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Outcomes of the external toilet block being demolished.

  1. Many volunteers have lent their support to the demolishion and removal of the external toilet block.
  2. Some business have donated their labor costs for the same.
  3. Upfront cash donation to Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District $2220.00 [broken into $80.00 for electrician to disconnect the outside light attached to the external toilet walls, $290.00 for the plumber to find and cap the galvinised water pipe, $700.00 for demolision, $650.00 off unit costs and $500.00 for slacking of bricks.
  4. Further running costs were to support refreshments and food for volunteers doing various odd jobs around the removal of mortar from the bricks.
  5. Complaints from the Churchill Soccer Club re loss of use old the external toilet block facilities.
  6. Complaints directed via Latrobe City Council from a near by farmer and different members of the Churchill Soccer Club re the children from the Churchill Soccer Club playing on the stacked bricks.
  7. Stacked bricks being mysteriously knocked over and dislodged from stacked pile.
  8. As it turns out the Ideas for extension plans that were drawn up are currently a no hoper.  There is too many steps for the few volunteers to tackle the Latrobe City Council so other these plans have had to be sidelined for a few years.
  9. The inability to properly maintain the area around the ‘piles’of bricks.
  10. Recycling the of the bricks for pathways, BBQ’s, garden walls, compost storage, garden boarders.
  11. Our old ‘closed off’ septic storage location was found on the Hazelwood South Reserve.
  12. Reusing the old external toilet block concrete slab for a base of  the ‘gorilla garden’.
  13. Weight loss and exercise!  There was lots of swinging the arms etc when moving the bricks.
  14. Extension of job for the morning tea sub-committee…. oh lunch was beautiful.. and much needed too.
  15. Different hazelwood South Hall fundraising projects have been aired and taken on.
  16. Volunteer audit has begun via Guide Centre in 2010.
  17. Rubbish removal by volunteers occurred several times.
  18. The donated tan bark has been used between the front entrances and the “brickery” construction.
  19. The old carpet previously stored in the external toilets was recycled.
  20. A small Jerry can of petrol was found in the bushes and given to the District Leader for safe keeping.
  21. The front entrances to the Hazelwood South Hall have been created.
  22. the community garden idea has become a ‘Why don’t we plant herbs” idea.
  23. A ‘brickery’ has been built [allias Gorilla garden]
  24. Frogs saved and relocated.
  25. The standards for the maintenance of the Hazelwood South Hall are easier to want to be kept. The front and the back already look good so it makes it easier to keep looking good.
  26. Native tree line along the boundary between the Hazelwood South Hall and the Hazelwood South Reserve will gradually begin.
  27. The SWOT of the Hazelwood South Hall has altered .  The Brickery and the front entrances have moved into the Strength and Opportunity boxes.
  28. Some of the objectives from the upgrading of the Hazelwood and Churchill District guides have occurred.
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May 8, 2010 Posted by | External toilet, Garden, Hazelwood Reserve, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Were going to be at Churchill Festival 2010

Every two years Churchill has a festival.  Except for really bad weather the Hazelwood and Churchill Guides have attended this festival over the past twenty odd years that I know off.  There have been so many different things that the District Guides have done.  Each Festival is a different challenge. The same was apparent for this 2010 one as well.

This years festival was in some doubt re the continuance but local business have supported the organising committee.  unfortunately the dates changed.  So many organisations were thrown into disarray re their own appearance.    One such group was the Walker Street playground group.  Which the District leader met when the a presentation was put forward by the Walker Street Playground group at a Churchill District Community Development meeting [CDCA].

The District Leader made a suggestion that the Walker Street playground group conduct a survey of the youth of Churchill as to what they actually wanted to see happen to this land.  There were two challenges apparent.  The most pressing was the actual asking of the children. Not really an acceptable thing these days in Australia where a grown older man approaches the child.  So the District Leader suggested that the Guides of Hazelwood and Churchill do this as a service to their community.  Since the Churchill festival is approaching and the District was attending where there would be children we would make a simple survey and the Guides could ask the questions.  relief on the Walker Street playground mens faces was very apparent.

