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Girl Scouts Honors 2016 Women of Distinction



Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2016 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The 2016 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Rose Andom, President and CEO Rosmik, Inc. and Chair, The Rose Andom Charitable Foundation
  • Nikki Cady, Founder, Heart and Hand Center for Youth and Families
  • Stephanie Donner, Chief Legal and People Officer, Galvanize
  • Kim Easton, CEO, Urban Peak
  • Jena Hausmann, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Gloria Higgins, President, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)
  • Brook Kramer, Vice President and Relationship Manager, First Western Trust
  • Christine Marquez-Hudson, President and CEO, The Denver Foundation
  • Mary Noonan, Board Trustee, Delta Dental of Colorado, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and the Center for Women’s Health Research at CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Cheryl Ruiz-Lucero, Director, Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts, Denver Health Foundation


A group of nearly 500 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Jandel Allen-Davis, VP Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region, and Kristin Richardson, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Gin Butler, Woman of Distinction ‘03. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen, Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction and recipient of Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 426 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 19 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Silver Presenting Sponsors include Lockheed Martin and Kristin Richardson. The Bronze Presenting Sponsor was Colorado Business Bank.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: Apply today

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Girl Scouts who are in middle school and have earned their Bronze or Silver Award should apply for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 115,000 young people have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.

Last year, Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden was named a “Distinguished Finalist” and received an engraved bronze medallion. In 2014, Girl Scout Morgan Hays, a 2014 Gold Award recipient from Evergreen, was honored with a Certificate of Excellence. We are thrilled to share this opportunity again and hope to see more girls share this prestigious honor.

To apply for one of these prestigious awards, you must receive certification from Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado will review all applications after November 8, 2016 and select nominees. Get started today by using this link: https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Megan Burnett, Colorado Springs, “Constructing a Softball Field” 








What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

I saw that softball players and parents at my charter high school were struggling with the 15-minute drive to and from practice every day, so I built a softball practice field for my Gold Award. I reached out to several people and was eventually able to find a company willing to level the field, and install the bases and chalk lines so players can practice. The project took a long time to complete, but the company was able to donate the dirt and machinery, a project that would have cost the school $25,000. The field will be maintained by the maintenance crew and players. They will drag the dirt with a rake to keep the field level and maintain the chalk lines.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Through talking to the players and coaches of the team, I was able to see a great impact as they are excited to now have somewhere to go on campus, as well as something to build upon in the future. The school CEO, Jonathan Berg, is already planning on proposing a bid to the school board to finish off the field and make it game official. I am excited to see it already being built upon, and will soon be able to be used so much more — maybe even help the school raise money through renting it out!

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

The players will be able to use the field for years to come, and luckily, those who used to have to drive to practice will be able to save money while using less gas. In that way, I will be able to have a sustainable project that the players can use, and once the school is ready to expand upon it, it will become so much more in the years to come. The players and maintenance crew will also be raking the field regularly and making sure the chalk lines are in place.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project, by talking about it on the news, not only raised awareness for how charter schools rely on the community for funding and can’t afford much, but it also serves as an example for softball players worldwide who can relate and perhaps be inspired to grow their program and help their community build a field as well.

What did you learn about yourself?

Being able to communicate with people and talk to adults wasn’t something I knew how to do very well before this experience. From this project, I also learned that, as someone who is very quick to respond, I can’t sit back and wait for a response from someone. Calling, or getting out there and talking person to person helps people realize how important the project is to me and my school.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Having completed my Gold Award, I now feel like no project is too big or too small. I am eager to get involved on my college campus and lead others to accomplish great things. I can also look back and feel a sense of accomplishment whenever I see the field being put to use by the players.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Being in Girl Scouts since I was a Daisy, I have always grown up in the culture of Girl Scouts. I have always loved doing projects- and as the projects got more complex, I enjoyed doing them even more. Being a leader and able to plan a project are two skills that being a Girl Scout has taught me.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Girl Scout Day with the UNC Bears






Girl Scouts are invited to a cheer clinic and the University of Northern Colorado Bears Football Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Come learn cheer techniques and routines from UNC’s Division 1 Cheer Team. Join the team for a fan tunnel at the beginning of the game and to perform a routine during the first quarter of the game. Come to the game early and visit the Pepsi Fan Fest tailgate area, which opens at 9 a.m.

The cheer clinic starts at 11:30 a.m. and the game starts at                     1 p.m. Girl Scouts will get a commemorative cheer patch. Cost is $7/person. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Purchase tickets at www.uncbears.com/ticket and use the promo code “GIRLSCOUT16.” 

