FSE Newsletter 13
POLAND: NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF 10th APRIL 2010
Dear Guides and Scouts of Europe from Poland. We are all with you in your sorrow in these days when you live this tragedy of the plane crash in Smolensk, with your president and 100 of Polish elite on bord. May this tragedy inspire you to live even better your Guides and Scouts of Europe Promise to serve your Beloved Country. We dedicate you in a special way this Newsletter with all these news from our Federation, full of hope for new Poland and new Europe.
Everybody can express his solidarity writing to Polish General Commissioners: Anna Mikos at email@example.com and Marcin Kruk at firstname.lastname@example.org and President: Jarosław Sroka at email@example.com
BELGIUM: BELGOJAM 16-18 JULY 2010
The Belgian FSE Association organises a great national jamboree from 16 to 18 July 2010. You can follow this event on the special web page at: http://www.scouts-europe.be/belgojam2010/?lang=en
We strongly encourage to consider if you can send the delegations from your associations to this event. It's not too late. Please note that after the Belgojam all the Belgian units have their camps. So there is a possibility to create the twinnings not only during Belgojam, but also after. A nice opportunity to discover the Belgian association and to express our friendship.
For all informations please contact the Belgojam Commissioner, Sebastien Aricxs at: firstname.lastname@example.org
VATICAN: 25th WORLD YOUTH DAY
Anna Chałupa from Poland and Bernat Balsells from Spain represented UIGSE in the International Youth Forum on the occasion of 25th Youth Day organised by the Holy See in Rome from 24 to 28 of March. The theme of the forum was "Learning to love". The participants were sharing the experiences about the education of young people to create a christian familly.
AUSTRIA: GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Austrian association (on the photo: Scouts Wintercamp 2010 in Bayern) held its yearly general assembly in Blindenmarkt on March 21st 2010, with the participation of about 20 members. On this occasion, Greti Piuk (former guide general commissioner) became president. She replaces Bernhard Eschenberg who assumed this task for six years; Bernhard has now become a member of honor. The vice-president is Rupert Holzinger. Good luck to the association for your development and welcome to Greti and Rupert!
PORTUGAL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GROUPS OF CANECAS
The FSE group which started 10 years ago in Caneças is now composed of a guide group (Our Lady of the Conception) and a scout group (St. Peter), with 40 members. Well done! These groups are offering adventure, games, brotherhood, camps, life in the open air, social and charity activities (such as dealing out food to poor families once a month). They offer to young people an alternative to the addiction to new technologies. Their link with the Catholic Church is very strong. They are trying to achieve what was B.P.?s aim when he founded scouting, one century ago : "to prepare good citizens, joyful and useful to their country". Well done and long live to the groups of Caneças. "Parabens" !!!?
GERMANY: GEORGSSCHILD GAME
An interesting initiative was taken by Stefan Neuman, KPE National Commissioner for Scouts. He created a web page dedicated to Patrol Chiefs with all the requirements for 1st and 2nd Class in a form of a game. You can see it at: http://www.georgsschild.de/
CZECH REPUBLIC: OSTRAVA MEETING WITH BISHOP LOBKOVITZ
Ondrej Bohac, Czech General Commissioner (on the photo first from the right with his brother Stephan) and Lukas Alexa, President of the Czech Association, on Friday 26th March met in Ostrava Bishop Lobkovitz, Czech Episcopal Conference responsible for scout movements. It's one of Ondrej and Lukas numerous initiatives to spread the FSE in Czech Republic.
FRANCE, BRITTANY: GREAT MOMENT OF SCOUT BROTHERHOOD
In March, Scouts of Europe and ? Scouts Unitaires de France ? (SUF) answered a call of their Bishop (Mgr Le Vert, in the diocesis of Quimper) for a whole week-end in Sainte-Anne La Palud (a place of pilgrimage dedicated to St. Ann). On Saturday, about 50 leaders, Rangers, Rovers (among which 30 FSE members) met for Road activities (walk, evening of worship of the Holy Sacrament with the help of 4 priests). On Sunday, girl guides and boy scouts joined the meeting and took part in an adventure organized by 4 leaders (from both movements). A time of exchange with our bishop (questions / answers) was followed by a final mass with 120 European guides and scouts and more or less the same number of SUF participants.
SWIZERLAND: NEW FSE GROUP IN ZURICH
A new guide group is just born. It is a French speaking group in the town of Zurich. The group chief is Benoit Gaillard. Twelve new brownies, with 4 leaders: Claire, Camille, Philippine and Emilie (how lucky they are to be so numerous), have had their first day out on April 10th. The next plan is to open a pack of cubsouts next September. Long live the group Saint Nicolas de Flüe !!!
ITALY: TRADITIONAL SCOUT POLENTATA EVENTS
The FSE groups from Frosinone in Lazio in April are organizing traditional italian Polentata Scout Events. Polenta is typical italian meal made of sweet corn. It's their first traditional activity in open air after winter. All guides and scouts come with their families, paying traditional 4 euros (included: Polenta and Sausage). On Facebook you can see more details. Please google it typing "Frosinone 4 Polentata". We hope receive more photos and details of these Polentata events for the next FSE Newsletter.
POLAND: ANNUCIATION FEAST PILGRIMAGES
Polish FSE groups held their traditional Annunciation Feast pilgrimages to pray especially for our FSE. Warsaw District held its event in Loretto sanctuary, 60 km north-east from the capital on Saturday 20th March. There were more than 200 guides and scouts and more than 150 parents. Warsaw commissioners: Julia Ruman, Maria Czerwińska, Franek Podlacha organised for parents 3 short conferences to deepen their knowledge of our history and pedagogy, meanwhile boys and girls having their scout activities. A good example how to work with parents. You can find more photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/adam.tadson/DzienModlitwZaFSELorettoKamienczyk20Marca2010R#
OUR (GLORIOUS) RECENT HISTORY: FRANCE/POLAND
Suburbs of Paris November 2007: Group of Polish FSE Rovers in a way back from the pilgrimage of Vezelay, caught a robber who had attacked and hit French woman and he had stolen her handbag. The photo is from the local press. Good job, guys! Congratulations.
BELGIUM: FATHER VANDER PERRE DEATH
Father Vander Perre was the religious adviser of the federal team for a long time: called by Gildas Dy?vre, he joined this team in 1991. Then, he remained during François de Portzamparc?s mandate (1995-96), during Pierrette Givele's two mandates (1996-2003), till 2004. Thirteen years serving the FSE. Father Vander Perre was always "prepared" to give his opinion, to advise with kindness and firmness, to redact articles, to be present in unit activities, to take part in great events such as the Eurojam 2003 in Zelazko. He had perfectly understood the deepness and the aims of our FSE and he always tried to valorize the Movement, in all circumstances. He played a very important part in the cohesion of the Union! We may be sure that he will go on protecting us and interceding for us from Heaven. Let us unite our prayer to the one of those who will lead him to his last dwelling next Wednesday, 14th April in La Hulpe, Belgium.
DO YOU KNOW POPE BENEDICT?
In these difficult days for our beloved Pope Benedict XVI, let's take a lot of initiatives to spread the knowledge about his message, apostolate and life. As an example, please look at this initiative of a group of Spanish students from Pamplona: