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

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.

May 8, 2010 Posted by | External toilet, Garden, Hazelwood Reserve, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | 2 Comments


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Forwarded by Narrida who is making these Scones for the Hazelwood andChurchill District Guide Team Morning Tea in May 2010.

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Adult members, body, cook, Entertain, Estimate, Food, foods we like, friendship, girl, hand, Prepare, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | | 4 Comments

Who needs a Guiding Police Check and a Working with Children Check?

There are certain mandatory things that there is NO getting around or away from.  These mandatory things are there for a reason.

This being so if any adult is to have contact with the girls and Guide Youth in our care it is in our “Duty of Care” to have both a Police Check done through the Guiding and a Working with Children check.  The Working with Children check paperwork is picked up through the Post Offices around Australia.  The applicant needs photo ID, bills, Licenses, passports, marriage certificates, divorce papers that type of stuff  used for personal identification.  The form is filled out, for the numbers needed and address of the organisation see the District Leader.and then an Identity Photo is taken.  This identity photo is similar to a passport photo but it is a bland type of photo.  No laughing, makeup, glasses etc.

The Police check is available on line or in hard copy to fill out.  If you prefer a hard Copy see the District Leader.

Police Checks are sent off to Guide Centre Melbourne. While the Working with Children’s Check is sent directly to the appropriate office again in Melbourne.

When the District Team members, subcommittees members and the Gipps Guides who are handling Guide Money they need a Police Check done through Guide Center.

Having these made manadatory relieves everyone else of worry. The District Leader knows where the other person stands with their Police Checks and is able to allocate jobs that either have money involvement or not.  No questions asked as to the whys and wherefore by any other person..

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Event-management, Gipps Guides, Leaders, Police Check, team member, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Creating a grand entrance!

The Hazelwood South Hall has a new look outside front entrance way.  While we wait with baited breath for the Latrobe City Council to spend millions on creating a side car entrance for members of the Churchill Soccer club which will take away a lot of parking and some of the Hazelwood South Reserve our own Hall entrance really began to look shabby. like the District needing revitalization this entrance desperately required upgrading.

Earlier when a District SWOT was compiled this front entrance, and that fact that the bricks were still out the back were considered both a weakness and a threat. The better bricks have been gradually leaving the area out the back. Surely even if we could not use these bricks for what the District Team originally envisioned there must have been something we could do with them around the Hazelwood South Hall!

When a new member of the District Team wanted to use the Hall it was suggested that something be done with the front entrance. What was envisioned had to to be place on a back burner. The team was stuck while other thing to over.  A light bulb flash of inspiration occurred.

There was an opportunity to use the bricks as well as the tan bark that had been donated earlier in the year.  Some members of the District team were available to load up wheel barrows with bricks, while one member chipped away at the mortar still on most of the bricks. Mean while others dug up and loaded the wheelbarrows with the tan bark.

Years ago a rose bush was planted by the Hazelwood Junior Guide  Unit in memory of Lady B-P. This rose bush has grown well and gets ‘trimmed’ vigoursly right back every few years.  Having just one large rose bush gives the entrance a lopsided feel. This rose bush, which  had previously been trimmed back a few weeks ago, got another trim.  Now we able to get in and more easily place the tan bark at the back of the rose as well.

Thanks to another member who went shopping in a nursery there are now two little plants growing there too.

That’s when the grand idea for a ‘brickery’ came up.  We’ll we don’t have rocks but there are a lot of old chipped bricks and mortar, good bricks still from the old toilet block and lots more wheel barrows of tan bark.  most of us have the plants at home for propagation.  Well developing  the ‘brickery’ is another story…

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, bricks, District team, Gorilla, maintenance, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The yearly Region Dinner

Every Year the Region hosts a Region Dinner.  2010’s is on the 29th August.  This dinner is an open invite to all adults in the District – Guiding Team Members, the Olave Program [The Gipp’s Guides] members and the Leaders, Unit Helpers and District Leaders.  Since everyone who is over 18 years and is stake holder in this District Guiding “modis opperandi” why not come to the Dinner.  Yes there are guest speakers.  The meals are usually pretty good too.  Sorry folks but it is a pay for self when you attend. Interested then Contact District Leader and put forward your name before 1st August.

