Welcome from our County President

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"This is the time for strong leadership – something we have been doing for the last Century."

Another year has passed in the life of our City and in Girlguiding Glasgow. And what a year it has been. We have all had to come to terms with a very different type of life due to Covid-19. We have had many challenges – personal, professional, financial and lifestyle.

Our lives have been severely restricted but all of us have carried out our civic duty with care and concern for those we love and for everyone in our communities and beyond. But it has brought home to all of us just how important friends and family are, and we are grateful that these friendships remain strong through these difficult and challenging times. It makes us realise how important Girlguiding is to keeping us in touch, and keeping us involved with this amazing organisation, and we all know that we will face up to the challenges, and come through them stronger and with renewed energy and commitment.

Our Girlguiding challenge now is to embrace the opportunities that technology has offered, to be innovative and reconnect in a broader way, and use our experiences to stay involved and to welcome others who want to be involved.

This is Girlguiding Glasgow’s 100th year, and we celebrate that Girlguiding, despite Covid-19, still thrives in our magnificent City of Glasgow in our Centenary year. Many exciting and adventurous Centenary plans have had to be rescheduled until it is safe to do so, but that will not stop us having much to celebrate when we can. We have to celebrate over one hundred years of opportunities and adventures for girls, and celebrating one hundred years of women volunteering, in developing girls and young women and helping them to make their way in the world.

As we progress beyond 2020, we will see more years of fun, friendship and adventure for the youngest to the oldest in our organisation, within a safe and healthy environment and with much to celebrate. My message to all leaders and adult volunteers is ‘Thank You’ for all you are doing and have done to keep in touch with girls and with each other. Girlguiding Glasgow needs your time, commitment and energy to keep the flame alive #sharethelight.

This is the time for strong leadership – something we have being doing for the last Century. Girlguiding needs you to continue the excellent work you do with girls in delivering an exciting programme of activities throughout Glasgow.

Girlguiding is only possible because of our volunteers. Our qualified adult leaders and helpers who deliver an exciting programme of activities throughout Glasgow. They look for no reward, other than seeing girls and young women develop in confidence and gain new skills. It is so important that we appreciate and value the contribution that these leaders make to our organisation.

This is the final year of Jill Elborn’s five year appointment as County Commissioner. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the girls and volunteers in our organisation with many successes and achievements enjoyed by all of us. She certainly deserves our thanks for her outstanding contribution. Jill has been ably supported by her Assistant County Commissioners – Evelyn McWhinnie, Anne Short and Elaine Riddick. And we send all of them our thanks and best wishes for whatever Girlguiding plans they have in the future.

Take care and stay safe.

Morag Liddell
County President