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Girl Scouts honors 2017 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2017 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. The 2017 Women of Distinction are:

  • 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-Owner, Garden of the Gods Collection

A group of nearly 200 gathered at the event which was chaired by Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13. The 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 evening’s speakers included Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Ph.D. and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni, recipient of Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized more than 500 women across the state with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised since 1997 by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Bronze Presenting Sponsors include El Pomar Foundation and Ent Credit Union. The Trefoil Sponsor was Newmont Mining.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodpp or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org.

Nancy Mucklow honored at bridging ceremony

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On the last warm Sunday of the summer of 2017, Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs presented Nancy Mucklow with the “Thanks” badge. Nominated by Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors chair-elect Rae Ann Dougherty, Nancy did not expect the overwhelming number of endorsements that also supported the honor. Ms. Dougherty was unable to attend, but provided the following statement for the ceremony:

“Because of Nancy’s spirited devotion, Girl Scouts of Colorado is fortunate to have a strong and growing base of active Girl Scouts of all ages in Steamboat Springs, a key area of our Mountain Communities region! Not only does she share and invite girls from all over the state to participate in Steamboat events, her energy routinely spills out into other geographic areas throughout the state with a VERY positive impact. Without Nancy’s dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and energy, I believe we would not have as strong, dynamic, and vibrant Girl Scout Program in Steamboat Springs. Even with her male dominated family, she shepherds many girls, as well as adult volunteers, through the program.”

You can read more about Nancy, this special honor, and her Girl Scout story in the Steamboat Pilot and Today.

Prior to the surprise presentation, many Girl Scouts bridged to Brownie through Ambassador level with a full rededication ceremony. Thank you everyone for a wonderful afternoon!

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

 

60 years of Girl Scouting with Edna “Skipper” Hollis

Submitted by Ann Thacker

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Edna “Skipper” Hollis led Girl Scout Troop 362 during my growing-up years. Who knew she would still be leading us, as adults, 60 years later?

Troop 362 was a big troop with three different age-groups. I was in the middle. That was nearly 60 years ago. And, we’ve kept in touch all those years… reuniting the last Saturday of every July at Skipper’s rustic cabin on the shores of Lake Eldora. She left this place on Thanksgiving 2016 at 104 ½ years old. As we gather at the cabin for one last time, we reminisce and bask in her love. She was a remarkable woman whom I deeply loved and admired.

Her energy was limitless. Even though she was nearing 50 back then, she taught us to: swim, canoe, hike, snowshoe, mountain climb, toboggan, ice skate, and chop ice from a deeply encrusted mountain spring. We learned to dip our buckets in the cold, clear water for drinking and bathing. She filled our days and nights with songs, swimming, cooking on a wood-burning stove, wildflower hikes, bird walks, campfires, and scary stories that went “boo” in the night.

She demonstrated kindness, compassion, unconditional love, and even taught us to “date young men.” To this day, my best date was the one she arranged for us (and chaperoned) with Air Force Academy Cadets. She showed us nature in its authentic purity, tender beauty, raw power, and rugged grandeur…all the while keeping us safe and secure.

More than anyone I’ve known, she trusted the goodness and abundance of life. Knowing that nature is God-made-manifest, she revealed a natural world, full of miracles that live forever in my heart and imagination.

Because of her, I remember to pause and drink in a sparkling dew drop, or inhale the scent of a soft, pink rose. I hug trees, speak to crickets, and sing duets with meadowlarks. I stand tall when lightning splits the clouds and thunder rolls. And all the while, I feel her presence, sense of wonder, and joy; as I take in the awe of each moment.

She embodied all that is good and continually expressed gratitude for life itself. She stood as a pure reflection of the divine, an illuminated mirror in which we could see our own souls.

How intimately she knew and loved the One Creator! And, how generously she loved each of us!!! I’m profoundly grateful for the privilege of opening the gift that she was… and I celebrate her; for she enriched my life.

Thank you, Skipper, for being who you are… a blessing to us all!

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: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/alumnae.html 

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

Girl Scouts of Colorado 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-Owner, 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 www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodpp or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Marti Shuster, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

45 years

How long have you been on MCC?

Less than a year

What inspired you to join MCC?

Back in Michigan, I had been a part of a similar committee and wanted to play my part in keeping communication open between staff and volunteers.

What have you learned through being part of this committee?

This is a hard working group of people from all over Colorado who strive to make Girl Scouts a great experience for all girls.

Why would you recommend being a member of MCC to other volunteers?

It’s a great way to get involved and stay involved and make a difference to Girl Scouts in Colorado.

Tell us about yourself.

I moved to Colorado four years ago from Florida (and Michigan where I grew up). I truly believe in what Girl Scouts represents and what it teaches girls. That’s why I have stayed in so long. I am currently the leader of my granddaughter’s Daisy troop and I love working with these young girls. I can tell how they have grown in just one year. Can’t wait to see how they progress over the next eleven!