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Associate members, Gipps Guides, Leaders, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Our Unit Uniforms

Organisations need a public facade representing who, what and where the organisation came from, what they represent and are part of their history..  Their Uniforms with colors and insignia represent the united front of that organisation. Sometimes the uniforms alter when significant happenings occur within that organisation.

Guiding Uniforms have changed at least four times that I have known.  There was the long sleeved blue Girl Guide Uniform that was worn in England, Australia and New Zealand in the 1970’s when I was a Girl Guide. And of course their Unit Scarves, white socks and black shoes. The Brownies had a brown long sleeve uniform with yellow tie thing brown socks and black or brown shoes. In the 1950s the Brownie Guide Uniform had a brown scarf.

When gumnuts were introduced into Australia in the very early 1990’s the Uniforms changed once again.  All the other sections [Brownies (7 to 10 .5 yrs], Girl Guides (10 to 15 yrs), Ranger Guides (14 to 18 years)  Rangers *(18 to 25 ( the 30 yrs)) and leaders (18 plus)] had a mid blue skirt or collots.  Sections were color coded.  Yellow T shirt for  Brownies, light blue for Guides,  Blue cotton (in Victoria White Cotton) for the Ranger Guides.  The Rangers, (who when the age changed so to had the name to Olave Program) wore a cotton blue shirt, and the Leaders a white shirt with a Guide Leaders print all over it [ AKA the where’s wally shirt]

For the Brownies and Guides the sash was a handy place to sew on the badges as bodies of this age just grew in every direction.  Once into the Ranger Guide section the badges were basically sewn onto the sleeves or pinned onto the chest area. The Olave Program and the leaders wore a tab where most of the relevant badges were placed.

In the middle 1990’s the then Victorian State Leader (Jane Scarlet) made several interesting public comments.  The first was that the only uniform the Guides were expected to actually wear was their Guiding smile and the clock of the Guides Promise and Law around her. [Would have made interesting wearing in our Australian weather!].  However on a practical scale the public expected a uniform to be worn.  So the next statement was that each Unit could have a Unit Uniform along with a camp uniform.

Basically our problem was that at the time the girls culture was one of not wearing uniforms anywhere..not to school, clubs, groups etc.  The youth wanted to fit in and be one as other.  The mass choice of having no individual identify meant less rejection from your peers in the turbulent time of social, financial, educational, technological and mass media change. In their eyes something had to remain stable.  This choice of being non-uniform was one way of believing they were having a say in their lives.

As society changes so do do the communities that are laced through out them. Uniform changes were coming though. Firstly State Primary Schools were in the process of introducing school colors.  After a few years all the school colors became enforceable as school uniforms. Then the local Collage brought through school colors which in turn became school uniform.  The T shirt tops became a choice of cotton or t shirt.  Blazers and cardigans, jumpers all had the schools logos sewn into them. A few years later the girls were reintroduced to a more up to fashion kilt that was available to wear as part of the local high school uniform.

In this Hazelwood and Churchill District it was known that not all parents could not afford a uniform. Uniform money was going into school wear.  Other Units either held a uniform bank or insisted that before the Girls could make their Guide Promise there uniform had to be purchased from the Guide shop. those who could not afford the uniforms simpily left believing that a uniform was necessary to be a Guide.

The Churchill Unit was different.  The then District Leader (Mrs Kath Tanian) wanted to explore “The New Way” of Guiding. The encouragement was full fold and unconditional as long as the essence of the Girl Guide promise and laws were taught and lived to each persons best…. including the Leaders.

What was found was that as the Guides got out and did things, their confidence grew.  They felt happy and looked after.  The parents trusted that their girls were in good care.  Slowly the uniforms were being wanted to be worn by the Guides and support came from families.  If old uniforms could be found in cupboards or second hand shops they were handed out to the Guides. Even today the Guides are happy to recieve these tops and sashes as most fear that their parents are unable / unwilling to afford their girls these Uniform luxarys of ‘belonging’.  When Uniforms are recieved  they were usually clean and ready to go by the next meeting time or event. Or a similar top is found. The Guides are gaining self respect and pride in what they can and are doing as individuals, as a team and as part of the wider Guiding world. Therefore they earn their merit as an individual through giving back into their Patrol and Unit.

