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Parking & transportation information for Girl Scouts’ birthday celebration

Join us as we celebrate Girl Scouts’ 104th birthday, along with brave, incredible women who have led the way for today’s generation of young women.

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 * 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Denver Public Library, 7th Floor, Vida Ellison Gallery
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Denver 80204

Here are some resources to help you and your troop plan your trip downtown.

This year, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is hosting an exhibit of their 146 inductees, 39 of whom are Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction. The exhibitors have generously extended an invitation for Girl Scouts of Colorado to host activities during Girl Scout week.

All girls in attendance will receive a special event patch.

10 – 11 a.m. : Highest Awards and Take Action training for troop leaders (registration required)

11:30 a.m. : Sing-A-Long with GSCO Songbirds choir!

Noon : Council Update from President & CEO Stephanie Foote

12:30-3:30 p.m. The Girl Scout Way Badge workshop for Brownies, Juniors,  Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Come celebrate and complete requirements towards this fun badge. Daisies are welcome to join the fun, too!

Stop by for anytime activities including birthday refreshments, tours of the Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit, badge earning opportunities and service projects. Also, see the GSCO archives roadshow and meet the History Committee! Bring your own Girl Scout memorabilia to be identified by the committee!

Questions? Contact Heidi.books@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4833

 

Girl Scout Display at the Loveland Public Library

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The GSCO History Committee has a display at the Loveland Public Library during the month of February.  The display highlights 100 years of Highest Awards in Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout Gold Award began in 1980, but Girl Scouts have been earning a highest award since 1916.  This award has been called the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, and Curved Bar.  Posters showing information about these awards, along with Girl Scout handbooks and badge books through the years,  are joined by some vintage uniforms and badge sashes showing earned badges. In addition to highlighting Highest Awards, there is a section advertising cookie sales.

The GSCO history committee hopes that if you are in the Loveland area during the month of February, you will stop by the library and see the display.  The Loveland Library is located at 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the GSCO History Center in Loveland email gscohistory@gmail.com.  We welcome troop visits as well as community visitors.  The committee works on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon.

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

 

World Thinking Day 2016

 

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As a Girl Scout, you are part of a special network of girls that stretches across the world. In partnership with the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 146 countries, World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on February 22. World Thinking Day is a global campaign to foster sisterhood around the world with one central theme, and for 2016 that theme is “connect”. This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will explore and celebrate the connections that make life happier.

There are lots of ways to participate in World Thinking Day (WTD) through Girl Scouts of Colorado! We hope you will join us for one of these great events:

If you would like to learn more about World Thinking Day, including suggested activities for your troop, please visit http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/global/world-thinking-day.html or download the World Thinking Day Activity Pack.

 

 

Alum Nancy Clary shares her Girl Scout story!

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Submitted by Nancy Clary

My Girl Scout ”chapter” began in first grade. I was living in Holyoke, Colorado, and they accepted Brownies a year early. We sang songs, such as, “I have something in my pocket that belongs across my face…it’s a great big Brownie smile!” Then, my family moved to Denver, where I continued my scouting education. My life changed dramatically. I had just turned ten when my mother died. Five months later, my father suffered a stroke, hospitalizing him for a year. Yet, Girl Scouts continued to support me in Manchester, Connecticut. My father was partially paralyzed when my two brothers and I returned to Denver. I was considered to be the “Lady of the House,” even though I was a tom-boy who loved the out-of-doors and camping. Girl Scouts helped me do both. By age 14, I was a “Prospector” at Flying ‘G’ Ranch when a fire broke out in a tent, about a mile from the main lodge. Our patrol rushed to put the fire out, while two members ran to the lodge for help. There was no water at the camp, so we soaked blankets in a near-by one foot wide stream to beat the flames. We were well-prepared for the “emergency response” experience.

Time flew by and I entered high school. I was chosen to attend the 1965 Roundup – the last one, as 10,000 Girl Scouts relied on the Army for security, and the Vietnam War was intensifying. 10,000 Girl Scouts sang together as an American flag rose on five flag poles. Even soldiers were moved. The entire Roundup experience was magical. Our patrol trained for a year, practicing cooking on charcoal, gathering and packing equipment, and even putting up baker-style tents. Our patrol hosted two Girl Scouts from Mexico. They arrived the night of the 1965 Denver flood, so our first adventure before Roundup was to assist flood victims. One lasting memory of Roundup of mine was of all the Colorado Girl Scouts assembling around the Colorado state flag to sing and dance together.

In my senior year of high school, I volunteered, a Girl Scout requirement, at a home for severely challenged children. That experience inspired the next chapter in my life. Thank you Girl Scouts.

Early in my career as a Special Education teacher, I participated in an Outward Bound course especially designed for teachers. Through them I was able to write grants to enable disabled and inner-city students to experience mountain wilderness and river adventures. For the first trip, students had to raise $50, which was a lot of money for each. One student started his “account” with 13-cents. He brought in a few cents each day to finally earn $54. With the extra money, he bought wool pants and socks at an Army Surplus store. When a deaf student, along the Green River, asked, “Are these rocks man-made?” all I did was smile. He also washed dishes for the first time in his life. I have many fond memories of students experiencing the out-of-doors for the first time in their lives. Thank you Girl Scouts.

Then, marriage and children happily enveloped my life. My husband and I raised two sons, but not to worry. My husband is an Eagle Scout, and both of our sons became Eagle Scouts. Scouting is in our blood and family life. We moved to Conifer when our older son was 18-months-old. Our life was filled with scout activities from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Of course, our sons were also involved in sports, music, and academics. Our children grew up in the out-of-doors, embracing scouting values. Now, they are both successful adults living on their own.

