WHO: Girl Scouts of Colorado honors ten extraordinary women as 2015 Women of Distinction:
Shirley Amore, Retired City Librarian, Denver Public Library
Kim Bimestefer, President & General Manager, Cigna Mountain States
Laura J. Davis, Former Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and Systems Safety Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President, Community First Foundation
M.L. Hanson, President, Idyll Cravings, LLC
Djuana Harvell, PhD, be well/be EPIC Project Manager, The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
Tasha L. Jones, Director of Marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
Loretta P. Martinez, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Vicki Scott, Program Manager, Aurora Youth Options, Aurora Mental Health Center
Debbie Trujillo, Community Relations Director, KeyBank
WHAT: This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction, 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.
The Oct. 20 event includes a three-course dinner and creative dessert featuring Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Christina Bear, who recently earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, is the Keynote Speaker. Event co-chairs are Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, 2005 Woman of Distinction; and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado, 2006 Woman of Distinction.
Western Union is this year’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include: UMB, Lockheed Martin, Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.
The 2013 and 2014 Classes of Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcomed the 2015 class: Karen Troester, Susan Alvillar, and Robbie Breaux. MCC Board Representative Victoria Gigoux hosted a lovely tea in her beautiful home.
We are excited to be able to publicly recognize these women for their contributions to our community an hold them in esteem for Girl Scouts to aspire to.
London Calling! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting the first Girl Scout Alumnae trip to London in 2016. Come join us as we celebrate New Years in London, and visit sites such as Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We will ride the London Eye and attend a theatre performance. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Stratford are also on the itinerary. The trip is catered to alumni between the ages of 18-28, but all are welcome.
Here is information about the trip.
London in Depth Tour
When: December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017
Cost: Under age 20- $3,504; over age 20-$3,779 (the price of the trip excludes tips, lunches, and additional fees)
To enroll: http://girltrips.eftours.com. Scroll down to where it states “enter a tour number” and please enter the code 1678221FW and click “view tour”.
If interested in this trip, please email me and I will send you a London in Depth itinerary for your review.
If you have any further questions, please contact me at nemoursLM.
I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate our first Girl Scout Alumnae trip in London, England in 2016.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce the 2015 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program on the Western Slope. This year’s three honorees are:
Susan Alvillar, Community Relations Manager, WPX Energy
Robbie Breaux, Ceramic Artist
Karen Troester, Vice President Commercial Banking, U.S. Bank
These women were selected by a committee of their peers led by Betsy Bair, Woman of Distinction 2014, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The event chair is Lois Dunn, Woman of Distinction 2013.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2015 Women of Distinction Breakfast in Grand Junction at Two Rivers Convention Center, October 1, 2015 from 7:30-9 a.m. Attendees will learn about the impact that Girl Scouting is making on the girls of the Western Slope and within its communities. The morning’s keynote speaker is Jaime Gardner, small business owner and wife of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.
The Women of Distinction program began on the Western Slope in 2013. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized just six other women on the Western Slope with this honor.
Tickets for the event are $20. For more information, including how you can help, please contact Cindi Graves at 970-242-4461 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj
I became a Brownie Girl Scout in 1963. It was the first year with four program levels and I remember looking through my bright orange handbook whenever I had the chance. Monday afternoons were Brownie Girl Scout day at my elementary school. Our troop met right after school in the multi-purpose room. Our troop leaders were Mrs. Pharris and Mrs. Bolter and they continued with the troop all the way through Juniors and into Cadettes.
Some of my favorite girl memories are making butter and doing crafts as a Brownie. In Juniors, we were able to sell cookies, go camping and do service projects in our community. I grew up in Palo Alto, California and our Junior and Cadette troop meetings were held at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in one of our local parks. It was great fun learning how to cook (both indoors and out) at the GS House. After my first campout, I came home and announced that we need to go camping as a family. We borrowed equipment from friends, loaded up the station wagon and our family went on our first camping trip to Big Basin State Park. It was the first of a lifetime of campouts.
As an adult, I got back into Girl Scouts when a friend asked if I knew of a brand-new program for kindergarten age girls. Our oldest daughters were in preschool and would start kindergarten in the fall. It was 1985 when we started our Daisy troop. All three of my daughters went through Girl Scouts from Daisies through Seniors, earned their Gold Awards and became lifetime members upon graduating high school. We had many great adventures as I led their troops through those 20 years.
