Iris Richards knows what it means to “lend a hand,” as the old Brownie motto goes. 
The 95-year-old Yarmouth, N.S., resident was presented with a pin for her 75-year membership with the Girl Guides of Canada earlier this month.
Richards told CBC’s Information Morning that the presentation was a complete surprise. She received the honour on Nov. 10 during a meeting of the Trefoil Guild, a social group for adult guides. 
The three women who drove her to the event kept it secret, she said. When the presentation began, “I thought to myself, ‘Darn it all, why didn’t they tell me?’,” Richards said. 
The two-hour event was “very nice,” she said, and it helped her remember a rhyme she hadn’t recited in years: “We’re the Brownies, here’s our aim, lend a hand and play the game.”
Richards first became a Brownie in Glace Bay in the 1920s. In the 1940s, the school teacher started a Brownie group …