The Bowral Trefoil Guild will celebrate its 70th anniversary in September.
District commissioner Miss Joyce Arnold MBE founded the guild in 1948.
The first meeting was held at St Jude’s Church in Bowral on September 11, 1948.
Miss Arnold instigated the Bowral Trefoil Guild to assist the guide units, and it has remained the only Trefoil Guild in NSW with continuous service.
Bowral Trefoil Guild president Roslyn Parsons said the objects of the guild were to foster good work among leaders and to give practical and financial help to the guide units.
“The Bowral Guild supports the local community groups including the Red Cross, Rural Fire Service and many others,” Ms Parsons said.
“Street stalls have been held over the years to fund various groups.
“They have also visited people in hospital and helped pensioners and others who have no other means to do personal things outside the hospital.”
Ms Parsons said the highlight of the last 70 years was the Porapunka, meeting of the waters, camp.
This was an international guide camp held at Cataract Park in 1988.
“The Trefoil Guild along with leaders and members of guiding undertook to serve breakfast to a group of leaders on Good Friday,” Ms Parsons said.
“19 bus loads of guides arrived from Victoria on Saturday to attend the camp.
“They also served an evening meal on their way back at the end of camp. This was undertaken with the grateful assistance of the Moss Vale Show Ground committee making their pavilions available.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Bowral Trefoil Guild Ms Parsons will put together a book to highlight the history behind the troop.
Ms Parson said she was seeking any photographs, history or minute books that may be able to assist her with completing the book.
“It is interesting when you do research. We’ve gone back to the 1800’s,” she said.
Call Roslyn Parsons on 0401 060 031 if you have any contributions to the book.