Guiding lights in new books
FRIENDSHIPS, Rovers, Dorothy Tilly Hut and camps make up the wonderful experiences on the journey through Helen Madsen’s life through Girl Guides.
In the year of the centenary for Girl Guides across the world, two books were published to commemorate Guiding in Australia and our very own Rose City Guides were selected for the books, including Mrs Madsen.
In Leadership for Life 100 Women 100 Years of Guiding, Helen Madsen, Valerie Gardener and Audrey Lawrie have featured in the book and in the Memories of Guiding, Mrs Madsen’s experiences along with Shirley Hutton, Ann-Maree Clark and Emily and Sophie Follett’s favourite moments have been told.
The books were presented by Trefoil Guild Girl Guides Australia Warwick members to the Southern Downs Regional Council library yesterday for all Rose City residents to share.
Mrs Madsen, who joined Brownies with the First Warwick Pack in 1945, visited Kirribilli House in late February with women or their families in the Leadership for Life book launch by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
“It was a nice surprise, I didn’t know Winsome Anderson and Ann-Maree Clark had nominated me. I was their Guide leader when they were young,” Mrs Madsen said.
She said it was an honour to be chosen and wanted to thank all the friends she made on her journey for over 60 years through Guides, which she still participates in today with the Trefoil Guild.
It was always special to her to be remembered by her Guide name, Oona (Tall Trees), and it was hard to pinpoint one moment, however she met the love of her life, John, through her association with Guides when he was with Scouts.