a memorable celebration of the significant milestone in Nelson Bay VIEW Club’s history,” she said.

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