Farewell Guide Leader Sheila Teal

May 25, 2017

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

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.”

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