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.
LIGHT THE BRIDGE
We are so excited about this week’s big event! There will be over 1000 people participating in our parade. We could still use a few volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Volunteers are needed from 5:45pm-8:30pm. Please contact Regan Coyne directly at email@example.com if you are able to help out.
UPCOMING EDMONTON AREA TRAININGS
Trainings for February - see website for more details and to register
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 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.
Nature Centre Activities
February 28th & March 28th 2018
These sessions will take place from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Alberta Guide House in the basement. These sessions are for Guiders only. The trainer for these sessions is Tiger Rousseau and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn about the OWLS Nest and the activities contained within. There is no cost to the workshop but you must pre-register with Ilena at the Edmonton Area office. Registration deadline is the Friday before the workshop. No supplies needed.
SAVE THE DATE: Singing Circle! Edmonton Area Singing Circle is scheduled for the first weekend of June (June 1-3, 2018) and will be held at the Fort Saskatchewan Boy Scout and Girl Guide Hall. Join Guiders from across the province for a weekend of singing old guiding favourites and learning new songs. Bring your instrument to practice playing along with singers. Registration information will be available in a few weeks - check the area website.
More Train locomotives and a new car for 2018 are on order! Sign up for trainings to earn the new crest.
HIKE FOR PLENTY
The countdown is on to our annual food drive, Hike for Plenty, supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank. We are four 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 #6: Did you know that groups of people 14 years old and older can volunteer? The Edmonton Food Bank has day time, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities in our warehouse six days a week.
CWFF DIMES CHALLENGE - submissions due Wednesday, February 21st
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 email@example.com 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.
NEW LINKS UNIT
We are excited to share that a brand new Link unit has opened up in Edmonton! Being a member of a Link unit will allow members to connect with each other to work on the Link program, develop friendships, and of course have fun! If you would like to join the unit in Edmonton please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on Link and how to get involved please email@example.com.
EDMONTON AREA NAME SURVEY
As our Area continues to expand, our name, Edmonton Area, is not representative of all of our members based on geography. Please click below on the survey monkey to share your ideas and thoughts with us! We value your opinions and ideas and thank you for your participation.
Calling all Pathfinder and Ranger units! Again this year, NAIT is hosting the Experience Your Future event on Thursday, March 8th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Girls will have the opportunity to try three trades and technology programs and see all the possibilities offered at NAIT. To register your unit, please contact Stephanie Fuhrer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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
SAVE THE DATE
April 22, 2018 - Edmonton Area Galaxyland Fundraiser
District Commissioners have the tickets for this event - please contact them to secure your tickets.
May 8, 2018 - Area Banquet held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre. Further details will be shared in March.
AVAILABLE COUNCIL POSITIONS
There are several positions available on Area Council. We are currently looking for a:
- Membership Adviser (help us grow Guiding and keep the wonderful people we have now),
- 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 email@example.com.
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!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel – adult iMIS, trainings, FR.1s, girls iMIS, invoices and general info – email@example.com
Ilena - camp bookings, event info and booking area resources - firstname.lastname@example.org
Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) – email@example.com
Edmonton Area Website: www.guidesedmonton.ab.ca
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.