|National Volunteer Week 08-14 May 2017
It’s National Volunteer Week, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation that is made up of thousands of volunteer Leaders and Supporters who teach the value of volunteering to our youth members. My travels across the length and breadth of our State remind me of the amazing contribution you each make. I want to thank you for the contribution you make each day, each week, and each year to the young people of NSW. You are each an inspiration to me! While I know the reason our Leaders and Supporters are involved in Scouting is to support young people, it is also important to understand the contribution made to the NSW community. The time you give is valuable and the economic benefit to our local communities through Scouting is more than $10 million each year. Wow! Because of you, our youth members are inspired and engaged in a program that develops their confidence, resilience and leadership. They become engaged members of their local community and learn that giving is as valuable as receiving. We couldn’t do this without you and the vital role you play. It is important that you feel valued, acknowledged and supported. Today, and every day, we celebrate this contribution. During National Volunteer Week (May 8 – 14) you can also thank your Leader or another inspirational volunteer member of Scouting by uploading a selfie with them and sharing what makes them so awesome on the Scouts NSW Facebook Page or on Instagram with the tag @scoutsnsw #thankaleader
2nd Gordon Cubs started off Term 2 with two special (Cub) Scout visitors from Madrid Spain, Carla and Charlie. Carla presented a scarf from their home Scout group as part of their custom when visiting another international group. Welcome to 2nd Gordon Carla and Charlie! During Term 2, Cubs leaders have also re-organised the Six teams for optimal succession planning and promoted numerous Sixers and Seconds.
Thanks to the 2nd Gordon Rover crew primarily led by David and Marcus, with technical guidance from leaders Chris, Glenn, and Phil, installing the hall’s new high-tech security and surveillance system.
Approved by our group committee recently, the system is capable of remote monitoring the hall’s entire perimeter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether in light or in complete dark.
The intent to discourage trespassing and anti-social behaviour, which includes but not limited to graffiti and illegal dumping which costs council and/or community unnecessary expenditure.
Despite the increased security, we still depend on the vigilance of community, so when you drive or walk past the hall, be wary of any trucks or especially wood chip trucks in our laneway. If suspicious take a photo and/or call Gordon Police as soon as possible to report.
Ending on a light note, everyone enjoyed the comradery of the 2nd Gordon Rover crew and the BBQ lunch! Thanks to everyone that participated.
Today, we recognise worldwide the birthday of our Founder, Lord Baden Powell, who was born on this day on 1857. I am sure our Founder would be proud that his Movement now has some 40 million Members worldwide, with a presence in 216 countries. It is the largest and longest running youth development organisation in the world.
This is also an opportunity for your Board Chairman (Kerry McGoldrick), General Manager (Andrew Smith AM) and me, as Chief Commissioner, to thank you sincerely for your commitment to Scouting across NSW. As I travel the length and breadth of our State, listen to our members and participate in hundreds of Scouting activities, I am inspired by the dedication of our adult Leaders, our Supporters and our youth. I recognise the sacrifices you make, often with your own families, to devote to Scouting and to the young people of your community. Thank you! I never fail to be amazed by our youth! Last Sunday, whilst at our Australian Scout Museum at Newington Armory, Sydney, I talked with youth from the 1st Picnic Point Scout Group. We were talking about the importance of Founder’s Day, and I asked them who knew the year our Founder was born. A quiet young Cub from the back quickly raised his hand and proudly announced 1857! Of course he got the prize! Listening to our youth was not my only privilege at that event. I had the great privilege of investing a number of new members to our State Heritage Fellowship. They all do a great job, with our Deputy Chief Commissioner (Strategy), our Assistant State Commissioner, our Curator, and our volunteers at looking after our valued heritage items. It is an important part of Scouting, especially for our future generations. Thank you for your support of Scouting across NSW and for the important role you play in the development of our worldwide Movement!
With best wishes, Yours in Scouting, Neville Tomkins OAM JP Chief Commissioner Scouts Australia (NSW Branch)
Congratulations to both of our newest leaders, Connor Holmes (Scout Leader – far left in pic) and Tanya Fiedler (Cubs leader in final training – centre of pic). Both are professionals/executives who have already committed much of their time towards the Scouting community last year. They both have children at 2nd Gordon so get to share time with them in a great environment with the support of their fellow leaders. Leader profiles will be added to a new web page tab in near future. Next time you see Connor and Tanya, both will be wearing their one-of-a-kind tartan 2nd Gordon scarves and membership badges. Please support them supporting your children. [Photo apologies absent: Rod and Geoff from our Venturer Scout unit, and Rovers leaders].
2nd Gordon Scout Group had fantastic help from scouting families to sell Christmas trees at our annual sale we have run for many years. So, thanks to parents, leaders, and committee members for making another very successful Christmas tree sale and fundraiser.
Thank you to our customers and annual supporters within our local community and beyond. We even had one family come as far from the south of the Harbour Bridge, and it was great to see numerous customers continue with the Christmas tradition of coming into the hall to choose their tree as a family. We received an excellent quality crop this year thanks to a great relationship we have with the supplier, and excellent weather ideal for tree growth. The group had many more large trees this year due to the huge demand and sell-out last year within the first hour of sale.
Like every other year, 2nd Gordon provided care advice to prolong the life of the tree, car service, and delivery services.
Thanks Paola for designing our cool advertising flyer:
Thank you parents and members of 2nd Gordon Scout group. Our hall and the surrounding bushland looks fantastic in preparation of an expected hot and dry summer, and upcoming events such as our Christmas Tree fundraiser sale on Saturday 10th December. Thanks again Mark Stedfut for coordinating our working bee days.
Our leaders and parents had a fun, festive evening around an open fire at our annual ‘Christmas in July’ dinner – which was actually in August this year! The mulled wine was a hit as usual, the food was amazing value and our volunteer Christmas elves worked hard to make sure the evening went smoothly. The Christmas Quiz was quite a challenge but there was a clear winner, and some hidden talents were displayed while making Christmas sculptures out of play dough. A big thank you to our Social Committee for organising such a great night!