2016 pg3

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A word from the President

Is it just me or does every Girls’ Brigade session seem to

be passing in the blink of an eye? It’s hard to believe that

my second year as President is almost over and that so

much has happened in a year.

It has been good to see our new Leadership Training

programme developing. Executive has been delighted

to see positive feedback from participants at the

Induction Training days. I spent time at the Tutor and

National Training Team weekend and was impressed

with the level of commitment, the challenging questions

being asked but most of all by the fact that my fellow GB

leaders wanted to make it as good as it could be for our

trainee leaders going forward.

Another highlight of the year was being invited to

dinner with the then Moderator of the Church of

Scotland, Dr Angus Morrison, at his residence in

Edinburgh. Dinner was lovely but the conversations that

developed over the coffee were the real highlight as Dr

Morrison spoke with conviction about his desire to see

Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade in Scotland being an

integral part of the Church today. Everyone around the

table echoed his views and now we move towards

making his vision a reality and this has already started.

It’s only when I look back at what’s been happening in

the year that I fully appreciate how busy it has been. I’ve

visited companies, presented prizes and Endurance

Awards where it has been good to meet girls and leaders

alike. I’ve represented GB Scotland at GB Europe where

we’ve been looking at some tough issues to try and

make things work a little better. It was also good to

represent GB Scotland at the Kirking of the Parliament in

May and to meet HRH the Duke of Rothesay. Also

connected to the Opening of Parliament was The Riding

on 2 July where it was a pleasure to lead 100 girls and

leaders down the Royal Mile. And, of course, I don’t do

this alone as our Vice-Presidents, Elected Members and

Staff are all involved in the GBS support team.

This has been the DofE Diamond Anniversary and we

congratulate our colleagues at DofE as they celebrate 60

years of the Award. This special anniversary year

provided many opportunities for young leaders to

receive their Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace, the

Palace of Holyrood and to participate in the DofE Royal

Tour across Scotland. I’m proud that GB Scotland was

represented at all events although I missed out as I took

girls from my own company to the FDF International

Camp in Denmark.

Personally, it has been a difficult year as my mother

passed away in April and, again, I thank the many

members of the GB family for their kind words, cards and

flowers. But out of the darker times comes light and joy

with my family, particularly my grandson Andrew who is

now one and into everything. GB Scotland has also had

some difficult and challenging times over the past year

but the Executive continues to move forward in faith,

believing that God’s guiding hand directs all we do in His

name. And, never more

so on the day of the Junior

Programme launch when I

was part of a conga of GB

leaders singing Show me

the way to Shine for Jesus!

Jennifer Major

President

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