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.
HIKE FOR PLENTY - DATE CHANGE
Next year’s Hike for Plenty date had previously been communicated as Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. We have changed it to Saturday, April 6th, 2019 to avoid the first weekend of Spring Break for Edmonton Public and Catholic School Boards. It was felt that holding the event during Spring Break could negatively impact our overall success of this key service project with the Edmonton Food Bank. Please make this date change on your yearly calendars. Thank you for your support of this change.
Safe Guide – Nov 20, 2018
Location: Alberta Guide House Basement
All new Guiders are required to complete Safe Guide Training within 6 months of becoming a member.
Registrations done through the office. Email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca
Unit Financial Training - November 28, 2018
Location: Alberta Guide House, 3rd floor
This session will fulfill the requirements for financial management enrichment module under TEAM and will cover the proper procedures for handling GGC monies; how to keep proper financial records; the basics of fundraising and trip planning; how to deal with late/missing money and an opportunity for questions and answers. If you are using a laptop please bring it with you.
If you have any questions, email Margaret at email@example.com. Registrations done through the office. Email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca
ART IN WINTER - Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Let’s get artsy! Rangers and Adult Members, come create your own seasonal cards and tags using watercolor and paper crafting techniques! Event is being held in the Edmonton Area Guide Office in the basement from 6:30-10:00pm. Please bring adhesives (white glue, slue sticks, tap, pop ups). Cost is $15 cash only which will be collected the night of the class. To register, email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.
FACILITIES - 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.
November 18th, 2018
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SANDY LAKE BEACH
November 25, 2018
February 24, 2019
April 21, 2019
June 23, 2019
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 via email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.
OIL KINGS TICKETS - Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Once again, Edmonton Area Girl Guides, will be holding an Edmonton Oil Kings Day on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 2pm. The Edmonton Oil Kings will be playing the Vancouver Giants and it’s always a fun afternoon. Deadline to order your tickets is November 30th (DCs to advise Edmonton Area your total order on that day). Tickets are $22 per person; family members are welcomed. All youth and adult members attending will receive a custom crest. ticket order form
EDMONTON AREA CREST DESIGN CONTEST
Crests are a huge part of Guiding life. We mark major events and adventures with a crest which is then sewn onto a camp blanket or poncho forever reminding us of the places we’ve been, accomplishments we have achieved, and friendships we created on the way. The Edmonton Area crest needs a refresh and we are extending the opportunity to all girl members from Sparks to Rangers to submit their ideas for a new crest!. Click here for the official form and please submit to Hazel by December 1, 2018. We encourage members to share their design on social media and use the hashtags #newareacrest #ggcyeg.
SPARK FRIENDSHIP CAMP - REGISTRATION OPEN
This year’s Spark Friendship camp is a Princess theme and will be held January 25-27th, 2019 at Tangletrees. To avoid disappointment, please register early. Registration form
BROWNIE FRIENDSHIP CAMP - REGISTRATION OPEN
This year’s Brownie Friendship camp is a Harry Potter theme and in response to overwhelming interest last year, there will be TWO camps offered: Sunday, March 24th -Tuesday, March 26th OR Thursday, March 28th - Saturday, March 30th at Tangletrees (both are during Spring Break). Registration Form
GUIDE FRIENDSHIP CAMP - request for help
We have a Responsible Guider confirmed for this camp, being held February 15-17, 2019. We are still looking for Guiders to help with this camp. If you are interested, please contact Candace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PATHFINDER/RANGER FRIENDSHIP CAMP
We are still looking for a Responsible Guider to take the lead on the Pathfinder/Ranger friendship camp being held March 1-3rd, 2019. There are some Guiders who are willing to help but without a RG, this camp will not move forward. Please consider this opportunity and email Courtney if you are interested.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
A friendly reminder to Unit Guiders to ensure parents in your unit know how to communicate with you including your real name and email/phone number. Edmonton Area office is receiving a surprising number of emails and calls from parents who do not know the name of their daughter’s leaders, only that they are Diamond or Brown Owl. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
YOUTH MOTIVATORS WANTED!
The Public Relations Committee is looking for youth members with Social Media savvy to help promote and celebrate Guiding in their own Districts. Rangers and Pathfinders who are interested in taking pictures at events and posting on Instagram primarily, but other platforms as well, are invited to apply. We are hoping for at minimum one girl per district and are open to having two girls share the post. Please encourage interested girls to email Elaun email@example.com
COOKIE FINDER MAP
Reminder to please post upcoming cookie sales events on the national website's cookie finder map. It is amazing how many people actually use this to track down where they may buy our delicious cookies. Click on "Add Cookie Event" to get started. Note: you will need your Unit iMIS number and address of the location you will be selling cookies at so be prepared. The website also requires a minimum two business days to upload your details - don't delay - the sooner the better!
AREA COUNCIL -VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
We have one position on Area Council to fill. We are currently looking for a:
- International Adviser
Interested? Click on the job title for more information, application available HERE, please submit completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANTED: COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Edmonton Area Council has a number of committees that provide extra value for districts and our area as a whole. We are currently looking for new members for the program, membership and PR committees. These committees meet once a month and then help plan and execute a number of amazing events during the Guiding year. If you are interested in more information on these committees, please email Kathy House, Deputy Commissioner at deputyACKathy@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 email@example.com, 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.
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 – girl registration, adult screenings, iMIS concerns, FR1’s and general inquiries email@example.com
Courtney - camp bookings, event and training registrations, booking area resources, general inquiries - 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.