Girl Scouts help evacuees







Submitted by Jacque Korell

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


At our October 16, 2016 meeting, the girls of Troops 30222 & 30220 expressed concern about the people being evacuated from the Junkins Fire in Custer County. (Several of the girls knew evacuees or emergency responders working this fire.) They decided that they wanted to help and voted on how much of their cookie money to spend and what they wanted to do.

The next day our troop met at our local Walmart and shopped for items, then a few of the girls were even able to join us at the Pueblo County Fairgrounds where we gave our donations to the Red Cross to help the evacuees!

As leaders, we are so incredibly proud of these girls who took the initiative themselves to help make someone’s day a little brighter in such horrible situations.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Daniell Plomondon, Erie, “I Am Different, Who Are You? Are You Different Too?”









What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addresses the lack of education surrounding the awareness of and interaction with those with disabilities. I addressed the issue of what a disability is, the acknowledgement that not all disabilities can be seen, introduced the concept of people first language, and what it means to be inclusive.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

At the beginning of my presentation I asked how many of my audience members knew someone with a disability, as well as if they knew that vision loss and blindness are within the top 10 disabilities. One of the activities I had my audience members participate in was called “Disability for a Day.” This is a simulation of what it is like to live with a disability. This includes trying to button a shirt while wearing mittens, playing patty cake while wearing Vaseline covered glasses, walking around on crutches, and wearing a knee brace. This activity helped the students to get a better understanding of what some disabilities might be. This activity was closely followed by a discussion on how they, the students, were going to be inclusive, and a challenge for them to do that when the opportunity arises.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is to be sustained through the EXPAND program. The Exciting Programs, Adventures, and New Dimensions (EXPAND) program helps people who have disabilities improve and gain new recreation and leisure skills that will enhance the participants’ overall well-being and their quality of life. My presentation will be used when presenting to younger age groups by the EXPAND program. I have also created a website where I have placed a link to my presentation. It will be open for others to use as a guideline if they are looking to create a presentation. The website includes pages on what disabilities are, ways to be inclusive, and examples of how to simulate disabilities. This website has been placed on social media pages and will be posted on an international blog.

Website: http://plomondondaniell.wixsite.com/differencematters

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

Disabilities affect people of all cultures; they are not limited strictly to Americans. As part of the project’s sustainability, I have located blogs both nationally and internationally, on which to share my experience and post a link to my website/social media pages as resources for others. My hope is that with my project people will be able to transcend cultural boundaries and help those of all nations.

What did you learn about yourself?

As ironic as it sounds, I learned to be myself. I have always felt self-conscious about living up to other’s expectations such that I didn’t always do what I wanted to do. When originally picking my Gold Award topic I had first chosen a topic that I wasn’t 100% committed to. I had an interest, but it wasn’t quite right. At this point, I had little time and I knew that if I wasn’t fully interested in my project, then I wasn’t going to succeed. It wasn’t until I had decided to focus on education about disabilities that I had found what I wanted to do. During this project, I learned that if you want to succeed, then you first have to learn to be yourself. That is when you find what you are looking for.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

My Gold Award taught me how to be a leader, face challenges and issues that may arise, and always be an advocate for what I believe in. Earning my Gold Award has helped prepare me to face new challenges that may present themselves in my future.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

This Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it helped me to look beyond myself, troop, and community. With the Gold Award, I was able to apply, reinforce, and fine-tune skills that I developed through my years of Girl Scouts while earning my Bronze and Silver Awards. From kindergarten to senior year, with a troop change, often times my troop(s) and I would look at issues within our community, but with my Gold Award I was able to apply my skills and expand, looking at problems beyond my own community, to both national and international communities.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Sarah Greichen named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy









Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, has been named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award comes with a $2,500 prize to be used for education expenses. It is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. This commitment and impact is demonstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time. The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.

“Sarah exemplifies courage, confidence, and character. Her continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her life inspires her peers and community members to listen and follow, taking action to make their world a better place,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote, who nominated Sarah for this prestigious award.

Sarah will officially accept her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 10, 2016 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

National Philanthropy Day® brings thousands of people around the world together to celebrate giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement and to highlight the accomplishments of those involved in the philanthropic process, both large and small. In Colorado, the official day and grassroots movement is led by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“Philanthropy shows the love of humankind,” says Cory Andersen, CFRE, National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon Chair. “We are blessed to have so many people in Colorado that give their time, talent and treasure to make a difference and create impact in their communities.  It is an honor to recognize these extraordinary individuals and organizations.”



Fall archery weekend at MMR





Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver


REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! There are spots left for both the overnight and Saturday only event!