The Guides have been told of the rules and guidelines this service concept has been given. They are looking forward to the service.  How many friends and people out there do they know.

Over the last few months the Youth members have concentrated on the one hundred year Girl Guide celebrations. Working through different syllabus  aspects, combined with several other themes such as World Thinking day, the History of Guiding, the food and the Guides Four World Centers.  The last meeting we all went over which badges from the first term this year they have actually completed through the Guiding programs.  Some have realised that there were challenges outside of the meeting times.  These challenges count too.  But hay they are unable to receive, sew and wear these badges on the Churchill Festival day.

Not to worry the District leader has said wear no uniform.  No sash, shirt etc.  Dress to the occasion.  The Unit scarves will be supplied for the day.  Why?  When people approach others with a clip board the other person automatically feels vonerable and will put up defenses such as shyness, and an unwillingness to answer questions.  To overcome this no uniform is to be worn…just the scarf…. and a smile on their face and in their voice.

Designated boundaries are to be set.  he adult will be very near by within the specified area. This year our shelter will be the Kitchen fly.  Identifiable by the three flags that will be attached.  The area that the Guides may question the children in is from the front of the three flags.  If the adults at the base cannot see the Guides and their adult then they will be contacted via phone and the request will be made to come back to base. NOW.

Each small group of questioners will have a clip board and pen, a thank-you note which will have an invitation to the Guides Disco that they are planning on the 15th May 2010.  The age group the disco  invitations are aimed at are for the five to ten year olds. Primarily the females – who may bring their friends. The older target girls will be invited to another Disco for their age group when the older Guides begin an a Wednesday evening later in the term. Note we are not turning this age group down though!.

The idea for the Disco invitations came about as the Guides were wondering what the word promote Guiding meant.  Asked what made them realise that Guiding was not so scary most  answered that they had come to a Disco. One said she had promoted Guides through having a CD evening.  So disco was what we would have again this time as well as after the disco up by having a CD evening later this term.

There are other activities that both the Region, the District, the Leaders and then also the Youth are organising through out this years program.

While at the Churchill Festival, from the base shelter, simple painting crafts are on offer for painting.  Again an invitation will be included. The invitations are printed with a RSVP of the whynotgirlguides@gmail.com address and Susan’s – the District Leaders and Debbie’s a Unit Leader phone number.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, CDCA, District team, Friendship, girl, Girl-Power, hand, June, Kitchen Fly, Knowledge Basis, Knowledge management, Leadership-Skills, May, Multicultural Festival, Patrol System, People, Plan and Lead, Self, Service, talents, tent, Youth Members | , | 2 Comments

Recreating the District

Guiding in Hazelwood, then in Churchill, has been here for over fifty years.  Eighteen years ago there was: one Gumnut Unit, five Brownie Guide Units, two Girl Guide Units, and one Ranger Guide Unit. In Leaders there were two qualified Leader per Unit, and at least one Unit helper per Unit.  Of yes and One District Leader.

The Gumnut Unit had eight to twelve Guides, The Brownie Guide had twenty to twenty-four Guides, the Girl  Guides had thirty-six and twenty-five Guides, and the Ranger Guides had up to ten Guides.  A total of ninety odd Guides.

External community and Government changes challenged many non-profit organisations.  Large pay outs for people to leave their jobs. People left the areas within the Latrobe Valley. TAB machines effectively crept into gaming rooms. Business’s began then gradually sunk into nothingness. The education systems started to change.  As teenagers grew up they moved away with or without their families.

Nearly fifteen years ago Guiding itself had changes. The most visual was a uniform.  The badges changed too. Methodology of management brought about changes as well.  Things happen slowly in the Latrobe Valley.  Change usually bring about fear of the unknown.  Other organisations were changing as well.

Some organisations had major federal or local government backing.  Youth programs through the Latrobe City Council, the Youth Development Programs based at High Schools and Colleges were basically free of change.

