Yolanda – back from the Maldives with GOLD

Yolanda51-YolandaKingSoropStAlbansWeb King gave an enthralling presentation of her trips with Guiding Overseas Linked to Development (GOLD) at our Club Meeting.

Having participated in GOLD Guyana 2014, Yolanda achieved the Queens Guide Award in 2015 and was then selected to be Leader of GOLD Maldives in 2016.

Girl Guides in the Maldives are keen to have help in building up their Young Leaders, they see retention and recruiting new Guide Leaders as key to the associations’ success. Yolanda and her team worked on 3 very different islands in the Maldives providing a wealth of different experiences. This lovely picture shows Yolanda on the Southern atoll island of Fuvahmulah where she demonstrated for the Guide Leaders how to run Training sessions for “Little Maids” and “Stars”.52-YolandaKingMaldives

Girlguiding is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the world’s largest women’s organisation. Guiding principles are shared across 145 countries and 10 million members. There is a lot of synergy with Soroptimists – we often think that Girl Guides are “Soroptimists in training!”.

Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) has been working in partnership with other guide associations around the world for nearly 25 years. The programme enables young women to develop their potential and make a difference in the world.

Past GOLD projects have travelled to more than 30 countries. Each three-week project is tailored to the local needs of the host country, providing sustainable community or guiding based development projects, from leadership skills training to delivering advocacy programmes to young women.

It was a truly inspirational evening – thanks Yolanda!


Soroptimist International SSoroptimists 60th Anniversary logot Albans and District – Women Serving the St Albans Community Since 1957

The Club will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary in April 2017, and this event was a “60 for 60″ production……..