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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

Setting out to do “my best” is just what the Dr ordered.


In 2009 a Gipps Guide [18 to 29 year old] seriously stated that she would like to learn about etiquette. Alarm bells rang for me.  I stopped what I was doing  with flash backs of my own life coming from now where.

In February 1991 a gravel track and trailer were on my side of the road, as the van I was driving was travelling slowly [ having just restarted the van it was a first gear to second gear change occurring at about 3 to 4 km /ph… going up hill while towing a trailer].  The long and short of this incident was that I lost thirty-one years of memories.

This being the case it took me many tries and frustrations at trying to remember who I was, what I could do and what I actually was.  When our oldest daughter joined brownie guides I was the one studying the handbooks.  From here I realised that I needed to learn to light a fire, that cooked the food and warmed the heater.  The badge section gave me a step by step learning pathway. As all the children learned how to cook the cook badge was a good beginning one for her to start from.  Mind you the house orderly one took several determined attempts on her behalf.

Our daughter then wanted to do the hostess badge.  What and how to practice was an issue. As a family we had only three visitors who came to the house in three years.  Our friends from previous times down the road, the people who were in the house before us and later on when our children were not doing schooling by correspondence the primary schools head mistress come visiting too.

I began to read with the children children’s books.  One was on table setting, another on etiquette. So our family practiced these things. I read different books that filled in the missing etiquette gaps.  Books on hosting different parties, recipes, family get together’s. Twenty years later when the time and setting is right these early learned things come out and are practiced once again.

With this flash back my insight to her declaration of intent is understandable. Now as a District Leader what was I going to do about this statement? How could I do something that she, and other like her, would benefit by participation?

As a member of the Gipp’s Guides is has automatically become a member of the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District Team.  As such, she is organising a Sub Committee her self, and has been invited onto another Sub Committee.

Now it is known that what one learns in area we carry that learning into another area.  So, under Nerida,  the Morning Tea sub committee is being organised and shaped up.  Firstly the paper work is being worked on. The sub-committee is aware of what is expected of them. The recipes for the pikelets, scones, jelly slice and brownie cheesecakeare in, equipment in the office and kitchen has been noted, cupboards at the office checked over, the shopping list is to be written out. The SWOT has been updated from a week ago.  Invitations to the Morning Teas subcommittee for a hello coffee and chat before the event have been issued by Nerida. The imput suggestions have been acted upon.  the seeds for at least another two Morning Teas have been planted.  The jobs to do are being worked on. Someones helping with the food preparations, another is working on activities during the Morning Tea. Someone had to do the taste testing as the recipes tested out in Nerida’s home[?wonder who got that job?]. Ideas are being put forward on dress presentation for the Morning Tea. Simple things like being dressed to quietly impress. And theres a coffee morning at the ‘Scary Fairy Cafe” in the Hazelwood Plaza a few days after… just to have an evaluation time apparently.

So the twelve rules for bring the best out of people have already started to be implemented. However what does this have to do with etiquette?  Simple. At the back each members head is what is my need, what will I get out of this, where will this take me.  If a young brownie guide can earn her hostess, cooks and he house orlery badge then this gives a stepping stone to how a Gipp’s Guide can learn and absorb etiquette.

The standards are being set and the members of the team and invited guests will respond. Once a thing is done one and then repeated again and again kinesthetic learning has occurred.

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May 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. […] the old badges did serve their purpose for some.  Even today these badges may be utilized as stepping stone for all manner of ages, head injury and memory loss challenges, and maybe, as a […]

    Pingback by Guidings ‘New Way’ Badges concepts were before their time. « Ours2share's Blog | May 6, 2010 | Reply


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