We are now into the last few weeks of this Scouting year. I’ve already had several notifications of summer camps. Hopefully the weather will become kinder and the rain will stop falling. Don’t forget to summit your NAN forms to me. The NAN form can be found on the Greenseas website on the first page of the site below where you download the latest magazine. www.greenseas.org.uk or on the Facebook page under the Files section.
Before planning your camps and adventurous activities could you please check with your Group Executive that all monies owed to District for Capitation have been paid. If the District has not received these fees, then I am unfortunately going to have to turn down your request.
St George's Day and Service.
We were again fortunate to have had a dry day, although it was very cold for our parade both to and from Ballyclare High School. The Parade was accompanied by the Star of Knockagh Accordion Band. The service was slightly different this year, with a bit more youth involvement. A huge thanks to ADC’s Carmen Irvine and Chris Cully and to District Leaders Rachel Nicholson and Tara Gaston for their contribution to the service.
Unfortunately, this year with the parade taking place on Palm Sunday our District Chaplain, Rev. Mark Taylor had other commitments. I would like to thank Rev Paul Twomey who stepped in to deliver an address. Unfortunately, out of a possible 17 Groups only 12 from the District were represented. Our newest Group to the District, Ballynure turned up with a few Beavers for their first District parade.
A special thanks to the Leaders and youth members of 1st Ballyclare for their contribution to the day especially Wilbert Hollinger. Charlie Moore thank you for all your advice and kind words.
The collection from the St. George’s Day Parade goes towards the South East Antrim District Charity, Mindwise. So far, we have raised £700. Presentation of this money is still to be arranged and I will be in contact with GSL’s with the details for anyone who would like to attend the presentation when it is organised. Any Groups who still have money for this charity please forward it to Allister Law or me as soon as possible.
Our District AGM took place on Tuesday 21st May at Linn Primary School. Most Groups were represented and will have an idea of what has been happening in the District and the plans to move the District forward. The new Executive members have been voted for and will take up their places soon. The District Charity for the coming year is Kilcregan Open Farm based in Carrickfergus.
This was voted for at last years AGM by those in attendance.
An important part of becoming and continuing to be a Leader in the NI Scouting Association is the AccessNI check that must be undertaken. In recent weeks several Leaders’ AccessNI checks and rechecks have been returned because AccessNI believes that Leaders have not included their full name. All middle names must be included on the online application. See also page 9 of this edition for more important information on AccessNI.
At this point I would just like to give a mention to Mike Bradshaw and David Holmes, two of our members who work tirelessly in the background. Mike has been badge secretary for a few years and David Holmes in recent years has been the District Training ADC as well as a previous DC. Both Mike and David would take photographs at our District events and now want to reduce their voluntary activities and have chosen to give up their posts. I would like to thank them both for their continued contribution to South East Antrim and I hope that they both don’t totally disappear from Scouting. Mike’s post of badge secretary is not being filled. Only a few Groups in the District use this service, so it is no longer feasible to continue trying to stock badges. David Garland from 1st Cloughfern has agreed to take on the position of District Training ADC.
District Leaders' Meeting At the District AGM the venue and date for the Leaders meeting in September was confirmed. Our newest Group, 1st Ballynure are hosting. This meeting will take place on Tuesday 3rd September at Ballynure Methodist Church starting at 7.30pm. Please put this date in your diary and plan to be there so you can have a say in the Districts activities for your section.
On Thursday 20th June the County AGM will be held at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church. Starting time 8pm. It would be good to have a representation of Leaders from South East Antrim at this event.
Meanwhile enjoy your last few weeks before the summer break. I personally love seeing the bright nights. It makes such a difference being able to get our youth members outside. Enjoy any camps that you have coming up. I hope they don’t leave you too exhausted. Taking our youth members camping is an important part of Scouting and an activity that they all look forward to. Camping and all activities across the District could not happen without the dedication of you, the Leaders, giving up your time. Thank you.
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