Category Archives: Alumnae News

Edna “Skipper” Hollis

Submitted by Nancy Riddle

Metro Denver


Edna “Skipper” Hollis. What an amazing woman, and I am so very proud and lucky to have had her as a Girl Scout leader. She taught valuable life lessons and remains an inspiration.

My fondest memory was of a 17-day, 4,000 mile bus trip in 1962 with 27 Girl Scouts, four leaders, and an intrepid bus driver, “Daddy Jim”. We camped through five states and Canada with a four-day stopover at the World’s Fair in Seattle. What adult in their right mind takes this on? Skipper Hollis!

With four patrols responsible for daily cooking, clean-up, log keeping, photography, programs, and other tasks, we learned more that summer than can be imparted in this simple missive.

Skipper always hand-wrote annual messages to me through her 103rd year. I especially cherish a note she wrote at the end of the afore-mentioned trip: “…but-in in my way- if I’ve helped you to know personally the true values that Scouting should unveil, then I’m happy to have been an interpreter of its realness. Scouting is a very fine guide to living. May it always be an enrichment to you…”

May Skipper’s legacy live on as it has for members of Troop 362 and may Girl Scouts continue to inspire young women.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to celebrate the legacy of one of our most cherished alumnae, Edna “Skipper” Hollis. In 2016, Skipper passed away at the age of 104, leaving a 94-year history of Girl Scouting as a girl and an adult volunteer.  Skipper touched the lives of hundreds of girls, families, and volunteers and will be remembered for her love of the outdoors and the annual troop gathering she hosted at her Colorado cabin for more than six decades.

To make a gift in honor of Skipper, which will support opportunity grants to ensure any girl is able to attend camp, or  to honor an alum who has made a difference in your life, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website: 

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

Colorado Girl Scout license plate will NEVER be retired

Written by Penny Roberts of Estes Park and AnneMarie Harper, Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director

We have exciting news from the Department of Revenue! The Colorado Girl Scout license plate will never be retired! Earlier this year, the Department of Revenue informed GSCO if 3,000 people had not registered for the plate by July 1, 2018, it would be retired. However, they have since decided that the Colorado Girl Scout license plate will remain whether or not 3,000 people register for it by July 2018.

The cost is $50 above the regular license plate fees and the plate can be registered to any type of vehicle, including motorcycles. Put them on your motorhome, scooter, new car, or vintage classic. Even Dad’s Plumbing Co. can put Girl Scout plates on his entire fleet of vehicles!  Girl Scout plates can be put on a currently registered vehicle after a transfer.  Also, Girl Scout plates can be transferred from one vehicle to another under the same ownership.

Get started at the Department of Revenue’s website: You can also request Girl Scout plates at your County Clerk’s office, and they will be shipped directly to you from the State in just a few days.

The Girl Scout license plate was created in 2010 and 2011 by a Promise Partners alumnae task force as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts of the USA. It has since been available for purchase by anyone who wishes to celebrate and publicize the legacy and continuing efforts of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates today and we promise to wave at you when we see you go by!

Questions? Contact Penny Roberts at or (970) 586-1775 for additional information.



Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!


Girl Scouts announces 2017 Pikes Peak Region Women of Distinction: Six extraordinary women honored


This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO, CPCD…giving children a head start
  • Donna Nelson, Spirit of the Springs Program Coordinator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Susan Loo Pattee, CEO and Founder, Colorado Springs Materials Development, LLC
  • Beth Hall Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brenda Smith, Co-Managing Member, Garden of the Gods Collection

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on September 21, 2017 at the Thin Mint Dinner. This year’s event will be held at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. This year’s Event Chairs are Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13.

Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsors are: Ent Credit Union and El Pomar Foundation.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at

Centennial Celebration in Grand Junction

More than 150 Girl Scouts, friends, and family gathered on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Grand Junction to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the third in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. A final celebration will be held May 21 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Girl Scouts participated in a “passport” full of fun activities, including archery with Cabela’s, crafts with GSCO camp directors Obi Joe and Ruddy, a scavenger hunt, and fun with sidewalk chalk. The National Park Service was on-hand to teach girls history about the Colorado National Monument, and the GSCO shop was there with all kinds of merchandise celebrating the centennial.

Each Girl Scout in attendance also had the opportunity to meet GSCO President and CEO, Stephanie A. Foote.

All Girl Scouts who attended received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

Girl Scouts announces 2017 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored


This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Susan Alvillar, Manager, Community Relations, Terra Energy Partners, Woman of Distinction ‘15, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Carma Brown, Personal Lines Manager at Home Loan Insurance
  • Sue Conry, Director at Hilltop Home Care
  • Stacey Mascarenas, Community Development Director for Family Health West

Since 2012, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 15 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on Nov. 2, 2017 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2017 Event Chair is Paula Reece, Marketing Director, Crossroads Fitness, Woman of Distinction ’16.

Event Sponsors include: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsor, Chevron.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact Cindi Graves at 970-628-8003 or


Grant available for Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters retreat


Submitted by Annie Pierce, GSCO Property and Outdoor Program Administrator

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to offer one of our adult volunteers a space at the Summit Sister’s Camp run by Women’s Wilderness. Women’s Wilderness is hosting this camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences. Summit Sisters focuses on a deep nature connection, connection to your body, inspiration and calling, and competence and outdoor skills. Presentations at Summit Sisters this year will include: The Call of the Earth, Self Confidence Formula, Wildlife Tracking in the Rockies, Inner Beauty Workshop, and so much more. For more information about Summit Sisters, please visit their website at

We will choose one adult volunteer for a free space at the Summit Sister’s Camp – a $450 value! All meals, lodging, and programming are provided. To apply for this opportunity, click on the following link and complete the questionnaire no later than May 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be contacted on May 15 after the winner of the grant has been chosen. Applicants must have a current or lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The link to the application is


Horseback Destination Chaperone- One Spot Open!

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The outdoor programs team has an exciting volunteer opportunity to share!

This summer, GSCO is hosting a horseback destination trip. The destinations program is through GSUSA where councils open up a unique trip to fellow Girl Scouts across the country. This year, GSCO is hosting a Colorado Horseback Adventure with 18 girl scouts from across the country with white water rafting, living at a cowboy camp and a horsepack trip in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Read more about the trip here:

We have one spot left for a chaperone on this trip. Chaperones would attend  free of charge and responsibilities would include being a positive role model for the young women in your group and facilitating a meaningful experience in Girl Scout sisterhood. This trip will also be staffed by GSCO staff and a team a wranglers through our vendor Bear Basin Packtrips. We are looking for chaperones with horse experience, but also to support staff and wranglers and focus on girl interaction.

If you are interested in chaperoning please apply through the link below- and we urge you to do so ASAP as applications close May 1st but we would like to make the decision sooner.

Please direct any questions to

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Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado

Submitted by Bertha Koch

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

You’re invited to join fellow Girl Scout alumnae as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado!

Join us for tea and treats on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Church of Christ at 1080 East La Salle Street in Colorado Springs.

$15 per person. Please contact to register by April 7, 2017.

Adult Girl Scout alumnae only please.

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

Troop honors 93-year-old Girl Scout

Submitted by Julie Gallagher

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

On February 22, 2017, World Thinking Day, Fort Collins Girl Scout Troop 72208 celebrated a long time Girl Scout that they met at Christmas time when they visited Turnberry Place Assisted Living.
At 93-years-young, Louise Jouard told the girls about being a Girl Scout. In fact, she was a Mariner Girl Scout from the state of Illinois and had her pins and membership cards dating back to 1932 for the girls to see.

Her pins were broken, but were still proud remembrances of years gone by. Troop 72208 honored Mrs. Jouard by giving her a new contemporary Girl Scout pin and WAGGGS pin in honor of World Thinking Day.

World Thinking Day has been celebrated by Girl Scouts since 1926, and is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women around the world. Out of 196 countries, 146 countries have Girl Scout or Girl Guide programs.

Volunteer Support Specialist Julie Gallagher and Customer Care Specialist Gayle Richardson were also in attendance. Julie presented Mrs. Jouard with a Golden Girl Scout award to honor her being a Girl Scout for the past 85 years.

When the troop started to sing “The Brownie Smile Song,” Mrs. Jouard remembered the words half-way through and sang along. She also sang with the troop when they sang “Make New Friends.” The girls and their leader, Eva Wallace, were tickled pink that after all these years Mrs. Jouard still remembered the words!

The local newspaper, The Coloradoan, was also in attendance to capture this moment for all of Fort Collins read about.

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