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Long service award for County Commissioner

By David Porter

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Gordon County Commissioner Joyce Petrie was presented with a 40 year service laurel as the county held its annual review.

County President, Doris Burgess welcomed all to the event which was held in Inverurie and handed over to Joyce for a summary of Girlguiding Gordon activities over the last year.

These activities have included screenings of Mary Poppin's Returns at Ellon’s cinema in the Victoria Hall, an event for adults based at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen to help show appreciation and thanks to volunteers for the great work carried out by them on a regular basis and a Guides 13+ and Rangers sleepover at Jump In Trampoline Park in Aberdeen.

Almost 100 Guides, Rangers and leaders camped at BA Stores on the Gordon Gathering Scout Camp with activities in zones covering adventure, creative, fitness, skills and survival.

Nearly 140 Guides, Rangers and leaders attended a County Camp at Crathes working on a construction theme with variations on surveying, plumbing, electrics, plastering, town planning, types of buildings and safety on site.

The County has also undertaken a programme of refurbishment at Fyvie Guide House.

Over 330 girls and adults heading to The Hydro in Glasgow to join 10,000 others for a Girlguiding only Tartan Gig to see acts including James Arthur, The Vamps, Lewis Capaldi and Maisie Peters.

Participants also saw a video of 40 girls from Girlguiding Gordon attending the Haarlem Jamborette in the Netherlands.

The annual competition was a photograph of three cupcakes decorated by the girls and winners were: 1st Huntly Rainbows, 1st Pitcaple Brownies and 1st Huntly Guides.

The Heather Bisset Community Challenge Trophy for an activity that would be of benefit to their local community in some way was won by 1st Westhill Rangers who collected pet food, pet toys and donated these to Mrs Murrays Cat and Dog Home and the SSPCA at Drumoak.

Scottish Thanks badges were presented to Myra Simmers, Tracy Leach, Paula Sangster, Carol Dalgarno and Alison Ritchie for their extra efforts.

Good Service Awards for continuous support to the County over the last five year years went to Katherine Hebron-Scott, Helen Simpson, Anne Glennie and Elaine Rough.

A Good Service Award has also been given to the parents of Jennifer Glennie who was a stalwart of the County.

Members were shocked and saddened when Jennifer died so suddenly in May.

County commissioner Joyce was also presented with a Laurel Award and 40 years service badge.

Laurel Award criteria covers Guiding experience and states thatthe member should have held a number and variety of roles within their District/Division/County or beyond.

Within these roles the member should have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and have been an effective team member.

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