Two OB-PS members nominated for Medal of the Order of Australia

13 September 2013

Two OB-PS members have been nominated for the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia.

The medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for ‘service worthy of particular recognition’. It is the pre-eminant way Australians recognize the acheivements and service of their fellow citizens.

Dallas and Marian Langdon, two sisters who are both members of the Olave Baden Powell Society, have been actively involved in Guiding since joining as Brownies in 1946. This was followed by Guides, Cadets, and Land Rangers before becoming leaders.

Dallas’s first leadership role was in Brisbane.  Her Guiding followed her teaching career to Longreach, Rockhampton, Mitchell, Bundaberg, Maryborough, then back to Brisbane. Along the way she obtained Leader Training Certificates in Guide Section and Camping, and later became a Diplomaed Trainer

Marian was a leader at several guide units and a Junior Leader unit in Brisbane, at the same time carrying out leader training as a Certificated Trainer in Guide Section and Camping, and later a Diplomaed Trainer.

At the same time both carried out numerous roles at State and National level - including State Council and State Executive. Each chaired or worked on committees to organise major state events such as State Thinking Day Events, major milestones such as 85th Birthday of Guiding, and were contingents to major camping events in other States.

Dallas was National Guide Adviser, National Uniform Co-ordinator, member of the Australian Awards Committee, Assistant State Commissioner, State Junior Leader Consultant, and a member of the State Training Committee.

Marian was a member of the National Training Committee, the National World Centres Liaison, State Guide Adviser, a member of the State Training Committee, State Camping Committee, State Ranger Council, State PR Committee. Camping and outdoor activities were a major interest.

In 1978, the sisters took a group of 25 Guides and Rangers on a five-week trip to England, France, and Switzerland and in 1980 took a group of 27 to USA and Mexico for 5 weeks. These were great opportunities for our girls to meet members of WAGGGS in other countries, visit World Centres and find out more about the countries visited in an adventurous way.

While they retain a supportive interest in Guiding in Queensland, their major efforts now are with the Asia Pacific Region, and the World through the Olave Baden-Powell Society. As Australian Co-ordinator for Friends of the Asia Pacific Region, Marian encourages new members and involvement in activities within the Region.

During the first few years of development of Girl Scouting in Mongolia, they were able to support their work through parcels of program material. Their interest continues and they provide funds to cover WAGGGS quota each year. Dallas and Marian Langdon hold a function to raise these funds and share with other members of the Asia Pacific region who could benefit from some assistance. 

In response to their nomination, the sisters said:

Although we were very surprised to be nominated for this Award, we felt very honoured that our country was willing to acknowledge the work that members of Guiding provide for young people.

All the things we have done for Guiding we have enjoyed, and we particularly have very fond memories of the wonderful people we have met along the way, from so many countries. Surely the opportunities that Guiding provides makes a person stronger, confident and more able to undertake challenges that may come their way.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts wants to thank Marian and Dallas Langdon for their continued efforts to better the guiding movement and wish them luck in their nomination.