34th WAGGGS World Conference – Day 3 (Wednesday 13th July 2011)

Blog – day 3 of World Conference, 13 July 2011.


After enjoying ourselves at the ceilidh, it was back to business on Wednesday morning.   The first formal session involved discussing the proposed motions put forward by the World Board and/or other Member Organisations (MOs).

There was only brief discussion on the proposed motions, with any amendments due later tonight, and voting would take place on Friday morning.

We then heard further from young women as to their experiences with attending the World Centres and their Reflections on the World Conference so far, and our Amy Spark (Vic) was one of those chosen to speak.

The rest of the day was then taken up with attending various workshops, demonstrations or café conversations.  Sessions attended included membership, diversity and inclusion, e-learning and fund development.  Helen, our Chief Commissioner, also presented a session on the strategic partnerships of Girl Guides Australia.

Throughout the day, and in between attending workshops and the like, we also manned our stall at the Expo which outlined the journey Girl Guides Australia has taken with strategic partnerships.  This includes partnerships with Westpac, Clean Up Australia and the Australia Government.

After dinner, we then moved to the International Evening and World Market, where each MO dresses in national costumes and sells wares rom their country. The Australia contingent went with a beach theme, board shorts, Australia jerseys, Australia hat or bandanna and thongs.

The prize for the best dressed would have to go to Linden Edgell, current deputy chair of the World Board.  Speaking about Linden, Australia then hosted a celebration for Linden’s time on the Board and she will retire from the World Board at the end of the conference.  Many of Linden’s Guiding friends met along the way were present and as a young person in that room, the women present were truly inspirational.

The World Conference is quickly coming to an end.  Tomorrow we vote on the World Board nominees and hear the bids for hosting the 35th World Conference.


Renée Bianchi


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