Eight remarkable Leaders receive 50-year service pins!

Well done, well done, very well done to the eight members of IGG who received 50-year service pins from (outgoing) President Maureen Dillon at Council held in Airfield Estate, Dundrum, on 1 April 2017.

Anne BowenAnne Bowen was Captain of Rathfarnham Guide Company from 1953 to 1991. She was also a Guide Trainer for many years and at national level she was Chair of IGG’s Training Committee and of Guide Branch. She was a member of the IGG delegation to the World Conference in Kenya in 1987. She was National President from 1995 – 2002 and is still active with the Dublin Trefoil Guild.

Margaret DunneMargaret Dunne started her adult Guiding career as Lieutenant in Rathfarnham. She was subsequently a Brownie Leader in Athy and later chaired several national committees, including the Camping Committee and Finance Committee. She served a six-year term of office as Chief Commissioner and is currently Archives Advisor and Secretary to the Irish Trefoil Guild National Council.


Maura Fitzgerald was Lieutenant and then Captain of 2nd Killarney Company for many years. She was also a Brownie Leader with Kilcummin and Killarney Packs in the 1980s and 1990s. She was IGG’s International Commissioner and represented IGG at both European and World Conferences in that capacity. She is currently an IGG Trainer and a Leader with Torc/St Mary’s Guides in Killarney.


Pamela Galloway has been involved with Brownies all her Guiding life. She was Tawny Owl and Brown Owl with the 2nd Dublin Pack at St James and went on to run Brownies in Raheny for over 48 years and still does so today. She was District Commissioner for many years and served as a member of National Office staff (she was book-keeper) for 25 years. She has single-handedly organised the annual IGG Panto in the Gaiety for the past 31 years. She has also served for many years on the committee of the National Memorial Cottage in Enniskerry.


Grace Grouden started her Guiding career as Lieutenant of 1st Westmeath Guides and has continued to be involved in Guiding in Athlone with various Units of both Brownies and Guides since then. She has acted as both District Commissioner and Area Commissioner. She has always been interested in the outdoor aspect of Guiding and has been an active Outdoor Adviser for many years. She is currently District Commissioner in Athlone and also acts as Outdoor Advisor for West and Central Midlands Region.


Elspeth Henderson started her Guiding career as a Sea Ranger and went on to run St John’s Guides in Monkstown for over 20 years. She chaired both IGG’s Promise and Law Committee and the National Training Committee. She served for nine years as International Commissioner. She also served on the committee of Our Chalet and was elected Chairman. She was subsequently elected to the Europe Region Committee and immediately made Chairman of that committee. Elspeth chaired the committee responsible for running the World Conference in Ireland and also served a three-year term of office as President of IGG and in 2002 was elected to the WAGGGS World Board. She went on to chair the World Board, the highest volunteer position in world Guiding.


Irene Reale was involved with Guides in Kilkenny and then Tipperary for many years. She has served as District Commissioner and Area Commissioner as well as Regional Commissioner for the Mid West Region. Irene has been an active Trainer and Outdoor Adviser for many years and her love of the outdoors has led to her active involvement with several of IGG’s international camps. She chaired IGG’s National Training Committee and was an active member of the Centenary Committee. She continues to be involved in Guiding in her capacity as Outdoor Advisor for Mid West Region.


Violet Warner started her Guiding involvement with Guide Branch running two Cork companies as well as a Ranger Unit before going on to become Area Commissioner. Her great love of the outdoor aspect of Guiding meant she was a Camp Adviser and served as Head of Camping. At Regional level she acted as both Regional Treasurer and Regional Commissioner. She has always been involved in the committee responsible for Leigh Dale Cottage, acting as its Warden for many years. In recent years she has been involved with Arbutus Brownie and Guide Units and she currently looks after the archives for South West Region.