GEM100 is almost here

LogoJust a quick post today to wish all the members past and present a happy 100th birthday for Sunday!

We’re finishing up our big year of centenary celebrations this Sunday with a street party in Forrest Place, Perth. We are also revisiting the site where it all began – the Perth Town Hall – to see a photographic display. Any and all members of the public are invited to see this display from 9.30am till 3pm on Sunday June 28th.

What a wonderful hundred years of friendship, camp cooking, skills, songs, games, good deeds, community service, positive self image, leadership, fun, laughter and biscuits it has been!

And what a great year of celebrations. We’ve had a week-long Jamboree, a Centenary Dinner, and State Leadership Conference, the Centenary Challenge for youth members, a Service Challenge for Radio Lollipop, a Fundraising Challenge for Our Barn in York, a Trefoil Guild celebration, the Remarkable Women initiative, and lots of little celebrations in units and regions around the state. We really know how to celebrate a special day!

And this weekend, that special day is finally here. As you stand in Perth Town Hall with your Girl Guiding friends, look around and remember that about 70 people gathered in that very building 100 years ago to the day, and arranged to begin Girl Guides in Western Australia. I wonder if they could have known, when they lit that flame, how it would burn brightly for decades to come and reach thousands and thousands of women and girls across our great big state?

Here’s to the next hundred years!

PS remember to use the hashtags #GEM100 #GGWA100years #GirlGuides when you’re sharing your thoughts and pictures online. You are also invited to tag @GirlGuidesWA.

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