Trefoil Guild officials elected

CHAIRMAN Mrs Anne Tough welcomed everyone to the 35th annual general meeting of Monifieth Trefoil Guild. There were 29 members present.

Prior to the annual meeting, Miss Katriona Kelly, Brownie Leader, Monifieth, gave an illustrated presentation of her International Camp in Hong Kong from December 19 to 30, 2011.

She said that 12 Senior Section girls from Scotland had travelled from Aberdeen, via Paris, to Hong Kong. They stayed at the YWCA before the Camp and enjoyed being tourists for a few days.

They visited the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) which was erected in 1993. To reach this they travelled for 30 minutes in a glass-floored cable-car. Afterwards they visited the Bodhi Wishing Shrine.

Another day was spent getting to the Peak by the Peak Tram - one of the world’s oldest funicular railways, rising to 1,300 feet above sea level - and enjoying a 360-degree panoramic view across Hong Kong.

A visit to Hong Kong’s Disneyland was another must.

Katriona and her 11 Scottish friends then went to the 95th International Camp in Hong Kong. They were put into sub-camps and divided again into sub-sub-camps. Katriona and five of her friends were in the Poinsettia camp, where there were Guides and Scouts from Hong Kong, Korea and mainland China.

Katriona said it was interesting to find out what Guiding is like for them in their countries. Various activities took place, including a visit to the WWF Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre. The Scottish contingent gave the camp a celebration of the Scots language and country dancing. After this International Camp, the girls were offered Home Hospitality, enjoying the friendship of a Hong Kong family. Many lasting friendships were made on this exciting venture.

At the annual general meeting the following officials were elected: chairman - Anne Tough; secretary - Pat McCarry; treasurer - Georgie Anderson; programme secretary - Judith Child; tea convener - Elsie Welch; and scrapbook keeper - Sheila Webster.

Mrs Tough thanked Margaret Suttie and Audrey Taylor for their years of contribution to the committee and the quiet and effective manner in which they carried out their duties.

The meeting closed with the members renewing their Promise and singing Taps.