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Jill’s May Update! Blink and you miss it, we are nearly in June!

Well, I am sure you are just the same but Guiding really just steps up a notch in the summer months and whilst extra work and planning is involved there are always reminders, regardless of how small they are, that your extra effort is totally worth it!

Since our last newsletter, I have been having a great time attending Guiding events. I had my first invite to Girlguiding Glasgow’s Trefoil Guild Annual Review which was hosted by Helen Wilson, Trefoil Guild Chair fabulously supported by Anne Kelly who has been her reliable secretary for the last five years. The pair were evidently enjoying the evening full of laughter and smiles and it then suddenly clicked with me that this was their last official engagement before handing over to May Madden. Girlguiding Glasgow is very lucky to have an active Trefoil Guild and after attending I realised just how much the Trefoil is for all. The ladies are a great bunch and are always keen to extend their membership! Big thanks to Helen and Anne for all their time and enthusiasm over the last five years and, May, I look forward to working with you in your new role!

I then had the pleasure of joining the Rainbows and Brownies at our Rah Rah Rio event. Great fun was had by hundreds of our mini members as they participated in sporting taster sessions, dance, craft and inflatables. Being a Guide and Senior Section leader, I was amazed at the high pitched noise when we all got together at the end for a sing song! My sincere thanks are extended to Aimee Scott and all the members of the planning team for their energy and enthusiasm, it really showed. Thanks also to all the adult volunteers who came forward to help on the day after my appeal in our last newsletter. You made the day awesome, so thank you!!

In my own Senior Section unit, this week we had a lot to celebrate as six young women received their Queen’s Guide award presented by Carol Edwards, Deputy Scottish Chief Guide and Denise King, Chief Executive, Girlguiding Scotland. Our unit leadership team, Division team, fellow Senior Section members, friends and family partied into the small hours. A night which I am sure the girls will always look back on fondly and for me, personally, was the highlight of my Guiding experience as I know the journey taken by each of the young women to achieve this award. The evening reminded me just why I volunteer with Girlguiding.

Without time to catch a breath, we have just had our final #RockinRio briefing meeting where a small army of Guide leaders has been working over the last few months to deliver a camp that enthuses our Guides. I can’t wait to get to Achachairdeis and I am looking forward to meeting those of you whom I don’t know and renewing friendships with those of you whom I do. I am sure it will be a fabulous weekend.

As I sign off for this month’s update, my suitcase is packed with my Guiding uniform and I am off to Waddow Hall for my UK County Commissioner Induction weekend. Another Guiding adventure awaits!

  • Divisions are required to submit unit accounts into Girlguiding Glasgow HQ by 31st May.

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