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January 29, 2018

Welcome to Gofer Express!!

This is a bi-weekly information update for all adult members in Edmonton who have an email address in iMIS. If you know Guiders who do not have email access, please pass this information along.

Happy New Year to all our Edmonton Area members!  This week’s Gofer Express is jam packed full of important information; please take the time to read to the end!

 

LIGHT THE BRIDGE

The deadline to register for this year’s Light the Bridge is this Wednesday, January 31st.  . The registration form can be found on the area website (http://www.guidesedmonton.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2018-fillable-Light-the-Bridge-Registration-Form.pdf)

 

We are still looking for volunteers to come help welcome all the participants to this year's Light the Bridge!   Volunteer Positions include: Bus Greeting, Bus Directing, Route Marshaling   If you would like to volunteer please contact Hazel to be put in contact with the Light the Bridge planners.  All volunteers will receive a crest to thank them for their assistance. 

 

FACILITIES UPDATE

The Facilities Committee is committed to keeping our camps in good condition and everyone who uses the camps can help us by making sure that you take everything you brought out to the camps home with you. This especially goes for cleaning products. We are finding that in particular, under the kitchen sinks, we are being overloaded with cleaning products being left behind by campers. From this point forward, the caretakers will be throwing out anything left behind by campers after the weekend. We understand that you think that you are helping the campers coming out after you, but they are bringing supplies out with them and don't need yours. In addition, please don't leave any recycling, newspapers, craft supplies, sports equipment or clothing either, as it will all be going to local landfill.

The Facilities Committee will be meeting on Sunday, March 4th, at 2 pm, in the basement of Guide House. We need lots of help with our camps, so if you're good with a paintbrush or power tools, please come! Bring along some handy non-members if you know some!

 

CAMP ORIENTATIONS

It is a requirement of our camp rental agreement for all groups that at least one person (who will be at the camp) has attended an orientation session within the last 5 years. During the session, participants tour all the sites at the facility and are shown various emergency and maintenance procedures relating to buildings and equipment. Cooks (kitchen staff) are required to have an orientation as well if you are renting either Spruce Wing or Poplar Wing.

TANGLETREES

Sunday, February 18th, Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, June 17th

 With the renovations done this summer at Redwood House, it is highly recommended that anyone booking this facility retake the orientation. Orientations start at 3PM. Please meet at Redwood House and dress for the weather. Although there is no charge to attend the orientation you must pre-register. Email Ilena@guidesedmonton.ab.ca. 

 

SANDY LAKE BEACH

Sunday, February 25th, Sunday, April 22nd and Sunday, June 24th

 Orientations start at 3PM. Please meet at Hilltop House and dress for the weather. Although there is no charge to attend the orientation you must pre-register. Email Ilena@guidesedmonton.ab.ca

 

UPCOMING EDMONTON AREA TRAININGS

 

Trainings for February - see website for more details and to register

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Sing and Play Workshop (guitar and ukulele) for Rangers and Guiders by Dawn Nowicki and Marion Rex
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Safe Guide by Nadine Beyersbergen Weiting and Maryanne Beyersbergen
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Safe Guide by Mae Hadley and Tanya Watts
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 – OAL Training (some residential and outdoor camping elements

Multi-Faceted

Multi-Faceted is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018 in Red Deer. The theme is Once Upon a Time. Registration forms are due by February 9, 2018.  Register early (on the provincial website) to guarantee you get your first choice. Registration is open to Rangers.

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Singing Circle! Edmonton Area Singing Circle is scheduled for the first weekend of June (June 1-3, 2018) we are currently looking for a venue that is cost effective so location and cost TBD. Join Guiders from across the province for a weekend of singing old guiding favorites and learning new songs. Bring your instrument to practice playing along with singers. 

 

Training Cars 

More Train locomotives and a new car for 2018 are on order! Sign up for trainings to earn the new crest.

 

BEVERLY SIMPSON HEADON TRAVELER ASSISTANCE FUND

The deadline for the Beverly Simpson Headon Traveler’s Assistance Fund is February 15, 2018.  The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to active Edmonton Area Girl Guide members travelling to approved camps, conferences, trainings, trips and other events.  Travel must involve at least 200km one way, point to point coverage only.  Side trips are excluded.  For more details visit the Edmonton area website: http://www.guidesedmonton.ab.ca/guiders/forms. 

HIKE FOR PLENTY

The countdown is on to our annual food drive, Hike for Plenty, supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank.  We are seven short weeks away from the event and this year, more than ever, the Food Bank needs our support.  To help you promote this vital service project, we will be sharing some interesting stats with Guiders, which will hopefully help you in motivating your girls to participate. 