What were perceived as weakness’ were taken advantage of. the numbers within different organisations changed dramatically.  Some gaining and others weakening in numbers and skill basis. Thus leaving a changing core group of people who were dealing with generation gaps as well as frustrations, no money and prejudice.  All organisation who operate and have survived these conditions I take my hat off too.  They are survivors.  Survival means doing what is necessary. Utilizing the life skills and education of the people both immediately involved, the families and those on the periphery [stakeholders]

Nearly fifteen years later this District elected a new District Leader. The core feeling being what had been was no longer going to be.  Things had to change and change they were going to.  But how? So we started of from what we knew we were able to do and looked at what needed to be done. The Leaders kept showing all inclusive Leadership skills to all ages of Guides. Patrols were created. Programs were created.  How ever, with the energy drain from the community effecting Guiding community it was like pushing something unpleasant uphill.

Many questions were asked from various stake holder fields.  A needs analysis was completed. Typically gaping holes occurred. A management plan was formulated.

The main focal points that were not making sense were:

  • The operation of a Support Group when a District Team method was both better and available.
  • Not having a Senior Guide Unit operating within the Olave Program.
  • Changing the focal point from obtaining Youth Members and having the expectations that the current Leaders would cope.
  • Having a small Adult base the Guides were limited and felt that they were unable to ‘do’ anything.

Those left in this District realised that Guiding as it used to be did not meet the populations needs any longer.  Early change chances had been denied, so what was could not longer exist and the ‘was’ was no longer in existence.  Times had definitely changed and progress needed to be in a forward push.  Times would change yet again. The old structures had to be either knocked down or altered, strengthen and changed around. Foundations had shifted,  re-shackled or even demolished.

A small group of people could not possibly do it all.  Delegation was going to occur.  Revitalisation and regrowth was desperately needed. So with the words of our Founder  ‘from acorns oaks do grow”  – BP Change was going to happen.  Change did and is still happening.

Most importantly Guiding in this District was not going to go under.  the realisation that this Districts Guiding offered an opportunity to many people to extend themselves, may be even to just survive through another meal. Poverty of mind went along side poverty of spirit.   Soon there would be once again intolerance and unrest within the external community infiltrating the Guiding Community. This poverty of the mind was not going to win. After all one of Guiding major focuses is in regard to the “Eradication of Poverty” and the “saying No to the abuse of Women”.  So many things are on our own back doors that the Leaders involved felt they could not just walk away.

With your help, input and understanding the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District will grow again.  The knowledge management cycles are being understood and acted upon by even the youngest Guide member. In fact those within the Hazelwood and Churchill District Guides are already seeing this happen, as not only are the Units organising activities as a whole, the patrols are gradually getting the hang of patrol activities, the District team has increased the activities as well. These changers are now being reflected through the District Leaders meetings.

The Girl’s Rock Conference, happening in January, is a terrific way for members of the District Team to go and become informed on what, where and how the Guiding direction is moving.

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Activities, Adult members, Australian Guide Program, Community Development, Event-management, families, Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District, Knowledge Basis, Knowledge management, Lifeskills, management, Objectives, organisaing, Youth Section | 1 Comment

Agenda and Minutes for District Leaders meeting 13th April 2010

Attending
Appologies

Welcome

District Leader message:

Welcome to new faces to Girl Guides, Leaders, families of Hazelwood and Churchill.

Minutes read and accepted yes /no.


Reports

  • Treasurer :
  • Bills paid: Guide Bill, Insurance, tru energy, Region Leaders costs.
  • Secretary
  • Communication – girls mags Girls e news for 5 to 13 and Together for 13 plus.  Log on with id and pin no
  • 2010 Calendar
  • Outdoor Committee
  • Region Leaders meeting.
  • End of year formal meal
  • Service to the community
  • Churchill festival.
  • Playgroup
  • Unit ages
  • Ev Graham day.
  • Pancake and picklet day.
  • Multicultural day.
    • Hot tap
    • Keys
    • Hazelwood South Hall
    • Computers
    • Face Painting.
    • Overnight
    • Extra books
    • CDCA
    • New Leaders
    • Uniform
    • Re /Training
    • Guide Biscuits:
    • Jota/ Joti
    • Messages from Region Leader, Emag from guide centre, Churchill News, Churchill Festival email, Smoke Signal
    • Still working on ours2share.wordpress.com
    • New Dates  are for overnight stays. 1 per holiday.

