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   My first few months have been spent speaking to as many of the commissioners and independent leaders as I can. The list is getting shorter I’m pleased to say but as I haven’t spoken to everyone as yet please don’t think that I have forgotten you!

It’s such a pleasure to ring our BGO members and hear their enthusiasm for guiding and almost all of them say, ‘Is that all right?’ The simple answer is, of course it is, you’re doing a fantastic job of inspiring the girls in your units in offering them fun, challenging, safe guiding and giving them the chance to decide what they would like to do!

I’ve had the pleasure in appointing a new County Commissioner for Europe, Barbara, and several new District Commissioners in the Far and Middle East. So in Singapore there are now Anita and Alison, in Jakarta there is Erica, in Bahrain there are Dani and Inge, in Oman there is Angi and in Abu Dhabi there are Elaine and Louise. 

Our first BGO exec meeting went well and we started to brainstorm our strategic plan. This is still very much in the planning stages but I’m delighted to let you know that we are working towards having an awards committee and have new region thanks and recognition brooches for our adult and young members. We are also going to have a young member joining us on the executive committee and interviews are taking place at the moment. The feed back from Challenge 17 was extremely positive and we will be booking the venue for 2019 shortly. I hope that you like our new look website and please don’t hesitate to send Jill our PR your photos and news so that she can post it and let everyone in BGO know what you are doing.

I have also attended council meetings and several operation board meetings and teleconferences to represent BGO. It was an honour to be at the council meeting in London to select our new Chief Guide, Amanda Medler. I have sent her our congratulations and I hope that we will see her at some of our BGO events over the next 5 years.

On the training front, Hazel, our new Guiding Development Advisor, and I are going to the Far and Middle East in March to give training sessions along with Adele and I’m really looking forward to meeting most of the commissioners and some of the leaders while I’m there.

But first in February all county and division commissioners along with our trainers and prospective trainers are going to attend a module 3 and 4 safeguarding training session in HQ - when we will roll out the specially written training just for us!

As I sat down to write this, I had thought that I wouldn’t have lot to tell you, but how wrong I was! Leading such a wonderful, dynamic region is fun, inspiring, challenging and everyone is keeping me on my toes - brilliant!!

Thank you for all that you are doing for the girls in your care.


Chief Commissioner British Girlguiding Overseas

Jan 2018