Girl Scouts of Colorado, Mesa County, recently held a Volunteer Appreciation event. Volunteers were honored for their years of service, and many received the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Honor certificate.
Two troop leaders received National Girl Scout awards. Melinda Goertz and Wendy Jones spent many hours during the summer guiding 30 girls through the requirements and helping them develop leadership skills that resulted in 15 Junior Girl Scouts receiving the Bronze Award, the highest award that can be earned by that age level. Fifteen Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Silver Award, the highest award that the Cadette level can earn.
Melinda and Wendy were recipients of the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin, one of three National Awards that recognize adult volunteers for their work. Congratulations to both women for the fine job that they do to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
[slideshow] Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi Fort Collins
As graduation approaches I have a lot to be thankful for. I would like to thank each and every one of you who have helped me grow and achieve my goals. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, for sending your good thoughts my way. I appreciate all you have done for me. To my teachers, advisors and Girl Scout community, thank you for shaping me into the strong resourceful leader I am always striving to be. My mom always says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Thank you for being my village.
Now, I am in my home stretch of high school. It is turning out to be a beautiful year. The stress at times has been nonstop but I wouldn’t change it. I found out yesterday I received the Daniels Fund Scholarship* combined with my other scholarships from: Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, Nassp/Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Scholarship, 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship, Brian Ball Memorial Scholarship will pay for college. I also received Veterans of Foreign War Scout of the Year Award for Colorado, The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. I am so happy to announce that I am going to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I will study fine arts and teaching. I never imagined I would have college paid for before graduation, but my mom did. She told me I could do it and put her faith in me and now I am so happy!
Now I would like to do a flashback so you know my past year. I knew it was going to be my dream year after I finished summer at Pratt in Brooklyn. Summer school motivated me to work hard and dream big. My mother told me if I worked hard and finished I would make it back to Pratt. I listened and worked harder than I ever imagined and finished my Girl Scout Gold Award. My Gold Award project is called “Fighting Meth” you can view it online at: http://www.dosomething.org/project/fighting-meth
Starting and finishing my Girl Scout Gold Award project was the smartest thing I ever did. It has created so many opportunities for me. My Gold Award service project has helped me become the leader I am today. It has also enabled me to help over 32,000 people with knowledge about methamphetamines.
In the past month, my family and I have had many sleepless nights. I’ve had interviews for scholarships, schools and summer jobs. I started to get scholarships, admissions and then the hard part denied admission to Yale. Throughout the whole ordeal I knew it would work out. I knew I would end up at Pratt. I think my mother did too, because she turned in all my scholarship acceptance forms to Pratt. I didn’t know that until today.
Last week has been the hardest week for my family. We knew this week was when we found out about the Daniels Fund Scholarship. My mom has been there every step of the way though the good and bad. On Friday (April 20) we found out the winners were announced on the news and would be notified by mail. Saturday morning (April 21) was the longest on record. My mom and I camped out in our camping chairs next to the mailbox waiting for the mail lady to deliver my news. We prayed and hoped and prayed again that it would be there for me.
The mail was late and we started to worry but just then, I saw the truck coming down the street. Just then, I called my dad to come film the event. My mom wanted the moment captured. Then the post lady pulled up and mom asked if she had any packages for us. She said not today. Then my mom asked if she could have that large white envelope in the mail truck. She told the mail lady it would say Daniels Fund in the left hand corner in blue writing and be address to me. The post lady picked it out of the truck read it and handed it to me. I still don’t know how my mom does that. She has a way of seeing something in her head and just knowing. The moment I received my Daniels Fund Scholarship is something I will never forget; it is my future, my education, my opportunities and my life’s dream. I am going to New York! I’ve loved New York ever since I went with Girl Scouts in the 6th grade.
In the next month I will finish at Fort Collins High School and have some events coming up for all who wish to attend. I made it into Battle of the Bands representing Fort Collins High School. Battle of the Bands will be on Sunday May 13th in Old Town Square, Fort Collins at 12 noon. I will also be class speaker at graduation on May 26th at Moby Gym in Fort Collins at 5:30. This is when my mom will start crying, I know it.