From past experience no badges are given out now unless they are safety pinned onto the sash.  It is expected that these badges be sewn onto the sash by the very next week. Gradually a Uniformed presence was seen as the Guides made their way to various events in Melbourne or around this area.

It is now the 100th birthday of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the World. The Australian uniform has changed one again.  Posters were sent out and are now on display where the Guides of the Hazelwood and Churchill District  meet.  There have been discussions as to which uniform each girl would like to have.  Some want the collar ones others the V necked ones.  But which uniform will accommodate the metal badges of the 14 to 18 year olds?

At a  Hazelwood and Churchill District meeting a Gipp’s Guide offered to form a sub-committee to fund raise through the local Woolworth’s fundraising ‘tent’ towards the new Uniforms. Dates are being set and updates posted on this as things progress. The subcommittee will involve members of both the Gipps Guides, the District team and others that Jess knows who are willing to help.

The Guides are now once again having pride in their presentation.  They want to bee seen to help fund raise for the new uniform. Currently the Hazelwood and Churchill District Guides are standing on the precipis of an ownership energy flow from the Guides, the families and District team.  One that is moving forward revitalization of the guiding spirit in the  with all this activity.  It’s a good feeling to be around too.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Gipps Guides, Help, Leaders, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Creating a front garden at the Hazelwood South Hall

The Hazelwood South Hall entrance looks uncared for. So what if we all spend a little time sprucing this area up?

A Saturday has been put aside so that the tan bark that has been donated for the Hall use combined with some of the bricks from the back of the Hall used as an edging for two little gardens can be created.

So how about making this a District family event occurring on the 3rd of April 2010.

Venue – Hazelwood South Hall, 762 Tramway Road Churchill Victoria 3842

Start time 9 oclock – finish at lunch time.  Your family will need tools like wheel barrows, gloves, shovels, buckets and garden forks.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | April, bricks, Build, Construct, Garden, Lend-a-hand, Recylcle, Take part in, team member | , , , | 3 Comments

Reading about the influence of Girl Guide movement

Once upon a time in a far off land lived five little girls. One girl was a Moslem, another was Buddhist, the third was Jewish, the fourth a Christian and the fifth was a Hindu. The girls were friends but they had to meet in secret because their fami­lies distrusted people who had cus­toms different from their own. Their families did not really understand that the girls liked each other and wanted to be friends.

One day news came about an elderly man in a far off country who had started something called Girl Guides, and now a unit was starting in their area. The five girls were very excited because they were able to join Brownie Guides together. They, like guides all over the world today, had different religions and beliefs but were able to meet together in friendship because all Guides existed happily together. -Their families were happy to see the girls together in Guiding because it was a good thing.

As the years passed the girls grew up and were young women when war came to their land. They were very afraid because people with dif­ferent beliefs were fighting with each other. Our five Guides were very troubled until one of them said “We are different but we are the same. We are sister Guides and we always help one another in times of need.”

And so, our five young women and their families promoted peace in their land and grew to understand and accept each others customs.

The five young girls in this story now have children of their own. Their children play together happily today, all because the Girl Guides came to their land a long time ago.

The white corner on our World Flag shows our commitment to world peace.

GiA P 22  October 1994

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Advocacy, Girl-Power, Girls, Governance, Guiding-Traditions, identity, Lord Baden- Powell, responsibilities, World Guide Flag | , , | 3 Comments

Online Training Program through Guide Center

What a fantastic opportunity for busy trainee Leaders.  The CEO has reported that the following has now begun. [Saturday 17 April 2010]
  • “Guiding Awareness and the Leadership Development are now available to be undertaken  online. Please contact Brenda for more information about how to undertake these 2 modules online.
And that the Training Department is now working on converting some FD modules into online modules. We will keep everyone updated on the                          progress of development of these new modules.

Online Training ProgramGuiding Awareness and the Leadership Development are now available to be undertakenonline. Please contact Brenda for                    more information about how to undertake these 2 modulesonline.The Training Department is now working on converting some FD modules into                        online modules. ”

Things are happening in Guide Center that make all our lives easier.  That is if we choose this online system to tackle this module of training.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Leaders, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment