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Aurora Girl Scouts participate in self-defense workshop

From Angela Jenkins, volunteer mother

Girl Scout Cadette Troops 1281 and 3036 from Aurora participated in a self-defense workshop sponsored as a community service by the National Martial Arts Academy (www.wushunmaa.com). Master Instructor Shifu Jerry Silva (far right, standing) led the fall workshop, based on the teachings of Kung Fu martial arts and basic techniques to empower the teens to improve their confidence, knowledge and self-esteem in a defense situation.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Receives $75,000 Daniels Fund Grant

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to support programming and volunteer recruitment initiatives to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls in the state.

“The grant will enable Girl Scouts of Colorado to expand its ability to provide consistent enrichment programs to all Girl Scouts across the state, as well as assist us in recruiting a new type of Girl Scout volunteer to deliver them,” said Jacky Noden, Vice President, Program Services for Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Our focus will be on recruiting short-term, or ‘episodic’ volunteers, from corporations, colleges, universities and community groups to help deliver our new innovative programming initiatives.”

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. Girl Scouts will be celebrating their 100th anniversary “Year of the Girl” during 2012, and invites Girl Scout alumna to reconnect with us by visiting www.alumnae.girlscouts.org. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

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Support Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th

Honor the great work of Megan Ferland

Tomorrow, Dec. 6th, Coloradans will be invited to support their favorite Colorado non-profit to help raise millions in just 24 hours– including Girl Scouts of Colorado! This is our second year to participate in Colorado Gives Day. Last year generous supporters helped Girl Scouts of Colorado raise nearly $8,000, and we’d like to double that amount this year!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, every donation received on Dec. 6th will be increased in value by an incentive fund (up to a 30% match) started by FirstBank with a $300,000 lead gift. One hundred percent of your donation comes to Girl Scouts if you designate Girl Scouts of Colorado as the recipient of your gift.

Make a gift this holiday season that will bring the personal power of the Girl Scout leadership experience to every girl, everywhere in the state of Colorado. At least a third of girls enrolled in Girl Scouts throughout Colorado are from economically disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk communities. In fact, in recognition of our wonderful President and CEO Megan Ferland, who will be leaving us later this month to assume the President and CEO post at Girl Scouts in Seattle, we’ve set up The Opportunity Fund, which will be the direct beneficiary of all Girl Scouts Colorado Gives Day funds. The fund will benefit disadvantaged and underserved girls, as well as honor the great work Megan did here in Colorado to build up and strengthen Girl Scouts and set us on a course of renewed growth and dynamic programming.

To donate to Girl Scouts of Colorado:

  1. Visit GivingFirst.org/GirlScouts before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to Donate Now. (You can even schedule your donation before Dec. 6th if you so choose.)
  2. Select your donation amount of $10 or more. You can donate with a credit card, or give directly from your checking account. Please be as generous as you can on this special occasion!
  3. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from Community First Foundation, and a gift acknowledgement letter from Girl Scouts.

Thanks for your support!

Colorado Springs Daisy and Junior Girl Scout Troops Honor Veterans

          

Written by Monica Hobbs, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Leader for Troop 863 and Troop 1947

Two Girl Scout Alumnae who served the United States were honored in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade on November 5, 2011 by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 863 and Girl Scout Junior Troop 1947. Tina Solis, who was a Girl Scout Cadette and a Girl Scout Leader, served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and 7 months, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. Margaret Huard, also a dedicated Girl Scout in her youth, served in the Air Force, Operation Desert Storm and is currently an Operations Research Analyst for the Air Force Materiel Command. Solis reflected, “It was inspiring to see the young ladies show so much pride to be in Girl Scouts. I was humbled and honored to represent women veterans on the 100th Anniversary for Girl Scouts of the USA.”

Huard echoed Solis’s comments stating, “I had a great time. I have thought for years about trying to get involved somehow, so I was happy to get an invitation to join the girls and celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Veterans day. I was impressed with the thought and work that went into the float and was amazed at how many Girl Scouts were in the parade that day.”

The Girl Scout Alumnae/Veterans rode a Girl Scout 100th Anniversary float featuring Girl Scouts and Leaders from Troops 863 and 1947 around a campfire wearing historical uniforms from a 1920s Girl Scout Brownie to present day Girl Scout Daisy. The tailored look of the 1940s-60s proved to be the most popular among the girls who dreamily wished they were still the uniform of today. One Girl Scout Daisy was inspired to practice a “Pan Am” handbag walk in her 1940s Girl Scout Brownie outfit.

“It was so much fun to ride the float and get cheers from the crowd and to talk to our Vets about their experiences,” said Girl Scout Daisy Zoe Huesgen Hobbs.