Girl Scouts has changed my life. It has made me the strong leader I am today. It has given me, my dream future in New York attending college and will give me the opportunity to earn a college degree through nominating me for the Daniels Fund Scholarship. Once again I would like to THANK Girl Scouts of Colorado for believing in me and supporting me. Thank You to my Girl Scout community, you have all played your role in helping me grow into the leader I am today. I will never forget, I will always pay it forward, give back to my community and volunteer.
[slideshow] Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi Fort Collins
Methamphetamine is a horrible drug that ruins lives, it has a large impact in my country, and our world. I, Angela Natrasevschi, have been working to educate others to create more awareness to the dangers of meth, and hopefully aid in prevention.
I created a presentation that fully educates on all the aspects people need to know about meth, and I’ve also translated it to several languages including Spanish, Romanian and Polish. It’s accessible worldwide through YouTube.
I’ve also organized or been a part of several events that have impacted large amounts of people and made an impact on their lives. The many facets of my project have served to educate people and spread my message. I developed a presentation and artwork to raise awareness and educate the community on the risks of meth use. In August 2011, I had a booth at the Fort Collins, CO New West Fest; I spoke with people about the dangers of the drug and collected signatures. I also created two meth-related artworks that were displayed in my booth. For months I prepared; one step was to conduct training for Girl Scouts available to volunteer at my booth. All my hard work made a difference. In the two days I ran the booth, collectively 1,017 people signed my “Pledge to be Meth Free.”
In September, my Meth-related art work was featured at the Denver Civic Arts Theater Gallery in Denver to create more awareness of the problems we face. I talked to Jonathan of the Colorado Meth Project and found out my paintings were viewed by over 2,000 people on first Friday at gallery. Wow, I love art.
In October 2011, I spoke at the Generation Wow event at the Denver Marriott about my project in front of 500 distinguished individuals of Colorado. I spoke at the Soroptimist International of Fort Collins Living her Dream Award Dinner on Feb. 21, 2012. It was a lovely evening with about 60 present. I received The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes and honors young women who volunteer to make the community and world a better place. (At this date 4,260 people inspired by “Fighting Meth”.) My speech is online at [youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=U8u_rNxnvhM&feature=relmfu]
While on the path to earning their Silver Award, team “Adoption Angels” won a national grant from Disney Friends for Change. The team’s goal is to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership as well as resources to help reduce animal abuse in our community. Out of 700 entries nationally, Troop 2198 was one of 50 that were able to secure the grant for their project.
Phase 1: Participated in Global Youth Action Day, April 22. During this one-day service project, Adoption Angels gathered more than 300 items valued at more than $600 to benefit local shelters.
Phase 2: Adoption Angels is launching a first-annual “Woof Walk” in conjunction with the Summerset Festival (more than 10,000 attendees overall) on Sept. 16, 2012. The proceeds from this walk will benefit local animal shelters. For more information regarding Woof Walk, please contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media coverage the girls received on their project and grant:
Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered once again with the Colorado Classic Horse Show to offer the 6th annual Barn Girlz Rock event on April 14, 2012. Nearly 80 Girl Scouts, ages 10-12, attended the 36th annual Colorado Classic Horse Show to learn about horse health, horse care and the horse show industry.
The Girl Scouts watched the horse show to learn about the Saddlebred, Morgan and Arabian breeds. After the show, the girls rotated through 10 educational stations with topics such as: horse behavior, horse health, safety around horses, riding equipment and clothing, grooming, horse shoeing, adopting wild mustangs, barn tours and a horse trivia game.
“This event is fun,” said Shea, 9, Lakewood, from Troop 3895. “Getting to pet and feed the horses is the best part.”
The patient purebred Arabian horse “Just Smokin’” demonstrated equipment while presenter McKenna Caspers delved into the three styles of riding represented at the horse show and the beautiful equipment specific to each style.
“I have to admit that I’m scared of horses, but I love them so much,” said Annabelle, 10, Denver, from Troop 3895. “Horses are so beautiful and they can talk to you with their ears, eyes, body and feet.”
Girl Scouts learned how messy it is to brush a furry pony at the grooming station. Godzilla, a mini-Shetland pony left an explosion of creamy white fur on the ground much to the Girl Scouts’ delight.
“This is so fun to brush a pony,” said Sarah, 10, Lakewood, from Troop 2801. “I’ve never done this before. I’ve never been this close to a horse before.” Sarah’s sister Willa, 11, chimed in “I like making patterns in her fur.”