During the 10 years I spent as an advisor to older girls we traveled, earned money to travel, led programs for younger girls, did community service projects, and became great friends.
I spent many hours on the service unit team leading day camps, international festivals, and other community events in Loveland as well as becoming a Master Trainer in Mountain Prairie Council.
Most of my volunteer Girl Scout time is spent on the history committee. We meet every Tuesday in Loveland at the GSCO History Center. Our time there is spent organizing, inventorying and cataloging the vast collection of historic Girl Scout items that council has. It is great fun finding a new treasure in an unopened box and looking through old catalogs to find out when it was available and how much it cost at the time.
I also am a member of the Northern Colorado Gold Award Committee. I truly enjoy working with the amazing young women who are working on their Gold Awards. As the president of Promise Partners, the Northern Colorado Girl Scout alumnae group, I arrange meeting s about four times a year where we meet for fun, fellowship and service.
My most recent volunteer role has been volunteer registrar for Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We had a great weekend putting on a volunteer run resident camp like program for troops. I can’t wait to do it again next year.
I have done many amazing things as a Girl Scout and traveled to many wonderful places, both with girls and adults. Some of my more memorable trips include Belize, Nova Scotia and Maine, England, Savannah, and to Our Cabana in Mexico to see the Monarch Butterflies.
My life outside of Girl Scouts includes enjoying my two young grandsons, gardening, quilting and traveling with my husband of 37 years. Although he is not a Girl Scout, he has always been a great support to me in my volunteer roles.
My advice to adults is to stay active in Girl Scouts and encourage your girls to continue with Girl Scouts into high school and beyond. The world will open up to you. Find your passion and let Girl Scouts help you fulfill it. You won’t regret it.
In July, the GSCO history volunteers welcomed Girl Scout alumnae and friends for a tour of the GSCO history collection. Alumnae came from all across the Front Range – Fort Collins to the south Denver area. They were very impressed with the vast collection owned by Girl Scouts of Colorado and lovingly cared for by the GSCO history committee.
Displays of uniforms, books, badges, and collectibles were set up by the committee. Also highlighted were activities that troops can do when they visit the history center, as well as uniforms and books that can be checked out and returned.
After the tour, the group traveled to Linda Robinson’s house for a picnic potluck in the shade of Linda’s cottonwood tree. Wonderful food and fellowship were enjoyed, along with the great views of the Front Range and Northern Colorado from Linda’s backyard.
Total number of Girl Scout membership years was 540. The youngest member at 29-years-old joined us for lunch; the oldest members have been Girl Scouts for 6 or more decades.
Driving up the dirt road to see the expanse of meadow, trees and sky, my heart leaps as it always does every time I return to Meadow Mountain Ranch. Songs come flooding into my mind and smells of pine and campfire and cooking-out come close to overwhelming my senses. I am excited to see old friends and to meet new ones. I feel that song coming on, right? Women’s Week is a unique opportunity for all adult women to come together and play at camp, reminisce about all the years past when they were a camper, or try all the new experiences if they had never been able to go to camp before.
What did I look forward to most? The people, food, fires, fun, hikes, flowers, songs. “It’s up in the morning, at breakin’ of day,” – – that’s for sure, and “Bed is too small for my tiredness.” Long days, warm skies, too many things to do in too short a time.
This year, a total of 39 women gathered and offered their favorite activities, or requested ideas of what they would like to do to maximize their time in the Colorado high country. A “Big Circle Tour” acquainted us all with the camp property, its trails, views and details. The flowers are absolutely spectacular this year. It seems that spring, summer and fall vegetation and colors have all become jumbled and mixed because of the weather this year. The grass is nearly 4’ high in the back meadow. (Break out the allergy medicine, that’s for sure, at least for some!)
A group gathered at 6:15 a.m. for the early-morning hike to the top of Vista Spur, where all the mountain peaks are visible in a 360-degree spectacular view.
Let’s talk about the food for a while, OK? Susan Baker is our culinary guru, with the help of several of her Girl Scout troop, who did the menu planning, shopping and organizing. To say the food was fabulous is an understatement! It’s almost more than we can do to wait to see what surprises are in store for the next meal. We cooked over fires again this year, which is a true blessing, and one of my favorite things to do. Other cooking opportunities involved propane stoves, charcoal and a reflector oven. A feature attraction was a TV cooking show-type bake-off with veterans competing against the younger girls to see who made the best pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven. Who won? Too close to call, we decided, and we made quick work of all of it!