The Girl Scout troops involved would like to send a special thanks to the individuals who helped with this event: Brenda at the Colorado Springs Service Center for such a great collection of uniforms; Bear Automotive for the trailer; Larry Vitagliano for the campfire; World Golf & Sand Creek GC for the haybales; and Chris Fallis and Boy Scout Pack 21 who helped construct and escort the float on the parade route.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO resigns; accepts Girl Scout leadership position in Seattle

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that President and CEO Megan Ferland is resigning to accept the position of President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington, based in Seattle. Ferland has led Girl Scouts of Colorado for two and a half years; and under her leadership, the Colorado organization has made significant progress including achieving a 4.3% increase in membership last year. Ferland’s resignation will be effective Dec. 31, 2011.

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done in the last few years. Accepting this position in Seattle was a truly difficult decision. Ultimately, it’s an incredible opportunity for our family,” Ferland said. “Girl Scouts of Colorado has a strong team of volunteers, staff and board members who will keep moving forward, bringing leadership development programs to more and more girls across Colorado. I’ll be cheering them on from Washington.”

The Board has named Stephanie Foote, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s current Board Chair, Interim CEO. She will begin her role after the holidays. A national search for Ferland’s successor has also been started. “We’re sad to see Megan go. We all so admire her as a leader and a person,” said Board Chair Stephanie Foote. “We’re confident that the organization will continue on its current strong path.”

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders. We provide a safe place for girls to explore their world – from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, anti-bullying and financial literacy. For 100 years, Girl Scouting has been helping each girl develop her personal leadership skills and make friends that last a lifetime. Girl Scouts is also a great place to enhance job skills and give back to your community as an adult volunteer. In fact, we serve 30,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers across Colorado! New to Girl Scouts are the flexible pathways for participation for both girls and adult volunteers. Come learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience during our historic Year of the Girl 100th anniversary by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708 or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Thornton Girl Scouts kick off holiday season with food and diaper drive

From Heather Spencer

Girl Scout Troop 3907 from Hulstrom Options K-8 in Thornton held a food and diaper drive for Volunteers of America’s  Mission on Tuesday, Nov. 15th. The drive launched the Girl Scouts’ holiday giving commitment to the community. The fourth grade Girl Scout Juniors were inspired by the non-profit’s impact on the community and decided to commit to service work with Volunteers of America in the future!

Western Slope Girl Scouts make shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

From Troop Leader Shelley Givens-Boudreaux

Western Slope Girl Scout Troop 4384 decided to join in with Samaritan’s Purse and put together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Not only did each of our girls make their own shoeboxes, but they also encouraged their siblings to get involved and make some too! Our wonderful girls delivered more than 25 shoeboxes to an Operation Christmas Child drop-off at the Clifton Christian Church yesterday, Nov. 21st. Their efforts were even recognized by local radio station KJOL radio (91.9 or 99.5) this morning, Nov. 22nd! We are very proud of our girls and their big hearts. They were able to embrace the gift of giving and share Christmas love to children around the world.

Castle Rock Troop 3503 fills 60 Thanksgiving boxes for the elderly and homebound

[slideshow]Submitted by Mary Reith
Co-leader

Troop 3503, in conjunction with St. Francis of Assisi Church of Castle Rock and the Food Bank of the Rockies, assisted in filling 60 boxes for the elderly and home bound. The girls also helped members of the community, who stood in a long line, with filling their boxes and carrying items to their cars. We had 100 percent Girl Scout attendance and many parent helpers for this worthwhile event.

 

Girl Scout Troop 3186 distributes meals to families in need

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Submitted by Richard George

Girl Scout Troop 3186, along with a host of other volunteers, worked at Creighton Middle School on Sunday, Nov 20th, to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to families in need for the Action Center (formerly Jeffco Action Center). More than 2,500 families were served in the drive-through process.

Stormie Stranges is the Leader of Troop 3186; Richard and Julia George are the co-leaders.. My wife Julia and I are registered Co-leaders.

Daisies and Brownies help homeless

[slideshow]Daisy Troop 4419 and Brownie Troop 4145 along with help from Alyssa, a Cadette Girl Scout, collected, wrapped and donated hundreds of pairs of socks, underwear and toiletries to a homeless outreach program in Aurora. Together Daisies and Brownies teamed up to sort the donations, and wrap them in colorful Christmas paper.

During their meeting the girls discussed homelessness in our state, they discovered what programs our community has in place to assist those in need, as well as how they can help those in need. The girls discussed what they thought were the most essential items to donate to those in need.

The girls came away from the meeting thankful for what they had, and for how they can help others.