Farewell Guide Leader Sheila Teal

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Re­cently the Yar­ra­wonga com­mu­nity mourned the loss of Sheila Teal and a group of her Guid­ing friends put to­gether a trib­ute to her in hon­our of her long ser­vice to the com­mu­nity to share with the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle read­ers.

“We knew her as Sheila Teal. She joined the Girls Guides As­so­ci­a­tion in 1973.

“Af­ter the oblig­a­tory train­ing, Sheila be­came as­sis­tant leader to Joan Al­ford (now Thom) of the 2nd Yar­ra­wonga Guide Com­pany. They led a very ac­tive unit.

“Apart from the se­ri­ous side of guid­ing, they su­per­vised all sorts of fun things like dress-up par­ties, ten pin bowl­ing and bike rides out to Kyffins Re­serve, etc.

“Sheila al­ways ex­pected her guides to ac­cept chal­lenges such as the badges to be won for spe­cial in­ter­est. She ac­tu­ally be­came a tester for the An­i­mal Lovers badge. Does any­one re­mem­ber her two bas­set hounds?

“When Joan left the unit (to be mar­ried) in 1977, Sheila man­aged the unit on her own for some time.

“There was a camp at Bri­tan­nia Park, a stage show called Mrs Pringle Meets Fa­ther Christ­mas and much more.

“To be a guider is an enor­mous com­mit­ment, not just the weekly meet­ing but writ­ing re­ports, be­ing ‘there’ for the girls and know­ing when to ap­ply gen­tle dis­ci­pline.

“Sheila had all th­ese skills and more. Such peo­ple have a great in­flu­ence on grow­ing girls.

“She will be re­mem­bered with af­fec­tion and grat­i­tude by the many girls and adults who knew her at that time.”

Sheila Teal (sec­ond from left, back row) was an ad­mired and ded­i­cated leader of Girl Guides in Yar­ra­wonga for many years.

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