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Oct 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope that you enjoyed reading about the things two of our lones did as they participated in #GirlsTakeover? We thought that they deserved to take over my blog spot for a short while so that you could see what exciting things they have been doing and experiencing. This only echoes what I know is happening around many parts of BGO – fantastic guiding led by fantastic leaders! Thank you!!

The last two months have been busy for me and as always, so enjoyable. In September, Hazel, Emma and Barbara -the County Commissioners from BeneLux and France and Europe, and I attended the County Commissioners conference held at Yarnfield in Staffordshire. We spent a weekend attending very interesting and worthwhile trainings and meetings. We met and chatted with Amanda, Chief Guide, Julie, Deputy Chief Guide, other county commissioners from all parts of the UK as well as members of staff from HQ. As always it is the chatting and exchanging of ideas between trainings and during the evenings which is also so valuable. The entertainment on Saturday evening led by Abby the Chief Commissioner from the Midlands, had everyone in stitches and we all agreed it had been a very inspirational weekend.

At the end of September, Glen the Chair of TGIFC and her husband Ron visited me on their way home after visiting as many TGIFC members in Europe as they could as a way of celebrating the Trefoil Guild’s 75th birthday. As a fellow Trefoil Guild member, we had two excellent days catching up with each other’s news before they headed back to Belgium. If you’d like to know more about Glen’s trip do visit her Facebook page.

This month I went to visit North and South Germany divisions. What a welcome they gave Geraldine Costello, operation manager of Safeguarding in HQ and me as we led Safe Space level 3 and New Programme trainings in Paderborn on Saturday and in Munich on Sunday. It was wonderful to meet so many dedicated leaders and hear about their units and the opportunities they offer the girls and young women in their care. Their enthusiasm for guiding out-shone the wonderful sunshine that we had during our stay.  While it is very sad to know that by next summer most of the units in North Germany will have closed as the army will have marched out, there is a bright side as those leaders and girls who will be moving to Cyprus want to continue their guiding there. Those moving to the UK are equally interested in continuing guiding so I am confident that the volunteers’ and girls’ guiding journeys will continue to be bright.

I hope that you will all continue to have great guiding experiences and I look forward to reading about them in our next newsletter.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the girls.