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Upgrading the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District

Standards and technology has changed many methods of ‘doing things’.  The old attitude of just getting in there and doing ‘it’ can not meet the current demands that fall on the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District, the stakeholders and others that Guiding as a whole, touches through it’s Guiding presence.

Sounds terrific but what does this mean?

Simply put.  Old methods have had to leave, die out and generally be replaced.  New standards have been introduced and are being accepted.  The recognition that the new standards are multitasked and far reaching had to develop, and be implemented through new structure, understanding and demonstrations.  Once the District and those within started to follow these standard requirements there appeared so much to do to catch up.

A needs analysis was completed thus the main areas of concern were noted.  Available for viewing people were surveyed as to what to do about the main points.

  1. The District needed to come forward into the 21st  Century. Being informed and developing a shared management knowledge basis common to all levels and understood and used by all within the Hazelwood and Churchill District.  The challenge has taken time, is still developing,  growing and being learned and supported by all members within the District. From the five year olds to the day we are no longer recycled!
  2. Communication and information was a challenge as often time constraints for parents and careers meant that activities, event, service and camp information just was not getting through. Hence information is gradually being placed onto this “ours2share.wordpress.com site, and is being posted on Facebook, twitter and yahoo [although twitter is still a challenge]
  3. Youth membership had gradually dwindled.  Leaders either retired or moved on. The responses to these challenges were simply to build the Guides self respect and resilience of themselves and what they were doing to levels that were reinforced and self fulfilling, to encourage negative influences to leave the District and Youth movement, to reinstate the Olave program and provide a continuous flow of age groups. To then find new leaders potential.
  4. Where the District and Youth members met had various challenges. So the venue was changed back to the the old Glendonald Maternal and Child Health Clinic building Churinga Drive, Glendonald.
  5. Occupational Health and Safety were of  paramount importance. Has lead to extending trainings as well as the creation a safe united muti-aged untied front.
  6. The public had been told that the Hazelwood and Churchill District was no longer functioning. Increasing our profile, including others and getting actively involved in the community has assisted and is growing.  The input is really beginning to make a difference in all the Guiding aspects.  Not having a very large public persona, having a low ‘man power’ base to call on for maintenance of our assets, while being unable to use our traditional meeting place of over fifty years was unintentionally back this public perception up.
  7. Isolation issues from the public and the other Units within the Region. Lack of parental transport has long been an issue.  Glendonald Maternal and child Health Center building is on the bus route.  So meetings are timed around the transport home. The idea that the early aged meeting times the guides and their parents are able to walk and be dropped off then the parent may catch the bus back around Churchill.- or become a Unit helper etc.
  8. Negative slanderous comments just would not go away.  For over twenty years [that I know of] different families involved in different organisations believed they had to much to gain to stop. So it was decided to make no response to these comments.  Once people had a chance to recognize just what it was Guiding was all about, what Guiding offered and just how inclusive and developmental guiding actually was our membership statics would be better.  the tide is turning slowly.  This chance had to be made to happen.
  9. Was the program actually meeting the needs of the members. A telling statement.  But was what was offered actually what was needed.  How did we bring through leadership, Patrol traditions, service, governance, ownership and so forth.
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April 19, 2010 Posted by | Knowledge management, Network, Qualifications, responsibility, Risk Annalysis, self, Service, what do Guides Do? | , , , | 4 Comments

Family BBQ’s

Family BBQs have usually been a time of getting together so that families can just say hello to one another.  Usually held at the  Hazelwood South Hall during the third term as there is plenty of room both inside and outside of the Hall.  Great in all weather conditions.

The Hazelwood and Churchill District team organises this event.  All levels of Guiding, along with a the Family BBQ subcommittee, within the Haelwood and Churchill District have input and will be assisting on the Family BBQ evening.

As the family BBQ subcommittee has updates these will be posted on this site.  So should you want to be kept informed , have input there generally are two easy ways of doing so.  Online or personally.  RSPV via comments below. And yes we need to be aware of any dietary restrictions.

