MEMBERS from neighbouring clubs Forbes, Eugowra, Orange, Parkes, Lithgow and the Blue Mountains met at Panthers Bathurst recently to welcome Bathurst VIEW Club to the organisation.
Special guests included Member for Bathurst and deputy leader of the NSW National Party, Paul Toole; Bathurst Regional councillor Monica Morse; The Smith Family head of state and territory operations Leonie Green; VIEW national manager Maryanne Maher; VIEW national president Jan Roberts; and Therese Welsh, VIEW zone councillor for the area.
Development Team member Toni Thomas gave a brief history of the formation of the club and acknowledged the support received from local organisations and businesses, including Bathurst RSL, Bathurst Broadcasters/2BS, Bathurst Regional Council, Black Pepper and Bathurst Inspiring Women's network group.
Mr Toole and Cr Morse congratulated the members and welcomed them to the Bathurst community.
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Ms Green gave an overview of the work of The Smith Family and confirmed that there are now 160 students in local schools being supported by The Smith Family.
That number is expected to increase to 300 by 2020.
There are plans to establish learning/homework clubs in these schools in 2020 and Bathurst VIEW will be part of that initiative.
Ms Maher welcomed Bathurst VIEW Club to the VIEW organisation and congratulated the local club on its plans to sponsor a student through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program in the near future.
The Bathurst club plans to hold a Bunnings barbecue in June to help fund this venture.
National president Ms Roberts, assisted by zone councillor Ms Welsh, presented membership and committee badges to the new Bathurst VIEW Club members.
Bathurst VIEW Club president Elizabeth Miller accepted the club charter and spoke about the club's plans for the future.
Following lunch, members and guests were entertained by local orchestra Mitchell Strings, led by conductor Nicole Hammill.
Development Team's Gwen Wilton and Ms Thomas thanked members and guests as well as sponsors for their support.
They say they are confident Bathurst VIEW Club will play an important role in the Bathurst community in the future.