Trefoil Guild news

Originally published in the Guide ON eNews, March 3rd, 2020

to all Trefoil Guild members

I hope that everyone spent a few minutes on Thinking Day reflecting on what Guiding means to you and how it possibly changed your life. Perhaps you remembered some special events and moments spent with sisters in Guiding and many wonderful girls. We are fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization!

Service Projects

There are a few Guilds in the spotlight this month:

1st Hunter Trefoil Guild
In December the service project is always “Tea Bags”.
Each member brings a box of tea bags to the meeting – whatever size they can contribute. The tea bags are then repacked, 25 to a bag in Ziplock bags that have a sticker with greetings from the Guild.  The bags are then donated to the local food bank where they are given out to clients as a gift.

1st Hunter Trefoil Guild packing tea boxes for donation to local food banks.

The January service project is “Laundry Baskets”. Five laundry baskets are filled with cleaning and household paper products. Each Trefoil Guild member brings five of an assigned item. Once assembled, the baskets are donated to a local women’s shelter so that women leaving the shelter will have the basic items to start in a home.

Laundry baskets of household supplies donated to local women's shelter.Trefoil Guild members with laundry baskets of household supplies for donation

1st Oakville Trefoil Guild
At their holiday potluck the Guild collected sundry items for women to donate to the women’s shelter in Halton County.

1st Dorothy Crocker Trefoil Guild
For well over 20 years Girl Guides in Ottawa have participated in the Lost Children Services for one weekend at Winterlude. It is a great service project and the National Capital Commission rely on Guides and Scouts to help locate lost kids (and parents).

The 1st Dorothy Crocker Trefoil Guild recently spent 3.5 hours in the sun and wind with -20 windchill and walked 10,000 + steps.

Communication

Repeating this from previous newsletters:

As Trefoil Guilds, we are having trouble communicating with each other and with prospective members. This seems to be a change that will be happening soon. Until things are made easier, I need permission from Trefoil Guild Leads (formerly Presidents) for me to give their contact information to other Guilds and Guiding members who are looking to join a Guild.

To do this I would ask Leads to send me an email simply saying that they give this permission (trefoil.adviser@guidesontario.org). Please also add details of where and when your Guild meets.

Many Leads have already sent me this information and I thank everyone for their emails.

As always, I look forward to receiving minutes, photos and descriptions of service projects and activities.

I have been having difficulty with using some photos sent to me if the members do not have their image release recorded (IR.1). An IR.1 form must be completed and either sent to Kate Osborne at the provincial office or scanned and sent to on-communitysupport@girlguides.ca.

Photos illustrating all these service projects will be in future newsletters once IR.1s are submitted.

Yours in Guiding,

Christine Stevenson
Ontario Trefoil Liaison
trefoil.adviser@guidesontario.org

9/19/2020 5:31:18 PM