BEGA Evening VIEW Club member Carleen Maley has won the prestigious George Forbes Award for outstanding service to VIEW Clubs of Australia.
The announcement of Ms Maley’s win was made at Jupiter's Pavilion before a jubilant 750 VIEW members at their recent convention held on Australia's Gold Coast.
Ms Maley was recognised for her outstanding contribution over many years to VIEW nationally.
From her Bega Evening VIEW committee role, Ms Maley went on to become zone councillor and after two years progressed to the next step as national councillor of clubs extending from Berry in the north to Eden in the south.
Her devotion to VIEW was recognised by her 20 national councillor colleagues and on completion of her term in this role she was elected to the position of national vice-president.
This involved constant travel across Australia and ongoing application to the varied demands of her national executive position.
At the beginning of her two-year term in 2008, Ms Maley developed the VIEW website (view.org.au) and she continues to be the site's principal organiser.
Integral to this are clubs’ photographs and stories that members continually send to Ms Maley for posting on the website and inclusion in "VIEW Matters" – the organisation’s national magazine.
Ms Maley continues to develop VIEW members’ computer and internet skills and responds to an array of membership inquiries from the 330 clubs across Australia and from the public wishing to join.
VIEW, a national organisation of women, was formed by The Smith Family manager/CEO George Forbes in 1960.
Not only did Mr Forbes have a passion for his work with The Smith Family, but he saw the great need for social interaction among women then and perceived this would be ongoing.
Underpinning Mr Forbes’ foundation of VIEW - which now has 18,000 members across Australia - was his desire to give women a voice, to extend their Interests and to offer continual education through informal and affordable channels.
Now, 53 years later, women of all ages and from all walks of life meet in friendship and support the invaluable work of The Smith Family.
The 2013 VIEW convention was held over four days on the Gold Coast.
Inspirational women including author Stephanie Dowrick, Queensland's Lisa Newman, Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley, comedian Mandy Nolan and actress Sandy Gore enlightened minds and encouraged women to pursue their dreams.
For more information on your local VIEW club contact Bega 6494 1124 or 6492 1079; Merimbula evening 6495 9721; Merimbula day 6492 5990; Eden 6496 9018; or Narooma day 4476 8086.