 

Stat #5: Did you know that the Edmonton Food Bank supports 250 agencies, churches and food depots, including 50 schools that receive both meals and snack items.  Some of these agencies come every day, some every few weeks depending on the need of their programs. 

 

NEW: EVENT COORDINATOR POSITION

Do you love planning events? Do you want to help Edmonton Area have some fun? We are looking for someone to take on the role of event coordinator.  The role involves matching up potential events with the right people to plan and organize them. It is not the role of planning and running all the events, but ensuring they run smoothly.

This person will work with all the advisers (training, program, camping, PR) as well as the Area Commissioner and the office staff to be the contact point for people and events. The potential of events are limitless in Edmonton Area and we want to get out and have fun with it!

Some possible upcoming events: Pride parade, Remembrance Day events, K-days parade, a Guider camp out, a day at the zoo, a football game (and sleepover on the field), serving at the Hope Mission, an Area Rally, Grey Cup activities, and on and on   . . .

So who are you? You are energetic, enthusiastic and full of ideas. You have the time and drive to go out and talk to Guiders about events and recruit new people to help plan and organize them. You are organized and capable of handling several events at one time.

Is this you? Have you always wanted to get more involved in Guiding, or are looking for a change? Contact Heather at areacommissioner@guidesedmonton.ab.ca if you are interested!

 

CWFF DIMES CHALLENGE

Belonging to a the worldwide organization known as World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) makes Edmonton Area Girls part of something much larger. Each year we raise and donate money to the Canadian World Friendship Fund (CWFF).  This fund is used to help with projects around the world and supports members traveling internationally. This year we are trying to raise more money and have a little fun doing it.

 

What to do:

Start collecting dimes. Challenge your members in different ways to collect them. Maybe 1 dime for every year old they are, or 1 for every television or cell phone in their house, be creative! Then let the creativity happen. Stack them, count them, and make a picture with them. Show off how many your group collected!

 

Then what happens:

Take some photos! Show us what you have collect. Tell us how much you have collected and bring the donation to Edmonton Area to be forwarded on to the CWFF. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form and submit it to Ilena (with your photos) at ilena@guidesedmonton.ab.ca by FEBRUARY 21, 2018 to be entered into the draw. There will be prizes awarded for total money collected per member as well as most creative displays. Winners will be announced at Light the Bridge on February 22, 2018.

 

SAVE THE DATE

 April 22, 2018 - Edmonton Area Galaxyland Fundraiser - more details coming in February.  Tickets will be available at the February area meeting.

 May 8, 2018 - Area Banquet held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.  Further details will be shared in February.   

 

AVAILABLE COUNCIL POSITIONS

There are several positions available on Area Council. We are currently looking for a:

  1. Membership Adviser (help us grow Guiding and keep the wonderful people we have now),
  2. International Adviser (help plan and organize amazing opportunities for our members),

Interested? Check out the Job descriptions on the website, under What’s New and submit your application to areacommissioner@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.

SEND US YOUR PICTURES!

We love getting pictures of Edmonton Area Members in action! Now we’ve made it easier than ever to send us pictures using your Dropbox account. Just send your folder link to Ilena@guidesedmonton.ab.ca, and confirm that all girls have an IR.1 indicating yes and your photos will be included at the Area Dinner slide show, on the Edmonton Area website, or even in Gofer Tales!

OFFICE HOURS

Area office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. The office is open till 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in November and December (call the office before coming in after hours just to make sure it will be open).

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

There is a secure mailbox located at the back entrance of Alberta Girl Guide House.  You can put your paperwork, etc. in the slot and it will be picked up the next business day. Please ensure your item(s) are in an envelope with Edmonton Area noted on the front (there are no envelopes provided at the mailbox). Also, it takes letter size only; do not attempt to put binders or other large items in - they will not fit!

EMAILS YOU ALWAYS NEED:

For your Safe Guide forms or questions – assessor@albertagirlguides.com

Hazel – adult iMIS, trainings, FR.1s, girls iMIS, invoices and general infohazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca 

Ilena - camp bookings, event info and booking area resources - ilena@guidesedmonton.ab.ca  

Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) – areacommissioner@guidesedmonton.ab.ca

Edmonton Area Website: www.guidesedmonton.ab.ca

THANK YOU!

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Gofer Express. It is a way for us to get information out to our awesome Guiders sooner. Any comments or suggestions may be sent back to the email address: goferexpress@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.



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