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2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion: Registration NOW Open

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Registration is open now for Women’s Week 2021 and the 60th Anniversary Meadow Mountain Ranch Reunion.  The dates are July 22 – 26, and the reunion’s special events will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Women’s Week has been running for several years now, with the exception, of course, of 2020, and those previous participants have been anxiously awaiting the return of the event.  As a result, Women’s Week will be sponsoring the reunion event, and activities will be integrated and coordinated throughout the weekend.

The theme for the combined event is “I Am Camp,” and many of you will remember the beloved poem which starts out “I am Camp; I am sunlight, a sheen on the water, a mist on the mountains, and stars.”  Our MMR staff alum, and artist in residence for many years, Deb Heidebrecht (“Pepper”) has created a themed graphic logo, which you will see on the flier and registration form below.  This logo will be featured on all materials as well as items for purchase during the events.

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and up, and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, GSCO staff, Board members, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before.  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the out-of-doors as a camper yourself.  The program plans itself, while all the usual activities are built in.  Hiking, singing, cooking, crafts, nature activities, tours of the area – – – the sky’s the limit.  If you have a special program to offer, please bring your materials and ideas and we will see there is a time for it.

Of course, the cuisine is one of the big attractions.  We love to cook outside over an open fire if conditions allow.  We are quite adventurous in our menu selections, while accommodating any special dietary needs.  If you remember doing Dutch oven cooking, bean hole cooking, stick cooking, or other outdoor cooking techniques, we’ll probably have it for you.  A chili cook-off or a pineapple upside down cake Dutch oven competition have been big hits in past years.

We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early if numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Hello from the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

This is the first in a series of blogs exploring the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center, our Girl Scout history – nationally and internationally-, cookies, traditions, camping, games, and more.

The GSCO History Center is a museum that can be visited by girls, adults, alums, and others interested in Girl Scout history. It has a vast collection of vintage uniforms, accessories, badges, handbooks, dolls, cookie incentives, jewelry, camping equipment, flags, SWAPS, mugs, and more. It is full of artifacts from Girl Scouts of Colorado, Girl Scouts of the USA, and WAGGGS. As the statewide collection center for the council, it houses collections from the legacy councils of Columbine, Chipeta, Mile-Hi, Mountain Prairie, and Wagon Wheel.

Currently, because of state ordered COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot offer in-person visits, but we can put together resources for troops to work remotely on earning their Playing the Past badge and Girl Scout Way badge. Your troop or service unit can check out parade or fashion show tubs from the GSCO History Center too. Out-based programs include Books in a Bag. These bags are specific to grade level or topic and include vintage books and a program for their use. Contact us for more information. Once back to those cherished normal “non-COVID” days, we will welcome, by appointment, visits and tours, including trying on vintage uniforms (our oldest one dates back to 1919!) and a scavenger hunt to find items in the unique areas of the center.

If you have items to donate, contact a volunteer at the History Center. Once received, the experienced history committee will document the item’s age (year(s) of availability), Girl Scout catalog number, and price in  one of the many Girl Scout catalogs that go back to 1917! Then, it is photographed, a description is added.

The volunteer History Committee also creates displays about Juliette Gordon Low, WAGGGS, Girl Scout Cookies, camping, and more for Girl Scout Week, World Thinking Day, Founders Day, or other special events. They often have historical items on display in libraries and at Girls Scout properties around the state.

Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history.  We look forward to 2021, to gathering again in person, and sharing our passion for Girl Scout history with you and your girls.  If you have Girl Scout stories and memories, please share on the GSCO Blog as well.

Email the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Listen Now – Meet an Expert: Authors of “When Women Vote”

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Stephanie Donner and Amber McReynolds, the authors of “When Women Vote,” for participating in our “Meet an Expert” webinar series on October 28, 2020. Girl Scouts of all ages from across Colorado participated and learned about the book writing process, importance of women’s voting rights, and so much more! You can now watch and listen to this webinar here: https://youtu.be/ietV3_lRLkk

After introductions, Amber and Stephanie answered questions that girls submitted through registration and live in the chat box. We learned about their Girl Scout experience, inspiration for writing the book, and what is next for both of them.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Save the Date for Women’s Week 2021 and 60th Anniversary Reunion

 

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Northern & Northeastern CO

In the true spirit of optimism, the energetic organizing committee is hard at work preparing for Meadow Mountain Ranch’s Women’s Week and 60th Anniversary Reunion combined event for July 22 – 26, 2021.

Women’s Week runs for four nights with the all-day reunion activities on Saturday.  An over-the-top banquet will be held on Saturday evening, along with an awards ceremony, campfire and other activities. Women’s Week allows ladies ages 18 and up to come to camp and play, make friends, sing and sing and sing together, hike, make crafts, cook outside, and generally, enjoy the ambiance and company of old and new friends.

The Reunion event will feature camp tours, crafts, “trading post” items for purchase, immersion in the history of MMR for the past 60 years, and of course, singing and singing and singing.

Full-time or part-time registrations are offered, and an online registration form will be available shortly.  Contact director, Penny Roberts, at (970) 586-1775 or at probertscolo@gmail.com for questions or more general information.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Former Lieutenant Governor and Girl Scout Alum, Donna Lynne

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, DrPH, for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert” webinar. More than 40 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on October 8, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Donna Lynne served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2016 to 2019. She also served in a dual capacity as the Chief Operating Officer of the State of Colorado. Prior to her appointment, she was an executive with Kaiser Permanente. Today, Donna is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors in New York, NY. She is recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation.

Donna spoke to girls about her education, career, and passions. We learned that Donna is an avid skier and hiker, and also has a passion for field hockey. Following the former Lt. Governor’s presentation, Girl Scouts had the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session. We also learned about the American Mountaineering Center, Expedition Health, Spark the Change Colorado (formerly Metro Volunteers), and Electing Women – all groups and organizations that Donna has worked with throughout her career.

Participating in this webinar fulfills Step Two of the NEW democracy badges for all levels, find out about state government (https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/NEW-FEATURED-ITEMS4/new-civics-badges).

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Jill Tietjen for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering” webinar. More than 20 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on September 16, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Jill is an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar, Jill spoke to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She also walked girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls had an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Calling All Girl Scout Alums

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Calling all Girl Scout alums! It’s gorgeous in the fall in Colorado, and this is a great time to “pick up our toys” and get back to more direct involvement with a variety of activities, groups, and events available to all adults age 18 and older.

The following is a list of many different ways you and your family can express your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado in general and your own personal interests in particular. If you have seen or heard of these items before, let this serve as a reminder. They are listed in no particular order of importance. Please contact me for further information on any of the following listings.

Girl Scout License Plates

In 2012, GSCO had a taskforce that created a Girl Scout license plate in time for the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). The procedure took almost three years to complete, involving obtaining more than 3,000 signatures, getting the legislation drafted and through the Colorado government processes, and then watching the production of the first run of plates at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City. These license plates are available for most any vehicle and provide ongoing awareness of how long-lasting and visible Girl Scouts are in our communities. The cost is an extra one-time fee of $50, and plates can be purchased at any county clerk’s office in the state.

Songbirds Girl Scout Choir

Beginning at the 90th Anniversary Roundup event in 2002, the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was created to keep traditions alive through learning, singing, and performing a huge variety of both Girl Scout songs from back to the beginning to campfire songs, clapping games, folk music, graces, international songs, etc.  While the choir is currently (sadly) on hiatus because of the pandemic restrictions, we usually meet on the second Saturday of every month at Berthoud Elementary School. The choir is open to adults, children, troops, families, and friends of all kinds. There is no registration required and no cost involved. It’s great when alums can bring daughters, granddaughters, and others to help keep everyone “Happy All the Time!”

Meadow Mountain Ranch Fund Drive

Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) is held very closely to our hearts and our precious mountain property near Allenspark always needs financial support to continue to provide troops, families, and other groups the opportunity to come explore the high country in all seasons of the year. Contributions can be made directly to GSCO earmarked specifically for Meadow Mountain Ranch, or watch in the mail and through other media outlets for a newsletter three or four times per year.  This newsletter gives updates, inspirational stories by alums from the past 60 years, and sometimes photos, poetry, or a “wish list” of ongoing projects or “pie-in-the sky” suggestions for present or future improvements.

Women’s Week and 60th Anniversary Reunion

2021 will be celebration time for 60 years of operation at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR). The Women’s Week event will sponsor the reunion, and the dates are ready to be marked solidly in your 2021 calendars.  July 22 – 26 will allow us four nights to come and stay and play, with an open house/reunion function, fantastic banquet and campfire celebrations on Saturday, July 24. Watch for separate materials coming out soon, including costs and registration forms and program information. We’re hoping for a HUGE turnout!

Green Hat Society

This is a group of Girl Scout alums who have chapters around the country. The local chapter in Northeastern Colorado is the Plains to Peaks (P2P) Chapter.  Green Hat Society members enjoy fellowship with local chapter members as well as trips and meetings with members from around the country.  Service and girl program are important parts of the Green Hat Society.

Promise Partners

This is another local Girl Scout alum group made up of women in Northeastern Colorado. It began in the 1990s as a group of alums from Legacy Girl Scouts – Mountain Prairie Council who wanted a way to continue to be active Girl Scout volunteers. The group traditionally meets four times a year for fellowship and service. We hope to continue meeting in person in the near future. Two significant groups came from Promise Partners. One is the Songbirds Choir and the other is the council History Group. Promise Partners also sponsored two trips to Our Cabana in Mexico to participate in programs around the Monarch Butterfly migration and in service to help in the rescue and preservation of Sea Turtles.

History Group

This group of history buffs consists of eight volunteers who meet weekly at the GSCO History Center in Loveland. They organize and catalog many Girl Scout items including uniforms, books, collectibles, ephemera, and international items. They also have several programs available for troop visits. (These are now on hold until further notice.) The History volunteers enjoy setting up displays for local area events, libraries, etc. and are able to attend local events to share Girl Scout history with troops. There are also uniforms and books available to check out. Groups interested in uniforms to wear in parades or to hold a fashion show can email the committee. They welcome donations of any and all Girl Scout-related items and currently have items from more than 300 donors.

Thanks for checking in with us on all these activities. In reality, there are plenty for Girl Scout alums of all ages and locations to help us further involvement and commitment to everyone within the Girl Scouts of Colorado family. We’ll get you on any or all of these membership lists as you contact us.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: The Energetic Side of Engineering

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women, Jill Tietjen, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_the_energetic_side_of_engineering_webinar_09_16_2020

Registration closes September 15.

As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar Jill will speak to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She will also walk girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls will have an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

This is an amazing opportunity for girls of all ages to learn about energy from one of Colorado’s top women in STEM.

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Participating in this webinar will fulfill partial requirements for the new STEM Career Exploration badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

If you are having trouble completing registration, please email inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert Special Edition: Girl Scout Alum and Former Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet Girl Scout alum and former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Donna Lynne on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at  4 p.m.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_speci.html

Girls will learn how the governor’s office functions, what the day-to-day looks like in the office, and about the former Lieutenant Governor’s background and education. Following the former Lt. Governor’s presentation, girls will participate in a live Q&A session moderated by Girl Scout staff.

Participating in this webinar will fulfill Step Two of the NEW democracy badges for all levels, find out about state government (https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/NEW-FEATURED-ITEMS4/new-civics-badges).

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Learn more about Donna Lynne

Donna Lynne, DrPH, is the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors, an 1800 member faculty practice organization. Until early 2019, she was Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions – overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members and 16,000 employees. She participated in numerous boards and commissions during her time at Kaiser Permanente, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and many others.

She has been recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. Dr. Lynne also spent 20 years working in various positions in New York City government including First Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Lynne received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver, and in 2017 an honorary bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mountain College. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 2005. She resides in New York and Colorado with her husband and enjoys activities such as climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners, participating in Ride the Rockies and going on ski challenges around the world. Dr. Lynne has three children and two stepchildren.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Local Girl Scout Alum Breaks Barriers and Gives Back

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to have Laura Vetos as our special guest at Tools for Independence – Older Girl Edition Club meeting on August 26, 2020.  Laura will be teaching high school girls first-aid basics, how to make a basic splint, the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and how to recognize drug and alcohol overdose and what to do in that situation.  This meeting satisfies the requirements for Senior First Aid badge Steps Three and Four, as well as Senior Safety Award Step Five.

Register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/tools_for_independence_first_aid_drug_and_alcohol_abuse_virtual_08_26_2020

More about Laura Vetos

Laura Vetos, born and raised in Colorado, grew up as a Girl Scout in Wheat Ridge.  She attended the Air Force Academy until her mom got sick and she dropped out. Instead of giving up on her dreams of serving her country, Laura went to EMT training and became the first female firefighter for Englewood Fire Department.

Over the course of her 28-year career, Laura served her community as a firefighter with specialized training in Confined Spaces and Hazardous Materials, Paramedic, SWAT Medic, and continued to break barriers by becoming a fire lieutenant, fire captain, and acting battalion chief.

Laura retired from firefighting in 2015, but still wanted to serve her community.  She currently works as an ER-based paramedic in Aurora.  She performs many of the same duties as a nurse in an ER.

Laura loves to care for others in a friendly and helpful manner.  She loves Girl Scouts and any group that helps women become their best.  When she is not at work, Laura likes to spend time in the mountains hiking, fishing, riding her bike, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Bailey.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.