Australian Trefoil Guild
Connecting Girl Guide Members, former Members and those new to Girl Guiding.
The Australian Trefoil Guild (ATG) looks to connect women who are either actively involved in Girl Guiding or have a history with Girl Guiding.
If you are living in Australia and may have been a member of Girl Guiding in another country, you are still welcome to join a Guild here in Australia.
Those individuals living in areas where there is no Guild, who are in nursing homes, or who are disabled or working full time and unable to attend regular meetings may be Lone Members.
Members Support Girl Guiding in Australia & the community by:
- actively supporting local and national charities
- giving their time to support causes such as aged care facilities, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, The Smith Family, Share the Dignity and Cancer Council
- creating beanies for those experiencing homelessness or premature babies
- making breast cancer care bags or mittens for injured wildlife
- actively maintaining Girl Guide Camp sites for State Girl Guide Organisations across Australia
- supporting Girl Guides as they learn new skills in their Units
- assisting with the cost of membership fees and camps for Girl Guides
- supporting and participating in region activities
- enhancing skills and knowledge through participation in ATG Dark Horse Venture and ATG Southern Cross Challenge Award programs
- contributing to the World Thinking Day Fund.
Each Guild plans its own program and decides how to further its own aims.
The time, place, and frequency of meetings are determined by the Guild Members.
Programs include anything from social outings, maintaining gardens, hiking and learning new skills to bell ringing!
Southern Cross Challenge
The Challenge aims to discover the hidden talents and abilities of Trefoil Guild members and put them to creative and practical use, whilst helping themselves and the Trefoil Guild members involvement with their wider community.
Joining the Challenge becomes a journey of self- discovery and presents opportunities for members to get involved in new activities, hobbies and studies and encourages them to achieve their personal best. Participants join the scheme by taking up an activity of their own choice, at a level they have not seriously tried before.
There are five categories in which people can participate.
- Helping Hand
- Arts for All Ages
- International Interest
- Protecting Tomorrow
- Our Wonderful Past
Contact: email@example.com or your State Trefoil Guild Adviser for more information.
Dark Horse Venture
The Venture aims to discover the hidden talents and abilities of older people and put them to creative and practical use, whilst helping themselves and their wider community.
Becoming a Venturer is a journey of self-discovery and presents opportunities for people to get involved in new activities, hobbies and studies and encourages them to achieve their personal best. Participants join the scheme by taking up an activity of their own choice, at a level they have not seriously tried before.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or your State Trefoil Guild Adviser for more information.
National Trefoil Guild Gathering, Victoria, 2024
Join Australian Trefoil Guild Members from all over Australia in vibrant Geelong, Victoria in September 2024.
Novotel Hotel, Geelong, Victoria
13-16 September 2024
Option 1 – Full time
$780 (sharing a room with another attendee)
$1215 (single room or sharing with non-attendee)
Option 2 – Day participation
$325 (please note – this rate also applies if you only attend on Saturday)
Visit the Online Registration Form to register for this event.
Places are limited, you are encouraged to register and pay your deposit by 30 September 2023 to secure your place.
Final date for full payment is 29 February 2024.
Good Turn 2023
Each year, Trefoil Guild members choose a cause to support and fundraise for as part of their Good Turn.
This year the ATG Good Turn will support the Girl Guides Australia ‘Chief Commissioner’s Young Women in Leadership Fund’ to invest in the next generation of female leaders and future change-makers.
For more information read the ATG Good Turn Flyer 2023.
Trefoil Guilds are members of their State Girl Guide Organisation (SGGO) and pay an annual fee which covers:
- membership of the relevant State Girl Guide Organisation
- administration fees
- membership of the Australian and International Fellowship (the International World Scouting and Guiding organisation for adults)
International Scout and Guide Fellowship
The ISGF is an organisation for adults supporting international Scouting and Girl Guiding.
To facilitate membership of ISGF in Australia – Trefoil Guild has joined with the Baden-Powell Guild and St Georges Guild to create the National Scout Guide Fellowship Australia (NSGFA).
Trefoil Guild Contacts
National Trefoil Guild Adviser
Sharyn Smith-Anderson – email@example.com
State Trefoil Guild Advisers
Each State has a Trefoil Guild Adviser who keeps Guilds informed of activities and events through their state newsletter.
NSW, ACT & NT
Molly (Heather) Tweedie – firstname.lastname@example.org
Aileen Steele – email@example.com
Jan Forrest OAM – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Huntley – email@example.com
Jill Livingston – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhonda Brodie –email@example.com
The International Coordinator is responsible for the management of matters associated with international travel of Trefoil Guild members in Australia and to international events both overseas and within Australia.