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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.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE AT THE BUTTERDOME - Sunday, November 11th
Edmonton Area Girl Guides has been invited to participate in the Butterdome ceremony marching in the parade of organizations that happens at the beginning and the end of the service, around the track of the Butterdome. During the service, members will sit in designated seating together in the bleachers. Participants need to meet at the back southwest corner of the Butterdome no later than 9:15am. (You can look for me: I'll be in "dress blues", and have my Guide Dog with me.) The service is usually over by about 11:15am. A parent for each girl participating must stay for the service, up in the stands. It would be helpful if that parent could also hold onto any jackets, etc. for the girl, so that there isn't a large pile of jackets left on the floor once we've started marching. Girls: Please wear your very best Guiding Uniform.
Any Adult Members who are coming and have access to flags, it would be great if you could bring them: Canada Flag; Canadian Guiding Flag; World Flag; Brownie Flag; Spark Flag. We have 3 flag stands (each holds a single flag). If you are bringing flags, please email email@example.com so that we don't have multiples, and can try to obtain any that no one seems to have.
MEC CLUB NIGHT: Tuesday, November 13th 5-9pm
Edmonton Area Girl Guides Camping Committee has confirmed November 13th as our organization’s club night. Members simply check-in with the MEC staff, give their name and say you are with Edmonton Area Girl Guides. All members will receive a club night card entitling them to a 10% discount on all regular priced merchandise including bikes, skis and boats. You can visit either location: MEC Downtown (11904 - 104 Avenue or 1624 - 99 Street - South Edmonton Common). Due to vendor agreements, Blundstone, Birkenstock and Glerups are exempt from the discount as well as products on clearance or products that get a discount from packages. This is an excellent time to stock up on Christmas gifts for the campers in your life!
GREY CUP PARADE - Saturday, November 24th
Do you want to be part of the Grey Cup Parade? Edmonton Area Girl Guides has been invited to participate in this year’s parade. We can have 200 Girl Guide members join in the fun. All participants will be required to meet at Norquest College at 9:30am and the parade runs from 12:00pm - 1:30pm. The parade route runs down Jasper Avenue from 108 Street to 101 Street. You will then turn north on 101 Street to 103 Avenue and walk west to 105th Street. There will be approximately 2KM of walking involved.
Due to the limited spots, all districts are being given 20 spots for girls. If a district does not have 20 people wanting to participate, the extra spots will be shared with other districts. This is to ensure equal representation by each district. District commissioners are collecting the names of their group and will forward to area by November 7, 2018. More information available here Grey Cup Parade. For more information, please email Leanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Guide – Nov 20, 2018
Location: Alberta Guide House Basement
All new Guiders are to do the Safe Guide Training within 6 months of becoming a member.
Registrations done through the office. Email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca
Building Ceremonies with BOOM! – Nov 4, 2018 1:30-4:30 pm
Location: Scout/Guide Hall on River Rd 10215 104th Street Fort Saskatchewan
This session answers the questions WHY do we use ceremonies; WHAT do we celebrate; WHEN do we fit them into the program; WHERE do we find economical and effective props; and HOW do we add pop, pizzazz and bring the BOOM!? To register email Courtney@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.
$5 a person
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. Please bring your laptop and prior to the evening download the forms from the Alberta Girl Guides website Financial forms
Then, please click on the link above. Then select Alberta Girl Guides Financial Package – for Single Units, 2018 version and download the Excel Workbook to your laptop.
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 6:30-10:00 pm. 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.
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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 2 pm. The Edmonton Oil Kings will be playing the Calgary Hitmen 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 form is attached here 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.
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.
PATHFINDER LEADERS - REQUEST TO MEET A GROUP FROM BC!
Edmonton Area has been contacted by a Pathfinder leader from Gabriola Island, BC looking for a group who would be interested in meeting up with their travel group. They will be in Edmonton from late March 25-early March 29th. If you are interested, please contact their leader, Petra, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 two positions 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 camping, 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 - 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.