This post’s Remarkable Women of Girl Guides WA is Jan Rose. Here is her story.
Jan’s early Guiding years were spent in Cobar in Western New South Wales. She remembers passing her Tenderfoot Test and camping on the property of the Region Commissioner. Unfortunately due to the lack of a leader, the group closed soon afterwards.
It was forty years later when Jan and her husband settled in Kalgoorlie after living in many different places, that Jan was reintroduced to Guiding. She accepted the position of Region Commissioner for the Goldfields Region, an appointment she held for five years. During this time Jan actively promoted guiding in the goldfields while supporting the units in her care. This included travelling to Kambalda weekly to help run a Brownie Pack.
After moving to Perth, Jan was appointed as an assistant to the State Commissioner, Janet Garcia Webb. During these years she took on various roles, including liaison to the Scout Association, member of the Fundraising Committee and chair of the Program Committee. She was also the QM (cook) for two Jamborees.
At the completion of her term as Assistant State Commissioner Jan received the Emu award and joined the W.A. Women of Distinction group. She then became the State Trefoil Guild Adviser and chaired the planning committee for the 18th National Trefoil Gathering which was held in Perth in 2008.
Jan has a diverse background in community work and has headed and worked on different committees in Australia and overseas. She is currently a member of the Honorary Australian Associates and the Burswood/Bentley Trefoil Guild.
Story by Ann Miller.
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Is there a way to contact Jan? I am a new leader in Cobar and would like to learn about guiding history here with the girls. We would love to write to, or call Jan. I am also intruiged by the Tenderfoot Test – does it have to do with cat heads!?
If you’d like to send a letter or email, I’d be happy to pass it on to Jan and then she can make contact with you! Please email communications @ girlguideswa.org.au