General Business

  • Craft items for fundraising have been donated.
  • Badges
  • Promise Ceremony
  • Rac Wac
  • Family BBQ 3rd term?
  • GAT special badges
  • twitter – twitter/com/ourstoshare
  • Gipps Guides
  • Public Relations
  • Smoke Signal
  • Samars wedding and challenges with GC
  • Jane Scarlette
  • Say No to violence to women poster competition.  WAGGGS inititive.
  • Mothers day classic service  :  Sunday May 9th 2010. 4 or 8 km walk or run. Open to anyone. Register for GG Vic team.  Start times   7am or 8.30 am finishes at 12 noon. Alexandra Gardens Melb is start point.  More infor : mothersdayclassic.com.au.
  • 100 downunder 22 May 2010  closing date : 30 April 2010.
  • ANZAC DAY Parade Yinnar
  • St Georges Day State Service 23rd –

ST.GEORGE’S DAY STATE SERVICE

23 April 2010 at 7.30pm -Anglican Church of St.George, East Ivanhoe , St. George’s is located in Warncliffe Rd East Ivanhoe near the corner of Warncliffe Rd and Lower Heidelberg Rd.  Just turn up (no need to book).  If you would like to process with a flag, please bring one and wear full uniform.

April 12, 2010 Posted by | 2010, Activites, events and service, Amateur Radio Club, April, Blog, Calendar, CDCA, Churchill festival, communicate, communication, District, District team, District team, Donations, Elements of Guiding Program, Facebook, family, Family BBQ, Festival, Formal Dinner, Forms, full uniform, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipp's, Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District, Hazelwood South Hall, Overnight stay, Patrol, Rac Wac, Radio Club, Radio-activities, region, Region leader, thinking day, Twitter, Unifrom, volunteer, WordPress, World Day, Youth Members | , | 4 Comments

Global Action Theme is known as GAT

Global Action that has been ”Changing the World’ has been happening through out Girl Guide and Girl Scout programs for over 100 years. Action themes may have occurred on a World Wide basis involving the Regions of Guiding working together through our World Association of Girl guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) right down to just an individual question,action or activity sparking off a patrol activity that may lead to an International activity.  Global Action keeps occurring on a multitude of levels within Guiding.

As the members get older sometimes they move away from Guiding as their career develops or interests evolve, or they may stay within the movement, but the essence of having experienced the GAT is there. Typically Leaders bring into Guide program what they themselves enjoyed as a Youth member as well as what their interests and life skills are now.

The essence of service is still service. Over the years many form of service have been built on.  Different badges have been provided. The Guides have worked towards these with different service awareness and methods utilized.

So how is the GAT so successful? Simple really.  WAGGGS influences to have a voice and to listen.  Then to speak out, look at root causes and do projects.  While this occurs the Guides are learning.  And the life skills and interest circles are quietly going around still into the next generations.

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They arrived with a…

 

C.F.A Come on down to Guides.

 

When planning 2009 Tuesday program the girls decided to invite the CFA people to Guides. Little knowing that every one here would be so affected by the near by fires over the last two weeks.

 

Here are some of the pictures of the CFA ladies who came to our Girl Guide meeting today. And we did not scare them off…. so they are coming back too.

