African Fellowship Europe Fellowship Pacific Fellowship Asian Fellowship Caribbean and Americas Fellowship
In 1993 the international Family celebrated its centenary withcelebrations around the world. This culminated with the sixthBrigade International Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The nextBrigade International Conference in 1998, held inBrisbane, Australia saw a reorganization of the internationalstructure. As a result of this meeting the Atlantic and Pacificcommittees ceased to exist, and instead five fellowships wereformed - Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Americas, Europe andPacific. Each Fellowship was, and still is, responsible for thedevelopment and administration of GB in its own geographicalarea. Representatives from each fellowship, together with theInternational President and Treasurer form The InternationalPresidents Committee, who have the responsibility of the work ofThe Girls’ Brigade International between International Councilmeetings. These meetings are now held once every four years.
The International Presidents Committee Between meetings of GBIC representatives from each of the fellowships meet annually with the International President and other office bearers to further the work of the Girls BrigadeThe National Councils Each country in which The Girls Brigade functions is attached to one of the five fellowships, but has its own National Council responsible for the administration of GB in its own area.
African Europe Pacific Asian Caribbean and Americas
(Fellowship Chairpersons) They are………………………………………… Mrs. Priscilla Penny - Africa (Zimbabwe) Mrs Hazel-Ann Boreland - Caribbean & Americas (British VIrgin Islands) Tnay Yong Hua - Asia (Malaysia) Miss Vivienne Aitchison - Europe (England and Wales) Mrs. Jennifer Box - Pacific (New Zealand)
A Girls’ Brigade company is divided into four age groups and is for girls from Prep to age 21. These groups foster all important relationships between peers and leaders and enable aged appropriate activities and discussions. These groups, coupled with the weekly activities, camps and outings, assist in developing social and life skills, a personal faith and help girls create long lasting friendships.
Girls Brigade is divided into the following sections: 4 to 7 years - Explorer (Primary 1-Primary 3) 8 to 11 years - Junior (Primary 4-Primary 7) 12 to 18 years – Brigader (1st Year-6th Year)Developing A Vision for GBS – Funding has been secured for this strategic initiative that will be led by the new Executive as from September 2011. This is designed to build on the work undertaken in recent years and will involve Executive, Commissioners, Group Leaders, Chaplains, Captains and young leaders in a series of one day events Location: Altens Thistle Hotel, Aberdeen
Australia has the opportunity to send four leaders plus the National Commissioner. At least one of the leaders must be in the 18 – 30 years age bracket. The Conference includes training, business, future planning and lots of opportunities to meet leaders from our Pacific Fellowship countries.
Our vision is to see girls come into a relationship with a living God and to be able to actively and enthusiastically express their love for God and others through their communities. Girls learn to live out our motto which is "Seek, Serve and Follow Christ"
Fellowship Conferences are held every two years with the next one due to be held in 2012, in Tanzania. In April, 2009, the first Fellowship Girls camp was held in Livingstone, Zambia. It is hoped that these will also be held every two years and the girls chose South Africa as their venue for the 2nd Fellowship camp. Annual camps, fun-days, hiking, canoeing and workshops are happening all the time in every country. Get in touch with a GB contact in your country or nearest country if there is no GB in your own country.
Cadets - 5–7 years (Prep - Yr. 2) Juniors - 8–11 years (Yr. 3 - Yr. 6) Seniors - 12–13 years (Yr. 7 - Yr. 8) Pioneers - 14–21 years (Yr. 9 to 21 years of age.)
FIZZ International (part of GB Europe) The Fizz initiative mobilises a new generation of women to serve communities around the world; joining, pioneering and enabling projects that restore hope for life. Empower women to join in God’s mission, in His world Provide women with opportunities to become and grow as disciples Enable transformation within individuals and communities.In July and August 2011, the GB FIZZ network will, in partnership with SMILE INTERNATIONAL, enable teams to participate in outreach amongst communities of children and relief work in Kosova. Kosova was part of a horrific ethnic conflict in 1998 which caused the deaths of 11,000 people and left many families emotionally and financially devastated. FIZZ teams will restore hope for life by: Organising exciting Holiday Bible Clubs for children in local villages Distributing aid to widows Participating in mission events in local churches Assisting with the running of the three GB companies in Kosova
The 10th Conference of The Girls’ Brigade International Council is at Kuching, Malaysia GB Malaysia is hosting this Conference for key leaders from 26 countries with 250 delegates of different nationalities and cultures. GB first came to Asia in 1927 with the founding of the 1st Singapore Company and her wings spread to the shore of Penang, Malaysia with the formation of the 1st Penang Company in 1938. It spread to East Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah) with its first company, that is 1st Kuching in Sarawak in 1967. GB has been in existence in Malaysia for 72 years. Currently, we have a membership of 5475 girls and officers in 65 companies. The purpose of this Conference is to review the work done in different countries, to map the future direction for the growth of the organization in the world. It will discuss and address the common challenges faced by girls around the world and consider how to develop them with Christian values and leadership skills so that they can become responsible and useful women contributing to the community, nation and the world. .