Royalty at Girl Guides gathering
By Jon Tampoi

The Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam yesterday held a ceremony at Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School to present warrants and membership badges to its members.

The guest of honour at the event was Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association President Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna.

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy President III Datin Hjh Masni bte Hj Mohd Ali, Girl Guides Association Head of Commissioner Hjh Siti Hafsah bte Hj Abdul Halim, Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School Acting Principal Pg Hjh Maimunah bte Pg Hj Osman, Girl Guide Association officials and invited guests.

The day saw a welcoming speech delivered by International Commissioner cum chairperson of the event Hjh Masnah bte Hj Md Daud.

In her speech, she revealed that certificates and badges would be presented to Tenderfoot Members of the 2007 - 2009 session.

A total of 32 commissioners and assistant commissioners would be presented with warrant cards, while 24 members and representatives would receive the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides membership appointment as council members of the association for the 2007 - 2009 session.

Additionally, 50 leaders of the National Tunas Puteri and Pandu Puteri would receive warrant and pre-warrant cards. Meanwhile, 283 members at the leadership level, young leaders, Puteri rangers, Pandu Puteri and Tunas Puteri would also receive Tenderfoot membership badges.

She said the number of recipients is encouraging, with badge recipients numbering 244 and at the Pandu Puteri Level, 234 members were registered.

The day also saw the taking of oath by members of the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guide members.

Later, Her Royal Highness handed out the Commissioner Warrants, 2007 - 2009 Appointment Certificates as well as the Tenderfoot Membership Badges, before moving on to plant a sapling within the compound of the school to commemorate the occasion.

A donation box for the victims of Typhoon Nargis and the China Earthquake was also set up. - Borneo Bulletin (9th June 2008)