Feb 21, 2010

Final Gang Show Auditions & 2010 Mardi Gras Parade

Hi Everyone,
> Just a quick email to remind everyone about a couple of important
> events happening in Scouting over the next week!
> Last Call for our final Gang Show Auditions
> The Production Team will be holding the final audition for this
> years cast on Tuesday night.
> All Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Guides & Ranger Guides are invited to
> be part of this year's Show.
> Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2010
> Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
> Location: Nichols Point Scout Hall
> Dress: Scout or Guide uniform
> Everyone must audition to be in the Show (so we can see where to
> cast you in each item) and no-one will be accepted after this
> audition.
> We have another fabulous Show lined up for 2010 & we'll be
> performing at the new Mercy Theatre, so don't miss out!!!
> 2010 Mardi Gras Parade
> By now everyone should know about the Mardi Gras parade, flyers were
> delivered to all Group 2 weeks ago.
> But just in case you missed out on a flyer here are all the details
> again.
> All Scouting & Gang Show Cast & Crew (& families) are invited to be
> part of this years Mardi Gras Parade!
> This is an excellent oppportunity to promote both Scouting & Gang
> Show in this fabulous community event!!
> Theme: Recycled
> Date: Saturday 27th February 2010
> Time: 5.00pm to approx. 7.00pm (end of parade at the
> Soundshell)
> Location: Everyone to meet at the "IN" sign (on the grass) at the
> entrance of the Train Stain in 7th Street
> Dress: Full Uniform (Scouting - Blue Uniform Shirt with
> plain blue jeans/shorts or stone colour trousers/shorts)
> or Recycled costume (If you have a "Recycled"
> costume please wear it as part of the parade theme)
> or Sunraysia Gang Show supporters (Red Gang Show polo
> shirts)
> Pick-Up: The parade finishes at the Mildura Soundshell (meet
> between the Playground & artificial Lake)
> Leaders please bring all your Group & Section flags.
> The Parade starts at 6pm, from 7th Street & travels through Feast
> Street (Langtree Avenue) and out to Deakin Avenue before entering
> The Mildura Soundshell from Seventh Street, where the family night
> time activities will begin at 7pm.
> Activities include:
> • MADEC Annual Grape Crush
> • Roving Entertainers
> • Children's' Entertainment
> area • Flying Fruit Fly Circus w
> orkshops
> • Lit Boat flotilla after dark
> • Food & Drinks with a licensed liquor area
> • Fireworks display on the river
> Bring the whole family & I hope to see as many of you as possible in
> the parade.
> If you would like any further information on either of these events
> please contact myself on 5024 5892 or by reply email.
> Yours in Scouting & Gang Show,
> David Searle
> David Searle
> District Commissioner
> Sunraysia Dictrict Scouts
> &
> Production Director
> Sunraysia Gang Show

Feb 10, 2010

Snowgum's New Site Solely For Australian Scouts

Snowgum have contacted us to let us know that they have a new site, solely dedicated to Australian Scouts for the purchasing of all Scout Product. www.thescoutsshop.com.au.  The site is run by Snowgum, so they will still fulfil the orders and will still be the point of contact for any enquiries, but this new site differs from the Snowgum website in that it contains news and events relevant to Scouting Families. It should also be a bit easier to order things on the new site.

5th Mildura Scout's Committee Meeting - Tonight at 8:30pm

The re-formation meeting of the 5th Mildura Scout's Committee will be held at 8:30pm tonight during Scouts (Wednesday 10th February). All welcome!

Feb 3, 2010

Hola! Hello from Argentina


Hello from Argentina

I hope everyone has returned safe from holidays, and Jamboree for those who attended.
After I got back from Jamboree I worked for a week then I jumped on a plane to Argentina.
This was a 13 hour flight + the flight from Mildura to Melbourne then Melbourne to Sydney, so I'm kinda over flying. Althought I watched a few new movies like "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs" and "Zombieland".

The weather here in Vernado Tuerto (a small city about 400km from Buenos Aires) is normally about 20-30 but with about 70-80% humidity. Makes for very sweaty work.
We work normal hours 7-6, however we are 13 hours behind you. For example, 1pm here would be 2am in Mildura.
The culture is work, go home and have a little sleep, then have tea from 9:30pm on. This has taken a bit of getting used to. There is very little open to get a meal from between 6 and 9 pm. After that the place just goes off! People everywhere. Everyone rides scooters and motorbike. The road rules exist but people just do as they please, making a 2 lane road, 3 cars wide quite ok, no one worries.
The food is good, excellent beef. ANd i hate to say it, while Australian Beef is good, the beef here is better! OR at least they know how to cook it better. Massive 1" thick steak, cook without burning, but the meat is so tender it melts in your mouth.
Oh we had McDonalds, it cost $82 peso ( it is about 3.3 peso to $1 AUS)

Spanish is a language that everyone should know. So my advice, if you get the chance to learn it, do it! THen you can use it in Argentina, Spain, Chile, Mexico, also if you know Spanish you could also understand Portugese, Italian and Latin. All based around the system

Ok well I better go off to work and build this harvester. I have attached a few photos.

Take care and I will see you all in a few weeks..


Steve's Hotel

View from Hotel

The LEDA Harvester

Feb 2, 2010

2010 Starts Now

You survived 2009, you made it through Jamboree! It's time to get started in 2010.

Scouts starts officially tomorrow night (3rd February). It's the first night of the month, so wear full uniform please.

A huge thanks to all the scouts and their families who came into the hall last Wednesday and helped unpack, clean and hang out the mouldy tents from Jamboree.  The tents have been baking in the hot hall for a week now and all the mould should be dead now. One of the first things we will be doing is folding up the tents and finding a place for them to be stored until our shed is fixed.

While we had so many families present (captive) last Wednesday, after unpacking the tents, we explained to them that 5th Mildura Scouts really would benefit from having a Parent Committee. We are one of the largest Scout Troops in the District, yet we are the only Scout Group that does not have a committee. We have already had few nominations to fill some of the key roles on the committee, but we still need more involvement to get this working. We need a committee for things like fundraising (BBQ's, raffle), working bees, general cleaning roster, building improvements, shed construction, etc). There will be a handout tomorrow night inviting all parents to attend the first committee meeting at 8:30pm, during Scouts, the following week (Wednesday 10th February). We believe that the less time the leaders spend taking care of things that a committee should be doing, the more time we have available to plan and organise great scout nights and events!

Our Group Leader Max Mallenaffer and Group Secretary / Treasurer Alison Love do an amazing job behind the scenes keeping 5th Mildura Scouts running so smoothly. Thanks Max and Alison.

And Max, I hope your broken leg is coming good, as too do the rest of the leaders and scouts!

The big event for term 1 is the Raft Regatta. This will be held from Friday afternoon 5th to Sunday afternoon 7th March. Put these dates in your calendar (or subscribe to our calendar and let it appear magically in Outlook).

Steve won't be at Scouts tomorrow night because he is working for LEDA in ARGENTINA.

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