The next chapter of my life is retirement. I volunteer for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, to work with neglected and abused children in the Court system. I also volunteer for Park County Search and Rescue. My Girl Scout experiences continue to influence my life. I co-authored a couple of articles about Search and Rescue and safety for summer adventures and wrote another about a Girl Scout experience 50 years ago. I am grateful for all of my Girl Scout experiences, values, and adventures I have experienced over the years.

My final chapter will never be written. At a friend’s Memorial Service, we all sang, “I Know a Place.” In a sense, that is my legacy too. “I know a place where no one ever goes. There’s peace and quiet, beauty and repose. It’s hidden in a valley beyond a mountain stream…Now I know that God made this world for me.” Thank you Girl Scouts.

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

Three Girl Scouts Honored at National Philanthropy Day

Three Girl Scouts were among the honorees at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 13, 2015 at Seawall Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The event was hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Doris Kester from Pueblo was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Doris has been a Girl Scout for nearly 60 years, serving as a director and board member. She is also a two-time recipient of the THANKS badge, the highest honor given to adults in Girl Scouts. Doris has served in every volunteer leadership position from local troop leader to the National Operational Volunteer and currently serves on the Board Governance Committee at Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Christina Bear, Gold Award recipient from Golden, received the award for “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.” She earned her Gold Award for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at the Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. In April 2015, Christina was awarded the inaugural Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Jennifer “Jen” Darling received the award for “Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy.” Jen serves as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. She has also worked at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado School of Mines. During her acceptance speech, Jen spoke about her experiences as a Girl Scout and how they have contributed to her success as a fundraiser.

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

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Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. On December 8, 2015, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today by using this link: https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 8!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 8 at ColoradoGives.org. Once you do, change your Facebook Profile picture to one of these two images.

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They’ll remind your friends and family to join you in helping Girl Scouts of Colorado provide programming that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Denver

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Tuesday evening, Oct. 20th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2015 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner, which was presented by Western Union, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, held in conjunction with Women of Distinction events statewide. So far this year, these events have raised $225,000 for Girl Scout programs. The 2015 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • 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
  • 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

The event was chaired by Women of Distinction Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear inspired the crowd with her keynote. “My Gold Award journey has shown me I can be and AM a leader. Skills I have learned, as a Girl Scout will apply to my future career.” Christina told the crowd.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 416 Denver area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 18 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Major Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Western Union, and Silver Sponsors, UMB and Lockheed Martin. Samoa Sponsors: Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

Calling ALL Gold Award Recipients

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Are you a recipient of the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting (previously known as the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, and First Class)? Awesome! Today, we invite you to be a part of something BIG—the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory Centennial Edition!

This historic publication celebrates the thousands of inspiring Girl Scout alumnae who, over the last 100 years, have used their extraordinary courage, vision, and kindness to rally communities and take action to make the world a better place. History. Impact. Inspiration. It’s all in there and more! Here’s your chance to take action one more time. Join us in celebrating Girl Scouting’s highest honor.

Share your Gold Award story

Help inspire future generations of girls to carry on the Girl Scout tradition of thinking big and creating amazing change in the community and the world.

To submit your story for inclusion in the directory, simply call our publication partner, Harris Connect, toll free at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET). It’s going to be EPIC.

Get inspired with snippets of some of last year’s coolest stories!

“My Gold Award project consisted of creating over one hundred bags full of books, first-aid kits, stickers, and other items for children who were waiting in the Emergency Department at my local hospital. These children were either patients or siblings/friends of patients who were asked to wait for hours at a time. Providing these items, even those as simple as stickers, gave these children a sense of comfort that, in a hospital setting, is sometimes difficult to achieve. Being able to make their hospital visit that much better made all the difference in the world to me. There is nothing more inspiring then seeing a young child smile in a difficult circumstance.”

“My senior year of high school I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award project, using the pillars of the Girl Scout mission to help me. For my project, I taught developmentally disabled children in my community how to play soccer, bringing the entire experience to them, complete with uniforms and soccer gear. I was inspired by my love and passion for soccer but also for helping and teaching, and I thought everyone should have a chance to play a sport regardless of their disabilities. I held two weekends of soccer clinics taught by myself and my closest soccer cohorts. Whether these children were unable to speak or had limited motor skills, we helped them learn how to play. My personal benefit from this award was the smiles on the children’s faces as they were given the opportunity to play a sport that had not previously been offered to them in our community. This project gave me the courage to execute my ideas and the confidence in my abilities to lead others in the right direction.

“For my Gold Award project, I chose to conduct a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar. I had received my Black Belt in Taekwondo in December 2006, and I wanted my project to reflect something I was passionate about. I felt this project was a perfect example of building girls AND women of courage, confidence, and character. The seminar provided the participants not only with useful information and a visit from the LAPD, but also practical skills they could use in real-life situations.  It is very important to me that women don’t find themselves becoming victims. I also requested that the participants donate personal care items that I dropped off at my local shelter for victims of domestic violence.”

 

 

Girl Scouts holds annual Women of Distinction event in Denver Oct. 20

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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.

 WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place, Denver

For more information, contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

For media, RSVP by Oct. 7 to AnneMarie Harper at 303-607-4844 or annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

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.

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Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcome Class of 2015

Submitted by Cindi Graves

Grand Junction

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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.

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