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New patron and president for Girlguiding Pembrokeshire
Friday, 15 June 2012
Patron Kathleen Phillips and president Tori James.
Girlguiding Pembrokeshire welcomed their new patron and president with a breakfast at Narberth Scout and Guide Hall recently.
Leaders and girls came together to meet and welcome patron Kathleen Phillips and president Tori James as their representatives for the county.
Kathleen started her Guiding life as a Lt with Milford Haven Grammar School Guides in 1952.
Over the years, she has been involved with both Brownies and Guides and also became a Division Commissioner. She has also played a huge part in the building of the Narberth Scout and Guide Hall and remains on the management committee today.
In 1977, she became County Commissioner and when this role ended in 1983 followed Lady Merthyr by becoming honorary president.
Kathleen is very knowledgeable about all things Guiding in the county and as a member of the County Trefoil Guild can still be found helping in local units when there is a call for help.
County commissioner Helen Perrett said in her presentation: “Kathleen is held in great esteem in the county and when the role of honorary president changed we could not think of any greater honour than to ask Kathleen to become the county’s honorary patron once again following in the footsteps of Lady Merthyr.”
Following a presentation of flowers and a well-deserved ‘thank you badge’, Kathleen welcomed and introduced Tori James as the new honorary president.
Tori was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger in Haverfordwest and completed the bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
She has always loved the outdoors and at the age of 25 became the first Welsh Women to climb Mount Everest perhaps taking inspiration from her International Guiding trip to Switzerland!
In 2005, she had already been a member of the Pink Lady Polecats - the first ever all female team to complete the Polar Challenge a gruelling 360-mile race to the magnetic North Pole.
During her acceptance speech in which Tori brought along her Brownie uniform and Guide sash, complete with badges, she told the girls to ‘Reach for the Stars!’
Helen Perrett said that Tori will be an excellent role model for all members of Girlguiding Pembrokeshire and she had been delighted that Tori had accepted the role.
Tori was presented with flowers and her president’s badge by Kathleen who wished her all the very best in the exiting new role.
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