Cessnock VIEW Club is back from the COVID-enforced break, with members glad to be meeting again, and looking forward to returning to a sense of 'normality' in 2021.
The club held its Christmas luncheon at Cessnock Leagues Club on Thursday, which was its last meeting for the year, and just the second since COVID restrictions were introduced in March.
About 40 of the club's 74 members attended the first meeting back in October, while 50 (including guests) enjoyed the Christmas luncheon on Thursday.
Club president Kay Elder said it was lovely to be able to gather again.
"A few members are still a bit concerned about going out, but they have said they'll be back next year," she said.
"We are lucky that we have this beautiful big auditorium to hold our meetings - some clubs haven't been able to come back yet due to the size of their rooms."
The club sponsors seven students through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program, and Ms Elder said while COVID has hurt their ability to fundraise this year, they hope to return to normal activities next year.
Thursday's luncheon included the presentation of 10-year service badges to Brigitte Kennedy, Heide Huckfeldt, Kath Woodbury and Ruth Gorton, and entertainment by Ron Jackson.
Members also donated several items to the Samaritans as part of the club's support for Anti-Poverty Week (which usually takes place in October).
The VIEW Club will resume meetings for the new year on Thursday, February 18. Meetings are held at Cessnock Leagues Club on the third Thursday of the month from February to November at 10.30am. For more information, call Kay on 4991 3899.