We celebrated our successes and growth as a Region at our AGM and Annual Review on Wed 4 Oct 2017. About 100 leaders, young people and supporters attended this positive event held at the Girlguiding HQ in Edinburgh.
Our AGM, Annual Review and National Prize
Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner for Scotland, presented us with a prize for being the second-best Region in the UK for growth in our numbers. We now have 9,000 members, 7,000 young people and 2,000 adults as leaders and supporters. Clearly, we must be doing great things!
Graham spoke warmly about his time as a leader in Edinburgh and then about the future of Scouting. He stressed that Youth Involvement was a vital part of our growth and development. He also said that the three key areas in the new national draft strategy are ‘Programme, People and Perception’. The strategy emphasises the need to improve our support for adults and to simplify and refocus the process of recruiting leaders. Click here to read the full speech.
John Teasdale, Chair of the Regional Executive Committee, led the AGM and we progressed in record time, approving new members, approving our accounts and doing all the business that must be done at AGMs. Margery Naylor, the new Regional Commissioner, spoke of her role to encourage the ‘game of Scouting’ and to encourage young people to take up leadership roles. She thanked John for his 3 years as Regional Chair and welcomed John Cannon as the new Regional Chair.
Diane Marshall, Deputy Regional Commissioner for events and activities, gave a comprehensive report of all the activities that had taken place in 2016-17. With the help of Brian Morrison, Assistant Regional Commissioner, Communications, she then introduced a fascinating slide show about many of the international camps that young people and leaders from our Region had attended this year. This is just one aspect of what attracts so many people to Scouting – the fun and friendship.
Don’t we do well!
Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, SE Scotland