 

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Badges, Awards and more, be Prepared, Be Safe, behaviour, CFA, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, communication, community, Community Groups, elements, Elements of Guiding Program, Emergemcy, Emergency Exit Plan, emergency plan, Emergency Vehicles, Empowerment, Exercise, Feb, Find-out-about, Fire, Fire Education, Fire safety demonstration, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Governance, Hazelwood Churchill Girl Guides, Hazelwood South Hall, Hazelwood. Hall, Injuries, Invite, Life skills gained, Objectives, organisaing, other People, participate, ramifications, response, risk, Rules, Safety, safety program, Self-Confidence, signal, skills, Stop drop and roll practice, Survival methods, team member, team work, Try, types of, Visit., what do Guides Do?, Youth Members, Youth Section | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baw Baw Region Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District Report 1st Quarter 2010

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Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide
 District Report 1st Quarter 2010
In order to submit a Region Report to the state team by the required date please submit this report at end of each term .
It should be emailed to jane.cleverly@bigpond.com
Your report may be edited to comply with space restrictions, however, please feel free to include as much detail as you want.
Please report on the following areas for your District over the past three months
1.         Promotional Events Held / Links with the local community
Getting out and about with the Guides. AMulticultural festival Mowell and Churchill library.
Have opened a District Face book page to keep in touch with some parents…those with internet access.  Early indications seem to be working.
Spoke at the Churchill And District Community Association re the Hazelwood Honor Roll and its condidtion (very Good condition) and put minds at ease re the care that the Hazelwood And Churchill Guides are giving this board.  There had been an untrue report of damage to this board. The RSL are satisfied with the Board staying in the Hazelwood South Hall… not going to the Churchill Public hall.
Asked to attend the Churchill Festival APRIL 17TH THIS YEAR. Altered date from March 2010.
Have been asked for the Guides to conduct a survey of the local children … what do they want from the local ‘Walker’ street park by the local walker street park group.
2.         Property Issues
3.         Leader Qualifications
4.         New initiatives / successes in your District
Patrol activities seem to be revitilizing the Unit. 
5.         Issues you would like taken to the notice of Girl Guides Victoria management
Samar Ishaq has moved to Melbourne. Samar is having trouble contacting the / receiving a reply from the people in Melbourne. When I go down next I will make appropriate enquires as to what is happening but would like to receive some help first.  Not known by me yet who she is trying to contact but apparently every time Samar phones the lady at home the husband only answers.  Messages are not getting through and direct contact is not being got.
6.         Issues you would like to discuss at the Region Meeting
What is happening to the Uniforms.  We have not pushed the getting of one as we were believing that there would be the new ones 2010.  So currently our Guides do not have them. What do we do for ANZAC day?
7.         Professional Development you feel you would like
Susan Connor
20th March 2010

March 20, 2010 Posted by | community, development, District report, events, personal, Promotionl, property, Qualifications | Leave a comment

‘of the monument’ are tricky little words.

With this tactic in mind the last three words in the paragraph … “of this monument” bear significant meaning.

“Another agenda item of ‘historical’ interest concerned the Hazelwood Honor Roll.  CDCA sought advice from local stakeholders abs some of our knowledgeable local history sources regarding the location and condition of this item of historic interest.  We are informed that it is in good condition and on view in the Hazelwood South Hall, where our local Guides act as careful custodians of this monument.

The articlethat this paragraph that this article comes from is printed in The Churchill & District News of  Issue Number 81 – 11 MARCH  2010 page 4 – paragraph ten.

March 13, 2010 Posted by | CDCA, Churchill News, custodians, Guardians, Hazelwood Honor Board, Hazelwood South Hall, History | Leave a comment

Service list for 2010

 The Baw Baw Region Leader needs to fill in a once a year ‘Service to the Community’ section in her report for Guide center.

So here is a list of various services to the community we have participated in during 2010.

  • Service: Computers
  • Service Survey for Walker Park
  • Service: The Hazelwood Hall clean up guide lines [finally written] and maintenance of the grounds.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Clean Up Australia, Computers, Face Painting, Hazelwood South Hall, Playgroup, Radio Club, Walker park | 2 Comments

2010 Churchill Festival

Is back on.  New date April 17th 2010.

The district Leader has offered for the Guides to  help make and then to survey any child at the Churchill Festival in regard to the park [known as the Walker Street Park] and its possible use for the children who do use it, play in it, cut through it.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | CDCA, Churchill festival, Service, Walker park | Leave a comment