I am also a member of GSCO History Committee.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org

Girl Scouts enjoy Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, Girl Scouts were treated to a presentation by Woman of Distinction and Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame founder M.L. Hanson as she introduced the inspiring stories of some of the extraordinary women who have been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Their groundbreaking accomplishments, many times overcoming difficult challenges, have been amazing and contributed to enhancing diverse fields of endeavor from the arts and culture to science and technology. Following this was a private self-guided tour and reception. The traveling exhibit is currently housed by the Museum of the West in Grand Junction. Sponsors of this event invited Girl Scouts to learn about some of Colorado’s most influential women throughout history. Girls were able to pose for pictures with M.L. and ask about her personal journey as well as those on display. This is one of those rare opportunities that present themselves to Girl Scouts and makes being a part of our organization impactful on the lives of these girls.

Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch

More than 200 Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters gathered on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Meadow Mountain Ranch to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the last in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. MMR is a Girl Scouts of Colorado property located next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark. Girls and families enjoyed s’mores by the fire, a tour of the property, and a performance by the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir. A Girl Scout history display and mobile Girl Scout shop attracted attention in the main lodge.

All Girl Scouts who attended also 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 to celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s Event Chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.

Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts of Colorado has honored 426 top women leaders in our community based on their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. 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.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, seven incredible women leaders are being recognized for their significant and positive impact on their communities and for their dedication to making the world a better place. These Women of Distinction were voted by a group of their peers, and will receive an award in the following category at the 2017 Thin Mint Dinner:

  • Advocacy for Youth – Elaine Gantz Berman ’02, Former Member, State Board of Education
  • Progressive Community Leader – Juana Bordas ’03, President, Mestiza Leadership International
  • Accomplished Philanthropist – Arlene Hirschfeld ’97, Community Volunteer
  • Dedication to Girl Scouts – Jean C. Jones ’07, Former CEO, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council
  • Lifetime Achievement – LaRae Orullian ’97, Retired National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Advocate for Women & Girls – Jill S. Tietjen ’97, P.E., President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
  • Commitment to Public Service – Hon. Elbra M. Wedgeworth ’04, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Denver Health

The Thin Mint Dinner is October 19, 2017 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to 8: 30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program.

Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsor, CoBiz Financial.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

 

Girl Scouts invited to Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibit, Special Presentation

Girl Scouts are invited to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit and a special presentation August 26, 2017 at the Museum of the West in Grand Junction. M.L. Hanson, CWHF founder, will present Grit & Grace: Great Colorado Women featuring stories of amazing Colorado women in the exhibit.

Girl Scouts can complete a self-guided tour and earn a special Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Girl Scout patch. More than 30 women in the exhibit are Girl Scout Women of Distinction, so come learn about how these amazing Girl Scouts influenced our great state and made history.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

Schedule:
• 2 p.m. – Grit & Grace presentation
• 3 p.m. – Special tour of the exhibit
• 4 p.m. – Lemonade reception

Registration: Interested Girl Scouts and their families can plan to attend Hanson’s presentation on the 26th. No pre-registration is needed.

Cost: Free

Hanson’s Grit & Grace presentation will introduce the inspiring stories of extraordinary women who have been inducted into the CWHF. Their groundbreaking accomplishments, many times overcoming difficult challenges, have been amazing and contributed to enhancing diverse fields of endeavor from the arts and culture and to science and technology. Hanson’s lecture begins at 2 p.m. at the Whitman Education Center, Museums of the West, directly followed at 3 p.m. by a special tour of the full exhibit, and a cookie and lemonade reception at 4 p.m.

“Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Collection” opened in June in Western Colorado and will run through Labor Day weekend. “Women of Excellence” is a one-of-a-kind presentation of women who are true heroes and shining examples of the potential of all women. Featuring such inductees as Golda Meir, Madeleine Albright, Judy Collins, Baby Doe Tabor, Temple Grandin, and even Chipeta, the exhibition of 152 inductee portraits and profiles honors women who have significantly impacted Colorado, our country, and the world.

About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame:
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor, and preserve the contributions of trailblazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision, and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 152 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women, or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials, and more. To learn more about inductees, 
visit: http://www.cogreatwomen.org/inductees/women-in-the-hall/

Girl Scouts alumnae tour to India

Submitted by Kayden Manning, Relationship Manager, EF Tours For Girl Scouts

Namaste from EF Tours for Girl Scouts!

We are thrilled to announce a new Girl Scouts Alumnae Tour to India in 2018! Come and experience the best that India has to offer with your sisters in scouting from across the country.

Reminisce, reunite, and make new friends on this unique trip. We are inviting Lifetime Girl Scouts and alumnae to take a special tour of India with us! We’ll connect with scouts from around the globe at Sangam WAGGGS Centre, marvel at the Taj Majal, and experience the rich and diverse culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

If you are interested and would like to inquire for more information on this incredible opportunity, please reach out to EF Tours for Girl Scouts directly at 800-457-9023 or contact us online and we will be happy to provide you with further information.

We hope to see you soon!