Troop 2510 from Wheatridge learned the complicated process of making a horse shoe from farrier Del Slaugh. He demonstrated how he makes a horse shoe from a piece of steel, heating it until it is bright yellow at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and then shaping it with his hammer. Each group of Girl Scouts got to take a completed, but still warm horse shoe home with them.
“It looks like hard work to be a farrier,” said Miranda,10, Wheat Ridge, from Troop 2520. “My favorite things about horses are that they are beautiful and graceful. Horses just click with me!”
At the veterinary station, Dr. Lauren Fischer described a horse’s skeletal structure and drew bones on a Shetland pony named Chili. Girl Scouts also listened to Chili’s heart beat and lungs breathing.
“That was cool listening to a horse’s heart beat,” said Jacqueline, 9, Aurora, from Troop 2105. “I love horses. They are calm and lovely. I like riding them too at Girl Scout camp.”
After the event, girls could continue their education with a special take-home notebook filled with horse facts, fun activities and equine industry contact information. Girls could also win free riding lessons donated by professional horse trainers.
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Troop 3810 in Colorado Springs met with Cimarron Hills Fire Dept. As our Hometown Heroes, they received 123 packages of GS cookies as well as a Milk & Cookie party. The girls brought milk and additional boxes of cookies to share. During that time, the amazing firefighters chatted and answered questions for the Cadette troop about their jobs. They were very nice and offered a tour of the station. But to our amazement…since they were our HTH they decided to take it one step further. They pulled a fire truck out in the drive area and all the girls (including a sister Daisy and Brownie) had a chance to go into the truck, wear uniform gear AND help pull out the hose and put out a pretend fire on the tree with water shooting from the hose. Emma (our sister Brownie) stated “that water is intense”.
Troop 70884 started planning at the beginning of the year as to how to celebrate the Girl Scout 100 year Birthday. What do we do? Have a party, well that was a given. Then everyone thought- What would Juliette Low do? What would make her proud? So we decided that community service would make her proud. We knew that Juliette Low loved animals so the first service project was set. We would collect 100 dog bones to donate to the Animal House a no kill shelter in our community. We would do this by talking to our friends, neighbors our fellow Girl Scouts at our service unit meeting. Before you knew it we had our 100 dog bones and more. We went to the Animal House and made our donation. We told them of our 100 goal. The sent us a nice note and were very grateful.
Next- wow what to do next. Juliette Low liked education. That was it. We would collect 100 school supplies and donate them to Irish Elementary. We would do it in the same way. Getting the word out to our neighbors and friends about what we wanted to do any why. Before we knew it. We had 100 school supplies to donate. Irish was very grateful and we received a fantastic note from them. It was a wonderful experience. Part 2 of our service project will be next- stay tuned:)
Troop 70884 continued story on what to do for our 100 years that would make Juliette Low proud. We decided that collecting dog bones for animals was wonderful and school supplies for children was pretty good also. What else, what else could we do that would make Juliette Low proud. We could collect 100 cans of food for the Larimer County food bank. So off we go, we tell our neighbors, friends and fellow Scouts what we want to do. We also had a goal of letting the community know that we were 100 years old and how Girl Scouts can help in the community. We collected and sorted our food, checked the dates and we had 144 cans of food. When we took it for donation it came out to 134 pounds. Karen the nice lady that helped us at the food bank told us that this food would probably go out tomorrow because the need is great. We are so thankful to all of the people who helped us make our goals. We worked on these projects for four months and it was worth every minute. We have a couple more goals for this year -wish us luck to make them.
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Cadette Troop 70884 from Fort Collins decided that we were part of a once in a lifetime experience. We wanted to visit the museum and learn all about 100 years of Girl Scouting. We were so very lucky to run into JoAnne Busch and Marty Allison who helped us learn so much about our history and why we are Girl Scouts. We decided to go to dinner and have an evaluation meeting. The girls loved the Girl Scout exhibit and said that their favorite part was learning all about the uniforms from Marty and learning about the Chippewa kitchen from JoAnne. We talked about how fun it would be to have a bunch more interactive things to do. Voting on the favorite cookies was a hit with us. We also loved tying knots. We also talked about how very lucky we were to have wonderful volunteers who would take the time and effort to put something like this together so we could learn. A big thank you to them.
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