Looking for an outdoor activity to do with your troop this fall? Join us at Meadow Mountain Ranch in Allenspark!

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 6 p.m. – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 4 p.m.

Location: Meadow Mountain Ranch

Category: Girl Scout Events Level: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

More information: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/archery_days.html

Spend the night on Friday or just come up for the fun on Saturday. Everyone will have a chance to try their skills at archery and we will also play some outdoor games, do a craft or service project, and go on a hike.

Overnight option:

There are a limited number of spaces for girls and adults on Friday night.

Saturday only:

Saturday activities run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided for all on Saturday. Cadettes will earn their Archery badge and other levels will receive an archery fun patch.

Contact: camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with questions and dietary restrictions.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Kathleen Otto, Fort Collins, ” A Learning Advantage”

Kathleen Otto


What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My Gold Award involved informing parents and teachers about dyslexia by hosting a viewing of “The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia” and to lead a panel discussion after. I also created a Little Free Library for my neighborhood with bookmarks from the Rocky Mountain branch of the International Dyslexia Association with information about dyslexia.  It is important for parents and teachers to be well informed about dyslexia, because reading gives every child “A Learning Advantage.”

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

55 people attended the movie and panel, including a handful of students who attended with their parents. Of those 55 people 10-12 people were teachers and student-teachers.  Since my Little Free Library was installed I have received numerous comments about the Little Free Library being an asset and a welcome addition to my community. Neighbors from my community have donated books for the Little Free Library.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

My Little Free Library will be kept up by the Willow Springs swim team which consists of 5-18-year-old kids from my neighborhood.  They will maintain the library by making repairs when necessary and making sure it is stocked with books.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

The steps I took to inspire others included posting fliers around my neighborhood and at public libraries. I sent every principal and dean of students in the Poudre School District a copy of my flier for them to then distribute among teachers and parents. I also inspired parents through my presentation of “The Big Picture.” After the movie and panel, several of the parents were inspired to start a support group for parents with dyslexic kids.

What did you learn about yourself?

My Gold Award project has allowed me to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. I can assess problems I encounter and find the best possible route to fix them. I have gained important life and leadership skill thought my Gold Award experience.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I believe that earning my Gold Award has impacted my future in many ways. I can now face the future with a smile and know that I can walk into the unknown ready to face the challenges.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel that earning a Gold Award is important to every Girl Scouts’ experience. Not only does it build extremely important life skills, it teaches girls to be confident in their own abilities. Earning my Gold Award has been a very fulfilling experience. I have gained valuable skill for myself, but more importantly, I have helped my community and hopefully, in the long run a few kids who face the challenges of living with dyslexia.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Skate City + Girl Scout Way badge = fun night

Submitted by Kathy Kettler

Metro Denver


The Woods SU is hosting a Girl Scout Skate Party celebrating Juliette Low’s Birthday on Monday, October 24, 2016 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westminster Skate City located at 200 W. 121st Avenue, Westminster. Wear pink and celebrate breast cancer prevention month and Juliette Low’s birthday. Brownie through Ambassador Girl Scouts can earn their Girl Scout Way badge. The girls will need to get their passports signed and turned into their leaders so that you know if they completed the stations (leaders will need to purchase GS Way badges for their girls).  Admission is $5. Skate rental is $2.50

We are asking troops to donate to Children’s Hospital to celebrate Juliette Low’s Birthday by donating items off of the Children’s Hospital North Campus wish list.


Thank you for your interest in donating toys and other needed items to Children’s Hospital Colorado! As a result of our community’s generosity, we are able to help make the holiday season, birthdays, and other special events memorable for our patients and families. 

Reminders To better assist you with decisions regarding donations, please keep in mind: 

Due to infection control guidelines for all of our patients, we cannot accept used or gently loved items.  Items need to be in their original packaging. 

We cannot accept toys that depict violence, i.e. guns, swords. Newborns, infants/toddlers, and adolescents are the age groups in greatest need.

We also cannot accept the following items: food products, potted plants, and latex balloons.

Children’s Hospital Colorado North Campus Wish List 

Most Needed Items – all items need to be new and in original packaging 

  • Clothing (pants & shirts, newborn – school age)-highly needed
  • Play dough – highly needed
  • Medical play kits
  • Sensory toys (tactile, vibrating, etc.)
  • Light-Up & Musical Toys
  • Extra Little People and animals
  • Lego kits
  • Coloring books
  • Blocks and building sets
  • Stickers
  • Dolls
  • Matchbox cars & trucks
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Walmart & Target gift cards 
  • Ear buds/headphones

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

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