Fresh produce was donated in the form of cantaloupes from Rocky Ford and homegrown rhubarb from the Denver area. The cantaloupes were gobbled up entirely every time they were served and the rhubarb was featured in strawberry-rhubarb crisp made in a reflector oven and homemade rhubarb jam cooked in the lodge kitchen. THANKS to Debbie, Tajer and Nancy for helping us have extra fun with food.
The GSCO History Group gathered on Tuesday morning to complete the history display in the Homestead House. Their efforts were supplemented by new items discovered in the basement of the lodge and ephemera and memorabilia brought by folks to be added. Be sure to stop in at the Homestead House each and every time you come to MMR to learn more about the history of this unique property.
A respectful and moving ceremony was held after lunch that day to burn several U.S. and Colorado flags. It is appropriate to hoist one of the flags to be burned on the flagpole, talk about how and why these flags are being retired, and then gather amid friends before a very hot fire to be sure the flags are completely consumed.
Well, there were many other things to do – – a “Margaret Party” with an old-style movie version of the “Golden Eaglet” movie, campfire every night, sing-alongs every time we got together, crafts, hikes, nature activities, more cooking, more singing………don’t forget story time for a full-length reading of James Thurber’s “The 13 Clocks,” and “The Tajer Tales.”
Kapers, which seem tedious when you do them at home, are actually fun at camp! Cooking, doing dishes, cleaning the biffy, waste management all take on meaning by way of keeping camp clean and safe. MMR has instituted a “Zero Waste” program, and we women needed several tutorials to refine our trash disposal techniques each day.
Sadly, most women left at the end of the Women’s Week event, but several intrepid volunteers remained to operate the Core Camp for troops. Over 100 girls and leaders arrived that afternoon and enjoyed three nights of non-stop fun and outdoor frivolity at MMR. Core Camp is an event that grew out of the desire of several MMR staff alums who wanted to make sure that more girls were able to experience MMR in all its high summer glory. From the surveys conducted at the end, they were not disappointed! (A separate blog posting is coming along shortly to detail the events of Core Camp.)
To close, Women’s Week and Core Camp at MMR this summer leave us with more fond memories to add to our Girl Scout history and experiences. Plans are even now underway to bring these two events to everyone again next summer. Watch the publications for that information.
WHO: Girl Scouts of Colorado honors Pikes Peak Women of Distinction on Sept. 10, 2015 at Thin Mint Dinner.
Kathy Boe, CEO, Boecore, Inc.
Brigadier General Dana M. Capozzella, ARNG, Retired, Compliance Officer/Partner, Cascade Investment Group
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Chief of Organizational Excellence, United States Olympic Committee
Karla Grazier, CEO and President, Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado
Phoebe Lostroh, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of Feminist and Gender Studies, Colorado College
Mia Ramirez, MPH, Senior Community Health Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
WHAT: The six honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Lynne Telford, President/CEO of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and Woman of Distinction 2014. They women were chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally.
The Sept. 10 event includes a three-course dinner and creative desserts featuring Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Christina Bear, who recently earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, is the Keynote Speaker. Alicia McConnell, Director of Training Sites and Community Partnerships at the United States Olympic Committee and Woman of Distinction 2007, is the event chair.
Sponsors include Delta Dental, El Pomar Foundation, Ent Federal Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Cascade Investment Group, Colorado College, Colorado Springs Health Partners, Discover Goodwill, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, Health You, United States Olympic Committee, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and The Eastern Colorado Bank. Special thanks to Jym Fair, American Made Film & Media, for the event video.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs
Girl Scout alumnae gathered at the Denver Bicycle Café to decorate special birthday cards for Project Angel Heart! Project Angel Heart delivers meals to community members with life-threatening illnesses and includes birthday wishes to their clients with special hand decorated birthday cards. We had a great time catching up with friends, chatting about the new things going on at Girl Scouts, and using our creative craft skills to make 50 handmade cards!
Girl Scout alumnae returned to Tomahawk Ranch for a fun day at camp! Our annual trip brought alums from across Colorado to tour the camp, enjoy lunch in the dining hall with the campers and make a fun camp craft! The trip brought back great memories and a peek at the new things going on at camp. We are already looking forward to our next trip back in 2016!