Thursday

I want to be a leader

Hellooooooo halfway point! It’s almost midnight on Thursday the 31st, and all of us are still up and going, even after a long day of building palaces and travelling around the world! Here’s the day in recap:
 Transmission from the ’Queen of England’!
First thing in the morning, we were divided into business groups and told that the Maharani of Pune would be visiting us and challenging us to present plans for the construction of a palace for her and his Highness, the Maharaja

The Maharani was duly impressed with all of our presentations and is still in discussion with her most trusted advisor Nadine over which business group to choose for the illustrious task.
 
Chatting with Elspeth in our gazeboAnother very important person joined us today, as one of our staff had to leave. Elspeth Henderson, Chairman of the WAGGGS World Board, arrived safely at our seminar to spend the rest of the week with us, as her fellow Board member Linden had to depart today. 

Elspeth spent the afternoon in discussion with all of the JLS participants about WAGGGS and individual MOs during our rotation schedule today. It is awe-inspiring to realize how large a movement we all actually belong to. Welcome Madam Chair!
 
Chopstick challenge!Tonight was a night of music and dancing, colour and lights, as each participant dressed up in their nation’s finest for our International Night. 

We were transported to each country represented here in the matter of seconds, from dancing in the streets of the Philippines, to playing children’s games in Africa, to singing in Spanish, to learning how to properly use chopsticks! Our heads and hearts are still spinning from our travels and the sights and sounds of so many beautiful cultures.
 
Colours, costumes and cultures...To wrap up our long journey, we had a late supper, where we feasted off of foods representing all of our countries, brought by each of the participants. 

There were cookies, nuts, cakes, maple syrup, hummus, parmesan cheese, candies, sausages, chocolates, scones, fish, octopus, fruits and bread, among so much more! What a party it was, all of us in our finery, tasting each other’s homelands. Our senses were reeling!
 
Hello, Ca ka fete, Privet, Sa wad dee ka, Hola, Servus, Ahn nyung ha se yo, Bonjour and Namaste to everyone of you who have been keeping us in your thoughts. Your messages are an inspiration to us and give us a boost when we read them out every morning. 

Lal Patrol (Red)

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Rachael Goodman - 31 August 2006 - 9.58PM (GMT)

Good evening, to all the JLS participants! It is wonderful to read about your experiences in India. It brings back beautiful memories of when I visited in 2005 and also being at a similar event at Our Chalet this April for the Helen Storrow seminar.

A thought from Wales for you -
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever does.' (Margaret Mead)

I hope you continue to enjoy your adventures!

Best wishes,
Rachael Goodman
Girlguiding Cymru (Wales)

Brenda - 31 August 2006 - 11.35PM (GMT)

Have fun! We know you are learning and gaining experience and meeting new friends. Go be a great and remarkable leader.

Margaret Treloar - 1 September 2006 - 1.42AM (GMT)

How wonderful to have an opportunity to see what you are doing, almost "live to air"! I am thrilled to hear how your days are unfolding, how much you are learning, and how you are sharing with each other and with WAGGGS. I wish you more learning, sharing and excitement about being together and being part of our World movement. Great to know Elspeth has arrived safely and to see Denise at work once again! Much love to you all - thank you for all you are doing for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting - and for girls and young women of today and tomorrow!

Sally O'Neill - 1 September 2006 - 10.27AM (GMT)

The colours and vibrancy of your words and photos on the website bring much needed light to this dull day in London. I have been reading your website entries each day, and in some way I have caught the spirit and fire in your words. You are inspiring people who are not even with you! Stay happy and shiny. And may your world be as big as you want it to be.

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