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Activities, Family BBQ, Hazelwood South Hall, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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

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

SERVICE FLASH THAT BEGAN IN 2009

This Service Flash has  three level [One, two and Three]

A Guide may start the flashes at the age of seven for flash 1, nine for flash 2 and 11 for flash 3.  Each different level has a period of service required over a varing amount of time.  For instance level 2 Service Flash has a  minimum of fifteen hours of ret over three months which works out at approximately 1% hours per week. . This can “include service to your “immediate and extended family, school and Guiding.

What needs to be recorded and signed off for is the date the Service began and concluded. What Service has been  provided Length of time given,.  Of course a Signature  is a must too.

The total hours given may be copied from Look Wide 2009 edition Page 83.  So what needs to be purchased and filled out is an up to date Look wide book.  Available at the Guide Shop.

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patrol Activity through the Rac Wac’s.

Sometimes when the Rac Wac has been planned the idea was that:

Each patrol was to follow a different route to an appropriate destination ( accompanied by an adult with first aid kit and a car).  The year that we were to try this out everything was cancelled, delayed or rearranged due to the Fires that were / had been ranging around Churchill for nearly a month.

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Family BBQ’s are just for fun

A few years ago the Units held Family get together’s.  This meant that the parents could meat and great each other.  Instead of being so and so’s mum or dad they met someone with a name!

These Family BBQ’s were quite successful for a while.  Being run once every two terms proved better than every term.  So in the middle of the first and third terms a night was chosen and things were arranged.

  • Advocacy, Governance and ownership by all levels of Guiding within this District.
  • No special agenda just good food and friendship.  Not a political evening. But a good way of quietly providing an avenue where parents and friends could be included and of assistance.
  • The Guides who could attend had an increase in their self confidence as their parents and families are important enough to be invited and come to a District function.  The mind set of having parents involved offered a protection around the guides attending.
  • The Guides attending quietly showcased their talents and skills learned through the night.
  • Risk annalysises were completed
  • Hostessed by the District Leader and the District team divided the work load.  Of course offers of help were taken up be they from Guides, the parents or family friends.
  • The District Team got together to divided the jobs.
  • Invites were sent out one month in advance.
  • The RSPA was two weeks before the date set.
  • Parents received reminder notices via face book and twitter as the evening approached..
  • Membership tended to increase as the public interest hightened.

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Darling overnight stay.

What an event.  The Guides have learned so much about themselves, their tolerances, other people, leadership and most of all what lack of sleep does to one!

I’ve even seen the  Guides working together and sharing their experiances with regard to what badges they have nearly completed.  Working together trying to finish another badge.

While preparing for the overnight stay and during the overnight stay the Guides became aware of the Patrol system.  How the Patrol System functions and what it means to be an active participant and a member of a Patrol. This has been accomplished mainly through out the previous terms activities in the Unit meetings. Some of the Guiding Traditions and skills were also incorporated in the weekly programs.  This overnight stay had a fair amount of just craft activities.  Since it was a State initiative then what the State wanted incorporated was included.  Craft activities were only a means for the Guides to practice their advocacy and governance skills.  Again this was Patrol building participations

The overnight stay itself represented several challenges to management. The first being reminding parents of their financial commitments with regard to paying membership and registration  to Melbourne Guide Center.

Next term I expect to see a list of badges that each girl has completed and is yet to be presented.  Along with the evidence that they have completed them of course.

Evidence… presentations of collections, photos, discussions, talks and so forth.

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Heads Held High

Disabilities are many where people are concerned. How people react to their disabilities as well as how other people react and inter-react with those who have disabilities will change as knowledge and experience change both in our community, our daily situations and ourselves.

Guiding has many opportunities for both those with or without disabilities.  Learning about and exploring different aspects of disabilities helps all of us in our daily lives.  To this end always has been Service Badges that the members of guiding can work towards.  Enjoy finding out more about what and how these various badges have worked over the decades.  gain a wider knowledge of what other badges have entailed and what different generations of girl guides  have done towards earning these Service orientated badges.  Where possible follow ons have been hyper-linked for your interests.  Having a glimpes of what and where a simple service assistance has taken various Guides may help you better understand the Service components of being a Girl Guide in the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guides.

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